Lorraine Chandler - Pied Piper Productions. headed by Motown Funk Bothers vibes and tambourine session man extraordinaire Jack Ashford, made an amazing series of Detroit Soul gems on The Hesitations. Eddie Parker, The Metros, Willie Kendricks. Nancy Wilcox and more. They never had the Tamla style success they deserved, but their recordings are now enshrined as iconic 1960's Motor City Soul,Lorraine Chandler was a key part of the team as composer, producer and vocalist. The Wigan Casino anthem "I Can't Change" is breathtakingly brilliant.
a1. I Can't Change
b1. You Only Live Twice
Release Date: November 2016
After the success of their first release, Emotive returns with a 3 track follow up from label forefathers Silk 86. Emotive 002 continues the theme of its predecessor, with an evocative blend of house, disco and some much needed soul laying the foundations for all 3 tracks.
The aptly named 'Vince Charming' kicks off the package, drawing you in with a smooth bass hook before the vocal gets to work on embedding itself deep into your mind. On the flip side 'Whenever You Need Me' is a driving house workout, featuring cascading strings and horns straight out of disco's heyday. Rounding off the package is the not so subtle 'Vince Charming G Mix' a thumping club ready rework of the A side.
a1. Vince Charming
b1. Whenever You Need Me
b2. Wince Charming G Mix
Release Date: 31st October
Our second vinyl release features four tracks from our own Icelandic Moff & Tarkin. Big Mango Bangers gives us a good taste of the fresh style that the Vienna based producer has to offer. The A side has two great danceable house tracks, Naked and I Got This that should rock any good dancefloor with some superb sample action.
The B side really ties up the record and features Mutual Distraction a house track with an 80's vibe and Skutla a synthony which could really break up and reset the mood as a DJ tool. Each tracks has a place and the record is a great example of the diversity
we try to encourage.
a2. I Got This
b1. Mutual Distraction
Having never been released before on vinyl these tracks show their unique style, and their ability to be reworked into a modern sound.
1980's GoGoGo by the Swiss electronic pioneers Schaltkreis Wassermann is taken from the classic Psychotron album produced by PJ & Stella (R.I.P) Wassermann, which has recently been re-released by private records Germany.
Daniele Baldelli was the first true pioneer of Electronic Krautrock that was huge on the Italo scene. In the early eighties he was the resident DJ at the famous Cosmic Club.
Psychotron was a regular on the dancefloor, hence Baldelli & Dionigi
selecting GoGoGo to rework.
The Units were one of America’s first synthesizer bands playing and recording together in the late seventies and early eighties. They were renowned for their use of synthesizers replacing traditional guitars, and pioneering a genre now known as synthpunk. Paving the way for much of what has led to come in electronic music.
The Right Man comes from the Connections project a definitive collection of over twenty four of the band’s songs written between 1977 and 1984. It was remixed and brought up to date in 2011 by a renowned and international cast of over forty DJs, producers, and bands at the heart of the contemporary club scene. This project celebrates the futuristic Units along with the DJ's that first played them, offering a glimpse into how the innovative music that ended up on the dance floor was often an unintentional collaboration between DJs and bands.
This cult and pioneering track was found on a 1981 C90 tape in the vaults of Susanna Massaia, a close friend and fan of the man who made it, namely the legendary Johnson. He is the original solo songwriter of the tune and its great chorus of Vamos a la playa, oh, oh, oh. He recorded it with the mighty Monuments band at TKS studio and years after he formed Righeira (aka the duo of Johnson and Michael), the track was produced with la Bionda and went on to sell more than three million copies. Thus making it a classic hit in the worldwide disco scene.
Hearing this track in its early original form is a real landmark moment that takes us back to the hugely influential Turin scene of the eighties and re-writes the history of early Italo. In its original form ‘Vamos A La Playa’ is a dark and broody disco beat with tight drums and hits, robotic dehumanised vocals, and futuristic synths that formed a clear blueprint for years to come in dance music.
Contemporary stars Baldelli & Dionigi then step up to produce some fantastic new versions. The first is a cosmic remake that updates the track for modern tastes with hard hitting drums and stiff percussion that really demands you dance. The I-Robots add a subtle touch with their edit which is very direct.
Imago was previously released on the V.A. - I-Robots present: We re Opilec... Vol. II compilation that sees the album dive into deep, Cosmic & Italo Nu Disco territory. Who better to kick things off than the Godfather of Cosmic Italian Disco Daniele Baldelli. He teams up with Marco Diognigi for the superb Imago which very much sets the tone for the whole release.
a1. Schaltkreis Wassermann - GoGoGo (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Rework)
a2. Johnson Righeira - Vamos A La Playa (Baldelli & Dionigi Cosmic Remake - I-Robots Edit)
b1. Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi - Imago
b2. The Units - The Right Man (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Remix)
Nutabe still traveling between sounds we like.
Dijon Triathlon is the solo project of José Santamaría, who for the second reference of Discos Nutabe brings with him the synthetic and diminutive of House Music. Pandemia its an Ep that returns to the early and mid-2000’s, when the Microhouse takes the world’s dance floor.
Three beautifully produced sound and impeccable cuts, where each element has a meticulous preparation and a single order. Simple sounds that fill a full Dijon Triathlon style.
Sidney Barnes has had an amazing career, taking in songwriting for Motown's New York office, producing for Sue Records also in the Big Apple, making records in Detroit with his long time pal George Clinton, becoming part of Rotary Connection at Chess, and then doing backing vocals for Parliament and Funkadelic. Along the way he turned down the offer of becoming lead singer for Earth Wind And Fire.
For Rare Soul enthusiasts it is his series of 1960's compositions and productions on himself and various artists that have made him legendary.
His finest recording is surely the anguished "I Hurt On The Other Side". The cover version by Jerry Cook is itself a Northern Soul standard, but it's Sidney's original that wins the day. It was recorded during his stay at New York's Brill Building working for Leiber-Stoller as was the flip "You'll Always Be In Style", a Northern Soul must-have in its' own right too.
a1. You'll Always Be In Style
b1. I Hurt On The Other Side
Release Date: Late October
Before founding his P-Funk empire, the mighty George Clinton recorded a series of now iconic 1960's Soul gems, for Don Davis at Solid Hit/Revilot and for Ed Wingate at Golden World. Anyone foolish enough to think Motown had the exclusivity on making classic timeless iconic Detroit Soul recordings only has to look at Clinton's catalogue to realise that Berry Gordy might have had some 24 carat geniuses at Hitsville, ,but he certainly did not have a monopoly on them.
Pat Lewis provided backing vocals as a member of The Andantes on many of Motown's biggest hits,did the same trick for Jackie Wilson at Brunswick and after touring the world doing bv's for Aretha Franklin ended up working with Isaac Hayes. In fact she supplies the sassy "John Shaft" on Hayes "Shaft".
The combination of George's production finesse and Pat's divine voice is captured best on "No One To Love", an original 45 will fetch you back £1,500, but in fact the styrene used to press the disc back then eans it would do not sound as good as this Outta Sight re-issue, pressed in good old vinyl at the factory in Hayes, Middlesex where those classic EMI Tamla Motown TMG 500 series singles that have gone into folklore were manufactured! Regarded by many devotees as THE finest 45 released in Detroit's 1960's Soul heyday, "No One To Love" defines the word masterpiece. A Northern/Rare Soul Classic.
Flip is a version of "Look At What I Almost Missed", also recorded by Clinton's group The Parliaments.
a1. No One To Love
b1. Look What I Almost Missed
Vol 1 presents 3 irresistible, deep and infectious cuts full of groove and sexy rhythms. From House to Disco, from past to future this is a piece of musical history written by the hand of Terrence Parker, producer and DJ extraordinaire.
Timeless music is what you’ll get on this amazing EP
a1. Set me free (TP's 2016 freedom re-edit)
b1. Woman (TP's 2015 instrumental re-edit)
b2. When will we be free (TP's 2016 instrumental re-edit)
A perfect blended mixture of real instrument playing and sampling, Uffe concocts a delicious menu across the entire EP. Clearly a product of many influences, Uffe demonstrates his full range of artistry with vocalized tracks on the A side by himself and dub analog studio pressure on the B side. 'As Long As It lasts' and 'When There Is No Sun' both show Uffe as the Lothario crooner that one he can be. On EP title track "Whose Life" Uffe channels Arthur Russell with his off kilter slightly out of tune at times nonchalant attitude. Forget auto tune, this is European soul music. In the middle of Last Call the record does a 180 and changes its direction, only to return later towards the last half of the final track, bookmarking the EP. His vocals sound like Caribou one moment and Arthur Russell the next. Uffe is currently sitting in his studio, Vaping. Drew x
a1. As Long As It Lasts
a2. When There Is No Sun
a3. Whose Life
b1. Last Call
b2. Sea Sick
Release Date: 24th October
Jongno Edits is back with a second volume of edits of deep Korean cuts dug out off the shelves at Hwang Hak Dong market. Again limited to 300 copies of analog mastered wax, get it while the heat last!
Down comes out with bells and whistles, blurring the lines between the summers of Rimini and the dancehall of Itaewon. It's a slow burning affair calling all the heads to get down.
On the flip Space is the place, the uptempo cosmic belter that will send you to the sky and back. This one is a shooting star for soju infused late nights, when the neons become lasers and the dance floors are free from gravity.
Release Date: 04.10
Two years we've had to wait for the second in Skinnerbox's Edits series on Silicone Soul's Darkroom Dubs, but as the saying goes... All good things...
Having wow'd us with their bravery in taking on Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' on #1 - a track that's still receiving airplay from Gilles Peterson - the German duo turn their attentions from Jazz to Rock, with a brand new brace of respectful reworks.
On the A we have Skinnerbox's edit of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by English post-punk band Bauhaus. The song was the band's first single, released on 6 August 1979 by record label Small Wonder. Often considered the first gothic rock record, many see it as a seminal classic that went on to influence the later Goth scene.
The B-side plays host to Skinnerbox's edit of “Gouge Away” by American alternative rock band, Pixies. The original features on their classic album “Doolittle” from ’89, a massive indie success in the UK. The band hugely influenced the grunge scene.
Delicate and respectful edits from the duo, that see these two classic tracks expertly tailored for the dancefloor.
a1. Bela Lugosi's Dead
b1. Gouge Away
Quantize Recordings is proud to present 'All Q'd Up' from the true originator of the extended mix & re-edit - the legendary John Morales. Credited as one of the first engineers to create extended versions of tracks via the painstaking cut/slice/tape procedure, his now infamous 'Deadly Medleys' & 'Sunshine Acetate Medlays' paved the way for his introduction to Sergio Munzibai. Working together as M+M Productions, John and Sergio went on to remix well over 650 ground-breaking releases for the likes of Class Action, Jocelyn Brown, Aretha Franklin & The Rolling Stores. John's discography is impressive and pulls no punches!
John & Spen's path first crossed at the Southport Weekender back in 2010, headlining the Disco Theme finale alongside Jocelyn Brown, Linda Clifford & Martha Wash. The duo quickly struck up a formidable friendship at the event and have remained close ever since. Through that initial connection, John has become something of a Quantize regular, bringing his hefty studio knowledge & production wizardry to a plethora of cuts on the label including the newly formed production name alongside Spen - Spencer Morales (clever eh?).
‘All Q'd Up' features 2 CDs spanning John's involvement with both Spen & the label. The unmixed disc features 9 full length tracks (many of which are exclusive to this compilation), whilst the second disc allows John's equally stacked talents in the DJ booth to shine.
CD 1 - Unmixed
CD1 1. Spencer Morales feat. Randy Roberts – Without Your Love
CD1 2. Alicia Myers – Right Here, Right Now (Hallelujah Anyway) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD1 3. Ann Nesby & DJ Spen – I Feel (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD1 4. Diephuis & Easter feat. Jocelyn Brown – Don’t Quit (Be a Believer) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD1 5. Michele Chiavarini – Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD1 6. Jasper Street Company – Reach (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD1 7. Marc Evans – Supernatural (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD1 8. Tracy Hamlin – Never Too Much (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD1 9. Spencer Morales & Hanlei – Are You a Winner (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD 2 - Mixed
CD2 1. Tracy Hamlin - Never Too Much (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD2 2. Alicia Myers – Right Here, Right Now (Hallelujah Anyway) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD2 3. Diephuis & Easter feat. Jocelyn Brown – Don’t Quit (Be a Believer) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD2 4. Jasper Street Company – Reach (John Morales M+M Remix
CD2 5. Spencer Morales feat. Randy Roberts - Without Your Love
CD2 6. Michele Chiavarini – Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands) [John Morales M+M Remix]
CD2 7. Ann Nesby & DJ Spen – I Feel (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD2 8. Spencer Morales & Hanlei – Are You a Winner (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD2 9. Sheila Ford - The Best of My Love (John Morales M+M Remix)
CD2 10. John Morales - Into My Soul
CD2 11. The MuthaFunkaz - Muthaz Day (John Morales M+M Remix)
Release Date: October 2016
Little Beat Different Issues is a new series focused on reissuing music from Eastern European regions previously unavailable on Western markets. The first release is a compilation by project ORM, the moniker of Czech producer team Petr and Pavel ORM. Originally formed as a disco group in the late 1970's, pioneers of electronic dance music in former Czechoslovakia, Petr and Pavel quickly rose to fame as the country’s eminent pop producers. Working with the then icons of the communist Czechoslovak scene such as Karel Gott and Josef Laufer, they stand behind countless hits from that era.
However, not many knew that the duo also released their own records, whose sound and artistic direction was different to their mainstream pop productions. This compilation cherry-picks the tracks from 4 different albums released between 1979 and 1984.
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b1. Mu¦èj S¦îampio¦ün
b3. Jen Me¦îsi¦üc Vi¦ü
b4. Pa¦üsky Z Ci¦üvek Odvi¦üji¦üm
b5. Indicke¦ü Meditace
Release Date: Early October
Alleged to have been discovered by John Peel. Produced and written by the late and truly great Van McCoy and released on the iconic Okeh label. Possibly Van's greatest ever production. combining 100 mph beats, a tearaway orchestrated production, magical melody, a once heard never forgotten hook and a wonderful femme vocal supported by heavenly backing vocals. Rare Soul Royalty.
a1. You're Gonna Make Me Love You
b1. Baby You're Mine
Release Date: Early October
The quirky spelling of the title is backed up by an idiosyncratic vocal delivery. Dramatic production and a deadpan vocal as Lou promises his lady he is heading back home. Untypical Northern Soul but this Texas made oddity fits in perfectly.
a1. Lou Pride - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un
b1. Southwind Symphony - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un
Released 23rd September 2016
Christopher Spraggins & The Strange Band out of Rochester, N.Y released a total of one record. . A spaced out druggy disco band that had a hint of Rick James with a deeper trippier vibe that's truly unique, reproduced for you here for the first time since 1978. The band was introduced to the world by Cleveland Unlimited Records who still exist to this day, unfortunately as these things go, the record failed to gain sales needed to justify further releases despite there being more recordings. Some of said recording are on the way, don't sleep as per.
b1. If Your So In Love
Released 23rd September 2016
Extremely rare left field funky soul on this one, originally released on the 'catchy' Mijarelix label (name came from the initials of the band members). Charm is the name of the game. Fragile guitar and vocal with a great hook, simple and beautiful. Flip it over and you have another original, more garagey but still funky flip, not sure which I prefer, love them both, hope you do.
a1. When You Have Love
b1. Run for Cover
Released 23rd September 2016
Jazzman Records released the Holy Grail LP of John Heartsman. I did my own edit of 'Mr. Magic' whilst mastering the LP and spun it since then on Dub but never thought to put it out. It fixes the D.J Kryptonite fade-in so it's straight in on the action and much more dj friendly, not rocket science but it works. Bang it on with 'Talking About My Baby' on the flip and you have a brilliant 45.
a1. Mr Magic (Fryers Edit)
b1. Talking About My Baby
Released 23rd September 2016
Before the technical and historical chat this is what we have... Super rare local Michigan disco 45 in the vein of 'Long Train Running' but better, that should be enough to click buy I would hope. Flipside were a typical local radio rock band drawn into the disco funk wave and became known locally in Michigan as the "the long Haired Disco Band Guys." The Record is notable as it was produced by David Kalmbach, this Michigan legend owned Great Lakes Recording Studio which played a very important role in the garage rock movement by offering teen bands the chance to record a 45 that could be sold off the bandstand or at local record shops, given to potential employers, and even get airplay on one or more of the many AM rock and roll radio stations that dotted the state. Band member Dave Stewart went on to be in "The Magnificent Men" (A.K.A. Blue eyed soul brothers.) who were the first ever band to open for James Brown at The Apollo Theatre and also played with Eddie Holman, Soul Survivors & The Four Tops.
a1. Havin a Party
b1. Music (Gets Me High)