Monday, January 28, 2008

FoundTrack's January '08 Mixtape - Liner Notes (Tracks 9-11)

Track 9 - Waldeck - Memories
Album - Ballroom Stories (Sample/Purchase)
Label - Dope Noir Records
Release Date - 6/25/07
Founder - Chris Douridas - KCRW DJ

Comment - Viennese producer Klaus Waldeck re-creates the rich pursuit of pleasure lost after the world war in the speakeasy's of the early 20's and 30's with long-awaited full-length, "Ballroom Stories". This distinctive sound plays better on record ; that is the old grammophones and shellack recordings that assisted the authenticity in its recording. Waldeck dwells on offbeat rhythms such as swing and combines them with his old passion: dub & reggae. Zeebee is the featured new voice on "Ballroom Stories", writing 5 tracks including the featured "Memories".

Please drag Ballroom Stories to your Gatsby party playlist where "swing meets tango in a heavenly cocktail promising a life richer than the thick smoke of cuban cigars."

Here is a clip of a Mercedes advert which features "Make My Day", also featured on the new album.

Track 10 - Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

Album - Black and Gold
Label - Island
Release Date - March 31, 2008
Founder - Stereogum

Sam Sparro is a 24 year old offering up a mix of funk, soul, electro and dance in the form of "Black and Gold" - a highly anticipated debut full-length that is already making this LA based musician a breakout artist for 2008. Originally from Sydney Australia, Sam and his fam moved to LA when he was ten years old, discovering his soulful voice in the Pasadena Chruch where his father was a minister. The kid made quite an impression on the churchgoers including Chaka Khan. After crafting his musicianship in England, Sam was re-discoverd in an LA venue sharing the stage with the Nightwatchman, and immediately after the show was signed by the Modus Vivendi indie label head Jesse Rogg.

Sam is currently wrapping up his Black and Gold debut this spring. We will keep you updated on his upcoming gigs but he is sure to receive lots of attention at SXSW and the Miami Winter Conference.

Track 11 - Ticklah - Si Hecho Palante
Album - Ticklah Vs Axelrod (Sample/Purchase)
Label - Easy Star
Release Date - 9/18/07
Founder - Pitchfork

Ticklah AKA David Axelrod obviously feels that he is the only thing that can stop him these days, according to the title of his new album. As a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings as well as keyboardist for the afrobeat band Antibalas, Ticklah finds a rhythm between Jamaican reggae and Cuban mambo, combining ska trombone with Spanish vocals and tiny hints of dub. He plays keyboards, as well as drums, bass and guitar on this album. However, he gets by with a little help from his friends from the Easy Star All Stars as well as featured guest vocalist Mayra Vega on "Si Hecho Palante" which recalls the romantic expressionism of the great Omara Portuondo.

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