The Lightmen | Fancy Pants

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. “Fancy Pants” is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

This is the first time that “Fancy Pants” has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. This reissue was remastered from Bubbha’s original master tapes. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.

Available now on Rappcats.

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Fabiano Do Nascimento | Tempo dos Mestres

“Tempo dos Mestres” (Time of the Masters) is the second album from the tireless, young Brasilian guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento. It finds its roots in the depths of the Amazon rain forest, passed down through generations of Native Brasilians, and is imbibed by the Afro-Brasilian culture that arose after Portuguese colonization. It is the third Brasilian album released on Now-Again, following Seu Jorge and Almaz and Do Nascimento’s debut Dança dos Tempos. Do Nascimento’s is joined on Tempo dos Mestres by his long time percussionist, Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on trap drums and percussion, and Sam Gendel on saxophone and flute. Vocals are performed by Thalma de Freitas and Carla Hasset.

The album was produced and mixed by Dança dos Tempos producer Luther Russell, who recorded Do Nascimento and his band directly to a 1/2″ Ampex tape machine with engineer Jason Hiller. It was sparingly mastered by Elysian Masters to focus on the subtleties of the performances. Do Nascimento’s fans include legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, who recorded Dança dos Tempos and can be found playing live with Do Nascimento. “He’s Brazilian but (his mind is) from a place in Brazil that is not common.” Moreira states. “Fortunately, we still have some musicians who like to play music and who like to touch the instrument and who like that energy!”

Released on Now-Again Records, available on Rappcats.

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the last transmission


Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ and the trilogy of ‘Brer Soul’ albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. For the Heliocentrics, “The Last Transmission” represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and “13 Degrees of Reality in 2013“.

»Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse. »»

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Returning after their “13 Degrees of Reality” album with a full on volley of psychedelic-funk songs first heard on Gaslamp Killer’s HELIO x GLK EP, the Heliocentrics offer nine tracks that Rolling Stone describe as “…sprawling, with percussive patterns that suddenly morph into extraterrestrial sound blasts and opaque, detouring patterns.” Grab an free download of the Jeremy Steig inspired “The Five Thing” here. Available now on Now Again Records.

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oh no vs. now-again


Oh No‘s second volume of Now-Again’s music library series is soon ready. Oh No combs through a now-much-more-vast catalog from American soul, funk and jazz to Iranian folk to Zambian hard rock. Fans of the variety of projects that Oh No is a part – from his Gangrene project with Alchemist to his production for the likes of Talib Kweli and Danny Brown – will be pleased with the variety of beats contained within. The album is available digitally at Now-Again’s subscription service or on Amazon.

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acting, thinking, feeling

Stark Reality - Acting, Thinking, Feeling

‘Acting, Thinking, Feeling’ the Stark Reality’s complete works is out now on Now Again Records. Available on 3CD box set/digital. LP box set out March 5th. You can still download Monty Stark’s ‘All You Need To Make Music’ and, if you’d like, subscribe to Now-Again Deluxe and get get the entire box set and a bonus album for $15!

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Stark Reality – All You Need To Make Music

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loving on the flipside

Now Again - Loving On The Flipside

“Loving On The Flip Side” collects the overlooked ballads from the flip sides of the funk 45s in the Now-Again and Truth and Soul vaults. Loving On The Flip Side again offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on another great burst of black American creativity: the creation of a sublime genre “sweet funk”. It was the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy’s beautiful two-sider that set this record in motion, nearly ten years back. The collections comes with songs Black Velvet, Hot Chocolate, The Equatics, Lee Bonds, Symphonic Fours, Thomas East and many others. (read more)

Free download of “Darling Dears And Funky Heavy – And I Love You” here. Get the album via iTunes and 2LP version anywhere good music is sold.

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