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Insanlar / Ricardo Villalobos - Kime Ne
Insanlar / Ricardo Villalobos
Kime Ne
2x12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Mastered at D&M in Berlin, Side D is etched, has a printed insert!
Maki Asakawa - Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
20,99 €*
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 - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue
Moondog - The Story Of Moondog
Tony Allen - Ole Moritz Von Oswald Remix
Tony Allen
Ole Moritz Von Oswald Remix
12" | 2007 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2007 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
/ Ise Nla Wareika Hill Sounds Remix
London Is The Place For Me - Volume 1: Trinidian Calypso In London 1950 - 1956
DJ Sotofett - Drippin' For A Tripp
Steel An' Skin - Afro Punk Reggae Dub
Tunde Williams plays with The Africa 70 - Mr. Big Mouth
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.
Candi Staton / Pepe Bradock - Do Your Duty / Evidence Remixes
Wareika Hill Sounds - No More War EP
Wareika Hill Sounds
No More War EP
10" | 2013 | EU | Original (Honest Jon's)
8,99 €*
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.
MMM / Old Apparatus - MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys / Old Apparatus Meets Shangaan Electro
MMM / Old Apparatus
MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys / Old Apparatus Meets Shangaan Electro
12" | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Characteristically murderous MMM disco-house — sharp and succinct, witty and hedonistic, light and hard-grooving — galloping away like a thorough-bred with the original marimba synth line, and expertly uncovering the fragile soulfulness of the Tshetsha's singing. Threaded by the same marimbas, the Old Apparatusis a cavernous, atmospheric, stately steppers, reverberating and suspenseful, with splashing cymbals, horror vocals and miasmatic scraps of melody.The scintillating final installment in our monumental series.
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
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)
7,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Including the Zomby Remix plus "Maze" in a long version!
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
2LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Malcolm Catto, Tony Allen, Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Damon Albarn do some help - nice one!
Calvin Bubbles Cameron - Wareika Hill Sounds EP
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)
7,99 €*
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 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)
17,99 €*
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.
Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabate & Friends - Mali Music
Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabate & Friends
Mali Music
2LP | 2002 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
21,99 €*
Release:2002 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
"All that is magic about African music while skipping round the po-faced worthy guff that puts people off… witty, experimental, stunningly beautiful’, Mojo; ‘reckless yet inspired… stirringly beautiful." - Vibe
Dresvn - First Voyage
Dresvn
First Voyage
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
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.
Laurel Halo - In Situ
Laurel Halo
In Situ
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
17,99 €*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
16,19 €* 17,99 € -10%
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.
Las Malas Amistades - Maleza
Las Malas Amistades
Maleza
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
16,99 €*
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.
Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
18,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Approaching his eighty-fifth birthday, sharp and lean, Phil Cohran lives a couple of blocks from the lake on the north side of Chicago. His modest apartment is filled with a palpable richness. His cornet and trumpets, zithers, French horn, harp and frankiphones (an electric kalimba of his own invention); his beloved telescope; African art; a mural of the Chinese monastery where Muslim monks bestowed on him the name Kelan (‘holy scripture’); hand-printed posters from the culture wars of 1960s Chicago; all reflect a life dedicated not just to music, but also to science and astronomy, to history and activism. In its range of subject matter the track-list of Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble embodies this invigorating and all-embracing curiosity: a Mexican hill-town filled with perfume and flowers… an Illinois state prison where Cohran taught inmates in the 1960s… heavenly dancers in the temples of Cambodia… a tribute to a sixteenth-century Venetian musicologist. Welcome to the musical world of Kelan Philip Cohran.Cohran was born in Mississippi and grew up in St Louis. In the immediate post-war years St Louis was a jazz heartland, home of stalwarts like Clark Terry and Oliver Nelson (both of whom he played with), not to mention a genius called Miles Davis. In 1950 Cohran moved to another heartland, Kansas City, where he played trumpet in one of the hardest swinging swing-groups, led by Jay McShann (who famously had given Charlie Parker his first job). With McShann he spent “the best year of my life”, touring as far as Mexico and playing proto-rock’n’roll in Texas with the likes of Big Mama Thornton on vocals. Back in St Louis Cohran led his own group, the Rajas Of Swing, whose show involved wearing red jackets, grey slacks, blue suede shoes and turbans.Then in the mid-50s he moved to Chicago. He had a small group with a friend, the legendary tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, whose regular gig was to play at Sarah Vaughan’s weekly ‘birthday’ parties, an excuse for the Sassy One to splash the cash and have some fun. (“What, Sarah Vaughan would sing with you and John Gilmore?” “No way, Sarah didn’t sing, she was too busy partying.”) And in 1959, through Gilmore, he was invited to join Sun Ra’s Arkestra, at a crucial period in the evolution of that extraordinary group. Effortlessly wrapping traditions as divergent as boogie-woogie and electronica in an Afro-centric, intergalactic mythology of his own making, Sun Ra casts a huge shadow across conventional narratives of jazz history. “With Sunny”, Cohran simply says, “I found my own voice”.You can hear the emergence of this voice on the LP Angels And Demons At Play, recorded in 1960 - Sun Ra’s masterpiece from the period. On the track Music From The World Tomorrow, against the urgent whipped and chopped percussion of the Arkestra, it is Cohran’s zither, initially bowed and then plucked and strummed, which is the track’s magic ingredient. More profoundly it was Sun Ra’s example – his defiant self-confidence and sense of purpose – that set Cohran on his own (to quote another Ra composition) ‘pathway to unknown worlds’. Indeed this spirit of self-belief led Cohran to turn down the invitation to accompany the Arkestra when Sun Ra moved east in 1961.Staying in Chicago, Cohran founded the Affro-Arts Theater and performed with the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, recording the group for his own Zulu Records imprint. (Co-members went on to become Earth Wind & Fire; Cohran taught the group’s leader Maurice White the mysteries of the frankiphone). The AACM, a musicians’ collective of immense influence and importance, had its first meeting in Cohran’s front room. With Oscar Brown Jr and Gene Page he wrote and performed in a show celebrating the nineteenth-century Afro-American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. He taught music tirelessly in schools and prisons. His studies into music theory and history led him to the discovery of a key book in his life, Gioseffo Zarlino’s treatise on harmony, published in Venice in1558. Astronomy is another passion and another area of expertise. One of the gems of the Cohran discography is African Skies, with its lovely harp playing, commissioned by the Chicago Planetarium in 1993.In Chicago he also raised a large family. Many of his children have gone on to become professional musicians; eight of them are the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. For each of them, their first teacher was their father, who famously insisted on giving them music lessons not just for several hours after school, but for several hours before school as well. Their father’s music was all around them as children; they all vividly remember lying in bed at night not being able to sleep because their father was rehearsing with the Jazz Workshop downstairs.For the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the voyage to where they are now – whether tearing up festivals from Glastonbury to Melbourne, or touring with Gorillaz, or recording their first album on Honest Jon’s – has involved a necessary stepping away from their father’s shadow. Phil Cohran is the first to recognise this, happily allowing their sound – heavy on the funk, with the urgency of hip hop never far away – to blossom.But likewise this album is for all of them a natural step. Recorded in Chicago in June 2011, the idea was beautifully simple – “my music and their band” as Phil puts it, “we don’t have to rattle on more than that”. Only to point out perhaps that here - in the majestic surge of Zincali, for instance, or in the sheer verve and bounce of Cuernevaca - is music not just filled with the warmth of home. This is music that plumbs the depths and rings with joy.
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)
17,99 €*
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.
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)
7,99 €*
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Chicago Juke boys Rashad and Spinn giving their versions in this super heavy remix series!
Anthony Shake Shakir / Oni Ayhun - Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC / Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro
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.
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
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.
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.
Wareika Hill Sounds - Proverbs Of Proverbs
Tony Allen - Samba Son Palenque Remix
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)
17,99 €*
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
Tony Allen - Kilode Carl Craig Remix
Gwigwi Mrwebi - Mbaqanga Songs
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.
Trembling Bells - Carbeth
Trembling Bells
Carbeth
2LP | 2009 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
21,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
"Jesus fucking shit! These jamz claw so hard at the tatties below methinks the Lord misnamed them, having intended to say Trembling BALLS" - Will Oldham
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)
17,09 €* 18,99 € -10%
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
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.
V.A. - Let No One Judge You: Early Recordings From Iran 1906-1933
V.A.
Let No One Judge You: Early Recordings From Iran 1906-1933
4LP | 2014 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
45,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933. Tip!
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.
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.
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.
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
Pinch & Shackleton - Boracay Drift
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.
Actress - Actress Meets Shangaan Electro
Actress
Actress Meets Shangaan Electro
12" | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
6,39 €* 7,99 € -20%
Release:2011 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
UK electronic producer Actress takes the Shangaan sound to another level.
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)
9,99 €*
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
Lee Scratch Perry - The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Lee Scratch Perry
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Honest Jon's)
14,99 €*
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.
Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer & Peverelist - Shangaan Shake
Mark Ernestus - Mark Eernestus Meets BBC
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Horizontal Structures
CD | 2011 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
14,99 €*
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.
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!
Mike Heron & The Trembling Bells / Bonnie Prince Billy & The Trembling Bells - Feast Of Stephen / New Year's Eve's The Loneliest Night Of The Year
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.
Bellyachers, Listen - Songs From East Africa, 1938-46
Bellyachers, Listen
Songs From East Africa, 1938-46
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.
T++ - Wireless
T++
Wireless
2x12" | 2010 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
14,99 €*
Release:2010 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Wireless is a kind of remix, shot through with the contorted samples of voice and ndingidi on a handful of old East African 78s (from a forthcoming Honest Jon's compilation). The result: a recordthat sounds at once ancient and modern, possessing a unique tonal language and with ita curious, almost occult power.
Marvellous Boy - Calypso From West Africa
Elmore Judd - Unborn Again EP
Watch How The People Dancing - Unity Sounds From The London Dancehall, 1986-1989
V.A. - Migrating Bird Sampler
V.A.
Migrating Bird Sampler
12" | 2007 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
10,99 €*
Release:2007 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
6 tracks feat. Alasdair Roberts, Michael Hurley, James Yorkston ... heavy stock sleeve with beautiful screen print !
Elmore Judd - Insect Funk
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