Jib Machine Records is pleased to be partnering with Italian label/distributor AKARMA Records and its various affiliates. Under the new agreement, Jib Machine will release various CDs and LPs from the AKARMA and affiliate catalog in the U.S. and AKARMA will handle digital distribution in Europe for select future Jib releases.
The first release via Jib Machine will be Italian Rapper Chris Wayde’s new CD, Pyramids on September 8, 2017 with psychedelic hard rock band Mouth of Clay’s Darkened Sun double CD/LP (the first ever distributed via Jib) following on September 29, 2017.
Chris Wayde – Pyramids
(CD Record Hunter – GASC 001; Physically Distributed by Jib Machine Records in the U. S. & beyond)
Born In Los Angeles in 1997 and lived in an artistic environment such as Sharon Stone’s house (Chris’s mother was personal-Chef of the actress) and the father of him multifaceted artist and especially quoted painter of surrealists paintings, colorful, Limit limit; to give you the idea, a bit like the “cartoon” sequences of yellow submarine.
It is not defined, “seen” in a single musical genre but simply a free artist and untied from the rigidity of patterns that become only expressive instruments according to his state of mind, something that has the taste of the roots of the soul using as a tool Modern music such as rap, funky, soul.
Chris Wayde is the happy result of a mixture of cultures; his father is African-American, paternal grandmother, a Cherokee and mother Scarlett, an Italian model.
He hears the call of music from a small time when he learns to play guitar and listens to reggae bands, soul, rock and is fascinated by the rappers that idealizes like the modern storyteller, carrying a message of love but also of rebellion against a society that He’s disumanizzando them.
The desire to sing his message of youthful hope, they the artist through a transformation that emerges from the darkness to make his voice heard. Through a pressure of notes, it is clear, upbeat and safe, combining the wisdom of the ancient Redskins, the suffering of Africans and the feeling towards the old world in a song that enters a harmony with the heart and leads you to reflection without forgetting the Joy of the notes that make a pleasing frame to your songs.
Chris Wayde has taken shape, has many things to say by broadcasting the love that rightfully own the new generations; art, music and poetry blend in to win the darkness and hatred of the world; good luck Chris Wayde, symbol of a new promise.
Mouth of Clay – Darkened Sun
(Double Vinyl/2CD Record Hunter/Akarma – AK 404/2; Physically Distributed by Jib Machine Records in the U. S. & beyond)
The history between the band, Mouth of Clay, and the music label, Akarma, has been on going for the past twenty years and throughout this period, the project to realize this magnificent work has been jealously guarded by Akarma.
Hawkan, guitarist of the band, and I after all these years have become true friends. Among other tricks of fate, destiny wished that we were to be born the very same month and very same day. Maybe it’s not the case but from our working relationship that has ensued over recent years (Mother’s Hope & Kee Man Hawk), great expectations have evolved.
The first time I heard the demo that Hawkan sent me it was from a live concert. I immediately felt great vibes, so had it not been for the “not so good” quality of the recording, I would not have thought twice about producing this album.
About a year ago, Hawkan sent me studio recordings that Mouth of Clay had recorded between 2000 and 2002. Listening to the songs I was dumbstruck by what I call being one of the finest productions of psychedelic hard rock by Akarma.
Dreamy atmospheres alternate between powerful sounds. This dynamism makes this album up-to-date and refined and to further top it, beyond the charm of this album is the gatefold sleeve, one of the most beautiful that Akarma has ever produced. Thanks to the generosity of my wife, the artist Alessandra Barucchi, which has loaned her artwork from the painting titled “Cellule”.
– Giorgio Mangora, Producer
Magia Nera – L’Ultima Danza Di Ophelia
(Vinyl/CD Record Hunter/Akarma; Physically Distributed by Jib Machine Records in the U. S. & beyond)
Magia Nera was founded in the late ’60s around La Spezia: the band shows since the beginning a clear inspiration dark progressive rock. The original line-up includes musicians from different local bands: the first nucleus of the group was called La Nuova Esperienza, says Bruno Cencetti, and besides me on guitar there were Andrea Bottazzi on bass and Piero Figoli on drums, who soon abandoned the group. It was he, really big fan of alchemy and esoteric cultures, to coin the final name of the group. In 1969 kicks off the adventure of Magia Nera. The years of the economic boom, says Emilio Farro, were the decade dominated by the beat. When the band was born that cycle was closing, and the sounds were taking a completely different direction. The England, as always, marked the new route. came the Led Zeppelin, the cream or the black sabbath that blows of watts and solos supplanted cadenced rhythms and reassuring and carefree atmosphere of that season. Without these sounds, Magia Nera project would never have existed.
Because it is right in the beat and psychedelia of the late ’60s, that future members of the band will make the bones, playing in some emerging formations like Rogers from Sarzana, where debuted the young keyboardist Orazio Collotto, and Sea Birds from Tellaro, which debuted vocalist Emilio Farro. In concerts they proposed mainly covers of American and British songs. The groups used it to acquire a sonic vocabulary, different and original than the Italian music scene, especially the musical tradition anchored in Sanremo harmonies.Thanks to those experiences, and influenced by the new rock, granite and melodic at the same time, it builds the style of Magia Nera. The group was made up of young talented musicians, remembers Emilio Farro, who began to explore new musical languages, relying on medieval and gothic literary suggestions. We met for rehearsals, in a small house in the village of Cerri, a tiny village inhabited by a hundred souls, above Lerici. In repertory, we had several songs of our target groups, such as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. After a year, keyboardist Giacomo Giannotti (later associate of Vasco Rossi and Alberto Fortis) left the band and went Orazio Collotto. In 1971, with the arrival of bassist Lello Accardo (coming from Enigma), it will complete the historical formation. In 1972 participation in the FreeFestival Pop in Bottagna earned the group a certain popularity thanks to the positive report published in the music magazine Ciao 2001 and the response of the public that elected them best band of the festival.To hit those thousands of kids was probably the sonic impact of a band, able to mix the harsh distorted, impetous guitars, in phrasing and inspired atmosphere, supported by a black voice (with soul veins) of the frontman Farro. In 1973, the band was chosen by Genovese musician Aldo De Scalzi, for the recording of an album under his newly record label Magma. In addition, he was planning a tour around Italy as the opening act of the New Trolls. We recorded a demo with songs for a whole LP, says Emilio Farro, and when we started to deliver it to the record company, during the journey the van caught fire unexpectedly, destroying all analog tapes. A cruel sign of destiny that discouraged to the point of deciding to break up the band. That day the dream of Magia Nera stopped, but not disappeared completely. After so many years, I finally managed to bring together almost all the original musicians of the band, and today, thanks to the enthusiasm of our producer Giorgio Mangora, using the scores of the time we finally made our record.
Vic Vergeat Band and Friends – No Compromise!
(2CD Record Hunter/Horizons; Physically Distributed by Jib Machine Records in the U. S. & beyond)
He recorded his first 45rpm in 1966 with a band named Blackbirds. From then on, Vic Vergeat would explore every path in music and play on every stage around the world…starting from the U.S. They say some time you get back to where you first started. That’s absolutely true for this talented guitarist that started his career from the blues. With this live CD recorded in three nights, in fact, he goes back to that cotton-flower and tobacco-plant scent that speaks of the most authentic blues ever.
Vic is flanked here by two very young musicians, Michele Guaglio and Giordano Macri, that play with him in flawless mode, although a full generation separates them. Yet no chasm is perceptible in their interplay, which shows that the blues will never be out of fashion or obsolete and now more than ever is sought after by new generations. Whether hard blues or psych blues, it still gives you the goosebumps.
Free Will – Cold Cold Morning
(Double Black Vinyl/Double Colored Vinyl/Double Colored Vinyl & Cassette Combo Record Hunter/The Grail – GRL 301/2; Physically Distributed by Jib Machine Records in the U. S. & beyond)
Free Will was a legendary band from Upstate New York who formed in 1968 and signed to RCA Records in 1971 after a name change to Jukin Bone. Led by vocalist Joe Whiting and lead guitarist Mark Doyle, the band also featured George Egosarian on second guitar, John DeMaso on bass, and Tom Glaister on drums. This was the line-up that recorded their first album for RCA, Whiskey Woman.
Sometimes you search for gold, ignoring to be already sitting on it! Yes, how very true! This is what happened to me with Mark Doyle, famous Guitarist, Producer, Session man and Founder of the mythical Jukin Bone for the project dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Crossing and Gypsy Blood that I directed and in which he made two songs in two tributes. Mark never told me before, that at the end of the 60s he was the guitar soloist of a band called Free Will , that had performed from 1969 to 1971 all over the United States . Free Will took various tours with ZZ Top, Freddie King, The Allman Brothers, The Kinks, John Mayell and The Three Dog Night and so on, bringing heavy live acts, rich in psychedelic blues. But the most amazing thing is that during the celebration of the Summer of Love (Woodstock), they were recording a demo to propose to the various majors that at that time were searching material to publish. Probably everything changed when RCA, at the end of 1971, put under contract Mark and his band, with the new name Jukin Bone and with a sound more commercial than the one made by Free Will.
What transpires from Cold Cold Morning, besides the psychedelic blues with a touch of jazz and sometimes a component of garage (for example the fantastic arrangement of River Deep, Mountain High ) is the great technical preparation of the music performers. Listening to these songs today it’s hard to believe that they were recorded in 1969 and what’s even more surprising, in addition to the guitar strings and the beautiful singers voice, is that the arrangements of the songs are perfectly fused into that genre of heavy psychedelia that was all the rage in those years. Maybe Free Will were too ahead of its time?
As usual I conclude my speech with my personal recommendation: Enjoy listening and keep the volume high, you’ll listen to it again and again. I’d like to thank the whole band, especially my friend Mark Doyle because they have made it possible to realize this authentic pearl which was missing from the international record industry, regarding great music.
– Giorgio “Spider” Mangora