‘The Best of Perception & Today Records’ (Mixed by DJ Spinna) Out in April

 

Perception Productions was an NYC based label, which captured Manhattan’s black music scene of the late 60′s to mid 70′s. In April, BBE will be releasing a compilation that will highlight the greats and influential emerging talent that came from this label.

Mixed by DJ Spinna, get ready to hear and eclectic mix of sounds, ranging from “jazz, funk, vocal harmony soul and proto-disco.”

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Funky NY House Compilation: Henry Street Grooves + MP3

In 1999, BBE released Henry Street Music: The Story So Far – 1993 To 1999, a slice of superior club classics featuring the key music makers of the day. Todd Terry, Armand Van Helden, Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, 95 North, Robbie Rivera, Davidson Ospina, Ralphi Rosario, Mike Delgado, King Britt and a handful of others under various alter egos and nom de plumes.

Now the story of Henry Street Music as a label continues with Henry Street Grooves – Classic Deep, Funky and Jazzy House from New York, to be released on March 21st, 2011. Even though many people will be familiar with nearly all the artists and many of the releases put out on the label, most of these tracks will be entirely new to their ears. Featured artists on this New York based comp include Liquid Dope, Mike Delgado, The Force, Johnick, Tronco Traxx, DJ Duke, E-Smoove, Robbie Rivera, Ray Roc and more.

The Rising Sunz - “Sunrize” [MP3]
 

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Lady Daisey on BBE Records + MP3

“Soul Strut” is the second single to be released from Lady Daisey‘s debut album produced by Batsauce. It dives into the traditions of funky soul to create a modern day classic. This was the last track written and recorded for the album and has proven to be an instant hit. The message is a reminder to take time out of the daily struggle, enjoy life and rock your inner you.

Lady Daisey’s debut, In My Pocket, will be released November 15th on BBE Records. Check out the EPK here.

Lady Daisey – “Soul Strut” [MP3]
 

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Inside World Wide

Remember when people wrote liner notes in their CDs? Including rare insight from the artist, reviews from real journalists, lyrics for every song, and sometimes yearbook-style shout outs? If you’re anything like the average music consumer, you’d be hard-pressed to find any of these things in your current collection. As the music industry continues to move into a digital sector, vinyl and CDs have become more and more like novelty items. But those of us that appreciate this novelty take it seriously, and want to pay sufficient respect to our music by packaging it with extra quality material.

Gilles Peterson World Wide (A Celebration of his Syndicated Radio Show), out for release on 10/11, is one of these exceptions in the digital world. Fans of Gilles Peterson the DJ, World Wide the show, music history and/or plain good music will love the 15-page full color booklet included with this 2xCD. It has everything we’ve been missing in CD booklets: vintage photos (Gilles at 16 years old! awww), newspaper clippings, original letters, and personal stories from Gilles as well as the people who surrounded him, like Benji B, Beccy Grierson, Jez Nelson and Ben Cave.

This compilation is really about the history of the GPWW radio show on Radio 1. In this case, we have people to tell it in nostalgic detail and plenty of documents and photos to show the significance of certain images and events- for example Gilles getting ‘sacked’ for playing ‘Peace Jazz’ during the Gulf War. Despite the apparent ups and downs, detailed in the liner notes, Gilles Peterson’s radio career is an amazing story. But the story is best told by the music itself.

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Worldwide 2xCD + MP3

The tagline for this new double-disc compilation, out on BBE Records October 11th, Gilles Peterson Worldwide is “A Celebration of His Syndicated Radio Show.” It’s filled with some of Gilles Peterson‘s biggest radio successes: the acts he broke on BBC1, the bands he catapulted to cult status, the songs he made into international sensations, and basically many of the milestones from the last ten years of funk, soul and jazz music.

In fact, we get giddy every Thursday when we have the exclusive stream to share with you. Check out past shows of the  highly-influential 2-hour broadcast. [GPWW on Giant Step]

Gilles’ selections throughout the years have influenced all of us, if not the whole world. He’s been on a massive quest ‘for the perfect beat,’ and thanks to this show, we’re constantly updated on the status of the noble, necessary mission.

Grab the download and after the jump, watch some of our favorite videos of tracks featured on the compilation.

Jay Dee – “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” [MP3]
 

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