2018

I Will Be There

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Absolute heavyweight 12inch written by Ron Trent & Tkumah Sadeek - includes a remix of the much in demand 'I will Be There' by Joe Claussell. Essential stuff! True house music!

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1. I Will Be There (Joe Claussell Cosmic Arts version)
Side 2
1. Till I See The Light

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De Bassari Togo

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In 1972, Orchestre Abass released two incredible singles on Polydor. These records - featuring Samarin Banza, Haka Dunia and other afrofunk masterpieces - were powerful enough to knock any music head out, but it wasn’t until the discovery of some unreleased material by the band that the seeds for this project were planted.It all happened in 2008 in Ghana. I was going through some tapes that had previously been the property of PolyGram one of the major record companies based in west Africa. In the late 80s political instability and curfews had paralysed the music industry forcing Polygram to close their Ghanaian subsidiaries leaving all of their recordings behind. These recordings had been packed in boxes and left vegetating in an Accra warehouse for three decades until I came along. To my surprise all of the tapes looked unharmed and I was particularly relieved to hear that the Orchestre Abass tape was in an excellent state of condition. I began fiddling around with the idea of releasing an album of the band and that plan got an additional boost with le “coup de grace” which had landed in the form of an ultra rare tune called Honam discovered in Sotoboua, a small northern Togolese town in the middle of nowhere. That find completed this selection.I had previously discovered some similar music in Northern Benin and in Nigeria and I started picturing an area that spread all the way from Northern Ghana to Northern Cameroon, an area I dubbed ‘The Islamic funk belt’ due to the fact that Super Borgou de Parakou, Napo De Mi Amor, Uppers International and Hamad Kalkaba just to name a few - all from that ‘belt’ - were groups made up of musicians with an Islamic background. This can be felt and heard in the music and particularly in the singing since many of the musicians had attended koranic schools and the languages used in the songs often had Arabic elements fused in - Orchestra Abass was one of them. With their heavy, organ-led sound combining with the deftest of musical touches, these records were the work of a rhythmic powerhouse and we are honoured to be in a position to present the recordings of Togo´s funkiest Band.Unfortunately Malam Issa Abass, the founder, guitarist and organ player of the band, was killed in 1993 by a grenade thrown into his bedroom and to help me reconstruct the biography of the band I tracked down Thon Komla, one of the band´s songwriters and Abderaman Issa, the guitar player of the band.All the music was licensed directly from the various composers of these songs. The vinyl is pressed on 180 High Quality Virgin Vinyl and the gatefold contains previously unseen pictures and a detailed biography of the might band.

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1. Haka Dunia
2. Soo Soo Mungha (previously unreleased)
3. Ekule Nugble Nu (previously unreleased)
Side 2
1. Shamarin Banza
2. Honam (feat Thon Komla)
3. Kissagui (feat Napo De Mi Amor)

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Welcome To My World

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"I really felt that Uku led me to this music and what to play.. It happened straight when I got back home from his funeral" -Maryn. "LTA Fusion" featured on this album was one of their last co-writes. Maryn took what foundation her son played, and finished the song with him here.

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Side 1
1. Welcome To My World (live 2007)
2. Night Jeee
3. Still Talkin To My Lil' Boy Uku
4. Missing A Lot The Way We Talked Uku
5. Experimental LTA Fusion Sauce Outtarules (2018 demo)
6. The Day Will Come
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1. We Will Work It Out (with Uku Kuut - LA 90 demo)
2. One Ch Of Funny Dreamboy
3. Short Pori Jazz 83 (Funny Memory demo)
4. Short 5th Moon (2017 demo)
5. Last Part Of L L82 (with Uku's Moog Solo - demo)
6. There I Go

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It's A World Before You

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First Word Records is very proud to present a brand new full-length album from Kaidi Tatham. 'It's A World Before You'.Following on from two EPs released on First Word last year ('Changing Times' and 'Hard Times'), Kaidi has delivered us thirteen tracks that deftly illustrate his various talents as a multi-instrumentalist.Kaidi is probably best known for his work with Bugz In The Attic, though his musical contributions over the years have also included Amy Winehouse, Slum Village, Mulatu Astatke, Soul II Soul, Moonchild, Leroy Burgess, Amp Fiddler, Chris Dave, Macy Gray, King Britt, DJ Spinna, Mr Scruff and IG Culture to name but a few! In recent times, he's worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff on a variety of projects, including his most recent album 'M3', touring Europe for Jeff and Will Smith's reunion shows, and on the PLAYlist album 'Chasing Goosebumps', with Glenn Lewis, Stro Elliot (The Roots), Masego, Maimouna Youssef, Rich Medina, Daniel Crawford and more.All this in addition to heating up dances around Europe with his inimitable DJ sets, and working heavily with First Word label-mate, Eric Lau (who also mixed this album) on a variety of projects, and adding releases to his already impressive catalogue on 2000 Black, Eglo and Theo Parrish's Sound Signature, with regular compadre, Dego (who features on the album's title track).This album personifies Kaidi's diverse palette of sounds – bar Eric & Dego's features, every piece of music is played by himself. Largely flowing on a broken beat rhythm section, Kaidi effortlessly incorporates washes of afro, latin and funk throughout. From the harmonics of 'Your Dream Don't Mean A Thing', to the breakneck funk of 'Outta Audah', each and every riddim exudes energy. But this isn't simply a bruk record. The album is laced together with downtempo beats and future jazz interludes throughout, and some sweet synth boogie is never very far away, especially on the weighty vibes of 'It's About Who You Know'. To top it all off, there's two delightful nuggets of hip hop soul - Mancunian label-mates, Children of Zeus, feature on the neo-soul vibes of 'Out Here On My Own', and there's a feature from Amir Townes, better known as Uhmeer - an upcoming MC from Philadelphia, and son of one Jazzy Jeff Townes - who rides a sub-heavy, piano-led slice of boom bap, voicing an assortment of characters to tell the tale of 'Cupid'.'It's A World Before You' is set to cause serious damage to sound-systems over the Summer, and show and prove once again the skills of one of the UK's best unsung musical talents, Kaidi Tatham.

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1. Joyous
2. Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing
3. Sweet Kinch
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1. Cold
2. Out Here On My Own (feat Children Of Zeus)
3. Bien
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1. 2Tone
2. It's About Who You Know
3. Outta Audah
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1. Soon Come
2. It's A World Before You (feat Dego)
3. Cupid (feat Uhmeer)
4. Unique

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Muwaso Mwa Longue/Nja Ka

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Kêtu records started as a project which sells original vinyl discs with the aim of promoting African music of the Golden Age (1960-70). We have developed a large network in Africa to trace these original vinyl discs. We also organize events and sell the discs. Part of the profit is reverted to support local initiatives such as local orchestras, O.N.G. that help disables and schools.For this first single release, NKOTTI FRANCOIS, great Cameroonian artist of the 70s-80s and still active on the African scene, signs for a reissue of “MUWASO MWA LONGE” and “NJA KA”; two amazing titles from the LP Retro 2000.

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1. Muwaso Mwa Longe
Side 2
1. Nja Ka

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Baba Yaga

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Super Limited Collector’s Edition , 250 copies with Gold label and Sleeve , 250 copies with Purple label and Cyan SleeveThe music composed by Piero Umiliani for BABA YAGA / DEVIL WITCH (1973, Corrado Farina) – the film inspired by the ultra pop comic books of Guido Crepax, VALENTINA – is one of the most mysterious and fascinating works to be found in the corpus of the Maestro. Of this maudit work that experts considered lost only two tracks survived, those that we present here for the first time in a single 45 RPM: OPEN SPACE, a blazing up-tempo acid jazz with psychedelic insets and galloping bass tones that was used in the title credits and then released in that same year inside the masterpiece entitled TO-DAY’S SOUND; and SLOGAN, that reworks the film’s theme – initially played by a languid sax – in a jazz-funk key (published in 1975 in the background music series of the library BON VOYAGE).

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1. Open Space
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1. Slogan

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Background Disco

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Just say Background Disco and you’re quickly reminded of the super-groovy sound that pervaded certain sequences of 1970’s Italian films, generally set in discos or clubs with a strong presence of music. Soul, disco, and funk tracks playing in the background, between a dance on the floor and a glass of J&B at the counter, that were supposed not to overcome the dialogues. Two of these jewels, signed by Alessandroni for the sexy comedy FRITTATA ALL’ITALIANA (1976, Alfonso Brescia) and previously released by our label in the collection LOST & FOUND (Four Flies Records 2017), definitely deserve the upgrade to the 12’’ format. Therefore, they are proposed in a new edit designed for the dancefloor, each in a double version: the sung one (by lesser known Lorena, a member of Alessandroni’s vocal band I Cantori Moderni) and the instrumental one.

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1. Baby Come Down
2. I Get You In My Mind (instrumental)
Side 2
1. I Get You In My Mind
2. Baby Come Down (instrumental)

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One Of A Kind

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1. Less Pain
2. Track 2
Side 2
1. One Of A Kind

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World EP

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1. Bougainvilles (live)
2. Nu World (vocal edit)
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1. Nu World (Flute mix)
2. Exotica Dance Club
3. Outro

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Une Vie Cent Detours

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Edition of 300. With folded poster.

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1. Premier Détours
2. Phoenician Rose
3. Quiétude Inquiétude
4. Programme Original
5. The Constant And The Variation
6. L'Eléphant Funambule
7. Taraxacum Habanero Là
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1. Un Crocodile Dans La Neige
2. Creux De La Vague
3. Un Grand Tout
4. Urban Safari
5. La Femme Descend Du Songe
6. Ajournamento

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