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RSD019 // Distant Dawn

by Sol Power All-Stars

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    Limited edition out of 350 black vinyl in the v3 Rocksteady Disco company jacket. Cut by Dietrich at Complete Mastering and pressed at Archer Record Pressing on Detroit's east side.

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Rocksteady Disco kicks off 2021 with an EP of timeless music from their friends the Sol Power All-Stars from Washington DC. The Sol Power All-Stars’ impeccable production carries the release, with drums abound to lift the heaviest of spirits. They’ve tapped in a heavyweight cast of featured guests, from Brooklynite vocalist Amma Whatt (Nate Smith's Kinfolk); Nigerian Afrobeat/psych rock/Juju legend Frank Martins (Elcados, Shina Peters, Tyna Onwudiwem, and many more); Ibibio Sound Machine’s iconic horn section Scott Baylis & Max Grunhard; and one of DC’s most important Afro-Jazz horn players Besufekad Tadesse.

The soulful and spiritual “Every Time You Move” is led by Amma Whatt’s stunning voice and Ifa chanting while being driven by Frank Martins’ iconic West African Juju twang. It’s a song to dance to, not just a track. “Cocoyer” follows, soaked with Gwo Ka drumming and some of the rudest horns cut to vinyl. A brilliant Farfisa solo from Scott Baylis is the cherry on top of this cut.

The release gets even deeper on the b-side, starting with the “Dance With Shango Dub” of "Every Time You Move" (mixed by RSD's own Blair French). This one’s for the after hours, with a deeply spiritual soprano sax lead from Besufekad Tadesse alongside Amma Whatt's moving chants. “Cocoyer (Raw Mix)” follows, and as the title suggests, this one is for the hardest of house dancers. The release is capped off with the Chantapella mix of “Every Time You Move” for those DJs keen to proper 3-deck mixing.

Supported by...

"I love this shit!!!The first one is the one for me!!!!Pure afro energy!!!!" -Jamie 3:26

"Another lovely EP you got here! The Dance With Shango Dub is the standout for me and definitely something for me to play on my upcoming livestreams." -Jimpster [Free Range]

"Cocoyer is DOPE!" -Chrissy [Nite Owl Diner]

"I really like this new release, very nice" -Leo Mas

"It’s the dub of Every Time You Move for me. It’s deep and sultry and makes me think of sunshine and sea and steamy summer nights." -Chris Coco [Melodica, Chillout Tent]

"absolutely love this!!! pure afro sound with a modern twist!" -Kiko Navarro [Afroterraneo]

"Sounds dope man!" -JKriv [Razor-N-Tape]

"amazing release...loving the Dub and Raw mixes...whole thing is gorgeous though." -The Silver Rider

"Love this release, with a little favour for the 'Cocoyer' track. Both versions rock!!! If I only could play on parties now :-)" -Tony Heynen [Global Riddims / NYP Records]

"Cocoyer is going to some new and fantastical places, rude indeed!" -Paul Fogarty [Fatty Fatty Phonographics]

"Bang Bang Bangers, we got Sol Power! Sand shaking footwork for these beach groovers. Sol Power and Rocksteady?! all I need is a strong iced one and a soundsystem." -Pete [On The Corner]

"This is a dope EP. Every Time You Move is my fave, that chantapella will be a nice tool too" -Craig Smith [6th Borough Project]

"The SP Allstars with another slamming release! Always looking forward
to their music" -Jose Marquez [Fania]

"I really like the whole EP , great work" -Alma Negra

"Enjoying these, particularly Cocoyer!" -Jacques Renault

"Mesmeric and touching. Both the main and the dub. Props." -Dan Stillit [Deep Tenor City / Prescription Pricing Authority]

"this is dope it rocks" -Alex Attias [Visions]

"definitely feeling it and would love a download link. Will play on our show on KPFA - Uptempo Radio." -J-Boogie

"Way to start the year off right! Sol Power All-Stars + RSD is a wicked combo. Two of the most consistent producers/labels teaming up is just so so heavy! Every track is an absolute gem here." -Igor B [Breathing Room]

"Absolutely love this new release, just what's needed to kick 2021 into gear! The heavy syncopated drums, punchy vocal stabs and energising brass ensemble in Cocoyer is guaranteed to make you move!" -Tulia Simba

Dazzle Drums

Marco Weibel [Darker Than Wax]

Jim Stanton [Horse Meat Disco]

Paul Raffaele [Most Excellent Unlimited, The Lot Radio]

Severino [Horse Meat Disco]

Dor Wand [Fault Radio]

Zernell [NTS Radio]

Spencer Yoon [Homework Seoul]

Heidy P

Blair French



released February 16, 2021

Music written & produced by Sol Power All-Stars
Drum programming and synthesizers by Marc Meisnere
Vocals on A1, B1, and B3 written and performed by Amma Whatt ℗ Amma King's Daughter Music
Horns on A1 and B1 by Besufekad Tadesse
Guitar on A1 by Frank Martins
Trumpet and Farfisa on A2 by Scott Baylis
Sax on A2 by Max Grunhard
B1 mixed by Blair French
Mastered by Atjazz at ARCo. Labs
Art by Lil Dave


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