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Juno Recommends Soul: Best of 2023

Juno Recommends Soul

Juno Recommends Soul

Juno Recommends Soul: Best of 2023
Cat: SSS701. Rel: 12 Jun 23
Daylight (4:12)
Everybody Loves The Sunshine (3:39)
Review: Founded by Roy Ayers in Cincinnati in 1976 as a vehicle for his songs and productions - though, interestingly, he was never a member of the band RAMP recorded and released one album, 1977's sun-soaked jazz-funk opus, Come Into Knowledge. This fantastic 45 from South Street Records' new South Street Soul offshoot showcases two of the set's most admired and in-demand cuts. Edwin Birdsong and William Allen share production credits with Ayers on 'Daylight', a shuffling, dewy-eyed, afternoon-ready delight whose slow groove, meandering synth solos and blissful female vocals recall another Ayers' classic 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine'. Fittingly, RAMP's fine, soft-focus take on that tune can be found on side B.
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 in stock $15.87
Cat: MRB 7211. Rel: 17 Jul 23
Say You'll Be Mine (5:21)
Your Love Makes Me Crazy (6:27)
Review: A vault of formerly unreleased Don Blackman material recently surfaced via the Chicago DJ/producer/digger Marc Davis, who in recent years struck up a relationship with the children of the mysterious New York pianist and songwriter. Now this wealth of jams finally gets released: 40 years' worth of unheard Blackman - cassettes, CDs, discs, reel-to-reels, paperwork, even VHS tapes - inevitably once more reignites the obsessive fan interest in his music, which sprang from its already-mystical cult status in the rare funk and soul-digging world.
 in stock $13.46
I'll Show You How (3:10)
Wishing On A Wishing Well (2:04)
Review: Cinnamon Soulettes' 'I'll Show You How' is a veritable swooner, demonstrating how just a few short songs can spark an undying love in its listeners - despite the project being rooted in tragedy. It's a cursed record, to say the least: the original tapes were found in a mixture of the University Of Washington State's archive and the estate of their late producer Kearney Barton, both of whom say all the original information about the record was lost in a flood. For that reason, all that is known about The Cinnamon Soulettes is that they are a female vocal trio from Seattle who recorded their only record in the 1970s with Barton. Nobody knows their names. 'I'll Show You How', though, is a stunning love song, melancholic in its trilling piano solos and vocal segues between each member of the trio. The B-side, 'Wishing On A Wishing Well', lifts us out of the prior mood of heartbreak, although its vocal recordings lend an equally haunting mood to its uptempo jump.
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 in stock $13.46
Gloria Ann Taylor - "Deep Inside You" (2:30)
Gloria Ann Taylor - "What's Your World" (3:54)
Walter Whisenhunt Orchestra - "Love Is A Hurting Thing" (feat Gloria Ann Taylor) (7:18)
Review: Sometimes, incredibly rare and expensive records don't live up to the hype. We can safely say that Gloria Ann Taylor's "Deep Inside You"- a superb, disco-era chunk of sexually charged soul - is not one of those records. Very few original copies were pressed, which not only explains the eye-watering second-hand prices but also the numerous bootlegs that have appeared over the years. This, then, is the record's first licensed reissue. It's worth picking up, not only for the sublime title track, but also for bonus cuts "What's Your World" - a laidback, super-sweet chunk of laidback West Coast soul - and the lushly orchestrated "Love Is A Hurting Thing".
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 in stock $16.69
Cat: FFSPT 1027. Rel: 08 May 23
Say I Do (feat John Arthur Bigham) (4:56)
Island Hustle (3:22)
Review: The origins of the Rhythm Roots Allstars lie in a spot called Temple Bar, a club in LA which was a hub for the hottest underground funk and soul in the city in the late 90s. The Allstars were the house band, and the collective has remained strong through the decades, co-writing Grammy-winning And The Anonymous Nobody by De La Soul and recording with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Ghostface Killah. It's hard to believe then that this is the band's first solo release, but here we are, and they don't disappoint. On the A side, 'Say I Do' brings a warm R&B flavour with Fishbone's John Arthur Bigham on vocals, while the flip throws down a searing hot instrumental which speaks to the Allstars' years of experience turning out the club.
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out of stock $11.30
Cat: STH 2478LP. Rel: 03 Apr 23
Step By Step (3:08)
Far Away (5:09)
Comes & Goes (4:02)
Sundown (4:50)
Holy Hell (3:12)
Haunted Memories (5:54)
Same Old Song (3:33)
The Morning Sun (4:36)
Review: Singer, songwriter and producer Eddie Chacon has enjoyed a blooming solo career in recent years ever since the release of his album 'Pleasure, Joy And Happiness'. As it turned out, Chacon was a deft maker of lo-fi, funk and lounge bits, over which his whispery voice would effortlessly glide. The trend continues with 'Sundown', his second solo album and debut for Stones Throw. Made in Ibiza, using, among other things, what is alleged to be the only Fender Rhodes keyboard on the island, this album is yet another experimental lounge music extravaganza, not to mention a personal reflection on the self, tempered by long listening sessions to spiritual jazz in the sun.
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 in stock $25.29
Cat: BK 035. Rel: 10 Jul 23
Stride - "Come Inside" (4:24)
Nassauvians - "Slacking Off" (3:04)
Aka Shaic - "Swave Villi Us" (3:44)
Ray T Jones - "Norfolk Sound" (3:38)
Theatre West - "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" (4:09)
Ivan R Sturdivant & STRATEGY - "The World That Died" (3:35)
Small Society - "Just Loving You" (3:32)
No ID aka Bilal Sabir - "Changes" (2:37)
Nature's Choice - "Never Get A Chance" (6:30)
Antwans - "You Got That Right" (2:53)
Joe Walker - "We Need Each Other" (2:49)
Spice - "For Old Times Sake" (3:23)
Joe Brown & The Soul Elderados - "Vibration" (part Two) (4:30)
Expressway - "Blue Evening" (3:32)
Smiles - "Just A Star" (3:38)
Watch Tower - "Forever, Together" (4:01)
Review: Here's something to get the pulse racing: a killer collection of obscure, hard-to-find and sought-after soul tracks from the 1970s and early '80s, all from the catalogues of independent, often little-known record labels. Sometimes rarity can be misleading - scarcity is no guarantee of quality - but everything here is genuinely extremely good. For proof, check out the spaced-out, otherworldly instrumental bliss of Nassauvians' 'Slacking Off', the chunky, country-style soul brilliance of Norfolk Sound by Ray T Jones, the Terry Callier style folk-soul of No ID/Bilal Sabir's 'Changes', and the alternate mix of Nature Soul's sunshine soul gem 'Never Get a Chance' - one of two previously unreleased versions on the compilation. In a word: essential.

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out of stock $31.49
Cat: MRBLP 268. Rel: 12 Jun 23
Real Thing - "Children Of The Ghetto" (4:34)
Avis - "Baby, This Love I Have" (4:37)
Veronica Mickie - "Lost Children" (5:22)
Rare Silk - "Storm" (Arp Duppy Chip mix) (5:00)
LFO - "Shove Piggy Shove" (4:20)
Bach Revolution - "DE 108" (3:33)
Andi Otto - "Bangalore Whispers" (feat MD Pallavi) (3:26)
Unnayanaa & Irfan Rainy - "Taht Min Aini" (feat Ibtisam - Alberghina remix) (3:14)
Michael De Albuquerque - "We May Be Cattle But We All Got Names" (4:20)
Pyranha - "Clepsydre" (7:04)
Yargo - "Marimba" (5:23)
Okyerema Asante & Black Fire - "Play A Sweet Rhythm On Them Drums" (feat Plunky) (6:36)
Mr Scruff - "Giffin" (feat Nke - re-edit speechless dub mix) (7:20)
Isis - "In Essense" (6:52)
Frank Hatchett - "Malibu Nites" (5:00)
Review: With some of the best DJs and selectors, there is a certain mysterious sound or underlying feeling which unites the music they play, regardless of genre, year or tempo. British DJ, producer and music maestro Luke Una is a master of telling a story through music and this compilation is a perfect example of his musical alchemy in action. The second volume in his E Soul Cultura series, Una's intriguingly woven pattern of new, old, rare and under-discovered music from around the world became the soundtrack to rejuvenated positivity and won him favour with record outlets.
The compilation isn't just peacocking his crate diving ability, but it's a sonical narrative that engages the ebbs and flows of salsa, nu-disco, psych rock and Balearic. It's a grab bag of sounds, and each one is as intriguing and groovy as the last. Here's to a hopeful trilogy.
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Cat: DAP 076LP. Rel: 11 Sep 23
Come Around & Love Me (3:03)
If You Don't Want My Love (2:26)
Lost (3:28)
That's All I Wanted From You (2:36)
Please Show Me (3:03)
Just Like You Used To (3:09)
What A Difference She Made (2:55)
Give Me Another Day (3:24)
So Glad I Found You (3:16)
It Takes A Fool (3:06)
Rapture (2:29)
Review: Jalen Ngonda is a hotly tipped soul artist who finally unveils his long awaited debut album. Come Around and Love Me was written at Hive Mind Studios in Brooklyn, NY with musicians form the wider Daptone family and producer and arrangers Mike Buckley and Vincent Chiarito from Charles Bradley's Extraordinaires. The result is a modern soul sound tinged with r&b, the harmonies of The Beach Boys and hooks of the Beatles, but all with a timelessness and classic edge that is sure to make it a lasting pleasure.
 in stock $23.15
Cat: BCR 136. Rel: 24 Jul 23
Piece Of Me (feat Ghostface Killah - remix) (4:34)
Joy & Pain (Pete Rock remix) (4:30)
Review: Lady Wray's Piece of Me is a second sizzling album of superb soul. It marked something of a homecoming for the artist as she debuted on this label back in 2016 and found her leaning towards her usual soul and r&b as well as more hip-hop influences than ever: classic boom-bap drums and chunky bass hist loud and proud and for that reason the originals are ripe for remixing as they are here. Two legends of the game in Pete Rock and Ghostface Killah step up and bring their own signature sound and dusty drum beats to make for a crucial little 7".
 in stock $9.15
Cat: 505419 7187698. Rel: 10 Jul 23
Offering (3:09)
The Blind (4:16)
Angels & Queens (3:19)
Taboo (3:11)
To The Moon & Back (3:28)
Professional (5:45)
We Will Remember (1:59)
Remember Me (3:56)
If You Only Knew (4:11)
Love & Hate In A Different Time (3:47)
Glory (2:48)
Great Wind (3:58)
Mama (5:24)
Review: Soulful pop trio Gabriels hail from LA and the UK and make gospel-tinged electronic music that takes you to a higher plane. After some epic singles and a recent standout performance at Glastonbury which got everyone talking - not least because of the magnificent outfits of the lead singer - they have finally put together a debut album. The first part was widely acclaimed and this seance part is no different. The music has been produced by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Sounwave and as well as lead single 'Angels & Queens' this is a treasure trove of warm, soul fuelled sounds that draw on the sounds of legends like Prince and Luther Vandross to cook up a throng record that will blow you off your feet.

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out of stock $15.51
Cat: SOUTH 010. Rel: 29 May 23
I Wanna Be Where You Are (Unedited mix) (6:05)
I Want You (Jam - alternate mix) (4:51)
Review: Marvin Gaye's catalogue is jam-packed with gems and so it's not hard to pick a couple for remix treatment. This one is a particularly nice pair of alternative mixes that find the Detroit legend at his very best, taken from the Deluxe Edition of his masterful 1976 album I Want You, mixed by Kevin Reeves and now remastered by Ellen Fitton but never, before now, appearing on 12" before. First up on the A-side is 'I Wanna Be Where You Are', a cover of a Michael Jackson hit beautifully stretched from its original 1:17 to over six minutes. ''I Want You' (alternate version), meanwhile, introduced something of a shift in Gaye's sound towards more disco.
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 in stock $16.69
Cat: MUKAT 090. Rel: 06 Nov 23
You're Everything To Me
Desert Wind
Review: Formed in 1974 with bassist/vocalist Rick Cua, drummer Tommy Rozzano, keyboardist Larry Arlotta, and lead singer/percussionist Ricky Chisholm. Their name is an acronym for the founding member's last names. After five years on the live circuit, Crac's troupe of musicians created their one and only record and self-released it in 1980. Super smooth in its delivery, broad in its style and detailed with rich harmonies, soothing instrumentation and a yacht-meets-rare-groove sense of calm and warmth, it's been a cult release ever since fetching triple figures on auction sites... until now. Sitting somewhere between the classic sounds of the Doobie Brothers and the more contemporary sun-kissed charm of Paqua, there's a timelessness to this that will last another 40 years and beyond.

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out of stock $11.83
Walt Barr - "Free Spirit" (5:20)
Donny Hathaway - "Make It On Your Own" (1:55)
out of stock $13.99
Cat: CLMN 233C1. Rel: 03 Jul 23
Monophonics - "Love You Better" (3:06)
Kelly Finnigan - "The Shape Of My Teardrops" (4:30)
Review: Here comes a meltingly powerful 7" split single by Monophonics and Kelly Finnigan, a psychedelic soul band and a singer from California respectively. Monophonics' contribution is a classic: 'Love You Better', a catchy, soulful belter concerning a formerly broken relationship, and the sacrifices it takes to pick up the pieces. The flipside, meanwhile, is a newer one from Finnigan; 'The Shape Of My Teardrops', which reckons with grief in the form of a surreal, rimshotting slow jam.

 in stock $9.67
Bovel - "Coming Back" (3:52)
Sam - "Life" (club mix) (4:10)
Marcelle Moncrieffe - "Take Me There" (4:37)
Kofi - "Step By Step" (4:16)
Pure Silk - "What You Do For Me" (4:37)
Jenny B - "Sexy Eyes" (club mix) (5:18)
Sonja Ryshard - "Step Back" (5:38)
Cavalier - "Don't Touch" (5:07)
Purely Fizzycal - "Straight To The Top" (7:17)
Dennis Planter - "I Still Dream Of You" (4:02)
Taffy - "Passion" (7:11)
Weekend In Paris - "Hold Your Head Up" (3:55)
Review: After his hugely well received lovers' rock compilations for this label, Sam Don digs deep into the rich world of UK sweet soul on this - typically - excellent new compilation from the wondrous ashes of the North. He comes up with plenty of mega hard to find and expensive musical treasures that have all been painstakingly researched and tracked down. It was a short lived but fertile scene in the underground back in the 90s and if you didn't; know that already you will after one listen through of this - the sounds are highly danceable with silky, low-lit melodies and steamy and seductive vocals for loved up late night dancing.
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 in stock $30.68
Cat: GSC45 39. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Love Play (edit) (5:12)
Who? (4:17)
Review: The Galaxy Sound Co's latest 7" kicks off with a remastered edit of 'Passion Play' by The Sugarhill Gang. It's a tune that was originally on their self-titled 1980 album and comes with background vocals from the superb funk and soul band Positive Force. Somehow the tune didn't make the charts at the time though it has been heavily referenced and sampled since, including by the likes of Kerri Chandler. The B-side is 'Who Is She (And What Is She to You)', a soul-jazz cover of a Bill Withers classic taken from Madelaine's only album, Who Is She, in 1978. It has a serious Chicago pedigree and great arrangements from Johnny Pate.
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 in stock $12.12
Cat: DAP 076LPX. Rel: 11 Sep 23
Come Around & Love Me (3:04)
If You Don't Want My Love (2:24)
Lost (3:29)
That's All I Wanted From You (2:35)
Please Show Me (3:01)
Just Like You Used To (3:08)
What A Difference She Made (2:53)
Give Me Another Day (3:23)
So Glad I Found You (3:15)
It Takes A Fool (3:06)
Rapture (2:29)
Review: Though this may be his debut album, Jalen Ngonda is already a stalwart figure in the contemporary international soul scene. Having made a slow but sure name for himself prior to the COVID-19 lockdowns - in which myriad gigs would still go ahead in a whirl of confusion and dread at the notion of something inevitably disastrous coming - Ngonda's new album Come Around And Love Me seems to channel a feeling we all felt when disaster finally struck: that of making do with a change to "normalcy", and finding new capacities for loving within it. Across its ten tracks, we hear the classic sounds of Motown, Stax, and Philly, as Ngonda's charming alto meshes effortlessly with his guitar talents and songwriting abilities.
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out of stock $34.98
Cat: ATH 123. Rel: 30 Jan 23
Give It Up (4:41)
Let's Talk It Over (3:39)
Review: Produced in 1986 by one Willie Harpe, 'Give It Up' was originally written by TL ('Tom Lipkins'), a fake moniker for little-cited artists George Mahood and Soul Sam. Never before seeing the light of day, it's a testament to just how little talent corresponds with recognition in the music market - this is heartbreaking music, produced with the utmost quality. 'Give It Up' combines loose drumming and a misty, boxy reverb on the master to produce a red-lit mood of sultriness, as TL wails and belts over a dozy soul groove. 'Let's Talk It Over', meanwhile, is a stunning lullaby for breaking up to make up.
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 in stock $10.76
Cat: KCR 126C1. Rel: 22 May 23
Say She She (3:41)
Don't You Dare Stop (4:30)
Review: Colemine sublabel Karma Chief continues to be an essential destination for anyone seeking soul music which reaches past the classic approaches to try doing things differently. That’s exactly what you get on this new single from Say She She, the NYC group bringing an urgent flair to party starters and slow jams alike. ‘Reeling’ is a heady groover which speaks to the Big Apple’s versatile, funky legacy of mutant anthems with a very human warmth at their core. ‘Don’t You Dare Stop’ smooths out the situation on the flip with a gorgeous, downtempo roller centred on some celestial harmonising and a honey-coated production you could just bathe in.
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out of stock $9.15
Cat: FLO 0012LP. Rel: 15 May 23
Spirit Call (1:36)
The Lord's With Me (8:21)
Valley Of The Ocean (4:19)
God Is In Control (4:48)
Power (2:33)
Stronger (3:57)
Fields (6:16)
Soul Inside My Beautiful Imagination (3:35)
Warrior (3:51)
Review: Along with the likes of Today & Tomorrow and Untitled (God), Sault are giving their five-deep album drops from late 2022 a more ceremonious release now. The music is too deep and rich to vanish into the melee of digital data streams, and each album's distinct qualities benefits from its own space to inhabit. On a mission from God and steeped in a raw, 70s kind of sound which shirks studio slickness in favour of absolute reality, on Earth this British outfit take themselves into realms of spiritual jazz atop their keen instinct for funk. The drums tumble, the chants murmur, and there's just no arguing with the power of the ensemble and their in-the-room vibe.
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out of stock $19.65
Cat: OYO 002LP. Rel: 15 May 23
Flylo Tweet (2:00)
Bad Company (3:38)
Late Night People (5:29)
Foolis Gold (3:35)
Where Did You Go? (6:13)
Sign & Signal (4:20)
From A Lover (2:53)
Eye To Eye (4:34)
Pieces (5:45)
Pass It Back (6:28)
Tomorrow's Child (3:28)
Match In My Pocket (2:54)
Legacy (3:30)
Sea Glass (6:07)
Review: Across a run of three outstanding EPs since 2017, Yazmin Lacey has slowly and steadily brought her cool and assured strain of neo soul into earshot, regularly popping up on festival line-ups and aligned with a resurgent UK jazz scene. Now we finally get to hear her stretch out on an album which takes its inspiration from the raw honesty of voice notes as a means of communication. Teaming up with the likes of Craigie Dodds, JD.REID, Melo-Zed and executive producer Dave Okumu, she's more than delivered on her promise with an outstanding, deep and nuanced album that hits true from the first beat to the last breath.
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out of stock $25.56
Cat: MAR 091. Rel: 30 Oct 23
Los Sonidos De Fm - "Tema De Los Adolesentes"
Sola - "Tabu"
Review: Mad About Records is back with another essential double dose of Latin funk with this limited edition 7" from Los Sonidos De F.M. and Sola. 'Tema De Los Adolesentes' kicks off on the flip with brilliantly lively samba keys and blasts of big horn energy next to more slinky and seductive lines. It's a true steamy dancer full of sex appeal while Sola take a different approach on the flip with 'Tabu.' This one is low slung and mischievous with its prickly rhythms and wet cymbals. The Spanish vocal is delivered with power and flair and backed by brooding harmonies that add extra weight.
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out of stock $17.22
Cat: KCR 124C1. Rel: 13 Feb 23
Trouble (3:05)
In My Head (3:42)
Review: Say She She are the latest all-girl soul group to watch out for. This new single from the trio is an infectiously bluesy and 'discodelic' number, channelling a Bond-theme sophistication in its laid-back meander through funky-drummer rhythms and harmonious singing. The song concerns a troublesome love interest. "You're trouble/going nowhere" repeats the refrain, as impeccable vocal skills are demonstrated, and emotional gaps in our souls are filled.
out of stock $11.30
Close The Door (Mike Maurro remix) (7:23)
Only You (Mike Maurro remix) (7:50)
Review: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes lead singer Teddy Pendergrass is one of soul music's most underrated artists if you ask us - and he has a remarkable story that rather took a tragic turn later in life and is well worth reading about. Here a couple of his golden gems get reworked by Mike Maurro for the Brookside label. First up is the gentle soul and lavish arrangement of the deep rolling 'Close The Door'. On the B-side you will find 'Only You', a more upbeat dancefloor heater with fat and plump drums and disco energy topped with Teddy's buttery vocals.
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Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (3:38)
Battened Ships (2:59)
Review: Odyssey hear a fresh reissue on Soul Brother with 'Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love', a spiritual soul number detailing an early intimation of the law of attraction. One of the less obscure reissues to come to Soul Brother, Odyssey originally formed in 1968 as a family trio in New York, but later continued in many alternate forms. The lead single from their self-titled 70s album, the song asks the listener, "where are you today? do you know your way? are you searching for mountains lost?", against a twanging, almost new-agey soul backdrop, before reminding us of an utmost-important axiom: follow your heart.
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 in stock $15.06
Cat: HSREC 004. Rel: 05 Jun 23
Over You (5:07)
Over You (mix 2) (4:48)
Shining Through (5:38)
Shining Through (dance mix) (5:39)
Review: This naive street soul gem is so rare, that - prior to its repress here by Heels & Souls - it was barely accessible anywhere save for a potential L500 re-flogging on eBay. Luckily, those with their best interests at heart do the glorious work of repressing the tracks 'Over You' and 'Shining Through' - as well as their slightly different dance mixes - to EP-length wax. You're lucky to be in the presence of some quintessential street soul here, featuring detuned vocals, crude plodding drums and digital strings that evoke shafts of evening light on city concrete. And if you're ever suffering a bad breakup, 'Over You' is the harsh remedy.
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 in stock $15.60
Cat: MM 002. Rel: 20 Mar 23
Girl (4:35)
Wild Woman (3:38)
Review: R. Ackley is the man behind this particular Status project - there are many others in various genres - and he is credited with just one release - 1977's Girl, which has become a cult classic in the world of funk and soul. It was written alongside C. Barton and is a glorious bit of lavish and immersive soul with a tricky rhythm section firing out minimal but punch rhythms under the AOR-style vocals. It's cosmic and Beatrice and perfect for so many settings. On the flip is 'Wild Woman' written with S. Bourne and it is another heater well worth having, especially as an original of this will cost you well over 300 quid.
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 in stock $15.06
DJ Marky & Makoto - "You're The One (You're My Number One)" (feat Sally Green)
Makoto & Kez Ym - "Chameleon" (feat Takumi Kaneko From Cro Magnon - DJ Kawasaki 45 edit)
Review: Fresh 7" single bizness by DJ Marky, Makoto and Kez YM, all of whom lend their hands to nu-funk and disco on this fresh two-sider from Japan. 'You're The One (You're My Number One)' covers the eponymous 1983 disco cut by Katie Kissoon, but this rendition contains fresh vocals by featuring singer Sally Green. The flipside, meanwhile, flaunts an original.'Chameleon', with Takumi Kaneko from Cro Magnon handling keyboards, before offering up the track for a moody 'live' house edit by DJ Kawasaki.
out of stock $20.19
Cat: 451064. Rel: 05 Jun 23
Keep On Swinging (3:11)
Hope (3:39)
Review: Carlton Jumel Smith earned himself the title Mr Soul, being one of NYC's foremost exponents of a faithful sound which keeps the Motown flame alive. Having released a couple of singles on Timmion last year as well as linking up with Dojo Cuts on Colemine, now Smith is stepping out on Mocambo with the riotous party starter 'Keep On Swinging', a heated affair with sassy brass, overdriven guitar licks and the man himself holding it down with a killer vocal turn. 'Hope' on the flip is a funkier number which calls to mind classic Curtis Mayfield, not least thanks to that sprightly percussion section. Great modern soul music which knows where it's coming from.
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 in stock $16.13
Cat: NW 514. Rel: 03 Apr 23
Tick Tock (3:03)
Keep Growing Strong (3:36)
Review: Bob Stanley's Measured Mile label comes through with a magnificent double-header from Connie Stevens. This is a real northern soul monster that was arranged by the late great and legendary Philly soul man Thom Bell. Original copies will cost you well over L250. First up are the rich and sumptuous string sounds and rattling tambourines of 'Tick Tock' with its perfect vocals. Originally the b-side tune was titled ''Betcha By Golly Wow' but the angel changed it to 'Keep Growing Strong' after it was a hit for both the Stylistics and Prince. It's another heart warming gem that will have you in a slow spin in no time.
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 in stock $10.50
Cat: ATH 133. Rel: 06 Mar 23
Waiting In The Wings (East Cost Love Affair mix) (3:16)
Waiting In The Wings (2:56)
Review: It's a busy time for Athens of the North - to be fair when isn't it - as the Edinburgh label drops a couple of real gems this month. Marion Javius's 'Waiting In The Wings' originally dropped in 1978 and the head of this label loved the track but for a couple of aspects to it. Years later, he discovered that a friend of the label David Haffner "had been sitting on the multi-track tapes for some time and was cool with us doing a 45." So here we have the original on the B-side, and the slightly tweaked and edited new East Cost Love Affair version on the a-side. It's a great touch-up job if you ask us.
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 in stock $15.87
Cat: SNDW 12051. Rel: 12 Jun 23
If I Love You (6:33)
If I Love You (instrumental) (3:21)
Thank You Baby (4:21)
Live For Love (5:16)
Review: GC Cameron was born and raised in McCall Creek, Mississippi, and by the age of 22 he was already famous having joined Motown Records. He was signed up as lead singer of the legendary group The Spinners and had several web recover tunes and a few hits such as 'It's A Shame,' which was co-written and produced by Stevie Wonder. After that, Cameron left the group and went solo and teamed up with Harvey Faqua, Greg Crockett and Elgie Stover to record his best-ever work, which now makes its way onto this fine four-track EP courtesy of Soundway.
out of stock $16.13
Cat: FMP 063. Rel: 10 Jul 23
Happy (extended) (6:03)
Dub Me Happy (7:49)
Really Really (extended) (5:35)
No Big Thing (part 2) (5:53)
Ain't No Big Thing (3:16)
Move Me No Mountain (4:32)
Moveturnswimlongdub (5:56)
No Big Thing (part 3) (4:57)
Make Me Dubby (6:44)
Review: Crooked Man aka the legendary DJ Parrot is also Earth Angel and here he is back with a second project on Foundation Music following the release of two singles with the renowned new jazz singer Lady Blackbird. Here he goes back to his roots in Sheffield in the 1980s when Black music forms were fast emerging on the scene and having a huge influence on the fledgling electronic movement. The music in this record taps into that with sounds that mix up street soul, boogie, heavy bass and some great songwriting from Crooked Man with originals, versions and expansive dubs all featuring.
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 in stock $24.75
Cat: RNTR 058. Rel: 08 May 23
Club Level (4:09)
BDFQ (3:26)
Feel Like Dancin' (3:45)
As I Wait 4 Your Love (3:32)
Stereo In The Window (4:47)
79.5 (feat LaDawn Black) (3:14)
Our Hearts Didn't Go That Way (feat Durand Jones) (3:57)
Long Term Parking (3:05)
So Real (2:54)
Magazine (0:35)
Fight Or Fall (4:21)
Review: Brooklyn-based band 79.5 make music right now, rather than being some long-lost acts from the 80s as you might expect from the cover. The group consists of singer, songwriter and composer Kate Mattison, singer and rapper Lola Adanna, drummer Caito Sanchez, bassist Andrew Raposo and sax player and flautist Izaak Mills. Their self-titled album comes on Razor-N-Tape and captures the sound of New York City perfectly with soul and psychedelic melodies that are hard to match. From 70s underground disco to acid jazz to and sweet pop sounds, they draw on it all for this fine concoction of dancefloor gems, which also serves as a protest at the often all too male dominated world of dance music.
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 in stock $23.42
Cat: SDE 67. Rel: 01 May 23
Join Together (4:00)
U & Me Together (3:57)
Review: St Paul's Catholic Church in Louisiana was hosting a summer youth program in 1970 and 1971 and it was there that Tunnie Smith was spotted by Father George Artist, who saw potential in his great singing abilities. Smith was introduced to local musicians and bands as a result and was soon playing the local circuit. He landed a record label 18 months later and his first single came in 1973. Success followed as did an album that never actually got roasted. It was then in 1983 that he laid down the slow-burning mid-tempo soul numbers which feature in this 7" for the first time.
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Ride Sweet Ride (intro) (2:48)
Lazarus Man (8:24)
Keep Your Heart Right (4:50)
Java Sparrow (5:09)
People Get Ready/Brotherly Love (6:47)
No More Blues (5:44)
Timepeace (8:54)
Following Your Footprints (6:28)
Love Theme From Spartacus (4:30)
Review: It's now a quarter of a century since Terry Callier released his Timepeace album, which was his first after a 15 year break. The record won the United Nations's Time For Peace award for outstanding artistic achievement and for "contributing to world peace." It features standout tunes like 'People Get Ready' and 'Brotherly Love' composed by Curtis Mayfield, as well as a guest spot from Pharoah Sanders on tenor-saxophone on the title song 'Timepeace' and seven other wondrous tunes that showcase soul, jazz, folk influences. This reissue includes an insert with lyrics and liner-notes by Tom Terrell.
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Jimmy Radcliffe - "Long After Tonight Is Over" (2:38)
Tobi Legend - "Time Will Pass You By" (3:04)
Dean Parrish - "I'm On My Way" (2:41)
Review: Wigan Casino was of course one of the standout clubs of the whole Northern Soul movement if, that is, you wanted to dance. Those lucky enough to have experienced it will know that there became something of a tradition for a special and final end-of-the-night tune to send everyone home happy. These became known as 'three before eight' and we get presented with a trio of them here in Jimmy Radcliffe's 'Long After Tonight Is All Over', Tobi Legend's 'Time Will Pass You By' and Dean Parrish's 'I'm On My Way'. They are superbly uplifting tracks with magic vocals and big horns that take you to the Wigan Casino whether you were there or not.
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 in stock $15.87
Cat: EXS 041. Rel: 03 Apr 23
Sunshine (4:24)
The End Of Our Love (2:19)
Review: American jazz singer and actress Nancy Wilson is still going, having accrued a queenly quantity of releases to her name ever since the late 1950s. She has recorded over 70 albums of jazz, soul, pop and r&b, not to mention an uncountable barrage of original ingles; among her choicest is Sunshine, which we'll have you know doesn't happen to be a cover of the Roy Ayers original. Instead, Sunshine is a more-than-sophisticated soul-jazz piece, opening with futuristic filter-swept synths and emerging into slinky lyrical ode to the unparalleled feeling of loving you, as opposed to anyone else.
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 in stock $10.70
Cat: TR 728. Rel: 24 Jul 23
Trouble (3:41)
It'll Get Better (3:40)
Review: Two of Finnish label Timmons regulars in their house band Cold Diamond & Mink and heart-melting vocalist Emilia Sisco come together once more here following previous successes such as 2019's vital 7", 'Don't Believe You Like That'. The gorgeous 'Trouble' has wah-wah pedals and slow-turning rhythms imbued with lush soul from Sisco under laissez-faire horns. 'It'll Get Better' is more intimate with organ chords shimmering over a sentimental groove. These are two timeless jams that could be forgotten 60s classics as much as great new cuts.
out of stock $9.15
Cat: KR 09. Rel: 08 May 23
JP Robinson - "I've Got A Long Way To Go Now" (2:44)
Patricia Denson & The Soul Expressions - "I Thought I Heard You Moan" (2:54)
Little Ann - "Deep Shadows" (2:33)
Pat Lewis - "I'll Wait" (2:40)
Lionel Abel - "Lonely Man" (3:28)
The Fabalous Serenades - "There Can Be Better Days" (3:13)
Joe Tex - "I'll Never Do You Wrong" (3:06)
The Mandells - "Think Back" (3:00)
Chuck & Mac - "You're The One Who Loved Me" (3:52)
Sam & Dave - "I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do" (2:54)
Ural Thomas - "Smile" (3:03)
The Fabulous Mustangs - "I'll Find Happiness" (2:54)
Paul Kelley - "Only Your Love" (2:22)
Jo Ann & Troy - "I Found A Love, Oh What A Love" (2:39)
Bob & Earl - "Baby, It's Over" (3:16)
Howard Tate - "Get It While You Can" (2:42)
Arthur Connely - "There's A Place For Us" (2:17)
Lee Moses - "Adorable One" (3:47)
Joe Con Los Silvetones - "You Can Call Me By My Name" (3:02)
Ervin Little - "She's Heaven To Me" (3:28)
Della Humphrey - "Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad" (2:37)
Curtis Blandon - "Young & Dumb" (2:48)
Connie McGill - "I Want To Be Free" (3:06)
Little Buster - "Looking For A Home" (2:22)
Review: Cairo Music present a brand new compilation, intended as 'all-killer, no-filler', detailing the best in American soul music in its heyday, 1963-74. The double comp comes in a comprehensive shiny gold cover and aims to present the music in a nostalgic, sophisticated light. Not focusing so much on the megastars, it homes in on recorded gems by relatively underground soul artists, such as Lee Moses, JP Robinson and Connie McGill. Many of the tracks are lifted from live performances or lost studio sessions, making this a wealth of curiosity for any fan of musical rarity out there, soul fan or not.
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out of stock $29.05
Cat: EXS 040. Rel: 27 Mar 23
Hip-Notic Lady (3:38)
Dues (3:46)
Review: Future Flight could be describable as a 'rare' band, fading to obscurity after the release of their earliest disco/boogie album in the early 80s. Known as 'Hip Notic Lady', collectors and DJs have fantasised, salivated, and tussled over the project ever since learning of its ultra-limited original run. Despite the obscurity of the project, its members were made up of many-a-fixture in the romantic world of American soul, from Lamont Dozier to David Swanson. Perhaps harking to an oncoming reissue of the entire LP, Expansion Records here offer up a 7" reissue of the albums two choicest cuts; the title track and 'Dues', both of which emblematise the album's distinctly swank style.
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You Can Tell Me Goodbye (2:41)
I've Gotta Keep On Lovin' You (4:10)
Review: Athens of The North delivers once again here with another delightful reissue of a soul classic by Bernetia Miller And The Soul Groovers. An original of this Georgian gem is insanely rare and in fact the Athens boss himself has never actually seen a copy. It was recorded in the studio of Phil Walden's studio in Macon, Georgia and Bernetia herself has said it took many takes and plenty of hard work to get the result they wanted. Backing band The Soul Groovers had their own bus on which they toured plenty and this reissue is from the master tapes owned by Bernetia. 'You Can Tell Me Goodbye' has lo-fi drums and raw horns with a yearning vocal while 'I've Gotta Keep On Lovin' You' is more slow and steady and emotionally moving with a more tender vocal.
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 in stock $13.46
Cat: BDQ 00445. Rel: 01 May 23
Truth In My Tears (3:15)
Wasn't It You (2:55)
Review: BunnDebrettQuintet has got a monster modern soul tunes on their hands here with the legendary Brian Auger on Hammond B3 helping bring the style. The glorious A-side 'Truth In My Tears' has a raw but heartfelt vocal and big horn energy over driving drums. It's a real dancefloor heater and then the flip is 'Wasn't It You', a more soulful groover with lush backing vocals but still dynamic drums powering it onwards. This outfit's last single went on to become a much sought-after release that is now well spenny on Discogs so do not sleep on this limited follow up.
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 in stock $21.80
Cat: EX 7020RE. Rel: 20 Mar 23
Give Me Your Love (4:37)
You Can't Turn Me Away (4:32)
Review: Sylvia Striplin has been heavily sampled by all manner of artists over the years. Here one of her biggest hits 'Give Me Your Love' is presented on a 7" for the first time with 'You Said' on the flip. The A-side is the one with its big funky licks, low-slung bass line and celebratory riffs all finished off with the glorious vocal itself. 'You Said' is a more jazzy and low-key number, with swirling drums and hip-swinging claps taking you later into the night on a more cosy and personal vibe.
 in stock $15.06
Nothing Can Stop My Loving You (3:46)
Step Out (2:57)
Review: The brilliantly entitled 1619 Bad Ass Band covered myriad different styles from mellow sound to furious funk on their superlative and self-titled debut long player back in 1976. Two of it's standout tunes now get pulled and pressed on this red hot 7" from P-Vine, complete with a flip-back sleeve. That LP is a rare one amongst the famous TSG catalogue and first up from it is the mid-tempo dance gem 'Nothing Can Stop My Loving You' while on the flip there is the more heavy funk sound of 'Step Out' which anyone who has listened to any DJ Shadow will know he sampled.
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out of stock $18.57
Cat: DYNAM 7125. Rel: 03 Apr 23
Do You Know (2:38)
Do You Know (instrumental) (2:39)
Review: Brought to you by Dynamite Cuts and The George Semper Music Archives, here we have a righteous stormer from 1969 fronted by the formidable Patti Williams. Recorded at Original Sound Record Hollywood, 'Do You Know' was originally intended for Williams' album which sadly never saw the light of day. This is the first time this track has made it out into the sunshine, and it's the kind of song which will become an evergreen classic up there with the likes of 'Hard To Handle' and 'Express Yourself'. It really is that strong a song, and it feels right to spin it on this sure shot 45, backed up by the instrumental for those who dig it.
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 in stock $14.80
One Night of the Week (4:32)
Raise Your Mind (3:19)
Review: Bobby Harden & The Soulful Saints are back with a new 7" that arrives in conjunction with their new album Bridge of Love with arrives in May. These two tunes exemplify what to expect from the long player with sleek seventies pop sounds. 'One Night of the Week' is led by Harden's voice with the dexterous Soulful Saints adding the buttery support next to Latin percussion, horns and even a string quartet. On the flip is the exuberant 'Rase Your Mind'. This outfit has performed live and recorded together with acts such as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and The Wu-Tang Clan and it's easy to see why.
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 in stock $7.00
Cat: MRBLP 280. Rel: 09 Oct 23
Billy Boomer - "I Like What's Shes Doing" (4:26)
PJ City - "Straight Forward (Non Stop)" (4:35)
Maxwell - "Realize" (3:19)
Cecil Lyde - "I'll Make It On My Own" (2:18)
Mixed Generation Enterprize - "Take To The Sky" (4:47)
Mark Meadows - "You & Me" (4:14)
Alice Cohen & Fun City - "Save The Best Til Last" (3:55)
Banda 22 - "A Luz Que Brilha Meu Viver" (3:12)
Ze Da Lana - "Misterio Brilhante" (3:26)
Rodgers Mitchell - "Dame Solamente Amor" (2:24)
The Eleventh Commandment - "Then I Reach Satisfaction" (2:49)
Billy Boomer - "You Can't Hide" (4:52)
Freedom - "High On You" (3:35)
The Lost Family - "Blow My Mind" (2:18)
The Family Tree - "As" (4:38)
Review: Late last year came the first volume of this superb new series from Mr Bongo and it's one that showed compiler Miche to be first class. He is known on the London underground as the music programmer for the acclaimed Spiritland venues and so has spent inordinate hours digging deep into all manner of different sound worlds. This one focuses on soul with 15 great tunes spanning deep and sentimental sounds, more dancey numbers of raw and guttural funk cuts. It's one of those vital double albums that does plenty of the hard work of digging for gold for you.
out of stock $24.22
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