James Brown’s celebrated homecoming concert in Augusta, Georgia will have its 50th anniversary marked by Republic/UMe’s first-ever release of the complete show on 25 October. Live At Home with His Bad Self will be available on CD, 2LP vinyl, and digital audio as a full memento of the Godfather of Soul’s concert at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta on 1 October 1969.
Alphaville has always embraced technology and used it to produce music to show the coldness of the world. For this release, their cold, distant, sometimes frightening music has been remixed to fit into the sound and the vibes of 2001/2002…
By the end of the '80s, Jimmy Somerville's records with Bronski Beat and the Communards sounded unpleasantly dated and of their time. By 2004, when a new generation of bands were taking Bronski Beat's take on skeletal dance-pop as one of their primary influences, Somerville's Home Again sounds both entirely in keeping with his earlier work and utterly contemporary. Songs like "Under a Lover's Sky" and the lovely ballad title track wouldn't sound out of place on a circa-1984 dancefloor musically, but Somerville's voice is a richer and more complex instrument decades on.
Legendary label and compilers Cafe Del Mar deliver Terrace Decade Mix! With a contemporary cast of artists keeping the label in the limelight, the sound and feeling of this compilation still very much harks back to the original sentiments of those legendary mixes from back in the day. Headlining numbers include Fritz Kalkbrenner & Thalstroem's (aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse) piano dub to Till Von Sein's "Blueprint" fitting sweetly with the oil drum memories of Mop Mop's "Kamakumba (Simbad dub)". Keeping with the pianos still is Volen Sentir's retouch to About : River alongside some cultural touches of afrocentric styles by wildcard artist Aunti Flo in his remix to Bosq's "Tumbala". '90s Trance plays a huge and effervescent role in Budakid's "The End" next to the spiraling Krautrock and Italo sentiments of Frankey & Sandrino's "Acamar" and other basslines dubs from Mollono.Bass' "Feeling Good". Take it to the terrace - feel good.
Café del Mar Terrace Mix continues its successful story with another great selection of 13 titles, carefully compiled by Toni Simonen. An album that builds up gradually from mellow sounds to deep steady grooves and that delivers the finest Line Up since the first installment. So without any doubt this album belongs to the best realizations of Toni Simonen's mission to bridge the gap between chill and electro beats.