ihren größten erfolg feierte die us-soul- und gospel-sängerine in der zweiten hälfte der 1970er jahre, als sie ihren stil für einige jahre zur disco-musik hin veränderte und mit “young hearts run free” einen internationalen hit landete.
recorded at the age of 14, in 1956, under the direction of her father, reverend c. l. franklin, these gospel recordings of a teenaged aretha franklin are not just a sign of the brilliance to come, they are a force unto themselves. at this time aretha was performing in her father’s church, new bethel, in detroit, and traveling with her father’s »gospel caravan« tours, performing with the likes of sam cooke & the soul stirrers. like so many of the soul and r&b stars of the 50s and 60s, aretha started out in the church and it was there that she made some of her most powerful and transcendental music.
well, this is different… fourth kind the self titled mini album on omniverse records. it’s hard to pinpoint a genre with records like this, produced by marc mac of 4hero and similar to some of the 4hero output, it defies genre and fits somewhere in-between many. the production is heavily reliant on synthesisers and vintage drum machines in places but is full of real life and organic movements, this is partly down to the signature drums played by luke parkhouse. the only other guest spot is filled by nu jazz funker pascal strauss aka luman child who plays bass guitar on “take me to your sky” which along with “afterglows” are the closest we get to dance tracks, in most parts a 70s fusion feel is present. the short interlude type tracks are just as important and i would go as far as to say vital to telling the story. moogs, arps and solina strings weave patterns throughout, all in all, across the 10 tracks the album is a journey of mood and emotions. 180g pressing.
vaudou game, the french afro-funk band, is back from togo with a brand new album called otodi (out oct 26th 2018).
otodi was the name of the recording studio in lomé, closed in 1987, and which peter solo, the band leader and his crew reopened during the spring 2018 to record these all analog 13 brilliant songs.
from this amazing album, here comes a 7 inch single dedicated to afro-funk dj’s and radio. pure afro-funk with togolese soul!
aufgrund starker nachfrage veröffentlicht expansion die beiden früh-1980er klassiker von michael wycoff nochmal auf einer gemeinsamen 7”: das oft gesamplete, von leon ware und zane grey (grey & hanks) komponierte und von webster lewis produzierte “looking up to you” (1982), sowie “tell me love” aus dem jahr 1983. beide songs erscheinen hier in ihren 4-minütigen 7” versionen.
top-vinylsampler zum 45-jährigen jubiläum des legendären northern soul-clubs wigan casino. mit 18 northern soul-klassikern, die den sound dieses clubs geprägt haben, darunter das rare, tanzflächenfüllende instrumental -thunder- von lord thunder und der hypnotischer groover -get it baby- von stanley mitchell.
killer unreleased mid 70’s blue eyed soul/aor - between the sessions at wishborne sound studios, the session musicians terry woodford, clayton ivey, muscle shoals horns among others, got down to record some of the finest funky soul and aor. they took the name mirage, aiming for stardom. unfortunately no album was ever released and many tracks went on the shelves in the studio. over 40 years later, preservation records are releasing two of their finest tracks on an exclusive 7”. only 500 pressed.
flevans returns with a killer 45 for the funky dancefloor! leading the way is “who’s got me” - an up tempo disco/boogie cut with more slap bass than a clone army of larry grahams… it’s a tasty dancefloor number with a big top line from none other than laura vane (mj cole, gnarls barkley, laura vane and the vipertones) who absolutely owns the vocal duties as anyone who is familiar with her work would expect. oooh weee!
over on the other side we have more classic-sounding flevans material with the party starting funk breaks of “take your money”. his signature jazzy keyboard and guitar licks converse with cheeky vocal samples all flying in and out of this slick production in a delightful fashion. it’s all about the beats on this one – it’s a guaranteed foot mover!
soul brother präsentiert zwei absolute soul-klassiker von johnnie taylor aus seiner 1960er phase bei stax records erstmals auf einer gemeinsamen 7-: die fantastische two-step-midtempo-ballade “ain’t that lovin’ you” (1966), die später von luther ingram, alton ellis und dennis brown gecovert wurde, und den uptempo-favoriten aus der northern soul-szene, “blues in the night” (1967).
ian wallace aka sam champ and 1/2 of the group extra medium really did some great flips to two classics. this is a must have for every dj’s record bag. grab this classic before they are all gone! limited edition vinyl only release!
california flight project is a well known name for many record collectors because of the ppu 7 release of california flight, and the self released cd-r’s from the front man, jerry j. finally preservation records is very proud to present to you the first official release on vinyl of their early tracks 79-81. fantastic modern soul from berkley california. licenced, remastered, with new cover and full credits makes this a collectors item. only 500 pressed.
neck-snapping soul masterpiece from freddie scott, famously sampled by biz markie for his melancholic pop-rap hit “just a friend” and a surefire piano-driven basement party anthem in its own right. the work of the legendary producers gamble & huff, the track was also sampled by ghostface killah for the wonderful “save me dear” with jay dilla also utilising the crunching drums to lace many memorable productions for a tribe called quest and slum village. a peerless piece of deep soul and hip-hop history, here’s your chance to own the first ever officially licensed reissue on 45. on the flip, “powerful love” is uptempo guitar-soul with finger-popping swing. featuring delicate horns and gorgeous backing vocals, it’s an unfairly slept-on gem but, given the weight of the a-side, this is perfectly understandable. this special 7″,, single comes housed in a heavy duty custom printed full-colour company sleeve and is limited to just 500 copies.
33 years after it s first release rick clarke s street soul simmerdown on local records, love with a stranger gets a much welcomed official reissue, remastered from the original tapes. check the dub! just peep that og artwork to get a taste of how this one s about to go down. written and produced by john collins, known for producing the specials - ghost town , love with a stranger perfectly encapsulates that 80s street soul sound. distinctly soulful, synthy slow jams, heavy on the bass with a touch of the low-slung, lovers rock vibrations about them. rick clarke s sultry sweet nothings weave their way irresistibly through this five minute gem, but for those that want to provide their own rendition over the top, the dub has been affectionately cut to the flip.
obwohl der begriff -soul- schon während der dreißigerjahre in der us-amerikanischen populärmusik auftauchte, entstand soul als eigenständiges genre erst in den 1950ern aus gospel und rhythm n blues sowie je einer prise blues und jazz. schon bald darauf sollte soul zum inbegriff -schwarzer popmusik- werden. kennzeichnend für die afroamerikanisch geprägte unterhaltungsmusik sind emotional gefärbte sangeskünste. sich mit ganzer seele und herzergreifendem gesang den vibes, dem groove und der message hinzugeben, das macht soul aus. sängerinnen wie aretha franklin, etta james, tina turner, lavern baker, marlena shaw oder diana ross beherrschten dieses metier meisterhaft. sie finden sich neben dionne warwick, nina simone, dusty springfield, irma thomas, amy winehouse, ibeyi und vielen anderen künstlerinnen auf der geschmackvoll kompilierten doppel-lp -soul women-.
9 months of gestation that ignites in 7 titles of contemplative pop, hovering funk, cosmic soul built all this: the jazz fusion of soft machine, the krautrock of the wizards of can, the irresistible languor of italian crooners (toto cutugno and lucio battisti in the lead) as the soundtracks, so sensual, composed by pino donnagio for brian de palma... but if antoine kogut makes this references his own, it is because he considers each of the titles of sphere of existence as «songs, not tracks». with his deep voice he has the ambition to tell us a story through them: his own, and that of the world in which we live with as a guiding idea that all phillip k. dicks predictions have come true today. which ones? youll have to look in the multiple circles assembled by antoine kogut to compose sphere of existence.
attempting to pigeonhole 79.5 into something as narrow as a single genre would be an ill advised, if not impossible task. the new york city band sounds like someone spinning a radio dial with such passionate intensity that all the stations blend together into a single, transcendent, almost spiritual force. its disco to the beat of modern house, its a supremes cover of a cardi b banger, its roland kirk playing jazz through one saxophone, funk through another, and the most earwormy pop tune the 1970s could muster through a third. its an experience one so effecting that with only a self-released 12inch single in circulation, 79.5 had been written up twice in the new yorker on the merit of their live sets alone. their debut album predictions is produced by leon michels and was recorded at the diamond mine in queens the old school way, with the whole band playing the songs in one take and captured to analog tape.
JACK TO THE LOST CHICAGO REELS - EDWARD GET DOWN CROSBY + JOE MAGIC (TAPE)
were back with the second jack cassettes series! following the success of the first jack series, weve decided to pull heavyweights out of the treasure trove of chicago reel to reels acquired by still music last year. this second series is another incredible glance into our beloved house music through some lost radio mixes salvaged from reel to reels by jerome derradji. we start with a superb one hour mix from frankie knuckles circa 1986 and dive straight to the hot mix 5 with edward get down crosby and his insane mixes, full of edits and original beat traxx. a small detour to miami is made with a killer electro mix by wgci guest joe magic. pull out the tape deck, move the furniture away and jack!
exzellente best-of-compilation von roy ayers uno melodic-label, das in den frühen 1980er jahren seine hochphase erlebte. sämtliche tracks sind von roy ayers produziert und komplett neu remastered. während sylvia striplin, eighties ladies und ethel beatty die soul/disco/2step/boogie-seite des labels repräsentieren, stehen bobbi humphrey, justo almario und roy selbst für den jazz/funk/fusion-sound. der sampler endet mit einem der besten momente des labels und den spoken words von rick holmes.
produced by tommy ‘tnt’ brenneck, love in the wind features a number of the players that have helped define the daptone sound including members of the dap-kings, charles bradley, and the menahan street band. and, at the heart of the record, there are the four schaldas: three talented brothers and the father who taught his boys group harmonies on the stoop of their staten island home growing up.
the vinyl lp comes with download code included.
limited edition of 500 numbered copies. the double vinyl is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with download code included.
lucky brown is forging new paths by soaking up musical styles from all over the world to infuse with his own trademark sound. those who praise the cross-cultural musical experiments of mulatu astatke of the 1960s and menahan street band of the 2000s will love this album.
skinny pelembe corrals together a cast of talented friends for his new ep. it’s his most ambitious release to date, boasting a different group or artist featuring on each of its tracks, each of them an act he’s met through music or through linking with brownswood’s celebrated talent development programme future bubblers two years ago. across its four entries, he bridges hip-hop, psych-rock and jazz-influenced tangents, cutting out a diverse cross-section of the city’s music scene. it’s a document of the connections he’s made as an artist, and is the most collaborative project he’s worked on so far. the title of the ep comes from some advice which skinny noted to himself on an old notebook. each of its songs started as a rough idea which was then fleshed out and re-imagined with his collaborators.
12inch auskopplung zweier klassiker-tracks von leon ware aus seinem selbstbetitelten 1982er album auf elektra, das das label expansion 2015 in remastered qualität zusammen mit dem 1981er werk rockin you eternally auf einer cd wiederveröffentlichte. why i came to california featured den mehrfachen grammy-gewinner janis siegel als co-vokalisten.
as the first asian-american solo rapper to perform at lollapalooza and coachella, and to release a greatest hits record, lyrics born has broken through countless barriers to cement his illustrious career. now, on september 14th, on the cusp of acting appearances in acclaimed films as sorry to bother you, and the upcoming always be my maybe, he will be the first asian-american solo rapper to release a 10th album a record of funk and soul woven into classic, boom-bap hip hop called quite a life via mobile home recordings.
killer unreleased mid 70s blue eyed soul/aor between the sessions at wishborne sound studios, the session musicians terry woodford, clayton ivey, muscle shoals horns among others, got down to record some of the finest funky soul and aor. they took the name mirage, aiming for stardom. unfortunately no album was ever released and many tracks went on the shelves in the studio. over 40 years later, preservation records are releasing two of their finest tracks on an exculsive 7inch. only 500 pressed
aretha franklin’s debüt für das atlantic label ist eines der klassiker einer künstlerin, die man sicherlich auch als die soul-diva schlechthin bezeichnen kann. Über 75 millionen verkaufter tonträger sprechen eine deutliche sprache. 1987 wurde sie als erste frau in die „rock and roll hall of fame“ aufgenommen, dazu kommen insgesamt 18 bisher gewonnene grammy awards. ach ja, nebenbei hat sie auch die meisten chartnotierungen einer weiblichen künstlerin im us-billboard vorzuweisen. beeindruckend.
und das album? eine eruption des soul und des r&b. eine kompetente begleitband (legendäre musiker von muscle shoals und den atlantic studios), mit jerry wexler ein legendärer produzent und eine künstlerin, die beseelt, gefühlvoll und ausdrucksstark singt, ausgezeichnet klavier spielt sind dafür verantwortlich. das album beginnt mit dem bahnbrechenden hit -respect-, (wurde auch für otis redding zum superhit), danach folgen weitere großartige songs wie das titelstück und das gefühlvolle -do right woman - do right man-, tolle cover wie ray charles -drown in my tears- oder sam cooke’s -good times-, um nur die wichtigsten zu nennen.
original mono-aufnahmen, gepresst auf 180 gramm vinyl.
heavy afro boogie 12- by cameroonian-born singer dick dickson. 2nd release of beaumonde.. keep an eye on this label! . he was clearly aiming for the us funk sound in fashion at the time when he recorded in the pocket in 1986.the session took place in togo and had band members come from congo, cameroon and the french west indies making the music of in the pocket an outstanding rendezvous between electrified-boogie and african influenced groove. with the help of régine féline’s sensual voice, melodic synth pads and distinctive slap bass, in the pocket grabs you instantly. totally overlooked upon its release, beaumonde felt that dick dickson’s unique offering deserved a second chance.
to celebrate the anticipated release of the 4th episode of the iconic soul compilation shaolin soul this september, uncle o has unearthed two new special soul treats: the extended version of float on by the floaters and a rare vocal version of marvin gayes ive got mine
duke ellington once said that there are 2 kinds of music: the good one and the bad one. with the compilation series shaolin soul we are always certain to be on the right side of the line since its 1st episode released in 1998 and which compiled two dozens of tracks sampled by rza and the wu-tang clan. following a second episode in 2001 and a third one in 2014, the famous curator uncle o is back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the shaolin soul series with a fourth episode compiling 22 tracks among the rarest and finest treats of soul music, because everybodys talking about the good ol days!
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.
considered by many as -the motown of salsa,- fania records is probably the most transcendental label in the history of latin music. by bringing together the eclectic vision of dominican bandleader johnny pacheco with the business savvy of impresario jerry masucci, fania created a sound: the apex of tropical music, combined with the swing of big band jazz and the gritty vibe of american r&b. the label provided an artistic heaven for a young generation of musicians who were inspired to experiment with new musical formats. the albums recorded by willie colón, héctor lavoe, rubén blades and eddie palmieri from the early 70s to the mid- 80s went beyond the parameters of so-called -salsa- - taking latin music to unsuspected levels of sophistication. when you think latin soul you relate to a mélange of r&b and mambo rhythms intermixed culturally by and for the youth of america. it was 1974, and a brash youngster by the name of ralfi pagan walked into the offices of fania records and demanded to be heard. fania president jerry masucci allowed ralfi that opportunity, and ralfi auditioned for jerry right there in his office. it took only a few moments for masucci to realize that he was in the company of his newest recording artist, he put ralfi in touch with recording director, johnny pacheco, who hurried him into the recording studio for ralfi’s first fania recording session.
this is a rare gem of a record from fantastic soul band the soul kids stemming from the democratic republic of congo, including covers of james brown & the mighty flames hit singles -lickin stick- (1968), -papa s got a brand new bag- (1965), wilson pickett’s -hey jude- and a french vocal version of otis redding’s soul hit -respect -. this amazing young band, which released only four 7inch singles and one album, is a great example of the influence of soul music and french pop bridging to the new afro soul scene that the musicians of kinshasa were involved in during the time of post-independence. ngoma was one of the first record labels intent on providing local artists recordings from both sides of the congo river to the people of the drc and west africa. created in 1948 by a greek man by the name of nicolas jeronimidis, the ngoma label was active through 1968, pressed in france until 1971, with a tremendous catalogue, including this historical and essential soul masterpiece!
following the late night swing of javonntte’s hm002, hardmatter uncovers another detroit talent for their third offering: malik alston. in his first vinyl release in several years, the rebirth ep explores a spiritual jazz soundscape with all of the verve of the city’s trusted sound. beside the soulful ballad of “love changes” featuring evan on guitar, the record’s lead song, “i am”, focuses on malik’s signature instrumentation and live improvisation. the track is a seven minute collaboration between craig huckaby, howard wazeerud-din ii and hardmatterís own zapata, who complement malik’s gospel-inspired vocals, the first time he has sung on a track in four years.
BLUES GET OFF MY SHOULDER / IM BEGGING YOU (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl US14.09.18
big crown records is proud to present this killer reissue split 7” of two tunes that are equally as rare as they are great. an absolute must have for the funk and soul collectors that is sure to burn up the dance floor.
big crown records is proud to present another tough as nails split 7”!
the a side is a killer and well sought after reissue of the sonics “find myself another girl”. a tune that lands in one of our favorite sub genres - happy break up songs. the sonics rip into it with a dance floor friendly drum beat covered in uplifting horn arrangements, singing the tune of someone who is relieved to be out of a relationship gone sour. a proper dance floor burner sure to be in all the soul dj boxes. the b side is a never before released version of the classic and often covered “spooky”. taken from the original master tapes and edited down to fit a 45, this is the first time this tune is seeing the light of day. texas outfit s.c.a.m. takes the tune on a proper journey, easing into it on this 45 edit and finding their way through horn crescendos and dropping down to drums bass and rhythm guitar. an easy favorite version of the hit tune that collectors will love to get their hands on.
production from xl middleton. just in time for the summer, moniquea is back with a future glass house staple entitled “all the time.” riding thick, squiggly production from xl middleton, modern funk’s first lady delivers declarations of dominance that might make you want to stand up, pop and lock, or have a seat and slam dominoes on the table top. the b-side, “his lady,” is a future roller skate staple featuring an instrumental culled from the mid 2000’s vaults of xl middleton. the track still sounds fresh nearly a decade and a half later thanks to moniquea’s timeless songwriting and silky delivery.
ultimate block party breaks volume 6 continues the tradition that began in the bronx in the 1970’s, where “break djs” would take that one part of the record that dancers would go absolutely crazy for. that part where all the music breaks down to nothing but the essence: drums and percussion. these are all truly timeless beats that sound as fresh today as they did when the founding fathers like kool herc, bam, flash and hollywood were catching them for the frst time in community centers throughout the city. we’ve edited and extended these breaks for maximum effect on the dancefloor - so you don’t have to. enjoy!
the bamboos veröffentlichen ihr neues album night time people. das australische dreamteam um bandgründer und gitarrist lance ferguson und sängerin kylie auldist ist millionen hörern weltweit durch ihren hit »this girl« bestens bekannt. ferguson schrieb den song bereits 2009. durch den remix von kungs vs. cookin on 3 burners avancierte er 2016 zu einem der größten charthits und zeigte, dass sich die welt popmusik mit echter seele wünscht. the bamboos gelten schon lange als eine der besten funk-soul-bands der welt.
ihr inzwischen achtes studioalbum verspricht, den erfolg von this girl noch zu übertreffen. die elf tracks auf night time people beleben mit zeitgenössischem songwriting vertraute arrangements und grooves des frühen funk-soul wieder. gesungen werden sie von einer der markantesten stimmen australiens.
das 180 gramm doppel-vinyl erscheint inklusive downloadcode.
official re-release of the nelson family s gospel lp from 1986. essential for any serious collectors of gospel. quality from end-to-end, including the cuts thank you lord (firm favorite of floating points and skymark), filled with his spirit and everlasting love.
there may be many northern soul compilations on the market, but there are few as glorious as this. few other collections have such unfettered access to such outstanding catalogues that of tamla motown and chess. these 25 floor fillers are guaranteed to ignite any party and have been tried and tested in clubs the length and breadth of the country from the 60s onwards. compiled lovingly together on vinyl, these tunes - with artists such as the elgins, frank wilson, gloria jones and frankie valli and the four seasons - are timeless examples of this most precious music. the double vinyl release includes a download code.
canadian only rare boogie release from 1982 which has been waiting to be 45’ed & smoothly edited by vienna’s master of it bto spider, perfect for modern soul dancefloors & also electronic music/house deejays looking for something else to play!
remastered from original tapes! die zwei key-singles aus dem album-klassiker “say my friend” des detroiter soul-künstlers rance allen, produziert von den mizell brothers (siehe donald byrd, bobbi humphrey, gary bartz, johnny hammond) und erschienen im original 1977 auf capitol records.
two unissued bud ross produced quality soul tunes from philadelphia, classic 70s crossover mover in exclusive alternative take, same singer as on brothers guiding light ‘getting together’ recorded at the same period b/w never before heard heart wrenching oh-so-soulful midpacer from the same top producer!
der titeltrack eines der besten deep southern soul-alben aller zeiten, “wounded woman” von sandra bright aus memphis, später nashville, erfährt das erste reissue als 7” seit dem original-release 1974. auf der b-seite findet sich mit “midnight affair” ein weiteres album-highlight und begehrter modern-soul-track.
two dancefloor friendly funky soul tunes from the mega rare 1978 blaxploitation soundtrack lp produced by the legendary motown funk brother which didn’t come out on 7” originally available here on a nice looking licensed 45 with cool picture sleeve!
(2lp, 180gr vinyl) the vinyl lp has been discontinued and second-hand copies of the original pressing are changing hands on ebay and discogs for upwards of £100! this vinyl only simple things re-issue will mirror the original release, cut over 4 sides and using the original artwork but now pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. simple things is a timelessly classic album and the essential soundtrack to any laidback summer chilling.
california’s the sentiments are back with another dose of sweet soul for all lovers of the low and slow. following the acclaim of their last 45, the group has arrived with another philly infused lovers lament. “what’s so good about saying goodbye” enters like a classic soul record with a signature drums fill leading into heavy hits accompanied by violins, fuzz guitar, vibes, and lush horns arrangements. and to answer the sentiments’ question, what’s so good about saying goodbye is knowing that after you do you can go to your local shop and grab this sweet seven inch. the song and arrangement, like the last, embodies so many elements that make up that sweet soulful sound that keeps reminding people why its better to smile now and cry later. produced and recorded entirely at the incomparable transistor sound studio, you’re gonna need doubles for sure. one for you....and one for your baby.
houston-based “gulf coast soul” band the suffers, led by the powerhouse vocals of kam franklin, is a contemporary version of classic r&b bands earth, wind & fire, kool & the gang, the commodores and others. their critically-acclaimed 2016 debut led to performances on late night with david letterman, the daily show and npr as well as high-profile placements such as queen sugar, honda and kit-kat tv spots. with the release of everything here, their most bold statement yet, the suffers are bound to further endear die-hard fans and make believers of new ones. the vinyl lp is housed in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
this month we have what is the start of a string of previously unreleased bangers from the soul, funk and disco legend bobby boyd, we have been working on this for a long time and really proud to be working alongside bobby representing him. first up we have love goddess, a floaty driving disco soul number thats bound to get some spins by the northern boys as well as deep disco heads, i know its been doing this business when i play it, on the flip and classic horn driven funky soul in bobbys classic style and solid songwriting, essential. if your not a rare soul or disco collector bobby s name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of lafayette afro rock band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
this gem of a soul album has been transformed into a 45s collection for the first time. dynamite cuts releases a high quality limited edition 1000 copies double pack 2x7” release which gives you all of those masterpieces from the album. two never before on 7” vinyl
one of the most coveted unreleased low rider / soul ballads. a huge tune, up there with darling dears (google that shit). only released on a japanese compilation 20 odd years ago without the bands consent (and with some of the channels missing) we bring you the full unreleased version for the first time. this is a big one for people who know the score.
if that’s not enough, we found this rather good unreleased disco gospel number on the master tapes of their private press lp sessions (also coming soon) but we had to give the ballad to the a side, roll the windows down and blast it.
second up on our bobby boyd unreleased recording we have some dope mid 80s material from bobby, “i like what you do to me” is boogie / proto house joint that is totally my bag, feels like it should be in a 80s movie weightlifting montage (in a good way) it just works on the dance floor so well.
on the flip things get even stronger with the proto-house banger “girl like you” a sick soulful number with with a biggest swinging kick drum i have ever heard, both proper club material.
if your not a rare soul or disco collector bobby’s name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of lafayette afro rock band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
the wonderfully monikered golden flamingo was one of many labels operating alongside the now legendary p&p records imprint in late 70 s to early 80 s nyc. fans of deep disco, raw gritty soul and rare as hen s teeth electro and early rap know of the cult status of it s brief but influential output and in recent years the p&p label and it s associated entities have enjoyed further popularity through the exposure of it s music by some of the world s most respected dj s and selectors, and rightfully so. an amazingly lo-fi, endearing and overtly underground aesthetic runs through all of the labels, from the label artwork down to the music itself. this style is evident on margo williams epic god save and protect all the children , a colossally rare 12- from back in 1980.
this summer dusty donuts will fly you out to california with two brand new and stunning reworks. keyboard wizard jim dunloop steps in the arena and gives us the love ride. dunloop get s busy with heavy keyboard manipulations as the isley s smooth as silk vocals take you there! naughty nmx and marc hype deliver their nod to dilla s ode to the diamond girl. top shelf summer breezers no question! usually sell out week one, pre-orders as soon as you can.
robert used musicians from ripple to record four self penned songs as a vanity project which remained unissued, two of which have since been released as a soul junction 45 the modern soul dancers time of the day/take me high (sj537). while a third track, the excellent ballad love song about you made it s initial debut as part of the popular -we got a sweet thing going on - (volume 3) cd compilation series to great acclaim, following requests for it to put on a 45 we have duly obliged placing it back to back with robert s remaining previously unissued track the more dance orientated -i love you so- complete with girl backing singers. thus in doing so, we have now completed the trilogy of robert montgomery s recording output.
repress from spiritual r&b/soul album from 1982! the album we want a piece of the pie is the product of a joint effort between los angeles songwriter/producer anthony browne and the woolfolk brothers of oklahoma, with their seven-piece funk band, septimus. the two parties sent tape reels back and forth to each other in the mail to assemble this masterpiece of buoyant and spiritual r&b... and 36 years later, those tapes have found their way into the hands of cultures of soul records! remastered from the original tapes, this new edition of we want a piece of the pie presents the legendarily rare lp to a broad market for the first time, radiating all its sunny optimism and infectious dance grooves.
ursprünglich ein herausragender album-track von charles bradleys changes longplayer damals mit dem titel you think i don t know (but i know) verwandeln axelrod und co. den soulgroover kunstvoll in einen frühen reggae-groover a la bunny lee. charles klagender gesang bietet eine schöne gegenüberstellung zum unbeschwerten bounce des inversion island beats. auf der rückseite befindet sich die dub-version mit dem titel-strike three, glücklicherweise konnte cb diese version hören, bevor er starb, und er sagte: ooooooo! i love it!
estonian archival label frotees 6th release suvi ei jaa by heidy tamme is available again as 7inch single with new b-side for the balearic heads. while suvi ei jaa is a cover version of roberta flacks song what a woman really means, it was given new estonian lyrics which eloquently describe the summer season and its brevity (title translates as summer doesnt stay). its sung by popular estonian singer heidy tamme, recorded in 1982, and arranged by tiit paulus, one of the best estonian jazz guitarists. after original release of 7 in 2015, frotee has discovered another version of the title track. tiit paulus had played guitar over instrumental version of suvi ei jaa and this version is now essential for our balearic summers.
jonny drops debut, sub plot, was the very first album release on the fledgling alberts favourites label at the beginning of 2016. the initial offering, a 7inch of album favourites mind field and this is the one had quickly been picked up on by the good people at bbc radio 6 music as well as some of drops personal heroes including kenny dope, mr. thing and nightmares on wax.
dusty archives, the backrooms of record stores, private reel to reel stashes, master tapes - these are the environs of the dynamic range experience. dynamic range is a new label focused on unearthing deep soul, funk and disco jams that continue to resonate with todays dancers and dj’s. time spent scouring the bowels of the majors and independents has unsurprisingly resulted in numerous gems being added to the dr wants list. high quality, fully licensed reissues are the order of the day, always taken from the correct master source and re-presented to hungry record heads the world over. to repeat, this is a fully legit operation avoid the sharks at all costs! the debut release on the label is a real doozy new birth, the mighty detroit funk outfit who operated from 1970 onwards are first up to bat. their late 70s rarity deeper is a real monster lifted from their killer behold the mighty army lp. produced by legendary motown stalwart frank wilson this is some straight-up disco-fied funk for sure! one of those solid, mid-tempo groovers that just ignites a dance-floor at any time, any place. side-a is the glorious full-side disco mix and were treated to the full instrumental version on the flip. no lazy edits here, just the full funk and nothing but the funk, just as the group intended! this is one of many soulful treats that dynamic range will be presenting in the coming months, stay tuned for more - aint it something?.
harlem s legendary disco label queen constance has long been a cult favourite among fans of underground dance music for decades. one of many labels operating under the equally legendary p&p family of imprints queen constance was operated by one peter brown, a truly colossal figure in nyc s music scene, it s catalogue still fascinates music lovers to this day. covering a wide range of styles including gospel, early rap and disco the label s output continually finds it way into the playlists of respected dj s and selectors across the globe. high fidelity will be the first in a series of queen constance rarities to be reissued, an extremely rare and coveted record that can change hands on the second hand market for big big money, avoid those low rent bootlegs that are out there and cop this fully licensed repress. the group s self-titled sole long-player is a fantastic 6 track set of gritty, soulful and uplifting funky disco with a diy edge. not too much is known about the artists themselves, or even when the record was performed, recorded or released but it certainly sounds like a group who knew their craft inside out. the energy is high across the record and the group sound like they re on fire, just check the outrageously funkified magic carpet and you ll see what we mean. amazing. the whole project has that enchanting lo-fi, back-street feel to it in terms of production and the mind boggles as to how such a record would have come off had it been recorded at a motown or any other big studio, but no matter as this release is perfect the way it is, an essential piece of street-level nyc disco straight from the underground.