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Celebrate the artwork of iconic DC Record Label Black Fire.

Vinyl Me, Please has announced its Could records of the month. The record for the Critical Club — there are 3 clubs, and Critical covers a wide spectrum of music — is a extremely particular record.

The record is Absolutely free Your self, which is the debut LP from somewhat obscure DC go-go band Knowledge Limitless. The album was released in 1977 on a tiny identified black-owned record label referred to as Black Fire. The label, which was founded by producer and radio DJ Jimmy Gray, place out jazz, funk, African, reggae records from neighborhood DMV-region acts.

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A single of the techniques Black Fire distinguished themselves was by means of the artwork showcased on their releases, which featured beautiful, psychedelic artwork from black artists like Muzi Branch, Abdul Salim, Malik Edwards, and a lot more.

To celebrate the history of that record, Vinyl Me, Please is teaming up with Okayplayer to host an occasion at the Okay Space gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibit, which will be going down on Could 9th, will bring with each other the paintings, album jackets, graphics, and photographs from some of the brilliant artists performing artwork for Black Fire, from the ’70s to the ’90s. 

Black Fire musician and producer James “Plunky” Branch owns the masters and the original tapes for significantly of the catalog will be at the Space, conducting a Q/A with musical encyclopedia Jeff “Chairman” Mao, from Redbull Radio. Right after the Q/A, there will be a DJ set from Egon, founder of Now-Once more Records.

It is going to be an awesome evening. RSVP right here.

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