the next installment in cold diamond & mink’s soul investigations introduces a three part harmony group from california. “my my my baby” is a smoking hot group harmony groover that should drop a few jaws at your next dj set. thee baby cuffs was born out of love for soul music and chicano culture. their first 45 “where did our pride go”, came out in 2017 on the raza del soul label, covering an unsung early 70’s larry saunders production. “my my my baby” continues on the same lane of midtempo soul over funky drums and soulful horn lines. the lyric is your middle of the road love song material, but the group harmony lifts it right off the ground like it’s meant to happen in this kind of music. get a few copies and rock the instrumental on the b-side before dropping the vocal, if you feel like it. soul music that’s this potent is better enjoyed in excess.
i cant love you anymore is the first single by hard working soul performer carlton jumel smith recorded with cold diamond & mink, and the man has revealed his middle name just for the occasion. otherwise known simply as carlton j. smith, theres no doubt he has swallowed a large pill of soul since seeing james brown live at the apollo theatre as an 8-year old. smiths timmion debut single sinks him into drum heavy southern flavored deep soul, a style that comes out of him naturally as water from a mountain spring. backing him up on the falsetto parts is pratt, who recently turned some heads with his pratt & moody release lost lost lost on stylart records, and together the two basically nail it. when looking for artists, who just seem to move through time effortlessly with a steady air of confidence, passion and precision, one might pick up the phone and give cjs a call. even though his discography of couple of late 2000s albums and some guest spots in early 90s soulful house 12inches is a bit mysterious, there seems to be not one bit of difficulty to his craft or personality. as a recording artist, i cant love you anymore is a new opening into raw soul territory, and it is just what the world needs today. he laid down an album worth of tracks on his last helsinki visit, and this might be something to look forward to.
bad education is a soulful heater that will shake your hips and your social consciousness. inspired by the afro-latin soul blends from the likes of joe bataan and ray barreto, this collaboration between timmion records and yemayÃ¡ sol records - brainchild of bardo martinez (lead singer of chicano batman), makes a statement. the horn laden groove will transport the listener to a summer in new york. the memorable flute line by ernie hawks is flavorfully funky while the pulsating tumbao of the conga carries the vitality of a nuyorican neighborhood in full effect. the force of the rhythm section provides the vehicle by which martinez lays down a fiery indictment of educational institutions, defining them as a mouthpiece to the military industrial complex. the music and the message flow together in a very classic sense, packing a punch that gives it to the man, necessary now more than eve
after lamenting on the emotional baggage of hurricane katrina on his last single after the storm willie west offers another sonic angle on the city of new orleans, his place of birth. give it back is the closest example of mardi gras funk that willie has recorded since his cult classic said to myself on warner brothers from 1975
if you are looking for an example of how beautiful an independent soul production can sound, this should be your choice. tighten up your love bone and is this really love is probably one of don gardners best releases. due to the fact that even mint original copies play with crackle throughout on both sides this legitimate reissue is even something for hardcore collectors who usually do not buy reissues.
mit diesem souljazz-slammer stellt timmion jukka eskola, einen der ikonischsten, zeitgenössischen jazzer finnlands, vor. trompeter eskolas soul trio klingt genau so, wie der name schon sagt, die goldene Ära des 60’s soul jazz. das trio, bestehend aus trompete, orgel und schlagzeug, liefert einen klang, der klassische prestige-aufnahmen von jack mcduff, willis jackson und gene ammons in erinnerung bringt.
a certain level of soulful expression can be reached only when stars align correctly up there as well as down here. once in a while a new track comes along that fools you into thinking you are listening to some lost re-discovery from the catacombs of american soul. the first release on timmion records new stylart imprint should leave a lasting mark on all friends of quality soul balladry. -love can last forever- by the enigmatic fred is the tune that will turn your heart to the love side whether you hear it at the end of a heavy club night, gripping on the wood grain wheel, or leaning on the bars of the penitentiary. who is fred then, you might ask. suffice to say he is a complicated man, who possesses a buttery falsetto and the rare power to turn banal testimonies of heartache and love into cathartic magic. this basically means he has soul, and we don t state this lightly here at timmion. after his first release, there are a few other heaters lined up, so be prepared for fred, his star is rising.
without blinking an eye, the californian double trouble known as myron & e bring yet another dose of heavy soul to the table. behind closed doors switches gears from their previous material, providing this time a genuine up-tempo dancer. propelled forward by the mayfieldesque stylings of the soul investigators, the tune should shatter knees at any northern soul setting around the globe.
nicole willis & the soul investigators are back with a brand new single on 7 inch vinyl.
>tell me when (we can start our love thing once again)< b/w >it s all because of you< is the simmering first double-side single from their upcoming lp >tortured soul<, set for release on helsinki-based timmion records, in early 2013. on their sophomore effort nicole and the soul investigators signature soul sound is clearly audible, but it also unearths rhythm & blues tainted licks and the pleas of unrequited love.
timmion records new single brings into light two amazing singers from california. myron and e are truly exceptional musicians with that rare to find star power. their lyrics touch you deep in your heart and soul. their vocals make you feel like you re in heaven listening to a choir of all the great soul vocalists ever graced this planet. together with the soul investigators they bring you pure soul dynamite with that authentic sound you can expect to hear from timmion records. get ready for a dose of real soul music!
ernie hawks debut album scorpio man is nearly here, and about to be released during the first quarter of 2018. the way will be paved with a fresh 7 single that lifts the gritty jazz funk of scorpio walk from the album on the a side and pairs it up with the mystic groover message of love, a non-lp track only available on this release.
2017 repress - timmon records in helsinki, finland - the home of myron & es band & collaborators the soul investigators - have released their own custom versions of the myron & e recordings, cut right at home in the timmion cutting laboratory. the two lps - cold game and going in circles - are strictly limited edition vinyl releases, packaged with old school thick cardboard sleeve and tip-on cover. going in circles lp contains the full, original versions three tracks from myron & es broadway (the u.s. release on stones throw) and four others which arent on the u.s. release.
in 2017, the finnish jazz scene seems to bubble with talent. one of the most prominent players in this mix is by definition, trumpeter jukka eskola. after over a decade of adventures in different spaces of jazz – from the dance floor burn of the five corners quintet to the raw expressive modes of mikko innanen’s small big band, jimi tenor’s cosmic jazz and his own prime cti styled solo recordings – eskola takes things back to bare basics. and as usual, when it’s done right, it’s the best thing out there.
when the seasoned singer and musician bobby oroza lay his gentle voice on tape at the timmion labs a year ago, nobody knew what was about to happen. the beat ballad -this love- on the stylart sublabel, flew out and the first pressing was sold out within a week. a dj issue was sold for a hundred dollars at an auction even before the record was released. the hype was real. originally the lengthy vocal take was spread on two sides, persuading dj s to spin it with two copies to get the full experience. this pleasure can now be extended even further by rocking the instrumental backing by cold diamond & mink before cutting to the vocal. or, if you prefer it sans vocal, keep it instrumental all the way. incidentally, not many are aware that bobby plays the organ here. for fans of bobby s extremely personal style, he has new tracks in the pipeline, and man are they potent. keep your ear tuned to timmion and stylart, the official home of post-millennial soul sounds.
the third outing on the timmion sublabel stylart presents two musical heavyweights from up north. pratt & moody are tuomo prättälä and markus nordenstreng, neither of which are strangers to singing, songwriting or playing instruments in jazz, soul or rock circles in finland.
SCORPIO MAN THEME / JOURNEY TO THE BOTTOM (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl UK23.12.16
the mystified sound emanating from the disc in question belongs to the flute wielding monster ernie hawks. this dynamic player has grazed the airwaves of the worldwide underground for the past two decades. now it’s his star time.
nach der rasant ausverkauften single von fred präsentiert das timmion sub-label stylart mit bobby oroza erneut einen deep soul-saenger der extraklasse. bobby orozas this love ist unprätentiöse musik über liebe, romantik und herzschmerz, die den geist zu kalifornischen sonnenuntergängen und glänzenden fahrzeugen mitnimmt.
dieser unerbittliche underdog der new orleans soul-geschichte, bekannt für seine arbeit mit the meters und allen toussaint, wurde lange zeit in den nördlichen teilen der usa unterschätzt. mit seinem neuen, rohen sound, seiner sehr persönlichen lyrik und als einer der tatsächlichen Überlebenden von hurricane katrina erzählt soul-sänger willie west mit “after the storm” die geschichte von dem was passiert ist.
*hot sauce* wurde aus dem neuen nicole willis & the soul investigators album *happiness in every style* ausgekoppelt. eine limitierte 12 inch disco single, die a-seite beinhaltet die vocal version und die b-seite die extended instrumental version. erste 12 inch disco single auf timmion records.
alle blätter sind braun und der himmel grau, aber zum glück ist willie west immer noch ein mann. dieser unerbittliche underdog der new orleans soul-geschichte, bekannt für seine arbeit mit the meters und allen toussaint, wurde lange zeit in den nördlichen teilen der usa unterschätzt. mit seinem neuen, rohen sound, seiner sehr persönlichen lyrik und schweren grooves von den jungs bei timmion meldet er sich zurück im soul/funk-zirkus!
happiness is something you either have or dont at any point in time. looking at the grim line-up of the finnish old-school graveyard creeping funksters, the soul investigators, one would assume these times might be at short supply. that or the album title of the latest nicole willis lp would be at least a tad ironic.
LETS COMMUNICATE (SINGLE VERSION / INSTRUMENTAL) (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl UK26.10.15
mit dieser neuen single präsentiert nicole willis ein weiteres stück aus ihrem neuen album happiness in every style, das auf timmion erscheint. die mächtigen bläserarrangements und zupfenden gitarren der the soul investigators erinnern an beginning of the end, die 1970 mit funky nassau einen großen hit landeten. let s communicate ist eine groove-obskurität der extraklasse und passt in jedes rare soul dj-set
die soul investigators haben sich schon in den 90er-jahren von ihrem heimatort matinkylä aus den ruf als finnlands soul-funk-brothers nr.1 gesichert, indem sie u.a. mit willie west, myron & e (stones throw) und herb johnson im studio waren, sowie 7inch-singles auf dem vorreiter-label soul fire records aufnahmen. die vinyl lp erscheint inklusive downloadcode.
for those into sounds from the deep dungeons of the soul jazz underground, the 2nd quarter of 2015 looks promising. out of its mist come the soul investigators in a slick red convertible, featuring a mean flautist riding shotgun, a position we finns like to call the seat for those in fear. the velvet smooth winds emanate from none other than jimi tenor, a person some might even describe as a renaissance man. the sufficiently psychedelic jazzier exercise -vulture s prayer- should get your mind wondering into a turn of the 70s london, featuring a hippy gone bad, smacked out in furs in a hedonistic basement bacchanal, just before discovering himself at the opening desert scene of the -holy mountain-. flipping the disc over to -bad vibrations- we find ourself in a more funkier urban setting, possibly at a yusuf lateef inspired bar session in chicagos south side. don t know, why they call them bad, because they sound so good. better get yourself a slice and why not even a second helping.
in the fall of 2014, timmion records, an independent recording studio and label located in helsinki, finland brings to the world an albums worth of exceptionally potent soul music. lost soul, the fresh release from the underappreciated new orleans legend willie west redefines the emotive and artistic quality of contemporary soul music. it takes the music far away from formulaic modes of the genre, and crafts its own swampy, dark, and poetic space, which leans more towards the work by independent songwriters of the 1970s than their commercial counterparts.
willie west is a nola soul veteran is behind classic hidden gems, such as just having fun, farchild and willie knows how. these tracks should appeal to all lowrider aficionados, and people, who like their soul toned dark and hard as nails. down on lovers road and whos fooling who (shes so wise) are put out on two separate 45s (tr035 and tr036), both featuring vocal/instrumental versions of the other track. djs can purchase both records and blend easily between the versions.
its time to take another look at myron & e, the duo of soul brothers from california, whose debut album broadway was released by stones throw records during the summer of 2013.cold game is the first in a series of two myron & e albums, which will be released by timmion records. it features tracks from the first album, an early single cut with the soul investigators, and a fresh new instrumental to groove on.
das finnische label timmion der band the soul investigators, bekannt unter anderem von nicole willis, waehlt zwei mid-tempo groover vom starken broadway album auf stones throw des los angeles duos myron & e fuer eine limitierte 7inch veroeffentlichung.
after a long adventure in various directions of funk, psychedelia, and jazz, timmions instrumental 45 catalog expands into the land of lowrider soul with love hurt pt. 1 & 2. playing like an unreleased session tape for an unsung harmony group from ohio, it leaves your imagination to fill in the missing bittersweet narrative. if you have heard and liked the tunes timmion staff have cooked up together with the nola legend willie west, this is definitely your bag. it is time to make room in your heart for some love hurt ...