Riding high on the crest of the global love for Hawaiian ‘Island Funk’, Be With Records team up with Aloha Got Soul to present a timely vinyl reissue of Nohelani Cypriano’s Nohelani. Sure to be one of the year’s essential reissues, the album’s irresistible blend of tropical-tinted soul, funk and rare groove sounds every bit as fresh today as it would’ve in 1979...
A record to surrender to in full rather than consume in pieces, it pivots around centrepiece ‘Island Boy’. A record of many colours, the LP is at once spaced-out boogie and sweet soul. The legendary ‘Lihue’ is worth the entry fee alone. A gloriously carefree showcase of a uniquely Hawaiian musical hybrid, this reissue provides a vital reminder of just how beautiful and important Nohelani is.
— Be With Records, 2015When the news arrived in December 2014, Rob and I started to brainstorm whether to include updated liner notes and vintage photographs to accompany the reissue. As time progressed, we ended up deciding it would be best to re-release the LP in its original form with a few tweaks: updated label, pressed to 180g vinyl, and mastered by Simon Francis (known for his work with Claremont 56). We then turned our focus to planning two release parties to celebrate this special collaboration. August 7th, 2015 marked the official release date when the Nohelani reissue hit stores worldwide. Later that evening in London, Rob and Aloha Got Soul's UK counterpart Cedric Bardawil held a successful release party at Brilliant Corners (recording coming soon!). September 3rd, 2015 will mark the official Honolulu release party. Rob is flying all the way from London to enjoy R&R in Hawaii with family. While he's here, we'll be throwing a special event at Bevy to celebrate (see poster below for details). And finally, Rob asked me to do a vinyl-only mix featuring some of my favorite Nohelani tracks. This was back in May when the idea hatched. Some things take longer than expected. It's finally available now:
We asked Roger @alohagotsoul to do a mix of records which interweave some of Nohelani Cypriano's many highlights with some typically esoteric Hawaiian gems.
In doing so, he placed the Nohelani LP in a uniquely personal context. It's a really great mix and will no doubt brighten up your Tuesday.
— Be With Records, August 11, 2015Grab your copy of Nohelani from Be With Records (Europe) or Pacific Beach Vinyl (USA). We'll have a few copies available at the Honolulu release party as well.