You may of seen pictures of people posing behind record sleeves on the internet, which is also known as taking sleevefaces http://www.sleeveface.com
This Smoove & Turrell video puts a twist on that idea as it plays through a slideshow of legendary record covers with the band’s faces superimposed onto them in a homemade ’cut and paste’ style – perfectly fitting for a Smoove & Turrell Record Store Day celebration!
‘Lay It On Me’, which is set to be released on the 14th April, is a fast paced soul stomper which has been a mainstay of the bands energetic live show for the last few months, whilst their B-side track ’I Just Want More’ showcases the bands incredible songwriting and melodic appeal.
Taken from the Album Broken Toys Released 26th May 2014
Opolopo is a pseudonym of Peter Major (b. Zirc, Hungary) & Yorùbá for ‘plenty’ – indicative of this production wizard’s diverse musical voyage. Starting out, in early teens, with overdubbing on cassette decks, with a Casio VL-Tone (toy keyboard), to constructing soundscapes on synth’s, drum machines & computers, as an extraordinary Scandinavian producer.
Major spent the early part of his creative development touring (with keyboardist father), when his ingenuity was fed, through listening to jazz fusion / musique concrète records, e.g. from: Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, Kraftwerk & Earth, Wind & Fire.
His music spans over a decade on labels such as JVC Japan, Om Records, Warner Brothers, Tru Thughts, Sony/BMG, Swedish Brandy and Especial Records. Collaboration highlights include the legendary Dazz Band, Dudley Perkins, Craig David, Mr. V, Lanu, Simon Grey, Mpho Skeef, Eska, Sacha Williamson and more. His bootleg remixes of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Erykah Badu also built a frenzy with soul music connoisseurs worldwide.
Ashley Beedle became one of the U.K.’s most celebrated house producers in the late ’90s as Black Science Orchestra. In addition, Beedle also produced tracks as the Black Jazz Chronicles, the Rising Sunz, the Ballistic Brothers, and X-Press 2; furthermore, he DJed under his own name, releasing the Grass Roots mix in 1999.
Born in Hemel Hempstead, England, in 1962, Beedle began DJing during the acid house explosion of the late ’80s, but was turned on to disco as well when he heard Norman Jay DJing obscure tracks on the pirate station KISS FM. After he joined long-time friend Rob Mello and John Howard as Black Science Orchestra, the trio reworked the Trammps’ “Where Were You (When the Lights Went Out)?” into their debut single “Where Were You,” released on Junior Boy’s Own. House godfather Frankie Knuckles began spinning the record, as well as the second BSO offering, “Strong” (recorded with Linsey Edwards replacing Mello). Beedle recruited engineer Marc Woolford and keyboard player Uschi Classen for a third single, “New Jersey Deep,” and watched the record become a classic, selected by Knuckles and the Masters at Work team for use in their DJ sets.
Though Beedle teamed up with Dave Hill and Rocky & Diesel to form the Ballistic Brothers and release one of 1994′s hottest LPs, London Hooligan Soul, he was back with Black Science Orchestra that same year, now just Beedle and Woolford. Though troubles with sample clearance delayed their album almost two years (the duo eventually drafted session musicians and vocalists instead), Beedle kept busy with the formation of the disco-rave project X-Press 2, this time including him and Rocky & Diesel. The trio released singles for Radikal-Q and Junior Boy’s Own, but hit the jackpot with a track called “The Sound.” It spent weeks at the top of the American dance charts. Later that year, the debut Black Science Orchestra LP, Walter’s Room, was released on Junior Boy’s Own.
Beedle is an in-demand DJ and also runs three labels: Soundboy Entertainment, Afroart, and Ill Sun.