Short run, hand-stamped vinyl at your service. Only a few available on the APS site! Also available on Juno Records.
DISCOVERY Recordings is proud to release Coule’Ba by The Analog Players Society, a collective melting pot of musicians lead by Amon. Coule’Ba draws from West African influences and features the incredible Missia Saran Diabate of Guinea on lead vocals.
We came across Coule’Ba while finishing the Catalano EP at the Hook Studio last summer. Amon was doing his final mixdown of the track and we fell in love with the song immediately.
Shortly after we lined up the release, the studio and surrounding areas endured Hurricane Sandy. With the Red Hook Initiative, Amon and his family began helping out wherever they could. When power finally returned and the debris was cleared, it seemed only appropriate that the record should benefit the organization that did so much for Red Hook during that time.
Label: DISCOVERY Recordings
Artist: Analog Players Society
A1 – Coule’Ba
B1 – Coule’Ba (Version)
Hand Stamped Red Vinyl 7” – Limited Pressing
Vocals, Lyrics – Missia Saran Diabate
Backup Vocals – Mona Kayhan
Kit, Percussion, Jembe, Organ, Bass – Amon
Guitar – Peter Fand
Written, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Amon @ The Hook Studio
Mastered by Hans-Phillip Graf
All profits benefit the Red Hook Initiative.
-Greg’s Take- Analog Players Society: Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
Some of the most talented and musically genius artists never get their picture on the album cover, never get interviewed by the press and never have millions of drooling fans waiting for them at awards shows. For most of them, this is exactly how they want it to be. Why? They are session players.
One such session player is also producer, engineer and partner of Studio Brooklyn. Amon took a wealth of knowledge and experience, tossed in an ample dose of obvious passion and served it up on a worldly lush and exotic sound under the moniker Analog Players Society. Simply put, it is a vividly wild and entertaining hurricane of music which gains strength in the heart of Brooklyn.
Eclectically vibrant, deeply organic or as they put it “State of the art 1970′s technology…Nasty horns…Big drums… Sweaty dance floors…Paradise!” make up the heart and soul of Hurricane Season In Brooklyn. The nine track release combines infectious rhythms with a tribal intuition that will imbed itself in you, giving you a drive to dance and rhythm in your step you never knew you had.
Hurricane Season immediately submerses you in “Free.” The audible baptism drenches you in what seems to be an adventurous jam of fierce piano, bongo and horn infused experimentation. But even simply saying “experimentation” doesn’t quite don the appropriate understanding. Without the use of strong subliminal messages you become hypnotized in the rhythm and immediately surrender yourself to something larger than just music. Ever so slightly transitioning into the self-title track we’re given Cecilia Stalin’s vocals (which appear throughout the album). Her jazzy scat delivery beautifully weaves within the music. Analog Player Society taps into that unspoken language that finds the music from within. This record is incredibly easy to lose yourself in. Each track speaks a dialectal of its own and contributes masterfully to the greater whole. The collective that is Analog Player Society is clearly a coming together of quality musicians who are not afraid to take a chance and they obviously love what they do. Continuing to impress, each song is a great listen. Even the covers of Shannon’s “Let The Music Play” and Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days,” done like I’ve never heard them before, are a breath of originality. Hurricane Season is more than nine tracks and just under forty minutes, it is a trance that you want to succumb to.
If you appreciate jazz, scat vocals, island rhythms or even music, than I implore you to listen to Analog Players Society’s Hurricane Season In Brooklyn. And if there is one thing to take away from everything I’ve just said it is that this collective is not about Amon, not about Stalin’s vocals or anyone else who contributed to the record. It is about the music and that is clearly defined in the stressed walls that confine the power and life Analog Players Society has given to notes from a variety of instruments. Dive head first into Hurricane.
Led by producer, engineer, and percussionist Amon (Turntables on the Hudson / Afrokinetic), the Analog Players Society (APS) is a collective and community of musicians rooted at The Hook Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
This digital DJ promo features songs from both of APS’s forthcoming 7″ releases on Redbud Records, out on 12/13. APS Vol. 1 consists of two dubbed out covers of well-known tracks: “Let The Music Play” (Version) originally recorded in 1983 by Shannon, and “Dance Hall Days” (Version) also recorded in 1983 by Wang Chung. APS Vol. 2 is a stellar re-working of the 1986 hit song “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz, which features the radiant vocals of Cecilia Stalin (Koop) over a full horn section and infectious keys. The instrumental version not included in this promo is available exclusively on Bandcamp.
Okayplayer is proud to premiere this new 45 from Redbud records featuring Cecelia Stalin and the Analog Player’s Society putting down a reggae-inflected cover of the classic “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz. Truly, this one of my favorite songs of all time, probably because I have good memories of female patrons taking their clothes off when I played it at the Stinger Club circa 2002. Combine that erotic potential with the well-documented buddy-shattering effects of reggae music and pretty much anything could happen when you run this selection at your yuletide bashment. To quote Planet Patrol: play at your own risk. See article here.