We are really excited about this! The first Nigeria 70 was by far one of the most important albums of 70’s Nigerian music to come out on vinyl. Originally released by Strut in 2001 it brought a new sound to a generation of DJs.
This definitive reissue features the original LP remastered (at The Carvery) and pressed on 180g triple vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. The package comes with the full 2CD edition of the album and a copy of the Nigeria 70 audio documentary, unavailable since the original CD issue (also as download as soon as the package is shipped).
Narrated by Wunmi with commentary by the late Nigerian academic “Elder” Steve Rhodes, this one-hour piece is an essential snapshot of the 1970s Lagos scene and the cultural and political context from many of the key players of the time. It includes interviews with Ginger Baker, Fela Kuti, Ebenezer Obey, Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup of Monomono and many more.
Ok, we are slightly biased about this album as its one of ours. Frank our mastering engineer (aka Frankie Francis), as well as dedicating his life to improving the music of others, spends an inordinate amount of time with chum and label partner Hugo Mendez, scouring the for lost and forgotten sounds from the four corners of the world.
This second album on Strut encapsulates the infamous warehouse parties Frankie and Hugo have been staging in various spaces in the capital over the last five years.
To help mold the modern and old tracks together all the masters were bounced to tape and then cut from tape-to-disk.
Without a doubt one of the highlights of 2012. This incredible album was recorded in the famous Fuentes Studio in Medellin. By some of the finest musicians in Colombia. This collaboration between Frente Cumbiero, Quantic and the British Council has produced and album of stunning quality, bringing together a mixture of well known and classic Colombian styles such as cumbia, porro, gaita and champeta clashing head-on with boogaloo, ska, beat-box, hip hop, dub and funk.
To retain the 70s Fuentes sound the album was all recorded to ¼” tape. The tapes where then delivered to The Carvery where Frank spend weeks mastering and editing the final masters to disk with no digital processing at all. This really is a true analogue recording as it would have been done in the heyday of the Fuentes studio thirty years ago.
As well as reaching a stunning sonic level no expense was spared on the packaging of this project. Triple 180g vinyl in matte black inner sleeves, 350gsm reverse board print and a pure analogue 7″ thrown in for good measure. Design by our good friend Lewis Heriz.
B+ film and stills gallery. http://www.flickr.com//photos/74554931@N02/sets/72157628917951765/show/
“One of the albums of the year.”
“A polyrhythmic, rump-rotating blend of brass, keys, percussion, guitar and vocals.”
“When it comes to rump-shaking dance music, Colombia’s Ondatrópica is hard to beat.”
For more info on Ondatropica please visit the links below.
Quantic & Alice Russell Direct to Disk Recording at The Carvery
Recorded during the Hackney riots in 2011, Quantic and Alice Russell, alongside nine members of the Combo Barbaro descended on the Carvery to attempt the most challenging of all the recording disciplines, Direct to Disk.
Luckily we had our trusty photographer friend B+ to film the process.