Available From: 29th April 2022
Acid Jazz has a long history with Chris Bangs (who coined 'acid jazz')
and Mick Talbot (founding member of the Style Council) who appeared on
one of our earliest and rarest singles as 'King Truman' back in 1988.
We're thrilled to welcome them back with a 7" slice of mod jazz
brilliance, taking its rhythmic and naming queues from Willis Jackson as
it cooks up a storm.
a1. Sumthin' Else
b1. Wiggle Wiggle
Release Date: 25th March 2022
If you have any of these Insanely rare tracks then a nod of the hat to you. This LP includes tracks from the 2 70s soul 45s and the best tracks from the schizophrenic and wonderful self titled super rare LP from Melvin miller and Finley Martin's band known as Premonition and Premonitions. Deefunk, Deepsoul, Disco and More. A seriously excellent listen end to end.
a2 Don't Act Like a Fool
a3 Way I Feel
a4 Righteous Love
a5 Our Love
a6 Disco Kat
a7 Daddy's Home
b1 Bass Man Do Your Thing
b2 In Love
b3 Look into the Future
b4 Early Morning Blues
b5 All Night Long
b6 I Didn't Believe
b7 Here in the Name of Love
Release Date: 11th March 2022
Lamont Johnson, He was the bassist and original member of the R&B band Brainstorm. As a result of his electric fretless bass work throughout the mid-1970s, he gained recognition for being the first internationally recognized electric fretless bassist in R&B. Both tracks have previously been unreleased.
Release Date: 25th February 2022
Billy Bruner is not only Tulsa's OG soul man, but he also wrote the best 80s soul tribute to his home city, T-U-L-S-A, not just a great nod but an earworm of the highest order. Flipped (as we love to do) with an unreleased ballad called 'I Want To Hold You' found in the archive. It came from a rough tape so we have done our best to bring it back to life, we pulled it off pretty, so don't sleep on the B-Side kids.
a1. T-U-L-S-A Song
b1. I Want To Hold You
Release Date: 4th March 2022
What do Tyler the Creator, Mantronix, Stetsasonic, DJ Shadow, Eric B and Rakim, Brand Nubian, Jay-Z and N.W.A. have in common? How about UK Apachi and Shy FX, DJ Zinc, Bukem, Ganja Kru, Lemon D Ice, Dillinga, Photek, 4-Hero, Congo Natty, Krome and Time, Roni Size, Skream and Shut Up and Dance? Not to mention The Prodigy, Squarepusher, Leftfield, Oasis, Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, David Bowie, Primal Scream, Lady Gaga and Dizzee Rascal?
Answer: They have all sampled The Winstons’ ‘Amen, Brother’, the most sampled drum break in the history of music (over 5000+ according to whosampled.com), it has shaped the history of electronic music ever since its creation in 1969.
This is the official release of the Winston’s ‘Color Him Father’ album, out of print for fifty years on vinyl, a glorious, break-heavy album of soul, funk and gospel featuring the tracks ‘Color Him Father’, ‘Amen, Brother’ and loads more.
The fully remastered album is housed in exact-reproduction original sleeve and design and comes with 4 extra bonus tracks that the group released only as singles. There is also a very special one-off, first pressing only of this album that comes with an exclusive one-sided dubplate special 12” of ‘Amen, Brother’ featuring a specially extended break mix of the classic tune.
The Winstons’ ‘Amen, Brother’ was originally the B-side to ‘Color Him Father’, a superb soul tune released by a multi-racial group from Washington, DC, in 1969. The drum break was played by George GC Coleman, and the song was based on a Curtis Mayfield guitar riff. The soul connection was no coincidence. The Winstons were formed from the backing groups to both Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions before they came into their own spotlight. The Winstons signed to Mayfield’s Curtom Records in Chicago in 1968. Drummer extraordinaire GC Coleman had already played with The Marvelettes, Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield (and in the 1970s would play with the funk group Brick).
‘Color Him Father’ became a million-selling Number 1 R&B hit single in the US and the following year The Winstons released their debut (and only) album, also entitled ‘Color Him Father’, on Metromedia Records, featuring both sides of the single alongside nine other excellent soul, funk, gospel and R&B cuts. Unfortunately, the group split up the following year, citing difficulties in touring the southern US due to their inter-racial line-up, and their sole album has long-since sunk into obscurity.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and the ‘Amen, Brother’ break was discovered by hip-hop producers after the song appeared on the seminal ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats’ series of original breaks (alongside ground-breaking tracks such as James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’, The Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ and Herman Kelly’s ‘Dance to the Drummers Beat’) in 1986. The track became the staple of hip-hop, with countless songs based on George GC Coleman’s epic six-second drum break.
Fast forward once more, this time to the UK at the start of the 1990s, and 100s of drum and bass producers began sampling and speeding up the ‘Amen, Brother’ break, adding reggae bass lines to create first jungle and then drum and bass, and by the 1990s the ‘Amen’ drum break dominated this new musical genre.
The Winstons’ ‘Color Him Father’ is a superb rare slice of soul, funk and gospel music that has changed the course of music over the last fifty years.
1. The Winstons – Color Him Father
2. The Winstons – I've Gotta Be Me
3. The Winstons – The Chokin' Kind
4. The Winstons – The Greatest Love
5. The Winstons – A Handful Of Friends
6. The Winstons – Everyday People
7. The Winstons – Love Of The Common People
8. The Winstons – Wheel Of Fortune
9. The Winstons – The Days Of Sand And Shovels
10. The Winstons – Birds Of A Feather
11. The Winstons – Only The Strong Survive
12. The Winstons – Traces
13. The Winstons – Amen, Brother
14. The Winstons – Say Goodbye To Daddy
15. The Winstons – Mama's Song
16. The Winstons – Amen, Brother (Extended Mix)
Available: 11th February 2022
Brief Encounter, THE soul band from North Wilkesboro, N.C., formed the 1970's and recorded through the the 90s with various labels as well as self releasing. We have been working with band members Montie & Gary Bailey (who has actually visited me in Scotland) to bring you a few releases over the last few years, culminating in this final release alongside their rarest and unknown single when they were known as Sounds of Soul. Never a step wrong, not a bad track to be seen, one of America's finest 70s soul bands....
a1. Where Will I Go
a2. Get a Good Feeling
a3. (Don't You See) I'm Crazy About You
a4. What About love
a6. Don't let Them Tell You
b1. In A Special Kind Of Way
b2. I Want You So Much
b3. I'm So Satisfied
b4. We're Going To Make It
b5. I'm So In Love With You
b6. Total Satisfaction
Release Date: 21st January 2021
First released in 2016, The Honeyshotz ‘Lovin You’ EP is a project put together by Ian Stevens , the bass player from The Getup and The King Rooster as a vehicle to record and perform a collection of songs that were written by himself and also with some of the other musicians involved. The band features Mark Claydon(The Getup / The King Rooster) on drums and percussion and Lee Blackmore (The Getup) on guitar . The man on the keys is Toby Kinder from the Gene Drayton Unit and the vocals are taken care of by Sabina Challenger (formerly of The Getup and The Soul Grenades). Mark Norton (The Fantastics/ The Gene Drayton Unit) supplies sax and flute. The songs are very much in the vein of The Brand New Heavies and have that summertime Acid Jazz / Soul Funk Vibe.
a1. Lovin' You
a2. Can't Get It Right
a3. Let Me Know
b1. (You Bring The) Sunshine
b2. The Things You Do
b3. Who Are They?
Release Date: 17th December 2021
Numbered limited pressing of The Craps Game from Double Dee and Steinski! 300 Green colored vinyl!
Our latest is now available on VINYL! Yes friends, Double Dee and Steinski return to vinyl -The Craps Game is now here on limited edition vinyl from new label Slamboyant!
The pressing is a short one, 300 numbered records, in jacket matching green vinyl! And also included is a brand new bumper sticker! Announce to the world your appreciation of our great works while performing double duty hiding those unsightly scratches and graffiti on your car (or home).
In addition to The Craps Game, and Stone Cold Crazy from ADA, is a brand new track “Let the Twenty Ride”, riffing on a bite in The Craps Game. It’s a loving tribute to JB, The Godfather.
A1. Let The Twenty Ride
A2. The Front Room
A2. The Craps Game
A3. Radio DJ
A4. Stone Cold Crazy Mix (ADA)
B1. JB Chant
B2. Crap Game Descending a Staircase (OG Steinski Mix)
B3. Intro (from Court of Swing)
B4. Bells (remix for vinyl release)
B5. Radio Jingle
B6. The Craps Game (Instrumental)
Available: 3rd December 2021
a1. Duel Of The Iron Mics
a3. Mystery Of Chessboxin'
a4. Can't It All Be So Simple
a5. UZI (Pinky Ring)
a7. Glaciers Of Ice
b1. Cherchez La Ghost
b3. Heaven & Hell
b4. Bring Da Ruckus
b5. Protect Ya Neck
b6. Incercerated Scarfaces
b7. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Available:1 st December 2021
Jean-Pierre Djeukam - Africa Iyo
Joseph Kamga - Sie Tcheu
Los Camaroes - Ma Wde Wa
Los Camaroes - Esele Mulema Moam
Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds - Yondja
Damas Swing Orchestra - Odylife
Charles Lembe Et Son Orchestra - Quiero Wapatcha
Louis Wasson Et L'Orchestre Kandem IrenEe - Song Of Love
Tsanga Dieudonne - Les Souffrances
Pierre Didy Tchakounte Et Les Tulipes Noires - Monde Moderne
Willie Songue Et Les Showmen - Moni Ngan
Mballa Bony - Mezik Me Mema
Johnny Black Et Les Jokers - Mayi Bo Ya?
Pierre Didy Tchakounte - Ma Fou Fou
Lucas Tala - Woman Be Fire
Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds - Ngamba
Release Date: 12th November 2021
First released in 2016, The Honeyshotz ‘Lovin You’ gets a fresh mix and master as well as a killer remix by prolific Smoove. A uptempo scorcher of a tune should be in every DJs box.
The Honeyshotz is a band/project put together by Ian Stevens , the bass player from The Getup and The King Rooster as a vehicle to record and perform a collection of songs that were written by himself and also with some of the other musicians involved. The band features Mark Claydon(The Getup / The King Rooster) on drums and percussion and Lee Blackmore (The Getup) on guitar. The man on the keys is Toby Kinder from the Gene Drayton Unit and the vocals are taken care of by Sabina Challenger (formerly of The Getup and The Soul Grenades). Mark Norton (The Fantastics/ The Gene Drayton Unit) supplies sax and flute.
The songs are very much in the vein of The Brand New Heavies and have that summertime Acid Jazz / Soul Funk Vibe.
a1. The Honeyshotz - Lovin' You
b1. The Honeyshotz - Lovin' You (Smoove Disco Dub Remix)
Available: 4th October 2021
The King Of Nothing is back - this time offering this sublime limited 7" selection featuring 2 dynamite mystery reworks for the discerning DJ.
On the A-side - 'Messin'- our minds are being messed with in the most funky way with a serious mid tempo dubby stepper showcasing some heavyweight grooves all over the map, most definitely one for the dancers. The B-side - 'Stop (Rock The House)' - steps up the pace a little with some straight up disco leaning badness - watch out for those killer key stabs and the breakdown, the breakdown is mean! This one's a sureshot party starter. Old school business.
As always, these jams have been respectfully remixed by Kon from source, and the sonics are top notch. Blink and you'll miss it!
B Stop (Rock The House)
Available: 1st October 2021
Next up in the Africa Seven Edit series, we have a double header, as leftfield London house bod Al Zanders takes on the progressive early - mid 70's Sierre Leone band Afro National's 'Push Am Forward' and injects added propulsion and focus, creating an intoxicating hypno chugger along the way.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt ressie and Running Back mainstay Lauer gets to grips with Cameroonian Kemayo and K. System's 1978's disco inspired mini-classic 'Biram', adding fizzing drums and rolling structure to the exuberant Back to My Roots style licks and commanding vocals.
Both original's are included, remastered, and both presenting as head to head rival's to any of these new fangled upstarts claim to contemporary dancefloor currency, just as it should be.
A1. Kemayo and K. System - Biram (Lauer Edit)
A2. Kemayo and K. System- Biram (Original)
B1. Afro National - Push Am Forward (Al Zanders Edit)
B2. Afro National - Push Am Forward (Original)
Release Date: 26th November 2021
El Michels Affair follows up the massive success of their full length Yeti Season with The Abominable EP. A collection of unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and instrumentals from the Yeti Season recording sessions.
EMA’s blending their signature cinematic soul sound with inuences from Turkish Funk and the grittiest of Bollywood soundtracks yielded an instant classic The Fader calls “a carnival of dusty funk and soul”.
The EP starts off with the unreleased gem “Messy Grass” whose synth intro, peppered with distant yeti cries, gives way to a tremendous backing track that Tamer Pinarbasi’s Qanun dances over. On “Cham Cham” EMA invites Piya Malik to the microphone again to share her styled storytelling vocals over the instrumental track from Yeti Season’s “Perfect Harmony”. Where some of the tunes on the EP have vocals added, some of them have them removed letting the band take center stage; “Poison Song”, “Uncut Gem”, “Smoked”, and “Progress” are all instrumental here giving them a wholly different energy than the vocal versions.
The EP is being released with two different covers, each one has two paintings from different Ghanaian mobile cinema artists commissioned through Chicago’s Deadly Prey Gallery and are interpretations of the original album artwork. One version is paintings by Stoger and Heavy J, who also contributed cover paintings to the Return To The 37th Chamber album. The other version of the cover is two paintings by Teshie and Farkira. *Note - Covers Will Be At Random. You Cannot Order Specific Covers*
1. Messy Grass
2. Cham Cham feat. Piya Malik
3. Poison Song
4. Uncut Gem
5. Idhar Udhar
3. Running Hot
Available: 13th July 2021
Presenting a collection of stone-cold classic breakbeats and b-boy jams from the sunkissed vaults of Miami's legendary TK Disco label!
NYC in the late 70's and early 80's saw a nascent street subculture fully evolve, a movement with it's own language, art, aesthetics, dances, fashion and way of living.
What would become what is now globally known as 'hip-hop' was in its infancy, with it's own legends and history being forged on an almost daily basis across the city's Black and Hispanic neighbourhoods. Music was central to hip-hop, the DJ was king and at the hands of people like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Flowers, Mean Gene, Jazzy Jay, Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Chase and numerous other groundbreaking DJ's of the era, music took on a whole new meaning that would reverberate through popular culture for the rest of time.
The breaks - minute sections or breakdowns of a record where we get to the unadulterated groove and the band on the record cut loose - is what it was all about! Unlike the discotheque DJ's who favoured the long mixes and blends in their club scenarios, hip-hop DJ's were amassing huge collections of records that had these magical sections on them, often x 2 copies of each, so that they could elongate the best part of the record ad infinitum by cutting them up live - all killer no filler! These special on the fly mixes and edits were then unleashed in the local parks of their neighbourhoods, on gargantuan DIY sound systems for all of their friends and neighbours to party on down until the wee small hours. These breakbeat segments also gave the MC's space to address the gathered masses without their voices colliding with lavish string arrangements or vocals underneath. A clear, concise, stripped back slab of funk on which to put forth their ideas, feelings and rhymes for all to enjoy.
Collected here are some of those most infamous breakbeats, all from the TK vaults. These records were studied by these young DJ's, coveted, covered up, hunted down, whispered about in darkened corners by those who needed and obsessed over the freshest of beats. There's a good chance you will have heard these records in some form or another as they have been covered, sampled, recreated and spun in clubs across the galaxy for over 4 decades. These are the very building blocks upon which popular culture and club music have been built, and here they are all in one place for your listening enjoyment!
A1. Miami - Chicken Yellow
A2. The Sunshine Band - Black Water Gold
A3. Freedom - Get Up And Dance
B1. Joe Thomas - Polarizer
B2. Herman Kelly & Life - Dance To The Drummer's Beat
C1. T-Connection - Groove To Get Down
C2. George McCrae - I Get Lifted
C3. Queen Samantha - Take A Chance
D1. Ralph MacDonald - Jam On The Groove
D2. Blowfly - Rapp Dirty
Release Date: 9th July 2021
Ungodly War is one of the many stand outs from our 2020 reissue of Lamont Butler’s one and only album It’s Time For A Change. Taking inspiration from jazz, soul and funk, Ungodly War is a dynamic track recorded some 50+ years ago in Lousiville, Kentucky.
“People have always loved that track (Ungodly War), people would always want to talk to me about it and you know it’s more relevant now than ever before…it’s stood the test of time” Lamont Butler.
For this release we wanted to try something a little different and so, for the first time on Miles Away, we’ve enlisted the help of a musician to add a little somethin’ somethin’. Someone who has spent a lifetime hoarding, editing and compiling rare soul and disco records. There’s was only really only one person at the top of our list and he goes by the name Al Kent.
Al’s sound is big and his edit flows from the off, allowing everything we love about the original to shine through perhaps even more brightly than before. With a little beefiness added to the drums and a subtle restructuring in parts, the result is an exemplary 7” bullet ready for the dancefloor.
On the flip is a deep cut Get Up And Praise The Lord, which features on the album and was a track many a DJ reached for from the album.
a1. Lamont Butler - Ungodly War (Al Kent’s Heavenly Edit)
b1. Lamont Butler - Get Up And Praise The Lord
Release Date: 25th June 2021
Melbourne has a lot to answer for. For anyone admiring the city’s music scene from afar it would seem fair to wonder if there might be something in the water. 30/70 are the latest collective to emerge from this buzzing scene. ‘Elevate’ is a sublime statement; at once a cry for help and a call to arms, it balances delicate poetry and potent aggression with ease - all of this done with a beguiling pop sensibility.
This collection of songs, their second studio effort after their debut LP, ‘Cold Radish Coma', is set to elevate them to the international stage. Under the management of Wondercore Island (Hiatus Kaiyote, Oscar Key Sung, Daniel Merriweather) and with the release set to drop on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section Intl. (Al Dobson Jr, Silent Jay x Jace XL, Henry Wu), 30/70 are ready to take their message from Northcote to the world.
A3. Nu Spring
A4. Breaking (For This World to Change)
B2. Get to Me
B3. Steady Hazin
B4. Takin Me Back
Available: 28th May 2021
a1. Esther Phillips - "That's All Right With Me"
a2. Al Green - "I Wish You Were Here"
a3. Eddie Kendricks - "Intimate Friends" (Full Length version)
a4. Sylvia - "Sweet Stuff"
a5. Betty Wright - "Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do"
a6. The Ambassadors - "Ain't Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind)"
b1. The Dynamics - "Get Myself High"
b2. Carolyn Sullivan - "Dead!"
b3. Brenton Wood - "Trouble"
b4. The Floaters - "Float On" (single edit)
b5. Faze-O - "Riding High"
c1. Ernie Hines - "Our Generation"
c2. Jerry Butler - "I'm Your Mechanical Man"
c3. JJ Johnson - "Keep On Movin' On" (with Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things)
c4. Monk Higgins & Alex Brown - "A Good Man Is Gone" (feat Barbara Mason)
c5. The East St Louis Gospelettes - "Have Mercy On Me"
d1. Jean Plum - "Here I Go Again"
d2. The Staple Singers - "Let's Do It Again"
d3. The Sylvers - "Only One Can Win"
d4. Della Humphrey - "Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad"
d5. Freda Payne - "I Get High (On Your Memory)"
d6. Carla Thomas - "What The World Needs Now"