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Welcome to the press section for Ubiquity's family of labels including Cubop and Luv n' Haight, and Ubiquity Promotions releases. If you have any questions, or need anything that isn't available on this page, please contact Andrew Meza at (949) 764-9012 ext. 109 or reach him via email at meza@ubiquityrecords.com. For sales contact sales@ubiquityrecords.com.

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News / Active Projects:

+ Lanu - This Is My Home
+ Peder - And He Just Pointed To The Sky...
+ Shawn Lee vs. Nino Moschella - Kiss The Sky EP
+ Shawn Lee - Voices and Choices
+ Malone & Barnes - Freedom Serenade (Luv N'Haight)
+ Nostalgia 77 - Everything Under The Sun

+ Orgone - Duck Gravy / No More Gravy 7''
+ Orgone - I Get Lifted / It's What You Do 12''
+ Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu - Joystone
+ Various Artists - Choices EP 1
+ Various Artists - California Soul II

Something missing? Email meza@ubiquityrecords.com



As One - Out of the Darkness (Ubiquity)
Francisco Aguabella - Ochimini
John Arnold - Style and Pattern (Ubiquity)
John Arnold - Neighborhood Science
As One - So Far... (so good)
As One - 21st Century Soul
The Bamboos - Step It Up (Ubiquity)
John Beltran - In Full Color
John Beltran - Sun Gypsy
Black Renaissance - Body, Mind and Spirit
Blaze - Found Love (West End)
Breakestra - Hit the Floor (Ubiquity)
Breakestra - Stand Up EP (Ubiquity)
Darondo - Let My People Go
Darondo - Legs EP
DJ Cam - Fillet of Soul
Cuica - City to City
Roy Davis Jr. - Chicago Forever (Ubiquity)
Don Cunningham - Something for Everyone
DJ Garth - Revolutions in Sound
Dubtribe Sound System - Baggage (Imperial Dub)
Freddie Cruger - Soul Searchin
Jeremy Ellis - The Lotus Blooms (Ubiquity)
Greyboy - Soul Mosaic (Ubiquity)

Greyboy - Shades of Grey (Ubiquity)
Greyboy - Mastered the Art
James Hardway - Big Casino
Harlem Zip Code - Colour World Soul (Red Melon)

HVW8 Presents: Music Is My Art (Ubiquity)
HVW8 Presents: Music Is My Art 12" (Ubiquity)
Idiom Creak - Room From Another Music
Interfearance - Take the Train
Kahil El'Zabar - Deeper Soul Remix Project (Deeper Soul Recordings)

Lithium Project - Many Worlds Theory
Nino Moschella - The Fix (Ubiquity)

Nino Moschella - The Real Better Believe EP (Ubiquity)
Nobody - Soulmates
Nobody - Pacific Drift
NOMO - New Tones (Ubiquity)
NOMO - Rocket #9 (Ubiquity 12")
Nostalgia 77 - The Garden (Ubiquity)
Ohmega Watts - The Find (Ubiquity)
Ohmega Watts - No Delay 12" (Ubiquity)
Owusu & Hannibal - Living With...
Gilles Peterson Digs America
P'taah - Staring at the Sun
P'taah - De'compressed
P'taah - Compressed Light
Theo Parrish - Parallel Dimensions (Ubiquity)
Ewan Pearson - Sci-Fi-Hi-Fi (Soma Records)
PPP - Triple P (Ubiquity)

PPP - Triple P Instrumentals (Ubiquity)
PPP - Shotgun / Fever (DJ Spinna Remixes) 12" (Ubiquity)
The Propositions - Funky Disposition (Luv N'Haight)
Future Past Tense - Remixes by Q-Burns Abstract Message (Eighth Dimension)
Quantic - Mishaps Happening (Ubiquity)
Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin On
Quantic - An Announcement To Answer
Radio City - Radio City EP (Ubiquity)
Radio Citizen - Berlin Serengeti (Ubiquity)
SA-RA Creative Partners - Double Dutch 12" (Ubiquity)
Shakeyface - Bicycle Day Boogaloo (It's Bananas)
Shawn Lee - Moods and Grooves (Ubiquity)

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra (Ubiquity)
Andy Smith - The Document II
Snowboy - Para Puente
Stateless - Art of No State
TM Juke - Forward
Tommy Stewart - S/T
Robert Strauss - Quasars & Phasars (Freerange)

Troubleman - Time Out of Mind (Far Out)
Papo Vazquez - Carnival in San Juan
Papo Vasquez - At the Point vol. 1 & 2
Arthur Verocai - S/T
Spanky Wilson & The QSO - I'm Thankful
Zero dB - Reconstruction

Various Artists - Bay Area Funk
Various Artists - Bay Area Funk 2 (Luv N'Haight)
Various Artists - California Soul
Various Artists - Fluid Ounce

Various Artists - Inner City Sounds
Various Artists - Rewind!
Various Artists - Rewind! 2
Various Artists - Rewind! 3
Various Artists - Rewind! 4
Various Artists - Rewind! 5
Various Artists - Searching for Soul
Various Artists - Viva Cubop 3




July 26, 2005
Costa Mesa, CA
For immediate release:

Ubiquity Turns Fifteen: The Ubiquity Story


Interior of Ubiquity's new warehouse in Costa Mesa, CA (photo credit: Aaron Michelson)

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  It’s Ubiquity’s 15 year anniversary! Well technically it’s 15 years since Michael and Jody McFadin high-tailed it from Southern California to San Francisco with a dream of starting a record label out of their new-born record store called The Groove Merchant. They had visited San Francisco on their honeymoon, and despite being caught up in the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake they fell in love with the city. Investing the last of their savings into a business that would combine their passion for music and provide an income to live on they opened the Groove Merchant record store on Haight Street in early 1990.

Within a year the small shop had built a reputation the world over as a place to find rare records and learn about new sounds. A haven for collectors, DJs, and producers looking for soul jazz, musical obscurities, and break beats, the Groove Merchant even earned a toast on the Beastie Boys song "Professor Booty", "This one goes out to my man the Groove Merchant, comin' through with the beats that I've been searchin'," rapped Mike D. on 1992's Check Your Head album. During these early days an English kid studying at the University of San Francisco wandered into the store and struck up a friendship with the McFadins. Andrew Jervis wound-up scoring a part time job in the store and as a fill-in DJ for their club nights.

With start-up capital of one thousand dollars and little knowledge of the record business, the Luv N' Haight record label (named after the Sly and The Family Stone song) was launched. In 1993 the company incorporated as Ubiquity Recordings releasing an instant hit-record from a then unknown DJ called Greyboy.

Since then Ubiquity has grown into a company with several imprints: Luv n' Haight remains the home for re-issue of rare groove gems with close to 50 releases, CuBop is the Latin jazz arm with just over 40 releases, and Ubiquity has over 180 releases ranging from hip-hop to funk to cutting edge club music. With a worldwide distribution network, and around 300 releases the label is constantly striving to live up to it’s name, originally chosen because the label wanted to make unheard music available everywhere. In 2005 Ubiquity moved to Costa Mesa where Co-Founders Michael and Jody McFadin head a team of 4 employees, while Vice-President Andrew Jervis handles A&R up in the Bay Area. In addition to a wide-ranging music catalog the label also runs a merchandise and apparel company, and an in-house promotions company.

Over the past fifteen years, Ubiquity has developed into a strong, definitive brand. Customers often purchase Ubiquity CDs without knowing the band, their decision based solely on the label's reputation. The company remains the only record label to guarantee their releases for customer satisfaction with musical content. As a result, a cult-like customer base has developed that appreciates quality and diversity in the ever-growing marketplace.

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January 5, 2005
Newport Beach, CA
For immediate release:

California-based Ubiquity Records Wins 'Label of the Year', SA-RA Creative Partners wins John Peel 'Play More Jazz' Award at the 2004 BBC Radio 1 Gilles Peterson 'Worldwide' Awards in London



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  Gilles Peterson's Worldwide show recently asked Radio 1 listeners to vote online for the annual Gilles Peterson 'Worldwide' Awards. Categories included track of the year, Worldwide Session of the year, album of the year, compilation of the year, club of the year, label of the year, the Worldwide lifetime achievement award and the first annual John Peel "Play More Jazz" Award named in the memory of one of the most influential radio hosts/DJs in the history of UK radio.

With nearly 25,000 votes cast from around the world, we're very proud to have announce that Ubiquity won 'Label of the Year' at the sold-out 2004 awards ceremony at Cargo in London and SA-RA Creative Partners were awarded the John Peel "Play More Jazz" Award. SA-RA Creative Partners performed an extended live set with a full band which included "Rosebuds", "Hollywood", "Glorious", "Double Dutch (Co Co Pop)", "Make a Difference", "Shorties on the Block", "Butterscotch" and "Downtown."

Om'mas Keith of SA-RA Creative Partners offered this statement on receiving the first annual John Peel Award:

"John Peel is probably the most historic figure to come out of UK radio and to have received the very first award in his honor is by far the highest accolade. Rest assured we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that this award for creative excellence was bestowed upon us for the right reasons. Thanks Gilles, and congratulations to Ubiquity Records for winning label of the year. We're poised to do great things together in the New Year."

On accepting the award,  Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity's Vice-President and A&R man) admitted to the crowd "We don't know how to do anything else, so we want to thank all of you for making our jobs fun, for supporting our label, and supporting good music. We truly appreciate it."

Michael McFadin (co-founder and President of Ubiquity Records) added, "This is the best crowd I've seen under one roof in twelve years. Give it up to yourselves. This isn't about us! This is better than a Grammy - this is a room full of our peers, a room full of music lovers and the people who really matter."

Several Ubiquity singles, including PPP "I Got You", SA-RA Creative Partners "Death of a Star", John Arnold's "Inside" (featuring Malik Alston and remixed by Henrik Schwarz) and The Rebirth's "Evil Vibrations" track from Ubiquity's Rewind! 4 compilation were all nominated for track of the year. Of the nominated tracks, "Evil Vibrations" earned a place at #6 on the Worldwide Top 20 tracks of the year.

SA-RA is back in the studio following recent performances in Amsterdam with The Roots, and a New Years Eve special performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia with The Roots, Rahzell, Black Sheep and more. You'll find SA-RA Creative Partners on the cover of the latest issue of Straight No Chaser (at newsstands now).

A heartfelt thank you goes to each and every one one of you that voted for us and supported us over the years.

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Gilles Peterson
2004 Worldwide Awards


Francisco Aguabella
Cubop  (CBCD042)
CD only
Release Date:
January 20, 2004


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Photo credit (below): Jeff Bender

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  "After more than half a century of mastery on the conga drums, Francisco Aguabella remains one of the greats, ranking with Mongo Santamaria, Patato and Candido as an elder statesman of Afro-Cuban percussion."

"Legendary, incomparable conguero." - JAZZ SCENE

"Cuban conga legend Aguabella delivers an irresistible mix of original compositions and excellent covers that will appeal to both jazz and Afro-Cuban aficionados... heaven sent." - PLASTIKS

Featured performer on ORLANDO JONES SHOW (FX Network)

Cubop is very proud to bring you Francisco Aguabella's (a certified living legend) vibrant fifth album for Cubop, the latest musical chapter from the driving force in Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music since his U.S. arrival in 1957. A master percussionist who was born in Matanzas Cuba, Francisco is one of the first eschelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummers that came after them," says Latin percussionist John Santos in the movie "Sworn To The Drum.”

"He is one of the strongholds of our music and has always kept the commitment to our Cuban rhythm. He plays with everybody but always maintains our rhythm, that’s very important," adds Isreal "Cachao" Lopez. On Francisco Aguabella's fifth Cubop album the master Conguero cruises from the old school rumba of "Ochimini" to the modern latin jazz of "Nuestra Era." He enlists the best Latin jazz artists on the West coast to bring these old and new styles together. Justo Almario, Sal Cracchiolo and Luis Eric Gonzales are on hand to deliver masterful improvisations, while the drumming of Jimmy Branly and Conra Coky Garsia keep the rhythms fresh and exciting. The bass and piano team of John Belzaguy and Donald Vega keeps everyone on their toes, pushing the solos to the limit, with Vega displaying his enormous improvisational talents. But the leader is what makes all these musicians push themselves, displaying his mastery of the congas as well as percussion, Aguabella is always the driving direction behind "Ochimini." ...  more

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1. Ochimini
2. Funky Cha
3. Love For Sale
4. Nuestra Era
5. OBA
6. Tumbaito
7. Guajira Candela
8. Makin' Whoopee
9. Te Olvide


John Arnold
Style and Pattern
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP180)
CD / 2LP
Release Date:
October 11, 2005
Barcodes - URCD180: 780661118022 / URLP180: 780661118015
Download: Hype Pack

John Arnold feat. Ty
Style and Pattern (Nuff Version) + Moonstarr Remix

Ubiquity (UR12175)
12 inch
Release Date: August 23,2005
Barcodes - UR12175: 780661117513


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“Loving the John Arnold track...dropped that last week and will definitely be dropping it again”

“A sure winner on the floor”

John Arnold
has developed the energetic experimental sound of his 2003 debut full-length record, Neighborhood Science, into Style and Pattern, a comprehensive new album of precisely tuned, devastatingly effective future funk for the club. Created and test-run over a series of live shows around the world the album was inspired by direct interaction with crowds and dance floors.

Since the release of his debut Arnold has developed a completely live, non-stop electronic show bridging the gap between DJ and producer. This “freestyle” technique was developed with label mate and Detroit neighbor Jeremy Ellis. Both are trained musicians and studio scientists. Performing and creating tracks live allowed Arnold to test run music on the dance floor in front of a crowd. These improvisational moments were the inspiration for the Style and Pattern album. “Most of the music for the album was born out of live performances. These freestyle shows involve creating music from scratch; playing beats on the Akai MPC, looping them and playing keys on my guitar, while constantly looping and building,” explains Arnold. “It allows for true improvisation and I can explore all kinds of rhythms and music,” he adds.

Arnold and Ellis hosted a trio of monthly shows showcasing Detroit talent, called Third Party Candidate. It was there, along with live and DJ performances in Japan, England, France, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Puerto Rico, and all over America that Arnold developed the tracks for Style and Pattern. “I’ve been lucky enough to dj for people from many walks of life and they have shown me what really moves a dance floor,” says Arnold. “It never ceases to amaze me that I am a part of a unified musical community that reaches far beyond my backyard.”

One new track "La Cocina" which was created shortly after the album was turned-in. It does not appear on the promo CD, but Arnold was so excited with the end result we have re-mastered to include it. Its development was typical of the tracks on Style and Pattern. First created at a live session at the hyped Co-Op night in London Arnold developed the track at each gig throughout the rest of his Spring UK/European. It was finished at an impromptu studio session after a gig in Puerto Rico. The resulting “La Cucina” is a monster Latin-tinged club jam balancing heavyweight beats, Puerto Rican vocals and free-flowing percussion.

In addition to his own live dates Arnold has also toured around the world with Amp Fiddler having played guitar all over his debut album. He’s also played with Detroit legends Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison, the latter makes an appearance on “1234” on Style and Pattern. Amp Fiddler band mate Paul Randolph guests on “Rise Up” and “1234”. “Rise Up” was featured on the HVW8 compilation sampler 12” in May. The Detroit Metro Times called “Rise Up”, “Part dance, Latin, R&B and just plain funky, its infectious rhythm is meant to get the can moving… Arnold and Randolph hit home with a musical manifesto”. And Mark de Clive-Lowe recently described “Rise Up” as, “
a staple in the box at the moment… a very strong tune.”

Crowned Best Artist at the second annual UK Hip Hop Awards Ninja Tune recording artist Ty flexes his lyrical dexterity over frantic beats and rude bass line on “Style and Pattern”, the title track. The African vocalist on “Jangal” is Pathe Jassi from Senegal
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1. Style and Pattern (Nuff Version) feat. Ty
2. Geminade
3. Rise Up feat. Paul Randolph
4. La Cocina *
5. Suppadupe
6. Jangal feat. Pathe Jassi
7. Cabin Fever
8. Show Your Love feat. Jeremy Ellis
9. Separately Together
10. 1234 feat. Paul Randolph
11. Inside feat. Malik Alston (Mr. Scruff remix)
12. Inside feat. Malik Alston (Henrik Schwarz Remix)

*Not available on promo

Style and Pattern (Nuff Version) 12"
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A1. Original Mix
A2. Moonstarr Radio Edit
B1. Moonstarr Remix


John Arnold
Neighborhood Science
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP136)
CD / 2LP
Release Date:
October 7, 2003
Barcodes - URCD136: 780661113621 / URLP136: 780661113614

John Arnold feat. Amp Fiddler
Get Yourself Together / I Can Be (Joshua / Spacek Remixes)

Ubiquity (UR12137)
12 inch
Release Date: September 9, 2003
Barcodes - UR12137: 780661113713


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  Detroit Music Awards

- '99 Outstanding Jazz Recording "Jazzhead-Jazzhead"
- '00 Outstanding Jazz Writer
- '00 Outstanding World Writer
- '02 Outstanding World Recording "Blackman & Arnold-Live"
- '03 Outstanding World Artist

Over the past few years John Arnold has risen to public attention along with a new wave of Detroit producers and artists. "Neighborhood Science" includes appearances from some of those peers like keyboard maestro and vocalist Amp Fiddler (of P-Funk All-stars and Genuine Records), vocalist and multi-talented musician Ayro (Omoa music) and producer and vocalist Malik Alstin (collaborator with Roy Davis jr). They just happen to be from around the way, and helped shape the John Arnold sound on "Neighborhood Science," his debut album. "My neighborhood is brimming with talent, we all live and breathe music. I really wanted to present this scene on my record, because it defines who I am," states Arnold ...  more

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1. I Can Be
2. Rough
3. Inside
4. We're Not
5. Broken
6. Fabric
7. Get Yourself Together
8. Anaconda
9. Neighborhood Science

Get Yourself Together
/ I Can Be  Tracklisting
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A1. Get Yourself Together
A2. Get Yourself Together (Joshua remix)
B1. I Can Be
B2. I Can Be (Spacek remix)



As One
Out of the Darkness
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP158)
Release Date:
October 26, 2004

Barcodes: 780661115823 (CD)  /  780661115816 (LP)


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  Kirk Degiorgio returns with an album that flows effortlessly across BPMs and genres.

Central is the As One signature synth-heavy sound which sits on top of downtempo, broken, house and even hip hop tracks. “Out of The Darkness” is the first full-length recorded completely for Ubiquity (previously we’ve released a “best of” and an album that was born under the guidance of the ill-fated Blue label) and it’s infectiously positive message bathed in progressive eclectic styles is hard to resist.

There are 9 unreleased exclusive tracks on “Into The Darkness” including several DJ-friendly club-cuts and a couple of his specialty ambient tracks, there is even a cover of a track from the rare Herbie Hancock soundtrack “The Spook Who Sat By The Door”.

The album was born post 9/11 and initially titled “Into The Darkness”. Life changes, including a move back to his native Ipswich with life partner Silvana, and the birth of their son Luca, gave Kirk a new perspective and the album changed in a positive direction to become “Out of The Darkness”.

“All the new parent clichés apply, it really does change your perspective on life and your priorities completely change,” explains Degiorgo. “It’s a very difficult period though - the body and mind are resistant to change and after a pretty bohemian lifestyle of doing 'whatever I want whenever I want' it was a tough transition. I stopped DJing for a year and the album took a backseat whilst I got to grips with the new environment”  ...  more

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1. Hope
2. Out of the Darkness
3. It Ain't Nothin'
4. Shem Dem
5. Leviathan
6. What You Askin' For
7. I Love You
8. Shapechange
9. The Daisy Picker
10. I'm Down
11. Sanctified
12. Love Theme From The Spook Who Sat By the Door


As One
So Far... (so good)
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP133)
2CD / 3LP
Release Date:
June 17, 2003


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  This is not a best-of compilation. It's an introduction. Ubiquity proudly presents 19 tracks by Kirk Degiorgio that were recorded and recovered for this retrospective.

With six albums to date, two successful labels, more pseudonyms than an adulterous stock broker, and a discography that takes up way too much paper, it's safe to say that Kirk Degiorgio needs little introduction. What sometimes needs a little clarification however is the lasting impression he has made not only on his own fan base, but his peers, the generations of producers that followed, and the dance music community as a whole.

First, there's the Kirk Degiorgio who played a critical role in the formation and development of the intelligent techno community. In his formative years working for a record dealer, Degiorgio's ears perked not only to the otherworldly sounds of Detroit techno and squelchy Chicago house, but the ease with which these producers were rolling the tunes out. "After seeing the equipment that Derrick May and Juan Atkins were producting stuff with," he says, "I sold my record collection and bought a sampler, keyboard and fx units." What Degiorgio brought to his sound however was buckets of emotion and warmth to the machine language released on THE labels of the day like R&S, Planet E, B12 and his own Applied Rhythmic Technology (A.R.T.) ...  more

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1. Amalia
2. Isatai
3. Shambala
4. Meridian
5. Celestial Soul
6. We No Longer Understand
7. Theme From Op-Art
8. You Who Never Arrived
9. Return of the Kingpin
10. Hyeres


1. Epic
2. Chiaro
3. Queen Constance
4. The Electric Hymn
5. Music Box
6. The Circle Suite
7. Reunion
8. Contours
9. If It Ain't Broke


As One
21st Century Soul
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP091)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  While working on this new album, Degiorgio has completed critically acclaimed remixes for 4 Hero, Beanfield, Azymuth, Tony Allen, and even the Newcleus classic "Jam On Revenge." He recently released a mixed CD called "The Soul of Science" (Obsessive Records) featuring unreleased Herbie Hancock soundtrack material, future jazz, and classic soul. Degiorgio currently uses As One, Elegy, Esoterik, Critical Phase, Family Values, Super-A-Loof (with Jamie Odell), and The Off World Ensemble as recording aliases. He has also established himself as a club DJ /radio personality in London, where he regularly hosts the R Solution show on Kiss FM.

Degiorgio was raised in Ipswich, England, a town also once home to experimental producers like Photek, Patrick Forge (Da Lata), and members of The Black Dog. In 1992 Degiorgio recorded his first release on B12 Records. Shortly after this debut he founded the ART label releasing early material by artists such as Carl Craig, Aphex Twin, and The Black Dog. Degiorgio recorded material under the names As One and Future/Past for ART, Planet E and R&S before signing As One to New Electronica for the albums Reflections and Celestial Soul, which both made the Muzik Top 30 albums for 1994/5. Further albums for Clear (UK) and Shield (France) eventually secured Kirk's reputation as a producer with a unique, individual sound, often incorporating jazz, soul, and funk elements into electronic tracks. Degiorgio's sound, as to be heard on the upcoming As One album, is warm techno with real soul and often based outside of the constraints of the straight 4/4 beat. His style can be partly traced to his main musical influences: P-Funk, Motown, early hip hop, Detroit techno, and mid-60's Blue Note.

Degiorgio's pioneering approach led to his first major release in 1997 for the Mo' Wax label, for whom he also remixed the Carl Craig classic "BugInTheBassBin". The Planetory Folklore album on Mo' Wax was a great commercial and artistic success which together with several hi-profile TV ad soundtracks gave Degiorgio a wider exposure. Infact his success as a composer of soundtrack/advertising material (he's completed work for Adidas, Fanta, Michelen, and Microsoft) has given him the freedom to take other musical experimentations to new heights  ... more

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  1. Another Revolution
2. Undefeated
3. Problems
4. Music Is an Open Sky
5. In the Arms of You
6. Amalia
7. Like No Other
8. I'll Keep Lovin' You
9. Contours
10. House of Eternity
11. Sixty-Seven


The Bamboos
Step It Up
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP187)
Release Date:
March 7, 2006
Barcodes: 780661118725 (CD)  /  780661118718 (LP)
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  Step It Up by The Bamboos is the latest full-length from Tru Thoughts Records (to be released simultaneously in the U.S./Canada on Ubiquity Records), the UK-based label and 2005 ‘Label of the Year’ winner at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. Step It Up features two new songs with Quantic vocalist Alice Russell including a driving cover of Afronaught’s “Transcend Me” (Bugz in the Attic).

Heavyweight funk act The Bamboos hail from Australia. Their first 7” single was limited to a pressing of only 300 copies but the tracks “Eel Oil” b/w “Blackfoot” quickly made waves around the world. Based on this first piece of limited-edition wax, funk-connoisseurs and producers Kenny Dope and Keb Darge signed The Bamboos for a single on their Kay Dee record label. “Tighten Up” b/w “Voodoo Doll” cemented their reputation amongst the global funk community and saw the band make new friends with fans of heavy dance floor beats.

“I sense in our music, and music from bands like Breakestra and The Quantic Soul Orchestra, that a subtle shift that has taken place. A few years ago all the new funk bands were dubbed “retro”. But I think as time has progressed and we have all been performing live that new elements have become standard for live 'new' Funk bands to get across to a contemporary audience,” says band leader and producer Lance Ferguson. “Things like really extended drum breaks, segueing whole sets of music together (DJ-style), employing MC's etc. It's raw Funk played with an aesthetic to get over with the Hip Hop crowd. I think this 'style' makes what we do actually fresh and in some ways a progression of the Funk style”  ...  more

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1. Step It Up feat. Alice Russell
2. Tighten Up (album version)
3. In the Bamboo Grove
4. Golden Rough
5. Black Foot
6. Transcend Me feat. Alice Russell
7. Tobago Strut
8. Another Day In the Life of Mr. Jones
9. Crooked Cop
10. Eel Oil
11. Voodoo Doll (album version)

John Beltran
In Full Color
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP142)
Release Date: February 17, 2004

Barcodes - URCD142: 780661114222 / URLP142: 780661114215



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  On "Sun Gypsy" (his first Ubiquity album) John Beltran set out to explore his own roots and interest in Latin rhythms. "In Full Color" is his sixth album and he dives deeper into those roots but also brings the music full-circle integrating the ambient warmth and electronic sounds found on his first few albums. It's an album that very much reflects his personal tastes and history. It's also one that he hopes reaches Beltran fans of old while making new friends.

"The Latin thing is in my roots and has always shaded my sound in differing degrees no matter which of my albums you listen to. It happens to have become trendy and the floodgates are open for many producers to pursue this sound. But no matter what it's always been in my blood, and in my household. So I've kept the same sunny sound of "Sun Gypsy", it's warm and rhythmic, but I've also tapped into the melancholic moods of my early work."

With a direction dialed-in Beltran spent the time to make sure his mixes, and his approach to the end product, whether it be full-on club tracks like "Kissed By The Sun" (described by XLR8R as a "sunny, conga-fueled samba shuffle"), or "Candela" ("An absolute stormer!" exclaims Rainer Trüby ), the more ambient passages like "Rain In Shibuya" and "Pictures And Indian Summer" or bossa tunes like "Dia Brioso," were as big and bold or as subtle and musically engaging as they could and should be. With lush pads and chord progressions fused with Latin vibes, rhythm programming, soaring vocal chorus, live performances and vocal collaborations this album showcases the growth of a unique producer/composer and catches him in full color.

"For me this is my best album yet, each song has its own space and identity but they work together from start to finish in a way that is similar to the cohesiveness of my Peacefrog album "Ten Days of Blue," says Beltran. "I've always had a deeper sensibility and bigger vision of my music with live players, not just machines - and being with Ubiquity is the right label profile and opportunity to incorporate my original electronic productions with the classic music forms I've always been into."

Helping reach this next level are very special guests from around the world: Producer Andreas Saag and partner/amazing vocalist Elsa Hedberg from Sweden (of Stateless, Swell Session, etc) collaborated on the enchanting "Starlight Memories" (look for the awesome Off World Ensemble mix on 12 inch). The multi-talented vocalist and keyboard player Ayro and fellow Detroit guitarist/producer John Arnold are all over the album. Colonel Red (the vocalist from Beatless and People Records recording artist) appears on "Your Colors." Lastly, the Candela Arts crew, including Local 12 (Turntables On The Hudson etc), from Puerto Rico round out the long distance collaborations. In fact at the recent Candela Arts festival in Puerto Rico CD-rs of "Candela" were thoroughly rinsed by the all-star DJ line-up and the tune quickly became a party anthem in old San Juan.

Following on from the Candela/Starlight Memories 12" will be a single featuring remixes by Osunlade and Buscemi, released just in time for WMC 2004. Beltran is also working on remixes for Roy Davis Jr, Osunlade, James Hardway and Colonel Red. He is set to tour Japan and the USA in 2004 as well as European dates both solo and with Detroit peers John Arnold and Jeremy Ellis.

Praise for John Beltran's "Sun Gypsy" CD/DLP (Ubiquity, 2002):

#29 on CMJ's RPM Year-End Top 40 Chart covering 1/2002 - 12/2002

"Spectacular release." - CMJ

"Beltran filled the record with bright Latin rhythms and soaring choruses that punctuate tracks like 'Kiana' and 'Heaven and Earth'… Beltran offers a fine set of breezily funky, enchantingly surreal tunes." - REMIX

"This prolific producer is a studio chameleon… Beltran's jazz sensibilities allow unrelated sounds and emotions to mesh together fluidly." - BPM

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1. Rain in Shibuya
2. Kissed by the Sun
3. Candela
4. She Is
5. Dia Brioso
6. Your Colors
7. Azulaje
8. Pica
9. Starlight Memories
10. Pictures and Indian Summer

John Beltran
Starlight Memories 12"
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A1. Starlight Memories
A2. Candela
B1. Starlight Memories (Offworld Ensemble remix) 

John Beltran
Sun Gypsy
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP113)
Release Date:
Now Available

Click here for Kissed by the John Beltran "Sun / Dia Brilhoso" 12" (UR12132)


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  World renowned producer and DJ John Beltran signed to Ubiquity Records in the Winter of 2001/2. The buzz about his Ubiquity current singles and impending album is growing fast with labels like Quango and Freerange knocking on the door for mixes and tracks. His ability to blend organic music with studio trickery and club beats has even caught the eye of major labels hiring Beltran to remix tracks by the Beatles and tango giant Astor Piazzolla!

Eleven years since John Beltran released his first project on Carl Craig's Retroactive Records he remains committed to his craft as a composer and producer. He balances the funkiest of beats with killer musicianship and is constantly pushing his abilities as a creator of electronic dance music.

Hooking up with Ubiquity Records (by Beltrans own admission, and no we didn't pay him extra to say it (!) it's his favorite label) he has visions of a larger sound with broader appeal. His "Sun Gypsy" album is set for release early November 2002, will be as club-oriented as his work has ever been while incorporating live instrumentation to give the project a warm organic feel. Predominantly house tempo tracks with Brazilian undertones accompanied by a few downtempo nuggets "Sun Gypsy" manages to be both listenable and DJ friendly without losing any edge or becoming monotonous.

The title and music on "Sun Gypsy" reflect his movement across the USA, starting with a relocation from Detroit to Florida, where he enjoyed a new lease on life, a more positive outlook and a re-birth of interest in the music business this Spring. Having DJ'd a couple of times in Los Angeles this year he has since decided to move there in September/October - so watch out for some seriously sun-kissed beats! Beltran will also become a resident DJ at our new monthly at Zanzibar this Fall.

Beltrans first Ubiquity 12" "Felicidad Nova" has been compared to the music of Masters At Work and turned heads stateside and abroad with the likes of Patrick Forge (Da Lata), Ross Allen (Blue), and Rainer Truby (Compost) charting heavily ... more

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  1. Intro
2. Kiana
3. Felicidad Nova
4. La Nueva
5. Bota Foga
6. Dashiki
7. Fragile
8. Sun Musica
9. Interlude
10. Heaven and Earth

Black Renaissance
Body, Mind and Spirit
Luv n' Haight (LHCD/LP037)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  Harry Whitaker is a piano player, producer and arranger who at the age of 26 recorded Black Renaissance "Body, Mind, and Spirit," a holy grail amongst collectors of soul-jazz and rare groove, and an album so rare it's virtually a myth to many.

Made up of two long tracks that periodically build and release for forty minutes over two sides of an LP it's an improvised masterpiece combining Afrocentric spiritual soul, jazz, poetry, amazing solos, a tasty bass line or two and more than a fair share of funky beats. It's also one of the earliest jazz albums to feature rapping. "I called the project Black Renaissance because that is what I wanted to see happen - especially in music. I describe it as Dixieland circa 1976 - by the end of the songs everyone is playing together."

Given its rarity, when asked if he was surprised that people knew about the album Whitaker jokes "I've told enough people about it over the years! Now they can actually hear it. It was a record before it's time. It's not a commercial release - I think of it as classical. You can call it jazz, but it's free, it's got African roots, it's for people who people who dig that sound."

Harry Whitaker has enjoyed a successful career as a producer, arranger and composer, cutting his teeth on the best of the Roy Ayers Ubiquity releases and making a living working closely with Roberta Flack - as her musical director, even playing on her big Eugene McDaniels' written hit "I Feel Like Makin' Love." Black Renaissance "Body, Mind, and Spirit," was his first attempt at a project where he wrote and composed the music and played keys on both tracks ... more

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  1. Black Renaissance
2. Magic Ritual

Found Love
West End Records
Release Date:
July 27, 2004


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  The bright lights of Manhattan look far away from New Jersey for a kid with big dreams. Growing up with his very cool Mom in Newark, young Kevin Hedge became the resident DJ at “rent parties” she would throw to try and make some extra money during lean times. Kevin then became a small-time DJ around New Jersey and always dreamed of making it across the river in Manhattan. Hedge eventually hooked up with friends Josh Milan (a former gospel singer and church organist) and singer Chris Herbert to form a musical group called Blaze (the name is a nod to Earth Wind & Fire, a group idolized by Hedge and Co). In 1986, the trio started to write, produce and remix their own material as well as songs for other groups.

Early one Sunday morning in 1987, still living at home with Mom with not much else going on, Hedge got an enthusiastic call from a friend who had just left the legendary Paradise Garage nightclub in Manhattan. Hedge learned that the DJ there Larry Levan played Blaze’s first track "Whatcha Gonna Do" at the Garage the night before and most importantly, the crowd went crazy. Hedge went to the club the next week and heard Levan play his song not once, but 5 times during the night. Pinned up against the wall of that magical club with the speakers blasting his song, Kevin had an epiphany. That was the first time that Hedge thought he had something going with Blaze and this event gave him hope to keep at the music career.

Hedge volunteered at a record store in NJ called Movin’ Records and through the owner met WBLS Radio DJ Timmy Regisford. Regisford became a big-brother figure to Hedge and procured writing and production work for Blaze with several different major labels. Regisford subsequently got them a lucrative recording and publishing deal with Motown Records.

Blaze authored a number of deep house anthems from the 1980s and '90s, including "If You Should Need a Friend" and "My Desire" by Amira. During the 90s, Milan and Hedge continued to produce and record, both separately and together (Herbert left the group).

In 1994, they wrote and produced the UK Top Ten hit "Hideaway" by De'Lacy which sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Three years later, Blaze added Tee Alford and returned with another club hit ("Lovelee Dae") and their second full-length, Basic Blaze was released (recorded for the UK-based Slip'N'Slide label). A Blaze retrospective appeared in 1999. Their next project was “Natural Blaze: The James Toney Jr. Project” which was released in 2000 on Japan’s Life Line Records and served as a tribute to a dear friend

Blaze’s next proper album project was entitled “Spiritually Speaking” which was released in September 2002 by the UK label Slip N Slide. Spawning the huge #1 dance floor hits “Breathe” and “Do You Remember House”. Another highlight of the album is the sweet “I Think Of You” featuring the lovely vocals of Amira once again. This album proved Blaze’s songwriting prowess since it offered a diverse array of song styles, not just the soulful house they are known for all over the world. The album is rich with R&B tracks, the Amira ballad and the rhythmic instrumental “Gloria’s Muse (The Yoga Song). West End Records released a special US edition of the album, including a second bonus disc of classic Blaze tracks not available anywhere else on CD.

As is fitting for an artist who has created dance-floor fillers for almost 20 years, Kevin Hedge maintained involvement in the legendary New York City underground Saturday night dance party The Shelter for a decade. As producer and creative director of the party, Kevin brought an array of fabulous performers to play live at the club like Mary J. Blige, Ashford & Simpson, Stephanie Mills, Femi Kuti, Grace Jones and Patti Labelle. The success of this long-running party lead to the creation of Club Shelter in January of 2002.

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  1. Blaze - Interlude
2. Peven Everett - Can’t Believe I Love Her
3. Ritmo Rua - Universal Love
4. Little Louie Vega feat. Blaze - Brand New Day
5. Joi Cardwell - Be Yourself
6. Jihad Muhammad - Movement Blues
7. Ambrosia That’s How Much I Love You
8. Elliot Vanegas - No Matter What
9. Oji and Una - Nobody
10. Jovann - Track Mode
11. Arnold Jarvis - Love Of My Life
12. Hollis P. Monroe feat. Christa - The Heat
13. Soul Station You (DJ Spinna Mix)
14. Blaze - How Deep Is Your Love
15. Blaze - Found Love


Hit the Floor
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP178)
Release Date:
October 25, 2005
Barcodes: 780661117827 (CD)  /  780661117810 (LP)
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Stand Up EP (w/ Quantic Soul Orchestra Remix of "Hiding")
Ubiquity  (UREP191)
Vinyl Only EP
Release Date:
April 11, 2006
Barcode: 780661119111
Download One-Sheet:  PDF

Family Rap 12"
Ubiquity  (UR12177)
12" Single
Release Date:
August 23, 2005
Barcodes: 780661117711 (12")


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“Breakestra back with another smash! Those guys - it's just good! Plus that breakbeat on the b-side, those are the kinds of records that I look for when I'm digging"

"Breakestra is the proud voice of America's inner cities. The band, one of those outsize groove collectives, moves between genres with the ease of a medley."

"When Miles Tackett gives up the funk, you best believe that it's the whole funk... one of Southern California's most versatile and idiosyncratic bands"

“I sampled that shit myself! The first time I heard their cuts, I didn’t know it wasn’t recorded in 1972!”

"One of the heaviest outfits amidst the current crop of contemporary funk bands"

"Breakestra maintain rule over live funk and beats"

"These underground legends have followed the example set by their heroes and now carry on the legacy with the same momentum as the funk they play."

"Ridiculous groove from top to bottom – they’ve got their shit down tight"

Released on Stones Throw in 2001 The Live Mix part 2 put the Los Angeles-based live funk band Breakestra on the map. In 2005, their new album Hit the Floor (Ubiquity Records), a new single featuring members of Jurassic 5 and People Under The Stairs, and recent performances with GZA, Guru, Raekwon, Digable Planets and De La Soul (at New York’s Summer Stage) will launch the band further into the public eye. While their debut album and legendary live shows predominantly paid homage to old school breaks n’ beats gone by, Hit the Floor goes a step further as Breakestra create an album featuring all-original compositions and songs. The funk flavor is as strong as ever and Breakestra’s main man Miles Tackett explains the transformation from a cover band into one flaunting their own material as the obvious next step, “While hip hop dj/medley inspired covers are the foundation of Breakestra, it is only natural we’d want to express our own soulful proclamations,” he says. “I've been releasing original funk cuts before putting out The Live Mix Part 2. The first Breakestra single was an original song called "Getcho Soul Togetha", so this album is really just a part of the natural flow,” he adds.

Four years is a long time to wait for a second album, but judging by the size and enthusiasm of crowds at Breakestra shows or at their weekly hosted Rootdown party in LA their fan base continues to grow. And the global funk scene, which Breakestra are thoroughly entrenched in, now includes a distinguished list of bands like The Bamboos in Australia, The Dapkings in NYC, the New Master Sounds, Speedometer and Quantic Soul Orchestra in England and seems to be growing stronger by the day. “I don't think this music is going to be here today but gone tomorrow,” Tackett enthuses, “it's the best it’s been in years.”  

Explaining the time lag between debut and sophomore albums Tackett says, “I have a slight tendency to be a perfectionist, so creating all original material was a little more difficult than I thought.” He adds “It’s an intimidating thought for me that the music that inspired Breakestra had set such a high musical bar.”

To help kick-start recording Tackett opened a heavily soundproofed Funky Tilt recording studio last year. Setting it up from scratch with Tackett paying as close attention to musical detail as he does any of his recordings meant the public would have to wait a little longer to hear Hit the Floor, but eventually this space allowed for late night writing and recording sessions
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1. Stand Up!
2. Gotta Let Me Know
3. Hiding
4. Burgundy Blues feat. James 'The Penguin' King
5. Don't Need A Dance
6. The Gettin' To It
7. At The End Of The Day
8. Recognize
9. Keep On Playin'
10. See Sawng
11. Family Rap feat. Cali2na, Soup, Double K, Wolf & Munyungo Jackson on Percussion
12. How Do You Really Feel?
13. Show & Prove
14. Hit Tha Floor!

'Stand Up' EP
featuring alternative vocal from Choklate + Quantic Soul Orchestra Remix of "Hiding"(click for audio samples)

A1. Stand Up! (Original)
A2. Stand Up! (Take My Time feat. Choklate)
A3. Stand Up (Inst.)
B1. Hiding (Quantic Soul Orchestra Remix)
B2. Family Rap (Laid Back in the Rhodes Mix)

'Family Rap' 12"
featuring Soup and Chali2na of Jurassic 5, and Double K of People Under the Stairs
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A1. Family Rap (extended 12" version)
A2. How Do You Really Feel (Cut Chemist Re-Edit)
B1. Family Rap (1979 mix)
B2. Family Rap (Instrumental)

'Don't Need a Dance' 12"
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A1. Don't Need a Dance

A2. Don't Need a Dance (drumstrumental)
B1. See Sawng
B2. See Sawng (Instrumental)

Freddie Cruger
Soul Search
Ubiquity Records/Raw Fusion (URCD/LP201)
Release Date:
October 24, 2006
Barcodes: 780661120124 (CD)  /  780661120117 (DLP)
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  "Few can claim to create records featuring 13 DJ sure-shots, which makes Cruger's genius shine - 4.5/5 stars"
Remix Magazine

Snowboard Magazine

"There's an undeniable buoyancy to Freddie Cruger's 'Over the Ocean' when the beats come in like giant bata drums punctuating the air...'Over the Ocean', just one of 13 exceptionally tight tunes on this full length debut"

On Soul Search Swedish producer/DJ Freddie Cruger delivers a debut album of original tracks that illustrate why this master of genre-mash-ups has made a permanent home of DJ record boxes across the globe. Cruger’s authentic mix of old school hip-hop and b-boy grooves effortlessly incorporates dirty funk, soul, reggae, Latin and disco rhythms into impossibly irresistible tracks.

Integral to the rise of influential independent Swedish labels like Raw Fusion and GAMM, vinyl-buying fans of hip hop and soul will have found it hard to ignore the barrage of 16 releases and remixes featuring the name Freddie Cruger or pseudonym Red Astaire over the past few years. Despite the majority of his music being released purely on vinyl to date Cruger has gained many devoted supporters including names like Jazzy Jeff, Bobbito, Gilles Peterson, Quantic and even Erykah Badu.

Hailing from the southern district of Stockholm, Sweden, Cruger has been making beats for a decade or so. Aiding his graduation from bedroom producer making simple instrumental beats to hit-capable producer carving out an album of soulful reggae, b-boy disco and dark ghetto blues are a handful of guest vocalist. Soul’stress Linn, who glides in like a Scandinavian Jill Scott on “Pretty Little Thing,” and the talented MC ADL represent Sweden. Joining them are Swingfly on the dancefloor bound “I Feel Quote Whatever”, Rapadon, Anthony David on the Latin-tinged “I Wanna Make You Move” and bluesy “New World Time”, and Cee-Rock “The Fury” from the USA with Desmond Foster from Jamaica on the good-time reggae flavored opener and “Something Good.” “I’ve had some of the songs since way back in 1998 and have never grown tired of them, so they had to be included,” says Cruger. “It took me a while to get this album done, but now I’m in the zone, I could make the next one pretty fast!” he adds ... more

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01. Over The Ocean feat. Desmond Foster
02. I Wanna Make You Move feat. Anthony David
03. What'chu See Iz What'chu Get feat. Cee-Rock
04. Running From Love feat. ADL
05. Pretty Little Thing feat. Linn
06. I Feel Quote Whatever feat. Swingfly
07. Pushin' On feat. Linn
08. Special Lady feat. ADL
09. The Hustle
10. Something Good feat. Desmond Foster
11. New World, New Time feat. Anthony David
12. Bap Yo Head feat. Rapadon
13. Take It Personally feat. Personally

City to City
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP116)
Release Date:
January 21st, 2003


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  Following hot on the heels of two smash Ubiquity singles, Simone Serritella, one half of the duo, describes their forthcoming "City to City" album as "Pure entertainment prime-time beats with a Brazilian twist." That's about as accurate a description as you're going to get, especially from a guy who speaks London-brewed broken Italian-English. Mix the electro-bounce of Metro Area with the percussive energy of the Truby Trio, add a smattering of old school disco and some future breaks and that's Cuica. No mess, a little cheeky and twisted; honest, full-flavor club music.

Serritella's partner in Cuica is fellow-Londoner Pete Herbert. Any vinyl junkie who spent time in London between 1995 and 2001 will know Herbert from his days running the legendary London record store Atlas. An emporium unrivalled for it's eclectic wares Herbert laments the closure of Atlas due to financial pressures last year, "It taught me a lot and I met a lot of great likeminded people - but it became hard to make ends meet, believe me we tried!" he says. "I could see myself turning into one of those grumpy old f*ckers that you see in London record stores and when our friendly landlords trebled the rent that was that!" Outside of Cuica Hebert records as Optimo (with Mat Anthony and Martin Jenkins of Stratus/Pussyfoot) and used to record as Bushflange for Hard Hands. He also compiles records as an A+R agent for Palm Pictures sub-label Quango.

Serritella grew-up in the industrial zone between Turin, Bologna, and Milan, Italy. A mad collector of Italo-European jazz records he moved to London in 1999 and began work with longtime friend Joe Davis, the man behind Far Out records. Helping start the Far Out sub-label Solaria their releases included tunes by Marc Mac (4 hero), Flytronix, DJ Venom and Defusion. Serritella now runs the Arision record label and this Fall he releases his own Big Bang album "Arriving Soon".

The two met in ‘92 when Herbert worked alongside Simon Lee (Faze Action) at Daddy Kool records in Soho, London. Serritella was a frequent long-distance shopper and the two maintained a friendship as the years went by. Atlas sold a hefty amount of Solaria releases and when Herbert complimented Serritella on his new tracks they decided it was time they collaborated on music. The result was the first ever Cuica single called "Percussive One" released on Arision. When the demo CD-r version of "Trommel Monster" landed on Andrew Jervis A+R desk at Ubiquity talks of a single release began immediately. The album deal was made when Jervis visited London a few months later. That same week Serritella DJ'd with Tyrrell (Interfearence) Alex Attias (Beatless) and Jervis at the Ubiquity 100th release party at the Nottinghill Arts Club.

Hanging with Cuica is time well misspent. That is if you like music, girls and the occasional drink. They have an easy-going demeanor and an obvious chemistry, which explains how the album came together so quickly - the majority of it materialized in less than 6 months! "Pete is the funniest man ever," explains Serritella. Herbert returns the complement. Tales of Serritella's drunken rendition of the "Theme to the Godfather" at the end of a gig in Germany, or getting booked to play in France because the promoter confused Pete Herbert with Matthew Herbert are just the tip of the iceberg. The two keep a busy DJing schedule playing all over Europe, Herbert with residencies in London, Brussels and Paris, Serritella listing Switzerland and Central Europe as his favorite spots to play. Herbert sums up a typical week as "Feel Like sh*t Monday morning, do easy tasks to make it feel like I'm working. Dig for samples, go record shopping, hang out with Molly (girlfriend), cook, work on compilation projects, have at least one late night in the week and pay for it the next day. DJ one sh*t gig and swear to give-up DJing, have one killer gig and buzz for the next 2 days . . . all in no specific order."  ... more

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  1. Why Not Samba?
2. Cuidado
3. Meierising Part 2&3
4. Trommel Monster
5. Afrique
6. Double Blues
7. Meierising Part 1
8. Nights Over Vauxhall
9. Slipping Away

Roy Davis Jr.
Chicago Forever
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP155)
Release Date:
September 14, 2004

URLP155: 780661115519
URCD155: 780661115526



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  With recent DJ gigs racking-up airmiles between Russia, France, Canada and all over the USA, a steady stream of production work for Warners, and a potential radio show in the works, a newly invigorated Roy Davis Jr. is finally ready to drop his musical "thank you" to the city he grew up in.

"Chicago Forever" was originally slated for release in the fall of 2003. But Roy Davis Jr. lost his mother, went through a divorce, and moved away from family to Los Angeles. The events from the past two or three years have made this the most difficult album he has ever produced. "I almost lost inspiration, and felt like I was wasting time making music," explains Davis Jr. "But the last thing my Mom had said was "don't you ever stop making your music!" Thinking about her, all the things I have in my life, and my faith has kept me going," he adds.

As if a mothers last words weren't enough motivation to get him in the studio he has also become determined to elevate the current perception of dance music from novelty status back to a genre that's as popular as any other black music, back to the days when Chicago house ruled the dance floor and set him out on his own career.

"The soulless dance music that most people have access to is so commercialized and sugar coated. The best tunes are so often underground now - it's time to take this black music from the hoods of Chicago, Detroit, LA, etc, back over the top," explains Davis Jr. "My approach is to merge aspects of more popular genres like soul and hip hop into my sound because there's a younger generation that may not have grown up on dance music like I did. And it's important to have better songs at varied tempos so the tracks are not always at 127 or 125 bpm."

Prior to the album release two singles have dropped on Ubiquity. Featuring vocals by Ubiquity label mate Jeremy "Ayro" Ellis and another Detroit native Terry Dexter, the latter single spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Dance Chart.  ... more

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1. Strings and Things
2. If You Wanna
3. I Know What You're Thinking
4. Wonderland
5. Common Calling (Interlude)
6. Nu Roots
7. Heavenly Father
8. My Soul is Electric
9. Caleb Calling (Interlude)
10. U Give U Take
11. Slow It Down (For The Steppers)
12. I Know What You're Thinking (Pt. 2 mix)

Roy Davis Jr. feat. Terry Dexter
If You Wanna 12" (UR12146)
A1. Original
A2. P'taah Vocal
B1. P'taah Dub
B2. John Beltran Remix

Roy Davis Jr. feat. Ayro
I Know What You're Thinking 12"

A1. Mix 1
B1. Mix 2
B2. Acapella

Don Cunningham
Something for Everyone
Luv n' Haight  (LHCD/LP038)
Release Date:
April 22, 2003


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  - It's holy grail time again at Luv N'Haight - less than 500 copies were originally printed of this 1965 album which has long been at the top of collectors wants list.

- First time on CD, features original liner notes and artwork, plus the LP insert and CD booklet will include exclusive artist pictures and interviews.

Latin Jazz, Rare Groove, Re-issue, Collectibles, Easy Listening, Jazz

FOR FANS OF: Bobby Montez, Francisco Agaubella, Black Renaissance, Esquivel, Les Baxter

Featuring the often-sampled and highly sought after dancefloor classic "Taboo" this album was recorded and sold only through the St Louis Playboy Jazz Club in 1965. This is as rare as they get. Previously only available on vinyl (only 500 were ever made on the appropriately named Exclusive label) the original was highly sought after by collectors.

While "Taboo" featured on a Luv N'Haight compilation this is the first time the album has been re-issued as a whole and on CD. Carefully re-mastered from original analog tapes the swinging sounds of "Quiet Village" and "Samba De Orfeu" prove that Cunningham was no one-trick pony.

Playing in the early 1960s line-up of the Johnny Mathis band gave Cunningham chance to visit travel to the Carribean, Fiji, Australia, and Hawaii. Having grown-up in the less-exotic city of St Louis, MO Cunningham was inspired to take the new exciting sights and sounds experienced on his travels into the studio. The result is an album that has everything from lush moments of old school easy-listening to jumpin' jazz with a Latin edge to sample-worthy percussion breaks and samba flavored jams. . .guess that's why he called the album "Something For Everyone." Full artwork will include original liners, plus new images and artist interviews.

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Side 1

1. Angelina (I. Burgie) 4:30
2. I'm Your Slave (Miller-Ragan) 5:30
3. Quiet Village (Les Baxter) 4:10
4. Tabu (M. Lecuona, S.K. Russel) 4:40

Side 2

5. Manha de Carnival (L. Bonfa-A. Maria) 4:37
6. Sylvie (H. Ledbetter, P. Campbell) 4:48
7. Samba de Orpheu (L. Bonfa-A. Maria) 7:46


1. Angelina (I. Burgie) 4:30
2. I'm Your Slave (Miller-Ragan) 5:30
3. Quiet Village (Les Baxter) 4:10
4. Tabu (M. Lecuona, S.K. Russel) 4:40
5. Manha de Carnival (L. Bonfa-A. Maria) 4:37
6. Sylvie (H. Ledbetter, P. Campbell) 4:48
7. Samba de Orpheu (L. Bonfa-A. Maria) 7:46

Legs EP
Luv N' Haight (LHEP051)
Release Date:
September 26, 2006
Barcodes: EP (Vinyl Only) - 780661005117
One-Sheet:  PDF

Let My People Go
Luv N' Haight (LHCDLP048)
Release Date:
January 24, 2006
Barcodes: CD - 780661004820 /  LP - 780661004813
One-Sheet:  PDF



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  "I feel compelled to spread his name, even if it's 25 years late, because it's too good to stay in hiding...The next time you go to a party, hit the DJ up with a CD-R of "Legs". When the whole place explodes in a frenzy, and the last plume of smoke has billowed off the dance floor, take your melted disc back and tell them Darondo sent you to put dynamite in the people's quarry."
John Mayer (Columbia Recording Artist)

A mystery to most, Darondo records are high on the wants-lists of many collectors. He is spoken about in hushed-tones by other Bay Area musicians. Back in the day he was seen cruising around town in a white Rolls Royce (with a "Darondo" license plate). He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim. Take a listen to these tracks, released for the first time together on an album, and you may agree that he could have been the next Al Green or Sly Stone. But about 25 years ago Darondo disappeared.

Releasing three singles in the early 1970s (as Darondo, Darondo Pulliam, or the miss-spelled Dorando) he mixed low-rider soul with blues and r'n'b. He delivered in a variety of styles from the socially-charged "Let My People Go" to the sexually-driven funk of "Legs". All three singles were recorded in the Bay Area, and both sides of each of the singles are fantastic productions.

"You can hear a little bit of everything," says Darondo about his music style. "There's a little jazz and a little soul. They say if you Black you supposed to have soul. I got Latin flavor in me so there's some Latin in it. Definitely got the Blues in it. I sound kinda' country but I grew up in the Bay Area," he adds.

Growing up in Berkeley California Darondo got his first gig at the age of 16 years. He played in a band at the Lucky 13 teen club, one town over in Albany. He credits Kenny Burrell as his main early influence on guitar. “That’s basically who I learned the guitar from. I used to put his albums on and play his chords.”

Hooking up with Bay Area legends Al Tanner (producer) and Eddie Foster (guitarist) took his musical career up a notch. “I met up with Al Tanner through Eddie Foster who was a mutual friend of ours. We used to always get together at someone’s house and play chess,” reminisces Darondo, laughing. “We just sat around all the time either playing chess or playing music and that was it. Chess just kept our minds sharp.” Foster had already worked with Okampo Records boss Leroy Smith on a few releases before introducing him to Darondo to record “How I Got Over” and “I Want Your Love” for a single. Local station KSOL picked-up on the release. “They gave me my first break and every record I punched up I sold,” says Darondo ... more

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  Tracklisting (EP)
(click for audio samples)

A1. Legs
A2. Legs (Instrumental)
B1. Such A Night
B2. My Momma and My Poppa (Version 2)
B3. Packin' Up

Tracklisting (CD/LP)
(click for audio samples)

1. Let My People Go
2. Legs
3. Didn't I
4. I Want Your Love So Bad
5. How I Got Over
6. My Momma and My Poppa
7. Sure Know How To Love Me
8. Listen To My Song
9. True

See also:
Gilles Peterson Digs America: Brownswood USA (Luv N' Haight)

DJ Cam and Tassel & Naturel
Fillet of Soul
Inflamable Records  (NT097)
Release Date:
March 9, 2004



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  Please note that we’re very proud to be promoting this beautiful album, but this is not a Ubiquity release so it won’t be fair for you to give us the credit if you plan on covering this album. Full credit belongs to Inflamable Records. Thank you!

Fillet of Soul is a new DJ Cam project; a concept album which arose from the meeting of DJ Cam and 2 jazzmen, Alexandre Tassel and Guillaume Naturel. Fillet Of Soul offers a musical cross vision in exploring the jazz, soul and electronic influences. The result is a thrilling cultural melting pot with deep atmosphere.

The players:

DJ Cam, everybody knows him! Through his DJ Kicks mix, numerous artist albums and his formidable DJ skills, he is among the upper echelon of today's hip-hop / electronic producers.

Guillaume Naturel, saxophonist, has played with Dede Bridgewater, Björk, Henry Salvador, Tito Puente, Diana Ross.

Alexandre Tassel, pianist, has recorded and played with Archie Shepp, Cameo, Guru, Donnie, Laurent de Wilde, Anggun and numerous others.

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1. DJ Cam Live Intro
2. Only Your Friends
3. Where Do You See Me
4. Twins 1
5. Worldwide
6. Why Want You
7. No Complains
8. Smile
9. I Don't Know Why
10. Manix
11. Ballad for Cam

Dubtribe Soundsystem
Imperial Dub Recordings  (02IMP46)
Release Date:
February 1, 2005



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  Please note that we’re very proud to be promoting this beautiful album, but this is not a Ubiquity release so it won’t be fair for you to give us the credit if you plan on covering this album. Full credit belongs to Imperial Dub Recordings. Thank you!

"The real killer is the quality of the tracks, there's little in the way of filler...this album contains the best house tune ever recorded."
DJ Magazine - UK

How is house music relevant today? To most, "house" is a contemptuous expression used by a puerile few to specifically exclude themselves from the now retired "electronica" genre. To music historians, "house" is a type of music created in (or around) Chicago in the middle 1980's, championed by the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Robert Owens, Mr. Fingers and
Trax Records.

Here and now, some 20 years later, having completely digested house, deep house, hip house, acid house, hard house, tech house, tribal house, trance, trance-tribal, rave, breakbeat, hardcore, jungle, drum'n'bass, big beat, hard step, tech-step, two-step, the ‘San Francisco sound’, the ‘West Coast sound’, Eurotrance, UK top 40 house, nu-soul, soul house, and nu-jazz, and ambient, we've pretty well managed to put all of this behind us.

So what's the point of San Francisco's mighty Dubtribe Sound System releasing a new album called Baggage? ... more


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1. Shakertrance
2. Freeway
3. Autosoul
4. This Is The Time
5. Raggatronique
6. Rideline
7. Nothing Is Impossible
8. The Rhythm In Your Mind
9. Lo Disco
10. Goin Dancin
11. Make Me Stronger
12. Do It Now

Jeremy Ellis
Lotus Blooms
Ubiquity Records  (URCD165/URLP165)
Release Date:
February 22, 2005

URLP165: 780661116516
URCD165: 780661116523

Retail One-Sheet: PDF



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  ”What a tuff album. Anyone that doesn't feel like dancing to this one shouldn't be on a dance floor.”

”Jeremy Ellis is rocking all four speakers of my sound system for sure. This is a gem of a record that your cd player will be happy to spin at high volume.”

"Love the album...its all dope"

"Amazing stuff, really original and the depth sound is superb."

"Jeremy Ellis mines a number of disparate genres to hone his sound - an amalgamation of nu-jazz, nu-soul, and Latin vibes as well as drawing on a raw musical sensibility derived from growing up in Detroit."

”A boldly ambitious move for a sinfully talented musician.”


“Pure class from one of the Detroit new school on the always excellent”

"Detroit's broken beat Stevie Wonder"

STOP PRESS: Jeremy Ellis “The Lotus Blooms” is the #1 most added RPM album in it’s first week at radio!

Detroit-based Jeremy Ellis moved to Puerto Rico to create an album marrying traditional Bomba and Plena rhythms with Detroit-schooled dance music. After three months, the keyboard maestro and golden-toned vocalist discovered that the living in Puerto Rico ain’t so easy. On his way home he lost two computers, all of his recordings, half of his recording advance, and his passport (and possibly part of his mind). Fortunately, Ellis returned in one piece with the musical knowledge and resolve to create “The Lotus Blooms,” an album of insatiable future funk grounded in Detroit and peppered with a Puerto-Rican persuasion
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1. Take Your Time
2. These Passing Days
3. Bombakiss
4. Callelunakarma - Movement 1
5. Movement 2
6. Movement 3
7. Movement 4
8. Sonatina in C - Variations
9. Cortaron a Elena
10. '86' Verbs
11. Lil' 808 Thing
12. Bomba-lude 1
13. June-0
14. I Believe
15. Bomba-Lude 2
16. Lotus Blooms
17. Take Your Time (PRemix - Bonus Track)

DJ Garth
Revolutions in Sound
Grayhound Recordings  (GNDCD002)
Release Date:
March 30, 2004



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  Please note: Ubiquity is delighted to be assisting San Francisco’s DJ Garth with publicity for his new mix CD/label compilation. This is not a Ubiquity release so it’s not fair for us to get the credit in your coverage. Full credit belongs to Grayhound (with an ‘a’) Recordings.

DJ Garth is a name that carries weight far beyond the west coast he calls home . Hailing from London's music scene, he was the first of the notorious Wicked crew to set up camp in San Francisco. Inspired bythe Bay Area way of life he instigated the now legendary full moon parties and co-founded Wicked in 1991. From those heady beginnings, Wicked has been credited widely as the catalyst that helped put San Francisco on the global dance map.

Acquiring a custom-designed Turbosound rig from the UK in 1994, Wicked established itself as a night of dance second to none promoting a series of 'Guest Sessions', that over the years has featured such luminaries as Tony Humphries, Little Louis Vega, Chez Damier, Doc Martin, Harvey B, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Francois K, Stacey Pullen & Joe Claussell.

In addition to hosting Wicked events and touring annually with the Wicked Sound System in a customized 1947 Greyhound bus, Garth is an accomplished solo performer whose uncompromising style has kept him in demand across the U.S. at renowned clubs like 1015 and Townsend in SF to The Roxy and Twilo in NYC and all stops between. He held a ten year residency at Come Unity, one of SF's first and foremost house nights and regularly plays U.S. festivals such as Reggae on the River, Burning Man and Earthdance, as well as working his magic at respected clubs in the UK, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Australia & Singapore. Garth has been billed alongside such greats as James Brown, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, Maceo Parker, P Funk, The Wailers, Bo Diddley, The Roots, Coolio, De La Soul, Jane's Addiction, Stereo MCs, Prodigy, Moby and too many DJs to remember!

Inevitably he found himself in the recording studio and together with ETI scored global critical acclaim with his breakout anthem 'Disco Glory'. In August 1997, was named one of the Top 10 producers to watch in Muzik Magazine, alongside David Morales and Sean 'Puffy' Combs and in 1999, 'Disco Glory' was featured in SF rave flick, 'Groove'.

Since its inception in 1998, Garth's label Grayhound Recordings has released a string of acclaimed singles, and earned a reputation as the label to look to for up and coming producers. Each release has been licensed to third party compilations including mix albums from YoshiToshi, React, Hooj, Om, NRK, and Global Underground.

More recently Garth has become a sought after remixer, completing an eclectic bag of projects including Tribe Called Quest, Perry Farrell, Faithless, Nick Holder and many others. In the same way as his early tape recordings became instant classics, his annual mix CDs are prized collectors items.

Garth lives in the heart of beat culture San Francisco, juggling roles as DJ, producer, remixer and director of his own label. He continues to promote and hold his residency at Wicked which, now into its eleventh year remains California's longest-running house night.

Commercially-released DJ Garth DJ Mixography:

1998 - DJ GARTH: U.S. Underground 01 (Thrive)
2000 - DJ GARTH: Cisco System (Grayhound Recordings)
2000 - DJ GARTH: San Francisco Sessions Vol. 3 (Om Records)
2001 - DJ GARTH: Nite:Life 07 (NRK Records)
2004 - DJ GARTH: Revolutions in Sound (Grayhound Recordings)

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1. Intro
2. Stranger - Figures On The Wall
3. Rocket - Out With The Tide (Jenö’s Keyed In Mix)
4. Joshua Collins - Never Let Go
5. Rocket - Ez Rider (Dano’s Meloncholy Dub)
6. Ambusher - Know What You Mean
7. Community Recordings - Lifted Soul (Persuasive Percussion Mix)
8. Ebe - En Route
9. DJ Rasoul - Transitions
10. DJ Garth & Eti - Twenty Minutes Of Disco Glory (Mirror Boys Mix)
11. Rocket - Revolution
12. DJ Garth & Markie Mark - Anthem #1
13. Rocket - U Don’t Know
14. Audio Soul Project - Gettin’ Tha Feeling
15. Rocket - People (Jenö’s Stormy Weather Mix)
16. Nectar - Koncussive
17. Markie Mark & Garth - The Price
18. Outro

‘Shades of Grey' CD
Ubiquity  (URCD154: 78066115427)
Release Date:
August 24, 2004



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  - First officially released Greyboy mix CD

- Captures Greyboy in the mix and includes Greyboy edits, old faves and unreleased

FOR FANS OF: Greyboy, Brain Freeze, Cut Chemist,
Pete Rock

FILE UNDER: Funk, hip hop, soul, mix CD

Hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed "Soul Mosaic" album comes the first ever commercially available mix cd from producer/DJ Greyboy.

This 60 minute custom mix album showcases Grey's skills as a DJ, his ear for picking party tunes, and his production prowess as he edits, loops, and cuts-up tracks to enhance the listening pleasure. Mixing rarities with Greyboy classics this CD represents the kind of set you might hear at a Greyboy DJ gig - eclectic, energetic, original and presented with plenty of turntable flair.

Greyboy is one of the original West Coast rare groove DJs and his jazz, funk and soul collection runs deep. He produced a custom mix for DC Shoes in 2003 and the demand for this limited edition collection prompted the release of a new more readily available CD.

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1. finger lickin' good-richard 'dimples' fields
2. sad chicken-leroy and the drivers
3. laid back funk-darkness of evil
4 genevieve remix-greyboy
5. got to be a love (remix)-greyboy
6. hancoks hideway-the messengers
7. bad luck-hank carbo
8. ms. fatback-saundra phillips
9. u blew my mind-vernon garrett
10. the turner brothers-sound of the taurus
11. fell into a bag-river city
12. wavering-roy porter
13. scorpio-johnny frigo sextet
14. hot pants-hank carbo
15. want your man-julia dewitt
16. gotta stand for somethin'-john and the efficiency experts
17. bath music-greyboy

‘Soul Mosaic: A Case Study in Beats, Soul and Funk’ CD/DLP
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP144)
Release Date:
April 6, 2004



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  Clearly our most anticipated record release of the year, Ubiquity proudly presents Greyboy’s first album in three years. Entitled "Soul Mosaic,” this brand-new full-length was recorded 10 years after the release of "Freestylin'," the ground-breaking first Greyboy full-length album for Ubiquity (which to date has sold over 100,000 copies and is the cornerstone of our label).

The tracks crafted into a fourth Greyboy album include groundbreaking territory for the Southern California based producer/DJ. For the first time he has recorded full vocal songs adding a new soulful dimension to his music. The trademark laid-back West Coast Greyboy beats remain central to "Soul Mosaic" but are now enhanced by collaborations that took place over the past two years.

Vocalists like Bay Area underground favorite Bart Davenport formerly of The Kinetics and now a solo artist on Paris Caramel records sings on the two sold-out singles "To Know You is To love You" and "Genevieve", cover versions of a Stevie Wonder tune (originally recorded by Syreeta) and Cymande respectively. "Genevieve" was nominated as one of the songs of the year by Radio 1's Worldwide host Gilles Peterson. East Coast based Sharon Jones has made a storming come back with Daptone Records over recent years and also appears on two tracks. San Francisco up n'comer Bing Ji Ling adds a lil' Shuggie Otis folksy soul and guitar while MCs like Mainflo (TVT), and musicians and turntablists like D-Styles and Ricci Rucker (Sound In Color) maintain the hip hop pressure. Rounding out the mosaic are co- producers like the UK-based Quantic and West Coaster Mike Andrews, who recently had a hand in the Christmas #1 spot on the UK charts with a version of Tears For Fears "Mad World" from the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

"I couldn't have done this when I recorded Freestlyin', working with artists from all around the world is one of the beauties of modern technology," says Greyboy.

Working up the rough drafts for "Soul Mosaic" Greyboy recorded parts, solos, and lyrics with guests returning to the lab in his Long Beach home to deconstruct and sift through all the elements. And just like the aesthetic of Killingsworth, the well-known Case Study House architect who built the house which Greyboy is restoring, less is definitely more. In fact the process of restoring the home is not unlike his approach to making music. His mid-century modern building has been altered, remodeled and added onto over the years, Greyboy is currently putting it back the way it was supposed to be.

"I constantly found myself stripping back the amount of musical layers recorded in session and even the tools I use to make the music,” explains Greyboy. "I am a collector of sounds and objects, but I really only like a few things that are very good not a bunch of stuff that's just OK - it's definitely about quality, not about quantity..." he adds.

Greyboy warns people ahead of time that he will be radically changing tracks after studio sessions are over. However, his time with guest artists very much shapes a tracks final outcome. The cover versions on this album were ideas he became really enthusiastic about because of who he was working with and the mood they arrived at during studio sessions.

A decade ago "Freestylin'" became a surprise underground hit, it was a building block of the early acid jazz movement and still holds cult status today. Since then Greyboy has released the equally jazz-based instrumental "Land of the Lost" and the soundtrack and hip hop inspired "Mastered The Art," which featured musicians and MCs in a prelude to the "Soul Mosaic" album.

Greyboy has recorded with AG (Showbizz and AG), and the Greyboy Allstars (whom he helped put together and produce). His music has been featured in movies like Get Shorty, Celtic Pride, The Kelly Slater Surf Pro video game, Budweiser commercials, and he was handpicked to provide a mix CD for DC shoes in 2003.

Over the years Greyboy has DJ'd in Japan, Europe, and across the USA. His largest DJ gig was to 5000 people in the countryside outside of Rome, but throughout the summer of 2003 he played to over 20, 000 people a night on tour with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. His DJ philosophies have never changed, he practices to stay technically on top of his game but never practices a set for a specific night preferring to put together tunes and based on the vibe at each gig  ... more

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1. Genevieve
2. Son-Ray
3. Bronson
4. See My Eyes
5. Omega
6. To Know You is to Love You
7. Awright
8. So Good
9. Got to Be Love
10. Big Tito
11. Loggia
12. Make Music
13. Gotta Stand for Something
14. Everyday Problem

Bonus Remixes
15. Genevieve (Quantic remix)
16. Gotta Stand For Something (Paul Nice remix)

Greyboy w/ Quantic feat. Sharon Jones 12" (UR12143)

1. Got to be Love
2. Son Ray (w/ D-Styles and Ricci Rucker)
3. Got to be Love (Paul Nice remix)

Mastered the Art
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP075)
Release Date:
Now Available

Click here for "Genevieve (Quantic remix)" one sheet (UR12129)


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  Ubiquity Records' longest-running artist presents his third album, Mastered The Art. With a slick collection of soundtrack-inspired instrumentals and fat hip-hop tracks producer and DJ Greyboy is back, bang-up-to-date with sounds that will please his long-time fans and turn a lot of new heads.

Mastered The Art is less jazz-based and slightly more experimental than the previous two Greyboy albums, Freestylin' and Land of The Lost. It's still the kind of laid-back affair you might expect from a Southern Californian beat-head, but with the Greyboy twist. There is a heavy Italian feel to the instrumentals--as acoustic guitars and strings hug the fat beats and catchy bass lines. In fact this heavy dose of Italiana led us to ask high flying Italian producer Nicola Conte to remix the title track--a big bossa remix featured on limited 10" and as a bonus cut on the album. Chase-scene suspense tracks like "Logan's Run" and "Instantly" or the mysterious sound of "Marrakech" give Mastered The Art a soundtrack-like quality. These are nicely balanced by bouncing hip-hop party tracks like "Hold it Down" and "Ghetto Boogie".

Andreas Stevens, aka Greyboy, born 1969, and residing in San Diego, has gone full circle. He was the first artist to sign to Ubiquity, and his first full-length album is still the label's all-time best seller. Not bad for a record that cost less than $4000 to make, and sold on an advertising budget of $0! He was a man in the right place at the right time. While the acid jazz phenomenon was brewing in Europe in the early 1990s, Greyboy became the first American producer to mix beats with jazz. His chunky beat-making sensibilities earned him praise from the European crowd, and his tracks were heard by crowds checking out DJs like UK-based Gilles Peterson, Marcus Wyatt (LA), and DJ Smash (NYC). "When I first started making beats, I was making hip-hop. Since I couldn't find MC's to work with, I decided to try the jazz thing and lace my tracks with live instruments instead. That's where Karl Denson and the Greyboy Allstars came into the picture", explains Greyboy.

Michael McFadin, founder of Ubiquity records recalls the story of how Greyboy came to sign for Ubiquity, "It's been nearly a decade since my wife Jody and I received our first phone call from Andreas Stevens [Greyboy] at our record store, The Groove Merchant. He was searching for breaks and rare grooves that he couldn't seem to find down in San Diego. Back then he had some notoriety as a DJ in Southern California and he had recorded an underground house 12" that had sold 5000+ copies. He had grown up on hip-hop but had caught the bug for collectible rare groove. We started getting weekly calls, and he started getting weekly shipments. This was about the time we had started our label and Grey mentioned that he thought he could produce music for the label and started sending rough mixes. With some feedback from us, he began searching for live musicians and incorporating them into his music. Enter Karl Denson and Marc Antoine (both of whom have gone on to have their own successful careers). "Unwind Your Mind" was the first completed track; and, more than any other cut, it carried the sales of the Home Cookin' compilation."  ... more

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  1. Mastered The Art
2. Hold It Down
3. Uknowmylife
4. Polyphonix
5. Dealin' With The Archives
6. Marrakesh
7. Instantly
8. Ghetto Boogie
9. Smokescreen
10. Logan's Run
11. Bath Music
12. Mastered The Art (Nicola Conte Jet Sounds Remix)

James Hardway
Big Casino
Hydrogen Dukebox  (Duke126CD/LP)
Release Date:
October 21, 2003


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  As a freshly inspired art school graduate with the beginnings of an insatiable appetite for the unknown, David Harrow - yet to acquire the James Hardway alter ego - took off to Berlin for a weekend that was to last some three years. Drawn to the heady club scene exploding within the city and an atmosphere of bohemian excess, Harrow found himself in the perfect environment to indulge his musical imagination. Releasing an obscure debut album, 'The Secessionists', led to a collaboration with poet Anne Clark on a string of electro/new beat albums that sold in spades and established Harrow as a high profile innovator in Germany (Alec Empire still refers to him as 'the godfather of techno'). A chance meeting with Jah Wobble led to David joining Invaders of the Heart, who at that time were a nomadic bunch living in a bungalow park in Holland. 'Wobble taught me the importance of getting the setting and spirituality right for making music' Harrow recalls, evidently still indebted to the enigmatic bass-man.

Late 1986 saw Harrow return to London and immediately tune in to acid house and its cultural by-products before making contact with Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound collective. From that point, he seems to have worked non-stop, initially collaborating with the likes of Gary Clail, Psychic TV (Gen is the nearest thing to a true shaman that I've met. Even if he did eat from Adolf Hitler's cutlery), Lee Perry ('He has a light bulb in his head that's continually on') and a catalogue of On-U associates whose influences were to have a profound effect on his subsequent work. In 1994, Harrow released the groundbreaking 'Tantric Steps' album under the guise of Technova, followed by 'Transcience' the following year, both appearing on Andrew Weatherall's Sabres label and spawning a seminal collaborative project between the pair, as Bloodsugar. Meanwhile, by way of light relief, and true to his ever contrary modus operandi, Harrow also penned Billy Ray Martin's multimillion selling hit 'Your Lovin' Arms'
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  1. Feel in Love
2. Ocean Wide
3. Heart Beat
4. Do You Do
5. People Getting High
6. Time to Go
7. See Through Me
8. I Don't Wanna Know
9. Rise Up
10. Worms and Weasels
11. To Be Found

Harlem Zip Code
Colour World Soul
Red Melon Records (RMCD01)
Release Date:
August 24, 2004


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  It was only a matter of time for San Francisco's Red Melon to finally step up with their first full-length album. Written by former Paper Recordings artists Tony Free and Merlin Garnett together as Harlem Zip Code, "Colour World Soul" (Red Melon US, August 24) packs in a vibrant cast of international talent on this collection of nine lively tunes with a distinctly cheeky edge.

Meeting in the summer of 1996, Tony and Merlin quickly made a name for themselves as an in-demand songwriting and production team. The duo released tracks on labels including but not limited to Nervous, Catch 22, React, Wall of Sound, Naked, and Faith Records. With DJ's such as Tony Humphries and Graeme Park charting their work, Harlem Zip Code built their following by effortlessly bridging their studio talents with vocalists and live instrumentation. With their combined years of studio tinkering resulting in "Color World Soul" - Tony and Merlin fully embrace the vagaries of house music and have delivered the latest distinctive chapter of British dance. "Colour World Soul" is nine beautifully crafted songs with real meaning and purpose, backed by sexy, slinky, funk-ridden grooves. This album captures bodies in motion on the floor and the VIP room two stories up. It's a new love affair: the more you get to know it, the more you want of it ... more

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  1. Fling Up Your Wig
2. Cohiba
3. Colourworld
4. Give Me the Truth
5. Feels like Heaven
6. Neon Flash
7. Angelpoise
8. Sugar Burn
9. Where Will You Go

Idiom Creak
Room From Another Music
Samplistic Records  (SAMP092)
Release Date:
April 20, 2004


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  Here in the fabulous techniques of modern high-fidelity sound reproduction is some of the most delightful and unusual music making you have ever heard on records. This is music to listen and dream to. It has color and sparkle. Idiom Creak has raised the curtain on some of the exciting new possibilities that can be developed by those who have both creative imagination and an understanding of the tremendous potentials in the musico-electronic revolution that is going on around us every day.

"Breaks, glitches, strings, pianos and voices intermingle creating an interactive musical conversation that flows smoothly over 70 minutes"
-California Aggie

"Sonic architect Idiom Creak is the most intriguing act from Davis since DJ Shadow"
-Sacramento News and Reviews

Idiom Creak's previous album, Jet-Powered, Monkey-Navigated, has enjoyed rave reviews being called "…beautiful and emotive…finely crafted…fluid, detailed, and very much alive." Also Idiom Creak has been triumphed as "… a soon to be break beat icon."

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  1. Jet Anymore
2. Hometown
3. Circle Commercial
4. Obviously Trippy Ego
5. Interviewing The Tree
6. As We Go To The Amusement Park
7. One or Two Things
8. Jean Luke's Room
9. Revolution in Toilets
10. One Guy One Finger
11. The Agreement Argument
12. Check This In
13. Nothing But Still Love
14. The Unrivaled King of the Beautiful Lonely Jungle
15. You Feel Good Don't You
16. What Do You Think Now?

Deeper Soul Records Presents Kahil El'Zabar
Deeper Soul Remix Project
Deeper Soul Recordings (DSRCD01)
Release Date:
August 1, 2006


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PLEASE NOTE:  Ubiquity is pleased to be servicing this album to press, but this is not a Ubiquity release and we’re not distributing it, so please don’t give us the credit. Full credit belongs to Deeper Soul Recordings. Thank you!

From the brawling streets of Chicago come an artist, a label, and an album that reflect the deep history, progressive ideas, and rich cultural make up of one of the worlds great Metropolises. The artist is Kahil El’Zabar, an internationally renowned percussionist widely considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. The label is Deeper Soul Recordings, an imprint dedicated to bringing the art and soul back into electronic music. And the album is: The Deeper Soul Remix Project.

The works of Kahil El’Zabar are already celebrated around the planet. He has been awarded the “Artist of the Year” title by the Chicago Tribune, he received an “Album of the Year” award in Germany, and has already been the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Ebony Talent Association. He has lent his magical hands and his deep spiritual rhythms to such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, and Paul Simon. And in the 70’s while living in Geneva, he played with the great Nina Simone, he not only drummed in her band but he also designed her clothes. Yes, Kahil is a man with a wealth of talents, an author, a poet, and apparently a clothing designer as well. 

But it is his musical genius that brought him to Deeper Soul’s attention. His band, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, formed in 1973 and made up of highly respected musicians Joseph Bowie, the brother of Broadway arranger Byron K. Bowie and legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie, on trombone, Ernest “Khabeer” Dawkins, a fellow south-side native and award winning saxophonist, and Kahil manning the percussion. Critically lauded and regarded as the front runners in the avante garde jazz scene, this ensemble creates music as rich and deep as their ancestry; they have achieved an intellectual yet spiritual balance in their rhythms, making soulful, drum laden jazz with wide open breaths of space that emphasize the importance of each note played. Kahil studied in Ghana, and as he is the foundation of the group, you can hear the distinct West African instrumentation in their pieces. It is the kind of jazz that Deeper Soul Recordings ache to get their hands on, and once they did, they made it theirs ... more

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  CD 1 Remix CD
1. "Our Time Is Now" Kahil El'Zabar and Kemit Sources IG Culture Rmx
2. "Ancestral Song" Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Osunlade Rmx
3. "Running In The Streets" EHE Charles Webster Rmx
4. "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" EHE Henrik Schwarz Rmx
5. "Ancestral Song" EHE Kemit Sources Rmx
6. "Our Time Is Now" Kahil El'Zabar and Kemit Sources Original
7. "Running In the Streets" EHE Djinji Brown Rmx

CD 2 Originals CD
1. "Running In the Streets" Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (previously unreleased)
2. "Ancestral Song" EHE
3. "He's Got the Whole World" EHE (previously unreleased)
10 minute DVD featuring live and interview footage with Kahil El’Zabar


Take That Train
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP086)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  Interfearence are a London based outfit who make original club tunes that offer a refreshingly twisted alternative to traditional 4-on-the-floor house. Their sophomore album (and first for Ubiquity) is packed with tracks that jump inside your mind with an instant mood, an infectious bassline, driving persussion, and trippy vocal hooks. Their unique formula references the heady days of clubbing when the Stone Roses might get played alongside 808 State, where influences are truly eclectic - a dash of psychedelia, exotic drumming, moody soundscapes, and a whole chunk of funk. Releasing their debut album in 1999 on London Records, Interfearence earned praise from the European dance community and comparisons to everyone from Underworld to the Beta Band. "Take That Train" is where the story starts again . . . as Interfearence continue to make unfiltered, but definitely twisted, modern club tracks for people who just like good music...

With "Take That Train", Talkin' Loud A&R man Paul Martin and Canadian born musician Tyrrell offer a variety of moods. Kicking off with the Brazilian flavored "Dinheiro". There are also mid-tempo adventures like the breakbeat-driven "Theme From Oblivion", downtempo excursions like "Vari Happy", the broken beat influenced "The Struggle" and wild driving tracks like "Salvarsan" and "Xtradition" filling out the sound of "Take That Train". "Emotionalize" is a vintage Interfearence track originally appearing on the "Blue Note Club Culture" compilation. It's inclusion delighted Ubiquity A&R contact Andrew Jervis, "I played that track every week until I wore it out and my copy began to skip about half-way through, " he said. "that was a few years ago but it still sounds as fresh and energetic today as when I first heard it." They've also been getting great feedback from the likes of Peter Kruder and the lucky few who got dub plates of various album tracks.

A little history follows in case you missed the hype surrounding the first album. The event which instigated their meeting, came when Paul and Tyrrell met four years ago. They were clattering along on a tube train when their eyes met over a Sly & The Family Stone album which Tyrrell was clutching. Soon they're talking and not long after that they're trying out a few ideas in a home studio, with Paul spinning records and Tyrrell armed with a guitar and keyboards  ... more

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  1. Dinheiro
2. Theme From Oblivion
3. Xtradition
4. Duck
5. The Struggle
6. Vari Happy
7. Emotionalize
8. Salvarsan
9. Fear of Flying
10. Take That Train

This Is My Home
Ubiquity Records x Tru Thoughts (CD)
Release Date:
March 6, 2007
Barcodes: URCD208: 78066112082
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This Is My Home is the stunning solo debut from New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based producer Lanu (aka Lance Ferguson). Brimming with future soul and broken beat flavors, forward-thinking production and intuitive jazz sensibility, this album marks a distinct departure from the raw, deep funk sound of Ferguson’s other project, The Bamboos.

“The Lanu project embraces a wider spectrum of styles that have influenced me including Jazz, Soul, Fusion, Latin, Hip Hop, Broken Beat. It’s all soulful music, soul is the thread running through all these genres,” says Ferguson.

With his Antipodean deep funk outfit The Bamboos, Ferguson has recorded for such respected independent labels as Freestyle, Soul Force, Kay Dee and released an album on Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity. And his passion for DJing has taken him all over Europe and Asia. Ferguson drew on these global experiences for the new album, assimilating and incorporating sights, sounds, themes and friends into an hour-long Australasian future soul opus. “Dis-Information” is built around a punchy Moog bassline, angular Rhodes chords and an insistent break. “Mother Earth” teams up UK-based Quantic and California-based Stones Throw vocalist Aloe Blacc for a broken-meets-Afro-beat workout that calls out to people to respect the planet or face the consequences.

While the Bamboos blast raw, hard dancefloor Funk, Lanu blends Jazz, Soul, Fusion, Latin, Hip Hop, broken beat and house into something that is inspired by the past, but is also looking fast forward. Don Blackman, Roy Ayers, George Duke and the Mizells are big influences for Lanu but the album is even more informed and inspired by the digital rhythms of West London and Detroit and Ferguson’s infectious contemporary hybrid sounds are buoyed by expertly programmed beats. This effortless eclecticism is partly due to an interesting and varied musical heritage and career. Grandson of New Zealand’s first ever recording artist (Bill Wolfgramm played lap steel guitar and helped to popularise Hawaiian music in New Zealand’s dance halls in the 1950s), he has also toured as a session guitarist for Latin legend Joe Bataan, future funksters Mark de Clive-Lowe and Bembe Segue, and the UKs tightest funk outfit the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Lanu was Ferguson’s nickname as a child, and is also the Tongan word for ‘color’ ... more

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  01. Conversations
02. Dis-Information
03. Mother Earth
Feat. Aloe Blacc & Quantic
04. Runaway
Feat. Cherie Mathieson & No Comply
05. Rise
Feat. Abby Joyce & Simon Grey
06. It's Time
Feat. Kero One
07. Aow Leuk
08. Don't Sleep (Pts 1&2)
09. Shine
Feat. Christin Deralas
10. Conversations
11. Don't Sleep
12. Let You Glow
13. Beachcomber
14. Beijo do Sol

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
Music and Rhythm
Ubiquity Records (CD/DLP)
Release Date:
August 24, 2004

URLP153: 780661115311
URCD153: 780661115328


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Lawrence Watson

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  - 1st in the Ubiquity Studio Session series - 25 super dynamic mood setting tracks perfect for the dancefloor, bachelor pad, or movie soundtrack.

- Produced by the man behind "The Ape Breaks" and "Planet of the Breaks" series, sampled by everyone from Guru to The Gorillaz

FOR FANS OF: Yesterdays New Quintet, Cinematic Orchestra, Ennio Morricone,

FILE UNDER: Electronic, breaks n'beats, downtempo

Taking inspiration from classic library records produced by companies like Music de Wolfe and KPM, Ubiquity presents the first in it's series of Studio Sessions albums. Volume one features 25 mood setting tracks that work great as an album to listen too, as a DJ tool, a production tool for sampling, or music for beds in advertising or film.

Library records were often recorded by top session musicians and featured tracks capturing a variety of moods - from the frantic bongo-driven chase scene to the string-laden back-drop for a tender love scene - the music featured was aimed largely at TV, film and radio producers. Many of these obscure records are highly collectible for the single one or two tracks that the best LPs featured - often times selling for hundreds of dollars for an amazing breakbeat or a great funk track. The Ubiquity Studio Sessions will include all killer, no-filler tunes for the DJ, funk connoisseur, film, TV, ad or radio music supervisor. There are plenty of breaks and beats, loops galore, and mood setting tunes from the bass line driven suspense of "Friday The 13th" to the hard hitting adrenaline rush of "Bongo Fury". Each tune a perfectly formed short-but-sweet vibe catching moment in it's own right.

"Music And Rhythm" is produced by Shawn Lee who will be known to breaks n'beats collectors as the man behind "The Ape Breaks" and "Planet of the Breaks" series which were sampled by everyone from Guru to The Gorillaz. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer he has played and recorded with a diverse range of artists including Coldcut, Leeann Rhimes, Martina Mcbride, UNKLE, Tony Joe White, Chateau flight, The Dust Brothers, St. Etienne, Jeff Buckley, Bomb the Bass, The Spice Girls, and Natasha Atlas not to mention solo records for Talkin Loud and Wall of Sound imprint We Love You. His new album "Soul Visa" is out in Japan. And you can learn more about the amazing Mr. Lee at: www.shawnlee.net.

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1. Sexy Beast
2. Bollywood
3. Bongo Fury
4. Swamp Samba
5. Dirty Birdy
6. El Duce
7. East West
8. Italian Stallion
9. King Conga
10. Friday the 13th
11. Drum Monkey
12. Spytown
13. Organ Grinder
14. Scorpion
15. Sammy's Theme
16. Rose
17. Boss Bossa
18. Das Booty
19. Monteray Jack
20. T's Theme
21. The Descent
22. Pasta Cowboy
23. Axel Grease
24. Brooklyn
25. Psychedelic Sambai

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
Moods and Grooves
Ubiquity Records (CD/DLP)
Release Date:
April 26, 2005
Barcodes: URLP169: 780661116912  -  URCD169: 780661116929
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  The second album from Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra goes deep into cinematic territory with some seriously-Schiffrin smoke-filled beats, adrenaline-inducing rhythms, and dark alleyway spooky tunes. Taking inspiration from classic library records produced by companies like Music de Wolfe and KPM, Ubiquity presents the second in our series of Studio Sessions albums. Volume two features 20+ mood setting tracks that work great as an album to listen too, as a DJ tool, a production tool for sampling, or music for beds in advertising or film.

What did people say about volume 1? . . .

“If you're someone who keeps the six-disc CD player shuffling constantly back and forth between St. Etienne, Ennio Morricone, James Brown, and Percy Faith, then you'll get a huge kick out of this album.”

“Crap this is funky!”

“Cut it up, play it or sample it . . . just get it!”

"Have Mercy! This album from beat guru extraordinaire Shawn Lee is the shiznit... not to be slept on."

"Lee serves up cinema-ready grooves that DJs and other music lovers can enjoy"

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1. P Walk
2. Brighton Rock
3. Igors Revenge
4. The Noose
5. Windy City
6. Cha Love
7. The Case
8. Laurel Canyon
9. Indian Summer
10. Prog Punk
11. Electric Tit
12. Spooky Street
13. That's Right
14. Echo Park
15. Jagger
16. Ping Pong Song
17. Westenders
18. Skunky Funky
19. Garden Funk
20. Boogaloo
21. Theme from Andrex
22. Praying Mantis
23. 26
24. 60's Swinger
25. Lou's Place

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
Strings and Things
Ubiquity Records (CD/DLP)
Release Date:
February 21, 2006
Barcodes: URLP186: 780661118626  -  URCD186: 780661118619
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  The 3rd album from Shawn Lee’s popular Ping Pong Orchestra series includes 15 brand new tracks. More developed and adventurous than the trademark shorts on previous Ping Pong Orchestra albums, Lee stretches his musical muscles to delve even deeper into cinematic film-score territory. The Thievery Corporation recently hired Lee to remix a track on their ESL label and All Music Guide also cottoned-on to the broad appeal of the Orchestra sound stating…“If you're someone who keeps the six-disc CD player shuffling constantly back and forth between St. Etienne, Ennio Morricone, James Brown, and Percy Faith, then you'll get a huge kick out of this album.”

Strings and Things moves between sitar powered grooves, moody soundscapes and orchestral space funk for 15 movie scenes that don’t yet exist anywhere beyond his imagination. Opening with the Air-ish “La Ballade De Mela” the album moves from kung-fu-flick-flavored “Gerrard Street”, the Bollywood sounds of “Gregs Theme” and “In A Hurry”. “Oslo Morning” and “The Message pt. 3” showcase Lee’s ability to make engaging ambient tracks while “Moodbender” and “Quattro Formaggio” provide a change of pace with laid back loungey beats. These are 15 Morricone-like smoke-filled moments, adrenaline-inducing cross-town chase-scene tunes and Bombay-bastic rhythms.

This is the 3rd in the Ubiquity series of Studio Session albums inspired by 1960s/1970s library records. Library records were originally produced by companies like Music de Wolfe and KPM to provide an instrumental musical source for TV, film and radio. While the 15 mood setting tracks on Strings and Things might make great DJ tools, collections for sampling, or music for film, Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra also make great music to listen to.

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1. La Ballade De Mela
2. Gerrard Street
3. Greg's Theme
4. In A Hurry
5. Power Surge
6. Dirty Larry
7. Seven, Eight
8. Moodbender
9. Quattro Formaggio
10. Oslo Morning
11. Weird Waltz
12. Miso Horny Pt. 1 & 2
13. Old Sweat
14. Billy's Chase
15. The Message Pt. 3

Shawn Lee vs. Nino Moschella
Kiss The Sky EP
Ubiquity Records (UREP205)
Release Date:
November 7, 2006
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Collaborations, remixes, exclusive tracks, album previews - it's all here on this new EP featuring producer extraordinaire Shawn Lee and crooner Nino Moschella.

"Kiss The Sky" is from the forthcoming Shawn Lee album, Voices and Choices, due out in early 2007 and features Nino Moschella's vocals riding a vintage Lee moody down tempo track. As an exclusive bonus to this EP Warp Records producer Mark Pritchard (aka Harmonic 33, Troubleman etc) turns in a suitably soundtrack-inspired remix."Song For David" is also from Voices and Choices and sees Shawn Lee in David top Axelrod-like form with a stunning instrumental track complete with big dramatic strings and fat drums.

Shawn Lee remixes Nino Moschella's "Holding On" taken from the Moschella debut album The Fix, and also included is the breezy acoustic soul vibe of "You Never Came", yet another exclusive to this EP that's completely unavailable anywhere else.

Nino Moschella's debut has been called an "absolute classic" (Gilles Peterson), "essential" (CMJ), and "the record Stevie Wonder should have made after Songs In The Key Of Life" (See Magazine). Since it's release he has played alongside James Brown and Dr John and opened for the Greyboy Allstars. Shawn Lee has recently  completed his forth Ping Pong Orchestra album for Ubiquity which is set for release in January 2006. Called Voices and Choices Lee steps out with guest vocals in addition to the customary instrumental tracks. Lee's music has recently been featured in TV campaigns for BMW and Jaguar plus many TV shows and films. Mutual admirers of each others work the Lee/Moschella collaborations came about organically and these tracks will not be the last we hear of the two working together. 


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  A1. Kiss The Sky
A2. Kiss The Sky (Harmonic 33 Mix)
A3. Song For David
B1. Holding On (Shawn Lee Mix)
B2. You Never Came

Shawn Lee
Voices and Choices
Ubiquity Records (URCD/LP207)
Release Date:
January 30, 2007
Barcodes: URLP186: 780661120711  x  URCD186: 780661120728
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"Eccentric soundtrack space melodies which are catchy and stay in your ear for a long time"
Streetwear Today

In Shawn Lee’s world Ennio Morricone dances with Esquivel and Serge Gainsbourg as spaghetti western guitars and harmonicas ride fat drum breaks accompanied by vibes, lush strings, and piano. On Voices and Choices Lee's signature style moody instrumentals are accompanied by vocals for the first time in the four albums he has recorded for Ubiquity. In addition to a handful of full songs, instrumental tracks are decorated with vocal textures in a nod to classic producers David Axelrod and Charles Stepney who used choir-like walls of vocal to create their big productions.

Ubiquity label mate Nino Moschella joins Lee on the rock n’soul epic “Kiss The Sky”, while Ohmega Watts waxes positive lyrical on “The Glass Hour Effect.” Instrumentals “JW” and “Song For David” are just begging for an accompanying movie to match the cinematic sounds, while “Tense Bossa” and “Glass Act” feature subtle vocal parts to heighten the spy-theme tension.

Releases by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra started off as an experiment. Multi-instrumentalist and record collector Lee was obsessed by vintage library records and wanted to see if he could recreate their soundtrack-worthy sounds in his curio-shop-like London studio. Library records were originally produced to provide instrumental musical backing for TV, film, radio and advertising. Specific library records have become highly collectable, and are favored by DJs and producers for the occasional drum break, sample, or funk track.

Lee’s idea was to make full-length library albums that were good from start to finish and equally listenable at home as they might also be DJ friendly. Lee’s studio is insanely overpopulated, instruments at hand include a 1940's early proto-synth called a Clavioline, a 100 year old Marxophone zither, a 1950's Virginal Harpsichord, a 1950's Xylophone, a rare 1967 Vox guitar that has Fuzz, Tremelo and wah-wah built in, a 1930's Double Bass and an early 1900's keyboard called a Dulcetone. So finding the right instruments and noises to create a specific sound was not going to be a problem ... more

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  01. Intro
02. Song For David
03. Tense Bossa
04. Kiss The Sky
05. Fiendish Fifth
06. Francoise Hardy
07. Glass Act
08. Perculator
09. Nod Your Head
10. The Hour Glass Effect
11. JW
12. Changing Times
13. Bobulski
14. Mondo Mondo
15. Tired

16. Jawbreaker

Lithium Project
Many Worlds Theory
Hydrogen Dukebox (UK)  (DUKE125CD)
Release Date:
November 4, 2003


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  The Lithium Project orchestraters, Jason Farrall and Kenny Clarke met at the baseroom studios in Stoke, UK. The pair cut their teeth working singularly on a variety of productions under various pseudonyms as well as remixing duties for the likes of Inner City and Jocelyn Brown. It was only a matter of time before the two, along with talented keyboard player and the irrepressible basslines of Rajaneesh Dwiviedi would merge into something extra ordinary......'Passo Fundo'

Their debut album Passo Fundo is a fusion of all rhythm based genres under the electronica banner which is coloured by both the jazz tinged techno of Detroit and the nu jazz perpetuated by ŒGood Looking¹ offshoot Cookin¹ Records.

What the boys produce is electronica with a difference because it¹s origins are something much more organic and challenging. Tracks are smothered in waves of sumptuous strings and synth washes that engulf the listener, all underpinned by tight beats and the funkiest of basslines . It is a sound built upon an understanding of the fundamentals.

Ken and Jason have taken their time over their two albums - their debut 'Passo Fundo' was well received and their second album 'Many Worlds Theory' will no doubt collect many more fans for their unique style of music.

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  1. Inflow
2. This Time
3. Spooky Action
4. The Document
5. Butterfly Effect
6. Camera Obscura
7. The World Would Be
8. Blue Feel
9. Just Three Things
10. Majik Kiosk
11. Absorber
12. The Cosmologist
13. Aspecto
14. Feymans Theme
15. Outflow

Malone & Barnes And Spontaneous Simplicity
Freedom Serenade
Luv N'Haight (LHCD/LP052)
Release Date:
February 20, 2006
Barcodes: LHLP052: 80661 00521  x  LHCD052: 80661 00522
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Singer and songwriter Johnny Malone met saxophonist and flautist Allan Barnes while they were students at Howard University in Washington DC in the 1960's. In addition to being under the tutelage of Donald Byrd who was head of Jazz Studies, they were classmates with future stars like Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, and Angela Winbush. Barnes was already a member of the hugely popular soul jazz pioneers The Blackbyrds.

“We were at crest of the wave of early jazz fusion, plus the culture at Howard was a little outside of the box. We had great teachers – it was an ideal place to study and learn,” explains Barnes.

When the two friends formed Malone Barnes and Spontaneous Simplicity (named after the tune by Sun-Ra, whose band Barnes regularly appeared with when in Washington, DC) the collaboration yielded Freedom Serenade, an album of super spacey and spiritual jazz funk
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  01. Workin' Plan
02. Warp Ten
03. Up 'N Comin'
04. Moonstruck
05. Galactic Interlude
06. Road Man
07. Freedom Serenade
08. Journey To The Stars
09. Galactic Interlude

Nino Moschella
The Fix
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP193)
Release Date:
May 23, 2006
Barcodes: 780661119326 (CD)  |  780661119319 (LP)
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Nino Moschella
The Real Better Believe EP (w/ SA-RA Creative Partners Remix & Instrumental)
Ubiquity  (UR12188)
Release Date:
February 7, 2006
Barcode: 780661118817
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  “A heaping of lo-fi soul rounds out this Big Beat funk ditty with echoes of Sly & the Family Stone and Prince”

“20 Great Albums You Didn't Hear In 2006”

“Propulsive debut... thumps with hard-hitting drums, bluesy guitars and funky ass bass lines”

“The Fix is an astounding work due to Moschella's nuclear-powered life force and phenomenal vocal, melodic, and rhythmic abilities. To paraphrase the aphorist James Brown, "He's got soul, he's superbad.”

“One of the albums that I've been digging in a big way is this! Absolutely superb... absolutely classic!”

“A soulful, funky, freaky trip... a very DIY and personable effort”

“Elastic like Van Morrison, smooth like Marvin Gaye”

"Nino Moschella is staging his own funk revolution"

"Nino's EP is absolutely fabulous...a record that Steve Wonder should be making in 2006. Highly recommended purchase."

“The mighty Ubiquity crew taps into another fresh and funky talent… an essential piece for real music lovers everywhere.”


"Cut from the same cloth as soul/funk legends Stevie Wonder, Prince, Betty Davis and Sly Stone, 29 year old, multi-instrumentalist Nino Moschella is what they call in A&R circles 'a right fu--ing find'"

"Rickety, Prince-styled bubble-funk"

"Some of the most refreshing and earthy music I've heard in the last few years - the real deal in a world over run by technology."

The first time we heard 29 year old Nino Moschella we knew he had a magic touch. Gritty, soulful, and honest, his vocal styling and unique funk productions were a must-have for Ubiquity. Imagine our surprise when we learned that this golden voice belonged to a rough n’tumble Irish-Italian-American character from around the way.

Fellow Bay Area crooner Bart Davenport bought Nino Moschella to our attention. He mailed us a demo of tracks that had been recorded at Moschella’s home studio. Working on only a 4-track tape machine, hand claps and broom-stick banging took the place of the usual computer driven drum loops. Innovating with limited resources his lo-fi studio situation provided the perfect gritty back-drop to a big and bold vocal talent. Moschella’s demo was a series of well-written songs with a unique and blend of 1960s soul and funk mixed with even a little bit of indie-pop and folk.

Moschella carries his DIY demo spirit through to his debut album, The Fix, to be released late May 2006. His first official release from this album is, The Real Better Believe EP ... more

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  The Fix
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1. Are You For Real
2. The Fix
3. Didn't You See Her
4. Strong Man
5. Better Off
6. Inside Yourself
7. If You Believe (You Will Be Strong)
8. Time Would Tell
9. No One
10. In Your Bedroom
11. Moved On
12. We Will Soon Be Free
13. Decisions
14. Holding On

The Real Better Believe EP
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A1. Better Off
A2. Are You For Real?
A3. Inside Yourself (4 Track mix)
B1. If You Believe (Album mix)
B2. If You Believe (SA-RA Creative Partners Remix)
B3. If You Believe (SA-RA Creative Partners Instrumental)

Pacific Drift - Western Water Music Vol. 1
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP135)
Release Date:
September 9, 2003

BARCODES - CD: 780661113522 / LP: 780661113515


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  Nobody's new album "Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1" unfolds a new West Coast psychedelic sound. It salutes the Byrds, Beach Boys, and Love while shaking hands with Manitoba, DJ Shadow, and Prefuse 73. Featured collaborators include members of the Postal Service, Beachwood Sparks, Dntel, Languis, Athalia, and the Mars Volta.

Nobody is the 25 year old somebody named Elvin Estela. He is an LA vinyl junkie hypnotized by analog waves and creates albums mirroring phases of his stereo obsessions. His debut album, "Soulmates" was a hip-hop/cosmic jazz statement springing from early studio days and back alley freestyle sessions. Now Estela shows listeners a different shade of his soul. The concrete streets of "Soulmates" have melted into the flowing dreams of "Pacific Drift."

"Pacific Drift" is pure sampler psych wrapped in golden gauze. Nobody flips his favorite 60's psychedelic masterpieces into new expressions. Sunshine melodies ride on heavyweight rhythms as acoustic textures sparkle into dub. Using a prehistoric sampler and sequencer Elvin excavates precious notes from wax, stretching them into his own multi-hued palette.

Estela is a hyperactive link in the LA music chain. He spends days stocking essential listening at Fingerprints Record Store and nights rocking hot decks. With a scarf wrapped loosely around his neck Nobody warms up crowds to fresh archives. He can get jiggy dance floors exploding to the sound of kaleidoscopic, paisley soul. He also shares psychedelic jewels through his weekly "She Comes in Colours" session on LA's fiercely underground KXLU 88.9fm  ... more

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  1. Coming Up to the Surface
2. White Folding Slowly (Into Blue remix)
3. The Beaches on Neptune
4. Porpoise Song (Feat. Chris Gunst)
5. Interlude 1
6. After the Summer Hits
7. Psilo-Cylcing (Trip 'Round the Block)
8. Images of April (feat. Languis)
9. Interlude 2 / Sioux's Rain Part III (Insect Trust dub)
10. What Fall Brings
11. This Will Be Our Year (feat. Paul Larson)
12. Interlude 3
13. Electro-Accoustic
14. Headspace
15. I Won't Hurt You (Feat. Jimmy Tamborello)
16. Going Under

Ubiquity  (URCD/LP061)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  "100 New Bands You Need To Know In 2001: The [Soulmates] disc is so dope, the FDA ought to be alarmed."
-Alternative Press

"A jazz-tinged low-ride into dankest Los Angeles."
-Revolution Magazine

"Seductive tracks that bleed together like an epic dream."
-Spin Magazine

"One of the boldest production jobs in a long time."
-The Wire

Oddly enough, Nobody, aka Elvin Estela, never intended to create "Soulmates" as a full-length album for commercial release. "It was supposed to be an instrumental beat tape that I was planning on selling out of my backpack to make some dough," the 23-year-old producer says. However, the underground hip hop scene in Los Angeles is so vibrant that quality work cannot go unnoticed for long.

Ubiquity Records learned of Estela via a recommendation from veteran hip hop DJ Mike Nardone, which led to his signing in 1998. Since then, three well-received 12"s have been released featuring the likes of LA-based peers Cut Chemist, Z-Trip, Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, and 2 Mex. On August 22, 2000, Nobody's full-length album "Soulmates" will shed light on another segment of the ever-expansive Los Angeles hip hop community.

"Soulmates" is a collection of works that came to fruition between 1996 and 2000. This is not an easy album to pigeonhole, but it is built on elements that make up the LA underground sound: fast rhymes, unique delivery, left-of-center beats, and experimental topics. Few funk and soul samples were used, Estela preferring to venture into psychedelia and jazz. This is a laid-back, streetwise, abstract yet funky-as-hell album.

"It's very introspective," says Estela, "because it spans four years of my life, my emotions - good or bad - were captured in my music. My goal was to help create a certain mood for the listener. This mood is not necessarily a dark mood, but one that will enable those that listen to the album to tap into powerful emotions."  ... more

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  1. Prologue
2. For Those Who Never Dream
3. Leading to the One
4. Fiend or the Fix [Feat. Medusa]
5. Sun Child
6. Outbreak [Extended Solo Version]
7. Monotone
8. Land Loop
9. Shades of Orange [Feat. 2 Mex]
10. Noziroh
11. Green Means
12. Sixth Sense
13. Planets Ain't Aligned [Feat. Freestyle Fellowship/Oscillations Version] - Freestyle Fellowship
14. Syde Tryps
15. Tone Therapy
16. Inner Eye [Feat. Abstract Rude] - Abstract Rude
17. Epilogue
18. Faces of the Deep [CD Bonus Track]

Rocket #9 w/ Matthew Dear Remix
Ubiquity (UR12202)
Release Date:
October 10, 2006
One-sheet:  PDF
Barcodes: 780661120216

New Tones
Ubiquity (URCD/LP194)
Release Date:
May 9, 2006
One-sheet:  MSWORD  |  PDF
Barcodes: 780661119425
(CD)  |  780661119418 (LP) 


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(from left to right)Erik Hall, Olman Piedra, Dan Piccolo, Dan Bennett, Jamie Register, Justin Walter, Ingrid Racine, Elliot Bergman. Photo credit: Elise Bergman

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  "NOMO is going to hit you with a hip-swiveling blast of righteous Afro-Funk"

"Rocket #9 12'' - 4 Stars"

"Our party album of the year, this disc makes it absolutely impossible to stay in your seat - Top 10 World Music CDs of 2006"

"It's party music of the first order, locking into a groove so deep you can practically feel the sweat."

"NOMO swings a sense of spirituality, soul and grace back into pop music."

"Next 100" 2005

"Subtly shifting time signatures and grooves, and outfitted with more than capable soloists, NOMO sounds fresh in an otherwise saturated market."

On New Tones, set for release May 9, 2006 on Ubiquity Records, home-made Detroit electronics and huge horn sections blast big band funk and riotous jazz. NOMO’s roots are firmly planted in the fertile soil of African polyrhythm and American free jazz, and bandleader Elliot Bergman’s tracks draw inspiration from cultures and generations wildly different than his home setting. In many ways (at least geographically and sonically) NOMO are a distant relative of the TRIBE collective. Undoubtedly they carry the spirit of the legendary Detroit-label’s creative output.

NOMO were signed to Ubiquity through interest in their little-known self-titled debut album, and on the back of an onslaught of persuasive emails from their fans (including Sam Valenti IV of Ghostly International fame) that the band puts on a must-see live show. Raw propulsive rhythms and infectious melodies carry a horn section and multilayered percussion that is part Tom Ze, M.I.A., Philip Cohran, P-Funk, Antibalas, Tortoise and Harry Partch. Enigmatic Detroit producer Warren Defever was charged with capturing the band’s live energy, and he shaped the sounds for maximum impact. New Tones is a full-color, spiritual soundscape that marries the exotic with the gritty. NOMO’s New Tones moves beyond the ecstatic to approach Bergman’s vision of a transcendent, elemental sound—one that aims to move both bodies and spirits.

“We blend minimalist keyboard loops, fuzzed-out bass, soulful group vocals, and rolling blasts from an electric mbira,” explains an enthusiastic Bergman. “Throw in a horn-led midnight funeral procession and hopefully you have a deep listen that’s also a soul shaking dance party for the people!”

In 2004 Ypsilanti Records released NOMO’s debut album and the band sold a few thousand copies (in the USA), mostly based on the strength of their live set ... more

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  Rocket #9 12"
(Click for audio samples)

A1. Rocket #9
A2. Nu Tones
A3. Bonus Electric Sawblade Gamelan Sounds (Locked Groove)
B1. Nu Tones (Matthew Dear Remix)

New Tones

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1. Nu Tones
2. Hand and Mouth
3. Fourth Ward
4. Reasons
5. New Song
6. Divisions
7. We Do We Go
8. One To One
9. If You Want
10. Book of Right On
11. Sarvodaya

Nostalgia 77
Everything Under The Sun
Ubiquity x Tru Thoughts  (URCD209)
Release Date:
April 10, 2007
Barcodes: CD: 780661120926
One-Sheet: PDF


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“The Nostalgia 77 Octet make the music sound and, more importantly, feel good” - The Guardian

“The sound is rich and lush…” - One Week to Live

“He delivers the finest piece of jazz since Pulsinger invited some old Vienna lads for a jam-session”  
- Lowdown Magazine

“An ongoing collective vision of a funk-jazz utopia.”
- Jazzwise

“Really nice forward thinking Jazz album. Perfect for home listening and Jazz clubs alike." - Boca 45

“I think a lot people find jazz intimidating and inaccessible and this hasn't been helped by certain musicians trying to rarify jazz, canonize it, and turn it in to high culture. Before jazz was a technical music it was an emotional music. For me then the challenge isn't about making jazz music relevant it’s just making relevant music. Music with emotion that speaks honestly to the listener will always be relevant.”  - Benedic Lamdin, Nostalgia 77.

The band won the “Jazz Album of the Year” award from BBC Radio 1 in 2006 and were also nominated for last years John Peel Play More Jazz award. UK-based Fat City Records have said that Nostalgia 77 is “keeping jazz music both current and relevant.” Their cover of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” was used extensively throughout coverage of the World Cup this past summer. It would appear that once again jazz, at least of the Nostalgia 77 flavor, is not dead.

On “Everything Under The Sun” Lamdin, the driving force behind Nostalgia 77, teams up with vocalists to create a beautiful cosmic-tinged jazz album that sounds as much classic, spiritual, Impulse-influenced music as it does Cinematic Orchestra and Koop. “It’s music with roots in jazz but with hands reaching out to anyone who wants to take them..."Imagine if Portishead did a jazz record?” Says Lamdin ... more

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  01. Wildflower
02. Stop To Make A...
03. Dreamers Dance
04. Little Steps
05. Eastwind
06. Everything Under...
07. Quiet Dawn
08. Arora
09. Steps Of The Sun

Nostalgia 77
The Garden
Ubiquity/Tru Thoughts  (URCD/LP167)
Release Date:
March 22, 2005
Barcodes - CD: 780661116721  /  LP: 780661116714
Retail One-Sheet: MSWORD |  PDF


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  "An absolute blinder. Essential!"

“Next 100 Artists for 2004’’

“This beats Blue Note silly, echoes the best of P-Funk and puts DJ Shadow to shame.”

"Nothing short of a touch of genius"

“Brooding epic, and utterly engaging”

Nostalgia 77 aka Ben Lamdin first burst onto the scene with his heavy, new funk based sound. The maturity and sensitivity of Nostalgia 77’s music belie his relatively recent step into beat-making. Influences are wide ranging; the drums of funk and hip-hop are strong guiding forces, as is the melody of jazz and the atmosphere of psychedelic rock. Having consistently refined the quality of his musical selection while djing for a number of years, the fuller musical expression of actually making his own music was inevitable. Unleashing some club friendly tracks on Tru Thoughts’ hugely influential 7Sevens imprint in 2002, he eventually followed up with his seminal debut LP entitled ‘Songs For My Funeral’ in February 2004, exploring a more downtempo and jazzier style. The success of his album encouraged him to progress with this style for his second album ‘The Garden’. A style which he describes as “a combination of soul and jazz composition with computer based production techniques”. Ubiquity Records will be releasing ‘The Garden’ domestically simultaneously with Tru Thoughts  ... more

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  1. Cheney Lane
2. Changes
3. Green Blades of Grass
4. The Hunger
5. You and Me
6. After Ararat
7. Freedom
8. Seven Nation Army
9. The Garden

Ohmega Watts
No Delay
(remix by Waajeed of PPP)
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12200)
Release Date:
September 12, 2006
Retail One-Sheet: PDF

Barcodes: 12" - 780661120018

Ohmega Watts
The Find
Ubiquity Records
Release Date:
September 13, 2005
Barcodes: CD - 780661117421 / DLP - 780661117414   

Ohmega Watts
'That Sound' feat. Lightheaded, Procussions & Noelle
(remix by Quantic Soul Orchestra)
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12172)
Release Date:
May 24, 2005
Retail One-Sheet: MSWORD |  PDF

Ohmega Watts
'A Request'
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12145)
Release Date:
April 4, 2004



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  "This cat is the next Pete Rock."

"Love it, love it, love it. Already a permanent fixture in the record box and working well in the clubs."

"I love the record. The Lifesavas songs was good and this is on that same level."

"Following up the large 'A Request' single was always going to be difficult, but this follow up absolutely smashes it!"

"Superb club wobbler and very original."

"Classic head-nodding hip-hop with a jazz feel to it. Where's the party? It starts right here!"

"Good, solid soulful hip hop."

"Enjoy it tremendously...definitely a good time kinda vibe."

On The Find 25 year old MC and producer Ohmega Watts aka Milton Campbell makes organic and energetic hip hop, funk and soul. It’s original, from the heart, straight no chaser music. The Find refers to both musical and personal inspiration and track themes span from crate diggin’ dreams and musical reminiscing to social commentary and spiritually charged story telling.

“I’ve produced an album that I hope people come to enjoy and hold with the same kind of value as a rare record, something that will be treasured from start to finish,” says Campbell. “Hip hop is a lifestyle to some and an art to others, to me it’s a form of expression, and I put all I got into what I express,” he adds.

Offering both quantity and quality The Find is 22 tracks deep and jumps from the laid-back sunshine styled “Where It All Started” and soulful “Your Love” to the turntable-bound rare groove-fueled breaks of “Move!” and “Floor Rock”. The party vibe of “That Sound” and “Long Ago” compliment the sweet cinematic sound of “Dream On”. The Find is a bravely honest and eclectic debut - one that brilliantly reflects Ohmega Watts eager yet down to earth, humble b-boy swagger.

Inspired as much by hip hop legends like Eric B & Rakim and Premier as contemporary electronic producers like RJD2 and The Herbaliser, and old school experimentalists like Shuggie Otis “The Find” pushes current industry-standard boundaries. “Sick of the monotony, we got the remedy” he declares in “Long Ago.” Most of the music is played live and re-sampled by Watts and a cast of supporting musicians - there are no loops or played-out samples. Within tunes he might switch beats up moving from one musical vibe into another, check “A Request” (which Ubiquity released as an introductory single in 2004) that turned heads including internationally respected DJs like Mr. Scruff, Gilles Peterson and our own Greyboy. That track earned comparisons to Digital Underground and Jurassic 5 and scored Ohmega Watts an album deal with Ubiquity
 ... more

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  The Find CD/DLP:

1. Intro
2. Where It all Started Featuring DJ DNA
3. That Sound Featuring Lightheaded, The Procussions, and Noelle of the Rebirth
4. You Are Now Tuned In Featuring Adam L & DJ Bombay
5. Interlude 1: Journey
6. Full Swing Featuring Neogen and Deacon
7. A Request
8. Mind Power
9. Your Love Featuring Tiffany Simpson
10. Treasure Hunt Featuring Sugar Candy
11. Groovin' on Sunshine
12. Interlude 2: At the Oasis
13. The Find Featuring Stro the 89th Key
14. Saturday Night Live Featuring Surreal and Sharlok Poems
15. Interlude 3: The Harder They Come
16. The Treatment Featuring Manchild, Braille, and Big Rec
17. Stay Tuned Featuring Sojourn
18. Interlude 4: Ya'll There?
19. Floor Rock
20. Move!
21. Long Ago Featuring Othello
22. Outro/Dream On

No Delay 12":

A1. No Delay feat. Surreal
A2. No Delay (Inst.)
A3. Saywhayusay
B1. The Find (PPP Remix)
B2. The Find (PPP Remix Instrumental)

That Sound 12":

1. That Sound
2. That Sound (Quantic Soul Orchestra remix)
3. That Sound (Quantic Soul Orchestra instr.)
4. The Treatment
5. The Treatment (Inst.)
6. That Sound (Inst.) 

A Request 12":

1. A Request
2. A Request (Inst.)
3. Illuminate Pt. 2 feat. Livesavas
4. Illuminate Pt. 2 (Inst.)
5. Wind It Up

I Get Lifted b/w It's What You Do 12''
Ubiquity (UR12213)
Release Date:
May 8, 2007
Barcodes: UR12213: 780661121312
One-Sheets: PDF

The Duck Gravy 7''
Ubiquity (UR7214)
Release Date:
May 8, 2007
Barcodes: UR7214: 780661121411
One-Sheets: PDF


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Orgone first appeared on Ubiquity with their cover of “Funky Nassau” on Rewind Volume 4 and are now signed to deliver their first full-length album.

Their excellent vinyl releases on the UK-based Nuff Rope label have been faves with DJs worldwide, including NYC’s Danny Krivit who liked “Funky Nassau” so much he offered up one of his legendary re-edits.

The band’s reputation is backed-up by an impressive resume including landing a spot in an Adidas campaign. They’ve been backing band to The Pharcyde, Plantlife (including an Australian tour with James Brown and BBC performance for Jools Holland), Tone Loc, and New Orleans funk legend Eddie Bo at the Hurricane Katrina benefit.

Members of Orgone also feature in the make-up of Ubiquity acts Connie Price and Breakestra and perform regularly at the Root Down in LA.


“I Get Lifted” is a version of the track Harry Wayne Casey (K.C.) and Richard Finch (later known in life as KC and the Sunshine Band) produced for George McCrae.  Los Angeles vocalist Fanny Franklin shines on vocals riding an irresistible cosmic-flavored tune that settles nicely somewhere between live disco and spacey soul.  Franklin has appeared on recordings by Dakah and sang alongside Macy Gray.  She is the de-facto Orgone vocalist to appear on tours and as the main vocalist on the upcoming album.

On the flip is an instrumental inspired as much by Roy Ayers as Fela Kuti. “It’s What You Do” will appeal to fans of the bands previous recordings like “Hambone” and “Funky Nassau.”


"Duck and Cover" is the hard hitting 7” from Los Angeles hot property Orgone. This funk fiends platter will be available in limited quantity in stores and on European tour dates this May.

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A1. I Get Lifted Feat. Fanny Franklin
B1. It's What You Do

A1. Duck And Cover
B1. No More Gravy


Owusu & Hannibal
Living With Owusu & Hannibal
Ubiquity (URCD/LP199)
Release Date:
October 10, 2006
Barcodes - CD: 780661119920 /  DLP: 780661119913
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"Love the album...def worldwide winner!"

"Simply stunning!!!! They are for real, as deep and as warm and as soulful as it gets! Album of the year...it has the lightness of a Brothers Johnson/ Quincy Jones production from around 1978 in contemporary gear! Amazing."

"The album is a killer."

"Best album I’ve heard this year."

"A really amazing record.... so exciting to hear something totally fresh and innovative with real soul that comes from my side of the world."

"Only real stuff here, folks. Real good stuff."

"Listen to the future today!"

"Consistently surprising and inventive...Owusu and Hannibal offer hope for a more soulful tomorrow"

"Inspired and, at times, near-genius crack at future soul"

"'Caroline No' - Song Of The Day"

"Fantasia like electronic repainting of the lush soul orchestrations of Off The Wall era Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones"

"One of those rare multifaceted projects that draw from different eras and styles harmoniously"

"Even if you dont dig it, you'll feel it"

"4.5/5 Stars"

"Tossing interstellar beats into a basket with fruits plucked from the gardens of Maxwell, Jamiroquai, 4Hero, and Jazzanova" - Best Albums of 2006"

"Get down, give it up, and show some love"

Living With Owusu and Hannibal
is the debut album from Danish duo Philip Owusu and Robin Hannibal. Packed with street smarts, a cheeky sense of humor and forward thinking production this soul-tinged debut is made up of (mostly) down tempo songs. Juxtaposing glitchy digital beats, fat bottom end, and shiny synths with acoustic guitars and lush strings they retain their warmth and organic vibe but have been given a thorough roughing-up around the edges.

After the dreamy intro (sung in Danish by local school kids) Living With Owusu and Hannibal kicks off with the appropriately blues-y vibe of “Blue Jay” (a song about an immigrant night worker) that sits guitar and gospel-shaded vocal on top of a disjointed beat and eighties flavored keys. “Lonnie’s Secret” and “Another Mile” take the bpms up several notches with rubbery bass lines, while “Watch” is a string laden ballad (about a guy falling in love with a girl in a movie) with an unexpected twist. Eschewing all the rules the album features full and partial songs, instrumentals and tracks that sound just as good intimate, in your headphones, as they do blasting through a car or club sound system.

“We'll give you another take on the soul genre with references to whatever we’ve picked up on along the way,” says Hannibal. ”Living With Owusu and Hannibal is just our perspective,” he adds. With Ghanaian, Danish, German and American roots the pair mixes an eclectic cultural heritage in their melting pot of sound. “We met through a mutual friend, and quickly started talking through 50 years of music. We found out we were listening to some of the same stuff and shared an almost religious respect for Sly Stone,” remembers Hannibal. “Robin told me his Dad's name was James Braun. That closed the deal,” jokes Owusu ... more

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01. Intro
02. Blue Jay
03. LeFox
04. A Million Babies
05. Means Nothing
06. Delirium
07. Lonnie's Secret
08. What It's About
09. Monster
10. Watch Watch (Girls)
11. Upstairs, Downstairs
12. Caroline No
13. Elephants
14. Another Mile
15. Outro

Staring at the Sun
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP124)
Release Date:
March 18, 2003

Click here for P'taah "Oldest Story" (Swag/Tauriva mixes) one sheet (UR12130)


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  "Ideally the music can be a source of transformation that can convert the mundane to the spiritual." - Chris Brann

Ubiquity Recordings is proud to release 'Staring at The Sun' - the sophomore release from Chris Brann's P'taah collective which follows the critically acclaimed debut 'Compressed Light' and remix set 'Decompressed Light'.

Featuring the appropriately dazzling breakout single (and title track) 'Staring At The Sun,' P'Taah's sophomore release soars beyond the densely theoretical convolutions of 'Compressed Light', creating delicious soundscapes at once deceptively easy on the ear and truly, radically progressive. For those who have followed Chris Brann's musical journey through his other projects (Ananda Project, Wamdue) this is the logical and essential next step; for those new to his world(s) it is an introduction of shocking, intoxicating brilliance.

"The thing about 'Compressed Light' was that I was intellectually charged to see if I could do it," Brann explains. "To break all the rules that I had set for myself doing more house-related projects. It was, in a way, a reaction to [those] limitations. I think with 'Staring At The Sun' I've reached a different paradigm in that I've turned off that action/reaction mechanism and am now able to cultivate things in a more honest way."

You could call this music fusion, or future jazz, or avant-something or abstract-something else; whatever you call it seems to rein in its limitless possibilities. Just as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim and Stanley Clarke (all acknowledged Brann influences) aimed to further fan the flames of Miles Davis' rock/jazz explorations, and to bring visionary jazz to the receptive ears of progressive rock audiences, Brann's P'taah project folds clubbier textures into jazz abstractions (with Brazilian influences), classical composition and cosmic soul, allowing a multi-layered hybrid of ideas. This is reflected in cuts like 'Become Who You Are', 'Nobody Knows', 'Hold You Close' (previously featured on Naked Music's 'Carte Blanche 3' and Ubiquity's 'No Categories 5') and 'Staring at the Sun' itself.

Brann: "I think the album covers some different angles of my influences. The Chick Corea, Herbie [Hancock] vibe, [is there] especially in the Rhodes sounds. I'm fascinated with early Return To Forever, with Airto [Moreira] and Flora Purim... this really sums up so much of my emotional influence and it truly represents 'fusion' music. There is also the more esoteric ECM overlay that creeps up as the album progresses away from the more club-oriented sound; Keith Jarrett, Steve Tibbetts and Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays are definite influences."

Perhaps surprisingly (then again, the joy of Brann's muse is its ability to surprise) Brann will happily admit he's not a natural clubber. "I relate to the club experience in more of a 'macro' level. But no matter how much I say I can't deal with hanging out in clubs or bars, it's still a part of my cultural upbringing. I feel I must approach it on my own terms. Sometimes when I'm working on a track I'll just be thinking about a real high moment I've had DJing or throwing a party or whatever; ultimately trying to uncover that primal feeling that all of this music is based on. Ideally the music can be a source of transformation that can convert the mundane to the spiritual. It's all about fine-tuning the right elements into the right space and time." ... more

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  1. Meditation
2. Become Who You Are
3. Nobody Knows
4. Late Night Sun
5. Oldest Story
6. Meditation 2
7. Staring at the Sun
8. Beneath An Autumn Star
9. Hold You Close
10. Meditation 3
11. Path
12. Arise
13. Surrendering
14. Ether (bonus)

Ubiquity  (URCD/LP071)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  "This is tearing it up!"
-Gilles Peterson (Radio 1 London,Talkin' Loud Records)

-Rainer Truby (Compost Records Germany)

"Fucking Awesome!"
-Nick Weston (London DJ, Radio Host, Music Critic)

Features 3 new tracks from Chris Brann plus remixes of the critically acclaimed "Compressed Light" album from an array of suitably cutting-edge producers. Ashley Beedle's Black Science Orchestra (Afro Art), Kirk Degiorgio's Off World Ensemble (Blue), Chateau Flight (Versatile), DJ Venom (Talkin' Loud), Opaque (Archive), and Nubian Mindz (Archive) all add unique twists to push the P'taah sound further forward.

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  1. Flying High [Unreleased P'taah Version]
2. No One, No How, Never [Off World Ensemble Remix]
3. Crossing (Evacuation of Form) [Opaque Remix]
4. Compressed Light [Ashley Beedle's Black Science Orchestra Borg]
5. Uriel Bridge [DJ Venom'Z Viper Dub]
6. Panoptic
7. Flying High [Chateau Flight Remix]
8. No One, No How, Never [Nubian Mindz Remix]
9. There's a Light Inside Your Mind

Compressed Light
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP060)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  P'taah (AKA Chris Brann of Wamdue Productions) is on a mission to experiment with Latin rhythms, future jazz and freaked out club beats.

His new releases for Ubiquity have been well received by DJs and music fans with an ear for the cutting edge. The P'taah sound lies somewhere in unchartered territory between artists like early '70s Herbie Hancock, blaxploitation soundtracks, DJ Krust, and kings of new school jazz funk Jazzanova: it's fierce jazz powered by multiple layers of percussion and a cinematic whirl of strings, FX, and soloing.

P'taah (pronounced puh-TAHH) is a new outlet for tireless Atlanta-based producer Chris Brann. P'taah is Brann's opportunity to move out of the house music spectrum and experiment with new approaches to making contemporary club and electronic music. Incorporating live musicians and exploring the space between drum and bass, house, and free jazz won't buy Ubiquity a number one record, but the "Flying High" and "First EP" 12"s have pricked up an ear or two. Ashley Beedle, Nubian Mindz, and Chateau Flight (DJ Gilb-r and I:Cube) have all agreed to swap remixes with P'taah (watch out for some special 12"s in 2000/1). DJs like Gilles Peterson, Josh Wink and Peter Kruder have all shown their appreciation for the 12"s releases so far ... more

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  1. Million Miles
2. No One, No How, Never
3. Do You Keep It Near You?
4. Apricot
5. Flying High
6. The Answer Is Silence
7. Portal One + Two
8. Uriel Bridge
9. Crossing (Evacuation Of Form)
10. Compressed Light

Theo Parrish
Parallel Dimensions
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP151)
Release Date:
May 18, 2004


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  Theo Parrish released "Parallel Dimensions" in 2000 on his Sound Signature label. Frustratingly for many dance music lovers only 1000 copies were ever pressed on CD and no full length album was ever pressed. Through a unique deal with Mr Parrish Ubiquity has the opportunity to release a new pressing of this milestone release on CD and LP in early Summer 2004. On "Parallel Dimensions" the Detroit based producer makes house music that is haunted, mournful, elegant, and cavernous. Organic horns and voices beautify super deep drum rhythms, signature hypnotic Parrish beats and Detroit schooled bass lines...

Theo Parrish was born in Washington, DC in 1972 and raised in Chicago, IL where his passion for music developed. Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Bob Marley and his uncle, jazz musician Dexter Sims, all influenced Theo's early musical life. Chicago radio DJs and house producers such as Ron Hardy, Larry Heard, Lil' Louis, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Mike Dunn, Frankie Knuckles, Walter "Get Down" Brown and Andrew Hatchett helped to spawn his early career - Parrish began spinning and producing tracks in 1986 at the age of thirteen. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI with a concentration of Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live generating devices. The same year Parrish moved to Detroit where he has lived ever since and become a pillar of the citys vibrant underground music scene. Producing music and delivering unique and dynamic DJ sets in venues throughout the world Parrish has gained attention and respect of DJs, producers, listeners and dancers alike... more

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1. So Now What 9:28
2. Anansies Dances 8:22
3. Serengeti Echoes 11:54
4. Reaction To Plastic 6:02
5. Space Ghosts 5:15
6. Summertime Is Here 12:25
7. Brain 4:43
8. Violet Green 11:02
9. Nefarious Stranger 5:13

Ewan Pearson
Soma Records  (CD044)
Release Date:
October 4, 2005


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  Soma Recordings have been pioneering electronic music since the label began in 1991. Now with the Sci-Fi-Hi-Fi collection they are bringing together visionary producers and DJ's to present a sonic snapshot of their craft. The artists have no parameters to their selection and are free to represent themselves in any style they choose, portraying influences past, present and future.

Ewan Pearson begins the series in fine style with his delectable excursion through deep and provocative electronic house music. He has been making records for a living since 1998, recording as Maas for Soma, releasing six singles and an album, ‘Latitude’, and under a number of other guises including World of Apples and Partial Arts. Alongside this he has long established himself as one the UK’s finest producers and his amazing remix ability has set the standard in recent years, with the likes of Alter Ego, Moby, Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp, Freeform Five, Seenenluft, Ladytron, Royksopp,The Rapture and Depeche Mode - to name but a few - all calling on his deft ability to transform a track in his unique style.

His production credits include two albums with alt-country singer Jeb Loy Nichols, plus work with Ladytron, Chikinki and Envoy amongst others, not forgetting his recent programming work on two tracks on Gwen Stefani’s ‘Love Angel Music Baby’ solo album. He is currently lining up key production work, which is set to define his position as one of the UK’s finest young producers. It’s also a little known fact that he is the author with Jeremy Gilbert of ‘Discographies: dance music, culture and the politics of sound’ (Routledge, 1999) making him probably the most articulate DJ in clubland. Fact fans may wish to know that ‘Discographies’ has also been translated into Korean and Spanish.

Since relocating to Berlin, Ewan has seen his DJ career flourish and has subsequently rocked floors as far a field as South Africa, Argentina, Mexico and Australia, while his regular gigs at Pulp in Paris, Pressure in Glasgow and Manumission in Ibiza have given him fanatical following in these places. However, it is Ewan’s own ‘Come Shake The Whole’ residency in London that gives him the most pleasure, as he says “It's there that I've learned most about playing records to people, and there that I feel most comfortable and myself when playing.”

This is the first time Ewan has released a mix album and to make it special he has used Ableton Live, the software has allowed him to include a range of tempos, key-match and re-edit tracks that would have otherwise have been impossible for him to do ... more

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1. Clashing Egos - Aminjig Nebere (I Trusted You) (Joakim's Afrobot Mix) [Life Enhancing Audio]
2. Lontano - Lovebass [Factor City]
3. Feist - Inside and Out (Pearson and Usher Elektronische Dub) [Polydor]
4. Husky Rescue - Summertime Cowboy (Serge Santiago Remix) [Catskills]
5. Dirt Crew - Largo (Dominik Eulberg Remix) [Dirt Crew Recordings]
6. Villalobos - Easy Lee (Random Factor Remix) [Playhouse]
7. Different Gear - Pop Idle (Instrumental Mix) [Lazy Eye]
8. Brazilian Girls - Don't Stop (Riton Re-rub) [Verve]
9. Karu - Maraud Your Ears (Tim Paris' We Almost Lost Detroit Mix) [Silver Network]
10. Spirit Catcher - Key Generator [Moodmusic]
11. Danton - Odd Bassliner [Virgo]
12. Dirk Technic - I Love You [10 Kilo]
13. Soldout - I Don't Want To Have Sex With You (Mugwump Zexual Sealing
Reversion) [Dirtydancing Recording]
14. Alex Visconti - I Wanna Be Your Darkness [Elettrica]
15. Da Fresh - Broken Dream [Hypnotic Music]

And He Just Pointed To The Sky...
Ubiquity Records (URCD211)
Release Date:
April 24, 2007
Barcodes: URCD211: 780661121121
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Peder has spent too much time in front of his computer screen. Despite working multiple careers that include acting (he has acted in an Emmy Award winning TV show and has appeared in Dogme films), childrens radio show host, DJ (nominated for best Danish hip hop DJ), professional photographer, producer of a Platinum-selling comedy album, and recently becoming a father, he knew it was time to record an album with a new perspective. 

As an award winning producer and member of the hip hop production team The Prunes, he has produced, remixed and released a long list of somebodys including the Beastie Boys, DJ Krush, The Roots, and DJ Vadim for labels like Mo’ Wax and Grand Royal. The computer has served him well. But after reading an interview with Rick Rubin, Peder decided to follow the super producer’s lead, and close his eyes and listen instead of looking at the screen. “When you produce music using a computer there’s a risk that your work methods become visual, meaning you look at a screen and try whatever usually works instead of listening," says Peder, "and that’s not what music is about.” ... more

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  01. Ache
02. The Sour
     Feat. Dean Bowman
03. Botan
04. Would You
     Feat. Nino Moschella
05. Void
06. Timetakesthetime...
07. White Lilies
     Feat. Ane Trolle
08. Ploy Sexy
09. With A Great Feeling...
10. Numb Cinema
11. Klart
12. Nothing
     Feat. Joy Morgan
13. Conserva

Gilles Peterson Digs America
Brownswood USA
Luv N' Haight (LHCDLP047)
Release Date:
November 8, 2005
Barcodes: CD - 780661004721 / Triple LP - 780661004714


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  This is the first in a series of “Digs” compilations raiding the record racks of some of the most outrageous music collections. Over the years Gilles Peterson has delighted dance floors and listeners to his radio show by joining the dots between musical styles and eras. His record collection is so serious he keeps it in a separate house known as Brownswood. Regular listeners to Peterson’s radio show (Worldwide airs on BBC Radio 1 weekly in the UK and is syndicated around the world) are occasionally treated to a Brownswood Basement selection where all the records are oldies, all on vinyl, and none have been re-issued. By popular demand this compilation features some of the Brownswood Basement rarities from the USA.

Peterson is a DJ’s DJ known for selecting and blending together choice tracks from around the world whether they were previously obscure or well known. He also is the listener’s listener filtering and seeking-out music that might otherwise have remained unheard. And despite his preference for quality over rarity Peterson is also the collector’s collector, able to pull out an eye-brow raising record amidst the company of any vinyl connoisseur we know of. “I just love the sharing of music thing and have always had that collector’s gene from my marble days!” jokes Peterson.

A typical Brownswood Basement mix effortlessly ebbs and flows between moods and grooves. Opening with a string laden low-rider-style soul cut from Dorando the tempo may be low but the quality level and rarity factors are immediately set to high. The identity of Dorando (real name Darondo, but a spelling mistake on this 45 switched the “o” with the “a”) was a long time mystery. In the early 1970s three 45s were released on San Francisco Bay Area labels but little else was known about the man until local musicologist Justin Torres recently tracked him down ... more

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01. Dorando - Didn’t I
02. Moses Dillard - Tribute To Wes
03. Marva Josie - He Does It Better
04. Lonnie Hewlett And The Little Sisters & Co. - Ya Ya Cha Cha
05. Jon Lucien - Search For The Inner Self
06. Bobby Cole - A Perfect Day
07. Baaska & Scavelli - Get Off The Ground
08. Ellen McIlwaine - Higher Ground
09. Caroline Peyton - Just As We
10. Bob Cunningham - Lover’s Theme
11. Ira Sullivan - The Kingdom Within You
12. JR Bailey - Just Me’N’You
13. The World's Experience Orchestra - The Prayer
14. Harold McKinney - Ode To Africa
15. 47 x It's Own Weight -March of the Goober Woobers
16. The Ensemble Al Salaam - Circles

'Triple P Instrumentals'
Ubiquity Records
LP Only (URLP190)
Release Date:
February 21, 2006
Barcodes: DLP - 780661119012

    Main man Waajeed is no stranger to those who know their hip-hop and dig for instrumental beats. Teaming up with production guru Jay Dee in the early 1990s, he helped form Slum Village contributing tracks to their “Dirty District” compilation on Sequence/Kinetic as well as their critically acclaimed “Trinity (Past, Present, and Future)” album released on Capitol. He also worked with Jay Dee co-producing on the instant classic, “Welcome 2 Detroit” (BBE) as well as co-producing songs with soul sensation Dwele. Waajeed’s Bling 47 label provided the launching pad for “The Official Jay Dee Instrumental Series” and the first installment of his own popular “BPM” instrumental series.

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1. Shotgun
2. Your Day Is Done
3. Deep Inside
4. Stay With Me
5. Fever
6. No Worries
7. After The Worries
8. Act Like You Know
9. Now Or Never
10. The Pee's
11. Lights Out
12. One Minute More
13. Detroit Winter
14. I Got You
15. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
16. The Bounce (bonus)
17. Joy (bonus)

'Triple P'
Ubiquity Records
Release Date:
May 10, 2005
Barcodes: CD - 780661116820 / DLP - 780661116813   
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'Shotgun (featuring Jay Dee, MED & Invincible) / Fever (DJ Spinna Remixes)'
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12181)
Release Date:
September 27, 2005
Barcode: 780661118114

PPP feat. Jay Dee
'Act Like You Know' (remixes by Ge-ology & Rich Medina)
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12166)
Release Date:
March 8, 2005

'Stay With Me / I Got You / Your Day is Done'
Ubiquity Records
12" (UR12160)
Release Date:
October 12, 2004



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  "Wow! I listened to the album seven times in a row....... I made 23 friends listen to the album 3 days straight....... at gunpoint - I'm on the run. I will go to jail for PPP."

"Real grown folk music, There's no need for a fast forward button. This album is solid from start to finish."

"This is honest-to-God
real soul music"

"Album of the month"

“It’s hard to believe this is their first record. I’m mad that I didn’t sign them."

“this record is the one of the best we've heard this year.”

"Plugging the Detroit-flavored hip-hop... it's an album full of soulful contributors, earthy production and surprising genre twists."

"One of the most talked about artists of the year has been Waajeed and his PPP project... blending Detroit hip hop style with 21st Century soul flavor."

"Progressive electric soul"

"Next 100 Artist"

While [Waajeed] made hip-hop for the streets with his act Slum Village, he’s now making intergalactic soul with the PPP... the Triple P’s debut for Ubiquity has created a buzz in the air and a tremble on the dance floor"

"The record to watch in the new year"

"Waajeed's polished production provides a perfect depth and suitable sparkle to this leading light collective."

"Essential for fans of the Jay Dee / Slum Village dirty, hip hop soul vibe."

"PPP is my fu@*%ing sh#*"

The PPP are a two-man dynamic musical duo with an essential new twist on modern hip hop and soul. Producers Waajeed (a founding member of Slum Village) and musical sidekick Saadiq have released two singles and been in several highly talked-about live shows. Working hard for two years they now have a hungry public waiting in line for their fresh-faced approach to music on their debut album, “Triple P”.

The first two PPP singles sparked sold-out European tour dates and a flurry of press including Urb Magazine’s Next 100 issue, a Top 5 rating from The Detroit Free Press for their performance at Detroit’s electronic music festival, Movement 2004, plus a mass of features in lifestyle and music mags, and a steady buzz in industry-savvy circles. They’ve appeared as guests and had their music play on radio shows from San Francisco to London to Paris and Tokyo, including Radio 1, Radio 1xtra, Ministry of Sound, Radio Nova, Jointone, and on the Ninja Tune globally syndicated show Solid Steel. In addition to multiple dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit, they hold down a monthly residency at the revered Friends and Family Club in England, and have played several dates in New York including a Puma/Giant Step Tsunami benefit alongside The Brazilian Girls. They’re currently booked to play an exclusive PUMA party at WMC, and a US tour around the album release date is in the works at time of press
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'Triple P' CD/DLP:

1. Shotgun Intro (Feat. Jay Dee)
2. Your Day is Done (feat. Georgia)
3. Deep Inside (Feat. SA-RA Creative Partners)
4. Stay With Me (Feat. Tiombe Lockhart)
5. Fever (Feat. Zeno)
6. No Worries (Feat. Steve Spacek)
7. After the Worries
8. Act Like You Know (feat. Jay Dee)
9. Now Or Never (feat. Tiombe Lockhart)
10. The Pee's (feat. Ta'Raach)
11. They Don't
12. Lights Out (Feat. Ta'Raach & Georgia)
13. One Minute More (feat. Georgia)
14. Detroit Winter (Feat. MC Invincible)
15. I Got You (Feat. Tiombe Lockhart)
16. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Feat. Rogier)

'Shotgun / Fever' 12":

A1. Shotgun Extended
A2. Shotgun Instrumental
A3. Fever Radio Edit
B1. Fever DJ Spinna Remix
B2. Fever DJ Spinna Instrumental
B3. Fever Instrumental

'Act Like You Know' 12":

A1. Original mix
A2. Now Or Never
A3. Instrumental
B1. Ge-ology Remix
B2. Rich Medina Remix
B3. Ge-ology Inst.
B4. Rich Medina Inst.

'Stay with Me' 12":

A1. Stay With Me
A2. I Got You
A3. Your Day is Done
B1. Your Day is Done (Instrumental)
B2. Stay with Me (Instrumental)

The Propositions
Funky Disposition: The Complete Detroit Funk Propositions Collection
Luv N'Haight  (LHCD/LP045)
Release Date:
March 22, 2005
Barcodes: CD - 780661004523   LP - 780661004516
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  Includes the original versions remastered, all the collectible 7”s, and several unreleased tunes

This is the only complete album of recordings from one of the funkiest bands of all time.

This 9-member group from Detroit, is widely considered one of the funkiest bands of all time. This album compiles their highly collectible Detroit gritty funk and also unreleased versions of their known and unreleased tunes, including warm-up sessions and alternate takes found in the band leaders basement.

To say these young musicians were proficient beyond their years would be an understatement. At the time this album was recorded, the oldest member was 17 year-old bandleader Clarence Bennett; guitarist Mark Justice was just 15. Nonetheless, their talent and musical maturity earned them the praise and respect of more widely recognized artists and groups (including the Temptations, O'Jays, Chi-Lites, and Stevie Wonder).

The Propositions were influenced by many bands from the early 1970's, including Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly Stone and local predecessors the Fabulous Counts. However, they were determined to create their own unique style. They achieved this by taking a dedicated instrumental direction and abandoning the vocalization that was present on their first two singles. Their final result, a tasty combination of funky drums, wah-wah guitar, and a full horn section, was certainly worth the effort. Now for the first time we can all enjoy the entire collection of the Propositions! (The "Africana" single version is found on the Luv n' Haight compilation Deja Vu).

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1. You've Been Chose
2. Bad Seed
3. Free and Easy
4. Africana
5. Vamping
6. Sweet Lucy
7. Groovin' For the Groove
8. Something Different
9. Africana (Long Edit)


1. Do Whatever Turns You On Pt. 1
2. Do Whatever Turns You On Pt. 2
3. Funky Disposition
4. You've Been Chose
5. Bad Seed
6. Free and Easy
7. Africana
8. Vamping
9. Sweet Lucy
10. Groovin' For the Groove
11. Live Garage Session I
12. Live Garage Session II (Kool Twist)

Future Past Tense
Remixes by Q-Burns Abstract Message

Eighth Dimension/Studio  (8THCD006)
Release Date:
October 5, 2004


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shirt design:
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  Michael Donaldson AKA Q-Burns Abstract Message often speaks of how he started producing as a form of "long distance communication". Growing up in an isolated town in Louisiana, the resourceful teenage Donaldson would make friends across the globe by recording unfinished pieces on his 4-track and sending off the tapes to be completed in a far away land. Often he received tapes as well and would add to and alter the tracks to an unrecognizable conclusion. It's no wonder that this has evolved into the most interesting aspect of the current Q-Burns Abstract Message oeuvre: the remixes.

Future Past Tense is a CD collection documenting the best remixes by Q-Burns Abstract Message. Stretching back from 1998's remix of Rabbit In The Moon's "Floor.i.da" to recent re-workings for Fila Brazilla and Lovesky these tracks give an entertaining overview of the variety, ingenuity, and funkiness of Donaldson's work. A re-rub of Beef Wellington's "Dedication" sounds like a future James Brown with its frenzied drumming and soulful vocals while the following mix of Mazi and Colette's "Do You Want Me" is pure squelchy funk house joy. This diversity is present throughout the length of the disc, but the whole flows together linked by the playfulness and uniqueness of Q-Burns' production.

Almost all of the tracks on Future Past Tense have been previously only available on limited vinyl releases and a few are even rarer. Before now, the Latin flavored remix of Tetris' "Two Hours" could only be found as a bonus track on the Russian release of their full album. The ultra-deep house mix of Rabbit In The Moon's "Floor.i.da" is a completely different version than the one that appeared on the Hallucination 12" single. And the gorgeous Naked Music-like rework of Neon Heights' "Hometown Blue" is completely exclusive to this release.

Standing alone as a Q-Burns Abstract Message album or a cohesive collection of brilliant artists remixed, Future Past Tense is undeniably a fascinating listen that fans of electronic dance music everywhere will enjoy. Future Past Tense also gives a glimpse into the developing sound of one of the USA's most popular and eclectic electronic dance producers and DJs. It's evident from this release that the future of Q-Burns Abstract Message will be just as impressive as his past ...

-Based in Orlando, Florida but also partly based in San Francisco.

-Q-Burns Abstract Message co-owns Eighth Dimension, his own record label.

-Q-Burns A.M. is a rare DJ who can play a number of styles to suit the event... from deep house to downtempo, breakbeat to funky techno.

-Named one of the 100 best DJs in the world by Sweater Magazine.

-Was the tour DJ for Icelandic 4AD band Gus Gus in the Autumn of 1997, and with the Chemical Brothers for a short stint in Spring 1997.

-Toured as part of Om Records' 'Deep Concentration' tour with Cut Chemist, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Prince Paul in Fall 1997.

-Did full US tours as a live PA supporting Meat Beat Manifesto + Josh Wink (November 1998) and Lo-Fidelity All Stars (June 1999).

-Named one of 22 best American electronic artists by Spin Magazine.

-Voted "Best DJ of the Year" two years in a row (1997 + 1998) by the Orlando Weekly... more

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1. Tetris - Two Hours (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
2. Beef Wellington - Dedication (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
3. Rabbit In The Moon - Floori.d.a. (Q-Burns Abstract Message + Grumptonix Unreleased Remix)
4. Mazi featuring Colette - Do You Want Me (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
5. Iffy - Can-O-Cope (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
6. Fila Brazillia - We Build Arks (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
7. Lovesky - Come Back To Me (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
8. Neon Heights - Hometown Blue (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
9. Jugoe - Night Fumblings (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
10. Doctorolive - Rhythm of Life (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
11. Rivera Rotation - On The Beach (6:00 P.M.) (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)

An Announcement To Answer
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP197)
Release Date:
July 25, 2006
Barcodes: 780661119715 (DLP) - 780661119722 (CD)
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  "Before the album's nine tracks conclude, he's touched down with a multitude of tempos and styles without abandoning a sense that all these songs belong together... 4 1/2 stars."

This summer Tru Thoughts (via Ubiquity Records in North America) are proud to present the fourth solo album by Quantic which marks Will Holland’s eighth full-length production.

A year and a half in the making, An Announcement To Answer marks the next step in the evolution of Quantic’s sound – broadening his musical palette whilst still delivering the trademark funky grooves that have made him a sure-fire floor-filler for DJs worldwide.

Inspired and educated (as opposed to influenced) by the records he discovered whilst traveling and working in Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Ethiopia, Quantic has fused the traditional sounds of these countries with hip hop, soul, funk and jazz to produce his own potent musical brew.

Much of the album was written and recorded on a laptop in various locations around the world – including Puerto Rico and the Candela studios in San Juan – during an extended period of international gigging and crate-digging.

Guest artists on the album include Noelle Scaggs from The Rebirth, Ohmega Watts and Puerto Rican percussionist Tempo, who has previously worked with Roberto Roena of the legendary Fania All Stars ... more

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1. Absence Heard, Presence Felt
2. An Announcement To Answer
3. Blow Your Horn feat. Ohmega Watts
4. Bomb In A Trumpet Factory
5. Politick Society feat. Noelle Scaggs
6. Meet Me At The Pomegranate Tree
7. Sabor feat. Tempo
8. Ticket To Know Where feat. Ohmega Watts
9. Tell It Like You Mean It

Mishaps Happening
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP152)
Release Date:
June 8, 2004


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  Ubiquity will release the 3rd solo Quantic LP in the USA, Canada, Spain, and South Africa. It's a simultaneous release with the UK based Tru Thoughts label taking care of the rest of the world. Building on the success and popularity of his first 2 albums "Mishaps Happening" sees Will Holland aka Quantic take it to the next level with the aid of guests like U.S. funk legend Spanky Wilson and Quantic right-hand woman Alice Russell. From the explosive Brazil tinged title track to the enchanting soul of "Sound of Everything" and the Afrobeat flavored "Furthest Moment" album #3 continues to join the musical dots, Quantic style. Jazz, funk and Afrobeat blend with tight breaks and distinctive production that happily nods to the past but sounds like the future.

At only 23 years old, Holland has established himself as one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of underground dance music. Recording under various guises he first found acclaim as Quantic, fusing jazz sensibility with dance floor orientated grooves and intelligent breaks. Exploring the worlds of jazz and deep funk his second project, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, is a group of highly talented players that pays homage to the funk explosion of the early seventies that has always been an inspiration to Holland ... more

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1. Mishaps Happening
2. Use What You Got feat. Sonny Akpan
3. Sound of Everything feat Alice Russell
4. En Focus feat. Trinidad
5. Trees and Seas
6. Angels and Albatrosses
7. Furthest Moment
8. Don't Joke With a Hungry Man feat. Spanky Wilson
9. Prelude To Happening
10. When You're Through feat. Spanky Wilson
11. Perception
12. So Long feat. Alice Russell

Quantic Soul Orchestra
Pushin On
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP171)
Release Date:
May 10, 2005
Barcodes: 780661117117 (LP) - 780661117126 (CD)
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  This 2nd album from Quantic’s live band Quantic Soul Orchestra, the 1st to be domestically released on Ubiquity, follows hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed Quantic “Mishaps Happening” album.

"Putting something back" is Will Holland’s reason for starting The Quantic Soul Orchestra. After releasing electronic/studio-based albums as Quantic he wanted to work on a strictly live project, to “put the funk back in it”, and to pay homage to a genre that continues to heavily influence his releases. QSO is his chance to record and produce an album with creative and like minded musicians. The Orchestra make killer funk with enough bottom-end to burn any dance floor, and the album features several tracks with the super powerful vocals of Alice Russell.

Drop any idea that this may be retro indulgance, QSO tracks are rough, raw, and real, flaunting a deep funk sound that is bouyed by great songs, heavy bass lines, cracking drums, and a full horn section. From the driving “Pushin’ On”, the Latin-tinged version of “Feelin’ Good”, Brazilian-influenced “Paintings and Journeys”, and the infectious “Hold On Tight” this is essential listening. “Get A Move On” was recorded especially for Mr Scruff, a big Quantic fan.

In the USA Quantic’s “Mishaps Happening” album ended up in many “Best of” lists for 2004, was a #1 record for two weeks at KCRW (and #1 for two weeks on CMJ’s Specialty Radio Top 40 chart), tracks were featured on CSI Miami, the Pepsi iTunes ad campaign (during Super Bowl), and was given thumbs up by everyone from Vibe to XLR8R. QSO have played The Big Chill, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, and many other festivals in Europe - we hope to see the band on these shores soon.

Critical praise for Quantic’s 2004 album “Mishaps Happening” released by Ubiquity in US/Canada:

“Mashes fiery horns, tasty guitar riffs and cookin’ percussion”

“Most musicians can only dream about creating mishaps like this”

“The hottest motherf*%ker out there”

“Where the true madness is going down.... you’d best advised not to miss out”

"Takes Brazilified funk and digitized Afrobeat to a new stratosphere of easy-listening bliss"

“Undeniably breezy and easy”

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1. Introducing the Quantic Soul Orchestra
2. West Pier Getdown
3. Pushin' On feat. Alice Russell
4. That Goose On My Grave
5. Feeling Good feat. Alice Russell
6. The Conspirator (Main Theme)
7. Hands Of My Love (feat. Alice Russell)
8. Hold On Tight feat. Alice Russell
9. Get A Move On
10. Paintings and Journeys
11. End of the Road feat. Alice Russell

Radio Citizen
Berlin Serengeti
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP196)
Release Date:
September 12, 2006
Barcode: 780661119623 (CD)  |  780661119616 (DLP)
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  “Top 10 Discs of 2006”

“It leaps dozens of genres in a single bound, digs up all those old sounds I love, fits them together, and erects a temple to pop's melting pot - 8.2/10”

“Berlin Serengeti should come as an exciting breath of fresh air - 8/10”

“Encompassing future funk, old soul, new jazz and dreamy dub into their well-rounded sound… the lovechild of Morcheeba and Portishead.”

“Just what I’m into these days. Bajka’s voice fits perfectly with exotic, ethereal and esoteric jazz styles like that”

Strains of film noir-worthy dark jazz, chunky tropical dub, and snake-charming soul permeate Berlin Serengeti. Chanelling Mulatu and Coltrane in a dub shack studio a barrage of big horns blast blacksploitation flavors with an Eastern funk twist. Hailing from Berlin, it is Radio Citizen, aka Niko Schabel and a talented collective of Berlin, Germany-based musicians, who are behind this adrenalin-infused and spiritually-charged debut album.

Radio Citizen was brought to our attention by Quantic. “Have a listen, you might like this,” he said handing over a CD-r to Ubiquity A+R rep Andrew Jervis after a gig in San Francisco. He was right. In summer 2005 Ubiquity released lead-off track “The Hop” on the Music Is My Art compilation. The mad DJ-friendly mix of dub and soul turn heads and rocked decks worldwide. A limited edition “EP1“ added Afro-beat, jazz and funk to the Radio Citizen (released as Radio City) arsenal in Spring 2006. Selling-out quickly, the EP earned “single of the fortnight“ from Blues and Soul magazine in the UK, and nods from DJs worldwide.

“I’m bored with lazy programming and lounge-overkill,” says Schabel who glues the loose collage of textures and samples with live playing and vocals on Berlin Serengeti. “My tracks are done when everything is essential and nothing can be taken away...When it shines, when it’s dark and deep,” he adds.

Bouncing effortlessly between genres Berlin Serengeti switches from DJ-friendly “The Hop“ to cinematic dub and moody back-room jazz on “Mondlicht.“ The pace quickens with the dusty-funk vibe of “Everything“ featuring vocalist Bajka and the instrumental jazz journey “Night 1“ and it’s more explosive counterpart “Night 2“. The mood swings and vibe changing continues through the twilight torch song-reggae feel of “El Cielo“ and the wah wah and horn-driven Ethiopique flavored “Prophets“. Manic jazz prevails on “Blackforest“ and “Voices“, where the crashing drum breaks take the instensity level up several notches, making way for the sparse yet intimate tracks like “Dust“, “Love Serenity“ and “Roads“.

“I think Radio Citizen encompasses a lot of my influences. There are shades of my love for sixties jazz, funk 45s, soul, dub and reggae, hip hop, afro beat, electronica, trippy stuff, d&b, early eighties avant-garde, surf, the old school, the new school, Arabian music, Latin, boogaloo, rocksteady, whatever!” rolls out Schabel. “But the artist I admire most is John Coltrane.”

In addition to the sampler and mixing desk Radio Citizen maestro Schabel plays alto saxophone, kalimba, percussion, rhodes, clarinet and bass clarinet, flute and synthesiser. Schabel has his own jazz quartet, and plays with the Express Brass Band, the Poets of Rhythm, Jojo Kuo (ex-Fela Kuti), Nik McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand), the Last Poets, and many more. His Radio Citizen tracks are often accompanied by Wolfi on flute and sax, and by the other-worldly Bajka. Bajka’s unique vocal styles incorporates multiple languages as she sings, raps and chats her way through tracks. Born in an Indian temple, she grew up in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and on a catamaran in South Africa. Bajka has traveled the world with music commune Embryo, a group that her father performed with, and that Schabel has also played alongside ... more

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1. The Hop
2. Mondlicht
3. Everything
4. Night Part I
5. Night Part II
6. El Cielo
7. Birds
8. The Prophets
9. Roads
10. Voices
11. Black Forest
12. Championsound
13. Dust
14. Density
15. Nightingale
16. Love Serenity Blues

Radio City
Radio City EP
Ubiquity  (UR12189)
Release Date:
February 7, 2006
Barcode: 780661118916
One-sheet:  MSWORD  |  PDF


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  Stepping out Summer 2005 with “The Hop” on the HVW8/Ubiquity “Music Is My Art” compilation Radio Citys mad DJ-friendly mix of dub and soul caught the ears of folks worldwide. This is the first EP from the group featuring a total of 4 brand new tracks, including 2 new exclusives with Bajka the vocalist from “The Hop”. “The Hop” was featured on the HVW8 12” which we could not keep in stock and was a lead track on the HVW8 full-length compilation.

“Everything” is a mid-tempo DJ friendly old school soul meets funk joint, while “The Prophets” treads in Mulatu territory combing Afro-beat, jazz and funk. On the flip, Bajka vocals ride a mad jazz track called “Voices” complete with furious drum breaks and rounding out the EP is the heavyweight soundtrack-like epic “Mondlicht”.

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  Radio City EP
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A1. Everything
A2. The Prophets
B1. Voices
B2. Mondlicht

Bicycle Day Boogaloo
It's Bananas  (02NAN1)
Release Date:
February 21, 2006
Barcode: 616892689522


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  Please note: Ubiquity is delighted to be assisting New York’s Shakeyface with U.S. publicity for his debut album. This is not a Ubiquity release so it’s not fair for us to get the credit in your coverage. Full credit belongs to the label ‘It’s Bananas.’

When my peoples in Snap! said “rhythm is a dancer”, my boy Shakeyface was clearly listening from deep inside Shakey Manor, below the mean streets of Brooklyn, New York, USA. How do I know he was listening? I’m assuming, based on the fact that the kid’s rhythms are bad (meaning good).

Beat-makers are a-dime-a-dozen, so when one taps into that universal marrow flow of rhythm and melody, it’s cause for celebration. Bicycle Day Boogaloo has the distinct sound of a celebration, but as is the case with most celebrations, someone’s girlfriend is usually crying in the bathroom and some guy is usually trying to work up the nerve to ask the pretty girl in the middle of the room out. You can hear all of this.

“The Art Of Moving” is the sound of people getting drunk to the tune of a freaky electro vamp. “Mmm Hmm” is all tweaked flamenco and contemplative stomp. “Establishing The Precedent” is a rainy-day Cadillac crawl. “Don’t Stop Now” is restrained New Orleans bounce balladry. That’s not even half the album, so what do you call it?

The man behind the program is a hunk of young hustle who not only tweaks the knobs, plays the instruments and remixes other peoples jewels (like UNKLE), or being remixed (by Frosty + Daedelus as Adventure Time), but has also worked with political action group Downtown For Democracy to work against the re-election of your favorite shrubbery-surnamed commander-in-chief. See the two anti-war tracks included on this album “A Certain Way With Things” and “What’s Come Over Me” for a better idea of where Shakeyface’s heart is at.

When he’s not pounding the American landscape fighting the good fight, he’s pounding it playing the good records. A seasoned DJ with the right seasonings to spice up the party, you can find Shakey in the booth on the ones and twos, and perhaps you have found him, DJing alongside the likes of Dangermouse, Prefuse 73, Hollertronix, Funkstorung and others.

What does Bicycle Day Boogaloo mean anyway? Have a listen and find out.

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1. Floating Devils Are The Ones To Look Out For
2. Song For Hank
3. Mmm Hmm
4. Whatever You Say
5. The Art of Moving
6. Bassism
7. Establishing The Precedent
8. It’s a Thin Line
9. Soundcheck
10. A Certain Way With Things
11. What’s Come Over Me
12. Don’t Stop Now
13. Looking Ahead
14. As I Was Saying

Robert Strauss
Quasars & Phasars
Freerange Records  (FRCD15)
Release Date:
September 20, 2005

www.circulationusa.com (US Distribution)


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  Please note: Ubiquity is delighted to be assisting Toronto-based Robert Strauss with publicity for his debut album. This is however not a Ubiquity release so it’s not fair for us to get the credit in your coverage. Full credit belongs to Freerange Records.

Twenty-Nine year old Canadian Robert Strauss began making music professionally over a decade ago. Playing keyboards and drums as a child and settling on guitar in his early teens, Robert began his musical career like most playing in high school rock bands eventually leading his group Life to a major recording deal in Canada. Robert’s goals have since remained unchanged, focusing on writing and producing his own, original material. Keeping in mind the guiding principles of making quality music with soul, Robert continues his musical journey into this second decade.

Says Robert, “I began to explore the electronic side of making music, which I hadn’t done since I was very young. I realized that there were galaxies of undiscovered music out there, the vast majority of which were quite beyond definition or category. To me the underground dance music scene finds us at exactly where our cultural pulse emanates. There is just so much great music out there, largely from independent labels, that it’s hard to keep up.”

Operating from his studio in Toronto, Canada, Robert’s music is just starting to break out internationally with recent releases on Osunlade’s Yoruba label as well as collaborations with Baatin from Slum Village. His stunning debut album is scheduled for release on Freerange Records worldwide in September, 2005.

Select Discography:

Strauss & Lotus – The Grand Masterplan 12” feat. remixes by Osunlade and Robert Strauss (Yoruba / Soul Jazz) November 2004
Robert Strauss – “Level 52 feat. Ritchie Hennessey & Chris Rouse” out on “IBARA” – Yoruba Records compilation CD (Yoruba / Soul Jazz) April 2005
Robert Strauss – “Level 52 ON BROADWAY feat. Ritchie Hennessey & Chris Rouse” 12” – feat. remixes by Osunlade and Robert Strauss (Yoruba / Soul Jazz) Summer 2005
Robert Strauss – Spinning Inside Your Love (Freerange Records)
Robert Strauss – Rhythm of Life EP (Freerange Records)
Robert Strauss – Quasars & Phasars LP (Freerange Records)
Robert Strauss – The Empire Strikes Back EP (Freerange Records)

Select Remixes:

Osunlade – El Musica (Strauss Physical Dub) (Yoruba / Soul Jazz) Summer 2005

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1. Born in 1983
2. Ouija
3. Do It Up
4. What U Talkin' Bout
5. Moogy Boogy
6. Spinning Inside Your Love feat. Saidah Baba Talibah
7. The Empire Strikes Back feat. Brassmunk & Chris Rouse
8. Born in 1983 Reprise
9. Thunder & Lightning
10. Rhythm of Life feat. Richie Henessey & Chris Rouse
11. Spaced Out (The Getaway)
12. Miracles feat. Saidah Baba Talibah
13. Love Trails
14. Giving Me Something
15. Doomed To Your Love
16. Rain Vision
17. Your Life feat. Lotus

SA-RA Creative Partners
Double Dutch (Co Co Pops) / Death of a Star (Supernova) 12"
Ubiquity  (UR12162)
Release Date:
November 9, 2004
Download: Hype Pack


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  "How many people can say they produce me? SA-RA has some sh--"

"Next level music - SA-RA is the future"

"SA-RA is my sh-- right now! That's all I'm listening to."

"I'm a big fan of SA-RA... you got yourself a monster!"

”These guys will make it or I'll run naked down Venice Beach”

Following on from their production work for Heavy D, Pharoahe Monche, Bilal, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott, Jurassic 5, Erykah Badu and many others, the SA-RA Creative Partners will release a full-length album on Ubiquity Records.

You may already own some SA-RA Creative Partners productions, or maybe you have heard tracks from one of their highly sought-after CD-rs, either way a deal is now done and the first ever SA-RA Creative Partners album in the works for release in early 2005. Creating a huge buzz worldwide before any of their own solo work has officially been released SA-RA Creative Partners have already appeared on LA’s Power 106 with Sway and Tech, recorded a live session for Gilles Petersons “Worldwide” show on BBC Radio 1, been interviewed on Benji B’s Radio 1Xtra in the UK and asked to play alongside Ninja Tune act Ty on his US tour in addition to live and DJ shows in LA and New York ... more



HEAVY D: Produce, Mix [“I CAN’T HELP” feat. Anthony Hamilton] to be released on album and single this summer (Bad Boy Records)
NERD REMIX: Produce, appear, and Mix ("MAYBE" Remix) to be released along with the album version as the next single on [VIRGIN Records]
KILLER MIKE: Produce, Mix, and feature on “MIAMI COCAINE” which will appear on his forthcoming [Aquemeni records] release
JILL SCOTT: Produce 4 songs Including "CHOCOLATE MAN" w/additional vocals by SA-RA, for highly anticipated upcoming releases on [Hidden Beach Records]
DR.DRE: Produced one song featuring Dr. Dre to be released on a T/B/D album on [Aftermath/Interscope]
BILAL: Produce and Mix two songs including "HOLLYWOOD" to be released on the forthcoming yet untitled LP on [Interscope Records].
PHAROAHE MONCH: Produce Mix and appear on"AGENT ORANGE" and "GLORIOUS Pt.2"[Rawkus/UMG]
RES: Produce 2 songs including "AN ANGEL" to be released on the forthcoming yet untitled LP on [Interscope Records].
ERYKAH BADU: Produce and Appear on several projects including her next LP, as well as the anticipated "ZOMBIE/MANDINGO" projects featuring/ Erykah Badu, SA-RA, Karen Wheeler, Zap MaMa and others...
KRUMB SNATCHA: Produce and Mix and appear on "CERTIFIED" and the first single "TURN IT UP"/feat. SA-RA. SA-RA also appears in the music video for this song [Golden Eyes/Koch records]
JURASSIC 5: Produce, Mix ,and Appear on "HEY" from the album "POWER IN NUMBERS" and second single A side "HEY" [INTERSCOPE] & [UP ABOVE RECORDS]
LADY BUG MECCA (formerly of digable planets): Produce 2 songs including "MR. MAYOR" which will appear on her forthcoming [NU-PARADIGM ENT] release

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A1. Double Dutch
A2. Instrumental
A3. Hangin' By a String
B1. Death of a Star
B2. Instrumental
B3. SA-RA Space Theme

Andy Smith
The Document II
Illicit Recordings (UK)  (ILLCD/LP005)
Release Date:
October 14, 2003


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  Cast your mind back to 1998. Clubland had fragmented into a myriad of closed scenes - each DJ playing their own micro-genres and nothing but - and the only mix-CD worth owning was Coldcut's 'Journeys By DJ'. Into this monochrome world arrived a kaleidoscopic timebomb bearing the unassuming name of 'The Document'. Compiled by Andy Smith, 'The Document' proved hugely influential, reminding clubbers of things called 'songs', not just 'tracks' and selling over 100,000 copies in the process. Where else could you hear the orchestral funk of Tom Jones' 'Looking Out My Window' next to Clockwork Voodoo Freaks 'Deaf Mick's Throwdown' mash-up, or Flash's famed 'Wheels Of Steel' snuggling up to Peggy Lee's big band take on 'Dock Of The Bay'? Before 'The Document' you couldn't: afterwards you could barely move for opportunist celeb compilers claiming there'd always been a northern soul/ kitsch/ funk/ hip hop element to their music. The upshot was a stream of All Back For Another Late Night At Mine CDs, supplying a soundtrack you could swing and sing to when the raving was done.

Of course, as the tour DJ and unofficial crate-digger for Portishead, Andy Smith has long been acquainted with the good grooves of yesteryear as well as the booming beats of today. He supplied his friend Geoff Barrow with the samples that underpinned many a Portishead classic and, while others have been catching up with 'The Document', he's been moving on with his own Dynamo Productions - his partnership with Scott Hendy of Boca 45 - and readying 'The Document II' which is now gracing your stereo.

"You took my tape home, put it on, couldn't fit it / you wouldn't admit it but you bit it / couldn't swallow it, tried to follow it" ... more

U.S. Tour Dates (current as of 10/21)

Thursday 11/6: Bend, OR @ The Groove
Friday 11/7: Portland, OR @ Club Ohm
Sunday 11/9: San Francisco, CA @ 1751 Social Club
Tuesday 11/11: New York, NY @ APT
Wednesday 11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Fluid
Thursday 11/13: Chicago, IL @ Smart Bar
Friday 11/14: Toronto, Canada @ Andy Poolhall

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  1. Kate Bush 'The Man With the Child In His Eyes'
2. Craig G 'Welcome to the Game' (Inst)
3. James Brown 'Lowdown Popcorn'
4. Akbar 'Hot Ya Hot'
5. Mr Lif 'The Unorthadox'
6. Three Dig Night 'I Can Hear You Calling'
7.Patti Drew 'Hard to Handle'
8. DJ Bombjack 'Big Beat No3'
9. Serge Gainsbourgh 'Requiem Pour Un C…'
10.Martin Brew 'Sand Steppin'
11.Black Sheep 'The Choice Is Yours'
12. The Quantic Soul Orchestra 'Super 8'
13. Sugarmen 3 'Funky So and So'
14. Ultramagnetic MCS 'Give the Drummer Some'
15. Georgie Fame 'Music Talk'
16. Barbara Randolph 'Can I Get A Witness'
17. Dynamo Productions 'Showtime'
18. Cut Chemist 'The Re-Return of the Original Artform'
19. Jack Jones 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again'
20. Eric B & Rakim 'No Omega'
21. Boca 45 'Gather Round'
22. Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers 'Boogaloo No.3'
23. Five By Five 'Fire'
24. Barbara Acklin 'Am I the Same Girl'

Para Puente
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP113)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  UK conguero, DJ, music critic, journalist, promoter and bandleader Snowboy is back with a heavyweight hard-hitting tribute to Tito Puente, the King of Mambo! "Para Puente"! What more of a personal tribute can you pay someone than name your album after them? "Para Puente" is a way of acknowledging how much inspiration Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, gave and continues to give to Snowboy.

"There are no Puente 'covers' on this album, and other than my tribute song, "Puente", theres nothing that even sounds similar, but without him there would be no "us", and countless other bands besides. . .and through this album I thank him for his precious life and the legacy that he left us," Snowboy.

Merging Afro-Latin rhythms with modern jazz was Puente's groundbreaking signature sound, Snowboy with his band The Latin Section carries the torch on this, his 11th album and 3rd for Cubop. Their authentic Latin Jazz style wears influences from the masters of the genre but continues the quest to keep the music exciting and to keep the dancers dancing. This is not Latin jazz for the faint-hearted, this is ballsy, straight for the jugular, frenetic Latin music.

"The Latin Section are a respectful, joyful conglomeration of Son, Salsa and Mambo which takes Afro Cuban music forward" The Times "Snowboy is proof positive that Cuban Soul has truly gone worldwide" San Francisco Weekly "Snowboy creates authentic rhythms that help to keep the genre alive" Record Mirror "The band achieve an impact that's nothing short of amazing" Rhythm Magazine

Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones of the British and European Latin Jazz scene for over 15 years with his powerful band The Latin Section.

The current line-up is comprised of the finest jazz and Latin musician's based in the U.K: Snowboy, Davide Giovaninni (who wrote and sings on "Barrago", and the tribute to two of the U.K.'s most notorious guys from the Jazz dance scene-"Rocky and Perry") alongside Nico Gomez, Ricardo Pla, Neil Angilley, Sid Gauld, Gary Plumley, and Paul Taylor. Guest appearances incude respected UK vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais and mini-moog keyboard a la vintage Chick Corea!

Snowboy aka Mark Cotgrove is writing a history of the U.K. Jazz Dance scene and is a columnist for UK-based Big Daddy magazine. He has recently been featured in the books Salsa - Musical Heartbeat of Latin America by Sue Steward, Dancin' Salsa - Salsa Hotline Japan and is in the Who's Who Of Latin Music. In the past couple of years he has put together 2 top selling compilations of funky Latin and Brazilian music for the Union Square label in the UK ... more

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  1. Chango Moti Awa
2. Puente
3. Los Rumberos de la Habana Y Matanzas
4. Two for T
5. Rocky and Perry
6. Barrago
7. 42nd and Broadway

Art of No State
Freerange Recordings / Ubiquity  (URCD131)
Release Date:
May 20, 2003

Click here for Stateless - Art of No State one sheet (URCD131)


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  Following his two highly acclaimed EPs for English label Freerange comes the debut long player from Andreas Saag, musician/producer and all-round wunderkind.

As those in the know will insist, Andreas' productions always hit the spot, whether it be his Stateless productions for Freerange, his Swell Session stuff for Hollow or his jazzy edged techno for Samuel L. Sessions SLS label. His releases are bringing a new depth and quality to the nu jazz, house and electronica scenes.

The album in question entitled 'Art Of No State' is a deep and soulful beauty that features the likes of fellow Gothenburg residents Yukimi Nagano (Koop), Elsa Hedberg and Jonatan Backelie as well as a whole host of other musicians. This predominantly song-based album oozes with good vibes and a depth that belies Andreas's youth. Tracks such as 'All Of A Sudden' and 'Too Late' draw on the traditions of Scandinavian jazz music whilst pulling them kicking and screaming into the 21st century by fusing sublime songwriting and vocals with fat breaks and bass lines that move you ... more

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1. All of a Sudden
2. Bring' Me Down
3. Falling Into (Swell Session's Boy Wonder mix)
4. Another Day (Album version)
5. How You Believe
6. Rejected for Life
7. Inner City Winter
8. Unequalled
9. Leave Me Now
10. Too Late

Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu
Ubiquity Records x Sähkö Recordings (URCD/LP210)
Release Date:
April 24, 2007
Barcodes: URLP186: 780661121012  x  URCD186: 780661121025
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Joystone is the latest musical excursion by the ever-inventive arranger, composer and musician Jimi Tenor. On Joystone the super-eccentric Finn teams up with Kabu Kabu, a trio of West-African musicians and ex-Fela Kuti sidemen lead by Nicholas Addo Nettey. The result is an exceptionally unique and inspired album that joins the dots between dance music, Afro-beat, funk, and pop.

Despite it’s cosmic overtones, Joystone was conceived in Tenor's tiny garage in the city of Lahti in Finland and recorded, mixed and produced entirely by Didier Selin in Helsinki. Selin is the mastermind behind the award winning 2006 album Keep Reachin' Up by Tenor’s wife Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators. Adding spice are the leading players in the budding Finnish jazz scene including trumpeter Jukka Eskola and saxophonist Timo Lassy. The resulting mash of Scandinavian jazz and polyrhythmic Afro-Beat and Funk is reminiscent of legendary Euro-eccentrics Marc Moulin and Placebo. However, it is Tenor’s captivating melodies, quirky humor, and genre-defying playfulness that are at the forefront of Joystone.

On “Sunrise”, for which there is a video of Tenor and band running around a forest, he murmurs his sources of inspiration: “Sunrise oh sunrise, my favorite time of the day. I wake up, make some coffee. Look at the garden and start making some music. Everyday pretty much the same, and yet so different.” “Hermetic Man” is classic Tenor with loping melodic passages and subtle hints of 1970’s prog jazz. The sly spacey funk of “Smoking” contrasts the playful uptempo “I Wanna Hook Up With You”, and the album closes with “Dede”, a cinematic 7-minute opus showcasing the halkofon, a one-of-a-kind instrument invented and built by Tenor from sticks of wood used to heat up the Finnish sauna.

Jimi Tenor, was born as Lassi Lehto. His band Jimi Tenor & His Shamans released it’s first album in 1988, with Tenor’s first solo album dropping in 1994 and delivering "Take Me Baby," his first big hit. He has released albums on Sähkö Recordings, Warp Records and the Kitty-Yo label. He has recorded with a 55-piece Polish Orchestra and most recently appeared on the “Keep Reachin’ Up” album for his wife Nicole Willis. Curiously he has been called the “Elton John of jazz” and the “Barry White of Finland,” but we like to think of this mad musical genius, having fun while searching for the missing link between Sun Ra and Fela Kuti. Joystone finds Jimi Tenor reuniting with the legendary Sähkö Recordings, the label that kickstarted his career back in 1994, and releasing through Ubiquity in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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  01. Anywhere, Anytime
02. Green Grass
03. I Wanna Hook Up...
04. Hot Baby
05. Bedroom Eyes
06. Hermetic Man
07. Love Is The Only God
08. Ariane
09. Smoking
10. Horror Water
11. Sunrise
12. Dede

TM Juke
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP204)
Release Date:
October 24, 2006
Barcodes: 780661120421 (CD)  /  780661120414 (DLP)
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Stepping out with the album he’s always wanted to make 27 year old Al Cowan, aka TM Juke, is firmly pushing Forward. It’s his first album released domestically by Ubiquity, and second as TM Juke for Tru Thoughts. He has also produced the Alice Russell albums and more remixes than you can shake a stick at. This album almost didn’t happen. In fact it wasn’t for a sudden change of heart it would have sounded completely different.


“Last year I was finishing off a load of tracks, then I just threw it all away and started again. It just didn't feel right and I thought it wasn't good enough. The only track I kept was “Grounded in Fargo” (which happened to me on the way to California last year),” says Cowan. “I made this album in about only 3 months. It was burst here and there, then nothing for a week, as I was touring with Alice Russell and moving house! I had to set my computer up in a few random locations!” he adds.


Expertly combining the benefits of a comprehensive musical education with his reactionary love of laptop-based music, Cowan has quickly established himself as a prodigious UK songwriter and arranger. He's a broadminded and captivating DJ and an exceptionally talented producer, and a full-blown member of the Tru Thoughts stable. He plays bass, guitar, sampler and some keys on Forward. Halso enlisted some great UK talent behind the mic, including long-time collaborator Alice Russell and up and coming UK act Elmore Judd. In addition there’s a host of previously unknown vocalists.


“I've always thought that it is good to try and bring fairly unknown, if not completely unknown, talents to the table because you are far more likely to find a more original and interesting sound,” he says. “For instance, Naim, the guy that features on Skin (incase you thought it was a girl, most people do) is an old friend of mine. He just started sing a few years ago, and his voice sounds super crazy. There were four of us in my old bedroom, (where I recorded the whole album (about 8ftx8ft!)) and we we're in complete hysterics throughout the whole recording process after a real heavy night out. We were just trying to come up with some real disjointed lyrics about girls in clubs, and were just packed around the mic coming up with lines etc. Then I listen back with a bit of a clearer head and thought - That's it, I love it!” ... more

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01. Foreword
02. Damn feat. Kinny
03. Come Away feat. Sophie Faricy
04. Bees On Mars
05. Arrggh
06. Skin feat. Naim
07. So Good feat. Alice Russell
08. Ladygarden
09. Electric Chair feat. Elmore Judd
10. Grounded in Fargo
11. Life, Rain, Fall
12. Pencils For Dolphins

Tommy Stewart
Tommy Stewart
Luv N'Haight  (LHCD041)
Release Date:
July 22, 2003

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  Tommy Stewart is known for his classic super funky disco productions on the Abraxas label. He created some of the scarcest and highly sought after disco records of all time - not the cheesy souless disco of the late 1970s but the raw, funk-tinged good stuff!

This self-titled rare groove album includes the essential party classic "Bump and Hustle Music," which works on any dancefloor anytime - dope bassline and percussion plus a killer vocal irresistable voacl hook. The album also includes lesser known gems like "Riding High," and "The Fulton County Line."

Stewart also produced (with Marlin McNichols and Billy Wright) rare-groove disco records like Spirit Of Atlanta "Burning Of Atlanta", Sil Austin "Disco Music," and Tamiko Jones "Let it flow."

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1. Fulton County Line
2. Practive What You Preach
3. Bump and Hustle Music
4. Get Off Your Seats
5. Make Happy Music
6. Atlanta Get Down
7. Riding High
8. Disco Hop

Time Out of Mind
Far Out (085CD/LP)
Release Date:
August, 2004


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  ‘One of THE albums of the year… this is just so good’ Gilles Peterson

‘Mark makes the phattest beats ever’
Kenny Dope (Masters At Work)

‘Can't stop listening to it... fave record of the year 2 me... this is incredible!’
Jazzy Jeff

Far Out finally release the eagerly-awaited Troubleman album by Mark Pritchard this August, as part of our 10th birthday celebrations. Mark is one of the UK’s most respected electronic producers of the last 15 years thanks to a prolific set of recordings under various names and for different labels. We’ve been itching to share this LP since the stunning singles ‘Strikehard’ and ‘Change Is What We Need (Progress)’ set dancefloors on fire in the summers of 02 and 03 respectively.

The album’s a mix of Brazilian Bossa, party breaks, soul and funk, featuring already familiar club hits and guest vocalists from the top drawer, including Nina Miranda (Smoke City and Da Lata), Eska (New Sector Movements) and Steve Spacek. It would be unfair to pick highlights from a line-up like this, but here are a few notables…

A couple of tracks featuring the laidback vocals of Nina Miranda - the singer already feted for her work with Smoke City and Da Lata: ‘Paz’, an easy listening-influenced 60s-style bossa, and ‘Toda Hora’, a big party tune that’s already a fave with Gilles Peterson.
Steve Spacek contributes a typically ethereal vocal to ‘Without You’ (a track you’ll definitely be hearing more about), and Eska brings her tough nu-street soul style to a live jam featuring legendary pianist Pino Palladio in ‘Roll On’. ‘The Righteous Path’ is an Axelrod-esque gem Mark describes as “hippy soul”, while the title track ‘Time... Out of Mind’ is a monster Underground-Resistance style techno track with a deep groove… and not forgetting the two Troubleman singles that have already caused the stir: ‘Strikehard’: 2002’s Fela Kuti-inspired afro banger, and ‘Change Is What We Need (Progress)’, last year’s big club hit.

Mark’s a Devon boy about to break through into the premier league of producers with this release  ... more

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  1. Have A Good Time
2. (Featuring Nina Miranda)
3. Prelude To The Path
4. The Righteous Path
5. Lonely Girl
6. Change Is What We Need (Progress)
7. Toda Hora (Featuring Nina Miranda)
8. Roll On (Featuring Eska)
9. Time...Out Of Mind
10. Without You (Featuring Steven Spacek)
11. Strikehard
12. Zap (Featuring Nina Miranda)

Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours
Carnival in San Juan
Cubop (CBCD041)
Release Date:
August 26, 2003

Click here for Carnival in San Juan one sheet (CBCD041)


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  "Trombone virtuoso and innovative composer, Papo combines the best of jazz and Latin music to create a genre that is unique and wild. He's redefined Latin jazz!" --Michael Brecker

This album includes appearances from: Bill Lee, Tito Cepeda, Arturo O' Farrill, Milton Cardona, Willie Williams, John Benitez, Horacio Hernandez, Roberto Cepeda, Joe Gonzalez, Fred McFarlane, Victor Jones, Roberto Cepeda, Mario Rivera, Ivan Renta, Carlos Henriquez, Dafnis Prieto, and others.

The celebratory mosaic of CARNIVAL IN SAN JUAN has been over 25 years in the making. From 1976 to 1978, Angel "Papo" Vazquez was one of the strongest instrumental voices (along with Jerry and Andy Gonzalez, Steve Berrios, and many others) to be heard at the historic Nuyorican Village cultural art center   ... more

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1. Carnival in San Juan
2. Mundo Bizarro
3. Las Torres
4. Plena Pa' Las Nenas
5. Worlds
6. Vianda con Bacalao
7. En La Cueva de Tan
8. Stuffy Turkey
9. Like a Little Child
10. Snow Angel
11. Carlitos Coco
12. Fireflies from the Orion Nebula & Belen

Papo Vázquez
At the Point vol. 1
Cubop  (CBCD015)
At the Point vol. 2
Cubop (CBCD016)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  "Mr. Vazquez is a tough-punching, physical trombonist; and [his] rhythm sections...are powerful!"

Born on February 24th, 1958, Vazquez grew up in the heart of North Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community. After buying a $5 trombone from a friend's brother, Vazquez joined his elementary school band. Later he was introduced to the vibrant music and popular Latin dances of the 1950s and 1960s by his family. Inspired by Latin trombonists such as Barry Rogers, Jose Rodriguez and Willie Colon, Vazquez decided to become a professional musician at the age of 13.

By the early 1970s Vazquez had moved to New York and was playing with bands like Conjunto Libre and Hector Lavoe. Before long he was working with top names in Latin music like the Fania All Stars, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Chucho Valdez and Tito Puente. He even appeared on Willie Colon's landmark release "Siembre".

Vazquez has always been deeply moved by jazz and specifically cites the music of John Coltrane and J. J. Johnson as having the most influence. He studied Slide Hampton and later arranged and performed for Hampton's "World of Trombones". Eventually, Vazquez would tour Europe with the Ray Charles Orchestra and perform in New York with jazz luminaries Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Woody Shaw, Mel Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Wynton Marsalis, Lonnie Smith and Lenny White. His involvement with Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin and Jerry Gonzalez placed Vazquez as a key player in the burgeoning Latin jazz genre.

In the 1980s Vazquez travelled the globe. He played with Batacumbele in Puerto Rico from 1981 to 1986. Batacumbele were one of the most innovative and popular Latin fusion bands of the time. He wrote for Orquesta Nacional Jovenil de Puerto Rico. Later on he travelled as principal trombonist for Tito Puente and toured Europe with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra.

Vazquez' ability to fuse Afro-Carribean rhythms, especially those from Cuba and Puerto Rico, with freer melodic and harmonic elements of progressive jazz has insured his popularity on many fronts ... more

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  Volume 1
1. Baila Plena
2. Amor Gitano
3. Valz De Los Invisibles
4. La Puerta
5. Coqui
6. The Last Dynasty

Volume 2
1. The Reverend
2. It's Only A Paper Moon
3. In This Lonely Place
4. Dominicanita
5. Juan José
6. Capullito De Alelí


Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai
Luv N'Haight  (LHCD/LP041)  CD / LP
Release Date:
October 7, 2003

BARCODES - CD: 780661004226 / LP: 780661004219


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  "Music Is My Drug!"
Arthur Verocai.

In 1972 a repressive Brazilian military dictatorship frowned on artistic impression that might influence the youth of the country. However, producer, arranger and guitar player Arthur Verocai released a self-titled album on Brazilian based Continental Records that challenged the musical conventions of the day. His subtle protest experimented with new musical directions, and used figurative language to sneak under the censorship radar.

Luv N'Haight records is honored to release its first full-length Brazilian album. It's super rare and will appeal to fans of the folksy soul and lo-fi electronic experimentations of American artists like Shuggie Otis or the orchestration of producer Charles Stepney. Closest Brazilian comparisons would be to Tim Maia and Jorge Ben. This unique recording has a touch of folk, more than a hint of funk, jazz style soloing, amazing 20 piece string arrangements, blending of electronics and keyboards with organic sounds,
and superb soundtrack style music.

"I used to listen to Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Stan Kenton, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Web, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Miles Davis, Milton Nascimento, Bossa Nova, among others," explains Arthur Verocai. "In Brazil we had many musical influences, and by that time there wasn't a hegemonic one in the market. In this way my album reflected a search and musical experimentation. I was in an adventurous mood on this album and that led me to explore new melodic, harmonic and rhythmic paths.

Verocai arrived at the 1972 album with a number of accomplishments under his belt. He'd produced the Ivan Lins 1971 album "Agora" which was influenced heavily by the sound of North American soul. He had contributed string arrangements to Jorge Ben releases, too. "I also produced two albums by a singer named Célia for Continental and the president of the company was delighted with the results. He invited me to produce an album using my own compositions and I agreed as long as I was able to choose the musicians to perform with me. All the strings sessions featured 12 violins, 4 violas and 4 cellos, always with one or two percussionists. The idea of mixing strings with contemporary sounds came from my desire of searching for new paths. I think this album was very rich in terms of both quantity and quality of musicians!"

Verocai wasn't messing around with his line-up of musicians, which included Brazilian legends like Robertinho Silva, Pascoal Meireles, Luiz Alves, Paulo Moura, Edson Maciel, Oberdan Magalhães (Banda Black Rio), Nivaldo Ornelas (Milton Nascimento band) and Toninho Horta.

Born Arthur Cortes Verocai in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 17/6/1945, he studied music with Léo Soares, Darci Villaverde, Nair Barbosa da Silva, Roberto Menescal and Vilma Graça. In 1966 Leny Andrade included his song "Olhando o Mar" ("Looking at the Sea") on her "We Are There" album. Two years later Verocai participated in Musicanossa an event that brought together composers, musicians and singers in presentations to play live in the Santa Rosa Theater in Rio de Janeiro, for which he wrote his first arrangements. The live recording of the event included the songs "Madrugada" and "Nova Manhã", composed in partnership with Paulinho Tapajós.

By 1968 his main gig was working in Civil Engineering in Rio de Janeiro. He still managed to perform and participate as a composer at many of Brazils famous Festivals of Music. He was working with artists like Paulinho Tapajós, Elis Regina, Creuza Maria, the Golden Boys, and Evinha. In 1969 Arthur Verocai began his professional career as musician and arranger. He scored the music for the theater show "Is The Greater", and wrote his first arrangements for orchestra. He arranged records by the Terço, Jorge Benjor, Elizeth Cardoso, Gal Costa, Quarteto em Cy, MPB 4, Célia, Guilherme Lamounier, Nélson Gonçalves, Marcos Valle, and others. His music also appeared in the musical "The Life of Braguinha", alongside Elizeth Cardoso, Quarteto em Cy, MPB4 and Sidney Magal. By 1970 he was writing for other groups and regularly composing music for multiple TV shows and incidental music for TV series ... more

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14 Caboclo
2. Pelas Sombras
3. Sylvia
4. Presente Grego
5. Dedicada a Ela
6. Seriado
7. Na Boca do Sol
8. Velho Parente
9. O Mapa
10. Karina

Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra
I'm Thankful
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP203)
Release Date:
October 10, 2006
Barcodes: 780661120322 (CD)  /  780661120315 (LP)
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  “Holland and the QSO wrap a fresh-sounding, relentlessly grooving reprise of vintage funk and soul-jazz, occasionally augmented by more contemporary sounds, around a voice that is fiercely emotive, sharp as a talon, rasping in all the right places, and utterly vital”

“Extra trunk-load of sweet soul-funk; mid-tempo grooves that burn with just the right amount of bottom end and soar with brass toots”

“Pays tribute to the past while keeping things relevant...Another gem for Quantic”

“Makes you yearn for the next collaboration from the two”

“That the two should combine for a brilliant album is obvious”

Since she burst onto the scene in the late 1960s, Spanky Wilson has performed and recorded with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr., Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Smith, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Pretty Purdie and Willie Bobo. Renowned as a soul, blues and jazz singer on both sides of the Atlantic, she has consistently released quality music for the past four decades, collaborating with some of the most talented and respected producers of the day. She has released seven albums under her own name, and tracks like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "You" have become DJ and collector favorites worldwide.

I’m Thankful sees her team up with Will Holland of The Quantic Soul Orchestra to produce a stunning collection of 21st Century jazz, funk, big band and soul music. Will "Quantic" Holland and Wilson first collaborated in 2004 on two tracks for the third Quantic album, Mishaps Happening. Inspired by this positive experience, they decided to write an album together. Months of work culminated in a week-long recording session in Los Angeles and Holland recruited some of the funk-soul scene’s finest players to help him realize his vision, including Todd Simon on trumpet and Phil Ranelin on trombone.

Wilson was born, raised and living in Philadelphia until 1967, when she moved to Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s she moved to France spending the next 15 years singing jazz in Paris before returning to Los Angeles, CA in 2000. The name Spanky Wilson, is the one she has used since being a young kid. For acting up she would receive a spanking (possibly on a daily basis!) and her father gave her the mischievous name which stuck, in fact she apparently prefers it over her real name ... more

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1. I'm Thankful
2. A Woman Like Me
3. Blood From A Stone
4. Don't Joke With A Hungry Man pt. 2
5. Don't Joke With A Hungry Man pt. 3
6. That's How It Is
7. I Don't Need This Trouble
8. Waiting For Your Touch
9. You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
10. I'm Thankful

Zero dB
Fluid Ounce/Ubiquity  (URCD/LP127)
Release Date:
April 8, 2003


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  Locate your Hi-fi…Place this CD in the tray…Press Play…turn the dial up…and hold on to your trousers!!!
Because if you happen to be a Zero dB virgin, you are now well on you're way to becoming a proper dirty bassline whore.

Zero dB are your unruly conductors for this symphonic saga. For over two years now, allies jazz-chef Chris Vogado (aka The Vogado Projects) and funk-demon, Neil Combstock (aka Frank de Jojo), have together been shamelessly violating the international Nu-Jazz circuit, launching one quality remix after another. This 2-man beast of a team have been ripping tracks open, stripping them of their decency, re-furbishing them and re-crafting them into meticulous Re-constructions - nevertheless leaving their original architects imploding with delight. As curators of only cream of the crop tunes, with each production the duo paralyze us into a dumbfounded state of musical bliss. Like many, if you've been on board since the very first notes of their jazz-house classic 'Come Party' then this is a ride for you. A simple wave of the magic Zero dB wand turns every pumpkin they touch into a shimmering dance-floor chariot.

But, now a moment is due, to reflect and re-gain contact with the ground - if only for health reasons. Here for the first time after guest spots on countless reputable compilations, is a tidy package of nine freshly polished Zero dB Reconstructions Surrender! You are now about to witness the strength of the Zero dB Hurricane, as it storms the globe recklessly punishing each track into down n' dirty club mayhem.

Notes of Caution: Each track has been re-mastered, re-polished, and re-funked specifically for your listening pleasure. Also included are two exclusive tracks unavailable anywhere else until now. Vinyl Addicts Be Warned.

Prepare to be hedonistically violated by the freakishly dirty sounds that are Zero dB!! -

 ... more

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1. Sun Ra - Satellites Are Spinning
2. Peace Orchestra - Henry
3. Truby Trio - Galicia
4. John Kong & Moonstarr - Future vision
5. Original Soulboy - Touch The Sun
6. Suba - Samba do Gringo Paulista
7. Interfearance - Xtradition
8. Grupo Batuque - e Ruim
9. Arch 25 - Hangovers

Various Artists
California Soul
Luv n' Haight  (LHCD/LP039)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  California’s rich social fabric has given the world some amazing soul music. Tower of Power, Santana, Sly and The Family Stone and Shuggie Otis – the list is endless. Our compilation includes some of the more hard-to-find moments featuring unreleased 7”s and vinyl album-only soul, Latin, jazz and funk cuts recorded as early as the mid-1960s through and into the early 1980s. This slice of California’s underground musical history was assembled by the Luv N’Haight rare groove digging crew, which means that not only are the tunes preserved and made widely available but also artists were tracked down and properly paid. This is not a bootleg, this is a dedication to the soulful sounds of California.

Linda Tillery wrote and released “Freedom Time” in 1977 for her self-titled album on Olivia Records, at the time a Los Angeles-based label dedicated to giving women access to the music industry. The company, now based in Oakland and primarily dealing in the women’s travel industry, was exclusively women-run. Women made the music and Olivia Records offered technical training and job opportunities to women. According to the original album liner notes all profits from record sales went to paying Olivia Records employees salaries and helping fund the building of their own studio – to be run by women, of course. Tillery is still active in the music industry, at the time of writing she was touring Europe with her band the Cultural Heritage Choir ... more

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  1. Linda Tillery - Freedom Time
2. Sweet Stuff - Freaky (To You)
3. Courtial - Losing You
4. Ike White - Love and Affection
5. Rokk - Patience
6. Roy Porter - Party Time
7. Mike James Kirkland - Hang On in There
8. Cool Sounds - Where Do We Go From Here
9. West Coast Revival - Feelin' Alright
10. Cool Benny - Wobble Cha
11. Orquesta Esencia - Carnaval
12. Sons and Daughters of Lite - A Real Thing
13. Adele Sebastian - Daydreamer
14. Sweet Stuff - Freaky (To You) (PUTS DJ re-edit)

Various Artists
California Soul II
Ubiquity (UREP212)
Release Date:
  May 22, 2007
Barcodes: LHCD053:
 780661005322 LHLP053:  780661005315  
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Super Cool is the second volume in our California Soul series and features music recorded between 1966 and 1982. Spanning eclectic genres from soul jazz, blues, heavy funk, modern soul, Northern soul, and disco, there’s even a ballad (previously unavailable on CD) from Luv N'Haight favorite Darondo. 

Despite a number of tracks being incredibly rare and highly sought-after, Super Cool was not compiled because of the rare-factor or value of the original releases alone. More importantly this is a treasure trove of music that connects the dots between artists and scenes, eras and genres, and none of the acts or tracks should not be lost to obscurity.

This is music by artists who may not be household names, but were session musicians, players, and characters who kept the scenes from San Francisco to Los Angeles and beyond alive. They were the sound of the underground and, far from being a cast of nobodies, artists included on Super Cool have played alongside Fela Kuti and George Clinton. Members of the bands featured were also integral players in acts like Funkadelic, War, and Sam Cooke's band, there’s even a second cousin to Martin Luther King amidst the line-up!

Rather than concentrate on one sound or scene, the California Soul series is an all-encompassing overview reflecting the eclectic range of soul music to come from the state. These tracks were pulled from a couple of decades which saw the social and political status quo undergo huge change in America. The wildly inclusive racial make-up of the population meant that California was an epicenter for that change. The art and music of the times obviously reflects such influences and it was easy to fill Super Cool with super-fly love songs, righteous shouts for freedom and cosmic flower-powered funk. While wide in scope the tunes included on this compilation (and Volume 1) can obviously only represent a tiny fraction of the multitude of soulful styles, tunes and artists from California, so enjoy now and hold tight for volume 3!

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1. Gow Do Experience – Compared To What (main version)
2. Buddy Conner – Halfway Loving
3. Pat Hunt – Supercool
4. Cal Green – Revolution Rap
5. Mokie JJ & ROB – Beverly
6. Carmelita – Isn’t It Lovely
7. Sy Hightower – I Know You’re Leaving Me
8. Spanky Wilson – Fancy
9. LAPD – Big Herm
10. Johnny Morrisette – I’m Hungry
11. David Glover – We Got To Get It Together
12. HP Riot – I Have Changed
13. Gow Do Experience – Psychedelic Sally
14. Rodney Trotter – Space Nigga’
15. Darondo – Such A Night
16. Gow Do Experience – Compared To What (bonus version)


Various Artists
Fluid Ounce: Unmeasured
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP111)
Release Date:
Now Available


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  Ubiquity Records is delighted to announce a new partnership with super-hot UK-based Fluid Ounce label. Ubiquity will be releasing the Fluid Ounce "Unmeasured" compilation on August 6h on CD and exclusive double vinyl LPs - unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Each release on this young label has been essential, whether it's the infectious club sounds of Zero dB, the electro - inspired new breaks of Carmel, top Canadian DJ/producers Moonstar and John Kong, or the laidback pure chill-out vibe provided by the Vogado project - every one is a winner. So much so that in addition to nods of respect from all the right DJs (Gilles Peterson, Kruder and Dorfmeister and Rainer Truby have all charted Fluid Ounce releases heavily) the Fluid Ounce crew have been asked to provide remix treatment to Suba, the Peace Orchestra and even Sun Ra.

As a brand new new indie-label with only vinyl releases they don't have the muscle to sell more than a few 12"s in the USA and Canadian markets - but we've heard the quality, seen the European response and think it's time to let the Fluid Ounce sounds loose on the general public! Other upcoming releases include the Zero dB remix album, and the highly anticipated Zero dB full-length album ... more

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  1. Zero dB - Come Party
2. Frank De Jojo - Turn Off The Lights
3. Zero dB - Click
4. Zero dB - The Snare
5. The Vogado Projects - Never Come Back
6. The Vogado Projects - Mas Fuerte Que El Sol
7. John Kong & Moonstarr - Future Vision
8. Carmel - Nujazzkiller
9. Carmel - Harikiri Blues
10. Carmel - Man From Atlantis

Various Artists
Bay Area Funk: Funk and Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area, 1967 - 1976
Ubiquity  (LHCD/LP043)
Release Date:
November 4, 2003

Click Here for Bay Area Funk one sheet (LHCD/LP043)

Barcodes: LHCD043: 780661004325 / LHLP043: 780661004318


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  On this first volume of Bay Area Funk 16 tracks represent the best of the infamous Bay Area scene. Ranging from the boogaloo and shing-a-ling sound of Marvin Holmes and the Uptights to the psychedelic funk-jazz of P-I-R-Square. The compilation covers the period from 1967 to 1976 and is packed with music from the key originators and characters including a 12 year old Little Denice produced by blues legend Jimmy McCracklin, rhythm and blues hero Rodger Collins, KSOL radio station director "Hard Punching" Herm Henry, and Sugar Pie Desanto, former opening act for James Brown who is still pulling back-flips on-stage even in her late 60s.

The Bay Area Funk sound features at least two distinct approaches. San Francisco and the rest of the Peninsula (including East Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, etc.) added rock and Latin rhythms to soul grooves, evident in bands such as The Unforgettables, H.P. Riot, and Veda. The East Bay (including Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, etc.) blended Blues and Jazz with Funk as demonstrated by notable artists like Johnny Talbot, Lonnie Hewitt, and Wylie Trass.

The Bay Area is also known for mixed race bands that helped mix even more genres. For instance the San Francisco TKOs had Black, White, and Asian musicians playing to the crowds (not to mention a very funky drummer who, like Little Denice, was only twelve years old!). Reflecting the mix of races that migrated to the area, the music, feelings, and the love of their people, Bay Area funk is a unique sound, as you'll hear on this compilation.

This is one of the most essential releases on Luv N'Haight to date and has taken a couple of years to complete. It was compiled by the Luv N'Haight tune detectives Andrew Jervis and Michael McFadin with the help of DJ Riddm of Funky Riddms Records in Berkeley, "I found Wylie Trass through his daughter after calling every Trass in the Oakland phone book. I met Wendell Basey of Onyx through a friend who went to school with his nephew," explains DJ Riddim. "My search for local funk led me to the house of the legendary singer and guitarist Marvin Holmes, who was surprised to learn that diggers were searching high and low for music he had recorded over 30 years ago. He introduced me to other musicians and the more I learned about Bay Area funk, the more avid I became in my search for the music and the artists who created it." Without these bands and their efforts we might not even be here - this compilation taps into the source of the Bay Area funk and soul sound past and present. Extensive liner notes will include interviews with and pictures of the players, plus images of the original 45s, and rare visual material unearthed from the era ... more

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1. Super Pie Desanto - Git Back
2. Rodger Collins - Girls in Oakland
3. Johnny Talbot - Pickin' Cotton
4. Marvin Holmes - Find Yourself
5. Little Denise - Check Me Out
6. Apollis - What it is Pts 1 & 2
7. Jeannie Tracy - Trippin' On the Sound
8. Eugene Blacknell & The New Breeds - The Trip
9. Charles Leonard - Funky Driver on the Funky Bus
10. Unforgetables - Sad Song
11. San Francisco TKO's - Herm
12. Onyx - Break it Loose
13. P-I-R- Square - Too Much Trouble
14. Unforgettables - Too Much Trouble
15. Marvin Holmes - Oomph
16. Wylie Trass - The Feeling

Various Artists
Bay Area Funk 2: Funk and Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area
Ubiquity  (LHCD/LP050)
Release Date:
April 25, 2006
Barcodes: 780661005025 (CD) / 780661005018 (DLP)
One-sheet:  PDF

Various Artists
Bay Area Funk 2 (Limited 7")
Ubiquity  (LH7049)
Release Date:
March 7, 2006
Barcode: 780661004325
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The Ray Camacho Band
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  We searched harder and dug heavier for tracks on this second volume of the Bay Area Funk series. As with Volume One the musical spectrum spans from raw funk to gritty soul. This is the 50th release for Luv N'Haight records. Since 1990 we have been re-issuing rare and essential soul, funk and jazz records. We do this legally by finding the original artists. Our 50th release returns us to the Bay Area where the label began. Luv N'Haight was born out of the Groove Merchant record store on Haight Street in San Francisco and paved the way for the mother-label, Ubiquity records.

The tunes featured here were part of the soundtrack to the San Francisco Bay Area soul and funk underground from the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. While local guys Sly Stone and Tower of Power were selling millions of records a network of groups were doing their own thing, playing gigs in local bars and releasing music often on their own dime. Amongst the rarities and underground hits on Bay Area Funk II are stories of varied success and failure. Some acts only released one single, while others are certified legends who continue to perform. The original records compiled here are becoming harder, some near impossible, to find. So we’re proud to offer this second volume in a series that aims to preserve the best of the Bay. Fortunately, the more we had to dig the more music we uncovered. 50 releases on and we’re still mining a bottomless pit of music treasures, unique characters and amazing stories in our own back yard.

Ray Camacho has recorded over 600 tracks and played for royalty and two leper colonies. Hailing from the city of Vallejo, Project Soul went on to become the hugely popular band ConFunkShun. “Ebony” is a private-label holy grail 7" from their very early days. Mike Selesia's band apparently ate LSD-laced Tootsie Rolls before recording, or were they just smoking pot? The band members can’t seem to remember the same story but either way Selesia was playing two saxophones at once by the time they recorded “Brute Force” ... more

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1. Mary Love “Born To Live With Heartache”
2. Dawn and Sunset “Move in The Room”
3. Project Soul “Ebony”
4. Soft Touch “Plenty Action”
5. Sugar Pie DeSanto “Straighten It Out With Yo Man”
6. San Franciso T.K.O.’s “Acid Lady”
7. The International Ray Camacho Group “Si Se Puede”
8. The Windjammers “Poor Sad Child pt. 1”
9. Faye Marshall “Goin Home”
10. Little Denise Stevenson “Hip Breakin’”
11. Primevil “Stop Look Listen!”
12. Victor Green “Creole Girl”
13. Uptights Band “Devil’s On The Run”
14. The Relatives “Lenient With My Love”
15. Mike Selesia “Brute Strength”

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A1. Dawn and Sunset "Move In The Room"
B1. Soft Touch "Plenty Action"

Various Artists
Choices EP 1
Ubiquity (UREP212)
Release Date:
April 10, 2007
Barcodes: UREP212: 780661121213
One-Sheets: PDF


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The brand new Ubiquity EP series features multiple artists, all exclusive tracks - all killer no filler. Tunes will be one-off collaborations, exclusive mixes, sneak peaks at future Ubiquity albums and new joints collected from artists around the world. All tunes 100% DJ friendly. This first EP will debut as a promo at WMC 2007, and will be released just two weeks later. EPs will be released simultaneously on vinyl, digitally via all the usual channels, with limited edition CD, too ... more

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  1. The Lions - Think
Feat. Noelle
2. Think (Inst.)
3. Hipster Wonkaz - Jupiter Jam
4. CP & The Keystones - Thundersounds
Feat. Percee P
5. Thundersounds (Inst.)
6. Hudson Mohawke - Free Mo


Various Artists
HVW8 Presents: Music Is My Art
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP179)
Release Date:
September 13, 2005
Barcodes - URCD179: 780661117926 / URLP179: 780661117919
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Various Artists
HVW8 Presents: Music Is My Art 12"
Ubiquity  (UR12170)
12 Inch
Release Date:
April 22, 2005
Barcode - UR12170: 780661117018


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from left to right:
Dan Buller, Tyler Gibney and Gene Pendon
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“HVW8 is just that, all tracks are killer killer cuts... a track for every point in the night...”

"U Need This! Ubiquity prove their worth as Worldwide label of the year.”

Following up on Ubiquity’s much hyped Music Is My Art 12” from late Spring 2005 is the full-length compilation of the same name and eclectic musical vibe compiled by the Montreal/Los Angeles-based HVW8 Art Installation crew. Music Is My Art is an album of next level electronic, soul and hip hop from around the world. Most of the tracks that appear on Music Is My Art were recorded exclusively for this release and capture the cross-section of worldwide talent that work closely with the collective.

HVW8 Art Installation is Gene Pendon, Tyler Gibney and Dan Buller. Born in Montreal in 1998 and operating now two cities, the HVW8 collective are best known for creating art pieces at music events, galleries and unique spaces and have been touring their ‘Political Minded’ exhibit to major cities across the US for the past year. Since their debut performances at the 1999 International Jazz Festival of Montreal, the art trio have toured and exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, England, Puerto Rico and Japan creating live art pieces along side musicians and DJs such as Jazzanova, Afrika Bambaataa, Gilles Peterson, Bugz in the Attic, The Herbaliser, Roots Manuva, Osunlade and Kid Koala.

On Music Is My Art full spectrum sonics from established faves like Plantlife, Seiji (Bugz in the Attic) and Osunlade sit next to up n’comers like John Arnold, DJ Language, Rich Medina, and new head-turning tracks from the likes of Black Spade, Radio City and Owusu and Hannibal. It’s raw hip hop, rough broken beat, left field soul, future funk, and house that works together and typifies the kinds of sounds you’d hear at a HVW8 curated event
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1. Blade Spade - To Serve With Love
2. Radio City feat. Bajka - The Hop
3. Owusu and Hannibal - Blue Jay
4. Plantlife feat. Dena Deadly - Your Love
5. John Arnold w/ Paul Randolph - Rise Up
6. Seiji - Bruqwah
7. DJ Language w/Lindsey Caldwell - Blue Miles
8. Kingsbread feat. Steve Spacek - It's Alright
9. J-Boogie w/ Crown City Rockers - Higher
10. Ohmega Watts feat. Othello - Long Ago
11. Yam Who? Feat. Christian Fontana - Wrap You Up
12. Osunlade - Tambores te Llaman
13. Rich Medina - Uptown

HVW8 Presents Music Is My Art 12":
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A1. Plantlife feat. Dena Deadly - Your Love
A2. Radio City feat. Bajka - The Hop
B1. John Arnold feat. Paul Randolph - Rise Up

Various Artists
Luv N' Haight and George Semper Present
Inner City Sounds: Gritty Soul & Underground Funk from the Vaults of Inner City Records
Ubiquity  (LHCD/LP040)
Release Date:
May 20, 2003

Click Here for Inner City Sounds one sheet (LHCD/LP040)


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  As we pick through the vaults of Inner City Records, owner George Semper rattles off tales of recording funk 45s in the back of Oakland record stores, playing with Cheech & Chong, and chillin' with Al McKay of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. If his record deal with Imperial records hadn't gone sour we may not have been able to bring you these stories, and more importantly this compilation of mostly unreleased funk and soul music that he produced between 1969 and 1977.

In the mid 1960s an organ player called George Semper recorded and released the "Makin' Waves" album through Imperial Records, re-issued recently on the UK based Hubbub label. Semper's deal with Imperial went bad so in 1966 he became a partner in the Jazzville nightclub in San Diego. He was responsible for bringing in artists like Miles Davis, Little Richard, The Temptations, BB King, Marvin Gaye , Jackie Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Johnny Guitar Watson, Ramsey Lewis, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, John Coltrane, Cannonball and Nat Adderly and Otis Redding - major acts that wouldn't normally venture south of Los Angeles.

Semper had booked Ike and Tina Turner in 1966, it was a high maintenance gig with temperamental Ike Turner threatening not to show. A few days before the Turners were due to play Jazzville, Semper was asked to fill-in for a friend and play organ in Las Vegas. The gig was on the same night as the Turner show. After several calls with Ike Turner he was sure that they were actually going to make it and decided it was safe to take the Vegas gig... more

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1. Ron and Candy - Plastic Situation
2. George Semper and the Rhythm Kings - It's Your Thing
3. In One Peace - In One Peace
4. Funkafreek - Funkorgy
5. Mary Love - More Love
6. Perfect Circle - The Hands of Time
7. The R&B Classic Funk Band - Thank U
8. Funkhouse with Candy - Tenderness
9. United Soul Association - Sticky Boom Boom
10. Perfect Circle - Spread the News
11. In One Peace - Its Insane
12. The Funkateers - Funkafied
13. Funkproof - Funktime

Various Artists
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP101)
Release Date:
Now Available

Click here for PPP "Ridin High (Roy Davis Jr mix) one sheet (UR12134)


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  Rewind!: New cover versions, remixes and re-edits of original old school classics, famous songs and underground rare groove gems. Our global selection of top-notch producers have brought songs bang-up-to-date adding a 2002 twist in the best possible taste.

We noticed that more and more artists were paying tribute to their musical inspirations with cover versions of classic tracks. This compilation showcases some of our recent favorites alongside brand new exclusives.

Included are 2 cover versions from LA based Yesterdays New Quintet (aka Madlib) including one from the Stones Throw "Angles Without Edges" album and one previously unreleased Ohio Players cover! UK dubsters Rockers Hi-Fi go bossa-mad on the Ella Fitzgerald version of Cream’s "Sunshine of Your Love" and Frank De Jo Jo contributes a floor-filling version of Larry Young’s Fuel rare groove standard "Turn Off The Lights".

Also included is an incredible and obscure version of the The Doors’ "Riders on the Storm" by Hungary based Yonderboi, Nat King Cole as interpreted by Jack Costanzo (and then remixed by As One!), red-hot French producers Gotan Project re-edit Chet Baker’s version of a Thelonious Monk tune and we go back in time to unearth a dubbed out Shinehead cover of Michael Jackson’s "Billie Jean"!

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  1. Breathe - Open Door
2. Hercules - Beatless
3. Riders on the Storm/Pink Solidism - Yonderboi
4. Sunshine of Your Love - Ella Fitzgerald
5. Turn off the Lights - Frank de Jo Jo
6. Daylight - Yesterday's New Quintet
7. Round About Midnight - Gotan Project
8. Quimbara [Jazztronik Mix] - Jack Costanzo
9. Calypso Blues [As One Remix] - Jack Costanzo
10. Billy Jean - Shinehead
11. Heaven Must Be Like This
12. Golden Brown - Better Daze

Various Artists
Rewind! 2
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP119)
Release Date:


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  The concept is simple - producers and singers from as far away as London, Bari, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Detroit bring old school classics, famous songs, and underground rare groove gems bang up-to-date. With the release of the first volume in Spring 2002, we had no idea how it would do, but the concept caught on and instead of selling a few thousand as expected, we sold in the tens of thousands. We're raising the bar (and the budget!) on the second volume to include 5 exclusive tracks alongside the 10 handpicked from our favorite artists/labels around the world.

On Rewind 2, you'll find songs by artists like John Coltrane, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, and even Chrissie Hyndes and Sting! Crossing eras and genres, the Rewind series is based on classic tunes that live on, inspire and give a 2003 twist in the best possible taste. New Ubiquity signing Roy Davis Jnr, Yesterdays New Quintet, Herbert, Greyboy, Joseph Malik, Nicola Conte and others connect the old school with the new and show that despite the splintering of electronic music into countless sub-genres we all love those golden oldies!

Here's a breakdown of all the tracks featured on Rewind 2 ... more

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  1. PPP - Ridin' High
2. Greyboy - To Know You Is To Love You
3. Joseph Malk - Take it all in and check it all out
4. Povo Povo - Uam Uam
5. Karin Krog - Meaning of Love (Herbert remix)
6. Big Bang - Speak Low
7. Roy Davis Jnr - People Get Ready
8. Yesterday's New Quintet - Deja Vu
9. Superbacana - Reza
10. Nicola Conte - Adriana
11. John Beltran - Fragile
12. Red or Dead - Private Life
13. PPP - Open Your Eyes
14. Terry Callier - Just My Imagination
15. Soul Bossa Trio - Naima


Various Artists
Rewind! 3
Ubiquity  (URCD/LP141)
Release Date:

Barcodes: URLP141: 780661114116 / URCD141: 780661114123

Various Artists
Rewind! 3 12"
Ubiquity (UR12138)
Release Date: 11/4/2003


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  The Rewind concept is simple - a selection of our current favorite artists, producers, and bands record new versions of tunes that inspired them to make the music you love 'em for now.

On volume 3 artists like Louie Vega, Greyboy, Antibalas, Swag, P'taah, Jeremy Ellis (aka Ayro), This Kid Named Miles (of Breakestra), John Arnold, Nobody, Damon Aaron, Spiritual South and others pay tribute to classic songs and underground cult tracks by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Cymande, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra, The Chakachas and even Johnny Cash and AC/DC. Rewind! 3, unlike the first volumes (and the copy-cat comps that followed), includes no remixes or re-edits of the originals this time - just 100% cover versions made from scratch, with love and dedication by artists from Italy, England, Sweden, Portugal and the USA. 6 tracks are completely exclusive, 2 are as yet unreleased anywhere else, and 2 more were previously unavailable on CD... more

Critics praise Ubiquity's Rewind! series:

"Straight on my radios playlist. Suppa funky shit."

"Top stuff to throw on and chill out."

"What remixes should aspire to."

Wall of Fame - FADER

"Enjoyable in every sense of the word."

"With a little bit of Latin, a touch of house, plenty of funk, and a lot of love, this one's stuck on repeat."

"Deeper in depth and scope..."

"Raises the bar... piling up talent upon genius, the new versions become classics in their own rights."

"A fresh, gamut-running taste of music's hallowed yesteryear."

"The beat barons of Ubiquity have served up another dose of reworked classics."

"A solid compilation of grooves."

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  CD Tracklisting

1. Louie Vega: Jungle Fever (Chakachas)
2. Greyboy w/Bart Davenport: Genevieve (Cymande)
3. Antibalas: Che Che Colo (Makossa mix) (Willie Colon)
4. Elsa: Open the Door (Betty Carter)
5. Paolo Fedreghini: Please Don't Leave (Sahib Shihab)
6. This kid named miles: Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
7. Damon Aaron: Willing (Gil Scott-Heron)
8. Spiritual South feat Aurora Dawn: Stars and Rockets (Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra)
9. Spaceboys: Space Is The Place (Sun Ra)
10. John Arnold: Rough (Herbie Hancock)
11. P'taah: Baltimore Oriole (edit) (Lorez Alexandria)
12. Swag: Riot In Lagos (edit) (Ryuichi Sakamoto)
13. Nobody: Porpoise Song (The Monkees)
14. Jeremy Ellis: Chameleon (edit) (Herbie Hancock)
15. Bing Ji Ling: You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)

Rewind! 3 12"
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A1. P'taah - Baltimore Oriole
A2. Swag - Riot in Lagos
B1. Jeremy Ellis - Chameleon

Various Artists
Rewind! 4:
Original Classics. Re-Worked, Remixed, Re-Edited and Rewound
Ubiquity Records  (URCD/LP164)
Barcodes: URLP141: 780661116424  / URCD141: 780661116417

Various Artists
Rewind! 4 12"
Ubiquity (UR12161)
Release Date: 11/9/2004
Barcode: 780661116110



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  The Rewind! concept is simple - a selection of artists, producers, and bands record new versions of classic, underground, or favorite tunes that inspired them. It’s not just a blast from the past, it is also a look at the tracks that turn musicians, producers and DJs on, and an opportunity to give old tunes a new twist. Volume 4 includes covers of songs by everyone from The White Stripes to Burt Bacharach, Cameo to Nick Drake. Nearly half of the tracks on Rewind! 4 were recorded exclusively for this release, and five of the songs are appearing for the first time here on CD. As with Volume 3 these tracks are all made from scratch – there are no remixes or re-edits.

Sharon Jones and the Daptone crew firmly believe that America is their land, and this lil’ funk nugget is one side of the protest 7” they released right before the presidential election of 2004. Has Woodie Guthrie ever sounded this funky? We don’t think so, but the song has certainly stood the test of time and couldn’t have been dropped at a more appropriate moment.

The Rebirth is a Los Angeles based septet with a sound built on an organic blend of new and traditional Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Funk. Think Earth Wind & Fire, Ramp, Pleasure, Rotary Connection, Side Effect and Roy Ayers but don’t think that The Rebirth are simply a retro act. Pushing the limits of how a band can sound on wax The Rebirth regularly cross the line from live act to makers of funky electronic club music. Their cover of The Mighty Ryeders “Evil Vibrations” sounds equally at home in the walkman or the dance floor. The original track was sampled by De La Soul for the “Saturday (the Roller Skating song.)”

We love the story that UK-based Willis sold copies of her own “Paper and Stone” EP from behind the counter at Soul Jazz records without letting on it was her. 1000 copies shifted quickly and the buzz around its unique folk-meets-soul-meets-country style landed her a deal at 679 where she released the “Come Get Some” album. Her cover of Cameo’s “Word Up” is from the follow-up “Take You High” EP and has become a highlight of her live show ... more

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  CD Tracklisting
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1. Sharon Jones and Lee Fields - This Land Is Our Land
2. The Rebirth - Evil Vibrations
3. Willis - Word Up!
4. Nostalgia 77 - 7 Nation Army
5. Orgone - Funky Nassau
6. SA-RA Creative Partners - Just Like A Baby
7. PPP - The Look of Love
8. Nicole Kramer - Help Me
9. Yam Who? - The Star of A Story
10. John Beltran & Detroit Latin All-Stars - Vente Conmigo
11. Shawn Lee - River Man
12. As One - I Love You

Rewind! 4 12" Tracklisting
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A1. The Rebirth - Evil Vibrations
B1. PPP - The Look of Love
B2. Yam Who? - The Star of the Story


Various Artists
Rewind! 5:
Original Classics. Re-Worked, Re-Edited and Rewound
Ubiquity Records  (URCD/LP195)
Release Date:
May 9, 2006
Barcodes: 780661119524 (CD)  / 780661119517 (DLP)
One-Sheet:  PDF

Various Artists
Rewind! 5 12"
Ubiquity (UR12192)
Release Date: April 11, 2006
Barcode: 780661119210
Download One-Sheet:  PDF



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  The Rewind concept is simple - a selection of artists, producers, and bands record new versions of classic, underground, or favorite tunes that inspired them. It’s not just a blast from the past; it is also a look at the tracks that turn musicians, producers and DJs on, and an opportunity to give old tunes a new twist.

The 5th in our series of Rewind compilations features ALL exclusive tracks by 11 of our favorite artists. From ?uestloves’ Randy Watson Experience to the hotly tipped J*Davey the Rewind 5 cover versions include everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Prince, The Beach Boys to the Sylvers.

As with Volume 4, this collection contains 100% cover versions made from scratch (no remixes or re-edits).

J*Davey use their punk-funk meets r’n’b flavor to conjure up a cover of one of their favorite tunes in Frank Zappa’s “Dirty Love”. The band is made up of former SA-RA collaborators (vocalist Jack Davey and keyboard player Brook D’Leau) and their track was personally approval by Gail Zappa. One of the East Coast’s finest funk bands the El Michels Affair drop a nasty cover of Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By” (based on the version that Alecia Keys, Cyprus Hill, and Hooverphonc all borrowed from Isaac Hayes when he covered Bacharach).

Partly based in London, and residing also in Atlanta of late, Daz-I-Kue from the BugzInTheAttic crew and Bloodfire fame comes through with a club-bound cover of Ben E. King’s rare-groover “Spoiled.” He features in-demand UK vocalists Bembe Segue and Colonel Red on the duet ... more

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  CD Tracklisting
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1. El Michels Affair “Walk On By”
2. Black Shakespeare feat. Charlie Charles “Dreams”
3. The Rebirth “Handle It”
4. J*Davey “Dirty Love”
5. NuSpirit Helsinki “No Quarter”
6. Randy Watson Experience “Be Still My Beating Heart”
7. Psapp “Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat”
8. Osunlade “Crazy Love”
9. Daz-I-Kue feat. Bembe Segue and Colonel Red “Spoiled”
10. Henrik Schwarz “Labeille”
11. Owusu and Hannibal “Caroline, No”

Rewind! 5 12" Tracklisting
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A1. El Michels Affair "Walk On By"
A2. J*Davey "Dirty Love"
B1. Daz-I-Kue "Spoiled"
B2. Daz-I-Kue "Spoiled" (Instrumental)



Various Artists
Searching for Soul: Rare and Classic Soul, Funk
and Jazz from Michigan 1968-1980
Luv N'Haight (LHCD/LP046)
Release Date:
October 11, 2005
Barcodes - LHLP046 (DLP): 780661004615 / LHCD046 (CD): 780661004622



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Detroit was the epicenter for the soulful revolution the world knows as Motown. However, the city and the surrounding cities making up Michigan were also home to an unparalleled underground music scene that supported, propelled and fed off the Motown machine. While some artists brushed shoulders with the greats and others longed for a big break, most of the artists featured here were operating on a D.I.Y. basis. They made their own careers, their own successes and mistakes instead of trying to fit the Motown mold. Amidst these grooves lies their honesty, passion, accidents and triumphs.

“Searching For Soul” is volume one in a series that will be as comprehensive and musically inclusive as is humanly possible, bearing in mind that the truly definitive guide to two decades of locally bred Michigan soul and funk would require the mining of a bottomless pit. Included are absolute rarities from The Black Aces of Soul and the Eyes of Ebony next to now funk classics by The Detroit Sex Machines. Most of these records have never been on CD, and you’d have to mortgage your house to buy all the originals.

The focus is funk and soul, but don’t be surprised to hear jazz and disco in the mix as the Michigan music scene saw no boundaries. On this first volume raw breaks and beats from Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers sit next to the melancholic charm of Dee Edwards, inter galactic big band funk from Wendell Harrison drops down next to freaky synth-driven soul of Aged In Harmony.

The empty factories, abandoned houses, and burnt-out buildings that dominate Detroit and surrounding inner cities today do nothing to reflect the regions rich musical history. With little left of what was once the famed motor city, preservation of its music is paramount. It is the regions musical legacy against the backdrop of broken infrastructure that continues to influence a generation of artists producing some of the best sounds around
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1. Tommy McGhee - Give & Take
2. Manual B. Holcolm - I Stayed Away Too Long
3. Detroit Sex Machines - Rap It Together
4. Robert Jay - Alcohol pt. 1
5. Wendell Harrison - Farewell to the Welfare pt. 1
6. The Black Aces Soul and the Eyes of Ebony - Let's Get On Down
7. Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - Searching For Soul pt. 1
8. Lloyd W. Williams - Be Mine Tonight
9. Robert Lowe - Back To Funk
10. Dee Edwards - I Can Deal With That
11. El Riot - Do It Right
12. Burning Desire - Why She Had to Go
13. Aged in Harmony - Trust Me
14. Wendell Harrison - Take Time Out

Various Artists
Viva Cubop 3
Ubiquity  (CBCD040)
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01. Cuban Roots   "Just Another Guajira"
dan weinstein: trombone, arturo velasco: trombone, omar sosa: piano (solo), carlitos del puerto: bass (solo), humberto "nengue" hernandez: timbales, lazaro galarraga: clave, john santos: guiro, jose de leon: congas

Back in 1967 an album was produced by Al Santiago for Musicor Records that has influenced countless musicians since. The album "Cuban Roots" featured amazing performances from the top names in Latin jazz (including Kako, Chick Corea, Bobby Valentin, Mario Rivera, Tommy Lopez Jnr., Jullito Collazo) but was poorly recorded and has since become super scarce.

A group of todays top Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz musicians teamed up with CuBop to re-record and pay homage to the "Cuban Roots" album. In the midst of recording it became obvious that the new Cuban Roots project ("Cuban Roots Revisited") was capable of turning out a heavy album, an album equally as impressive as the inspirational "Cuban Roots" from 32 years ago... more

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  01: Cuban Roots "Just Another Guajira"
02: Bobby Matos 3Kimbisa"
03: Francisco Aguabella. "My Favorite Things"
04: Ray Armando "Mallet Hands"
05: John Santos / Bobby Matos "I Don't Speak Spanish (but i understand)"
06: Johnny Blas "Skin & Bones"
07: Pucho & Latin Soul Bros. "My Dream Boogaloo"
08: Papo Vazquez. "Juan Jose"
09: Har You Percussion Group 3Barrets Bag"
10: Derf Reklaw "Tresguanco (for Iris Pell)
11: Dave Pike "Back To The Roots"
12: Snowboy "42nd and Broadway"
13: Jack Costanzo "Bemba Colora"