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Anna Bulbrook Welcome To The Dawn… The Versace Experience

A kaleidoscope of voices say, “Welcome to the dawn. You’ve just accessed … The Versace Experience.” Synthetic wind sounds and echoing clangs swell, surrounding you. The voices return: “You’ve just accessed The Versace Experience. You’ve just accessed The Versace Experience. You’ve just accessed…” They speed up in layered incantations: “Courtship. Sex. Commitment. Fetishes. Loneliness.” Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

And that’s just a one-minute-long deep cut called, well, “Segue.”

Or you can start at track one, a bop titled “Pussy Control,” which is NOT what you think. “Pussy Control” is, in fact, a sexy Prince empowerment anthem celebrating women who stand in their power throughout life. It even includes the lyrics, “master’s degree.”

Damn, do I miss Prince.

The Purple One’s estate has been reissuing albums by the late artist at a healthy clip. The latest of these reissues is one of his rarest works, The VERSACE Experience (PRELUDE 2 GOLD). The vinyl will be available this Friday, the 20th.

Originally intended to be a precursor to Prince’s The Gold Experience (his first album using his famed symbol rather than the word Prince) before its release in 1995, cassettes of The Versace Experience were given to attendees of a 1995 Versace show at Paris Fashion Week. They are extremely rare, to say the least.

In fact, the 1995 release of The Versace Experience – Prelude 2 Gold cassette is the most expensive cassette ever sold on Discogs, at $4,087 in 2016.

In addition to “Pussy Control,” the album includes songs that ended up on The Gold Experience and other albums released by projects of the Purple One including the New Power Generation (“Exodus”), Madhouse, and NPG Orchestra.

As an aside, Prince’s estate recently won a $7m settlement from Eye Records, a “bootleg” label who released 18 compilations, unreleased tracks, and live recordings without permission over the years. Even from the grave, the long purple arm of Prince is fighting for his intellectual property rights.

This article produced in partnership with Sony Legacy.

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Russ Ryan Unearthing OG Boogie, Melodies Meets Don Blackman

Queens native, pianist, singer, songwriter and 80s soul hero Don Blackman created arguably one of the greatest soul LPs of his generation in the self-titled, Blackman. 2019 has thankfully seen, by a domino of chance, his slept on 2002 boogie cut “Just Can’t Stay Away” re-emerge via London reissuers Melodies International.

Cutting his teeth as a session musician with the likes of Parliament, Earth Wind & Fire, and Roy Ayers through to collaborations with Bernard Wright and Weldon Irvine, Don was well placed from the get-go. Timeless records from Blackman like the dancefloor heater “Heart’s Desire” and classic stepper “Loving You, Holding You” are just ridiculous pieces of music ensured his unique Jazz / Funk brand would remain current for years to come.

 

Interpretations played a big part in Don’s prolonged legacy, with champion beat smiths Madlib and J Dilla both chopping his work alongside Jay Z and most notably Snoop Dogg for his seminal Gz and Hustlas.

 

Fast forward to 2002, Don released his last album Listen only on CD, which included the killer boogie cut “Just Can’t Stay Away” originally recorded by Don in the 80s as his answerphone greeting, before his wife convinced him to put it out!

Enter London based reissue champions Melodies, Elliott Bernard took the time out last week to recount the fantastic story of how this record fell into their hands…..

So how did you guys first come into contact with the track and what was the catalyst for its release?

Sam (Floating Points) was driving through the desert in California with his friend Alex (he’s got amazing taste in music!). Alex was playing this playlist he had put together and at some point, this tune comes on where Sam was like “this sounds like Don Blackman!”. Well, it was Don! Taken from a CD-only release from the early 2000s on UK label Expansion. Fast forward a couple of weeks and Sam was playing at Panorama festival in NYC, he played the tune and by pure coincidence, Don’s children Kyle and Irene were in the crowd. They ran up to the booth screaming “this is our dad!”, crazy!

Madness! So what came next?

After that Sam put Kyle in touch with us and we started talking about Melodies and that we thought “Just Can’t Stay Away” would be an amazing track to reissue. Kyle and Irene are also directly involved with music and are working hard to present their Dad’s legacy and make it available to new audiences. Regarding the process, we had an open conversation along the way.

Were there any licensing hurdles to jump though or was it a relatively straight forward?

It was very straightforward this time, as the family controlled the rights and the connection was made naturally. Also, Kyle and Irene are amazing and lovely to work with!

You put out wax for each Melodies release. How important is vinyl to you guys as a label and why did you opt for the 45 format this time?

From the label’s perspective, a big aspect of what we do beyond restoring and making music we love available again is contextualizing and telling the stories around it and the artists who made it. The physical format allows for much more liberty in that regard, by including fanzines, posters, referencing the original releases with the design, etc. I also think all these elements make the music feel much less disposable, which is important for a reissue label as each release become tokens of the artists’ legacy. The label is also quite DJ oriented and there are even more reasons why vinyl can be the preferred format for many DJs/collectors I’m sure you know of!

We did it as a 45 as the song is quite short and it felt right.

What’s next up Melodies and what should we be on the lookout for?

On the label side we’ve started to diversify a bit and focus on other genres as well – music we like and are excited about! We’ll also be doing more “You’re a Melody” parties and more 🙂

A huge thank you to Elliott and team Melodies for taking the time to recount this fascinating tale and insight into the records re-emergence. You can find the 45 below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new Melodies releases and parties.

If this is music to your ears, you can buy your copy of Just Can’t Stay Away on Discogs

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screamadelicascream Discogs Presents an Amsterdam Record Fair as part of ADE Hangover 2019!

We’re excited to announce that we have once again teamed up with Amsterdam Dance Event and Into The Woods to bring you Discogs Presents an Amsterdam Record Fair as part of ADE Hangover 2019!

Discogs Presents an Amsterdam Record Fair will be part of ADE Hangover, on Sunday the 20th of October. The Hangover is initiated by ADE, Into the Woods and Stichting NDSM-werf, and was launched to give something back to the city of Amsterdam with this free accessible event. A great match with Discogs: which is our way of giving back to the community of record lovers all over the world.

ADE Hangover Event Venue for Record Fair in Amsterdam by Dennis Verduin

ADE Hangover 2017, Credit: Dennis Verduin

It’s the perfect ending of Amsterdam Dance Event: Relax after a week filled with dance music and enjoy live bands and DJs from a wide variety of backgrounds playing sets suiting the Sunday atmosphere. The terrain features larger than life art installations, food trucks, craft beers and wines, an arcade, fireplaces, and even hot tubs and a sauna, should you need a detox 🙂 Picture that setting, and then add DJs playing vinyl only sets, stalls filled with fantastic Electronic, Disco, Soul, Jazz, Funk records, and more to that… Sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday, right? We think so too!

You can find more info on the Discogs Presents an Amsterdam Record Fair as part of ADE 2019 event page. Market stalls for vendors are available, but filling up fast, so make sure to reserve your spot by registering here. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

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Discogs Staff S.P.IN. 2019 Halfway Report

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We are already halfway through the Discogs September Pledge Initative (S.P.IN.). After 15 days, we are about 40% of the way to the lofty goal of saving 150,000 releases in the Database. You can find the current submission tally, latest submissions, and the top 10 contributors for the month on the 2019 S.P.IN. leaderboard page.

We wanted to dig deeper to recognize contributors beyond the top 10 at this halfway checkpoint, so we segmented the top 25 users from some of the highest-contributing countries. You can find those users in the tables below.

If you are interested in submitting releases to the Discogs Database, find a record to contribute and follow the submission guidelines.

Happy S.P.IN. and thanks for all of your contributions to the world’s largest music database!

US 🇺🇸

Username Total Submissions
electric_violin 288
cheeznonions 234
drccds 187
djaeon 152
blackplastik 129
DeepTrackZach 128
FujiFilmTV1996 126
a1musik 116
eclecticarecords 115
zadonrave 111
hitmusical 110
fabi.callejas 104
GreenDeal 98
206045 98
SavoyBG 90
MoldyFigRecords 89
djgorky 88
oriole784 84
guarachando 83
Diognes_The_Fox 82
CD_WAREHOUSE_817 82
stickfiguredistro 77
MRCLEANWAX 76
cjohnson22463 69
13murder13 67

UK 🇬🇧

Username Total Submissions
tim_siegertsz 129
Pheenixx 92
darrenst 89
nikki999 82
prometheusrussell 81
ALXtop 73
earthquakerecords 72
lemali 70
OOTPRGRB 65
zin 62
andygrayrecords 61
angleseyboy 49
RG61 44
cncdj2010 39
bertieken 37
DANNYBOY84 36
cworth 35
spade-and-whitey 34
Clan_Destine_Records 32
avvy 32
dj4mat 30
Icemakers 30
rarityvalue 28
thesupertouch 28
R.Soti 27

France 🇫🇷

Username Total Submissions
edembour 71
Building3 70
guzguzgarbit 66
Mephisto_Celeste 47
stephbubby 41
jalby 40
H.L.RECORDS 40
Cliff_Freeword 38
disquotrope 37
Flavien-Le-Normand 34
Krystophe 32
GwenArBreizhou 32
Actarus33 31
cdestock29 31
genitek.rge 30
collectme 28
lavidav 27
aloysiusdelanuit 25
bmxandtoys 25
JSDETROIT 25
Stamina_Records 25
stratomagic 24
REDSTEEL 23
angeloppc 22
diskodisko 22

Italy 🇮🇹

Username Total Submissions
ocasomarino 1324
dib909 593
MechLabNapoli 83
studichito 73
AndreaCeritano 67
tyuan 59
FROCIANDRO 54
8markgiam1 44
lukedebo 39
MikyMS 33
kaimano 30
blublues 28
jackiuana 27
Angel-Records 26
sme-arm 26
sandblasted 25
anda1960 24
de.martin-sergio 23
ciocla 22
f.conti 22
vince_garo 21
Fab1964 21
SOK. 21
BlueBirdie 20
traponto 19

Germany 🇩🇪

Username Total Submissions
velove 495
teninchfan 334
Roth 284
mion-records.berlin 184
Vortexsurfer75 104
Andi242 80
Plummandolin 74
Michael1961 71
xeneizito 60
kuentzler 51
TheDjJade 50
Mr.Slut 50
Mr.Websta 45
Gandalf_The_White 42
brummitor 39
stay_zapped 39
MartinR 38
chakazulu 35
Irresistible1 34
chrisbaerchen 32
HappyVinyl83 29
hoppe 28
Theingmarco 27
mcdustsucker 27
tobias-maier-cds 26

Spain 🇪🇸

Username Total Submissions
Profa 90
aleixdorian 71
tele52 46
sandrito1976 44
igayrecords 42
comajuncosas 32
Ayayamania 29
BarrankoRecords 27
jsarana 26
BenAdictoXVI 22
miguelcopena 21
Disco-Club 20
rokero_indomable 20
KingOfCollectors 19
Vipasser 19
AlexNayck 18
ramblingamblinman 17
Miska_tonico 16
chicolini 16
oberkorn67 15
roskone 15
van-van-van 14
ZAPZAREV 13
xago-nel 12
BeatBeau 12

Mexico 🇲🇽

Username Total Submissions
JoselinoRecords 50
mexedition2017 35
princeofeville 25
clubsalas 25
13131 17
thelostdemon 15
Martin_H_Unzon 12
maykos 11
eccedisco 10
Johnstoneroses 7
gygmusic 6
aguirrejc 6
DistMusicaRuidosa 6
alejandrogarci 5
PP88MM 4
HitTheBongo 3
arturo_avila 3
Mexican-Rarities 3
ArsenalStore 3
BovverlandStore 3
danigreenlow 3
CR-Records 2
eonvirgo7 2
doomerian 2
illmaggot 2

Brazil 🇧🇷

Username Total Submissions
Casaraodovinil1 139
djgorky 88
kito0104 81
proglawyer 65
epovoaa 51
pedrohvg1 28
CASSYJONES 28
thais.laurean 24
FuraRockDiscos 21
LocomotivaBR 18
edivino.jr 18
Acacio_Moura 16
ozneztarg 16
Fabioluiz100 16
Seattle_Store 14
vkubrick 14
progcollector 13
LalaMoreiraDJ 12
Edwild 12
SEBO_MUTANTES 12
takedama 11
fyashop 11
vedder28 10
Bizzolandia 10
djrenatovervloet 10

Japan 🇯🇵

Username Total Submissions
jappress 58
Majestic_Sound_Store 56
asamosmo 55
marsatlab 41
hunterchance 32
grindrecords 28
SakuraNapalm 27
mayhem333 25
facc1216 25
Surface_Records 23
Sapporo_Records 18
gapongapongapon 17
tran_sis_tor 17
wdouji 12
tanakataroh 10
threetimes 10
ninja-records 9
manabu 8
PunkRecordsTokyo 8
re_born 8
777w666 8
villain1701 7
OUR.RECORDS 7
madpierrot 7
saltpepper 7

Canada 🇨🇦

Username Total Submissions
gtmo 241
Luthier 112
dav0043 103
blue-tuk-tuk 103
dyet 91
chazfromtoronto 84
DarioSmagata 73
djgurygury 60
Souvlaki101 43
16-45-78-33-rpm 42
theoneillster 37
swac 37
tom-a-ryerson 36
groovegardenrecords 29
rush2pin 25
GregIoannou 25
vgcat123 24
Rockbird 24
superiorrecords 24
rummaging4records 24
mersereb 23
soal6351 22
hakushondaimao 22
futurepastimes 21
AUX33TOURS 21

Australia 🇦🇺

Username Total Submissions
scarcesounds 250
KevinGoebbels 112
ErkoBlue 58
hambo888 50
kixfm6 49
SEMKASET 41
theRockpit 35
depeche98_98 34
BilliamofDiscoJunk 34
starverunov 34
TheDeadSea182 33
fknkents 32
Kaiserp1964 30
Galaxymusic63 28
budus 27
MartinJames 21
denhartog 20
DJ.Kinetic 19
Nashy71 15
lordharkan 15
derek.king 15
PETER-MUSIC 15
sr4d 14
s00ddd 14
MoparRecords 13

Netherlands 🇳🇱

Username Total Submissions
EKeane 330
demier777 124
SmallHugo 100
bergwerf 90
Danmark_ori 83
janvanzeeland 59
Lot.Of.Music 47
WillemDeJong 42
Demonfuzz-Records 37
basco6421 36
AJMusicstore 30
pierreoitmann 28
WorldWide-Records 28
Martin35 28
papaHerman 28
peterh100 28
henri38 26
Dyama 24
gustavo.pereira 24
jandlvw 23
ARNOLDSVINYL 20
narcisco 20
Stonehedges 17
robinslav 17
downforce 16
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We are already halfway through the Discogs September Pledge Initative (S.P.IN.). After 15 days, we are about 40% of the way to the lofty goal of saving 150,000 releases in the Database. You can find the current submission tally, latest submissions, and the top 10 contributors for the month on the 2019 S.P.IN. leaderboard page.

We wanted to dig deeper to recognize contributors beyond the top 10 at this halfway checkpoint, so we segmented the top 25 users from some of the highest-contributing countries. You can find those users in the tables below.

If you are interested in submitting releases to the Discogs Database, find a record to contribute and follow the submission guidelines.

Happy S.P.IN. and thanks for all of your contributions to the world’s largest music database!

US 🇺🇸

Username Total Submissions
electric_violin 288
cheeznonions 234
drccds 187
djaeon 152
blackplastik 129
DeepTrackZach 128
FujiFilmTV1996 126
a1musik 116
eclecticarecords 115
zadonrave 111
hitmusical 110
fabi.callejas 104
GreenDeal 98
206045 98
SavoyBG 90
MoldyFigRecords 89
djgorky 88
oriole784 84
guarachando 83
Diognes_The_Fox 82
CD_WAREHOUSE_817 82
stickfiguredistro 77
MRCLEANWAX 76
cjohnson22463 69
13murder13 67

UK 🇬🇧

Username Total Submissions
tim_siegertsz 129
Pheenixx 92
darrenst 89
nikki999 82
prometheusrussell 81
ALXtop 73
earthquakerecords 72
lemali 70
OOTPRGRB 65
zin 62
andygrayrecords 61
angleseyboy 49
RG61 44
cncdj2010 39
bertieken 37
DANNYBOY84 36
cworth 35
spade-and-whitey 34
Clan_Destine_Records 32
avvy 32
dj4mat 30
Icemakers 30
rarityvalue 28
thesupertouch 28
R.Soti 27

France 🇫🇷

Username Total Submissions
edembour 71
Building3 70
guzguzgarbit 66
Mephisto_Celeste 47
stephbubby 41
jalby 40
H.L.RECORDS 40
Cliff_Freeword 38
disquotrope 37
Flavien-Le-Normand 34
Krystophe 32
GwenArBreizhou 32
Actarus33 31
cdestock29 31
genitek.rge 30
collectme 28
lavidav 27
aloysiusdelanuit 25
bmxandtoys 25
JSDETROIT 25
Stamina_Records 25
stratomagic 24
REDSTEEL 23
angeloppc 22
diskodisko 22

Italy 🇮🇹

Username Total Submissions
ocasomarino 1324
dib909 593
MechLabNapoli 83
studichito 73
AndreaCeritano 67
tyuan 59
FROCIANDRO 54
8markgiam1 44
lukedebo 39
MikyMS 33
kaimano 30
blublues 28
jackiuana 27
Angel-Records 26
sme-arm 26
sandblasted 25
anda1960 24
de.martin-sergio 23
ciocla 22
f.conti 22
vince_garo 21
Fab1964 21
SOK. 21
BlueBirdie 20
traponto 19

Germany 🇩🇪

Username Total Submissions
velove 495
teninchfan 334
Roth 284
mion-records.berlin 184
Vortexsurfer75 104
Andi242 80
Plummandolin 74
Michael1961 71
xeneizito 60
kuentzler 51
TheDjJade 50
Mr.Slut 50
Mr.Websta 45
Gandalf_The_White 42
brummitor 39
stay_zapped 39
MartinR 38
chakazulu 35
Irresistible1 34
chrisbaerchen 32
HappyVinyl83 29
hoppe 28
Theingmarco 27
mcdustsucker 27
tobias-maier-cds 26

Spain 🇪🇸

Username Total Submissions
Profa 90
aleixdorian 71
tele52 46
sandrito1976 44
igayrecords 42
comajuncosas 32
Ayayamania 29
BarrankoRecords 27
jsarana 26
BenAdictoXVI 22
miguelcopena 21
Disco-Club 20
rokero_indomable 20
KingOfCollectors 19
Vipasser 19
AlexNayck 18
ramblingamblinman 17
Miska_tonico 16
chicolini 16
oberkorn67 15
roskone 15
van-van-van 14
ZAPZAREV 13
xago-nel 12
BeatBeau 12

Mexico 🇲🇽

Username Total Submissions
JoselinoRecords 50
mexedition2017 35
princeofeville 25
clubsalas 25
13131 17
thelostdemon 15
Martin_H_Unzon 12
maykos 11
eccedisco 10
Johnstoneroses 7
gygmusic 6
aguirrejc 6
DistMusicaRuidosa 6
alejandrogarci 5
PP88MM 4
HitTheBongo 3
arturo_avila 3
Mexican-Rarities 3
ArsenalStore 3
BovverlandStore 3
danigreenlow 3
CR-Records 2
eonvirgo7 2
doomerian 2
illmaggot 2

Brazil 🇧🇷

Username Total Submissions
Casaraodovinil1 139
djgorky 88
kito0104 81
proglawyer 65
epovoaa 51
pedrohvg1 28
CASSYJONES 28
thais.laurean 24
FuraRockDiscos 21
LocomotivaBR 18
edivino.jr 18
Acacio_Moura 16
ozneztarg 16
Fabioluiz100 16
Seattle_Store 14
vkubrick 14
progcollector 13
LalaMoreiraDJ 12
Edwild 12
SEBO_MUTANTES 12
takedama 11
fyashop 11
vedder28 10
Bizzolandia 10
djrenatovervloet 10

Japan 🇯🇵

Username Total Submissions
jappress 58
Majestic_Sound_Store 56
asamosmo 55
marsatlab 41
hunterchance 32
grindrecords 28
SakuraNapalm 27
mayhem333 25
facc1216 25
Surface_Records 23
Sapporo_Records 18
gapongapongapon 17
tran_sis_tor 17
wdouji 12
tanakataroh 10
threetimes 10
ninja-records 9
manabu 8
PunkRecordsTokyo 8
re_born 8
777w666 8
villain1701 7
OUR.RECORDS 7
madpierrot 7
saltpepper 7

Canada 🇨🇦

Username Total Submissions
gtmo 241
Luthier 112
dav0043 103
blue-tuk-tuk 103
dyet 91
chazfromtoronto 84
DarioSmagata 73
djgurygury 60
Souvlaki101 43
16-45-78-33-rpm 42
theoneillster 37
swac 37
tom-a-ryerson 36
groovegardenrecords 29
rush2pin 25
GregIoannou 25
vgcat123 24
Rockbird 24
superiorrecords 24
rummaging4records 24
mersereb 23
soal6351 22
hakushondaimao 22
futurepastimes 21
AUX33TOURS 21

Australia 🇦🇺

Username Total Submissions
scarcesounds 250
KevinGoebbels 112
ErkoBlue 58
hambo888 50
kixfm6 49
SEMKASET 41
theRockpit 35
depeche98_98 34
BilliamofDiscoJunk 34
starverunov 34
TheDeadSea182 33
fknkents 32
Kaiserp1964 30
Galaxymusic63 28
budus 27
MartinJames 21
denhartog 20
DJ.Kinetic 19
Nashy71 15
lordharkan 15
derek.king 15
PETER-MUSIC 15
sr4d 14
s00ddd 14
MoparRecords 13

Netherlands 🇳🇱

Username Total Submissions
EKeane 330
demier777 124
SmallHugo 100
bergwerf 90
Danmark_ori 83
janvanzeeland 59
Lot.Of.Music 47
WillemDeJong 42
Demonfuzz-Records 37
basco6421 36
AJMusicstore 30
pierreoitmann 28
WorldWide-Records 28
Martin35 28
papaHerman 28
peterh100 28
henri38 26
Dyama 24
gustavo.pereira 24
jandlvw 23
ARNOLDSVINYL 20
narcisco 20
Stonehedges 17
robinslav 17
downforce 16
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Diognes_The_Fox The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of July 2019

What’s this? Arabic music? Underground 12”s? A 3” record? July clearly was a breath of fresh air. This list is chock full of amazing gems from this past summer and definitely worth digging into. For once in a very long time this list was hard to finish as I just kept getting sucked into listening to jams. Get on it, comment, do the thing.


Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You album cover

#4 – Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

12″, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, RE, RM

Thom Yorke - Anima album cover

#6 – Thom Yorke – Anima

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Ora

سيمون - Mabsouta album cover

#10 – سيمون – Mabsouta

12″, EP, Club, Ltd, RE, S/Edition

Luke Vibert - Valvable album cover

#29 – Luke Vibert – Valvable

2×12″, Album, Num, 180

Tool (2) - Lateralus album cover

#32 – Tool (2) – Lateralus

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, 180

The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger album cover

#36 – The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger

LP, Album, Ltd, Gre + 7″, Single, Ltd

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NeahkahnieGold Interview With The Top Ambient And Drone Contributor On Discogs

At the top of u/Andi242’s profile, you will find lyrics from Kraftwerk’s song “Antenne”:

Wir richten Antennen ins Firmament, empfangen die Töne, die niemand kennt.

This roughly translates to, We direct antennas into the sky, receive the sounds nobody knows.

You would be hard-pressed to find a better representation of the pioneering work of this top Discogs contributor. With an affinity for unearthing esoteric sounds, u/Andi242 has contributed more ambient and drone releases to the Discogs Database than any other user. With nearly 8,000 contributions and 11,000 images added to Discogs, u/Andi242 has ensured many of this self-released and relatively unknown music will be forever saved in the world’s largest music database.

We spoke to u/Andi242 about how he got his start contributing, how he discovers so many rare releases and the future of the Discogs Database.

How did you get started with Discogs?

When I searched through search engines for information about albums, artists, labels, etc., I came across Discogs again and again. When I used this page, I realized that it is the best place to start for every music lover, because the database has a clear design and a clear structure, and strives for the most valid information possible. Moreover, it is very convenient that everything is linked to everything and the various elements such as information search, submitting, buying and selling of sound carriers, reviews and discussions are linked together, but each user can still set his own priorities. At some point, I started to contribute to the database, mainly to support the international ambient scene, because I like this music very much. And I’ve met very nice people on Discogs – especially I would like to highlight u/richardgurtler (Richard Gürtler), whom I only call “Mr. Ambient”!

Do you have a technique for finding releases that are not in the Database?

About last.fm, YouTube and Soundcloud you will find a lot of unknown things that are not yet represented in the database. In addition, of course, Bandcamp has become very important in recent years. With bandcamp’s tag search you can discover many interesting releases.

Do you have any tips for new contributors or those interested in getting started on Discogs?

Do not hesitate to ask for help from other users who have been contributing to the database for some time! Most of them will be happy to give some support!

Do you have a favorite release that you have added?

Stu Jenks ‎– West Of The Fire: Soundtrack For Photographs, Volume Two Album Cover

Stu Jenks ‎– West Of The Fire: Soundtrack For Photographs, Volume Two

I was proud to add the CD version of Stu Jenks‘ album West Of The Fire: Soundtrack For Photographs, Volume Two. I think it‘s one of the best ambient albums ever!

What is the most bizarre release you have come across?

The most bizarre music release I found not on Discogs, but on archive.org. It comes from the US experimental band Bull Of Heaven and represents a loop that, started multiple times delayed, generates a composition that has a length of 8,462,937,602,125,701,219,674,955.2362595095 years. You can listen to it here…Enjoy!

What is your ideal vision of what the database could/should be?

The ideal would be that all the people in the world, for whom music is an important part of their lives, know Discogs and use it regularly!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Today, many young people learn things by watching explanatory videos. Maybe there should also be a short video on the home page of Discogs showing how to add a missing release to the database. If someone has a quick sense of achievement with the help of such a video, the likelihood that he will continue working will certainly increase. – I also have the tip to use the Explore feature of Discogs. For example, you can combine different styles in your search and you will often get surprising and pleasing results!

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Mike Duquette 1995-1996: Prince, Emancipated

Lou Reed wrote “My week beats your year” in the liner notes of 1975’s shocking Metal Machine Music. More than two decades later, Prince attempted to best that record: his year beats your entire concept of time itself.

In 1996, finally wresting himself from his souring contract with longtime label Warner Bros. Records, Prince (or as he was of course known then, The Artist, categorized by his mystic symbol) put more music out under his own name than any year as a professional musician. In the summer of that year came Chaos and Disorder, a breezy, sub-40-minute jaunt through his musical garden. It was released with minimal promotion and touted in its own liner notes as “the last album of original material recorded by [The Artist] 4 Warner Bros. Records.” Less than six months later, a fully-independent Prince unleashed Emancipation, a towering, three-hour triple album overflowing with funk, lust and spirituality.

Prince was keen to challenge the assertion that the public could only handle so much of his music at a time. Whether he was right or wrong seems irrelevant in the always-on world of streaming—but this week, as both albums make their vinyl debut (and first CD appearance in decades) courtesy of Legacy Recordings, the time seems right to revisit Prince’s wild year and remind fans of what you might have missed the first time.

I’m Just a No-Name Reporter

One of Prince’s only public comments on Chaos and Disorder, stemming from a Los Angeles Times interview in 1996, stresses the album’s down-and-dirty nature. “Someone told me that Van Halen did their first record in a week,” he said. “That’s what we were going for—spontaneity, seeing how fast and hard we could thrash it out.”

Of course, not many spontaneous records cover this much ground in half as much time, from the melodic crunch of the title track, the laid-back melodic pop of “Dinner With Delores” (the album’s only single) or the maximalist dance party of “I Rock, Therefore I Am,” featuring both Rosie Gaines’ distinctive vocal runs and the toasting of one Steppa Ranks.

Anyone shocked by the seeming swerves here would do well to remember how effortlessly Prince blended styles and genres together up to this point. What is Sign “O” The Times if not a virtual smorgasbord of Prince ideas (over two discs, even, and intended to be three)? What is the soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge if not a group of disparate outtakes from across a decade holding together a truly strange film experiment? And, of course, Chaos’ expanded palette was a fascinating hint of what was coming down the pike that same year.

Let’s Go Down To The Holy River

Too few of us were there to describe Paisley Park’s aesthetic before it became a powerful museum and shrine to Prince’s impact, but it’s fun to imagine Emancipation as the closest aural representation of the ultra-Technicolor studio complex, shifting styles and ideas on a dime despite the extremely orderly sequencing of each of Emancipation’s hourlong discs.

The album’s packed with lofty ideas (“Emancipation,” the human-love-as-spiritual-salvation anthem “The Holy River”) and free love of all sorts (the slow jam “Somebody’s Somebody,” the directly familial “Let’s Have a Baby,” inspired by Prince’s impending fatherhood with his wife Mayte; the less chaste “Sex In The Summer”). There’s even—in a significant, explicit nod to Prince’s influences—four cover songs: immortal Philly soul sides “Betcha By Golly Wow” and “La La Means I Love You”; the heartbreaking “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” popularized by Bonnie Raitt; and Joan Osborne’s alt-spiritual “One Of Us.” It’s probably the only album where Kate Bush and tap dancer Savion Glover both make appearances.

But again, that’s the beauty of Prince, isn’t it? The freedom may have been baffling to those who’d not checked in since, say, “Batdance,” but the groundwork was well set in the ‘90s for Prince to challenge his image in the ‘80s, from The New Power Generation all the way up to this very album.

Damned If Eye Do

The simplest (some might say laziest) narrative of Prince’s 1996 would suggest that this was the year he became one of pop’s biggest cult artists, preaching to his most faithful devotees until commanding mainstream attention again during the mid-‘00s. Talk to some of those fans, though, and you might come away with a different feeling toward this era.

Fans like Casey Rain and Kim Camilia, the duo behind the popular YouTube channel The Violet Reality, have long argued the power of Prince’s 1996, recently going as far as to issue an “Emancipation Challenge” with other hardcore “fams” to celebrate the album and its impact.

Emancipation is the ultimate showcase of almost every aspect of Prince’s artistry,” Casey recently said in an interview with Discogs. “There’s a feeling of him being unleashed and doing whatever he wanted to do…he didn’t care about trying to have a consistent ‘sound’ as he’d done previously in his career, but rather he really wanted to prove that he really could do it all.”

Emancipation is really about freedom and maturity,” Kim explained. “He was coming to terms with a more mature outlook on life and spirituality, due to him getting married, and preparing to start a family. This makes the album both joyous and self-reflective.”

Fans like Casey and Kim discovered the album in the years after its release, though others recall its release as it happened—like Darling Nisi, creator of the Prince-centric Muse 2 The Pharaoh podcast. “1996 was the summer of the Olympics in Atlanta, and I was especially a fan of Dominique Dawes,” she remembered. “Watching the premiere of ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’ on BET with her as a featured dancer? I saw myself in her so much, it felt like I was in the video too!”

“This era seemed to be an important time when we got to see Prince the man and not just as the artist,” she added. “His music always offered deep looks into this, but getting to see him sit down to talk to people about his opinions and about himself and his career, he gave us a chance to know HIM better as a regular person.”

Even the assembly of Chaos and Disorder offers insights into Prince’s process beyond fulfilling a contract obligation. “It was a reminder that even his ‘cast offs’ are amazing songs,” Nisi said, comparing the album to Marvin Gaye’s contentious Here, My Dear. “The reckless, raw, don’t-give-a-fuck attitude…is in a way kind of refreshing against a lot of the slick production of Emancipation,” Casey concurred. “The fact that these two records came out within months of each other is really awesome to think about.”

An album of “cast offs” with hidden emotional weight? A bold personal statement in his longest album ever? Just another fascinating year for Prince, in a career never hurting for feats of musical wonder.

This article produced in partnership with Sony Legacy.

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Jeffrey Lee Puckett Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Documentary

Blue Note has always been more than a record label. For 80 years it has been an ideal made reality and, at its peak, the incendiary center of the jazz universe.

Sophie Huber’s new documentary, “Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes,” is a sharply-drawn distillation of the label’s impact and importance as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. It deftly ties together the label’s storied history and its continuing influence, giving ample attention to the former without shortchanging the latter.

Not content to offer a mere recitation of facts, which would have been plenty compelling, Huber has made a film that artfully recreates the past with a you-are-there quality through the use of interviews, scarcely-seen photos and rare audio. She then deftly weaves in the label’s present success and continued importance under the stewardship of Don Was; Blue Note Records almost tangibly comes alive in Huber’s hands.

Blue Note was founded in 1939 and its roster eventually contained a super-nova of talent: Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bud Powell, Kenny Burrell, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver — the list is long and mind-boggling.

But the doc pointedly begins by focusing on the Blue Note All-Stars, a current group of young lions that includes Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. As the band prepares for an in-studio performance that recalls a 1960s Blue Note session, the musicians reflect on the importance of the label’s music in their lives, discussing how it has shaped them as people and players.

The music fades and the film rewinds to moody black-and-white photos and a vintage radio interview with Blue Note founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. That’s when things get real.

Photo: Wayne Shorter, Sophie Huber, Don Was from Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

The Founding of Blue Note Records

Lion and Wolff, both Jewish, fled Germany in 1939 to escape persecution at the hands of the Nazis. Their people were being hunted, robbed, beaten, jailed, murdered — they were no longer free.

Upon arriving in New York, they fiercely pursued their passion for jazz and founded Blue Note expressly so they could have recordings of music they loved. As jazz began to evolve, Lion and Wolff were determined to capture on tape its emergence as a cultural force.

In one of the film’s more riveting segments, Huber details how and why Lion and Wolff were accepted by black musicians. It wasn’t because of the duo’s obvious love of the music or the fact that they paid on time, although those things certainly helped. It was because of their story.

Lion and Wolff fled Germany in order to be free. They escaped unconscionable hatred to realize a dream of making art, a battle that their roster of musicians were fighting every day in a racist, segregationist America. This shared experience is what bound these young white men to a collective of generational talent that would profoundly reshape jazz several times over.

This incredible moment in music history is captured through the use of Wolff’s seemingly endless cache of photographs — his photos were used for the iconic series of Blue Note jackets designed by Reid Miles in the 1950s and ‘60s. Wolff documented every session, and Huber and editor Russell Greene blend photos with recordings of studio chatter and occasional performance videos to make those years once again breathe.

Photo: Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock from Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

Old and New Come Together

The film’s new interviews bounce back and forth between ancient wisdom handed down by Hancock, Shorter and Donaldson juxtaposed with insight from the Blue Note All-Stars, who make it clear that they’ve heard and embraced that wisdom. It builds to a second studio performance with Hancock and Shorter joining the All-Stars for a largely improvised take of Shorter’s “Masqualero.”

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly Album Cover

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

As old and new come together, the film expertly shifts into Blue Note’s later years, including a long section about jazz’s influence on hip-hop. That segment begins with the innumerable Blue Note samples that fueled early hip-hop to the roles that Glasper and Akinmusire played on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

“When we were in the studio at that time in the ‘60s, we questioned whether or not what we were doing would be heard,” Hancock says at one point. “Would it do anything in the world? Would it create some kind of value, the kind of value you couldn’t put a price on?”

Time is a real son of a bitch in most respects, but Hancock can rest easy. The years have been exceedingly kind to the music given us by Blue Note, music that remains vital, important and inspirational. Its value can’t be overstated.

This article produced in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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