The next official reissue oozes the feelgood factor, a reggae disco cover of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Jamaican artist Yvonne Archer. For the first time since the original release in 1980 the full length original 12” mix gets the reissue treatment along with the Lovers Rock leaning ‘Checking Out The Way I Feel’.
Official LP reissue of ‘Peace & Harmony’ by Nigerian funk royalty Harry Mosco, Originally released in 1979. Incl the big tracks “Sexy Dancer”, “Step On” and “Do It Together”.
Isle Of Jura digs deep going back 40 years for the reissue of Harry’s 1979 album which is something of an undiscovered gem that touches upon Disco, Funk, Boogie, Soul and Dub. Harry passed away in 2012 and we’ve worked closely with his son on the reissue.
Harry Mosco is best known as the founder of legendary 1970s Nigerian Afro-Funk band The Funkees. Originating as an Army band after the Nigerian Civil War they lead the wave of upbeat music produced by young artists in Nigeria in response to the darkness of the recently concluded civil conflict. Following a notable hit single ‘Akula Owu Onyeara’ the band split in 1977 and Harry pursued a solo career.
‘Peace & Harmony’ was Harry’s third LP continuing the rich vein of form found in previous albums ‘Country Boy’ and ‘Funkees’ (For You Specially). He was a visionary who wrote, arranged and produced each song on the LP assisted by Mark Lusari on engineering duties (P.I.L, Jah Wobble & Prince I), whose Reggae and Dub influence can be felt on title track ‘Peace & Harmony’ and ‘Peaceful Dub’. The LP contains two certified floorfillers of Studio 54 era Disco Funk in the shape of ‘Sexy Dancer’ & ‘Step On’ and two slow jams, the soulful ballad ‘She’s Gone’ and horn lead album closer ‘Do It Together’. Mr Funkees was printed on the cover to help record buyers make the connection between Mosco and his former band.
The first in a series of compilations by Jura Soundsystem is a blend of dub, ambient, downtempo, boogie, and proto house with a focus on music never before released on vinyl, sought-after out-of-print titles and some special versions edited specifically for the album. The intention with this project was to delve deeper into the reissue pond and unearth some lesser known tracks and artists. Highlights include Smackos’ (AKA Legowelt) ambient epic “We Can Watch Alf In The Hotel Room”, from Pacific Northwest Sasquatch Research (2007), never before released on vinyl, the dub/psych hybrid of Minus Group’s “Black Shadow”, Kash’s sought-after “Percussion Sundance” and special edits of Ken Dang and Tabou Combo Superstars. The end of the album includes some soothing ambient tools. Also features Astral Engineering, Trevor Bastow, Blindboy, and Mix-O-Rap.
ISLE OF JURA’s second long player reissue is an album from INGLETON FALLS that touches upon ambient, dub, house and balearic styles & was originally released in 1991 as a limited run of 100 self distributed cassette tapes. Never released on vinyl till now. Cheers to “CHAMPAGNE IN MOZAMBIQUE”.
For the next official reissue Isle Of Jura goes back to 1976 to resurrect ‘Anambra’, the jewel in the crown of Dub, Soul & Funk outfit Ozo. ‘Anambra’ is something of a classic, a unique song that’s slow, ritualistic and spiritual, mixing African & Nyabinghi drumming with a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. An alternate version ‘Anambra River’ appears for the first time on the same 12”. Completely Re-mastered for 2017 and housed in the original full sleeve artwork.