Six brand new exclusives, brimming with wit and musicality, and vintage Judd: dazed and dubwise NY art-funk meets wrong skank in amongst the belly-dancing, sozzled mongrels of Malian folk, rembetica and Gypsy jazz.
‘A wicked sense of pacing, of beauty and absurdity, and an instinctive ear for musical action’ (The New York Times). ‘There’s no theme or continuity… unless you count sheer awesomeness’ (Fader).
With records from Sprigs Of Time and our London series.
‘Beautiful, haunting… spiritual reflection is sung with carnal force, songs of romance are rendered like hymns. For a few moments, on these ancient records, Baghdad sounds like paradise’ (Rolling Stone).
‘So it is that Honest Jon’s has (again) unearthed an episode of black music history in Britain: these are tough cuts — in no way easy listening, but absolutely essential’ (**** The Observer).
From our heartlands — the late 70s Grove — a stupendous mixture of stomping disco, dub and steel band, in its lineage crossing Ginger Johnson (from London Is The Place For Me) with The Twentieth Century Steel Band.
An unexpectedly upful, shuffling, percussive rug-cutter, with the Light Of Saba veteran bringing a little go-go to the grounation, and a deft, lovely dub mixed by Moritz von Oswald.
Three new recordings from Colombia — a delirious brew of highlife and chalupa, Afrobeat and champeta.
A Lagos fuji session sets Diplo tearing up walls and stomping across the ceiling; a fragment of afro-folk percussion triggers the Generals’ brilliant futurism; and two sumptuous cuts of the original deal.
The shimmering, refined funk of Sankofa takes T’s Losun for its departure point; the Cairo side is a burning basement session in the Ra big-band tradition, heavy on the percussion and choca with fine solos.
Alasdair Roberts, Nancy Elizabeth, Michael Hurley, James Yorkston, Victoria Williams, Richard Youngs: six ravishing, luminous new interpretations. Short-run vinyl sampler, fine pressing, silk-screened sleeves.
‘folk album of the year’ (The Observer); ‘***** ... not a note is wasted’ (Time Out); **** Mojo; **** Uncut; ‘Compilation Of The Year’ (The Guardian).
‘... compelling and eccentric mix of lopsided funk, freaky jazz and African disco, which gets through more rhythms than some people hear in a lifetime’, Time Out ; ‘***** pure bliss’, Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin, Muzik.
Two beautiful tees to celebrate our album becoming available again.
Chaabi — ‘of the people’ — has its roots in the Andalusian music of Moorish Spain, spreading to North Africa with exiled Jewish and Moorish communities; but it really took off in post-WWII Algiers…
Tufnell Park grine and P-Funk meet art-school disco and rock avant-gardism, UK hip hop, African roots and rembetica, horror soundtracks and jazz: with pirates, rats, Snakefinger, dead men and Tron.
Carl Craig back on Honest Jon’s, in devastating form: nervy and urgent, epic and apocalyptic, kicking and funky as anything. The juiciest bits from Lagos (that drumming!) in fine and nasty Detroit style.
Deejay weapons in a heavy-duty silk-screened sleeve.
‘one of the most charming idiosyncrasies I have heard all year… where truth is seized accidentally and musical shambles are sweet, virtuous and silly… like watching early Bunuel without subtitles’ (Plan B).