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coming soon: tramp tri 1037:
the blue bottles - come to this / we can do better
   

the blue bottles were founded by guitarist matt taylor, drummer stephen russell and bassist dan lott in 2011. the concept being to play no-nonsense heavily percussive raw funk, aimed directly at the dance floor but with songs and melodies that will lodge in the skull and refuse to jettison.

the band have a shared love for all the great 60/70s funk classics – lee dorsey, james brown, betty davis, and so many others. but don’t mistake the blue bottles for a retro styled bunch of suit wearing imitators – with a diverse range of musical tastes and backgrounds, the band have been variously described as 'the mc5 playing funk’.
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come to this
we can do better
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out now: tramp tri 1036:
the tibbs - footprints in the sand / cleaned out
   

the tibbs were formed in the early summer of 2012. started as a cult act, playing obscure instrumentals and long forgotten memphis and northern Soul classics, they soon felt the urge to expand the repertoire with their own songs. the result: a surprising, exciting mix of heartfelt originals.

with a lineup of drums, bass guitar, lead guitar and hammond organ, a three-man horn section and the feisty vocals of frontwoman elsa bekman, the tibbs amount to seductive garage soul with a dash of blues, funk, jazz and surf.

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footprints in the sand
cleaned out
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tramp tri 1035:
the eminent stars - the club feat. steffen morrison / hearts are jumping feat. bruce james
   

the eminent stars were founded by saxophonist ben mendes and drummer toon oomen. they both share the love for the great music emerging from cities like new orleans in the 60's and 70's: dr. john, freddie king, the meters and many more! just mix up some soul, rhythm & blues, funk and blues and there you have it: a record that consists of authentic elements:
it's danceable, intriguing, vibrant and fresh!
then the moment arrived when toon & ben planned a recording session in a rusty old farm in the middle of the french ardennes. here the basis-recordings for the new album sittin' in found place: all live, together in one big old dusty room, all vintage equipment was brought down there. Just to capture the authentic sounds & vibes of the songs. soon the great american singer-songwriter bruce james joined the team, later other vocalists including steffen morrison. all blending in with the eminent stars!
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the club
hearts are jumping
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tramp tri 1034:
the aries vibration - I want to know do you love me (voc) / (instr)
   

the aries vibration is the brainchild of funk & soul dj/producer & multi – instrumentalist andrew gillespie. a ndrew lives in gloucester city, in the southwest of england, and has been recording music for 8 years. the first 7”single by the aries vibration was the self released: you gotta get up (to get on down) on sheebob records (500 copies) back in 2007. after years of collecting records on the tramp label it is an honor to now be a signed artist on the TRAMP label. this latest offering from the aries vibration is a cover version of the very rare funk 7” by the corvettesI want to know do you love me and features a new line up of musicians and a vocalist from washington, dc named michael roach, now living in cheltenham in the the uk. 500 copies pressed.
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I want to know do you love me
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tramp tri 1033:
mighty mocambos feat. carloline lacaze - physique / a brighter darkness
   

the mighty mocambos out of hamburg released many fantastic albums and 45s over the last couple of years. gizelle smith was the lead singer on their debut album. for their second long-player (the future is here) they teamed up with different vocalists, one of them being french singer caroline lacaze. in may 2013, the mighty mocambos were backing miss lacaze for her debut album en route. physique is not taken from the aforementioned album though, but was released on the future is here. it has been a club favourite for the tramp crew since its release. therefore it was only a question of time when they would ask the mocambos to get the permission to put it out on 45. although releasing it took longer than expected, the worldwide soul & funk community can finally enjoy this wonderful track along with a sweet soul instrumental on the flip. 500 copies pressed.
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physique
a brighter darkness
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tramp tri 1032:
dokkerman & turkeying fellaz - broken / plan b
   

it's great to see that more and more quality soul and funk bands arise from different countries all over the world. even more exciting is the fact that little hungary has to offer not only the qualitons but another band with much potential. I am speaking of dokkerman & the turkeying fellaz which are responsible for this beauty. also from budapest, the nine piece band delivers exactly that raw and dirty old-school sound of the late sixties/early seventies which we here at tramp records love. both sides of this 45rpm single are hard grooving funk cuts, spiced up with afro and jazz elements. while broken is a slow burning track, the flip side titled plan b is completely the opposite, an uptempo dance floor bomb.
be quick, 500 copies pressed only!
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broken
plan b
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tramp tri 1031:
the qualitons - rolling the bones / nfülcimpa
   

these two brand new tracks are perfect examples of what you can expect from their forthcoming second long-player. the nasty funk sound of rolling the bones features los angeles native andy hefler on vocals. the afro-soul b-side, titled fülcimpa, reveals the progress the band has made since their last recordings.

two years of patience was well worth the trouble. the qualitons are ready to delight us again! watch out for their forthcoming second long-player, soon to be released on tramp records!

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rolling the bones
fülcimpa
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tramp tri 1030 (jtr-5011):
deep jazz - spirits up above / no doubt
   

spiritual vocal jazz of the highest order! the 11th release in the JAZZ DANCE SERIES comes from deep jazz, one of the finest bands on the munich jazz scene.

band leader and bass player jerker kluge is deeply rooted in the jazz music of the 1960s, as released on legendary labels “impulse” and “blue note”. the core of his new album is the spiritual and modal jazz from this era, but of course kluge´s own musical ideas and influences are added, creating a special musical cosmos that is additionally spiced by the individual talents of the involved musicians.

their debut 45RPM single features the roland kirk's original spirits up above backed by kluge's own composition no doubt. Both tunes feature the phenomenal voice of julia fehenberger who is best known for her work with the boogoos and their now classic interpretation of the art ensemble of chicago's theme de yoyo!
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spirits up above
no doubt
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tramp tri 1029:
diazpora - non sports / kate
   

after their first 45rpm single release on tramp the guys from diazpora are back with two tasty instrumental funk sides. taken from their second long-player "session II", non sports as well as kate are monster tracks which will certainly rock dance floors all over the world.

non sports
starts with an open drum break accompanied by a funky-ass bass line. after the intro the song turns into a real party groover with a guitar break that will people make clap their hands.

kate
is just the perfect track for the b-side. The tempo is slower but the heavy wah wah guitar groove and back and forth solos of baritone and tenor saxophone pushes the whole thing to another level.

as all tramp 45RPM singles these two songs are vinyl-only releases. help to save the black gold and purchase the 45 quickly. it is limited to 500 copies anyway!
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non sports
kate
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tramp tri 1028:
jaribu afrobeat arkestra - tricky liars (dj edit) / afro soul knows (dj edit)
   

for the last 10 years or so the iconic blend of african folk, american jazz and funk, and percussive horn, drum and chant oriented music called afro beat has experienced a grand revival. dozens of new bands worldwide consciously carrying the legacy of fela kuti into the new century. jaribu afrobeat arkestra is one of those new bands on the scene. spiritually influenced by the great fela kuti, “jaribu” which means “try” in swahili, have created their own “neo afrobeat” sound, interweaving traditional afro beat with funk and jazz sounds. after the release of their debut album entitled afro sound system (2009) they started to search for ways to expand and develop their sound and began recording their second album, mediacracy.

this 7“ contains special dj edits of tricky liars and afro soul knows. the full versions can be enjoyed on the aforementioned album on 2LP, CD and digital download. both tunes of this 7" are vinyl-only which means that they will not be released digitally! limited to 500 copies.
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tricky liars
afro soul knows
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tramp tri 1027:
derobert & the half truths - take me out of the dark / the joy
   

it is likely that some of you are already familiar with derobert & the half truths. after releasing some 45rpm singles on their own g.e.d. soul records label they finally released a full length album entitled soul in a digital world. sad but true, it has been released on compact disc only. real djs never had the chance to play out songs from that album. that was the main reason why we decided to put out two of the best tracks on vinyl. take me out of the dark is a deep-funk belter with an unusual drum pattern. don't worry, it works wonders on the dance floor. the flip side titled the joy shows their other, soulful side.
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limitation of 500 copies and an excellent sound quality ensures demand between funk and (northern) soul collectors. be quick and play it out loud!
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take me out of the dark
the joy
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tramp tri 1026:
diazpora - seven up / strutosphere
   

diazpora hails from hamburg, germany, consisting of a bunch of young fellows who are proud to present their debut on tramp records. although they have privately released a couple of albums, this is their first 45rpm single release. seven up has been originally released on a previous album. however the version to be found here is a live version recorded at a small street festival in hamburg in september 2010. the drums and the bass simply kick-ass (imagine it is a double-bass!) the decent work of the guitar player fits just perfectly and the solos of both trumpet and saxophone brings the whole tune to another level.
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s on all tramp 45rpm singles these two songs will not be released digitally. save the vinyl and play it out loud!
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seven up
strutosphere
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tramp tri 1025:
t.d. & jimmy james 3 - mosquito eater / jalapeno pep pt.2
   

here is something fun from a recent session I composed, co-produced, arranged, engineered and performed on. seattle washington, usa. september 15th, 2010. the working session name is t.d. & the jimmy james 3 or we might go with the mosquitohawks I was experimenting with how far I could push the drum and guitar channel through this weirdo amp I had laying around. as usual, I dug into my stash of noname mics turned to my trusty cassette 4-track. drums went thru the same "moneymaker" mic as in the crawdad farmers and chez jojo sessions. I am pretty happy with the results. I think we got the good vibes.

a different version of jalapeno pep is available on the feeling nice compilation (tr-9012) which has been released on tramp in june 2011.
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mosquito eater
jalapeno pep pt.2
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tramp tri 1024: (250 copies)
the crawdad farmers - redbeard / jesse's party
   

since his first 45 rpm single release on tramp (tr-1012 don’t go away / the fresh one) lucky brown has steadily been improving his sound/production and became a very important part of tramp records.
this time he performs under a pseudonym again which does not mean at all that the quality of the recording differs from his recent output. in fact, the crawdad farmers recordings (actually lucky brown and his band) gets more and more used to delivering authentic funk which not many bands come up with these days. the way he records his songs seems to be simple, but as soon as you try to do it the same way you realize that it is not simple at all. it takes a whole lot more than just placing mics in the right places and to having the proper equipment. what you need is something else, it's called SOUL! and lucky brown definitely has a lot of it!

redbeard
and jesse’s party are released just in time for the summer of 2010. either you play it at your private bbq or a packed dancefloor, people will go nuts for it for sure. be prepared for more raw funk and soul music from lucky brown, his debut longplayer is in the making and will hit the streets soon!
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redbeard
jesse's party
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tramp tri 1023: (400 copies)
the qualitons - c'mon baby / margit
   


white label = ltd. dj issue (100 copies)
green label = regular issue

the story of the qualitons began in 2007 when dj/producer kanada káosz decided to put together a funk/soul/afrobeat band. he went to dozens of concerts to hand-pick musicians for this project. this is the way the qualitons were born. the band were named after the living memory of the former hungarian recording company "qualiton" - a record label which existed from the late 50s up to the 70s.
the a-side of this single, the heavy beat-influenced c'mon baby (get heavy with me), is a perfect example of their unique style they have developed over the years. drummer hunor g. szabo is not only playing his instrument but also delivers the vocals along with the entire band.

on the b-side you have margit, a 2 minutes and 41 seconds lasting funk instrumental with a roaring bass-line of deepest intensity. the sound and production of this gem is another proof for the bands ability not only to imitate but develop the golden sound of the 1960s.
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c'mon baby
margit

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tramp tri 1022: (500 copies)
the qualitons - mellbimbo / kulmi
   

the band was named after the living memory of the hungarian recording company "qualiton" - a label which exsisted between the late 1950's and 1970's. those records were able to bear the spirit of the eastern block along with the western impacts of the language of dance music. the band was founded to cultivate the musical heritage of the authentic instrumental sounds of those ages.

mellbimbo
, the title track of their second 7inch on tramp, is a stone-cold killer from beginning to end. the band members show once again their skills on each instrument, especially Matyas Premecz gets down on the organ. for this recording they assembled a bright, tight horn section which arrangement is obviously influenced by the psychadelic afro-sounds of the 1970s.

kulmi with its hypnotic midtempo groove is another original composition of the band. Barna Szoke is grooves along on his guitar, using the wah-wah pedal in a very decent way. drummer Hunor G. Szabo does a great job too and even delivers a short but tight drum break right after the bridge.
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mellbimbo
kulmi

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tramp tri 1021 (jtr-5003): (500 copies)
the cultures of rhythm - big shrimp / monday child
   

tramp records' third release in the recently established JAZZ DANCE SERIES is not a re-issue from back in the day but a jewel from a new band which has been featured on the contemporary jazz compilation released earlier this year.

the cultures of rhythm, a new york based collective of experienced young players from a variety of musical backgrounds, brings many influences to their sound. comprised of current and former members of the duke ellington orchestra, french kicks, isley brothers, mofro, and kevin jones and tenth world, diversity is the groups greatest asset. with so many perspectives represented, the players find common ground on a fundamental level, and the resulting musical explorations are a celebration of soulfulness, distilled into exciting new forms.

fronted by noted trumpeter and new orleans native kevin louis, the groups members are steeped in the jazz, soul, blues, and american songbook traditions. playing from deep within the history of their instruments, they stroll, strut, and dance through swing, jazz, second line, blues, funk, boogaloo, and rock.
organist adam scone wrote big shrimp while monday child is an original composition by louis armstrong.
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big shrimp
monday child

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