Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

MARCEL VOGEL’S LUMBERJACK’S IN HELL.

Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks In Hell Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘28th’ September 2018 German DJ and producer Marcel Vogel always believed he that had some unique to contribute to music from the moment he started: “cutting  up soulful tunes in the early noughties. By 2010, Marcel Vogel had relocated was one of the rising stars of …

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CRAIG ARMSTRONG-SUN ON YOU.

Craig Armstrong-Sun On You. Label: Decca. Over the past twenty years, Glasgow born Craig Armstrong has been one of the hardest working British composers and is the man many top film directors call when they’re looking for a score to their latest movie. This includes fellow Glaswegian Peter Mullan and Baz Luhrmann,  who Craig Armstrong …

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MOSTER!-STATES OF MIND.

Moster!-States Of Mind.  Label: Hubro Music. In March 2015, Norwegian supergroup Moster! released their third album third album When You Cut Into The Present to widespread critical  acclaim and hailed as a career defining release. Now three years later and Moster! return with their much anticipated fourth States Of Mind which has just been released …

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WILLIE HIGHTOWER-OUT OF THE BLUE.

Willie Hightower-Out Of The Blue. Label: Ace Records. Sadly, nowadays ageism is rife in society and many experienced and talented professionals are consigned to the scrap-heap. Many talented and experienced people are suddenly jettisoned by organisations who should know better. Many of these people are only in their fifties and sixties and have a lot …

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RALPH THOMAS-EASTERN STANDARD TIME.

Ralph Thomas-Eastern Standard Time. Label: BBE. Back in 1980,  Ralph Thomas released his debut album Eastern Standard Time  on the obscure Zebra Jazz imprint. Sadly, this spiritual jazz cult classic failed to find  the audience it deserved until much later.  By them, copies of Eastern Standard Time  were almost impossible to find, and when a …

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ROBERT ‘ROBI’ SVÄRD-ALQUIMIA.

Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd-Alquimia, Label: Asphalt Tango Records. In 2016, Swedish flamenco guitarist Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd release his debut album Pa’ki Pa’ka to widespread critical acclaim. Soon, Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd’s debut album Pa’ki Pa’ka was finding the wider audience that it so richly deserved. However, things got even better for Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd when he received …

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THE POPOL VUH STORY

The Popol Vuh Story In West Germany in the early seventies, a number of groundbreaking bands were formed including one of the most important, innovative and influential bands in the history of German music, Popol Vuh. Over the next three decades Popol Vuh. established a reputation for releasing ambitious and innovative  music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case from the release of Popol Vuh’s 1970 debut album …

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FOR THE ARCHIVES VOLUME 2 COMPILED BY VOLCOV.

From The Archive Volume 2 Compiled By Volcov. Label: BBE. Compilation Of The Week. When BBE released From The Archive Volume 1 Compiled By Volcov  to critical acclaim in March 2016, critics and record buyers wondered aloud whether there would be a follow-up? Just over two years later and the much-anticipated followup From The Archive …

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THE SPINNERS-WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS.

The Spinners-While The City Sleeps. Label: Kent Soul, In 1964, The Spinners signed a seven-year recording contract with Berry Gordy’s Motown label, which the Detroit-based group would transform their fortunes. They had already enjoyed  two hit singles That’s What Girls Are Made For and Love (I’m So Glad) I Found You in 1961. Since then, …

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MOGWAI-KIN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Mogwai-Kin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Label: Rock Action Records. Although Scottish post rock pioneers Mogwai have released nine studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums and written and recorded the  score to three documentaries, until very recently, there was still something missing from the Glasgow band’s impressive musical CV. Mogwai had still to write …

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ROCKIN’ IN THE USA-HOT 100 HITS OF THE 80S.

Rockin’ In The USA-Hot 100 Hits Of The 80s. Label: Ace Records. As 1979 gave way to 1980, critics and cultural commentators wondered whether the golden era that began  when The Beatles released Love Me Do in 1962 was about to continue?  Record buyers had been spoiled by some of the biggest bands from Britain …

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JACK ASHFORD-JUST PRODUCTIONS VOLUME 2

Jack Ashford-Just Productions Volume 2. Label: Kent Soul. In March 2016, Kent Soul, an imprint of Ace Records released their new compilation Jack Ashford-Just Productions to widespread critical acclaim. Critics and music fans wondered if there would be a followup? Just over two years later and Kent Soul have released Jack Ashford-Just Productions Volume 2. …

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JOHN COLTRANE-BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE: THE LOST ALBUM-VINYL. 

John Coltrane-Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album-Vinyl. Label: Impulse! As John Coltrane and his classic quartet arrived at the Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs, on the ‘6th’ of March 1963, the band were in good spirits having played a barnstorming set at Birdland the night before. It was one of the best sets …

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NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES-VINYL

Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Label: Kent Dance. Nowadays, Northern Soul compilations are two-a-penny and  hardly a week goes by and yet another compilation is released. That has been the case for the best part of twenty years and nothing has changed during 2018. It seems that Northern Soul is more popular than, ever and record …

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BALEARIC 4.

Balearic 4. Label: Balearic. During the nineties several small independent labels started to release lovingly curated compilations of downtempo or chill out music, which was  popular in the Balearic Islands, and especially on the White Island, Ibiza. That was where many British and European DJs first saw chill out sets being played at places like …

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DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF EXPERIENCE-VINYL

David Axelrod-Songs Of Experience Vinyl. Label: Now Again Records. By 1968, composer, musicians and producer David Axelrod was just about to embark upon a solo career after nine years working in the music industry. Buoyed by the experimental climate of popular music, David Axelrod wrote and recorded what was akin to a suite-like tone poem …

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ARVE HENRIKSEN-THE HEIGHT OF THE REEDS.

Arve Henriksen-The Height Of The Reeds. Label: Rune Grammofon. Originally, The Height Of The Reeds’ project was commissioned by the city of Hull, to celebrate the city being chosen as Britain´s cultural capital in 2017. This was only port of the story behind The Height Of The Reeds. It’s  a culturally important commission that celebrates …

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MOSKUS-MIRAKLER.

Moskus-Mirakler. Label|: Hubro Music. The Moskus story began at the prestigious Trondheim Conservatory of Music, in Norway, in 2011. That was when bassist Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson first met drummer Hans Hulbækmo and pianist Anja Lauvdal and decided to form a new  group which they called Moskus.  Little did they realise at that first meeting, that Moskus would become the …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-THE ECM RECORDS YEARS.

Steve Tibbetts-The ECM Records Years. Ever since Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. These albums document the career of a musical innovator who was introduced to music at an early age. Steve Tibbetts was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and …

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JETHRO TULL-FROM THIS WAS TO HEAVY HORSES: THE FIRST ELEVEN.

Jethro Tull-From This Was To Heavy Horses: The First Eleven. By April 1978, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album of their career, Heavy Horses. It was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that …

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