From acid-jazz groovers and jazz-funk movers to spaced-out cosmic explorations and beyond, Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash opens the door to a heightened musical experience. Comprised of four distinct musical strains—“Soul Diesel,” “Purple Funk,” “OG Kush,” and “Astral Travelin’”—there’s a trip for every mood. This unique, 4-LP collection includes sought after tracks from the likes of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the Blackbyrds, Pharoah Sanders, Bernard Purdie and many more. Listeners will instantly recognize many of these vintage soul, jazz and funk tracks for their use in some of the biggest modern-day hits. Housed in a special four-way fold-out box, each LP comes in its own unique jacket, combining texture and visuals for a truly extrasensory experience. Pressed on translucent-colored vinyl with custom “prescription” labels, each record is designed to reflect the intended effects of the music: orange, purple, green and clear. Just what the doctor ordered.
The first LP, Soul Diesel, is an invigorating strain of high-energy ’60s soul-jazz, including the 7” edit of Rusty Bryant’s “Fire Eater” as well as Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers’ “Got Myself a Good Man,” which contains the well-known drum break from the Chemical Brothers’ hit “Block Rockin’ Beats.”
Disc 2, Purple Funk, will induce a fusion of cerebral euphoria with physical relaxation, kicking off with one of the most widely used drum breaks in hip-hop: Lafayette Afro Rock Band’s “Hihache,” heard in hits by LL Cool J, Biz Markie, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Other highlights include Funk, Inc.’s “Kool Is Back” and the Blackbyrds’ “Rock Creek Park.”
LP 3, OG Kush, comprised entirely of sampled songs, contains the musical DNA of some of the most recognizable tunes of the genre. The opening notes of Ronnie Foster’s “Mystic Brew” should conjure memories of the early ’90s for any fan of classic hip hop – A Tribe Called Quest took it and flipped it into “Electric Relaxation” for their 1993 album Midnight Marauders, while “Free Angela” by Bayeté was used by De La Soul for “Sunshine” (on 1996’s Stakes Is High) and, most recently, by Kendrick Lamar on “Little Johnny” for his 2011 mixtape Compton State of Mind.
Rounding out the set is Astral Travelin’, a highly psychoactive strain of tunes guaranteed to deliver listeners to a higher consciousness. Leave the planet for a little while with tracks by Pharoah Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith and Jack DeJohnette. This is music to get lost in; both densely textural but with a loosely flowing groove.
Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash will be available in limited quantities, exclusively at participating Record Store Day outlets on Saturday, April 16th. For a full list of stores, please visit recordstoreday.com/Stores.
Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash
LP 1: SOUL DIESEL
An invigorating, fast-acting and lively strain of high-energy tuneage. Named after its funky, potent diesel engine-like drive. Provides long-lasting, toe-tapping relief of stress, pain, and depression.
1.Rusty Bryant – Fire Eater [7” Edit]
2.Boogaloo Joe Jones – No Way
3.Bernard Purdie – Cold Sweat
4.Eddie Jefferson – Psychedelic Sally
1.Charles Kynard – Greeze
2.Sonny Phillips – Sure ’nuff, Sure ’nuff
3.Pucho and The Latin Soul Brothers – Got Myself a Good Man
4.Billy Hawks – O’ Baby (I Believe I’m Losing You)
LP 2: PURPLE FUNK
A hybrid fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, this strain delivers effects detectable in both mind and body. Common side effects include couch lock, head-nodding, and a heightened sense of well-being.
1.Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache
2.The Pazant Brothers and The Beaufort Express – A Gritty Nitty
3.Funk, Inc. – Kool Is Back [Edit]
4.The Round Robin Monopoly – Life Is Funky
5.Roy Lee Johnson and The Villagers – Patch It Up
1.The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
2.Pleasure – Bouncy Lady
3.David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar
4.Patrice Rushen – The Hump
5.Azymuth – Dear Limmertz [12" Mix]
LP 3: OG KUSH
Although largely considered a West Coast phenomenon, the OG Kush strain contains the musical DNA of many additional sub-strains popularized by hip-hop legends of both coasts from the golden era and beyond. A generally euphoric and enlightening experience.
1.Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
2.Isaac Hayes – Hung up on My Baby
3.Ernie Hines – Our Generation
4.Bayeté – Free Angela (Thoughts…and all I’ve got to say)
1.Jean-Jacques Perrey – E.V.A.
2.Johnny "Hammond" Smith – Can’t We Smile
3.The Blackbyrds – Mysterious Vibes
4.Gary Bartz – Gentle Smiles [Saxy]
5.Paulinho da Costa – Love till the End of Time
LP 4: ASTRAL TRAVELIN’
Guaranteed to give you an out of body experience, this recently discovered, highly psychoactive strain induces a higher consciousness and inspires a feeling of “oneness” with the universe. Leave the planet for a while—you might like what you find.
1.Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
2.Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Expansions
3.Pharoah Sanders – Astral Traveling
1.Jack DeJohnette – Epilog
2.Gary Bartz NTU Troop – Celestial Blues
3.Flora Purim – Open Your Eyes You Can Fly
4.Johnny Lytle – Tawhid