Super lounge Christmas cosiness featuring Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, ad a host of other smooth legends. Fix yourself a festive fancy, slip into a silk robe, and slink about the place like you're a '50s Modernist swinger. Lovely!
2020 features music from some of our favourite artists and closest friends on the new Manchester scene. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a colossal strain on the music industry. 2020 has been assembled with a vision of providing financial support for Manchester artists, with all proceeds split 50/50.
Featuring hand-picked tracks, contributed by artists whose music spans neo-soul, jazz, afro-electronic and more, 2020 is an eclectic discovery of inspired and curated sounds; a shining light on the emerging stars of Manchester’s live music scene.
2020 is the first of a series of fundraiser compilations to be released on Band on the Wall’s new in-house imprint; Band on the Wall Recordings.
This physical edition includes the album on CD and a limited edition high quality pull-out commemorative poster.
By purchasing the physical CD version you directly support both a collective of emerging Manchester artists at a time of crisis, and help keep Band on the Wall alive.
TRACK LISTING 01 Honeyfeet x Werkha – You Go To My Head (rewerked) 02 Mali Hayes – Oceans ft LayFullstop 03 Secret Night Gang – Don’t Mess With My Heart 04 Agbeko – There is a Jungle (Live) 05 Porij – Closer 06 Lovescene – To The Side 07 Skeltr – Lojong 08 Contours – Northbound 09 Cervo – Reaching 10 Katbrownsugar ft Al Turnbull – Jungle 11 Yemi Bolatiwa – Troubled Living 12 Shunya – The Clay & The Sculpture 13 Lieko Quintet – Black Lake 14 MSC Big Band – Grown Ups (Live)
Ned Doheny - Think Like A Lover (Mudd’s Extended Remixes)
A first for anyone, we were granted full access to the separate tracks of a Ned Doheny masterpiece. Accordingly, Claremont 56 maestro Paul "Mudd" Murphy was selected to preside over the full stems for Ned's classic "Think Like A Lover" and asked to deliver one of his famed remixes. His gentle disco rework blew us all away. An extended triumph of strung out balearic bliss, it is presented here on vinyl as a limited edition of 500 copies, complete with the dub on the flip. With mastering handled by the wonderful Simon Francis - engineer for both Claremont 56 and Be With - you know this sounds every bit as good as it feels. Housed in a beautifully produced disco sleeve, designed by Mudd himself, these will not be around for long. Just in time for Spring/Summer parties and festivals, ensure your set is flavoured with this slow-motion, string-drenched gift.
Former Things is the follow up to acclaimed 2015 album Hinterland which garnered praise from The Guardian, The Quietus, The Financial Times and more. The soundworld of Former Things was entirely crafted by LoneLady during her time spent in Somerset House Studios Rifle Range, an 18th century shooting range that has now been adapted into an experimental performance space. The album was inspired by a seismic move for LoneLady who left her native Manchester, decamping to London’s Somerset House Studios in search of a new cityscape to inspire her poised machine funk.
Ever a restless and globe-encompassing outfit in musical terms, touring the world for the best part of four years, Texan band Khruangbin show no sign of slowing down either their output or creativity with third studio album Mordechai. Following last year’s EP with Leon Bridges, it pulls on influences from Pakistan, Korea, India and West Africa.
'We’re New Again' is a reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album, 2010's 'I’m New Here', by jazz musician Makaya McCraven. Makaya’s principal instrument is the drums but he can turn his hand to production too, and as such getting stuck into Scott-Heron's soul-jazz poetics was right up his street. 'I’m New Here' was previously given a full remix treatment by Jamie xx back in 2011, but 'We're New Again' is a wholly different beast. This jazz take is most intriguing.
If you saw that recent BBC documentary on Fela Kuti then your interest may have been peaked as to his vast back catalogue. What you may not know is that his son Femi and grandson Made have carried on Fela's Afrobeat legacy with albums of their own. They work off the Fela blueprint but offer a new progressive vision on their father's sound. 'Legacy+' collects two of their albums - Made's 'For(e)ward', Femi's 'Stop The Hate' - together into one package so you can get your teeth into a whole new period of Kuti magic.
It’s Khruangbin’s turn to curate an edition of 'Late Night Tales', and their choices here are eclectic to say the least. Nigeria and Ethiopia are represented by Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band respectively, Spain gets a look in with Paloma San Basilio and we have hindi disco from Nazia Hassan. Fellow Texans, tejano singer David Marez and guitarist Kelly Doyle make an appearance whilst Khruangbin themselves turn in a cover of Kool & The Gang’s 'Summer Madness' - a track which is exclusive to this record. There is lots more too! It’s always good to know what music makes a band tick.
Etta James was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
After spending a few years in limbo after scoring her first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" and "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned to the spotlight in 1961 with her first Chess release, At Last. James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout. James expertly handles jazz standards like "Stormy Weather" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," as well as Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." James demonstrates her keen facility on the title track in particular, as she easily moves from powerful blues shouting to more subtle, airy phrasing; her Ruth Brown-inspired, bad-girl growl only adds to the intensity. James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.
A foundation of hip hop featuring ‘Apache’, Kool Herc’s ‘national anthem of hip hop’. Sampled by Nas, Kanye West, Sugarhill Gang, Jay-Z, Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow to name a few. Special Limited Edition Silver Pressing for RSD 2021.
Dancing Down Orange Street is a collection of some of Sonia Pottinger's famous productions for different artists. The album captures the moment when Rocksteady transformed into Reggae by speeding up a little and moving towards a more jerky and less smooth musical palette.
Love, fronted by the charismatic Arthur Lee, was the first rock band signed to the '60s folk label Elektra, and their wild, enigmatic sound was a big part of their unique appeal. 'Da Capo', Love's second album, found the group augmented to a septet, allowing the material to shift through a variety of musical styles. The first six songs hover around the three-minute mark, employing odd time changes to touch on everything from waltzes and free jazz (in the same song) to more mainstream, pie-in-the-sky folk rock. After scoring a hit with the reverb-laden, fuzz-guitar driven 'Seven and Seven is', their follow-up forever changes led them down the path of critical respectability.
Four Sail was the fourth album by Love. It was originally released in 1969. Arthur Lee was the only original member to play on the album. Whilst it might not be as well known as their enduring classic, Forever Changes, it’s certainly an album worthy of high praise. It contains the song, Always See Your Face, which, in more recent years, has been used on a number of film soundtracks including Ladybird and High Fidelity.
Gregory Isaacs was a Jamaican reggae musician who reached an international audience in the early ‘80s by releasing Night Nurse. The follow-up on the Island records label wasOut Deh!, where he and the Roots Radics band continue in being an excellent combination. Political statement and spiritual lyrics reflecting on the different things that happened in his life. Maybe not as strong asNight Nurse, but it proved how much great stuff he recorded during this period.
Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh. The single from the album, a cover version of The Temptations song "Don't Look Back", performed as a duet with Mick Jagger, made Tosh one of the best-known reggae artists. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured on the album, playing guitar on "Bush Doctor" and "Stand Firm".
When I Get Home is the new album from Grammy Award-winning singer / songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles. This release represents the next phase in Solange's evolution as an artist, and is the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album A Seat at the Table. The album is an exploration of origin. It asks the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution.
Ned Doheny - Labour of Love Kenny Dickenson Remix RSD 2017
London/LA producer Kenny Dickenson crafted his stunning remix of Ned Doheny's "Labor Of Love" to mark the Be With Ned tour in March 2015. The gentle disco re-rub was leaked by influential blogs and has been wreaking elegant havoc on both sides of the Atlantic ever since, setting a new gold standard for AOR remixes. Beloved of everyone who's heard it, we've been inundated with requests for a physical version.
After two years of major label wrangling and artist nudging, Be With Records are delighted to finally present this as an officially authorised, one-sided 12". Enhancing the package, the record comes appropriately adorned with striking new artwork from Pete Fowler himself and liner notes from all parties involved. Limited to just 500 copies, these are sure to fly.
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