Strut issue new Sun Ra box set Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection and team up with Nigerian producer Odion Iruoje and African music record collector Temi Kogbe in the launch of new label Odion Livingstone
Strut is set to release a massive collection of Sun Ra 45 rpms. Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection pulls together a whopping 64 tracks released between 1952–91. “One-off meteorites from his prolific cosmic journey” is how the label describes them. The majority of records were first released in the 1950s, most of them on the Saturn label. Most were originally pressed in small runs or as one-off magazine giveaways, making this collection an exceptionally rich archive of rare material..
Strut will make the music available either as a single volume three CD box set or two volumes of triple LPs housed in gatefold sleeves, or a 10 x 45s set limited to 500 copies. All formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, sleevenotes by The Wire contributor Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track and session notes by Paul Griffiths. It's available for pre-order now.
In other news, Strut has teamed up with Nigerian producer Odion Iruoje and African music record collector Temi Kogbe to launch the new label Odion Livingstone. Based in Lagos, the label is believed to be one of the only Nigerian imprints to specialise in new and back catalogue music from all over Africa. Its first release, set for January 2017, is the 1983 funk set Friday Night by Livy Ekemezie, originally pressed at William Onyeabor’s plant in Enugu. Listen to “Delectation” from the release below.
The new label will go on to explore Africa's “lost back catalogue gems through original LP reissues and compilations”. It also plans to release work from new artists.