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Moondog - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue
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.
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.
Africa Boogaloo - The Latinization Of West Africa
Africa Boogaloo
The Latinization Of West Africa
2LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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Drawn from exceedingly rare records, mixing the celebrated and unknown, this is a sequel to The World Is Shaking, and a companion of Marvellous Boy.
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.
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...’
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.
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)
17,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
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An astounding compilation of the breakneck Shangaan dance output of the Nozinja studio in Soweto, recorded between 2006 and 2009.
Moondog - The Story Of Moondog
Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble - Igbesi Aiye (Song Of Praise To God)
Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble
Igbesi Aiye (Song Of Praise To God)
12" | 2006 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2006 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The first time ever on vinyl for these 1964 Rudy Van Gelder recordings for Blue Note; and astral strides beyond the flat highlife cuts originally issued. With Donald Byrd, Hubert Laws and Elvin Jones stretching out breathtakingly amongst resplendent Nigerian drumming, and anticipating the vibes of classic Pharoah and Alice Coltrane. Around thirteen minutes each side.
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.
Derek Bailey - Aida
Derek Bailey
Aida
2LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
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.
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 3: Ambrose Adekoya Campbell
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A Tripp
Rang'ala - New Recordings From Siaya County, Kenya: Ogoya Nengo And The Dodo Women's Group
Rang'ala
New Recordings From Siaya County, Kenya: Ogoya Nengo And The Dodo Women's Group
2x10" | 2014 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
15,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Open-hearted, fresh, lovely, bumptious recordings of women’s singing, from a village in southwest Kenya. 'Dodo' is a type of traditional Luo music mostly used for entertainment at weddings, drinking parties and wrestling festivals. Songs in praise of the happy couple, and the best wrestlers. Ogoya Nengo was born in 1943. Her vocal abilities were discovered when she was herding cattle, as she never attended school, though nowadays her professional name signals both the Magoya clan of her birth and — ‘nengo’ meaning ‘price’ in Luo — the fees she commands as the most expensive Dodo performer on the circuit.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Blue
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Blue
12" | 2013 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Meditative, absorbing dance music in true Moritz style — at times seemingly transfixed by its own elements, and minimal almost to vanishing-point, but quickly back ticking, kicking and amassing, with the lethal dubwise density of the classic Berlin sound. Twelve minutes long, trenchant and forbidding but sharply alive, the dub itself is a kind of deep Fort-Da gambit which scoops your brain out for a quick sluice, before replacing it slightly skewiff. Don't drop your guard because of the Tresor.
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.
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.
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.
Demdike Stare / Hype Williams - Demdike Stare Meets Shangaan Electro / Hype Williams Meets Shangaan Electro
Tshetsha Boys - Anidyi Nyama
Tshetsha Boys
Anidyi Nyama
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
11,99 €*
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.
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?
Lagos Chop Up - Fuji And Afrobeat, Highlife And Juju
Tony Allen - Moyege Mark Ernestus Remix
Son Cubano NYC - Cuban Roots, New York Spices 1972-1982
Son Cubano NYC
Cuban Roots, New York Spices 1972-1982
2LP | 2004 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2004 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Almost all of the afro-Cuban music in this compilation fell under the new marketing category ‘salsa’ (up till then it would have been simply called Latin music), and its cradle was New York City, where the tradition flourished amidst the constant mix of ethnicities and so many styles of music. It was inevitable that afro-Cuban music would proliferate in new genres reflecting its new home. Afro-Cuban jazz was born in New York City, through the amalgamating creativity of musicians like Chano Pozo, Machito, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Likewise Boogaloo in the mid sixties, coming out of Harlem, joining Guajira and son with soul, R and B and doo-wop.The recordings on Son Cubano NYC were made over the decade beginning 1972, for the new Salsoul and SAR labels and their sisters Mericana and Guajiro. For the trumpeter Chocolate, the music has ‘broader harmonies and touches of jazz phrasing, but never leaves the raices and cinquillo… Cuban music is natural - its essence is its raices [roots]’. For the singer Henry Fiol, ‘New York salsa is a hybrid. When Cuban music moved to New York it added another flavour.’Latin music was exploding in the City. You could hear deejays like Polito Vega playing on the radio at any time of day; you could go dancing any night of the week, throughout the boros, at clubs like Corsos, Casablanca, Bronx Casino, Ochentas, Club Cabrojena, Carlos Ortiz’ Tropicana, Hunts Point Palace. And yet — held back because of the unmistakable Cuban personality of its music — ‘the success of SAR was due mainly to word of mouth’, as co-founder Sergio Bofill recalls. ‘We didn’t get airplay and found that we could do without it and still sell albums in the USA, Europe, and Africa’. This was still the period of the Cold War — when Eddie Palmieri was accused of ‘communist salsa’ for his song Mozambique (which isn’t even salsa) — and the radio stations did their bit to suppress Cuban culture. Within a few years — by the mid-80s — New York salsa was becoming stagnant: ‘boring and monotonous’, in the words of historian Max Salazar; for Charlie Palmieri, ‘Europeanized’ in its disavowal of improvisation. The music-making on this album was dismissed as old-fashioned. Actually — in the glory of its long, flowing, rootsy forms, in the irresistible spell it casts on dancers everywhere — it is timeless.Al Angeloro
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DJ Sotofett
Dub Off
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
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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.
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DJ Sotofett & Maimouna Haugen
C'est L'aventure
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
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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
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Book Of Sound
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Book Of Sound
CD | 2017 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
13,29 €* 13,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
“We started with the principle – the cosmic idea that we were taught by our father from a very young age – that the stars and planets make a sound, that deep in outer space there is audible harmony.”With its cathedral-like, richly resonant acoustics, the new HBE album is a brilliant expression of this interplanetary principle. The album is by turns urgent and contemplative, funky and reflective, varied in its textures; but entirely of one piece. Underpinned by concepts of our earth’s place in the cosmos, held in place by meditation, swirling with notions of history, science, theology, ancestry, there is a rich conceptual brew here. But always, what talks loudest is the music. The album rings with what back in the 1950s the jazz critic Whitney Balliet called “the sound of surprise”. At a time when the phrase Spiritual Jazz threatens in some quarters to become a tired cliche, this is a record that makes you believe again in the genre’s validity.Talking to Cid, one of the Ensemble’s two trombonists, one phrase recurs: “back to the beginning”. “We wanted to go back to the beginning, when we were kids, real young, and our father would wake us up at 5 AM to practice for two hours before breakfast.” One outcome – initially unplanned but subsequently embraced – is that unlike their two previous albums on Honest Jon’s, this is an album without a drummer. “When we started, as Wolf Pack, just brothers on the street with our horns, there wasn’t a kit in sight.” Book Of Sound retains plenty of rhythmic heft, but the absence of a drummer opens up space for a notably varied instrumental palette. Acoustic guitar, piccolo, synthesiser, alto sax – none of them typical HBE Instruments – all have their place on the album. Most striking perhaps are the vocal lines that thread through the album and give it a palpable warmth. “In Wolf Pack, we rapped and played, this time we took it a step further.”Sessions were recorded in Brooklyn and Chicago, and brilliantly mixed at Abel Garibaldi’s studio in the Loop (“Abel was like a musician on this record”), and it’s the Hypnotic’s hometown that permeates. For Cid this is a deeply Chicago record: “it’s got the vibe of the lake, the vibe of the prairies opening up to the west”. It also has the vibe of those Sun Ra Arkestra albums recorded in Chicago in the 1950s, and – of course - the Phil Cohran albums from the 1960s.It’s Phil Cohran (the father of all seven members of the Ensemble and their first teacher, and not just in music) who is the album’s guiding spirit. For Cid it’s a major regret that, in the months before their father’s death early in 2017, Phil was not well enough to play on the album. “He loved the whole idea, and we had the perfect place for his zither”. But Book Of Sound is a magnificent testament to their Cohran legacy. “You know, it’s tough trying to satisfy everybody with our music. It’s hard enough satisfying ourselves, let alone the jazz scene, the hip hop guys, what have you. With this album we just dropped all that as a consideration, and tuned into deeper principles.”
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.
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.
Kassem Mosse / Simone White - Three Versions
Crying Lion - The Golden Boat
Crying Lion
The Golden Boat
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
12,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Refreshing, rootedly odd, mostly unaccompanied four-part-harmony singing recorded in Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow, by members of Trembling Bells and Muldoon’s Picnic. Elements of Sacred Harp, Gregorian chant, medieval madrigal and English folk, with poetic influences including Maya Deren, Saint John The Divine and Dennis Potter — a unique blend of the visionary and the earthly, the intimate and glorious. Silk-screened sleeve.
Morphosis - Dismantle
Morphosis
Dismantle
2x12" | 2013 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
15,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Disconcerting, questing brilliance from Rabih Beaini: two sick, nervy techno killers (including an Ethio homage), stalking the corrosive perimeters of noise; and deep, long excerpts from his engrossing soundtrack to Dreyer's Vampyr, with contributions from the Upperground crew, and Sun Ra in its marrow, alternately driving and motorik, off-the-wall, lost in space.
Mukunguni - New Recordings From Coast Province, Kenya
Mukunguni
New Recordings From Coast Province, Kenya
2x10"+CD | 2013 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Field recordings of the Mijikenda tribes, made in different spots in and around Mukunguni village, coastal Kenya, throughout September 2011: mostly healing music (especially for mental problems), but also love-songs, and spiritual contributions to weddings and burials; mostly in the Sengenya style which evolved in the early twentieth century, adding pace, new Tsikitsi rhythms and extra drums to the traditional Dumbwi forms of the Duruma tribe.Besides the Sengenya drums — bumbumbu, dahdahe, chapuro, vumi, ngoma — there are lungo and dena (metal rings), kayamba (raft rattle), njunga (bells), ukaya (metal tray), bamba (metal guiro) and bottle-tops. Our album opener is solo dena, played to sound like a bat and heal the village sick, with the ear for frequency and timbre of a stringent minimalist. There are the piercing, reeded nzumari oboe and bung'o horn, sounding like fierce free-jazz improvisation; and two gently stunning marimba solos, with complex, overlaid melodies and rhythms, played in polyphonic accents, almost like talking drums.Most of the recordings here are songs, with strong tunes, robustly delivered, different solo voices leading the group — to heal; to chase away Pepo Mlume, the devil who poisons the imagination; to get you on your feet, dancing; to celebrate dowry payments and weddings; to bring the Mijikenda cultural inheritance to life. Matatizo — 'Worries' — was recorded spontaneously at a bus-stop, waiting for a ride: it's a Swahili love-song, with a plaintive female vocal performed to the accompaniment of five or so people rubbing their palms together in tight rhythmic patterns. 'The lord conferred this love on us, my sister. Is it human, or from the angels? Flowing out of binoculars... or computers? I can't figure it out, but my heart aches so badly.'The vinyl set is two ten-inch records, plus the CD, in a gatefold sleeve. Besides photos, both formats contain the musicians' own introductory notes, snatches of translation, and brief track-by-track commentary.
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.
Las Malas Amistades - Maleza
Las Malas Amistades
Maleza
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
15,29 €* 16,99 € -10%
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Las Malas Amistades — ‘the bad influences’ — are from Bogota, in Colombia; Maleza is their third album for Honest Jon’s. Lovingly assembled, it presents twenty-eight exquisite variations of suadade, in an acoustic, post-punk take on Tropicalismo — knockabout, impromptu, snapshot and sublime.
Rocket Juice & The Moon (Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Rocket Juice & The Moon
Rocket Juice & The Moon (Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Rocket Juice & The Moon
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,09 €* 17,99 € -5%
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
High up in the skies, amongst the clouds, Rocket Juice & The Moon was born. Literally. It happened back in 2008, when Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen convened on the same Lagos flight, to play and exchange musical ideas in that city as part of the Africa Express collective. Relishing a shared enthusiasm for one another’s work, and bonding immediately, there and then the triumvirate laid down the blueprint for Rocket Juice.Still, more than a year passed before conditions were set for three weeks together at Albarn’s West London studio, recording and refining two-dozen startlingly out and deeply funky instrumental grooves. The next stage was to invite onboard some extremely talented friends, with further sessions in Dallas, New York, Chicago and Paris… Erykah Badu, no less, queen of contemporary soul. Three companions from Africa Express: Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut album has topped World Music charts since its release last Autumn; her multi-talented compatriot Cheick Tidiane Seck, whose prodigious keyboardism has lit up releases by artists ranging from Youssou N’Dour to Hank Jones; the young, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, quizzically existential, switching seamlessly between Twi and English. And the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, long-time stalwarts in the Honest Jon’s set-up — since one of the team discovered them busking near the shop in Portobello Road, on his lunchbreak — with a second album for the label due in May… Finally, the tracks were dispatched for mixing to Berlin, to be meticulously honed, polished and envenomed by Mark Ernestus, one half of the legendary Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound partnerships.The result is Rocket Juice & The Moon — out March 26, 2012, on Honest Jon’s Records — a triumphant exploration and proliferation of kinetic Afro-funk rhythms: organic, exuberant, communal music-making, evidenced by the project’s live debut on stage as part of the Honest Jon’s Chop Up in late 2011, which hit London, Marseille, Dublin, and Cork to such great acclaim (witness the flurry of smart-phone film-clips uploaded in the days thereafter).From the inaugural bars — that absurdly funky slice of instructional timekeeping, 1-2-3-4-5-6 — the liquid pulse of Fela Kuti’s classic recordings drives the action through a suite of 18 shape-shifting compositions. The greatest drummer in the world has never sounded so good as he does here. His intricate cross-patterns jostle and lock with Flea’s nimble, rumbling bass riffs. Joined by Seck on There and Extinguished — ‘when you dispose of something burning, be sure it’s out’ — Albarn’s keyboards spray synth fusillades up top, over, and under… splicing into the mess of wires running between the freaked Afro-disco of William Onyeabor and the space-jazz-moog of Sun Ra. The HBE brings extra intensity and drama to Leave-Taking — likewise Flea’s trumpet to Rotary Connection — teasing out the haunting melody coiled in the mix.Where the best of vintage Afrobeat sides sustained their concentrated energies over the course of sprawling, marathon jams, RJ & TM manages something altogether different: the group bottles the idiom into capsules of funk… and real songs. Beautifully buoyed by Erykah Badu’s unmistakable vocals, Hey, Shooter brilliantly traverses metaphysical spaceways sans any semblance of noodling. Lolo and Follow-Fashion — featuring the open-hearted sensuality of Diawara’s singing, M.anifest’s quick, brawny science, and more brass blasts — play like its musical cousins or codas. Indeed, the album’s shrewd sequencing creates the composite effect of tracks working both individually or within the context of an extended song-cycle.The lovely ballad, Poison, is bittersweet and ruminative: ‘If you’re looking for love, beware the signs / They will paralyze you one by one / Poison, it will only break your heart.’ Down-tempo and dubby, Check Out and Worries amplify the range of styles and moods. And by the time of Fatherless — a chugging Afro blues that evokes John Lee Hooker lost in Lagos, one gets the sneaking suspicion there’s very little outside the reach of this collective’s inventive musical grasp.There is, in fact, a palpable openness pervading Rocket Juice & The Moon — the sense of a limber willingness to follow creative impulse — right down to how the group acquired its name. When Ogunajo Ademola — the Lagotian commissioned to do the album’s cover artwork — dubbed his submission ‘Rocket Juice & The Moon’, it quickly morphed into the formal name of the project, like trying to hold onto mercury.Surely, the stars above also approved.
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)
18,04 €* 18,99 € -5%
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.
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!
Theo Parrish / Burnt Friedman - Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani / Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani
Theo Parrish / Burnt Friedman
Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani / Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,89 €* 10,99 € -10%
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Theo roars into a fierce, uglier-than-ugly edit, with no let-up for thirteen minutes, when it crashes to a standstill: a hurtling, mesmerizing ride, multi-layered and clustered with synth washes, bleeps and alarms, galloping drums, clattering percussion.Burnt's Shangaan variation is perforce more chilled, lithe, reverberating. The drums are crafted and fatback, with moody vocal interjections and haunting keys, chocka with dub thrills and spills, lethally spiked with bass.
Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer / Peverelist - Meet Tshetsha Boys
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.
Tiyiselani Vomaseve - Votswelani
Tiyiselani Vomaseve
Votswelani
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
8,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
/ Mbilu / Papa Vata Vuya Rini ... Storming, squinty Shangaan Electro to herald the current European tour of Tiyiselani, the Tshetshas and producer Dog.
Moondog & His Honking Geese - Moondog's Music
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!
Shackleton - Fireworks
Shackleton
Fireworks
2x12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Includes remixes by T++ & Mordant Music!
Something Is Wrong - Songs From East Africa 1952-7
Something Is Wrong
Songs From East Africa 1952-7
2LP | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Precious, stinging selections from an HMV run of more than four hundred 78s, recordings made in Uganda and Kenya from the mid-1930s till the mid-1950s.
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!
Kenny Knots / Mikey Murka - Watch How The People Dancing / We Try
Kenny Knots / Mikey Murka
Watch How The People Dancing / We Try
12" | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,34 €* 10,99 € -15%
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
2 of the greatest UK digi-dancehall tunes there ever was, swingeingly remastered and spiffily sleeved!
Moondog - More Moondog
Elmore Judd - Unborn Again EP
Tony Allen - Samba Son Palenque Remix
Moondog - Moondog & His Friends
Watch How The People Dancing - Unity Sounds From The London Dancehall, 1986-1989
Elmore Judd - Insect Funk
Calvin Bubbles Cameron - Wareika Hill Sounds
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