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Established in 1999 by Quinton Scott in London, Strut Records is dedicated to unearthing the lost gems of dance music’s past. Strut spans the musical spectrum of hard funk, underground disco, original breaks, Nigerian afrobeat, old skool hip hop and forgotten classics. The label has been home to vintage dancefloor anthems including a remastered version of Patrice Rushen’s ‘Forget Me Nots’, Henrik Schwarz’s version of Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor’s ‘Ene Nyame Nam 'A' Mensuro’ and Detroit Swindle’s remix of Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’s ‘Yamona’. In 2008 Strut was acquired by the !K7 Label Group. Afro Strut is Strut Records’ sub-label that focuses on afrobeat and afro-funk releases.
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Mother Africa - (4:58) 131 BPM
STRUT 247S 1
21 Jul 21
International
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Forget Me Nots (remastered) - (4:44) 114 BPM
   
I Was Tired Of Being Alone (remastered) - (3:52) 118 BPM
   
All We Need (remastered) - (5:55) 117 BPM
   
Number One (instrumental - remastered) - (4:59) 115 BPM
   
Where There Is Love (remastered) - (3:10) 83 BPM
   
Breakout! (remastered) - (4:06) 121 BPM
   
If Only (remastered) - (3:35) 74 BPM
   
Remind Me (remastered) - (5:19) 91 BPM
   
(She Will) Take You Down To Love (remastered) - (4:24) 81 BPM
   
Forget Me Nots (12" version) - (7:14) 114 BPM
   
Breakout! (12" version) - (5:48) 120 BPM
   
I Was Tired Of Being Alone (12" version) - (6:04) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Number One (instrumental - 12" version) - (6:46) 114 BPM
   
Forget Me Nots (single version) - (4:04) 114 BPM
   
Breakout! (single version) - (4:05) 120 BPM
Played by: 1Farshad
STRUT 221D
09 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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She Doesn't Love You - (3:40) 121 BPM
STRUT 232S 1
08 Jul 21
International
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Searching For Ourselves - (3:43) 105 BPM
   
Crossroads - (7:27) 80 BPM
   
Bow To The People - (3:05) 106 BPM
   
Black Love - (7:01) 133 BPM
   
One Little Chance - (2:58) 80 BPM
   
Big Brother - (5:10) 134 BPM
   
Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams - (4:08) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
No More Junk - (4:10) 129 BPM
   
Della Get Down - (5:01) 137 BPM
   
I Am A Woman - (5:11) 136 BPM
   
I Really Like It - (3:58) 125 BPM
   
Puppet - (6:15) 107 BPM
   
Cool Out Your Mind - (6:22) 140 BPM
   
Man Of Many Means (Previously Unreleased) - (5:07) 152 BPM
   
I Don't Know Much About Love (Previously Unreleased) - (2:51) 134 BPM
STRUT 252D
02 Jul 21
Soul
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Strive On & Be Strong - (4:42) 146 BPM
   
Morning - (4:01) 98 BPM
   
Love Is - (6:00) 140 BPM
   
The Garden - (4:32) 88 BPM
   
Look At The People! - (5:10) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dawn Of A New Day - (4:37) 148 BPM
   
Thing Seem Just Right, Now! - (3:25) 86 BPM
   
Intermezzo/Bahjia Habiba - (2:15) 137 BPM
   
"... One Last Thing!" - (3:32) 69 BPM
Review: Seminal American jazz label Black Fire sees its renaissance continue into the new age thanks to a series of reissues and compilation made in collaboration with Strut. One of those is the first ever reissue of an essential lost classic from the Black Fire catalogue, Wayne Davis' powerful self- titled gospel & soul album from 1976. Soulman Davis brings an explosive sound of gospel and rare groove to his work with an album here good enough for Saturday night as it is Sunday morning with loved up numbers like "Dawn Of A New Day" and "Morning". Find your dancier soul tracks in "Strive On & Be Strong" to the virtuosic manners and piano sections of "Intermezzo/Bahjia Habiba". A true soul album from a voice of the times that still resonates now.
STRUT 244D
25 Jun 21
Soul
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I Was Tired Of Being Alone (12" version) - (6:04) 118 BPM
STRUT 221S1
23 Jun 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Oriental Mood - (4:45) 92 BPM
   
Dawn - (8:03) 87 BPM
   
Mervat - (4:16) 82 BPM
   
Ramadan In Space Time - (4:19) 148 BPM
   
Kleopatra - (5:05) 133 BPM
   
Neveen - (7:54) 111 BPM
   
Egypt Strut - (4:55) 116 BPM
   
A Tribute To Sun Ra - (3:24) 101 BPM
   
Khan El-Khaleely - (4:55) 90 BPM
   
Black Butterfly - (4:04) 79 BPM
   
Latino In Cairo - (3:57) 141 BPM
   
Upper Egypt 'The King's Valley' - (5:43) 111 BPM
   
The Crossing - (2:51) 62 BPM
   
Calling You - (6:18) 70 BPM
   
Kleopatra (alternate take) - (4:48) 75 BPM
   
A Farewell Theme - (10:51) 106 BPM
STRUT 263D
04 Jun 21
Jazz
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Lumumba - (2:47) 95 BPM
   
For What It's Worth - (3:08) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Brand New Day - (3:23) 69 BPM
   
I Shall Sing - (3:10) 115 BPM
   
Kulala - (2:38) 61 BPM
   
In My Life - (3:08) 79 BPM
   
Down On The Corner - (2:33) 108 BPM
   
Ibande - (2:19) 102 BPM
   
Measure The Valleys - (3:37) 159 BPM
   
Tululu - (2:13) 58 BPM
STRUT 231DX
04 Jun 21
Soul
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Man Of Many Means - (5:07) 152 BPM
STRUT 252S 1
26 May 21
Soul
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River Luv Rite - (8:06) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Follow Me - (5:01) 88 BPM
   
Soul Love Now - (4:54) 92 BPM
   
Space Jungle Funk - (9:39) 82 BPM
   
The Connection - (3:19) 97 BPM
   
Love's Messenger - (3:03) 152 BPM
   
Bootsie's Lament - (2:09) 130 BPM
   
Love's Messenger (instrumental) - (3:07) 82 BPM
Review: Strut's series of Oneness Of Juju reissues continues apace. Last week they re-released the veteran US Afro/Latin/soul/jazz fusionists' 1980 'Make A Change' long-player; this week they delve back a little further in time to bring you 'Space Jungle Luv', an album that first came out on the Black Luv label in 1976, and that Strut themselves reissued in 2002. As with last week's outing, there's an almost bewildering array of styles on show - and it'll all be a bit "Welcome to Jazz Club!" for some - but if you want to hear the band at their best, check out the dark psychedelic funk of the title track and, in particular, 'The Connection'.
STRUT 243D
21 May 21
Jazz
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Open Your Mind - (3:59) 133 BPM
   
F-U-N-K-Y 'Til The Day I Die - (4:37) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Third House - (6:59) 127 BPM
   
See Funk - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Looking Ahead - (3:26) 119 BPM
   
Energy - (6:13) 98 BPM
   
The Best Part Of Me / Southern Energy - (4:32) 136 BPM
Review: Keeping with their run of reissuing lost or overlooked classics from legendary DC label Black Fire, Strut presents the first full international release of Southern Energy; the only album ever recorded by the R&B, jazz, funk and soul collective, Southern Energy Ensemble. Recorded in 1977 and featuring the likes of trumpeter Marvin Daniels, disco drummer and percussionist William Johnson - to a host of other names worth looking up like Nat Lee, Adolphus Maples and vocalist Judith Spears - Southern Energy Ensemble presents a funky, freeform and a peak time lounge expression of jazz funk energy. Check out "Open Your Mind", "See Funk" and album highlight "Third House".
STRUT 254D
21 May 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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(Family Tree) Make A Change - (6:24) 86 BPM
   
Run Away Bay - (6:17) 98 BPM
   
Love's Wonderland - (5:54) 83 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose - (6:41) 112 BPM
   
Higher - (4:41) 120 BPM
   
Always Have To Say Goodbye - (5:57) 115 BPM
   
Plastic (Previously Unreleased version) - (5:02) 60 BPM
   
Time (extended version) - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
(Family Tree) Make A Change (extended version) - (8:30) 85 BPM
   
Run Away Bay (extended version) - (8:07) 97 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose (extended version) - (9:26) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Always Have To Say Goodbye (extended version) - (7:28) 115 BPM
   
Love's Wonderland (extended version) - (7:45) 84 BPM
Review: Plunky J Branch and his band Oneness Of Juju have been plying their unique blend of jazz, funk and soul with Afro and Cuban rhythms since time, starting out in San Francisco in 1970 but based since the mid-70s in Plunky's hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Here, Strut reissue their 1980 album 'Make A Change' (also later released as 'Every Way But Loose'), now adding extended versions of five of the original album's six tracks, as well as bonus cuts 'Time' and 'Plastic'. Spanning reggae, jazz-funk, soul and more, there's much to enjoy here - the raw funk of the aforesaid 'Every Way But Loose' in particular.
STRUT 257D
14 May 21
Funk
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Lanquidity (remastered) - (8:21) 73 BPM
   
Where Pathways Meet (remastered) - (6:32) 91 BPM
   
That's How I Feel (remastered) - (8:05) 94 BPM
   
Twin Stars Of Thence (remastered) - (9:34) 86 BPM
   
There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (remastered) - (11:01) 146 BPM
   
Lanquidity (Alternate mix) - (8:20) 73 BPM
   
Where Pathways Meet (Alternate mix) - (6:31) 92 BPM
   
That's How I Feel (Alternate mix) - (12:10) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate mix) - (9:51) 85 BPM
   
There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate mix) - (10:55) 159 BPM
Review: It's quite the statement to have the words 'definitive edition' next to the music of Sun Ra however if it's Strut on the case you can imagine this going the whole nine yards. This re-release dates the avant-garde jazz classic back to 1978 when Sun Ra and his Arkestra appeared on Saturday Night Live for the first time. Directly after the show the band recorded Lanquidity in a single session. Delivering 10 alternate, largely unheard versions of Lanquidity, the album's longer sessions come via the free jazz grooves of "That's How I Feel" to the strung out and rather bizarre "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)". Definitively alternative versions no less than bona fide.
STRUT 237D
14 May 21
Jazz
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Every Way But Loose (extended version) - (9:26) 112 BPM
STRUT 257S1
07 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tora Tora - (3:33) 137 BPM
   
Cubaili Ba - (3:50) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Agia Hausa - (4:15) 84 BPM
   
Daimla - (3:56) 61 BPM
   
Fulan - (4:50) 138 BPM
   
Shabakru - (6:00) 54 BPM
   
Briando - (4:07) 106 BPM
   
Tugra - (3:53) 114 BPM
   
Hindewu - (3:07) 142 BPM
   
Lagmami - (4:32) 77 BPM
Review: Introducing Electric Jalaba, the coming together of Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Italian-English drummer Dave De Rose, and four musical brothers; Henry, Oliver, Nathaniel and Barnaby Keen. As the band explains, they bring with them a traditional folk sound that weaves itself through elements of percussion and earthly funk grooves with the added boost of analogue effects and warped guitars. With these nine-tracks crafted in their south London studio, El Hal/The Feeling brings with it remnants of West African dialects - Bambara from Mali, Fulani and Hausa from the Sahel region - to Senegalese mbalax inspirations and dubby odes to Allah. Our picks, "Shabakru", "Diamla" and the dancefloor heavy "Cubaili Ba".
STRUT 226D
19 Mar 21
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At Least We Have A Horizon Now - (18:52) 90 BPM
   
Thembi - (14:57) 91 BPM
   
Mozambique / Azucar Pa' Ti - (22:35) 129 BPM
   
Black Experience (live At 131 Prince St) - (13:42) 93 BPM
   
Rosalie / JuJu's Door - (13:03) 122 BPM
   
Out Of This World - (9:21) 78 BPM
   
Logos / Mojo - (22:14) 115 BPM
STRUT 250D
12 Mar 21
Jazz
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Footprints - (18:34) 106 BPM
   
Ebu - (8:03) 128 BPM
   
Song Song - (8:34) 80 BPM
   
Headless Blues - (7:46) 103 BPM
   
I'll Close My Eyes - (7:37) 152 BPM
   
Gumbo (Vegetarian Style) - (6:39) 109 BPM
Review: Strut continue their excavation into the archives of the legendary Black Fire label with another exclusive reissue, this time from legendary free jazz reed instrument specialist Hamiet Bluiett. Master in all things saxophone, clarinet and composition, Bearer Of The Holy Flame first hit the shelves in '94 following its original recording back in '83. Indebted to smokey, ragtime and free jazz inspirations, Bluiett hits on all matter of dynamics, range and playfulness in the live renditions of "Headless Blues" and minimal love ballad I'll "Close My Eyes" to more percussive numbers like "Footprints" and "Song Song". The sounds of jive start to finish.
STRUT 246D
12 Mar 21
Jazz
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Morning Light (feat Ria Moran) - (5:27) 111 BPM
   
Tittle Tattle (feat Cherise) - (5:19) 136 BPM
   
Ma Wonka (feat Pat Thomas) - (4:50) 100 BPM
   
Buckle Up (feat Soweto Kinch) - (5:02) 97 BPM
   
Keeper (feat Cherise) - (7:10) 131 BPM
   
If I Know (feat K.O.G.) - (6:09) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flow (feat Cherise) - (4:23) 95 BPM
   
24-7 (feat Ego Ella May) - (3:34) 134 BPM
   
Wipe Away Tears (feat Nick Richards) - (6:10) 135 BPM
Review: Twelve-piece jazz, funk and soul ensemble outta Leeds in the UK swiftly follow up their Jungle Run LP - released on Strut in 2019 - with their brand new album Freedom Fables. Taking in guest contributions from the likes of Cherise, Ego Ella May, Soweto Kinch, Pat Thomas and more, each vocalist on this record is said to explore their own memoir in a move that Nubiyan Twist says reflects on the power of narrative. With some beautiful artwork evoking images of exploration, allow Freedom Fables to take you on a trip through an exotic highlife of broken beat, blunted hip hop, Latin jazz, afro soul and UK love.
STRUT 225D
12 Mar 21
International
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Bayiti (RRoxymore remix) - (5:25) 81 BPM
STRUT 234S 5
10 Mar 21
Footwork/Juke
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Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate mix) - (9:51) 85 BPM
STRUT 237S 1
03 Mar 21
Jazz
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Drummers From Ibadan - (4:07) 126 BPM
   
Philadelphia Savage - (5:56) 64 BPM
   
Sweet Evil - (9:30) 160 BPM
   
Lancaster Brand Notes - (1:49) 145 BPM
   
Newest African Cities - (7:33) 127 BPM
   
Jazz Lady - (4:24) 86 BPM
   
My Pure Joy - (6:48) 126 BPM
   
Sax-o-phonics Science - (4:26) 145 BPM
   
What Is That I Smell - (7:49) 113 BPM
   
Afro Space - (2:17) 147 BPM
   
Drummers From Ibadan (Reprise) - (4:05) 125 BPM
Review: Strut's onward reignition of Black Fire's lesser known and truly respected back catalogue continues with the re-up of avant-garde brass and woodwind experimentalist, Byard Lancaster. Picking out one of Lancaster's lesser known classics, 'My Pure Joy', was recorded in 1992 taken from a discography that dates back to the 1960s. Throughout his career Lancaster was a community campaigner for street musicians and pushed what's been called the 'the Philly jazz sound, Germantown style.' Get your free jazz and minimal piano, then, from tracks like "Sweet Evil" to other solo sessions in "Sax-o-phonics Science", "Afro Space" and "Lancaster Brand Notes". For touches of percussion check out "Drummers From Ibadan" and "Philadelphia Savage", with full ensembles to be heard in "Jazz Lady", "My Pure Joy" and "Newest African Cities". Pure heat.
STRUT 240D
26 Feb 21
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Flow - (4:23) 95 BPM
STRUT 225S5
10 Feb 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Horn Rites - (2:44) 93 BPM
   
Natural Mystic - (5:08) 64 BPM
   
Time Will Tell - (6:22) 89 BPM
   
Lamba - (1:06) 89 BPM
   
Natural Food Song - (5:05) 69 BPM
   
Island Breeze - (5:25) 65 BPM
   
One Love - (3:15) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Waiting In Vain - (8:01) 84 BPM
   
Hard Times - (9:23) 71 BPM
   
Rites Of Passage - (2:12) 92 BPM
   
Dancing Shoes - (4:20) 61 BPM
   
Ithiopia - (6:08) 71 BPM
   
Mandiani - (1:02) 103 BPM
   
Redemption Song - (3:46) 65 BPM
STRUT 241D
05 Feb 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
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It's All Imagination - (3:25) 105 BPM
   
Functus - (4:52) 106 BPM
   
Peace Gone Away - (4:47) 103 BPM
   
Free Yourself - (7:58) 103 BPM
   
Hey You - (3:39) 108 BPM
   
People - (6:11) 142 BPM
   
Funky Consciousness - (9:07) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Until now it was perhaps only the more discerning collectors that were up with the legacy that jazz funk and go-go group Experience Unlimited may well have left us with Free Yourself. Exploding out of 1970s Washington DC, Free Yourself presents the band - which went on to release with majors like Virgin - with its debut album on the legendary Blak Fire label that Strut have been invigorating over the last 12 months or so. From the psychedelic funk trip of album closer "Funky Consciousness" to the straight up funk and go-go of its dynamic opener, "It's All Imagination", relive a classic album from a band considered pioneers of the 'go-go' sub-genre of dance and funk music from the times.
STRUT 253D
05 Feb 21
Funk
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Kologo (feat Wanlov The Kubolor) - (4:19) 64 BPM
   
Teach Me (feat Villy) - (3:48) 131 BPM
   
Fauziah (feat Yaa Pono) - (3:10) 82 BPM
   
Minus Me (feat Ambolley) - (4:17) 90 BPM
   
Do Good (feat Medikal) - (3:37) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bayiti - (5:16) 72 BPM
   
Carry Me Go (feat Eli Muzik) - (3:50) 107 BPM
   
Tanga - (4:50) 152 BPM
   
Killer Fear Die - (4:00) 65 BPM
   
Lorogo - (3:17) 73 BPM
   
Atubga - (3:23) 101 BPM
   
Baba - (3:03) 128 BPM
   
Teach Me (original Ghana mix) - (3:42) 130 BPM
   
Minus Me (feat Ambolley - original Ghana mix) - (4:14) 90 BPM
Review: Led by frontman Stevo Atambire, Alostmen are at the forefront of kologo music, a genre based around the Frafra traditions of the kologo, a stringed lute instrument. The group also features Jo Ajusiwine on goje fiddle/vocals, Aminu Amadu on talking drum, and Sowah on gome box/djembe/conga, with production by Wanlov The Kubolor and Percy Yip Tong. It follows Strut's release of Sun Ra Arkestra's first studio album in 20 years, Swirling, from last October, and brings with it future kologo klassics like "Killer Fear Die", "Teach Me" and "Do Good". Take your pick!
STRUT 234D
29 Jan 21
International
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Fulan - (4:50) 138 BPM
STRUT 226DS3
20 Jan 21
International
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Prayer For Saude - (3:03) 152 BPM
   
Love Is Where The Spirit Lies - (14:51) 138 BPM
   
The Hutch - (4:24) 136 BPM
   
Doin' The Carvin' For Thabo - (5:33) 141 BPM
   
Survival Raga #9 - (8:56) 140 BPM
   
Low Ghost - (6:05) 107 BPM
   
Ballad For Bobby Hutcherson - (6:54) 142 BPM
Review: Receiving a second reissue following its original release some 30 years ago, spiritual jazz ensemble Southern Freedom Arkestra returns again spearheaded by vibraphonist Lon Moshe outta Chicago and San Fran. Opening with "Prayer For Saude" that calls for Black self-actualization and revived connection to ancestral ways bookends this album with the 14-minute long freeform-jam, "Love Is Where The Spirit Lies". In between you'll find the dreamy atmospheres and chimes of "Ballad For Bobby Hutcherson" next to its skittery free jazz counterpart, "Low Ghost", and much more. A fresh, cultivated and reborn session of vibraphone, piano and brass-laced nu-jazz. Feel the bliss.
STRUT 239D
15 Jan 21
Jazz
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Teach Me - (3:48) 131 BPM
STRUT 234S 4
13 Jan 21
International
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If I Know - (6:09) 132 BPM
STRUT 225S 3
06 Jan 21
International
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Daimla - (3:56) 61 BPM
STRUT 226DS 2
09 Dec 20
International
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Fauziah - (3:10) 82 BPM
STRUT 234S 3
02 Dec 20
International
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Buckle Up - (5:02) 97 BPM
STRUT 225S 4
25 Nov 20
Hip Hop/R&B
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Space Loneliness No. 2 - (11:41) 61 BPM
   
Discipline 15 - (2:41) 152 BPM
   
Discipline 11 - (9:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nidhamu - (13:08)
STRUT 228DX
13 Nov 20
Jazz
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Discipline 27 - (3:58) 128 BPM
   
Interview With Ra - (4:16) 128 BPM
   
Solar Ship Voyage - (2:34) 157 BPM
   
Interview With Ra (Concluded) - (0:24) 113 BPM
   
Cosmo-Darkness - (2:04) 147 BPM
   
The Light Thereof - (5:17) 154 BPM
   
Friendly Galaxy No. 2 - (10:16) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
To Nature's God - (9:05) 80 BPM
   
Why Go To The Moon? - (2:42) 81 BPM
STRUT 227DX
13 Nov 20
Jazz
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Starwatchers/Theme Of The Stargazers - (1:20) 150 BPM
   
Discipline 2 - (5:28) 158 BPM
   
Shadow World - (13:34) 148 BPM
   
Enlightenment - (2:35) 157 BPM
   
Love In Outer Space - (7:14) 106 BPM
   
Third Planet - (4:55) 88 BPM
   
Space Is The Place - (3:27) 87 BPM
   
Horizon - (8:23)
   
Discipline 8 - (7:57)
   
We'll Wait For You - (1:37) 155 BPM
   
Satellites Are Spinning - (11:17) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
STRUT 229DX
13 Nov 20
Jazz
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We No Be Machine (Werkha remix) - (4:04) 142 BPM
   
Yenimno (Village Cuts remix) - (4:53) 126 BPM
   
Fire (Mawimbi remix) - (5:23) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kukuru (Marot remix) - (4:48) 85 BPM
   
Free Up (Hippo Sound System remix) - (4:46) 119 BPM
   
Safari Ya Muziki (Uri Green remix) - (3:42) 120 BPM
   
Sohaa Gb3k3 (XOA remix) - (5:32) 129 BPM
STRUT 217DR
06 Nov 20
Funky/Club House
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Minus Me - (4:17) 90 BPM
STRUT 234S 2
04 Nov 20
International
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Satellites Are Spinning/Lights On A Satellite - (8:00) 146 BPM
   
Seductive Fantasy - (11:49) 89 BPM
   
Swirling - (7:41) 61 BPM
   
Angels & Demons At Play - (7:05) 97 BPM
   
Sea Of Darkness / Darkness - (5:15) 73 BPM
   
Rocket No 9 - (4:59) 110 BPM
   
Astro Black - (4:50) 136 BPM
   
Infinity/I'll Wait For You - (9:17) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unmask The Batman - (4:28) 83 BPM
   
Sunology - (4:25) 116 BPM
   
Queer Notions - (5:39) 56 BPM
   
Space Loneliness - (12:06) 96 BPM
   
Door Of The Cosmos/Say - (7:27) 116 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins
Review: The venerable Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of free-jazz maestro Marshall Allen, release their first studio album in over twenty years, Swirling. Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, Allen himself describes the record as the Arkestra's "love offering" to the world, with tracks like "Space Loneliness" and "Seductive Fantasy" swooning in sultry blues like the cigarette smoke in a dimly lit cocktail bar. Others like "Astro Black" focus on acousmatic dynamics, solo voice and contemporary bass pulsations, to more definitive free jazz numbers in atmospheric form like "Angels & Demons At Play" to full on ragtime sessions in "Infinity/I'll Wait For You". Find playful big band numbers or covers in "Queer Notions" and "Unmask The Batman" that add to this full-blooded celebration of Sun Ra's legacy.
STRUT 153D
30 Oct 20
Jazz
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Cubaili Ba - (3:50) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cubaili Ba (Soundspecies Acid edit) - (7:32) 64 BPM
   
Cubaili Ba (Max Graef remix) - (8:35) 131 BPM
Review: With two independently released albums to their name, Electric Jalaba out of the UK are introduced into the contemporary discography of Strut with a fresh new single, Cubaili Ba! Combining heavy duty electro synths and skittering jazz drums with sub-Saharan gnawa rhythms and Simo Lagnawi's lead vocal, "Cubaili Ba" signals a first transmission since 2015 that's backed by a dusty, percussive and instrumental Max Graeff remix that's stripped-back and dubbed out Berlin-style. Additionally, band members (and brothers) Henry & Oliver Keen turn in a slightly deeper and atmospheric version as Soundspecies. Max Graeff FTW.
STRUT 226S
28 Oct 20
International
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Queer Notions - (5:39) 56 BPM
STRUT 153DS5
14 Oct 20
Jazz
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Kologo - (4:19) 64 BPM
STRUT234 S 1
30 Sep 20
International
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Tittle Tattle - (5:19) 136 BPM
STRUT 225S 2
21 Sep 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Various
   
Theatre West - "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" - (4:08) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oneness Of Juju - "Soul Love Now" - (4:52) 94 BPM
   
Byard Lancaster - "Drummers From Ibadan" - (4:09) 126 BPM
   
JuJu - "Nia" (Poem: Complete The Circle) - (8:37) 122 BPM
   
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra - "Doin' The Carvin' For Thabo" - (5:35) 142 BPM
   
Wayne Davis - "Look At The People!" - (5:10) 131 BPM
   
Southern Energy Ensemble - "Third House" - (6:59) 126 BPM
   
Oneness Of Juju - "African Rhythms" (live In Washington DC, 1975) - (7:43) 113 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Follow Me" - (5:34) 96 BPM
   
Experience Unlimited - "People" - (6:09) 143 BPM
Played by: Eugene Tambourine
Review: Founded out of Washington DC in the 1970s and running through until the early-'90s, Black Fire was a go-to label for all things spiritual in jazz, funk and soul; grounded in African rhythms, dialogue, funk and go-go. Inspiring a generation alongside like Strata-East and Tribe, Black Fire Records is responsible for delivering us the highest order of Oneness Of Juju material, while working with and introducing the likes of saxophonist Byard Lancaster, Ghanaian percussionist Okyerema Asante, Southern Energy Ensemble, and music drama troupe Theatre West. Also included in Strut's retrospective is the Experience Unlimited's soul and gospel number "People", the frenetic, hot summer jazz of Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra and some alternative disco rhythms of "Look At The People!" by Wayne Davis. Our Pick: "African Rhythms (live In Washington DC, 1975)".
STRUT 238D
14 Aug 20
Soul
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Rocket No 9 - (4:59) 110 BPM
Played by: Eugene Tambourine
STRUT 153DS3
12 Aug 20
Jazz
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Shaman! - (12:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tango Of Love - (6:32) 126 BPM
   
Eternity - (9:36) 120 BPM
   
When Will I See You Again? - (7:54) 82 BPM
   
Salvation - (10:27) 61 BPM
   
Theme For Cecil - (7:53) 110 BPM
   
Virgin - (10:21) 121 BPM
   
The Last Slave Ship - (5:06) 77 BPM
   
Dogon Mysteries - (4:59) 66 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins
Review: Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids unveil their new album Shaman! with a tribute to jazz pianist Cecil Taylor! Originally formed in the '70s as part of Cecil Taylor's Black Music Ensemble, the group has disbanded and reformed over the last decades, with 2020's Shaman! incarnating a fresh Pyramids ensemble; find Ackamoor on sax, original member Dr. Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums, and Jack Yglesias on percussion! A most accomplished long player, Shaman! completes a triptych of albums for Strut that dates back to 2016's We All Be Africans, with Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids transitioning from the political and social commentaries of 2018's acclaimed 'An Angel Fell' into more introspective themes. With some striking artwork from Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, Shaman! has been described by the group itself as personal statement on love and loss, mortality, the afterlife, family and salvation - our tips include anything over 10 minutes.
STRUT 214D
07 Aug 20
Jazz
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Look At The People! - (5:14) 131 BPM
STRUT 238S 2
30 Jul 20
Soul
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Tango Of Love - (6:32) 126 BPM
STRUT 214S3X
22 Jul 20
Jazz
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Introduction - (2:30) 151 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Contradiction (For Thulani) - (5:23) 126 BPM
   
Black Experience - (3:44) 94 BPM
   
Nia (Poem: Complete The Circle) - (8:35) 122 BPM
   
The End Of The Butterfly King (Poem: Things Comin' Along) - (6:11) 118 BPM
   
Black Unity - (16:01) 157 BPM
Review: A reissue of a deep spiritual jazz masterpiece, Strut Records brings back into the frame a timeless relic from the not-so distant past. JuJu, a six piece space age, soul-jazz and freeform fusion group outta 1970s San Francisco was spearheaded by the longstanding leadership of Plunky J. Branch and the ensemble's deep African spirit. Chapter Two: Nia, originally released in '74, sees Strut descend on what aficionados would consider the band's most definitive album (alongside A Message From Mozambique) with New Yorkian minimalism colliding with ragtime in "The End Of The Butterfly King (Poem: Things Comin' Along)". Filled with powerful poetry and spoken word in the title track (and aforementioned) to explosive, wandering numbers like "Black Unity", timeless music never sounded so fresh.
STRUT 245D
17 Jul 20
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African Rhythms (album version) - (7:21) 98 BPM
   
Follow Me - (5:04) 88 BPM
   
Space Jungle Funk - (9:41) 82 BPM
   
Got To Be Right On It (feat The Space Rangers - original 45 version) - (5:22) 110 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Sabi" (Black Fire mix) - (6:25) 129 BPM
   
Interlude - Rhythms Timelesness - (0:35) 131 BPM
   
No Name #3/Love Is.../My N*gg*r & Me (feat Roach Om) - (4:33) 123 BPM
   
West Wind - (7:42) 115 BPM
   
Juju - "Freedom Fighter" - (3:29) 143 BPM
   
Be About The Future - (5:16) 93 BPM
   
Nooky - (4:39) 125 BPM
   
Interlude - African Rhythms - (0:43) 87 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose (feat Plunky) - (6:41) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bootsie's Lament (Unreleased version) - (11:11) 148 BPM
   
Chants/Don't Give Up - (7:00) 125 BPM
   
River Luv Rite - (8:08) 123 BPM
   
Higher (feat Plunky) - (4:44) 119 BPM
   
African Rhythms Chant - (0:34) 131 BPM
   
Juju - "Nairobi/Chants" - (6:34) 100 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Asante Sana" - (6:36) 91 BPM
   
Interlude: African Rhythms II - (0:45) 103 BPM
   
Plastic (feat The Space Rangers - original 45 version) - (6:12) 107 BPM
   
African Rhythms (original 7" version Pt 1) - (3:29) 111 BPM
   
The End Of The Butterfly King - (5:55) 122 BPM
Review: Formed in 1970 and fronted by J Plunky Branch, Oneness Of Juju have gone through numerous personnel and name changes over the decades but are still peddling their Afrocentric take on funk and jazz to this day (currently as Plunky & The Oneness). This collection from Strut, though, focuses on their golden years in the 70s - and it's heavy stuff! While one or two tracks would fit nicely into straight-up funk sets, adding a little world flava, others explore model jazz, spoken word, Nyabhingi drumming and other more esoteric musical pastures. Imagine yourself surrounded by righteous dashiki-wearing dudes at a Panthers meeting in 70s Harlem and you'll get the general vibe...
STRUT 233D
17 Jul 20
Funk
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Prelude - (0:27) 147 BPM
   
Symphonie Pacifique - (4:54) 115 BPM
   
Undulation - (1:08) 154 BPM
   
Anticipation - (5:00) 132 BPM
   
Mu - (0:21) 146 BPM
   
Yonaguni - (4:04) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Island Life - (6:09) 95 BPM
   
Nikinakinu - (5:20) 109 BPM
   
Man Vs Machine - (3:22) 80 BPM
   
Before The Storm - (1:26) 147 BPM
   
After The Storm - (8:31) 101 BPM
   
Meditation On A Pedal Steel - (1:46) 138 BPM
   
Lament For Lamont - (4:52) 157 BPM
   
Pointe Venus - (7:17) 159 BPM
   
Mother's Love - (5:34) 71 BPM
   
Epilogue - Three Tenors - (2:21) 139 BPM
Played by: Kenneth bager, D-Funk
Review: Still reeling from the Linkwood & Foat self-titled collaborative LP released on Athens Of The North earlier this year, Greg Foat, a versatile mainstay in the UK jazz scene, brings in bandmates Moses Boyd, Art Themen, Clark Tracey and Phil Achille to create Symphonie Pacifique. Ebbing and flowing between ambient soul and liquid jazz in the live and improvised "After The Storm", there's lounge time flamenco in "Pointe Venus" to pastoral acid in "Man Vs Machine". Amid cinematic scores and library music you'll find heavy piano chords in the album's hit "Yonaguni" alongside dedications to the late Duncan Lamont ("Lament For Lamont") and 20th century French painters (Henry Valensi) in the cover art. Magnifique!
STRUT 212D
03 Jul 20
Jazz
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