Black Orgasmo

Words: Gavin Kendrick.
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Artist: Alex Puddu
Title: Black Orgasmo
Label: Schema
Release date: Monday 11th March, 2013
Listen: YouTube
Buy: Kudos Records
 
More info: In 2011, Alex Puddu composed, arranged and recorded a new sound track for a DVD issue of ‘The Golden Age of Danish Pornography,’ a collection of vintage hardcore short films from the early seventies, directed by Freddy Weiss. I understand that the resultant DVD is now available from Pink Flamingo Entertainment.
 
This new 7″ from Italian jazz label Schema includes ‘Black Orgasmo,’ an unreleased track from this 2011 session. This erotic dance floor groove with a Brazilian flavour is backed by ‘Naughty Girls At The Wild Party’ that featured on the original LP.
 
Alex Puddu explains: “Creating a score for a vintage porn movie has been my dream for many years and the thought that I was going to write and perform something original for those pictures made me really happy and proud, especially after so many years of waiting. I remembered when I used to go out and rent old vintage porno movies at the local video store because I just appreciated the old soundtracks so much. Can you believe that now it was going to be my turn? And do you know what? I am a pretty cool bass player when it comes to porno music, do you know what I mean?”
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Artist: Black Booby
Title: Natural Patty
Label: Black Booby
Release date: Monday 18th March, 2013
Listen: SoundCloud
Buy: Piccadilly Records
 
More info: ‘Getting inspiration, spreading it through the nation.’ For the third release on the Black Booby 12″ series, Freddie McGregor’s ode to ganja is dubbed out and stretched into seven minutes of meditative splendour. Black Booby’s half-bar splicing regrooves the original intro, building tension before McGregor’s soulful haze unfurls.
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Artist: Sola Rosa
Title: Low and Behold, High and Beyond (Deluxe Edition)
Release date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013
Listen: SoundCloud
Buy: BandCamp
 
More info: I missed this release of Sola Rosa’s latest album when it dropped last month, but thankfully rectified my oversight when ‘Loveless’ was posted to the band’s SoundCloud this week. The Auckland collective have cut tracks with guests Olivier Daysoul, Miles Bonny, Spikey Tee and L.A. Mitchell for this outing, and it’s the latter whose bittersweet layered vocals bring the mid-tempo ‘Loveless’ to life.
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Artist: Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Title: Lost Arkestra Volume 2
Label: KS Art Yard
Release date: Monday 18th March, 2013
Listen: YouTube
Buy: Piccadilly Records
 
More info: This is the second release I’ve picked up from the KS Art Yard series, the first being Mike Huckaby’s ‘Reel-to-Reel’ edit of ‘UFO.’ The imprint is a collaboration between Kindred Spirits and Art Yard, presenting high-quality collector’s editions of rare and classic records. If you have been previously put off by the sometimes screaming intensity of the Arkestra, this could be a way in: ‘Love Is Always’ is a beautiful, downtempo jazz composition while the version of ‘Space Is The Place’ on the flip is a wild, poetic rendition full of chanting and free improvisation.
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Artist: Paul Hill
Title: Need Me Some U
Label: Mahogani
Release date: Monday 18th March, 2013
Listen: YouTube
Buy: Piccadilly Records
 
More info: You can listen to ‘Need Me Some U’ by following the YouTube link above, but the exceptional ‘Music’ has not been uploaded at the time of writing. Also produced by Paul Hill, it features Detroit songwriter, performer and playwright Sky Covington using her Nikki-O alias, remembered from the stunning jazz cut ‘Rectify’ that appeared in different forms on Black Mahogani II and Anotha Black Sunday. Here, she coos cool over rippling congas and a smooth, soulful house groove on this reassuringly expensive double A-side from the Mahagani stable.
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