with mel014, melodies international is extremely proud to bring you one more youre a melody classic and one of the most beautiful soul records theyll have reissued as of yet: jack jacobs - i believe its alright.
trio ternura (or tenderness trio) consisted of two sisters, jussara, jurema and their brother robson. their father, umberto silva was a revered brazilian songwriter and recording artist who introduced his children to the music world at a very young age. after performing some songs on broadcast television and at festivals early on, their father umberto and brother, beto scala wrote a gira for the trio to record. the song is a tribute to nature, spirituality and mindfulness. the hommage is made through a form of cantico (chant) or saudação (salutation), aimed at invoking an orisha named oxossi. otherwise known as saints, orishas are the deities worshiped in the afro-brazilian religion of candomblé. african religion and culture have had an undeniable impact in brazil, especially in music and on artists with african roots as its rituals were often accompanied by music comprising highly percussive drumming. as a result, a gira, an homage to a candomblé deity recorded in 1973 involves mesmerizing polyrhythms from the very first few bars and throughout, followed by the sisters soaring vocals and impeccable instrumentation. its a song that they can really identify with, in their own words it has the dancing, the expression, the lyrics and musical relaxation - something very brazilian. originally released on polydor in brazil, fully licensed and remastered from the tapes - mel012 comes forth in its 7-inch original vinyl format and digitally, b/w trio ternuras stunning version of gato barbieris last tango in paris and is accompanied by the first bilingual melozine.
with mel011, it is melodies internationals immense pleasure to direct their focus towards both soul and house royalty, selecting and reissuing two of frankie knuckles scarcer remixes of an all-time classic: womack & womack, mpb (missin persons bureau)
review with its latest reissue, majiks back into your heart - melodies international dug deep into the back catalogue of hi records, the legendary soul label from memphis founded in the 1950s. originally signed as a recording artist, willie mitchell took the reins of the label and guided it through its most successful period in the 1970s, notably producing a string of studio recordings for al green, syl johnson and o.v. right among other eminent soul musicians of the time.
BLOOD OF AN AMERICAN (7 INCH, INCL.16 PAGE MAGAZINE)
7" Vinyl UK16.03.18
it is melodies internationals greatest pleasure to bring forth its latest reissue comprising two stripped-back, reflective pieces of us folk soul. largely forgotten for the past forty-odd years, bobby wright (now abu talib)s blood of an american and everyone should have his day resurface as politically-infused works that shine bright and still hold meaning to this day. the 60s and 70s constituted an exceptional era for its unique blend of popular culture and political radicalism
melodies international proudly moves forward with an elusive piece of mid-tempo chicago soul originally performed by gloria j. jennings in 1977. gloria was signed to stage productions as a gospel singer with pure and raw talent she had developed in the choir of her fathers southern baptist church. she was 16 years old at the time. to tutor her for r&b vocals, willie c.
EVERYTHING THAT SHINES AINT GOLD (FLOATING POINTS EDIT)
12" Vinyl US15.08.17
a few years ago, melodies family members floating points and dj red greg got their hands on a couple of original 70s obscurities. while these standout records shone brightly in their own right, the two djs saw the potential to create their own edits behind the scenes, finely attuning the original versions to modern-day dancefloor standards. of these new recordings, they cut only five copies for themselves and a few dj friends of theirs. today, melodies international is very proud to bring you mel006 and mel007. fully licensed, lovingly mastered to the highest possible standards and carefully edited to dial up that dancefloor enjoyment, these two youÆre a melodyÆ classics werent originally meant to get official releases. but due to popular request, they are now available to play and share in very special moments at parties around the world.
DISCO BABY (INCL.FLOATING POINTS RMX)(7 INCH+POSTER)
7" Vinyl US31.07.17
a few years ago, melodies family members floating points and dj red greg got their hands on a couple of original 70s obscurities. while these standout records shone brightly in their own right, the two djs saw the potential to create their own edits behind the scenes, finely attuning the original versions to modern-day dancefloor standards. of these new recordings, they cut only five copies for themselves and a few dj friends of theirs. today, melodies international is very proud to bring you mel006 and mel007. fully licensed, lovingly mastered to the highest possible standards and carefully edited to dial up that dancefloor enjoyment, these two æyouÆre a melodyÆ classics werenÆt originally meant to get official releases. but due to popular request, they are now available to play and share in very special moments at parties around the world. mel6 arrives as a 7-inch, with the original version and the edit on the flip. first released in 1979 as a three-minute up-tempo library recording, ôdisco baby-, one of 10 tracks off a record available to license for film, radio, television and other media, held some hidden magic that would only get uncovered almost four decades later. informed by years of combined dancefloor experience, floating points and red greg have slightly tweaked the original material, realising that played in the right context, it can become a true disco anthem.
melodies international proudly expand their catalogue of rare soul gems with another carefully crafted reissue, complete with full 16 page melozine. this time it s the spellbinding tomorrow s people album: open soul. deep in south chicago, a band of four brothers raised on doo-wop and flea-market instruments made a record during the mid 70s that did not only mark a seminal point in their youthful careers, but would go on to become a true collector s favourite. open soul is quite simply one of the best examples of raw, stripped down soul in its purest form, and for this reason has become a highly sought after rarity. the album has been carefully reproduced and will be officially available for the first time in 40 years, this time accompanied by an interview with one of the original brothers, various tomorrow s people memorabilia and a number of other contributions from melodies friends around the world.
fantastic triple 7 inch vinyl box + 16 page fanzine “the melodies melozine” on sam shepard / floating points reissue label - including one of current most sought after 7 inches around - a future collectors item!
melodies international are happy to announce the long-awaited reissue of three of the most desired records from the modern soul scene. privately recorded in the detroit area between 73 and 78, and scarcely distributed since, the rare aged in harmony 7-s have become highly sought after and much revered by soul enthusiasts around the world. the unique vibrations emanating from these very special records have resonated at the heart of the melodies label since it s conception, originally prompting the birth of the internationally acclaimed -you re a melody- party and forever inspiring generations of soul collectors to dig that little bit deeper. all originally written, arranged and produced by arnold moore, the six recordings bring together strings, vocals, guitars, synths, horns and drums for the perfect marriage of textures, each track contributing it s own individual energy to the warming aura which surrounds the whole collection. there s something about these compositions that draws you closer to anyone in your vicinity - trust me. after lovingly remastering these gems in conjunction with their creator, melodies are proud to present the masterpieces together as a set for the very first time, accompanied by the second edition of the label s very own melozine, which features an exclusive interview with arnold himself, amongst much, much more…