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Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Sounding Lines
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Sounding Lines
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The Moritz Von Oswald Trio opens a new chapter. There's a new configuration to the project, with Tony Allen joining original members Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer. Tony Allen, the legendary drummer who's amassed a formidable catalogue both as a solo artist and as part of Fela Kuti's band, has taken over percussion duties from Vladislav Delay. Together, von Oswald, Loderbauer and Allen form something close to a dream team, two masters of the electronic sphere meeting an afrobeat pioneer. Allen had already established a rapport with the group before they entered the studio to record Sounding Lines - he's been touring with von Oswald and Loderbauer for more than a year, playing live shows around the world. There has been an evolution on each new Moritz Von Oswald Trio record, and Sounding Lines is no different. The album, which was mixed by Ricardo Villalobos, maintains the project's trajectory—a fearless exploration of dub techno, classical music and jazz—but the prevailing mood feels looser and more organic than ever before. Allen's imperious percussive work sits tantalisingly in the mix. His drums meet the electronics of von Oswald and Loderbauer in a way that renders the project in new, vivid colours. There are 4/4 tracks, beatless interludes and complex jazz structures, with propulsive recordings ("3") coexisting alongside more languid moments ("1"). Sometimes Allen provides flourishes of drums (notably on "4") while at other times spectral synths come to the fore (as on "5"). Von Oswald, a masterful composer and arranger with a deep understanding of space, paints the crevices of each composition on Sounding Lines with rich detail. Individually, von Oswald, Loderbauer and Allen are formidable and hugely influential musicians. As a trio, they've conjured something remarkable.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
2LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
20,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Malcolm Catto, Tony Allen, Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Damon Albarn do some help - nice one!
V.A. - You Better Get Ready For Judgement Day Savoy Gospel 1978-1986
V.A.
You Better Get Ready For Judgement Day Savoy Gospel 1978-1986
2LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
22,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 04.12.2020
Volume three: seventeen gems of fierce funk, rapturous soul and transcendent disco and boogie, super-charged with celebration and affirmativeness, loaded with roaring choirs, rocking horns and popping bass guitars, from the years leading up to Savoy’s acquisition by Malaco.

Some seriously rare cuts here; for instance, the stupendous opener by Edith Moreno only appeared as a blank-label promo, in a tiny run.

Spot-glossed, gatefold sleeve, with gorgeous printed inners.
V.A. - Turn It Loose, Ain't No Good Savoy Gospel 1970-1979
V.A. - London Is The Place For Me 8: Lord Kitchener In England, 1948-1962
V.A.
London Is The Place For Me 8: Lord Kitchener In England, 1948-1962
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
First there is the hooligan chantwell, up for anything in the hurly-burly of carnival proper; and then the casual reporter, firing off postcards to Trinidad about taxis, flashy booze, fast women and football in Manchester, with homesickness and grievance nestled just behind the optimism, pride and tentative senses of belonging.
There is the bearer of news from home, in detailed accounts of murders, tales of stupid local coppers, and reminiscences about food and particular mango trees; the political thinker, considering racism and Africa; and the diarist, with his vivid tales of infidelity, and disclosure of the break-up of his marriage, and his desire to get away.

One foot in the UK, the other in Trinidad; but the man himself somewhere in-between. Kitch In The Jungle, nobody around. A ‘diasporic explorer’; a key twentieth-century witness, alongside such hallowed figures as Samuel Selvon and Edward Kamau Braithwaite.

Though in frustration Kitch would sometimes take over double-bass duties himself, the musicianship of Rupert Nurse, Fitzroy Coleman and co is top-notch. The original glorious sound is down to Denys Preston, recording for Melodisc, often at Abbey Road Studios (where we transferred and restored the 78s compiled here).

Presented in a lovely gatefold sleeve, with a full-size booklet containing superb, specially-commissioned sleevenotes by Kitch biographer Anthony Joseph, and fabulous, previously-unseen photographs
V.A. - Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots 1976-79
V.A.
Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots 1976-79
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Utterly magnificent, sublimely soulful survey of the Gospel Roots label, subsidiary of the mighty TK Records at the height of the Miami Sound. Beautifully presented, the LPs come with a 12"-square, full-colour, sixteen-page album of photos and original artwork and truly outstanding notes, including insightful new interviews across the board; mastered at Abbey Road.
Maki Asakawa - Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
A stunning survey of the 1970s heyday of this great Japanese singer and countercultural icon. Deep-indigo, dead-of-night enka, folk and blues, inhaling Billie Holiday and Nina Simone down to the bone. A traditional waltz abuts Nico-style incantation; defamiliarised versions of Oscar Brown Jr and Bessie Smith collide with big-band experiments alongside Shuji Terayama; a sitar-led psychedelic wig-out runs into a killer excursion in modal, spiritual jazz. Existentialism and noir, mystery and allure, hurt and hauteur. With excellent notes by Alan Cummings and the fabulous photographs of Hitoshi Jin Tamura. Hotly recommended.
Moondog - More Moondog
Moondog - The Story Of Moondog
V.A. - A Stranger I May Be Savoy Gospel 1954-1966
V.A.
A Stranger I May Be Savoy Gospel 1954-1966
2LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
22,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 04.12.2020
The first of three volumes: stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming r&b.

Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by less celebrated names like the Harmonising Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water.

Gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork.
Camille Doughty / The Singing Sons Of Washington, D.C. - Elijah Rock / Jesus Will Be With Me
Camille Doughty / The Singing Sons Of Washington, D.C.
Elijah Rock / Jesus Will Be With Me
7" | 2015 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
10,44 €* 10,99 € -5%
Release:2015 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Camille Doughty from Columbus, Ohio, in full flight over a gritty, funk-rock version of the gospel evergreen most famously recorded by Mahalia Jackson twenty years earlier; with some hard-grooving, Sam Cooke-style testifying on the flip, from The Singing Sons of Washington, D.C.

Beautifully sleeved.
Metro-Tones Inc., The - Get Together
Metro-Tones Inc., The
Get Together
10" | 1973 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
11,99 €*
Release:1973 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Dedicated ‘to the United Nations and especially young people’, this is slow-burning, steeply screwed, early-seventies Atlanta funk by James Conley and co, spun out of a line from Eliza Hewett’s nineteenth-century hymn, When We All Get To Heaven.

The flip is deadly, too: a super-soulful blend of Sly & The Family Stone with Kool & The Gang, movingly confused and sincere in its pleading (without threats or machismo) to be loved back.

Both sides come with instrumentals. Check part two of Get Together.

Beautifully sleeved.
Famous Ward Singers, The / Jessy Dixon - I'm Getting Richer / Wade In The Water
Famous Ward Singers, The / Jessy Dixon
I'm Getting Richer / Wade In The Water
7" | 1960 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
9,89 €* 10,99 € -10%
Release:1960 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A scorcher from the golden age of gospel, via its cardinal label.
From 1960, during the family’s second decade with Savoy, featuring Gertrude Ward, Christine Jackson, Mildred Means and Vermettya Royster — and Clara, totally riveting and in-your-face with evangelistic fervour and raw soul.

Plus a rambunctious, floor-filling Wade In The Water, by Jessy Dixon and his Singers.

Handsomely sleeved (showing a contemporary but slightly different Wards lineup).
Company - Epiphany
Company
Epiphany
2LP | 1982 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:1982 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Offcial info: Epiphany \ i-ˈpi-fə-nē \ (1) a manifestation of the essential nature of something (usually sudden) (2) an intuitive grasp of reality through something (usually simple and striking) (3) an illuminating discovery or disclosure.
All three definitions apply perfectly to this span of music recorded at London’s ICA in July 1982. It’s a miracle of group interaction, wonderfully paced, moving steadily between moments of mounting intensity and tension. The passage about halfway through — when Derek Bailey’s harmonics ring out above a sheen of inside piano tremolos and shimmering electronics, topped off by Julie Tippetts’ soaring vocalese — is simply sublime. After which it’s fun to try and tell the two pianists apart. Are those runs Ursula Oppens, with her formidable technique honed from years performing some of the twentieth century’s most difficult notated new music, or are those Keith Tippett’s crunchy jazz zigzags? Are those intriguing twangs from one of Akio Suzuki’s invented instruments or could they be Fred Frith’s or Phil Wachsmann’s electronics? Bah, who cares?

There’s plenty of room for the more delicate instruments too, like Anne LeBaron’s harp picking its way gingerly through a pin-cushion of pings and scratches from Bailey and bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa. Of course, some performers are instantly recognisable: Tippetts, as lyrical and flighty on flute as when she sings, Phil Wachsmann, sinuous and sensitive on violin, and trombonist George Lewis, who, as John Zorn once put it, swings his motherfucking ass off.

So many magical moments abound, from the opening dawn chorus of Tippetts’ voice and Frith’s guitar swooping through a rainforest of exquisite piano cascades, to the Zen calm of the closing moments.

Epiphany, indeed.
Music Improvisation Company, The - 1969, 1970
Music Improvisation Company, The
1969, 1970
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
25,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"The original concepts of vocal and instrumental music are utterly different. The instrumental impulse is not melody in a 'melodious' sense but an agile movement of the hands which seem to be under the control of a brain centre totally different from that which inspires vocal melody. Altogether, instrumental music, with the exception of rudimentary rhythmic percussion, is as a rule a florid, fast and brilliant display of virtuosity... Quick motion is not merely a means to a musical end but almost an end in itself which always connects with the fingers, the wrists and the whole of the body."

The inclusion of the above passage from Curt Sachs' The Wellsprings of Music with this album, the recording of which predates the Music Improvisation Company's only other release, the eponymous ECM outing, indicates a clear intention to stake out territory for European Free Improvisation markedly different from that of the (American) Free Jazz it sprang from. The African-American heritage that led to jazz was melodious, vocal, field holler / church-inflected, and the Germans and the Dutch never made any secret of their affection for it, but British free improvisers in the late 1960s were looking elsewhere.

Even so, and though the music press made a big deal a while back about the release of a 1965 rehearsal tape by Derek Bailey's earlier Joseph Holbrooke trio (with Gavin Bryars and Tony Oxley), their early efforts were mere tentative steps along a cliff edge wearing a line safely attached to Coltrane, and there's still a faint but distinct aftertaste of jazz in Bailey and Parker's work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble up to and including 1968's Karyobin. But with the addition of Jamie Muir - the first great free improvising percussionist who didn't start out as a jazz drummer - and Hugh Davies and his electronics from way out leftfield in the avant garde / experimental world, the MIC leapt right off that cliff. As Nina Hagen screamed later, "1968 is over! Future is Now!" These six tracks – tight, electric, pointillistic, brilliant, uncompromising and exhilarating – sound like nothing else that came before. In a word, seminal.
Derek Bailey - Aida
Derek Bailey
Aida
2LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
23,74 €* 24,99 € -5%
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
At last, the vinyl reissue of this masterwork, adding two hitherto unreleased gems recorded solo for Charles Fox’s Radio 3 programme Jazz in Britain, in the same few months of 1980 as the stunning Aida performances.

The phrase ‘in the moment’ is often bandied about with reference to free improvisation, and indeed there’s no better way to describe Derek Bailey’s playing. The acoustic guitar is notoriously lacking in natural reverberation — notes barely hang in the air for a couple of seconds before they disappear — which explains the almost non-stop flow of new material in these stellar performances. Bailey knew from one split-second to the next exactly where to find the same pitch on different strings, either as a stopped tone or a ringing harmonic, and there’s never a note out of place. ‘He who kisses the joy as it flies,’ in the words of William Blake, ‘Lives in eternity’s sunrise’ — and this music is forever in the moment, constantly active but never gabby, kissing the joy.

One of the special pleasures of the BBC set is the guitarist’s own laconic commentary, a deliciously deadpan description of what he’s doing while he’s doing it — “I like to think of it… as a kind of music” — and the interaction between words and music is a particular delight. “You may have noticed a certain lack of variety,” he quips, while unleashing a furiously complex volley. Is it a coincidence that the final seconds recall the famous cycling fifths of the coda to Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight? Surely not — for Bailey, like Monk, was a note man par excellence. And they’re both still alive and well in eternity’s sunrise.
Moondog - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue
Laurel Halo - In Situ
Laurel Halo
In Situ
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,19 €* 17,99 € -10%
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Spherical collections of stars form around black holes in situ; that is, locally to their cosmic neighbourhoods. It is said that future space colonization will rely on sourcing supplies in situ. Construction in situ uses raw materials at the site: colossal sculptures such as Naqsh-e Rustam, the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Rushmore were built in this fashion.
Tapes meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds - Datura Mystic
Tapes meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds
Datura Mystic
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
11,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
This started out a couple of years ago as a grounation drumming session above the old headquarters of the Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, in Wareika Hill, Kingston, JA. Four funde, a repeta and a bass drum. Back in London, contributing flute and guitar, Kenrick Diggory unbottled the deep rootical psychedelia and sheer awe of Hunting — the Keith-Hudson-versus-Count-Ossie wonder of the world — and Tapes added electronics, a shot of Drum Song and a giddily intense binghi dub. Total murder.
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A Tripp
Wareika Hill Sounds - No More War EP
Wareika Hill Sounds
No More War EP
10" | 2013 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
In the great tradition of Count Ossie, four new grounation furies — hypnotic, thunderous, urgent, mystical — with dubwise repeta, funde and bass drums embedding the Light Of Saba veteran's gorgeous trombone classicism.

The opener is a rocking kumina rhythm, with ring-the-alarm metal percussion and exhortatory brass; Free The People swirls some apocalyptic reasoning into the foggy, thumping mix. Universe In Crisis is another emergency call, chuffing headlong down the grooves... before the beautiful, anthemic Chant takes a step back from the fire, closing with a sense of thankful, spiritual reconciliation, the expert drumming and lyrical bone-work in full effect.
Rashad And Spinn / R.P. Boo - Rashad And Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys / R.P. Boo Meets Shangaan Electro
Rashad And Spinn / R.P. Boo
Rashad And Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys / R.P. Boo Meets Shangaan Electro
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Chicago Juke boys Rashad and Spinn giving their versions in this super heavy remix series!
Lagos All Routes - Juju And Highlife, Apala And Fuji
Lagos All Routes
Juju And Highlife, Apala And Fuji
2LP | 2005 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
15,99 €*
Release:2005 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The period stretching from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s is often considered the ‘golden age’ of African popular music. Concurrently with the rise of popular music as a worldwide phenomenon, African popular music had its beginnings in the early decades of the 20th century, as radio broadcasting and sound recording facilities were gradually established by the colonial powers. By the end of World War II, European companies such as EMI, Gallo and Decca were starting to establish large-scale operations in the colonial territories. But African popular music really began to flower in the years of nationalist struggle and independence. With the winds of political change blowing in the air, popular music became extremely important as a component of the cultural life of newly or soon-to-be independent nations. Produced and consumed largely independently of local ethnic musical traditions — however much it may have drawn on them — popular music was seen as a powerful expression of newly national identity. The enthusiasm, idealism, and optimism that can be felt in the music of this era reflect the optimism and idealism of independence.
Moondog & His Honking Geese - Moondog's Music
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Horizontal Structures
2LP | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Horizontal Structures is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, Vertical Ascent. There is more contrast, more light and shade. St Hilaire and Muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Restructure 2
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Restructure 2
12" | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
More epic stuff from one if not THE most influential German exports of the last 20 years. Featuring a menacing rework by the one and only Mala on the flipside.
Wareika Hill Sounds - Kumina Mento Rasta
Wareika Hill Sounds
Kumina Mento Rasta
10" | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
8,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Headlong, fierce, banked rasta drumming fit to discombobulate any kind of system, with sweet, jazzy trombone riding it down, bubbling bass driving it home, and all of it classically dubwise. Expertly mastered and cut at D&M in Berlin, and beautifully pressed at Pallas, for maximum soundboy worries. With a lovely printed sleeve, designed by Will Bankhead.
Actress - Splazsh
Actress
Splazsh
2LP | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Uk's electronic producer Darren Cunningham aka -Actress- drops his new record Splazsh via british label/record store Honest Jon's … got it?
Tony Allen - Moyege Mark Ernestus Remix
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life
London Is The Place For Me
Volume 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life
2LP | 2006 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2006 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Calypso, kwela, highlife and bebop, a little rock n roll and an Indian mambo, a shango hymn, some Sun Ra-style cha cha cha. A lake in a Johannesburg zoo, a Chinese on the Harrow Road; astronauts and prostitutes, landlords, streetfighters and cricketers.

The music and notes are presented alongside rare artist photographs by Val Wilmer.
V.A. - London Is The Place For Me 7: Calypso, Mento, Joropo, Steel & String Band
V.A.
London Is The Place For Me 7: Calypso, Mento, Joropo, Steel & String Band
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Still deeper forays into the musical landscape of the Windrush generation.

A dazzling range of calypso, mento, joropo, steelband, palm-wine and r’n'b. Expert revivals of stringband music, from way back, alongside proto-Afro-funk.
An uproarious selection of songs about the H-Bomb and modern phones, prostitution and Haile Selassie, mid-life crisis and the London Underground, racism and solidarity, the Highway Code and a 100% West Indian Royal Wedding.

For example some frantic British-Guianan joropo music-hall about Eatwell Brown from Clapham, who starts out biting off a piece of his mother-in-law’s face at a party, then devours everything in his path… a chunk of Brixton Prison, a Union Jack, a policeman’s uniform. Or Marie Bryant — collaborator of Lester Young and Duke Ellington — taking time off from skewering the South African PM Daniel Malan at her West End revue, to contribute some arch, swinging filth about uber-genitalia.

Superior sound, courtesy of Abbey Road, D&M and Pallas; lovely gatefold sleeve; full-size booklet, with full notes, and fabulous previously-unseen photographs, including a set from the family archive of Russ Henderson (who led the first, impromptu Notting Hill Carnival march, in 1966).
DJ Sotofett & Osaruxo - Hebi / Haru
DJ Sotofett & Osaruxo
Hebi / Haru
10" | 2019 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
7,79 €* 12,99 € -40%
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Hebi is tough, stomping, mesmerizing romany funk, riding Far East from the Baltic Sea on clopping hooves of uranium, with synths from spaceways further out still. Weakheart deejays will scatter, but Sotofett has road-tested this on dubplate for six months, tearing up parties and dancefloors.

Deeply meditative, desolately beautiful, Haru will stop you in your tracks. Osaruxo’s violin could be a rebab or a shamisen, a reed instrument or a voice.

Ravishing music.
Company - Epiphanies VII-XIII
Company
Epiphanies VII-XIII
3LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
28,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
More buried treasure from Company Week 1982: seven previously unissued Epiphanies by lineups involving Derek Bailey, Ursula Oppens, Julie Tippetts, Keith Tippett, Philipp Wachsmann, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Anne LeBaron, Motoharu Yoshizawa and Akio Suzuki.

Fred Frith is a stellar improviser — 1974’s Guitar Solos is still a seminal album of free improv — and he has three opportunities here to showcase his considerable talents. Eleventh is a tour de force of extended technique, with George Lewis working slowly but surely through a variety of trombone mouthpieces, while Frith’s guitar, strummed, bowed or prepared, could be a theremin, a koto, a mouse trapped inside a grandfather clock or a lion cub inside a shoebox. Bookending the album, on Seventh he swaps Webernian shards with Lewis and harpist Anne LeBaron and on Thirteenth, with pianist Keith Tippett, he condenses a whole lifetime of musical exploration into a mere twelve minutes. When it’s over both musicians are so amazed they burst out laughing.

Elsewhere, on Eighth, Wachsmann reveals his understated mastery of both his violin and the electronics he’s devised to extend its range, and pianist Ursula Oppens proves she’s as adept as conjuring forth magic from inside her instrument as she is at the keyboard. Major and minor triads too!

Ninth is spikier, with Lewis quacking, spitting and wheezing like a flock of geese let loose in a fairground, while Derek Bailey and Motoharu Yoshisawa patiently explore the outer limits of acoustic guitar and double bass. Bailey and Lewis team up again on Twelfth to take on Oppens — and everybody wins. Voice is more to the fore on Tenth, with Julie Tippetts’ coloratura and flute and Akio Suzuki’s analapos and spring gong flying high, while LeBaron, Wachsmann and Yoshizawa weave intricate webs of pizzicati, spiccati and glissandi beneath.
Company - Epiphanies I-VI
Company
Epiphanies I-VI
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Derek Bailey’s guests for Company Week at London’s ICA in July 1982 were contemporary classical pianist Ursula Oppens, folk/jazz singer-turned-improviser Julie Tippetts and her partner pianist Keith Tippett, violinist/electronics wizard Philipp Wachsmann, guitarist Fred Frith, trombonist George Lewis, harpist Anne LeBaron, and from Japan free jazz bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa and sound artist Akio Suzuki.

Altogether they performed the stunning extended improvisation Epiphany.
In different, more intimate lineups they detonated numerous Epiphanies.

Here, to start, Yoshizawa and Oppens (both on the keyboard and inside her piano) bounce ideas off each other like ping-pong balls.
Then Tippetts, Wachsmann and Bailey do extraterrestrial cubist flamenco; and Lewis and Frith rumble at everyone magnificently.
Tippett and Oppens kaleidoscope the entire history of the piano into just over fifteen minutes (Fourth and Fifth) with added seasoning from LeBaron and Wachsmann.
To close, Akio Suzuki — despite once describing himself as “pursuing listening as a practice” — makes one hell of a racket with his self-made instruments: a flute, a spring gong and his analapos (two single-lidded cylinders attached by a long steel coil, which he can manipulate and strike, besides vocalising into the tube). Yoshizawa and Bailey give him a real run for his money, and it all builds to an ecstatic, swirling, grinding climax, with Suzuki whooping and hollering wildly.
Edith Moreno 7 The Helen Hollins Singers - Get Ready For Judgement Day / Jesus Will Give You Love
Edith Moreno 7 The Helen Hollins Singers
Get Ready For Judgement Day / Jesus Will Give You Love
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Red hot gospel soul from 1983. Only ever issued as a test white-label; never before released commercially. That test pressings sells online for 1000+ dollars.

Plus some classic early-eighties soul vibes on the flip, as Helen Hollins — from James Cleveland’s Southern California Community Choir— magnificently busts loose Burt Bacharach, strutting resplendently onto the dancefloor with her dad, husband and two daughters Alicia and Francheasca in glorious cahoots.

Lovely spot-glossed sleeve.

Devilishly limited, all three of our Savoy singles.
Tribe Of Colin - Age Of Aquarius
Tribe Of Colin
Age Of Aquarius
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Something really special.

Juddering bangers and hypnotic body-rockers, dazed spells and rootical wig-outs spun from early Detroit, West African field recordings, dub and beatbox hip hop; rough as fuck and clatteringly percussive, but shot through with a gritty numinousness. Soundboy techno; Stokey worries.

Gorgeously sleeved in midnight-black art-paper, intricately printed in silver with the visionary photography of Katrin Koenning, folded by hand and packed into Japanese cellophane envelopes.
Don't DJ - Laniakea
Derek Bailey & Tony Coe - Time
Derek Bailey & Tony Coe
Time
2LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Multi-reedist Tony Coe was born in 1934, four years after guitarist Derek Bailey. He cut his teeth as a career jazzman with Humphrey Lyttleton, before an extended stint with the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band. On this rare 1979 duo outing, he sticks to clarinet. And though that instrument has an illustrious jazz pedigree, Coe’s playing here is something else.

It’s worth noting that the clarinettist has also played under the baton of arch-modernist Pierre Boulez, the kind of composer Derek Bailey enjoyed taking to task in his book Improvisation. You might think the Frenchman’s uncompromising serialism and the free playing Bailey defended with such passion all his life would have little in common, yet both men were hugely influenced by Anton Webern. It’s an influence you can hear right through Bailey’s career in his obsessive exploration of tight parcels of registrally-fixed pitches, notably those trademark ringing harmonics. Meanwhile, Coe’s meandering semitones and sinuous arabesques here recall both Boulez’s clarinet writing in Domaines, and the harmonic world of Boulez’s own teacher Olivier Messiaen.

Still, no traditional classical musical notation could ever render the extraordinary rhythmic subtlety and timbral complexity of this music. It’s at one and the same time dazzlingly virtuosic — Coe and Bailey are on stellar form throughout, and have enough sense to, yes, accompany each other where needs be — and supremely lyrical and spacious.

An absolute delight.
Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista - Cyro
Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista
Cyro
2LP | 1988 | EU | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
24,99 €*
Release:1988 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When Cyro Baptista moved to New York in 1980 from his home city of São Paulo, he brought with him an arsenal of percussion instruments, including the cuica (friction drum), surdo (the booming bass drum associated with samba), berimbau (single-string bow with resonating gourd), and cabasas galore, in the next few years deploying them most notably in numerous ensembles curated by John Zorn, who helped set up this studio session in 1982.

As you might expect from someone whose infectious grooves have graced the work of Herbie Hancock, Astrud Gilberto and Cassandra Wilson, Baptista expertly fires off cunning polyrhythms, even traces of thumping samba, with restless fluency. Bailey the wily old fox skirts and eschews the bait, which is quickly conjured away and newly fashioned. The guitarist homes in on the delicious squeaks of the cuica and the twanging drones of the berimbau with truly awesome tonal precision. You could sing along if you wanted, after a caipirinha or two. And he gets almost as many different sounds from his instrument as Baptista can from his kit – check out the stratospheric plings and string-length fret-sweeps of Tonto, which sound more like a prepared piano than an acoustic guitar.

Wonders abound, from the berimbau/bent-string exchanges that open Quanto Tempo to the delightful collision of howling cuica and spiky bebop on Polvo, and the spare, preposterous Webernian samba of Improvisation 3.

These days, ‘improvisation’ often appears without its customary qualifier ‘free’. If there were ever a case to be made for its reinstatement, this album is the best supporting evidence. Freedom means you’re free to get into the groove, free not to, free to play with each other, free to play against each other. Sometimes frustrating, even scary, but more often than not in the hands of these two great masters it’s hilarious, exhilarating and utterly irresistible.
DJ Sotofett - Dub Off
DJ Sotofett
Dub Off
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
12,34 €* 12,99 € -5%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Three murderous steppers dubs on a propulsive, rat-tat-tat rhythm, combining mystical spaciousness with detail and ferocity. Angry-lion bass and smears of brass, fusillades and explosions, scares and shocks, oriental pentatonics, clattering percussion and synthy transcendence… the business. The second mix is nastiest; the third is the wildest and most discombobulated (and our favourite).

Letter-pressed, poly-lined sleeves.
DJ Sotofett & Maimouna Haugen - C'est L'aventure
DJ Sotofett & Maimouna Haugen
C'est L'aventure
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Precious, timely, moody reflections on migrating from Côte d’Ivoire to Moss, in Norway, over ruff breakbeat funk supplied by the nimble bass-playing of Maimouna’s old man (from Kambo Super Sound), and the expert conga and kit-drumming of Stliletti-Ana (from Jesse, in Helsinki). Even in their delirium, b-boys and girls will savour traces of the Incredible Bongo Band, in the chorus. Over the eight minutes, and going deeper on the flip, the mix lifts off into a cosmic steppers dub, featuring Gilb-r alongside Sotofett on keyboards, with no let up for the dancefloor in energy and vibes.

In beautifully letter-pressed, poly-lined sleeves.

“It was in 2001 / I got the letter / A letter that said / I would travel to a cold world / Not knowing what would happen / I was full of loneliness / No country / Everyone was different / Not only skin colour / The way people spoke / The way people behaved / That’s the adventure / Obey / This is the story we’re told / The key to success / So we can do everything for our parents / Who need us / Desperate for a better life / That’s the adventure
V.A. - Guarapo! Forty Bangers From Barranquilla
V.A.
Guarapo! Forty Bangers From Barranquilla
2LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rough, tough, tumping, bumping soundboy breakbeat from the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Forty brand new buckaroos, tooled and primed by Jeanpi Perreo, Edwin Producciones and DJ Ander — all from local sound-systems — careering guarapo-style out of punches of vintage Nigerian highlife, waka and co, by legends like Steven Amechi, Sagbeni Aragbada and Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson.

Edited and mastered by CGB at D&M for maximum oomph and worries, and presented in a gatefold sleeve with cool and deadly varnishing. Plus a full-size booklet detailing the fascinating history of this music, seamed into the strange, tentacular byways of hand-to-hand vinyl distribution, record collecting and musical connoisseurship, and the soundclash traditions of the region, suffused with the politics and culture of the Black Atlantic, stretching back to the 1950s.
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 3: Ambrose Adekoya Campbell
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 2: Calypso & Kwela, Highlife & Jazz From Young Black London!
London Is The Place For Me
Volume 2: Calypso & Kwela, Highlife & Jazz From Young Black London!
2LP | 2005 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
20,99 €*
Release:2005 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Vibrant and beautiful almost beyond words, the fifty year old recordings being collected on Honest Jons’ London Is The Place For Me series are giant and precious treasures of early black British music. Exquisite artistic achievements in their own right, they also throw light on the early development of post bop jazz in the UK.
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 1: Trinidian Calypso In London 1950 - 1956
Wareika Hill Sounds - Mass Migration
Wareika Hill Sounds
Mass Migration
10" | 2016 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
11,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Two no-flim-flam, cross-border, dub-wise stompers paired with masterful versions from the veteran, Kingston-based unit led by the trombonist of Count Ossie’s Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari and The Light Of Saba.
Dresvn - First Voyage
Dresvn
First Voyage
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A bumping, carnivalesque, cosmic excursion, warmly analogue and swinging, featuring the return of DJ Sotofett to Honest Jons; then a kind of breather; and finally fifteen rounds of ecstatic, ruthless, spangled minimalism, looking straight into the eyeballs of Tippu Tip, and back out.
V.A. - Time Wept - Vocal Recordings From The Levant, 1906-1925
V.A.
Time Wept - Vocal Recordings From The Levant, 1906-1925
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bilād al-Shām — ‘the countries of Damascus’, known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon and Palestine — including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer Būlus Ṣulbān is here — some historians have him singing before Egypt’s Pasha Ibrāhīm Bāshā during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 — and Ḥasība Moshēh, Jewish ‘nightingale of the Damascene gardens’. Thurayyā Qaddūra from Jerusalem; Yūsuf Tāj, a folk singer from Mount-Lebanon; Farjallāh Baiḍā, cousin to the founders of Baidaphon Records... Musical directors like the lutist Qāsim Abū Jamīl al-Durzī and the violinist Anṭūn al-Shawwā (followed by his son Sāmī); such virtuosi as the qanun-players Nakhleh Ilyās al-Maṭarjī and Ya‘qūb Ghazāla, and lutist Salīm ‘Awaḍ. Even at the time, notwithstanding such brilliance, public music-making was frowned upon as morally demeaning, especially for women. Musical venues were generally dodgy. Ṣulbān once cut short a wedding performance for the Beiruti posh, after just one song, he was so disgusted with his audience. ‘If I had to tell you about the catcalls,’ one commentator wrote about the musical theatre of the time, ‘the stomping of feet, the sound of sticks hitting the ground, the noise of the water-pipes, the teeth cracking watermelon seeds and pistachio nuts, the screams of the waiters, and the clinking of arak glasses on the tables, I would need to go on and on and on...’
Kassem Mosse / Simone White - Three Versions
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 5: Latin, Jazz, Calypso & Highlife From Young Black London
London Is The Place For Me
Volume 5: Latin, Jazz, Calypso & Highlife From Young Black London
2LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
As then, calypso carries the swing. There are four more Lord Kitchener songs — in consideration of his wife leaving him for a GI, cricket umpires, a fling onboard an ocean-liner and West Indian poultry — besides a hot mambo cash-in, cross-bred under his supervision, and an uproarious, teasing Ghanaian tribute to him in Fanti by London visitors The Quavers.
Other calypsos range compellingly from the devaluation of the pound through jiu jitsu, big rubbery instruments, football fans, heavyweight champ Joe Louis and the sexual allure of English women police. The Mighty Terror contributes the woe-begotten, cautionary tale of his beloved Patricia's change of heart: 'I cannot believe, not for one moment / She gone with Millicent... / You may think I am jocular / But this really happened in Manchester / I felt so ashamed, my friends laughed at me / I had to take a train for London city.'
Ambrose Campbell is back, with six more shots of prodigal, limber, melancholic, visionary West African highlife. Also the Rolling Stones' favourite Ginger Johnson, with a percussive Latin scorcher; and Mona Baptiste, with some wonderful, soulful exotica.
Jamaican mento makes its first entry in the series, with a brace by Tony Johnson: a drily witty drinking-song, and a love-letter to Marilyn Monroe. Also finally getting some dues, the path-breaking Latin-African-jazz experiments of Ghanaian drummer and percussionist Buddy Pipp, with spine-tingling playing by the great Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott.
Expert jazz idioms course sophisticatedly through all the selections, which include a straight-up, South London version of Duke Jordan's Jordhu, something from Dizzy Reece's soundtrack — brokered by Kenneth Tynan — to the British crime film Nowhere To Go, and a trio of magnificently hybrid, hard-swinging instrumentals led in turn by master-guitarist Fitzroy Coleman, Kitch's innovative arranger Rupert Nurse, and trumpeter Shake Keane — named after Shakespeare because of his love of poetry — from St. Vincent.
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 6: Mento, Calypso, Jazz & Highlife From Young Black London
London Is The Place For Me
Volume 6: Mento, Calypso, Jazz & Highlife From Young Black London
2LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
As then, calypso carries the swing. There are four more Lord Kitchener songs — in consideration of his wife leaving him for a GI, cricket umpires, a fling onboard an ocean-liner and West Indian poultry — besides a hot mambo cash-in, cross-bred under his supervision, and an uproarious, teasing Ghanaian tribute to him in Fanti by London visitors The Quavers.
Other calypsos range compellingly from the devaluation of the pound through jiu jitsu, big rubbery instruments, football fans, heavyweight champ Joe Louis and the sexual allure of English women police. The Mighty Terror contributes the woe-begotten, cautionary tale of his beloved Patricia's change of heart: 'I cannot believe, not for one moment / She gone with Millicent... / You may think I am jocular / But this really happened in Manchester / I felt so ashamed, my friends laughed at me / I had to take a train for London city.'
Ambrose Campbell is back, with six more shots of prodigal, limber, melancholic, visionary West African highlife. Also the Rolling Stones' favourite Ginger Johnson, with a percussive Latin scorcher; and Mona Baptiste, with some wonderful, soulful exotica.
Jamaican mento makes its first entry in the series, with a brace by Tony Johnson: a drily witty drinking-song, and a love-letter to Marilyn Monroe. Also finally getting some dues, the path-breaking Latin-African-jazz experiments of Ghanaian drummer and percussionist Buddy Pipp, with spine-tingling playing by the great Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott.
Expert jazz idioms course sophisticatedly through all the selections, which include a straight-up, South London version of Duke Jordan's Jordhu, something from Dizzy Reece's soundtrack — brokered by Kenneth Tynan — to the British crime film Nowhere To Go, and a trio of magnificently hybrid, hard-swinging instrumentals led in turn by master-guitarist Fitzroy Coleman, Kitch's innovative arranger Rupert Nurse, and trumpeter Shake Keane — named after Shakespeare because of his love of poetry — from St. Vincent.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Fetch
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Fetch
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The Moritz Von Oswald Trio operates at the bleeding edges where musical lineages collide. Feeling for the shared heartbeat that pulses through dub, techno and jazz, it seeks out points of contact before exploding them outward into hypnotic explorations of rhythm, texture and tone. After two previous studio albums and one live album through Honest Jon's, the Trio — Moritz von Oswald, Max Loderbauer (NSI / Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay / Luomo) — returns with Fetch, their most fully-realized voyage yet into these in-between worlds.
Simone White - Silver Silver
Simone White
Silver Silver
LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
The record features guest spots from Andrew Bird, Thao, and Victoria Williams (all musician friends White met through touring), and for the first time mixes songs with instrumental segues and textures — including a manipulated field recording of neighbourhood street sounds. (Listen hard and you might hear an ice cream truck.) In case you do not like the music, you might just like the cover artwork. Genius!
Rocket Juice & The Moon (Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Manuela Feat. Erykah Badu
Rocket Juice & The Moon (Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Manuela Feat. Erykah Badu
10" | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two tracks exclusive to this release: the one and only Badu in an irresistibly catchy do-over of the euphoric album instrumental there, also featuring veteran Malian synth freak, Cheick Tidiane Seck, and a dub by Mark Ernestus, from Rhythm & Sound. Lovely silk-screened sleeve.
Actress - Rainy Dub / Faceless
Actress
Rainy Dub / Faceless
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
An implacable, trash-and-ready Son Of Sleng Teng — bleeping, buzzing, knocking, dripping, reverberating, unresolved in nine minutes — and a high-ressurized, quick-loading hyper-grub into star wars. The sleeve is de-bossed, with metallic ink; the tracks are exclusive to this single (and won't appear on Actress' new HJ album, out early Spring).
Pinch & Shackleton - Pinch & Shackleton
Pinch & Shackleton
Pinch & Shackleton
2LP | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The two dubstep pioneers at the top of their game. The deadly concision, the rhythmic punch and dramatic timing, the spry, side-to-side detailing of a cavernous stage, the crisp-biscuit vocal sampling and Middle Eastern percussion — their sound signatures are not so much totalled as squared. Truly an album, the music is multi-levelled — dark as anything at times, but engrossingly varied and emotionally shaded, always on the move.
Lee Perry - The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Lee Perry
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
Release:1980 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Originally released in 1980, this album is the final work to emerge from the Black Ark studio, before its permanent destruction. It concludes a series of such LP masterworks as Super Ape, War In A Babylon, Police And Thieves, and The Return Of The Super Ape. Enthrallingly, it crosses the soundworld of Roast Fish Collie Weed And Cornbread with new hybrids — like the irresistible elevenminute opener, rolling and delirious, a kind of reggae prophesy of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, but musically richer, and more glazed, randy and visionary.
Tshetsha Boys - Anidyi Nyama
Tshetsha Boys
Anidyi Nyama
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,79 €* 11,99 € -10%
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
/ TTB / Mahala / Raxa Remix ... Storming, squinty Shangaan Electro to herald the current European tour of Tiyiselani, the Tshetshas and producer Dog.
Shackleton - Deadman
Shackleton
Deadman
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Amazing new Shackleton material. Do we really need any more words here? Includes a heavy Dub Version by King Midas as well!
Shangaan Electro - New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
Shangaan Electro
New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
2LP | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,19 €* 17,99 € -10%
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
An astounding compilation of the breakneck Shangaan dance output of the Nozinja studio in Soweto, recorded between 2006 and 2009.
Actress - Paint Straw And Bubbles
Actress
Paint Straw And Bubbles
12" | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Including the Zomby Remix plus "Maze" in a long version!
World Is Shaking, The - Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55
World Is Shaking, The
Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55
2LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
19,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The fifth presentation of vintage recordings from the EMI Archive in Hayes, this album uncovers the dizzy beginnings of the golden age of African music — zinging with the social and political ferment of the independence movement and anti-colonialism, after the Second World War — and the daredevil origins of Congolese rumba, the entire continent's most popular music in the sixties and seventies.
Marvellous Boy - Calypso From West Africa
Steel An' Skin - Afro Punk Reggae Dub
Steel An' Skin
Afro Punk Reggae Dub
12" | 2008 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2008 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A stupendous mixture of stomping disco, dub and steel band.
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