if it moves, it grooves.
Mighty Hannibal. Hymn No.5.
Political. Soulful. Funky. …and a true performer.
hey 2014 people.
It’s been a good year over at Kept Records, with three singles, a full-length LP and a remix single being released (all available for your turntable of course), and we look forward to bringing you more action in 2014.
It looks like we’ve missed a whole year of posting here on the Platters That Matters blog, so we’re gonna take the opportunity to highlight some cuts that got heavy play at Kept Records HQ this past year. In no particular order, but all with particularly funky ingredients…we hope you dig ‘em too.
Myron & E - If I Gave You My Love
Myron & E - Do It Do It Disco (Tom Noble Remix)
The Myron & E record on Stones Throw is a gem, and our favourite cut on the album is “If I Gave You My Love” (available as a free DL too!) Also worth mentioning and putting on repeat, is this killer Tom Noble remix of one of the flipside numbers.
G-Flux feat. Los MastersPlus - Ritmo Universal
To begin, you’d best just go buy everything on Electric Cowbell, it’ll give your record box much more punch. No two releases are the same, and all are fresh, like this electro Cumbia number.
Lady - Get Ready
Lady - Hold On
Bad Bad Not Good - UWM (Feat. Leland Whitty)
Sure it was released in 2012, but it finally got the vinyl treatment by Innovative Leisure early in 2013. The Toronto-based group signed to IL this year and we can expect a full length soon!
The Ironsides - The Raven
Jungle Fire - Firewalker
Colemine keeps digging and dishing out gold, and this year was killer for the label. These are two of our faves: a Piero Piccioni cover, “The Raven,” by The Ironsides and the oft favourited Jungle Fire cut “Firewalker.”
Jungle By Night (x Gaslamp Killer) - High Times/Ghost Town
Now you know how much we love Turkish psych around here, so this is a no brainer. The mighty Dutch afro squad Jungle By Night teamed up with LA DJ, taste maker and earth shaker The Gaslamp Killer (who we saw nail a set in June!) for this limited edition 45 on Kindred Spirits. It includes this Selda cover on the flip. Niceness.
Charles Bradley (feat. Budos Band) - Changes
A Sabbath connection with the last entry, and a late release in 2013, but good gawd! Dunham + Budos + Bradley brings us a conjurers dose of sweet, sweet soul. I do hope Ozzy gets a promo copy and feels it shooting straight through his ears and into his heart like the rest of us do.
Vex Ruffin - Prime Of My Life
Another Stones Throw release, this one by Vex Ruffin. An unsolicited demo got him signed to the label. Wow eh? Anyway, this one is a fave of the littlest man at Kept Records HQ. He says he loves the bass. Yeah…you will too, so checkit! It’s a minimalist punked groove.
Black Market Brass- Snake Oil Man
Secret Stash have been letting us all in on their…well, secret stash for a few years now, but they surprised us with this original 45 release this year. Nigerian groove by way of Minneapolis. Yes, that crazy. Just listen. The label has some goods on deck for 2014, so watch out for ‘em!
Urbane Gorilla. Ten Days Gone.
comp’d by the always great @KeepersFinders - Finders Keepers Records- we’ve been riffin’ on this number at HQ lately.
these dudes opened for Sabbath!! and this cut kills…
best of 2012 (category: guaranteed ass shakers)
here they are: the top five (5!) guaranteed party makin’, ass-shakin’, dance floor floodin’ cuts that hit turntables in 2012! In no particular order, but all particularly fine…
- Mucca Pazza, "Boss Taurus.” Safety Fifth (Electric Cowbell).
- Jungle Fire, “Comencemos (Let’s Start).” 7-inch (Colemine Records).
- Souljazz Orchestra, “Serve & Protect.” Solidarity (Strut Records).
- Ondatropica, “Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazon.” Ondatropica (Soundway Records).
- Antibalas, “Dirty Money.” Antibalas (Daptone Records).
…naturally we must also give an honorable (self congratulatory?) mention to the cut we dedicated to 7-inch 45rpm goodness: BROWNOUT “Flaximus” it’ll kick your ass too!