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Monophonics - Sound Of Sinning Black Vinyl Edition
Monophonics
Sound Of Sinning Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
23,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.”

The 2012 release of Monophonics last album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and the The Temptation's Norman Whitfield produced records. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (April 14, 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record making and felt a need to explore other important in- fluences. While the group has come to cherish these inspirations, With Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60's and 70's. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd. Even with the experimentation of new musical territory, they display the sound that people know and love about Monophonics. Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock and roll, Psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it's heartfelt music and old school vibes, without losing sight of the present. This is is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs that you could listen to over and over again. Sound of Sinning was produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine at Transistor Sound Studios in San Rafael, CA.
Monophonics - Mirrors Black Vinyl Edition
Monophonics
Mirrors Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco's Monophonics.
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments.
Monophonics - Beggin'
Monophonics
Beggin'
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Monophonics are back with a 45 cover of a Frankie Valli and the Four Season’s “Beggin’” that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound.
So Ons, The - Tej / Short Shrift
So Ons, The
Tej / Short Shrift
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The So Ons core is comprised of a trio of friends who met in the fertile underground scene of the early 1980s. The sound is sparse, textural music rooted in 70s afro-psych and Ethiopian Jazz, filtered through Southern California soul, that is equal parts driving and dreamy. Produced and recorded entirely at the incomparable Transistor Sound Studio, these first few sides feature collaborations with a wicked horn section made up of former Antibalas trombonist AJ, the crack Extraordinaires (Charles Bradley) horn squad, and Kelly Finnigan on keys.
Sentiments, The - What's So Good About Saying Goodbye Feat. Kelly Finnigan of Monophonics
Sentiments, The
What's So Good About Saying Goodbye Feat. Kelly Finnigan of Monophonics
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
California’s The Sentiments are back with another dose of sweet soul for all lovers of the low and slow. Following the acclaim of their last 45, the group has arrived with another Philly infused lovers lament. “What’s So Good About Saying Goodbye” enters like a classic soul record with a signature drums fill leading into heavy hits accompanied by violins, fuzz guitar, vibes, and lush horns arrangements. And to answer The Sentiments’ question, what’s so good about saying goodbye is knowing that after you do you can go to your local shop and grab this sweet seven inch. The song and arrangement, like the last, embodies so many elements that make up that sweet soulful sound that keeps reminding people why its better to smile now and cry later. Produced and recorded entirely at the incomparable Transistor Sound Studio, you’re gonna need doubles for sure. One for you....and one for your baby.
Sentiments, The - She Won't Be Gone Long / Instrumental
Sentiments, The
She Won't Be Gone Long / Instrumental
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Sweet California Soul with remnants of Philly and Chicago Doo-Wop make this new 45 from Transistor Sound a must have for fans of the slow and low sound. The Sentiments have composed in one song a companion for warm summer nights and long winter days. Let the sweet, soulful sounds of “She Won’t Be Gone Long” wash over you. Lush strings and horns compliment a brilliant falsetto lead that pull on the heartstrings. This 45 encompasses everything you want a lowrider slow jam so don’t sleep on it. Produced and recorded entirely at the incomparable Transistor Sound Studio, featuring members of Monophonics, Gene Washington & The Ironsides, Paul & The Tall Trees, His Extraordinaires Horns and The Sha La Das.
Moswen - Rise / Tobacco And Sage
Moswen
Rise / Tobacco And Sage
7" | 2019 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Terin Moswen Ector grew up in Venice Beach, California soaking in the Afro-Cuban jazz sounds being played by his musician father and uncle. Touring with bands like Orgone, Monophonics, and Bambaata Marley, Moswen has honed his craft and gained valuable experience. Today, these deep roots and solid foundation lend depth and weight to the fresh melodies and rhythms of his own music brought to us on his first Transistor Sound 45 release -with an LP to follow soon.

“Rise” features a rock-solid rhythm section and heavy horn arrangement supporting Moswen’s seemingly effortless vocal, reminding us: “don’t look down now, keep your head up.”

The instrumental B-side, “Tobacco and Sage,” continues with an infectious groove that harkens back to Moswen’s Afro-Cuban roots, with rhythm section and horns again working as one to deliver a soul message to mind, body, and spirit.

Moswen’s release was co-produced, recorded and mixed by Sergio Rios at Killion Sound in North Hollywood, California. Rios’ name will be familiar to anyone who has enjoyed records by Orgone, Jungle Fire, Neal Francis, or hitmakers like Alicia Keys & CeeLo. This organic musical marriage is a perfect way to spotlight Moswen’s sound. His voice is an undeniable force, rich and soulful, built on his Topanga roots and the culture he wallowed in while growing up.
There’s something new and different coming out of LA today!
Night People - I Can't Keep Crying / Instrumental
Con Brio - Explorer Blue Vinyl Edition
Con Brio
Explorer Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
17,84 €* 20,99 € -15%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
There’s a moment before each Con Brio show — before the backflips, the guitar solos, the buoyant horn lines over bass, drum and synth — when all seven band members come in for a huddle. It's a way to say grace; an acknowledgment of live music as a team sport; a moment of stillness before they explode. "Let's work," they say, their heads bowed together. And then they do.

Named for an Italian musical direction meaning "with spirit," Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area band that plays soul, psych-rock and R&B as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing "the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown" (KQED) and a band that "comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone" (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.

Founded in 2013 by veteran players with vastly different musical backgrounds*, the band quickly became a favorite up and down the West Coast, then across the U.S., and then overseas in places like Japan and the Netherlands.

Explorer, out on July 6th, both builds on the success of Paradise and serves as a travelogue of sorts — a reflection on the two years of nearly nonstop touring that followed their first record's success.

Having proved themselves on an international stage, Con Brio breaks new ground on Explorer, expanding beyond raw energy and retro sounds toward a more contemporary, layered production style, all delivered with road-tested confidence. On "I Wanna" — a lusty, mischievous ode to the art of catching a stranger's eye across a crowded club — McCarter pours his voice, richer than ever, over a thick, irresistibly danceable rhythm from Jonathan Kirchner (bass) and Andrew Laubacher (drums).

"Body Language" slows that theme to a simmer, with a nimble, lyrical horn line from Marcus Stephens (saxophone) and Brendan Liu (trumpet) front and center. Songs like "United State of Mind" and "Royal Rage," meanwhile, reflect on America's current moment, urging strength and perspective in the face of cynicism and apathy. Over a cheerful guitar lick from Andrews, the former track sings the praises of travel, the ways it can make the world feel bigger and smaller all at once — and how sometimes you have to leave home to see it with fresh eyes. "Rage" is a rally cry, a call to resistance, with Laubacher's kick drum leading the march: "Feeling the world pulling apart, where is the we in who we are?" asks McCarter. "When will it end, where do we start?"

Then there's Con Brio's tendency to upend expectations: they've never been afraid of a little genre-bending. "Heart Shaped Box" began as a fun cover the band arranged on a whim on a rare day off on tour; within weeks it became one of the most exciting moments in the band's live show. On the record, it's a playful yet potent tribute, served surprisingly well by horns and a smart, slinky synth line from Patrick Glynn.

Ultimately, Explorer is a leap for Con Brio in more ways than one. It's a big record, with plenty of joy, a few growing pains, and more questions than answers. What does it mean to be an American band traveling the world in the year 2018 with a message of hope and tolerance? The record sounds, unsurprisingly, like a band on the verge. Wherever Explorer takes them, they go with open eyes. They're ready to huddle up, take the stage, and get to work — where they've found that, night after night, the things that divide us don't stand a chance on the dance floor.
Pablo - Designed / Oh Well
Pablo
Designed / Oh Well
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
9,34 €* 10,99 € -15%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The moniker ‘Pablo’ hasn’t been used for a while but, before the band changed its name to Paul & The Tall Trees, it was a name used for a man, and his band. Paul Schalda (to his inner circle ‘Pablo’) was - and is - a Staten Island musical enigma. While most islanders would have fallen prey to radio-friendly metal and other musical fumes that may have seeped into the water from neighboring Jersey, Paul - and his family - started on a long musical journey that began with some local hardcore ensembles, and somehow ended up cruising through the originality of a harmonic landscape built on the foundations of doo wop with smatterings of The Band and Big Star, and any other musical outfit that was steeped in songwriting that had a refined sense of harmonic and melodic structure. At the end of the day, it’s about the voice and the song. For some, when you hear a unique voice, that’s it, that’s the moment that counts. I imagine we’ll win over a few of those folks when they slip on a set of headphones and take a ride with us through the dreamy, yet driving A-side, ‘Designed’. Riding atop a steady pulse, lushy acoustic guitars, and some other worldly keyboard sounds, are melody and harmonies, sung by that original voice, accompanied by an equally wonderful feminine counterpart, that luckily has found its way to the recorded medium. The B-side ‘Oh Well’ serves as evidence that the author of these tunes has a sense of songwriting that is uniquely his own. Stick with us from the simple groove at the top of the tune, through the unexpected chords in the pre-chorus, all the way down the line to the cathartic power and beauty of the anthemic outro. This release was a long time in the making, sort of lost in the daily shuffle of life, while Paul Schalda (the songsmith) and Chris Edwards (the recordist and drummer) spent most of their days out on the road with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. But though it took a few years to find its way to wax, ‘Designed’ is a timeless tune, with a breezy, backing soundtrack to your life kind of vibe, and ‘Oh Well’ is a song that resists categorization, but is sure to catch the ear of anyone who can flip a 45 over and drop the needle in the groove.
Monophonics - Mirrors
Monophonics
Mirrors
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco’s Monophonics.

Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regular mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.
Sugaray Rayford - The World That We Live In
Sugaray Rayford
The World That We Live In
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Transistor Sound)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Another Transistor Sound Release via Italian Soul/Funk label Blind Faith Records out of Italy. Sugaray is one of rhythm & blues music’s true hidden gems and he proves it on every track of this dynamite 10 song LP. Italian soul ambassador Luca Sapio made it his mission to bring Sugaray’s voice and music to the forefront, so he tracked him down to record his latest album, ‘The World That We Live In.’ It was recorded in Luca’s analogue studio in Italy, with tons of vintage gear, microphones and a killer house band. What they have so magically created is an album which sounds like an instant Rhythm & Blues classic. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it down deep. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes to the stage; his dynamic voice is large just like the man and stands comparison with all-time greats of soul, blues and old-school R&B such as Solomon Burke, Muddy Waters & James Carr.

“Sugaray Rayford, a singer by the power of Bobby Blue Bland and Solomon Burke, has found his graceland in another continent, across the pond and over the valley, in the European city of Rome” - WAXPOETICS
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