Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities : An Introduction to ATA Records

by Here And Now Recordings

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Matt Black - Coldcut / Ninja Tune "I love the funk u sent over"

Lack Of Afro - Freestyle Records "YES! Just what the scene needed - this is a killer comp with no filler whatsoever. Top class musicianship, engineering and arrangements all the way. I can't recommend it highly enough. Buy it!"

Mr Scruff - Ninja Tune "A really good, sleazy collection. The Reverend Barrington is a particular favourite, a slinky & sleazy monster, like a slightly wrigglier JBs"

Nightmares On Wax - Warp Records "Love this ! this is awesome ! :-)"

Jonathan More - Coldcut / Ninja Tune "Digesting at the mo, some great tunes flagged already"

Quinton Scott - Strut Records "Sounds great. Love the Sorcerers Ethio vibes !"

Hugo Mendez - Sofrito Records "Enjoying this release - some tight funk and good sound!"

Kon - BBE "Sounding like Mulatu meets David axelrod... heavy !"

Gilles Peterson "Fresh !"

Rob Da Bank - Bestival "The Lamplighters : yup lovin both !"

Reviews in Mojo Magazine and Record Collector

Mr Scruff and both Ninja Tune bosses Jon More and Matt Black aka Coldcut loving this compilation

Nightmares On Wax from Warp Records loves it

Rob Da Bank loves The Lamplighters

James Maycock (writer, producer and director of BBC music documenataries Searching For Summertime, Danny Boy The Ballad That Bewitched The World, Bobby Womack Across 110th Street) loving it as is label boss of Strut Records Quinton Scott and Sofrito Records head honcho Hugo Mendez plus dj support coming from Rob Da Bank, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles on BBC 6 Music, Dj History's Bill Brewster, Soho Radio, NTS and Kon & Amir (BBE), DJ Static and Professor Groove from We Funk Radio and many more

"There's a certain deep, rich, warm sound which can only be achieved from the equipment and instruments of the 1960's and 1970's." A cornerstone philosophy and belief written as the postscript on a final letter of permission from the estate of the co-owner of ATA Records. The story of this label is set in the heart of the North of England, in the Yorkshire city of Leeds, where ATA's boutique analog studio spent years developing it's sound to create a vast, rich catalog of soulful music which utilised the handsome wealth of local musical talent and boasted a recording output to rival that of it's New York & Detroit contemporaries. The 12 recordings on this compilation encapsulate the high quality playing, performing and production which sealed the burgeoning reputation that ATA was gaining within Leeds and wets the appetite as to what the label could have achieved in the greater musical landscape of that period, both domestically and internationally. Here & Now Recordings are overwhelmingly humbled to be able to share such a rich slice of UK funk and soul history with you where a commitment to carefully restore the material with similar 1960s and 1970s analog instruments and equipment was both a logical duty and personal pleasure. Here & Now Recordings would also like to thank the gracious and generous estates of the owners, performers and producers of this music who helped make this compilation possible and to Neil Innes and Pete Williams for their tireless work and love in reviving and restoring the sounds and name of the ATA Recordings imprint by keeping all things analog."

John Cunningham & Jonathan Radford, Here & Now Recordings

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released 10 November 2014

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