Following the recent announcement of the superb new self-titled studio album by Detroit guitar legend, Dennis Coffey, Strut will be accompanying the release with an exclusive 45 issue for this year’s Record Store Day featuring one digital-only track from the album and a brand new remix by producer legend, Steinski.
The release reinforces the strong, long-standing link between Coffey’s music and the world of hip hop – Coffey originals like ’Scorpio’ and ’Taurus’ have become bona fide breakbeat staples sampled by many, from Blackalicious to LL Cool J. And Steinski is cemented in hip hop history as one of the most important cut-up DJ / producers of all time, unleashing the seminal ’Lessons’ cut-up series alongside Double Dee in 1983/4 – the break from Coffey’s ’Scorpio’ appeared in the last of these mixes, ’Lesson 3.’ Steinski would later touch the national charts with Kennedy assassination broadcast-sampling ’The Motorcade Sped On.’ More recently, he has recorded for Ninja Tune and has worked on various soundtrack projects for TV and ads.
For this new 45, Steinski tackles an instrumental track from the ’Dennis Coffey’ album sessions, ’Ubiquitous.’ The original version, also featured here, is a pulsing breakbeat chugger true to the style of Coffey’s ’70s instrumental work on Sussex Records. Steinski re-works the track subtly, re-arranging the guitar ad organ parts and allowing the riffs to simmer on a shuffling, funky backbeat. Copies are strictly limited.
Dennis Coffey At SXSW 2011 Weds. March 16: Wax Poetics Showcase @ Scoot Inn (special guest appearance) Sat. March 19: Hotel San Jose w/ Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis & more Sat. March 19: Official Showcase @ Beauty Bar w/ Brownout, T Bird & The Breaks
Dennis Coffey will be touring internationally throughout 2011. Booking agents: Dave Kaplan and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America), Clementine Bunel at 2 For The Road Productions (Europe) Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters for Bad Data Management
Strut are proud to announce a priority release for 2011, the new studio album by Detroit guitar legend, Dennis Coffey. Guitarist of choice for major artists as diverse as Del Shannon, Funkadelic and The Temptations, Coffey was a member of the original Motown ’Funk Brothers’ backing band and was key in bringing heavy wah wah guitar to soul and R&B during the late ’60s. The canon of classics featuring Coffey’s work is immense - from The Temptations’ "Ball Of Confusion’ and ’Cloud Nine’ to Edwin Starr’s ’War’ and Freda Payne’s ’Band Of Gold,’ the list is a roll-call of classic soul and R&B landmarks.
As a solo artist, Coffey is perhaps best known for a series of rare groove classics during the early ‘70s including the million-selling breakbeat staple ‘Scorpio’ and soundtrack to cult action flick ’Black Belt Jones.’ Alongside producer Mike Theodore, his ‘70s ‘Theo-Coff’ productions and his prolific guitar work ranged from raw funk to classic disco, including CJ & Co’s Devil’s Gun and The Sylvers’ Boogie Fever.
For 2011, Dennis Coffey’s new self-titled album is a revelation, a dense, fuzz-heavy haze of incendiary psychedelic soul. Much of the set recalls the sentiments of earlier solo work such as his seminal, trippy Hair ’N’ Thangs album. For these sessions, in addition to a host of new compositions, Coffey personally cherry-picks tracks upon which he first appeared and enlists an illustrious guest list for all-new interpretations. Stones Throw’s new soul hero Mayer Hawthorne takes up The Parliaments’ poignant mid-tempo swayer ’All Your Goodies Are Gone, " Fanny Franklin from killer Hollywood funk combo Orgone voices a new version of Wilson Pickett’s psych-soul jam ’Don’t Knock My Love’ and Lisa Kekaula from California garage-soul band The Bellrays takes on the 100 Proof Aged In Soul stomper ’Somebody’s Been Sleeping.’ The Detroit connection looms large throughout the set- Mick Collins from the Dirtbombs alongside Detroit Cobras’ Rachel Nagy unleash a dark, brooding take on Funkadelic’s ’I Bet You.’ UK chart sensation Paolo Nutini contributes a passionate version of Rodriguez' "Only Good For Conversation." Completing the list of collaborations, Milwaukee funk sensations Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop) mould an intense funk jam around some heavy Coffey licks on ’Miss Millie.’
For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Album opener ’7th Galaxy’ echoes the hard guitar ’n’ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band recordings for Sussex, ’Knockabout’ whips up an epic funky soundtrack groove and ’Space Traveller’ simmers on a sleazy, guitar-drenched, slo mo workout.
Dennis Coffey will be touring internationally throughout 2011, including dates at SXSW Booking agents: Dave Kaplan and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America) Clementine Bunel for 2ForTheRoad Productions (Europe/ROW) Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters for Bad Data Management
Tracklist 1. 7th Galaxy 2. Don't Knock My Love feat. Fanny Franklin 3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne 4. I Bet You feat. Mick Collins of Dirtbombs and Rachel Nagy 5. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth 6. Somebody's Been Sleeping feat. Lisa Kekaula 7. Plutonius 8. Knockabout 9. Only Good For Conversation feat. Paolo Nutini 10. Space Traveller 11. Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)
With Mad Child now free from his addiction to pain killers and settled back into Vancouver, he has returned with a vengeance to record Swollen Members' new studio album "Dagger Mouth". With a desire to return to the classic Swollen Members sound, Mad Child, Prevail and Rob The Viking have created an album that stands toe-to-toe with the group's back catalog, while pushing the their sound to new heights. “Dagger Mouth” will also feature a guest appearance by Saigon on the track “Bring Me Down”.
MP3: CunninLynguists f/ Freddie Gibbs - "Hard As They Come (Act I)"
After Strange Journey Volume Two’s “Imperial” and Str8 Killa’s “The Coldest”, CL and Gangsta Gibbs connect again for a third Kno-produced banger. Listen to the second official leak from Oneirology as Natti, Freddie Gibbs and Kno ask “Who am I?”. Photo Credit: Landon Antonetti, Fidel HasFlow & Fontaine.
Oneirology is set to be released March 22nd via RBC Records and Bad Taste Records. It features Big K.R.I.T., Tonedeff, Anna Wise of Sonnymoon and more. CunninLynguists' Oneirology World Tour begins March 25th in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
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Oakland, CA--March 2011--West Coast hip-hop greats Zion I & The Grouch drop their latest single “Rockit Man" featuring Bay Area singer-rapper Silk- E. The track, off their forthcoming March album, Heroes in the Healing of the Nation is loosely based on maturation and ascension as a person explains The Grouch.
“She nailed the chorus," The Grouch adds of the Bay Area new-comer and one of a handful of females on the scene. "Since "Rockit Man" was one of the first song recorded for the album--and I knew it was going to be one of my favorites--I felt like we had to make all the other songs fit and stand next to that one.”
"This song is about struggling to shake old fears and misgivings," explains Zumbi. "Once we let them go, we make way for the next level of transcendence. This is what a Rockit Man does...daily."
“Rockit Man” is available as a free download at ZionIandTheGrouch.com. And, fans who pre-order the album on the website will also get an instant download of the album track “Drop It On The 1”, and a bonus song “Heroes”.
Finally, the trio have announced additional tour dates for their Healing of the Nation Tour, which kicks off at the Fillmore in San Francisco on March 19, with Blu, One Be Lo, and The Jazz Mafia's Shotgun Wedding Quintet. The group has partnered up with a different community organization in every city and will be donating 100% of all ticketing fees sold through ZioniandTheGrouch
ZION I & THE GROUCH HEALING OF THE NATION TOUR DATES *w/ Blu % w/ The Jacka $ w/ One Be Lo
w/ The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Jazz Mafia)
3/16/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (SXSW) 3/18/11 Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar (SXSW) 3/19/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * % # 3/20/11 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55 * # 3/21/11 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades * # 3/22/11 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater * # 3/23/11 Arcata, CA @ Humbrew * # 3/24/11 Eugene OR @ McDonald Theatre * # 3/25/11 Portland, OR @ BRANX * # 3/26/11 Seattle, WA @ Nectars * # 3/27/11 Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge * # 3/29/11 Park City @ Star Bar * # 3/30/11 Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up * # 3/31/11 Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater * # 4/01/11 Boulder @ Fox Theater * # 4/02/11 Denver, CO @ City Hall * # 4/15/11 Madison, WI @ Majestic $ # 4/17/11 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Theater $ # 4/18/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop $ # 4/19/11 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater $ # 4/20/11 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground # 4/21/11 Boston, MA @ Middle East Club $ # 4/22/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory $ # 4/23/11 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter $ # 4/24/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley Pourhouse $ # 4/25/11 Tempe, AZ @ The Club House # 4/26/11 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre # 4/27/11 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues # 4/28/11 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. # 4/29/11 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon # 4/30/11 Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre # 5/1/11 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
DJ Eleven's 11 Inch Records Celebrates Release Of Donwill's Love Junkie EP With Lead Single
Critical Praise for Tanya Morgan:
"This Brooklyn-Cincinnati hip-hop trio summoned old-school cheer, goofy skits and indelible hooks for a left-field masterpiece." - Rated #1 Album across all genres for 2009 by Steve Smith, Time Out New York's Music Editor
Don't get it twisted; Donwill is still very much a part of Tanya Morgan, but since last year's release of his album Don Cusack In High Fidelity, the Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based rapper has been taking out time to carve out his solo niche. One of the standout tracks from Don Cusack was “Love Junkie,” the ode to one-night stands, which featured Peter Hadar and Harlems Cash. After hearing the remix, which features Wallpaper and San Francisco's premier rhythm section, The Park, founding member of the renowned DJ crew The Rub DJ Eleven recruited Donwill to officially release a full Love Junkie EP on his own 11 Inch Records.
"I've been a Tanya Morgan fan for a minute, so when I heard the remix Donwill did with Wallpaper, I was sold" says DJ Eleven. In addition to the Wallpaper remix of “Love Junkie,” the EP also includes “Look At Me,” an all new b-side produced by 1-O.A.K of The Honor Roll, and a So Shifty remix of “Love Junkie.”
The "Love Junkie (So Shifty Remix)" is easily the most adventurous remix on the EP, with the Hamburg, Germany-based DJ and production duo providing a House-infused thumping, syncopated drum beat, along with a mix of fluttering and stabbing synth lines to accompany the chopped and often pitched and effects-laden vocals placed throughout the track.
Donwill and DJ Eleven's Love Junkie EP is the sixth release from 11 Inch Records and is available now via all digital retailers.
Love Junkie EP tracklist: 1. Love Junkie (Wallpaper remix) 2. Love Junkie (Wallpaper remix) (clean) 3. Love Junkie (Wallpaper remix) (inst) 4. Look At Me (dirty) 5. Look At Me (clean) 6. Look At Me (inst) 7. Love Junkie (So Shifty remix) 8. Love Junkie (So Shifty dub)
Donwill is one-half of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill released his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. "Love Junkie (So Shifty Remix)" is now available everywhere via 11 Inch Records.