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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 1 Thing / Hoola Hoop
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
1 Thing / Hoola Hoop
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the massive success of their sophomore full length “The Serpent’s Mouth”, BacaoRhythm & Steel Band is back with another dance floor classic.Side A is their already infamous cover of Amerie’s smash hit “1 Thing”. Done up in what is now theirsignature fashion, they take on the break originally lifted from The Meters, and believe it ornot….step it up a notch. Steel pans play her infectious vocal melody lines over the raucous andcrushing drum track. This will have the dance floor turning to the booth in amazement and wonderas soon as the pans come in. An absolute essential for DJs across the globe.The B Side, “Hoola Hoop” is a BRSB original tune, the stuff that B Boys dream about…Setting it offwith a killer breakbeat intro that drops into pan hits and flute flourishes, never losing the groove andfull of energy. They trade off leads from flute to steel pans while running through turnarounds anddrum fills building more energy the whole time like a snowball rolling down a mountain headed rightfor the speakers.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - The Serpent's Mouth HHV Green Vinyl Edition
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
The Serpent's Mouth HHV Green Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strictly limited to 300 copies and exclusively available at HHV. Following up on the massive worldwide success of their debut album 55, Bacao Rhythm & Steel band is back with another heavy duty offering. Pickingup where they left off and incorporating a ton of new recording techniques they take a huge step forward with The Serpent’s Mouth. Named after theeight-mile strait between the island of Trinidad and the coast of Venezuela, The Serpent’s Mouth is a journey through both originals and covers,combining classic elements that wide-eared music fans already know, and mashing them up in new and unique ways.Take “1 Thing” – on it, the group attacks the galloping, chopped Amerie smash hit, with singing pans that follow the R & B vocal. The sound is crispand up-front, arguably more muscular than the 2005 original. On “Great To Be Here,” they take on the Jackson 5 B-Boy favorite (which stretches backto the Zulu Nation / Bronx block party days) – uncoincidentally, the original version featured a guitar lick that emulated a steel pan run. Here, it getsan even more pulsating groove, adding open-drums breaks throughout, to get DJs salivating. The group veers through more inventively-constructedcovers as the album’s sequence continues, including Gang Starr’s “All For The Cash”, Mary J. Blige’s “I Love You”, and the recently unleashed firstsingle, “XXplosive” and “Burn,” paying tribute to both Dr. Dre and Mobb Deep for a bi-coastal funk party. And, as band leader Bjorn Wagner states,“My favorite cover on the album is probably ‘Crockett Theme,’ which is the theme to ‘Miami Vice.’ I always loved the melody, and the cosmic vibe ofthe song, and I was honestly surprised that it worked without synthesizers.”This time around the group’s originals are even stronger, as evidenced by cuts like the flute-fueled break-fest of “Hoola Hoop”, the slow and spacey“Touchdown”, and the album’s title track, the future-epic-adventure-movie-soundtrack cut “The Serpent’s Mouth.” Wagner explains, “I wrote the songwith Bernhard Hummer as an instrumental fantasy story – think of pirates, smugglers and a dangerously beautiful sea passage towards the island. Itbecame an allegory for our mind travels into the world of the steel pan.”The Serpent’s Mouth is sure to please past fans and newly-minted ones alike. It seems like a new era for Steel Drum music is upon us, and Bacao isfirmly leading the way into the hearts of music fans around the world.
79.5 - Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub) / Terrorize My Heart (Bounce Remix)
79.5
Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub) / Terrorize My Heart (Bounce Remix)
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For years, Lee Fields has been asking for and patiently waiting on areggae rhythm to sing over. To bring this dream to fruition, EMA teamedup with frequent collaborator and reggae enthusiast, Nick Movshon,and busted out this version of the Lee Fields & The Expressions' instantclassic, Never be Another You.The A side is the vocal version of the tune; EMA cut a killer interpolationof the original and had Lee lay down the vocals like only he can. Theresult is right on time for summer, a feel good side that can hold courtright next to the classics.The B side finds Michels manning the boards for a proper version of thetune. Echoes, drop outs, and reverb flourishes all dancing through themix in proper reggae style.
El Michels Affair Feat. Lee Fields - Never Be Another You (Reggae Version)
El Michels Affair Feat. Lee Fields
Never Be Another You (Reggae Version)
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on their debut full length release, 79.5 drops a new and revampedversion of their dance floor classic "Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub)". A tune thatleaves no room for gray and finds the ladies of 79.5 walking the line betweenvulnerability and forthrightness. Setting out with admonishments of love andinfatuation that are quickly checked by the bluntness of women who’ve lived in the BigApple for years, “is it her or is it me, that’s how it’s gotta be”. Remixed and remasteredwith a new intro for the DJs, producer Leon Michels and engineer Jens Jungkurthmanaged to take an already smash of a tune to a higher level.For the B side we enlisted one of underground hip hop’s brightest stars, Tall BlackGuy. His “Bounce Remix” of “Terrorize My Heart” is just that. The Detroit producertakes the tune to a different level and turns it into a monster of a head-nodder. Loosedrums and chord stabs provide backing track while vocal samples through out keepthe track super hype. An easy dancefloor killer for the Hip Hop / R&B jocks.
El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber
El Michels Affair
Return To The 37th Chamber
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Return To The 37th Chamber” is being issued on vinyl with four unique cover designs as pictured above. Which cover art you will get will be picked at random.The wait is over, „Return To The 37th Chamber” is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic “Enter the 37th Chamber”. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear that EMA's signature sound is stronger & sharper than ever.This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog that makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the “Return to The 37th Chamber” it’s own hazy sound. Adding to the unique fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu’s superlative vocals. From start to finish it’s a dark trip that walks the line between RZA’s timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.El Michels Affair tackles some classics like “4th Chamber” and “Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit”, as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard’s “Snakes”, Raekwon’s “Verbal Intercourse”, and “Shaolin Brew”, Wu-Tang’s contribution to the St. Ide’s Hip Hop endorsement campaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties on “Snakes” and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of “Tearz”, which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man’s hit, “All I Need”, lending her vocal prowess to what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the “rug that ties the room together,” giving “Return To The 37th Chamber” a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record and not just a collection of covers.The vinyl version of “Return To The 37th Chamber” is presented with 4 different hand painted covers. The originals were painted on two sewn together flour sacks in Accra, Ghana by Heavy J and Stoger, two artists who are legends in the Ghanaian Mobile Cinema scene and regular contributors to the Deadly Prey Gallery’s collection in Chicago.From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is as much a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, “Sounding Out The City” that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly unique in its own right.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - The Serpent's Mouth Black Vinyl Edition
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
The Serpent's Mouth Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the massive worldwide success of their debut album 55, Bacao Rhythm & Steel band is back with another heavy duty offering. Pickingup where they left off and incorporating a ton of new recording techniques they take a huge step forward with The Serpent’s Mouth. Named after theeight-mile strait between the island of Trinidad and the coast of Venezuela, The Serpent’s Mouth is a journey through both originals and covers,combining classic elements that wide-eared music fans already know, and mashing them up in new and unique ways.Take “1 Thing” – on it, the group attacks the galloping, chopped Amerie smash hit, with singing pans that follow the R & B vocal. The sound is crispand up-front, arguably more muscular than the 2005 original. On “Great To Be Here,” they take on the Jackson 5 B-Boy favorite (which stretches backto the Zulu Nation / Bronx block party days) – uncoincidentally, the original version featured a guitar lick that emulated a steel pan run. Here, it getsan even more pulsating groove, adding open-drums breaks throughout, to get DJs salivating. The group veers through more inventively-constructedcovers as the album’s sequence continues, including Gang Starr’s “All For The Cash”, Mary J. Blige’s “I Love You”, and the recently unleashed firstsingle, “XXplosive” and “Burn,” paying tribute to both Dr. Dre and Mobb Deep for a bi-coastal funk party. And, as band leader Bjorn Wagner states,“My favorite cover on the album is probably ‘Crockett Theme,’ which is the theme to ‘Miami Vice.’ I always loved the melody, and the cosmic vibe ofthe song, and I was honestly surprised that it worked without synthesizers.”This time around the group’s originals are even stronger, as evidenced by cuts like the flute-fueled break-fest of “Hoola Hoop”, the slow and spacey“Touchdown”, and the album’s title track, the future-epic-adventure-movie-soundtrack cut “The Serpent’s Mouth.” Wagner explains, “I wrote the songwith Bernhard Hummer as an instrumental fantasy story – think of pirates, smugglers and a dangerously beautiful sea passage towards the island. Itbecame an allegory for our mind travels into the world of the steel pan.”The Serpent’s Mouth is sure to please past fans and newly-minted ones alike. It seems like a new era for Steel Drum music is upon us, and Bacao isfirmly leading the way into the hearts of music fans around the world.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - P.I.M.P. / Police In Helicopter
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
P.I.M.P. / Police In Helicopter
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records presents the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s smashing cover version of “P.I.M.P.”. Following up on the smashing success of their debut album “55” and a string of essential 45s, this is the third label to press this staple tune. Three labels, three times, three different B sides. Back in 2008 Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band released its smashing cover of 50 Cent's P.I.M.P. which was long thought to be the original sample for the tune. The Mocambo pressing already hard to come by and fetching top dollar on the internet has become an underground classic. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band treat the tune to their signature smashing drums and bass heavy production, taking the original loop and turning it into a full composition. Brass and steel pan parts putting it somewhere between reggae, steel funk, and the “Superfly” Soundtrack. Side B is the proper reggae offering from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, a cover of the legendary John Holt’s classic “Police In Helicopter”. Another must have two sider, another Big Crown sure shot.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Xxplosive / Burn
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Xxplosive / Burn
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band return with another instantly classic 45 guaranteed to be allover DJs set lists. With their sophomore full length coming in September, they treat us toanother bomb of a two sider.Side A is a cover of the Dr Dre hit “XXplosive” done up in proper BRSB fashion, smashingdrums and steel pans playing the lead and bass lines. They take this one into new territoryby adding synth parts and dubbed out horn lines playing Nate Dogg’s infamous vocal hookmelodies.Side B takes on one of NYCity’s grimiest Hip Hop club anthems, Mobb Deep’s “Burn”. Wedecided to do this tune and demoed it out long before the unfortunate passing of Prodigy.Unfortunately, he will never get to hear this cover, and that has been one of the nicest thingsin covering some of these more current Hip Hop tunes. Rest In Peace P.BRSB manages to do it again…..a version equally as raw and punchy as the original. Pansbang out the iconic riff from the original, theremin ushers in the changes, and the low rubbleof the synth bass is sure to crush the subwoofers.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 55 Original Double Vinyl Edition
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55 Original Double Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Last few of this double vinyl edition. If they are gone, there's only the single vinyl edition (Reissue). // Shrouded in mystery, hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) releases their long awaited debut “55” onBrooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. Long time multi instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobagowhere he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument boththrough help of local players and on his own. After he became proficient on the pans Bjorn had his own instrument built from a used oilbarrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith. Upon returning home to Germany, Bjorn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his alreadysharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop sensibilities. The outcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound. Their firsttwo recordings were covers of The Meters “Look A-Py-Py” & “Ease Back” which they self released on a 45. Looking back on these two sidesyou can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This is evidenced by how all hell broke loose when they wenton to cover 50 Cent’s hit PIMP taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Many people thought the recording was the originalsample and probably still do to this day when it is played. The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s itemfetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that made the introduction between Bjorn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown.They immediately hit it off and starting making plans to do a full length project with the band.Keeping in the tradition of Steel Drum records, 55 is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing SteelPan music to uncharted territory. Flawlessly bringing previously untouched genres into the steel pan cannon ranging from Underground HipHop tunes to staple Funk tracks and some of all that falls in between. From the smoothed out Reggae cover of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter”to the DJ sure shot cover of Faith Evan’s “Love Like This” BRSB’s 55 is reinvigorating tunes both well known and helping to shed somelight on tunes still largely undiscovered. However, some of the strongest tunes on the album are original compositions, from spaced outDisco vibes on “Beetham Highway Ride” and “Port Of Spain Hustle” to the ugly face inspiring drums of “Laventille Road March”. Recordedto analog 8 track tape at The Mocambo Studios in Hamburg, 55 is a gritty, punchy journey in sound drawing on music from around the world,using production aesthetics from across both eras and genres, all coming together seamlessly. If the 45s that have already come out onMocambo, Plane Jane, and Truth & Soul are an indication, this full length is going to be a staple to both casual listeneners and Disc Jockeysalike. Catch BRSB live in Fall as they tour the world with the mysterious heavy sound that is in fact, all their own.
79.5 - Predicitions
79.5
Predicitions
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Attempting to pigeonhole 79.5 into something as narrow as a single genre would be an ill advised, if not impossible task. The New York City band soundslike someone spinning a radio dial with such passionate intensity that all the stations blend together into a single, transcendent, almost spiritual force. It’sdisco to the beat of modern house, it’s a Supremes cover of a Cardi B banger, it’s Roland Kirk playing jazz through one saxophone, funk through another, andthe most earwormy pop tune the 1970’s could muster through a third. It’s an experience—one so effecting that with only a self-released 12” singlein circulation, 79.5 had been written up twice in The New Yorker on the merit of their live sets alone. Their debut album Predictions is produced byLeon Michels and was recorded at The Diamond Mine in Queens the old school way, with the whole band playing the songs in one take and capturedto analog tape.They released their now classic Terrorize My Heart 45 in 2016 on Big Crown Records and it solidified all the hype surrounding them. The 7” sold through thefirst pressing in just a few weeks and became a staple in DJ sets around the world getting spins from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Q Tip, Kenny Dope, DJSpinna, and Just Blaze to name a few. They announced their debut album via Billboard’s premiere of their newest single Boy Don’t Be Afraid which wasaccurately described as “Energetic and infectious...a unique, yet easy to listen to experience”. Already getting heavy spins at radio and finding it’s way into thehearts of all the listeners, the instant classic Boy Don’t Be Afraid is as bandleader Kate Mattison describes, “a sweet little song about being. Being hopeful,being romantic, being brave. A romantic stance and a declaration of love through melody, in honest girl-group fashion. And like a classic New York deli cupof coffee, light and sweet”.The album plays very much like their live show, a timeless journey through a New York City dreamscape pulling in the listener to the subtleties of three partvocal harmonies over chords on the Rhodes to the peaks of four on the floor disco drums. Equal parts psychedelic, and folk, gorgeous and gritty. This mix ofinfluences and vibes is maybe best embodied by the stand out tune Facing East which sounds like ESG meets Fleetwood Mac with Sade Saxophone for goodmeasure. Fantasy and I Stay, You Stay touch on love and vulnerability while the drum driven Sister’s Unarmed is 79.5’s politically charged number about howto stand up for equality yet hold on to your gentleness as a person, and specifically as a woman in today’s world. Fireman shows a more sassy side of theladies, playing on words in a tune many New York women can relate to, one about having a crush on NYC’s Bravest. Wavy is a straight forward good vibe tuneabout getting out of the city and getting to the beach while the album’s title track Predictions was written by Mattison after having a dream about theapocalypse. The tracks encompass the complexity of the band, sometimes literal and light hearted, sometimes abstract and esoteric. 79.5 is easily one of NewYork City’s most adored acts, their debut album has been eagerly anticipated and will surely supersede fans expectations.
El Michels Affair - Unathi / Zaharila
El Michels Affair
Unathi / Zaharila
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
El Michels Affair returns with a new 45 that is simultaneously a new direction and the signature sound he isknown for. This time EMA dips their toes into the world of Bollywood Funk and recruits Piya Malik of 79.5for vocal duties. He has crafted yet another two sider of heavy duty shit. It also comes in a gorgeous picturesleeve courtesy of Chicago’s Deadly Prey gallery.From the start of side A, Unathi reels the listener in and keeps them through a journey of psychedelicarrangements, unexpected detours, and relentless rhythm. El Michels again showing the performance andproduction prowess that has spawned not only bands, but also some independent record labels. Lyrically,Unathi is a song about progress, a vociferous call to arms urging people to come together and workcollectively to achieve it.Side B, Zaharila, is cinematic, dynamic, and an almost visual number as if it were the score to a film that’snever existed. Bent guitar notes and blaring horn stabs ride the peaks and valleys of this epic tale aboutpoisonous whispers that destroy a beautiful love affair. Starting slow and calm with Piya’s ethereal melodiesfloating atop, the song eventually becomes poisoned, panicked, and frantic by the final note.
El Michels Affair - Tearz Feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks / Verbal Intercourse
El Michels Affair
Tearz Feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks / Verbal Intercourse
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
With the full length, “Return To The 37th Chamber” dropping April 2017, El Michels Affair releases another flawless two sider to hold us over.Side A’s cover of “Tearz” is as much an homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it is to the classic Wu-Tang Clan track.The song starts as a glazed over cover of "After Laughter" with Shannon Wise of The Shacks singing Wendy Rene's timeless mantra. Halfway through, the mood dramatically shifts and the drums and organ that drive the original RZA sample, take over. A dubbed out Lee Fields taps in like only he can, and the song spirals into outer space.Side B finds El Michels Affair dipping into the deeper side of the Wu catalog with Raekwon’s “Verbal Intercourse”. Mixing the grimy, gritty production aesthetic of the original with elements of dubbed out reggae, El Michels Affair once again pushes the definition of a “cover” and truly makes it a tune of their own.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 55 Reissue Single Vinyl Edition
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55 Reissue Single Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the reissue coming as one LP not double vinyl. We do have some double vinyl versions left, if you would rather have that. Last batch. //// Shrouded in mystery, hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) releases their long awaited debut “55” on Brooklyn’s ownBig Crown Records. Long time multi-instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trinidad & Tobago where he became fascinatedwith Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument both through help of local players and on hisown. After he became proficient on the pans Bjorn had his own instrument built from a used oil barrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith.Upon returning home to Germany, Bjorn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his already sharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop sensibilities. Theoutcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound. Their first two recordings were covers of The Meters “Look A-Py-Py” & “Ease Back”which they self-released on a 45. Looking back on these two sides you can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This isevidenced by how all hell broke loose when they went on to cover 50 Cent’s hit PIMP taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Manypeople thought the recording was the original sample and probably still do to this day when it is played.The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s item fetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that madethe introduction between Bjorn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown. They immediately hit it off and starting making plans to do a full length project withthe band.Keeping in the tradition of Steel Drum records, 55 is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing Steel Pan musicto uncharted territory. Flawlessly bringing previously untouched genres into the steel pan cannon ranging from Underground Hip Hop tunes to stapleFunk tracks and some of all that falls in between. BRSB’s 55 is reinvigorating tunes both well-known and helping to shed some light on tunes still largelyundiscovered. However, some of the strongest tunes on the album are original compositions, from spaced out Disco vibes on “Beetham Highway Ride”and “Port Of Spain Hustle” to the ugly face inspiring drums of “Laventille Road March”.Recorded to analog 8 track tape at The Mocambo Studios in Hamburg, 55 is a gritty, punchy journey in sound drawing on music from around the world,using production aesthetics from across both eras and genres, all coming together seamlessly. If the 45s that have already come out on Mocambo, PlaneJane, and Truth & Soul are an indication, this full length is going to be a staple to both casual listeners and Disc Jockeys alike.
Bobby Oroza - This Love / Should I Take You Home
Bobby Oroza
This Love / Should I Take You Home
7" | 2016 | US | Reissue (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
With their full length getting wrapped up now, Big Crown Records is proud to present thedebut single from Finland’s own Bobby Oroza.Side A, This Love is already an underground classic, and has been a huge hit with thesweet soul crowd since it’s original release last year on Timmion Records. Produced byCold Diamond & Mink and recorded at Timmion Studios in Helsinki, Finland, this team hasclearly got the magic. With its tough drums, maverick guitar work, in the cut bass, andBobby’s calm yet pleading monotone vocals, this is one hell of a song and an absolute musthave for Soul collectors.Side B is the never before heard and very well executed homage to Sunny & The Sunlinersclassic song, Should I Take You Home. Bobby takes the task of covering a near perfecttune and does it justice by making it their own while never losing sight of the magic thatmakes Sunny’s original so sublime. This is going to take the sweet soul crowd by storm andis a perfect follow up to the already beloved,This Love. Another Big Crown Sure shot.
Okonkolo - Cantos
Okonkolo
Cantos
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In a world where chaos seems to be in control more often than not, music can occasionally be a temporary respite; and at best, a form of salvation.This is the transcendent realm of Okonkolo: Yoruban Santeria music like you have never heard before. Okonkolo transports listeners to another realm; a spiritual dance with gods beyond our grasp, held together by rhythm, passion and musical virtuosity.The group is the life’s work of New York-born percussionist and Yoruba Chango priest Abraham “Aby” Rodriguez. His group quietly released Rezos, a gorgeous 10-Inch EP in 2016 on Brooklyn’s Big Crown, and has now returned to give the world even morehypnotic incantations on their debut full length.Featuring nine songs, each of the group’s religious epiphanies on Cantos follow a similar path, with transcendently hypnotic results. As with all Santeria ritual musical accompaniment, drums are at the center of all offerings – namely, the Bata and Coro. InOkonkolo, they are played by Rodriguez, Gene Golden and Xavier Rivera. Building on these rhythms, vocals play an equally important role in the proceedings, sung in Yoruba, contributed by Aby and the powerful female voices of Amma McKen and JadeleMcPherson.Although not necessarily musically comparable, conceptually Cantos clearly reminds listeners of artists and albums that effortlessly straddle the line between the sacred and the secularly sublime: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s finest work; Ravi Shankar; AliceColtrane’s Journey In Satchidananda; and many more classics released over the past half century. These are albums cherished by fans, which go far deeper than mere entertainment.Along the Cantos journey, strains of music from around the world can be heard – Africa, South America, the Caribbean and even New York City. Beyond the drums and vocals featured at any traditional Yoruba / Santeria ceremony, with this album there areadditional layers that add to the musical beauty: overlaid on top of traditional elements are jazz-associated instrumentation, including horns, bass, guitar and even lush string arrangements. These additional sounds were created by guitarist and producerJacob Plasse, who first heard and performed with the group more than a decade ago, and who brought the project to the Big Crown label.While Santeria / Yoruban spiritual music is generally associated with Cuba in this hemisphere (and also Bahia, in Brazil), Rodriguez does not fit the traditional pedigree. “I’m an American,” he proudly admits, with a smile. “A Puerto Rican from New York. TheCubans I know always ask, ‘How can you play this?’ And I tell them, ‘Don’t ask me, ask God.”The Santeria religion endured the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the solares of Cuba and arrived in New York City by way of Caribbean migrants who sought a better life in the barrios of the Bronx and Brooklyn. And New York is where Aby Rodriguezfirst came in contact with Plasse. “We met in the early ‘90s, doing salsa gigs over at Plan B in the Lower East Side,” Plasse recalls. “After I had played there a couple times, Aby told me I should come later the next week, because the first part of the show wasgoing to be different. Needless to say, I came early to see what I wasn’t being included in!”He continues, “Abraham was doing a tambor for Chango. I had never seen anything like it. In Cuba, I had gone to some amazing tambors, but somehow what Aby was doing was different – it was the bata repertoire but with his own subtle New York doowopthing happening. And in a salsa club no less! It was beautiful and unique, and I wanted to figure out a way to collaborate, even if I had to wait more than 10 years to do it.”On Cantos there are multiple examples of how this musical hybrid can move listeners. Take “Yemaya,” where plucked guitars break down into dissonant sul pont violin textures. As the batá drums build in intensity the arrangement culminates in guitars anddescending clarinet arpeggios, Nick Movshon's propulsive bass brings the piece to a climactic finale. Or “Canto Asoyin” where an imagined Santeria / Stax session gives way to a gutbucket guitar refrain, before transitioning to a high-life section where ancientand modern Nigerian musical traditions wink slyly at each other.“Ochun” is sung first by Abraham and then by Amma McKen, and each version is quietly startling. Amma's begins with ominous piano chords that lead to plucked cellos and violins in counterpoint against a soca guitar riff, preceding a descrescendo intobaritone sax and viola tremolos. As Amma explains, “Through the song, there is possession. We are the vehicles through which all of this positive energy flows. It’s a language, and it’s very sacred.” And then there is “Obatala,” which has a sublime breakdownwhere pizzicato violins, violas and cellos mimic the different drums of the batá ensemble.Many listeners will barely register these mercurial arrangements and their admittedly strange juxtapositions against Orisha music. Only upon closer inspection does one become aware of how these ancient songs are being shifted and reimagined, and howthey linger ethereally between worlds, just like the orishas.
El Michels Affair - Shadow Boxing / Iron Maiden
El Michels Affair
Shadow Boxing / Iron Maiden
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the smashing success of El Michels Affair’s Return To The 37th Chamber, El Michels Affair drops one more 45 for the collectors. The A side is the crushing cover of the Wu classic “Shadowboxin” off GZA’s cinematic masterpiece Liquid Swords. El Michels Affair takes the tune and makes it their own with dancing guitar licks, floating organ notes, and their signature heavy drums. The B side is a treat for the fans, a non-album cut, they cover Ghostface’s “Iron Maiden”, the tune that opened up and set the tone for his debut classic Ironman. El Michels smashes this one with a frantic off beat intro that drops into a heavy duty cover of the tune. The inimitable studio prowess of Michels is higlighted all over this track in the nuances and arrangements. Play it loud, and also smoke something and play it in your headphones. Another Big Crown sureshot.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Special Night
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Special Night
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul. One of these fits Lee Fields hand and glove, one of these doesn’tfit at all. Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. 50 years in the game and only getting better, gaining morefans, and evolving his sound on each album, Lee is in fact a Living Legend. This brings us to the misuse of the term ""retro-soul"" when talking about Mr. Fields.You don’t have to look far to find a younger generation emulating the essence and styles of an era the’ve only experienced through music and movies. It seemsunfair to tag Lee with a term that implies imitation when he is part of the generation that actually defined the genre. Plain and simple, this is not that. ""SpecialNight"" is a masterclass in soul music past and present.“I feel that every human being’s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to do,” says Lee Fields. “And my inner voice, my driving force, wants me to put outmusic and keeping making better records.”Produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck, and brilliantly performed by the Expressions, Special Night was written, recorded, mixed, and masteredentirely to tape in three weeks at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios in Queens, NY. A sense of urgency, equal parts fun and inspiration, and a decent amountof beer and Jack Daniels were the driving forces during the sessions that produced Lee Fields & The Expressions latest offering.Special Night is also the first record in the Expressions catalogue in which every song was written jointly by Lee Fields and The Expressions. “When I record, Imake every song like I actually mean it. I mean every word I say. On Special Night I’m talking to my lady — literally, expressing the way I feel.” says Lee Fields.“You can tell if a song is real or not, and every moment I’m recording, those moments are real, this is a record about what people do in real life”. For one example,he cites the song “Work to Do,” which tells the story of “a guy going to counseling, drinking too much, apologizing to the old lady and trying to keep familytogether, doing the manly thing.” On “Make This World”, Lee makes a nod back to his early funk roots with a cautionary tale about the health of the planet. Theworld was designed to last indefinitely,” says Fields. “We’re the only living species on Earth who can alter that process. I’m hoping that song has a chain reaction,helps somebody put into action whatever contribution they can to change what the world is going through.” As always, sticking to the formula but pushing theboundaries “Never Be Another You” from the first note doesn’t sound like something you would hear on a Lee record, that is until he starts singing anyhow. Alow tempo ballad with a head nodding drum track, sparse piano lines, and all the space Lee needs to lay down what is sure to be one of the flyest love songs of2017.Whether tackling a tune about love lost, found, or broader topics like the state of humanity, Lee has a very unique and honest perspective that is on display witheach unforgettable performance. Also, The Expressions have never been sharper, they, along with Lee, have created a collection of music on Special Night whichholds court with pretty much any soul music that came before it."
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Scorpio / 8th Wonder
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Scorpio / 8th Wonder
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s new 45, “Scorpio” b/w “8th Wonder”. Coming after the smashing success of their debut full length “55” they drop 2 B-Boy classics back to back on this tough two sider that comes in a beautifully illustrated picture sleeve.The A side “Scorpio” is a killer cover of the Dennis Coffey breakbeat staple. BRSB turn up the tempo a touch on the original doing the tune justice with crushing drums they have become known for. This is sure to be in every breakbeat enthusiasts box. The B side features the non album cut, BRSB’s cover of The Sugarhill Gang’s 8th Wonder, a tune that lends itself to pans like it was written for them. Another dance floor winner sure to be in DJs sets the world over shortly.
Lady Wray - Queen Alone
Lady Wray
Queen Alone
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha’s, and a church upbringing that’s brought a pure, healing texture to her voice. But the struggle she’s been through has made her more than a singer. Nicole Wray is an artist. To know her soul, you have to go back to the beginning. Growing up in Portsmouth was tough at times for Nicole. However, at the age of fifteen, life opened up quickly when Missy Elliot paid a visit to Nicole’s family home to audition her on the spot. Missy was there on the rumored strength and quality of her voice. Instantly blowing her away, she signed and left with Missy that night. Two years later, at age 17, she had a hit gold single off a solid debut album (“Make It Hot”). Suddenly she was part of a team that included late ‘90s R&B and rap royalty: Missy, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Playa, Timbaland and Magoo. She made it, and fast. However, as rapidly as she achieved success, Nicole then found herself needing to re-make it. By late 2001, her time with Missy and company had run its course. They amicably parted ways and Nicole, once on top of the R&B world, was unsure of what was next. It was a very low, but important, point in her life. While neck-deep in this struggle, Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records called. They signed an album deal and by 2004, in what was starting to be a pattern, just as things were looking up Roc-A-Fella suddenly (famously) split. Once again, industry factors beyond her control took charge. Like a recurring dream, Nicole found herself in a familiar situation. Having just been in the spotlight, and then again back living the “real life.” In 2013, Nicole paired up with London vocalist Terri Walker and released the album “Lady”. Terri parted ways with the group to pursue her own projects shortly after the album’s release–despite rave reviews and upcoming travel dates. Fast forward to now–the transformation from singer-for-hire to pure artist is evident in this new full-length solo release, “Queen Alone”. The record was written and recorded in 10 days at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios, in Queens NY with Leon Michels and Tom Brenneck handling production. Today, after stutter-stepping in and out of the industry, there is a new soul and substance to her songs–all of it from her life. “They Don't Hang Around", tells the story of her post Roc-a-Fella days, “Guilty", is about her brother’s incarceration, “Make Me Over" tells the relatable story of being broke with expensive taste, and ‘Let It Go”, a perfect way to end the record, is about the simple act of letting go and moving on. Almost echoing her new record, Nicole says, “You have to go through something for it to be real.” She has been living with one foot in fame and the other in real life. The result is clear: she’s feeling something real in her music again. And it’s hard for us as listeners not to follow suit.
Holy Hive - This Is My Story / Blue Light
Holy Hive
This Is My Story / Blue Light
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Big Crown Records is proud to present the debut single from the newest band on theroster, Holy Hive. Comprised of Paul Spring, Homer Steinweiss, and Joe Harrison,Holy Hive obscures genre lines and has a style and energy uniquely their own.Side A, “This Is My Story”, is a cover of the Invincible’s cult classic from 1968. HolyHive takes the tune into modern times while keeping just enough of the original. Thehorns and vibraphone rip into the speakers from the first note and Paul Spring’sethereal and honeyed vocals sit atop Homer’s infamous drumming like a oxpecker ona black rhinos back.The B Side, “Blue Light” is a perfect representation of the sound that is wholly uniqueto Holy Hive. With a less is more ethos, they craft an intimate space that is equal partsJessica Pratt, The Persuaders, and Julian Bream
79.5 - Boy Don't Be Afraid / I Stay, You Stay
79.5
Boy Don't Be Afraid / I Stay, You Stay
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
With the announcement of their long awaited, highly anticipated debut full lengthrelease, 79.5 drops a new and revamped version of their underground classicBoy Don’t Be Afraid. Producer Leon Michels took it back in the studio and made it intoa proper two stepper, slowed it down a touch, and added percussion and Wurly. The resultis another sure shot side for the dance floor from one of New York City’s most adoredunderground acts. Like many of the girl group classics, Boy Don't Be Afraid is a song aboutlove. But beyond that, it is a song about being—being hopeful, being romantic, being brave.A romantic stance and a declaration of love through melody.The B Side, I Stay, You Stay is a beautiful number about meeting in the middle and atestament to a woman’s intuition. A love song starting in hesitation, walking throughadmiration, and ending in certainty and gratitude. The ladies weave this tale trading leadsand combining voices seamlessly over the band’s signature in the pocket drums and bass,rhodes chords, and flute flourishes. I Stay, You Stay is a perfect example of one of thedefining things about 79.5 and why they are known as the “Mid Tempo Maidens”, as thelyrics reflect “they don’t have to rush, they have lots of time”.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Get Down / Cross My Heart
Sunny & The Sunliners
Get Down / Cross My Heart
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following the success of the extensive reissue project that we did with Sunny’s & The Sunliners,(2017’s Mr Brown Eyed Soul compilation, Smile Now, Cry Later & Missing Link full length reissues,and 2018’s reissue of Little Brown Eyed Soul LP) we bring you another must have 7 inch offeringfrom his catalogue.Side A is Sunny’s cover of Get Down, one of the rarest and hardest tunes from his extensivediscography. Only appearing on a Key Loc 45 and very rarely showing up in decent condition, if atall, it lives mostly on funk collector’s want lists. Although they have covered James Brown, HughMasekela, and The Meters this is commonly agreed to be the funkiest thing they’ve ever cut.Side B is their version of the Billy Stewart classic Cross My Heart, a tune even some of the mostdiehard Sunny fans seem to have not known existed prior to the Mr Brown Eyed Soul compilation.A sweet soul classic recently made popular again via Jay Electronica’s Just Blaze producedunderground hit Exhibit C, which sampled the Stewart version. Collector’s and music lovers alikewill be happy to see this song available on 7” format for the first time ever.
El Michels Affair - 4th Chamber / Snakes Feat. Lee Fields
El Michels Affair
4th Chamber / Snakes Feat. Lee Fields
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present the first single from El Michels Affair's forthcoming full length "Return To The 37th Chamber".
Sonics, The / Scam - Find Myself Another Girl / Spooky
Sunny & The Sunliners - Little Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Little Brown Eyed Soul
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For the first time re-issued on vinyl Big Crown is proud to present Little Brown Eyed Soul, a Sunny & The Sunliners classic.When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performingas much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one. The album has been remastered and includes originalalbum art.The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, readyto be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Kool & Together - Sittin' On a Red Hot Stove / Nassau Beat
Kool & Together
Sittin' On a Red Hot Stove / Nassau Beat
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown is proud to present this reissue 7 inch from Texas’s own Kool & Together.The A side, “Sittin’ On a Red Hot Stove” is an infectious, medium-paced funk movement that chugs along with the help of some sharp drums from Joe and a rolling bass line that never quits. Originally edited by Texas record mogul Huey Meaux, the 45 version clocks in at just under two and a half minutes, and gave the band its strongest single. It’s an anecdotal tale of a woman who is lusted after but so mean-spirited, she could melt the romance away.Side B is an unreleased demo version from Kool & Together working up the monster “Funky Nassau”. Clearly something they never finished, the raw recording and lo fidelity of it is what give what they call “Nassau Beat” it’s charm.
Shacks, The - Haze
Shacks, The
Haze
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Fronted by 19-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 21-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, The Shacks are already well on their way to becoming oneof the year’s big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, ‘Haze,’ solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz.When Max and Shannon met in high school, a bond was created that has permeated their music since the Shacks first incarnation four years ago. That chemistrylies at the heart of ‘Haze,’ a record so hypnotic and seductive that it feels more like a whispered late-night secret than a young band’s debut. Produced together byShrager and Big Crown co-founder Leon Michels (who’s played with Bradley, Sharon Jones, and Fields in addition to working with The Arcs, Lana Del Rey, andcountless others), the album was recorded in bits and pieces between Shrager’s basement and Michels’ Diamond Mine studio, which the Observer dubbed “theShangri La of Soul.”
Shacks, The - Audrey / Fly Fishing
Shacks, The
Audrey / Fly Fishing
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
7,14 €* 10,99 € -35%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Before the release of their debut album, we are dropping one more 45 with a newly recorded version of "Audrey Hepburn," a tune off their self titled EP from 2016 and "Fly Fishing", a B side exclusive to this single.For most of 2017, The Shacks have been honing their skills as a live band playing in and around NYC as well as opening for bands like Chicano Batman and Khurangbin. Some of their studio creations which favor the soft, dream pop side of their repitoire, have been reworked for the live show setting. Audrey Hepburn (Spending All My Time) is an example of that. When we first heard their reworked version at a gig in Brooklyn, we called them the next day and asked them to cut to tape the way they had switched it up for the live set. The result is this catchy single, so strong we had to press a 45 for it.The B Side, "Fly Fishing" is one of many tracks The Shacks have sitting in the vault. Constantly writing and recording, the group has amassed a huge catalog of music. Fly Fishing starts out with a raucous syncopated intro dropping into a floaty groove The Shacks are know for. It's also their drummer's grandma's favorite song.
Shacks, The - This Strange Effect / Hands In Your Pocket
Shacks, The
This Strange Effect / Hands In Your Pocket
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The A side “This Strange Effect” is an updated take on the Ray Davies penned classicfrom 1965. The Shacks version is currently featured in the Apple iPhone 8 global adcampaign that has been playing on television during prime time spots such as theWorld Series, Saturday Night Live, NFL & college football games, TV shows, andmuch more. The social media video plays combined across youtube, facebook, andinstagram are upwards of 20 Million views worldwide. The lead actor in the spot is thelead singer of The Shacks, Shannon. The band has played all over New York Citysince the release of their EP and is currently on a US Tour with Chicano Batman &Khruangbin. With radio support across the states and Europe, and this ad playing nonstop globally it looks like The Shacks have a hit on their hands with “This StrangeEffect”The B Side “Hands In Your Pockets” finds The Shacks dipping their toe into therocksteady / reggae world. Recorded with the rhythm section of the infamousFrightnrs of Daptone Records fame, Shannon’s floaty vocal stylings are right at homeon a new jack reggae rhythm.
El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber
El Michels Affair
Return To The 37th Chamber
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The wait is over, „Return To The 37th Chamber” is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic “Enter the 37th Chamber”. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear that EMA's signature sound is stronger & sharper than ever.This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog that makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the “Return to The 37th Chamber” it’s own hazy sound. Adding to the unique fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu’s superlative vocals. From start to finish it’s a dark trip that walks the line between RZA’s timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.El Michels Affair tackles some classics like “4th Chamber” and “Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit”, as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard’s “Snakes”, Raekwon’s “Verbal Intercourse”, and “Shaolin Brew”, Wu-Tang’s contribution to the St. Ide’s Hip Hop endorsement campaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties on “Snakes” and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of “Tearz”, which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man’s hit, “All I Need”, lending her vocal prowess to what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the “rug that ties the room together,” giving “Return To The 37th Chamber” a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record and not just a collection of covers.The vinyl version of “Return To The 37th Chamber” is presented with 4 different hand painted covers. The originals were painted on two sewn together flour sacks in Accra, Ghana by Heavy J and Stoger, two artists who are legends in the Ghanaian Mobile Cinema scene and regular contributors to the Deadly Prey Gallery’s collection in Chicago.From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is as much a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, “Sounding Out The City” that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly unique in its own right.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Make The World
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Make The World
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Mr Fields is back with a funk burner sure to light up every dance floor itplays to. There couldn’t be a better time for an optimistic anthem from theseasoned wisdom of Lee. The Expressions tearing this track apart withdriving horns and guitars over monster drums and the slick arrangementswe have all come to love them for. Leon Michels & Tommy Brenneck’sproduction bringing together some of the finest players doing it today withLee’s inimitable voice reminding and encouraging us to get together andmake some changes, changes that are ours to make.Another Big Crown sureshot.
Max Shrager - Thoughts Of You
Max Shrager
Thoughts Of You
10" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
18,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Max Shrager’s debut EP “Thoughts Of You” is a collection of songs Max recorded over the past 7-8 years, at the ripe young of 20, it’s clear. Max was born for this. Now dedicated to his band The Shacks, he spends most of his time focusing on writing and recording for their upcoming full length due out on Big Crown in 2017.These songs are what he calls “the best of everything he has recorded up to that point”. 6 songs on a beautiful 10-inch picture sleeve EP, another Big Crown sureshot.
El Michels Affair - Sounding Out The City
El Michels Affair
Sounding Out The City
LP | 2005 | US | Reissue (Big Crown)
21,99 €*
Release:2005 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Over 10 years ago, Leon Michels released his first full length record, Sounding Out The City. It was Michels' first full length record underthe moniker El Michels Affair. At the time, the budding retro soul scene consisted of mostly organ quartets a la The Meters and of course,Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were in the early days of their ascent to world domination.Leon Michels, who was 18 when recording Sounding Out The City began, had just released Thunder Chicken, the first record by his highschool band The Mighty Imperials. At the time of SOTC, Michels was just discovering early rocksteady, afrobeat, and 60's garage rock,which inevitably crept its way into the songwriting. He purchased a Tascam 388, an 80's 1/4" reel to reel 8 track intended for homerecordings, and began recording music in a 10x10 box with no windows that also doubled as his childhood bedroom. Along with fellowMighty Imperials Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Sean Solomon, and Michael Leonhart, Thomas Brenneck, and some of themusicians from The Dap Kings, Michels recorded the LP over a two year period.Upon it's release, it received some rave reviews and the small deep funk community ate it up, but due to the lack luster promotion anddistribution the rest of the world was slow to catch on to the instrumental gems featured on SOTC, which Michels appropriately labeledas "cinematic soul". However, in 2005 it found it's way into the hands of the people who were organizing a series of concerts for Scionthat paired bands with MC's. El Michels Affair was contacted about playing one show with Raekwon The Chef of Wu Tang Clan fame. Theshow was such a success it led to a tour, and then to another set of concerts that featured multiple members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Thiseventually led to the release of El Michels Affair's second record, "Enter the 37th Chamber" which introduced them to a much largeraudience and has been their most successful release to date.Michels has since gone on to produce and co-produce numerous records for powerhouse soul artists like Lee Fields. He sharessongwriting credits with Adele, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and has played on records by Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, TheBlack Keys and Dr. John.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 55
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55
CD | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Shrouded in mystery, hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) releases their long awaited debut “55” on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. Long time multi instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument both through help of local players and on his own. After he became proficient on the pans Bjorn had his own instrument built from a used oil barrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith. Upon returning home to Germany, Bjorn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his already sharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop sensibilities. The outcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound. Their first two recordings were covers of The Meters “Look A-Py-Py” & “Ease Back” which they self released on a 45. Looking back on these two sides you can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This is evidenced by how all hell broke loose when they went on to cover 50 Cent’s hit PIMP taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Many people thought the recording was the original sample and probably still do to this day when it is played. The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s item fetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that made the introduction between Bjorn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown. They immediately hit it off and starting making plans to do a full length project with the band. Keeping in the tradition of Steel Drum records, 55 is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing Steel Pan music to uncharted territory. Flawlessly bringing previously untouched genres into the steel pan cannon ranging from Underground Hip Hop tunes to staple Funk tracks and some of all that falls in between. From the smoothed out Reggae cover of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter” to the DJ sure shot cover of Faith Evan’s “Love Like This” BRSB’s 55 is reinvigorating tunes both well known and helping to shed some light on tunes still largely undiscovered. However, some of the strongest tunes on the album are original compositions, from spaced out Disco vibes on “Beetham Highway Ride” and “Port Of Spain Hustle” to the ugly face inspiring drums of “Laventille Road March”. Recorded to analog 8 track tape at The Mocambo Studios in Hamburg, 55 is a gritty, punchy journey in sound drawing on music from around the world, using production aesthetics from across both eras and genres, all coming together seamlessly. If the 45s that have already come out on Mocambo, Plane Jane, and Truth & Soul are an indication, this full length is going to be a staple to both casual listeneners and Disc Jockeys alike. Catch BRSB live in Fall as they tour the world with the mysterious heavy sound that is in fact, all their own.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Love Like This / Dog Was A Doughnut
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Love Like This / Dog Was A Doughnut
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
With their highly anticipated debut full length “55” hitting in early May, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band hits us with another killer two sider 7” sure to be in every DJ’s box. The A side is an incredibly catchy cover of Faith Evan’s smash hit “LoveLike This”. Instantly recognizable from the first note they work their way through the tune in proper BRSB fashion. Advance “Test Press” copies were sent to tastemaker DJs across the globe, the results have all been the same. This one is a dance floor killer and has crowds captivated and curious. The B side is a gritty punchy interpretation of the classic Cat Stevens tune “Dog Was A Doughnut”. BRSB really pushing the genre envelope with this one, using steel pans on an otherwise dark electro backdrop sprinkled with killer open drum breaks.
Lively Set, The / The Three Dudes - Blues Get Off My Shoulder / I'm Begging You
Shacks, The - My Name Is… / Sand Song
Shacks, The
My Name Is… / Sand Song
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Big Crown Records is proud to present the next singlefrom The Shacks instant classic debut album Haze.The A side “My Name Is…” is one of the first songs The Shacks wrote shortly after they met.Producer Leon Michels had the track and the title for it and sent it on to The Shacks to pen thelyrics. Max Shrager says of writing the lyrics “this song is about setting a time and place to meetup, wandering around like ghosts until we spotted each other in a crowd of strangers. It isinspired by "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos”. Musically, it has the infectiousattraction that all of El Michels productions do. A poppy melody balanced out by the rough andtough rhythm section made this the perfect match for Shannon’s subtle and sweet vocals.The B side, “Sand Song” is a beautiful tune about an ugly subject; global warming. Thehauntingly beautiful guitar melody that the Shrager produced track begins with is met with theequally somber vocals from Shannon. Reverb drenched background vocals and organflourishes follow suit with the arrangement showcasing The Shacks razor sharp musicianship.A stand out tune from the album and the embodiment of what made iD magazine call TheShacks “classic American sounds…simultaneously recalling Sesame Street and David Lynch’snocturnal crooners”.
Okonkolo - Cantos
Okonkolo
Cantos
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In a world where chaos seems to be in control more often than not, music can occasionally be a temporary respite; and at best, a form of salvation.This is the transcendent realm of Okonkolo: Yoruban Santeria music like you have never heard before. Okonkolo transports listeners to another realm; a spiritual dance with gods beyond our grasp, held together by rhythm, passion and musical virtuosity.The group is the life’s work of New York-born percussionist and Yoruba Chango priest Abraham “Aby” Rodriguez. His group quietly released Rezos, a gorgeous 10-Inch EP in 2016 on Brooklyn’s Big Crown, and has now returned to give the world even morehypnotic incantations on their debut full length.Featuring nine songs, each of the group’s religious epiphanies on Cantos follow a similar path, with transcendently hypnotic results. As with all Santeria ritual musical accompaniment, drums are at the center of all offerings – namely, the Bata and Coro. InOkonkolo, they are played by Rodriguez, Gene Golden and Xavier Rivera. Building on these rhythms, vocals play an equally important role in the proceedings, sung in Yoruba, contributed by Aby and the powerful female voices of Amma McKen and JadeleMcPherson.Although not necessarily musically comparable, conceptually Cantos clearly reminds listeners of artists and albums that effortlessly straddle the line between the sacred and the secularly sublime: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s finest work; Ravi Shankar; AliceColtrane’s Journey In Satchidananda; and many more classics released over the past half century. These are albums cherished by fans, which go far deeper than mere entertainment.Along the Cantos journey, strains of music from around the world can be heard – Africa, South America, the Caribbean and even New York City. Beyond the drums and vocals featured at any traditional Yoruba / Santeria ceremony, with this album there areadditional layers that add to the musical beauty: overlaid on top of traditional elements are jazz-associated instrumentation, including horns, bass, guitar and even lush string arrangements. These additional sounds were created by guitarist and producerJacob Plasse, who first heard and performed with the group more than a decade ago, and who brought the project to the Big Crown label.While Santeria / Yoruban spiritual music is generally associated with Cuba in this hemisphere (and also Bahia, in Brazil), Rodriguez does not fit the traditional pedigree. “I’m an American,” he proudly admits, with a smile. “A Puerto Rican from New York. TheCubans I know always ask, ‘How can you play this?’ And I tell them, ‘Don’t ask me, ask God.”The Santeria religion endured the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the solares of Cuba and arrived in New York City by way of Caribbean migrants who sought a better life in the barrios of the Bronx and Brooklyn. And New York is where Aby Rodriguezfirst came in contact with Plasse. “We met in the early ‘90s, doing salsa gigs over at Plan B in the Lower East Side,” Plasse recalls. “After I had played there a couple times, Aby told me I should come later the next week, because the first part of the show wasgoing to be different. Needless to say, I came early to see what I wasn’t being included in!”He continues, “Abraham was doing a tambor for Chango. I had never seen anything like it. In Cuba, I had gone to some amazing tambors, but somehow what Aby was doing was different – it was the bata repertoire but with his own subtle New York doowopthing happening. And in a salsa club no less! It was beautiful and unique, and I wanted to figure out a way to collaborate, even if I had to wait more than 10 years to do it.”On Cantos there are multiple examples of how this musical hybrid can move listeners. Take “Yemaya,” where plucked guitars break down into dissonant sul pont violin textures. As the batá drums build in intensity the arrangement culminates in guitars anddescending clarinet arpeggios, Nick Movshon's propulsive bass brings the piece to a climactic finale. Or “Canto Asoyin” where an imagined Santeria / Stax session gives way to a gutbucket guitar refrain, before transitioning to a high-life section where ancientand modern Nigerian musical traditions wink slyly at each other.“Ochun” is sung first by Abraham and then by Amma McKen, and each version is quietly startling. Amma's begins with ominous piano chords that lead to plucked cellos and violins in counterpoint against a soca guitar riff, preceding a descrescendo intobaritone sax and viola tremolos. As Amma explains, “Through the song, there is possession. We are the vehicles through which all of this positive energy flows. It’s a language, and it’s very sacred.” And then there is “Obatala,” which has a sublime breakdownwhere pizzicato violins, violas and cellos mimic the different drums of the batá ensemble.Many listeners will barely register these mercurial arrangements and their admittedly strange juxtapositions against Orisha music. Only upon closer inspection does one become aware of how these ancient songs are being shifted and reimagined, and howthey linger ethereally between worlds, just like the orishas.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Little Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Little Brown Eyed Soul
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For the first time ever on CD Big Crown is proud to presentLittle Brown Eyed Soul, a Sunny & The Sunliners classic.When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans andpeers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a starright out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performingas much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world,affirming his timeless appeal.As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label hasstarted digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in SanAntonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one. The album has been remastered and includes originalalbum art.The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, readyto be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Shacks, The - The Shacks
Shacks, The
The Shacks
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
With the release of the group’s all new full-length “Haze” Big Crown now takes you backto where The Shacks story started with the reissue of the group’s self-titled EP whichincludes “This Strange Effect” as featured in Apple’s global iPhone 8 commercial!When you listen to the Shacks' self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much olderthan their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear theyouthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiar andcompletely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute.Since the release of their first single, "Strange Boy," which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have beencompared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, youwouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking from thesame well, just 20 years apart.Highlights from The Shacks EP include a cover of the Ray Davies-penned "Strange Effect," which Shannon sings as if itwere written for her, giving the song an unnerving edge that’s way more interesting than Dave Berry’s tepid original. Alsoincluded on the EP is "Orchids," one of Leon Michels and Max Shrager's first co-productions, recorded at the legendaryDiamond Mine studios. "Orchids" is a truly original piece of music that showcases The Shacks’ adventurousness in thestudio. "Left It With the Moon" is a lo-fi lullaby written by Shannon and recorded to 4 track cassette at Max’s home studioin Princeton, NJ. And "Hands In Your Pockets" features the Frightnrs rhythm section laying down a pitch-perfect rocksteadybacking track behind Shannon’s deadpan delivery a la Jane Birkin.
Sunny & The Sunliners - The One Who's Hurting Is You / Should I Take You Home (Keyloc Version)
Sunny & The Sunliners
The One Who's Hurting Is You / Should I Take You Home (Keyloc Version)
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Another stone classic 45 from the legendary Sunny & the Sunliners. Following up on the compilation project and full length reissues we have done, we keep on pressing up some must-haves from his amazing catalog of music. Diehard fans will love to see this one.The A Side is “The One Who’s Hurting Is You” which was never on an album and the original 45 is pretty tough to find, and pretty expensive when you do, to put it mildly… A killer tune that starts out with Rudy Palacios signature guitar riff, dropping into the haunting back ground vocals and met with Sunny’s lead riding the line between gruff and sweet. Sunny lays down the law and tells it as fact, “there’s one thing that’s for certain, I won’t be doing the hurting. The one who’s hurting is you….”The B Side, another non album cut, and one of the hardest 45s from Sunny to come across, is the original recording of “Should I Take You Home”. Originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, this is the first version, later in life they remixed it to license it to another label making it brighter and more punchy. This is the lo-fi, the gritty, the original mix, one we are sure fans are going to be happy to finally get a copy of. Another killer two-sider, another Big Crown Sureshot.
Shacks, The - The Shacks
Shacks, The
The Shacks
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
With the release of the group’s all new full-length “Haze” Big Crown now takes you backto where The Shacks story started with the reissue of the group’s self-titled EP whichincludes “This Strange Effect” as featured in Apple’s global iPhone 8 commercial!
Fabulous Dynamics, The - Get Hip To Yourself / Every Time I See A Pretty Gi
Fabulous Dynamics, The
Get Hip To Yourself / Every Time I See A Pretty Gi
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
7,69 €* 10,99 € -30%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present a recording that could have easily been lost forever like so many others from it’s era. Taken from the only known copy of this acetate that appears to be a rehearsal recording for the group to solicit local gigs, these stripped down versions of “Get Hip To Yourself” and “Every Time I See a Pretty Girl” are American relics. The only information about the acetate is handwritten on a piece of masking tape affixed to the A side, the name of the group, The Fabulous Dynamics, and the track listing. Of the 6 songs on the demo, we pulled the 2 most buttery, delectable, sweet & savory slices of mid 60’s group soul. Stripped down to vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar, both sides of this 7 capture the lo-fi, intimate sonic landscape of yesteryear, something that is often emulated, but never quite duplicated. Another pretty cool detail about this acetate, it was found in the personal record collection of Lamont Dozier.
Paul Ramos / Ulysses Crockett - Fence Walk / Funky Resurgence
Paul Ramos / Ulysses Crockett
Fence Walk / Funky Resurgence
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present this tough as nails split 7”The A side is Paul Ramos version of the Mandrill classic “Fence Walk”. Originally released on the Harlem label, and later licensed to Falcon only to oddly appear on their Kris Bravo LP. Ramos stays close to the original, but adds enough to the tune to make it a must have for funk collectors.The B side “Funky Resurgence” comes by way of vibes player/bandleader Ulysses Crockett who was a stalwart on the Bay Area scene of the 1960's first with his Latin Jazz group Afro Blue Persuasion and later Ulysses Crockett Magic. He also played in The Skins w/ the legendary Bill Graham. "Funky Resurgence" was one of several compositions he wrote for the 1971 play "Resurgence." During this period, Ulysses was also going through law school and he remains a legal voice, writer and activist in the Bay Area.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
Sunny & The Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
13,79 €* 22,99 € -40%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by theirfans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides,Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and lovesperforming as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectorsaround the world, affirming his timeless appeal.As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation, the label has starteddigging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in SanAntonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s.Each has been remastered and includes original album art.First up is Smile Now, Cry Later, a 12-song platter which first hit in 1966. As with most Sunny LPs, this is a mix of soulful originals– most notably, “Smile Now, Cry Later” and “Put Me In Jail” – and provocative, wide-ranging covers. Cases in point on the tributesside of this great album include the Sam & Dave shouter “Hold On I’m Comin’”; “Forever,” made famous by both the Marvelettesand Marvin Gaye, and a song that Sunny performs to this day; and the ‘60s Louis Prima crooner special “Just A Gigolo.”The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic,ready to be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks tothat patented Sunny sound.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
Sunny & The Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since. After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal. As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation, the label has started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art. First up is Smile Now, Cry Later, a 12-song platter which first hit in 1966. As with most Sunny LPs, this is a mix of soulful originals – most notably, “Smile Now, Cry Later” and “Put Me In Jail” – and provocative, wide-ranging covers. Cases in point on the tributes side of this great album include the Sam & Dave shouter “Hold On I’m Comin’”; “Forever,” made famous by both the Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye, and a song that Sunny performs to this day; and the ‘60s Louis Prima crooner special “Just A Gigolo.” The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, ready to be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Paul & The Tall Trees - I Explained It All
Paul & The Tall Trees
I Explained It All
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
6,59 €* 10,99 € -40%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The A side “I Explained It All” is an early Paul & The Tall Trees recording done in between recording sessions for Our Love In The Light. A haunting number equal parts floaty vocal and crushing drums co-produced by Paul & Leon Michels. From Paul on the session: “The new year approaching. Saturday we’d have a P&TTT family get together. Write music. It was dark and damp down there. Smokey. Windows the size of shoe boxes. The old 64 Rocket was hot. Pop bought a Rickenbacker.” The B side “Watch Out” is actually the tune that started the whole thing between Big Crown and 79.5. Years ago Kate Mattison who was then performing as Mattison came to Soul Fire studios to record some of her demos, this is how her music got on our radar. Some years after that Danny Akalepse picked up the “Watch Out” 45 she had pressed independently in a record shop and fell in love with the tune. When we started Big Crown she was one of the first people we called up to see what she was up to. Her answer was 79.5. “Watch Out” is a warning to a man who is with the wrong woman set over lush keys and a spacious arrangement.
Shacks, The - Follow Me / Texas
Shacks, The
Follow Me / Texas
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown records is proud to present the first single from The Shacks debut album Haze, out worldwide March 30th. Since the release of their self titled EP in 2016 The Shacks have been collecting fans that are fast becoming as hypnotized as we've been since first hearing Shannon’s ethereal voice on top of “Strange Boy"". Highlights of the year have been opening tours for Chicano Batman, and Khruangbin, as well as ""This Strange Effect"" becoming world famous via the Apple iPhone 8 ad campaign. The A side, “Follow Me”, was one of the first songs recorded for Haze almost two years ago. With “black mirror” esque lyrics over a hypnotic mid tempo groove, Follow Me leaves you feeling joyful, calmed, and queasy, all at the same time. The B side “Texas” is an another song from their upcoming album. Recorded in Max Shrager's home studio in Princeton and then finished with Leon Michels at the Diamond Mine in Queens. Texas is a perfect representation of The Shacks signature sound with Shannon’s voice balancing out the gritty yet smooth production.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Put Me In Jail / Open Up Your Love Door
Sunny & The Sunliners
Put Me In Jail / Open Up Your Love Door
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
7,79 €* 12,99 € -40%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the success of Sunny & The Sunliners “Mr Brown Eyed Soul” LP, BigCrown drops another must have 45 for the record lovers.Side A is a Sunny classic, “Put Me In Jail” is easily one of his most famous originaltunes. Sunny croons on, professing his guilt in coming up short on his promises to hisbeloved over the unmistakable Sunliners band backdrop. This tune has gone on tobecome famous amongst both oldies fans and lowriders.Side B is an obscure album cut lifted from the “Young, Gifted, and Brown” album,“Open Up Your Love Door”. Another perfect combination of romantic pleading andorgan heavy production leading it’s way into a surprising horn arrangement andclimactic breakdown. Sunny asks his love to allow him into her life and give their lovea chance.Another killer two sider wrapped up in a gorgeous picture sleeve we made from oneof The Ozuna’s personal photo collection. One side of Put Me In Jail, one side ofOpen Up Your Love Door...two sides to every story.
Sunny & The Sunliners - The Missing Link
Sunny & The Sunliners
The Missing Link
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
21,59 €* 23,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
$2 from each copy of The Missing Link sold on Record Store Day 2017 will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane HarveyWhen it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist,songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as ateenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into thevaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.Second in the reissue series is The Missing Link, a 10-cut, all instrumental album, and the tracklist is a wild ride indeed. Ranging from hip soul – James Brown’s“Soul Pride,” The Inclines’ Muscle Shoals groover “Pressure Cooker,” and the Meters classic “Cissy Strut” – to a wide swath of ‘60s Texas Latin party essentials(“Uno,” “Rosita Bonita” and “La Pecosita”), the Sunliners are in top form all throughout. It won’t take much to envision a San Antonio backyard BBQ in the early ‘70s with this long player spinning in the background, on repeat.Instrumental party albums were all the rage back when this hit in the late ‘60s, and Sunny Ozuna and crew show here that they could groove with the best of them.Throw it on, break out the back deck smoker, and let the good tunes roll.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
Sunny & The Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
14,39 €* 23,99 € -40%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
$2 from each copy of Smile Now, Cry Later sold on Record Store Day 2017will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist,songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as ateenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into thevaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.First up is Smile Now, Cry Later, a 12-song platter which first hit in 1966. As with most Sunny LPs, this is a mix of soulful originals – most notably, “Smile Now,Cry Later” and “Put Me In Jail” – and provocative, wide-ranging covers. Cases in point on the tributes side of this great album include the Sam & Dave shouter“Hold On I’m Comin’”; “Forever,” made famous by both the Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye, and a song that Sunny performs to this day; and the ‘60s Louis Primacrooner special “Just A Gigolo.”The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, ready to be discovered by awhole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than soul vocalistand Mexican-American songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. He became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decadessince.Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” (in 1963). Songs like“Put Me In Jail,” “Talk To Me,” “Should I Take You Home,” “My Dream” and “Smile Now, Cry Later” still bring crowds to their feet throughout the Southwest andCalifornia and around the world at “oldies” and “lowrider soul” events. And after releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunnystill keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectorsaround the world, affirming his timeless appeal.This new compilation on Brooklyn’s acclaimed Big Crown label is a lovingly curated selection of songs from the years 1966 to 1972. All compositions wereoriginally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, formed after his national star had been established, so he could have control of his own musical destiny. With Sunnyhits – a mix of originals and some great covers thrown in Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is an excellent celebration of Sunny’s amazing body of work, and a perfectintroduction for newcomers.Produced in full collaboration and cooperation with Ozuna himself, the CD and LP packaging includes liner notes by Texas Music scholar and archivistRamon Hernandez, and features dozens of rare photos provided by Sunny himself.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Coming Home / Precious Love
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Coming Home / Precious Love
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
8,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
As Lee is out on the road spreading the love to crowds across Europe we decided to press up another undeniable two sider off the instant classic SpecialNight album. Another must have for the DJs….Side A is “Coming Home”, Lee’s incredible take on working, how we get through it, and why we do it. He sings to his wife a story a lot of people can relate to,working all day looking forward to coming home to his family. The Expressions provide the perfect feel good backing to this midtempo masterpiece withbeautiful horn arrangements, catchy background vocals, and a guitar riff as catchy as the chorus.Side B’s “Precious Love” is the perfect example of the song writing and arranging prowess the producers (Leon Michels & Tommy Brenneck) and theband have honed over the years. Catchy from the intro, this love song keeps the dance floor and holds up next to the classics. Play this for your precious love.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,79 €* 23,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than soul vocalist and Mexican-American songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. He became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” (in 1963). Songs like “Put Me In Jail,” “Talk To Me,” “Should I Take You Home,” “My Dream” and “Smile Now, Cry Later” still bring crowds to their feet throughout the Southwest and California and around the world at “oldies” and “lowrider soul” events. And after releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.This new compilation on Brooklyn’s acclaimed Big Crown label is a lovingly curated selection of songs from the years 1966 to 1972. All compositions were originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, formed after his national star had been established, so he could have control of his own musical destiny. With Sunny hits – a mix of originals and some great covers thrown in Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is an excellent celebration of Sunny’s amazing body of work, and a perfect introduction for newcomers. Produced in full collaboration and cooperation with Ozuna himself, the LP gatefold packaging includes liner notes by Texas Music scholar and archivist Ramon Hernandez, and features dozens of rare photos provided by Sunny himself.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Never Be Another You / Lover Man
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Never Be Another You / Lover Man
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records presents another killer two sider pulled from Lee Fields & The Expressions instant classic "Special Night". With Lee touring the world from sold out show to sold out show supporting his album, we give the DJs and collectors another must have 45. The A side "Never Be Another You" finds Lee & The Expressions taking another turn on the formula their success has been built on. An unorthodox track to find on a soul album made to fit perfectly, once again pushing the aesthetics of analog soul further into the present. Lee confesses his love and appreciation for his woman walking the fine line of vulnerability and strength.The B- side "Lover Man" is equal parts rough and smooth. The production and the band come off with a thunderous backing track that takes it's time to get to full sail while Lee lays down some tell it like it is lyrics. Fields comes to the microphone with the confidence only a man with his track record could putting down what life is like with him if the woman he is after just let's it be that way.
Demands, The - Say It Again / Let Me Be Myself
Demands, The
Say It Again / Let Me Be Myself
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, The Demands were originally called The Fabulous Furys in college and switched to The Demands in May of 1969 to play a string of gigs in South Carolina for the summer. They cut the tunes for this single in 1973 with legendary North Texas engineer Phil York, originally pressed on Clem Records, original copies of this Northern Soul burner change hands for upwards of 600 bucks in good condition. The Demands had a moment of on screen fame in '73 appearing in the Blaxploitation film "Fox Style" as the house band at an outdoor fashion show. Band leader/founder Melvin Clemmons passed his bass duties to his brother around '79 so he could run his own nightclub and The Demands kept gigging until around '89 when they disbanded.Side A's “Say It Again” is an up Northern Soul number equal parts hi energy and good vibes. A sureshot for the soul parties, and a very welcome opportunity to put this obscure tune into collections.Side B's “Let Me Be Myself” is a smash of a ballad really showcasing a different side of the groups writing and performing abilities. The sweet soul folks are in for a treat on this one, sure to make it to all the lowrider enthusiasts mixes.
Lady Wray - Underneath My Feet / Guilty (Cold Version)
Lady Wray
Underneath My Feet / Guilty (Cold Version)
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the success of Lady Wray’s solo debut album Queen Alone, we areproud to give you another 45 offering, this time showing another side of Nicole.Known worldwide for her early career as a Hip Hop / R&B singer, then more recentlyfor her more matured Soul inspired writing, the A side of this one “Underneath MyFeet” shows just how hard it is to put Lady Wray in a box. If you haven’t seen her liveshow, you may have no idea that she has a healthy bad ass Rock and Roll side to her,commanding crowds with a raucousness that likens Betty Davis. Underneath My Feetis a tough blend of glam rock drums and guitar stabs that Nicole takes to like a fish towater. A self proclaimed voodoo woman, putting a spell on the listener, warning all ofher unbridled power.The B side is the heart wrenching Guilty, a song Wray wrote to cope with theincarceration of her brother. One listen and it is impossible to doubt the sincerity,again showing Cole’s songwriting prowess with imagery of no one to cheers with, andnot wanting to experience the comforts of home knowing her brother was locked up ina cell. A solid 2 sider showing a different side of Lady Wray than she is typically knownfor all wrapped up in a beautiful picture sleeve cover.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Should I Take You Home / My Dream
Sunny & The Sunliners
Should I Take You Home / My Dream
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Check out this essential garage Zamrock/Soul/Funk single as the first official reissue of the celebrated band’s one and only album!The musical style that became known as Zamrock came to embody the economic despair that followed the 1973-1974 oil crisis, which flung Zambia into recession and exacerbated a wide range of social tensions. Much of Zamrock also captured the controversy of wider politics in Africa and the world. Perhaps the finest example of this is Black Power by The Peace. - The Guardian The Boyfriends, from Kitwe’s Chamboli Mine Township, supplied the founding members for Zamrock’s most famous band, Witch, and kick started one of Zamrock’s best bands, Peace. Their sole Zamrock entry, “Black Power”, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973/4 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifiting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Special Night Instrumentals
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Special Night Instrumentals
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the instrumental version of Lee Fields’ latest album.Produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck, and brilliantly performed by the Expressions, “Special Night” was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely to tape in three weeks at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios in Queens, NY. A sense of urgency, equal parts fun and inspiration, and a decent amount of beer and Jack Daniels were the driving forces during the sessions that produced Lee Fields & The Expressions latest offering.
Paul & The Tall Trees - Our Love In The Light
Paul & The Tall Trees
Our Love In The Light
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Staten Island is both close enough to New York City and far enough away to make it easily the most exotic of the 5 boroughs. Rza from WuTang Clan attributes the uniqueness of the Wu to it’s Hip Hop contemporaries at the time to just that dynamic. Growing up on an island that is neighbors with the capital of the world, but has no bridges to it, no trains or tunnels, only a ferry, turns out to be the perfect recipe to give a New York band a unique take on the energy of the city. Paul Schalda, the bandleader, singer and songwriter of Paul & The Tall Trees is from Staten Island.One part of a crazily talented musical family, Paul’s music seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band’s Americana, Ian MacKaye’s unhinged emotion, Otis Redding’s raw, warm soul, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Bill Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys) raised him on.On Paul & The Tall Trees’ debut album “Our Love In The Light” you hear the sum of his experiences. This singular sound is helped by the fact that his father, William Schalda, Sr., and brother, Will Schalda Jr., play on and inspire the record. The album was written entirely by Paul, and produced by another Staten Island native, Thomas Brenneck of Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, and Budos Band fame. The combination of the two gives the record an amazing sonic range, from the powerhouse rocker “Crack Of Down” to the ethereal western vibes of “She Comes Around”. Paul pens a tune about the forever changing conviction of a man in love on “Once In A While”, and ironically “The Little Bit Of Sunshine”, is a story about Paul giving up on a career in music. One thing you hear in Schalda’s music, no matter which song, is that the road hasn’t been easy. His voice can be hauntingly harsh, yet hopeful and tender, raucous and gravelly one moment, smooth and intimate the next.
Shacks, The - The Shacks
Shacks, The
The Shacks
10" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
18,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
When you listen to the Shacks' self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are mucholder than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hearthe youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiarand completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute.Since the release of their first single, "Strange Boy," which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have beencompared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, youwouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking fromthe same well, just 20 years apart.Highlights from The Shacks EP include a cover of the Ray Davies-penned "Strange Effect," which Shannon sings as ifit were written for her, giving the song an unnerving edge that’s way more interesting than Dave Berry’s tepid original.Also included on the EP is "Orchids," one of Leon Michels and Max Shrager's first co-productions, recorded at thelegendary Diamond Mine studios. "Orchids" is a truly original piece of music that showcases The Shacks’adventurousness in the studio. "Left It With the Moon" is a lo-fi lullaby written by Shannon and recorded to 4 trackcassette at Max’s home studio in Princeton, NJ. And "Hands In Your Pockets" features the Frightnrs rhythm sectionlaying down a pitch-perfect rocksteady backing track behind Shannon’s deadpan delivery a la Jane Birkin.
Lady Wray - Smiling / Make Me Over
Lady Wray
Smiling / Make Me Over
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
6,49 €* 9,99 € -35%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records presents the second single “Smiling” from Lady Wray’s “Queen Alone” album. The single is an instant feel good anthem, “Smiling” finds Lady Wray reminding us to keep our heads up and keep a smile on our faces through whatever life deals us. With production from Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck that rides the line between bubblegum pop and lo fi tough grit, Nicole lays out with a voice as encouraging as the lyrics she is singing. Listeners will be hard pressed not to find themselves singing along after the first listen. A proper good vibe tune guaranteed to move dance floors the world over. The B-side “Make Me Over” is a lushly scored tale of letting your guard down and letting the one who loves you take care of you when you are down and out. A relatable tale of having expensive taste and empty pockets, Nicole finds herself asking for a little help so she can get a break from being strapped for cash promising to take care of her man as soon as her check comes in.
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Special Night Part 1 & 2
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Special Night Part 1 & 2
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
8,99 €* 9,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Class is in session and all the youngins out there shaking a tail feather and playing dress up are about to be schooled by the ageless, timeless, and always present, Mr. Lee Fields. “Special Night” is the latest offering from a man whose career has spanned 50 years and as Oliver Wang of NPR once said, “In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man”. Special Night is no exception. An epic 6 minute jam split into parts one and two on the 7", Special Night is a story of love and loneliness told from the perspective of a man with extreme life experience and deep wisdom. The tune is the perfect storm of production duties handled by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck alongside the inimitable musicianship of The Expressions, and recorded at the legendary Diamond Mine, Special Night is in the humble opinion of the Big Crown team, one of the greatest pieces of soul music Lee has put to record thus far.
Soul Explosives - Tryin' To Get Down / Ain't No Sunshine
Soul Explosives
Tryin' To Get Down / Ain't No Sunshine
7" | 1972 | US | Reissue (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records presents a reissue of the highly sought-after, very rare, and only release by Texas funk band, The Soul Explosives. Active in 1971 and 72, The Soul Explosives were a high school group from Kingsville, TX led by high school senior Skip Frazier. Their main goal was to play a neighborhood know as the"The Cut" in nearby Corpus Christ, where there were a number of Soul & R&B clubs. They paid for the recording and pressing of the 45 which was done by a tiny local Tejano studio/label, Bormeh. Copies of the record were given to friends and sold at shows. In '72 Skip decided to leave the group to pursue his college studies and they disbanded not long after. The A Side “Tryin To Get Down” is a lo-fi funk gem with all the makings of an underground classic. Driving drums and blown out vocals somewhere between encouraging and liberating are sure to peak funk fans ears.The B Side, a absolutely smashing cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, is nothing short of a must have. The Soul Explosives nearly instrumental cover might just be the toughest version on a 45. Another Big Crown sureshot.
Paul & The Tall Trees - Once In A While / The Little Bit Of Sunshine
Paul & The Tall Trees
Once In A While / The Little Bit Of Sunshine
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
8,99 €* 11,99 € -25%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records presents the debut single from Paul & The Tall Trees, “Once In A While” b/w “The Little Bit Of Sunshine”. Hailing from Staten Island, Paul Schalda’s music seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band’s Americana, Ian MacKaye's unhinged emotion, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Bill Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys), raised him on. The first single from his forthcoming full length, produced by Tommy Brenneck, “Once In A While” is a testament to Paul’s sincere and raw emotional song writing. Running the gamut of the forever changing conviction of a man in love, Paul goes from never again to maybe pleading for mercy on his soul. Musically going from a mellow strut to a frantic crescendo carrying the lyrics along for the ups and downs of addiction. The B Side “The Little Bit Of Sunshine” is the soul tearing admission of defeat and the long road to surrender. Easily interpreted as a story about a disfunctional relationship with a unkind, inconsiderate woman, yet truly a story about Paul’s giving up on a career in music.
Lady Wray - Do It Again / In Love With You
Lady Wray
Do It Again / In Love With You
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present Do It Again the first single from Lady Wray’s new album Queen Alone. The 45 and upcoming album is produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck.
El Michels Affair - Strange Boy / No Surprise
Okonkolo - Rezos
Okonkolo
Rezos
10" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Big Crown Records is proud to present Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos.
Mickey & The Fabolous Five - Mickey & The Fabolous Five
Mickey & The Fabolous Five
Mickey & The Fabolous Five
10" | 2016 | US | Original (Big Crown)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Before Mickey and the Soul Generation there was Mickey and The Fabulous Five. As members of a Latin Soul band called The Royal Tokens, Mickey Foster and Emil Carter developed their chops playing in front of San Antonio teens at Sunday night Battle of the Bands shows. Mickey’s own band, The Fabulous Four, soon became The Fabulous Five with the addition of Gilbert Rivera on bass. In the late summer of 1967, local music entrepreneur E.J. Henke took the Fabulous Five into Jeff Smith’s Texas Sound Studio to record two sessions of funky New Breed Soul instrumentals as well as a backing session for Charles Russell’s group, The Three Dudes (BC014-45). Still a teenager, Mickey and his father both signed Henke’s recording contract. While their recordings with The Three Dudes were released as a single on Henke’s Satin Records, the superb instrumentals The Fabulous Five cut during the summer of ‘67 remained unreleased until now. Relying heavily on the rhythm section, this set of recordings captures the young band crystallizing what would become their signature sound. By 1969, The Fabulous Five had changed their name to Mickey and The Soul Generation and had begun recording their now legendary sessions with Manny Guerra’s GC Productions. These early sessions stand alone as a key chapterin the development of one of the greatest, heaviest exponents of Funk.
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