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.
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. die vinyl-lp erscheint inklusive downloadcode.
mukatsuku kicks off the incoming autumn period with two delicious slabs of dreamy jazzual bliss from spanish artist and multi-talented musician marc friedli aka skymark. both tracks are presented here in a single form for the first time. “flying fantasy” is taken from the “resistance sonore” album on marc’s own label imprint modern sun from 2016 here in an exclusive instrumental version. on the flipside “rhodes e serenidade” is lifted from the “waves from the nucleus” long player from 2015.
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.
die neue “soul togetherness 2018” enthält 15 modern-soul-highlights des jahres, die teils erstmals auf tonträger erscheinen. darunter sind grandiose songs von cornell c.c. carter, kenny thomas, jaki graham, john reid und james day (in teils exklusiven extended versions), die rückkehr von change und the richie family, die beiden künstler brian courtney wilson und lexi von motowns neuem gospel-label, dance-grooves der newcomer the apx und imaa, vintage-soul von ernest ernie & the sincerities, soul-garage-hymnen von dj spen und prefix one, sowie der fabelhafte mousse t feat. peven everett.
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!
THE ATLANTIC SINGLES COLLECTION 1967 - 1970 (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl UK16.11.18
Über 50 jahre dauerte die beeindruckende karriere von soullegende aretha franklin. eines der wichtigsten kapitel ihrer karriere schrieb die sängerin bei atlantic records. 1967 wechselte sie zu dem amerikanischen label, wo sie mit songs wie »i never loved a man (the way i love you)« ihren durchbruch feierte und schließlich zur ikone wurde. mit »the atlantic singles collection 1967–1970« gibt es 2018 eine best-of-sammlung, die einen blick auf diese besondere zeit wirft.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
top-sampler mit 16 r&b- und popcorn-raritäten aus den 1950/1960ern. mit bobby mitchell, jimmy nolen, frank minion und larry bene, sowie dem ultra-raren honey bee des fantastischen lenny johnson. benannt ist die lp nach den ersten zeilen von bobby mitchells legendärem new orleans-r&b-dancer -well, i done got over it: oh yeah! oh yeah! yeah, i done got over it.-
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.