delights is thrilled and honoured to release the new 7inch by beta hector (aka simon hill of baby charles, derriere and mnp)! after a 7-year hiatus, hill returns with two sides of raw cinematic psych-funk, recorded with an ensemble of his long-time musical allies. infectious, tense and noirish king lunp theme is backed with the warm, intimate and melancholic into the light on the flipside.
limited pressing - only 500 copies. miles away records / acid jazz is proud to present its first record the 1975 classic patience by rokk. heavily influenced by gil scott-heron’s the bottle it is a cult dance floor anthem.
lp,180g, 2018 reissue - remastered from original tapes, carefully reproduced original art when alan parker recorded the killer library soul-funk lp the voice of soul with session vocalist madeline bell in 1976, some bright spark at themes decided to also release all of the backing tracks as a separate, and equally innocuously title lp called the sound of soul
i really felt that uku led me to this music and what to play it happened straight when i got back home from his funeral. maryn. lta fusion featured on this album was one of their last co-writes. maryn took what foundation her son played, and finished the song with him here.
free soul 1969 the groove is heavy too ñ and a popular hip hop sample ñ but really itís all about klemmerís blisteringly intense, stream of consciousness freak-out. been sampled over 16x from ini to ed o g & da bulldogs to kurious, akinyele, dred scott to name a few. klemmer just wyles out on the sax keep that psychedelic funk moving!! side b. up above the rock edit 1968 you wonít find too many jazz songs that start with a drum break, but then this is probably one of the better jazz/soul hybrids iíve heard in some time. produced by richard evans this song is a perfect display of acoustic jazz funk with ron carter & grady tate filling out the rhythm section. dance floor classic!
GUMBA FIRE: BUBBLEGUM SOUL & SYNTH BOOGIE IN 1980S SOUTH AFRICA (3X12 LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK09.03.18
soundway releases new compilation of rare 1980s south african ‘bubblegum’ & boogie
in 1980s black south africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated. it was often ubiquitously described as bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that south african music is famous for. compilers miles cleret (soundway) and dj okapi (afrosynth records) present a selection of 18 rare, handpicked 1980s cuts that highlight the period that nestles in between the ‘70s (where american-influenced jazz, funk and soul bumped shoulders with local mbaqanga) and the ‘90s when kwaito and eventually house-music ruled the dancefloors of urban south africa.
russian born and very gifted musician aleceo is a new addition to the ongoing rooster of copenhagens prolific music for dreams label - aleceo came to attention of label boss kenneth bager with the brilliant first ep clouds. aleceo has his own musical voice, he produces and composes music that is rich in harmonies and melodies he sits somewhere between balearic and deep house combining the past and moving forward and this double vinyl teletrip is an excellent taster of his many talents and a real body of work.
love makes the world go around. “two”, the second album by the soul session, is full of love. ralph kiefer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer from south germany embarks on a stylistically diverse journey into soul, jazz, funk and world music. being a highly respected session musician in the jazz as well as the crossover scene, kiefer made a serious impact in 2011 with “one”, the first soul session album. “one” was built on a solid backbeat of soul, hip hop and funk, while “two” now takes a step further into a spiritual and eclectic dimension. “quantraversa” featuring the voice of las vegas based neo-soul queen georgia anne muldrow is the mind- blowing opener of this album, a truly deep and intense rhythmic statement. quantraversa is a word which you will not find in any dictionary, but that is not the point, says ralph kiefer. “this album is a journey to the inner self. the recording process was like meditation. i often started with a loop, or an idea for a melody. it evolved from there and i simply let it happen. when i involved the lyricists and vocalists, my drafts sometimes took a completely different paths and ended in something unexpected and beautifully new.” the double vinyl is housed in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
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.
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.
it’s been four years since eglo records fatima’ released 2014’s blue note-approved, critically acclaimed debut “yellow memories”. this september, the london- via -stockholm, sweden songstress, returns with her second album, “and yet it’s all love” — an emotional, yet entertaining trip through the full cycle of a romantic relationship, told in fatima’s now-familiar soulful style. the double lp release comes with 2 vinyl-exclusive tracks: “dang” (a1) and “may i” (a2).
moon riders is a brand new duo formed by esko boogie & ivan makvel, the 7inch comes with a 80s influenced modern funk a side with the collaboration with the queen of the modern funk movement, moniquea, and an explosive gfunk/r n b b side with the voice of ivan makvel. the old school hip hop sampling tecniques of esko boogie mixed with the synthesizers performed and arranged by ivan makvel, creates the perfect mix in between hip hop, r n b, funk & soul.