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Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano
Fans call him ''The African Sting,'' critics call him a pro. Originally from Cameroon, Richard Bona remains true to his roots on Heritage , his 8th album as a leader and the first one with his Afro-Cuban band ''Mandekan Cubano.'' An energetic, life affirming and truly fantastic album, it explores the alchemy of African rhythms in Cuba. Richard Bona is a rare African artist to have established an unscalable reputation on an international platform, which has led to a host of awards along with his fruitful collaborations with colleagues Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, John Legend and Stevie Wonder.
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Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life

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Fruit of Life is the second installment of Stephen Ragga Marley's two part series, following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2011). Whereas The Root of Life is more a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life will utilize a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip hop. Produced by Marley, Fruit of Life boasts 18 new tracks and features a variety of guest collaborations with Rick Ross, Pit Bull, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Iggy Azalea, Waka Flocka Flame, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Ky-Mani Marley, Jo Mersa and more.
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Reggae Gold 2016 / Various
Major street visibility campaigns in NYC, Miami, Toronto and London, ENG to support launch to include: Subway poster campaign Street postering, flier distribution at all major Caribbean events beginning May 15th Digital display, search and banner ad campaigns
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Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela

Rejoice [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Includes booklet. 2020 release. Rejoice is a very special collaboration between Tony Allen, the co-founder of Afrobeat, and Hugh Masekela, the master of South African jazz. Having first met in the '70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, the two world-renowned musicians talked for decades about making an afrobeat album together. When, in 2010, their touring schedules coincided in the UK, the moment presented itself and producer Nick Gold took the opportunity to record their encounter. The unfinished sessions, consisting of all original compositions by the pair, lay in archive until after Hugh passed away in 2018. With renewed resolution, Tony Allen and Nick Gold, with the blessing and participation of Hugh's estate, unearthed the original tapes and finished recording the album in summer 2019 at the same London studio where the original sessions had taken place. Rejoice can be seen as the long overdue confluence of two mighty African musical rivers - a union of two free-flowing souls for whom borders, whether physical or stylistic, are things to pass through or ignore completely. According to Allen, the album deals in "a kind of South African-Nigerian swing-jazz stew", with it's roots firmly in afrobeat.

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Encompassing the marabi, kwela and jive styles of mid-twentieth century urban South African music, this compilation covers the sounds, styles, assemblages and musicians that reside under the umbrella of South African jazz – from the golden age of 1960s and 1970s to the new wave of musicians in the twenty years of post-apartheid democracy. Recently re-issued releases from musician-in-exile Ndikho Xaba demonstrate the strong transatlantic dialogue between the civil rights movements in the USA and the anti-apartheid struggle through the language of jazz, with the rare single ‘KwaBulawayo’ as performed by his group The African Echoes. The Sowetan spiritual Afro-jazz of Batsumi on the track ‘Emampndweni’ contributes to the narrative of music at home during the height of apartheid in the 1970s and similarly slots into the category of undeservedly lesser-known artistry. From a period considered by some as the golden era of South African Jazz, these artists and their compositions are pertinent and vital reminders of the intrinsic link between this music and the dismantling of oppression. One of the most prominent figures of the South African jazz movement is the composer and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, whose career spans over 50 years, including a performance at Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Presidential inauguration. Having played alongside Abdullah Ibrahim, the late Zim Ngqawana was a leading proponent of the exploration of free improvisation. While retaining South African jazz roots, Ngqawana incorporates traditional and avant-garde elements in his performances. This is prominently illustrated with the rasping vocals and volatile harmonica on the track ‘Ebhofolo’. Gospel, hip-hop and electronic music now dominate mainstream music in South Africa. But against this backdrop, the new school of South African jazzers have embraced the diversity of musical output, with many making the crossover themselves. Bokani Dyer regularly performs with fellow band member and bassist Shane Cooper, in his electronic music alias Card On Spokes. Furthermore, it could be argued the trajectory of popular music in South Africa over the last twenty years is personified by Thandiswa Mazwai, who rose to prominence through her work with kwaito group Bongo Maffin in the mid-1990s, before going on to encompass gospel and delve into maskanda and electronic music in her solo career. Featured here is Thandiswa’s take on the South African Jazz standard ‘Ntyilo Ntyilo’. South African jazz may now sit on the fringes of popular culture in South Africa, but you only have to look at the success of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Joy Of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg and the National Youth Jazz Festival to recognise the legacy of the pioneering musicians and the continuation of their collaborative spirit in the wealth of burgeoning jazz talent in South Africa.
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The 1920s was undoubtedly the era of the female blues singer. With their origins in the worlds of vaudeville and jazz music, they enjoyed great commercial success throughout the decade, selling a considerable number of records and packing out clubs and theatres alike. Never has there been another time when women so dominated the genre and made the blues so much their own. Mamie Smith was the first to emerge from the vaudeville circuit and became the first African-American artist to make a blues recording in 1920 with the featured ‘Crazy Blues’. The immense success of this recording opened the door for many others to follow such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Ida Cox. Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were undoubtedly the most captivating and expressive of what became known as the ‘classic blues’ singers. Both dressed in flamboyant style and their powerful voices and forceful personalities set the standard for recorded blues, selling well among a southern rural audience familiar with their travelling tent shows and musical revues. Drawing upon some of the finest jazz talent of the early and mid-1920s for studio accompaniment, the classic blues of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and other popular blues singers was always full of double entendre or hidden and multiple meanings. Although an outcrop of Southern rural blues, an expression of the poor and oppressed, the sequined glamour of the classic blues was seen as a welcome contrast to drab lives. So while the blues until the 1920s was largely local, rural, Southern and male, these women were urban performance artists, travelling and performing in the new speakeasies and nightclubs of a dynamic era. The classic blues had a great impact also on important rural bluesmen, and here both Kate McTell and Bertha Lee are accompanied by their illustrious bluesmen husbands Messrs Blind Willie McTell and Charley Patton. Likewise, Blind Blake provides typically nimble and ingenious accompaniment for Irene Scruggs – commonly known as ‘Chocolate Brown’ – on ‘Itching Heel’ which demonstrates sublime interplay between the two. These vintage tracks highlight the significant role that women have played in the more rural aspects of early blues, which is further demonstrated by the haunting voice of Lottie Kimbrough whose self-penned song ‘Rolling Log Blues’ has subsequently been recorded by many important blues performers. During the 1930s, blues music underwent a radical change as larger-than-life female singers fell out of favour with the public and male guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and Tampa Red started to capture people’s imagination. Memphis Minnie, though, transcended this change in the public's musical tastes, as her powerful vocals commanded authority and her six-string skills rivalled and, in many cases, surpassed those of her male contemporaries. Mattie Delaney was another accomplished guitarist whose variant of Tommy Johnson’s ‘Big Road Blues’ shows how she possessed one of the most remarkable voices in country blues. Geeshie Wiley is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever recorded country blues singers whose style is totally unconventional. Here she teams up with her female compatriot Evie Thomas for a wonderful rendition of ‘Pick Poor Robin Clean’. When the Depression effectively ended the careers of many of the classic blues artists including Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, the blues revivalists were ultimately looking for an "authenticity" that they equated with the country blues, particularly that of the Mississippi Delta region, so many of the blues queens of the 1930s were largely forgotten. This welcome collection deservedly revives the memory of both the urban and rural female blues singers who played a pivotal role in the development of the blues.
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Sublime

Sublime

40oz. To Freedom [2 LP]

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40oz. to Freedom is the 1992 debut album by the Southern California ska-punk band Sublime. Since its release in 1992, the album has proved to be a seller over time, moving over two million copies in the U.S. alone. 40oz. To Freedom contains the hits 'Date Rape,' 'Badfish,' and 'Smoke Two Joints.' Newly remastered, standard weight 2-LP gatefold is available.
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The Alan Parsons Symphonic Project
On the evening of August 31st, 2013, a large crowd gathered at Parque Pies Descalzos in Medellín, Colombia. When Alan Parsons appeared on stage, along with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and his band the audience went wild. This is an audio visual document of that incredible evening. THE ALAN PARSONS SYMPHONIC PROJECT "Live in Colombia" is to be released on June 24th, 2016 on earMUSIC as a DVD, Blu-ray, 2-CD digipak, 3 x Vinyl, and download.
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Alborosie

Alborosie

Freedom & Fyah

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To support our ongoing initiative to grow the US audience for Alborosie, VP will release his latest song “Fly 420” on a digital EP titled “Reggae Dubs & Dabs” on April 15. The EP will place his song alongside up and coming US reggae acts Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth as well as VP artists Raging Fyah and Mystic Revealers. The release will be at the center of a spring/summer US reggae festival based promotional campaign that will include give-a-ways of a mix CD featuring DJ Yardcore from Jamaica and Tribe of Kings Sound System from San Diego, CA. A video shoot for the first single “Life To Me” featuring Ky-Mani Marley is planned for April in Miami. While in the US, Alborosie will do extensive press and media interviews and create an EPK for online premiere prior to release date. US tour dates for fall 2016 are in the planning process.
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Bombino

Bombino

Azel

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After a 'brief' 25 hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his new album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Applehead is a beautiful studio in a converted barn on farmland where goats, pigs, and other animals roam freely. The band stayed in a guest house a few steps away from the studio, and took turns making meals. Apart from a morning invasion of the guesthouse by a 700-pound pig, Applehead was the perfect atmosphere for Bombino and his group to create new music over the course of the 10 days they had there.
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Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Land Of Gold

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Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankars fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.
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Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck

The Ripple Effect [2LP]

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The Ripple Effect is a follow up to the award-winning, critically acclaimed Throw Down Your Heart sessions, recorded during the duo's 2009 tour. Throw Down Your Heart was produced and recorded by world-renowned banjoist Béla Fleck, documenting his journey across Africa to research the origins of the banjo. This new The Ripple Effect collection offers previously unreleased recordings from Fleck and virtuoso kora player Toumani Diabaté.

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Yanni

Yanni

Sensuous Chill

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Global superstar Yanni s new album, Sensuous Chill, is a lush sonic experience featuring 10 brand new tracks. The album once again sees the visionary musician exploring new realms of sound and creativity inspired by his seeming infinite world travels. Tracks like the ecstatically rhythmic "Desert Soul" and the bhangra-spiced "Dance For Me" are among the most physically stimulating of the Grammy Award®-nominated composer s remarkable canon, offering a new sonic perspective on his adventures and experiences amidst myriad aspects of global culture.
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Wherever you travel on this planet, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone nearby is making music. Depending on your geographical co-ordinates you could hear young students scratching violins behind neat suburban front doors, the angsty thrashing of teen guitar bands lurking in the arches of grotty railways, the wistful warbling of a singer-songwriter shading under a tropical tree, the thump and thunder of a drum troupe storming a bombastic carnival parade.
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Sk Kakraba

Sk Kakraba

Songs Of Paapieye

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SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders’ egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in Lobi language. The gyil’s earthy sound can be heard in parts of Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and beyond, where it goes by other names. The characteristic buzzing timbre might sound odd to foreign ears. But this distortion is just one of the beautifying sensibilities crucial to SK’s gyil music, which he learned as a child from elders in his Lobi community in the far northwest reaches of Ghana. Although the gyil is sometimes played in pairs and with drum and bell, SK lives in Los Angeles these days and plays alone quite often. Songs of Paapieye surveys a deliberate snapshot of SK’s hereditary Lobi repertoire heard through the lens of a stripped-down, and sometimes spare-sounding, solo gyil. The album focuses on a selection of SK’s favorite song cycles, funeral dirges, improvised interpretations on traditional songs and original compositions—and combinations thereof.
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Matisyahu

Matisyahu

Live At Stubb's, Vol. III

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Recorded in March 2015, in two stripped-back, sit-down shows, the album features new arrangements of his early hits from the original album, along with a selection of later favorites up through his last album, Akeda.
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Mc Yogi
By request from his ever-expanding global tribe, MC YOGI brings us Mantras, Beats & Meditations: The Instrumental Remix. This album re-imagines every track of his iTunes #1 world music bestseller for a wordless sojourn into beat-driven peace and presence. Created for yoga, meditation, or any time we need a chakra-centric sonic recharge With hundreds of appearances annually, featured billing at music festivals worldwide, and teaching dates at some of the biggest yoga gatherings in America, MC YOGI is a major ambassador of yoga to mainstream audiences. MC YOGI and his wife Amanda Giacomini have performed and taught at the White House, Stanford University, the Smithsonian, and more. His other genre-defying albums include Elephant Power (White Swan, 2008) and Pilgrimage (Velour Recordings, 2012; more than 100,000 sold). For more, visit mcyogi.com.
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Bela Fleck

The award-winning documentary and recordings, Throw Down Your Heart, were produced and recorded by Béla Fleck, documenting his journey across Africa to research the origins of the banjo. This deluxe edition offers a complete disc of previously unreleased material from Fleck performing with virtuoso kora player Toumani Diabaté. The DVD includes 1-hour of bonus video material with 14 never-before-heard performances, new commentary by Fleck and director Sascha Paladino with behind-the-scenes insights. The set also offers an expanded essay by Fleck and new notes by Paladino.

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From its underground roots in the nightclubs of 1970s New York, disco music had strong connections to the city’s Latino community. They provided many musicians, producers and labels making the music, as well as a large section of the audience dancing to it. Latin percussion instruments were at the heart of the disco sound and the strong influence of salsa can be heard in many tracks. One Latin music record company, Salsoul Records, would go on to be described as the greatest disco label of all time and, as disco conquered the world, Latino musicians in the Caribbean, South and Central America were swept along by it and began producing their own variations on the Latin disco theme.
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Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues

Music In Exile

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Debut Album Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K'naan) Their deep attachment to the home grown songs and dances of the Songhoy, both traditional styles and the modern guitar based sounds popularised by the likes of Baba Salah and above all Ali Farka Toure, was helping shape their nascent music which sought to blend the trad and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient.
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Jah Cure

Jah Cure

The Cure

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Jah Cure is one of the most influential reggae acts today, with hits in the 'real roots' and Caribbean pop formats. The Cure is his seventh studio album and the fourth with VP Records.
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Major Lazer

Major Lazer

Peace Is The Mission

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Major Lazer is a collaborative project produced by Diplo(AKA Wesley Pentz) - the Grammy nominated founder of Mad Decent Records and one of the most pioneering artists of thetime. Their 2010 mixtape Lazerproof and EP Lazers Never Die paved the way for a collaboration with Beyonce on her massive hit Run the World (Girls). In 2013 Major Lazer s second full length album Free The Universe - featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, and Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend was globally released. Spin called the LP s frst single "Get Free" ft. Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors) a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn.
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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
The Hippest Byron Lee release in years is here! Uptown Top Ranking is a collection of Ska, Rock Steady and vintage Pop sounds from one of the biggest bands to emerge from the Caribbean Islands. Byron Lee's Dragonaires have been a major force in the region for decades and this album pays tribute to a forgotten yet potent sound from the man who revolutionized the Soca genre. Hear his early and classic reggae hits on Uptown Top Ranking.
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NCT 127

NCT 127

The 2nd Album 'NCT #127 Neo Zone' [N Ver.]

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NCT 127's 2nd full length album `NCT #127 Neo Zone' will be released on March 6th with 13 tracks expressing NCT 127's unique music color. The album's exclusive title `Neo Zone' builds high expectation while implying a brand-new introduction to NCT 127's music world. The album includes a photo book, lyric book, postcard, a folded poster (initial run only), 1 sticker, 1 circle card (random 1 of every 9), and 1 photo card (random 1 of every 9).

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Bob Marley

Classic unreleased Live Audio and Video. Includes over an hour of music, featuring some of Bob Marley's biggest hits: I Shot The Sherriff, Jammin' and Get Up/StandUp. Video includes newly animated segments by cutting edge animators. Kicks off year-long 70th Birthday Celebration

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Bunny Lion

Bunny Lion

Red

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Red features ten grooving Linval Thompson Sound rhythms voiced by Bunny Lion, now confirmed to be Puddy Roots of Kilamanjaro Soundsystem fame. Originally released on London’s Starlight Records in ‘79, this is the earliest documented work of the criminally under- recorded Puddy Roots as well as the perfect gateway record for anyone curious about dub, roots reggae or dancehall.
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Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever

The Deepest Lake

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DENGUE FEVER is in the vanguard of an emerging global pop sensibility, making music that's both familiar, yet eerily unique. With five full-length releases - DENGUE FEVER, ESCAPE FROM DRAGON HOUSE, VENUS ON EARTH, CANNIBAL COURTSHIP and IN THE LEY LINES, the Los Angeles sextet blends the rhythms of '60's Cambodian Pop - heavily influenced by American surf, rock and early psychedelic garage bands - with their own eclectic mix of American and international styles.
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BTS

Map Of The Soul: 7

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Photo Book (4 versions), Lyric Book (4 versions), CD, Mini Book (4 versions), Photo Card (4 versions, Random), Postcard, Sticker, Coloring Paper (4 versions), Poster (4 versions, Limited).

All sales count towards Soundscan and the US Billboard Charts, as well as the Korean Hanteo and Gaon charts.

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Package (224*295mm)
Photobook (206*277mm)
LYRIC & thanks to BOOK (140* 185mm)
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MINI BOOK(THE NOTE) - 4 Version (90*127mm)
PHOTOCARD 4 Version / Random / 1ea of 32ea (54*86mm) 
POSTCARD - 1 Version (120*80mm)
STICKER PACK - 1 Version
COLORING PAGES - 1 Version (140* 185mm)
POSTER - 4 Version / 1ea
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Antibalas

Antibalas

Fu Chronicles [LP]

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Over the years, different members have traded production and composition duties from album to album. On the new album''Fu Chronicles''Amayo leads us through a thrilling sonic journey of kung fu meets Afrobeat, weaving together the strands of Edo and Yoruba cultural memory from Nigeria with his training and study in Chinese martial arts. Recorded in the Summer of 2018, over seventeen musicians and singers crammed into the storied Daptone House of Soul in Bushwick to record the massive body of work. With live versions and arrangements stretching up to thirty minutes, Perna, Amayo, and Roth worked tirelessly to preserve the hypnotic power of the long-form live arrangements into six concise and powerful album tracks.

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NCT 127

‘NCT #127 WE ARE SUPERHUMAN’ is NCT 127’s 4th mini album. The single “Superhuman” is a complextro genre with various elements of EDM. Among 6 songs in total, track number 6 “OUTRO : WE ARE 127” shows their universe of being connected in a dream and becoming a whole through music. In this album, “Social House” who produced Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings and Thank U, Next participated. Also, the collaboration with TAK and Adrian Mckinnon elevated the completion of the album with new, fresh sounds. 


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Alborosie

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing using DMM (Direct to Metal Mastering) from the high-resolution masters. 2018 release. Hot reggae singer, Alborosie's acoustic sessions recorded live from Shengen Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. "This album is about my livity, and my spiritual guide which is Haile Selassie so I want to be faithful to that. We're all one family, one love, one heart, one destination" - Alborosie. These acoustic sessions include his classic songs 'Kingston Town', 'Still Blazing', 'Herbalist', 'Diversity', and a new recording of 'Johhny B. Goode'.

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Alborosie

Now in 180 gram Vinyl! The Soul Pirate album was the result of Alborosie’s 6 years at Geejam studios in Jamaica and in partnership with local artists. The album was recorded for the Forward Recordings label.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Kaya 40 [2LP]

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2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ KAYA. Recorded in part during Marley’s and the band’s 1977 exile in London, KAYA is very much the sibling record to EXODUS. Fittingly, as Ziggy Marley revisited the original session recordings for last year’s EXODUS 40 celebration, this year sibling Stephen Marley revisits the original session recordings to commemorate KAYA, bringing a fresh perspective to this suite that’s quietly referred to as the ‘Peace Treaty’ album.

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