Release Date: 20th October 2017
‘Fires of Quidel’ is the culmination of Son Swaggas first year as a band, a year spent refining their music, building connections as bandmembers and friends, and finally recording at Greenfield studios with analog gear to bring their sound to life. With this album Son Swagga present themselves to the world and showcase the passion they bring to music as well as the individual talents of the bandmembers.
a1. Fires Of Quidel
a3. Calling All Tribes
b2. Yamanu Emerges
Release Date: 20th October 2017
The first of a series of limited edition EPs containing rare and unreleased afro soul cosmic disco songs selected from the archives of a collective of disco deejays from NYC.
a1. Exalted (TT Edit)
a2. God's Spirit (TT Edit)
b1. Stomped (C3 Edit)
b2. Forgive Me (Editar)
Release Date: 20th October 2017
This is a reissue of a rare unreleased promotional sampler four tracks E.P. that was originally released in 1976 by Capitol Records Inc. For the deejays to celebrate the first year of operation of the NYC Record Pool, founded in June 14, 1975 by David Mancuso and Vince Aletti.
a1. Brown Sugar - The Game Is Over (What’s The Matter With You)
a2. Brown Sugar - I’m Going Through Changes Now
b1. Brief Encounter - What About Love
b2. Brief Encounter - Get Right Down (And Do It)
Due 28th July 2017
At last! The full 12:45 John Morales mix of this underground boogie classic gets the proper vinyl release it has always deserved! All those Discogs cowboys can now safely crawl back under their stones! Replicating the original 1982 12", except this one doesn't fade out a minute and a half before the end. The original flipside is present, only this time cut at 45rpm for higher audio resolution. Available from 14-07-2017. This release is (I think!) the first time all twelve minutes and forty-five seconds have been pressed on wax (in an ultra limited quantity) so don't miss it, Steven!
a. Universal Robot Band - Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)
b. Universal Robot Band - Barely Breaking Even (Instrumental Version)
Release Date: 27th October 2017
Gilles Peterson says: "If a Cuban record had come out on Sleeping Bag Records in 1982, I think it would've sounded a bit like this. It's an eccentric middle ground between Latin-styled pop and disco".
Reissued from the Spanish version of this awesome Cuban records with a unique picture cover. Probably one of the best 70's Areito releases, for sure ahead of his times. The entire record minus two tracks of 10 total are all upbeat with afro-latin breaks, dope choral vocal arrangements and chunky bass and conga lines, but don't sleep, the lower bpm songs are great mellow gems.
a1. Expreso Ritmico
a2. Tambo Lya
a3. Mi Conga Es La Que Es
a4. Yeya Son
a5. Te Quedas
b1. La 132
b2. Este Tumbai
b3. Mas No Me Falta Fe
b4. Que La Tristeza
b5. De Mis Razones
Released 26th May 2017
Second release from the label offers up broken rhythms, jacking grooves and deep spirituals. Hold Me explores lyricism within tight repetitious rhythm, on which saxophonist Tyrone Isaac-Stuart explores hook lines and story telling whilst bassist Jordan Christo maintains control over the low-end spectrum.
That He Man Of Hers melds jacking, upbeat tempo with romanticism and melancholy on top, with Louis Ktisti providing guitar accompaniment. One's Own Permanent Faith, on the other hand, provides for a moodier and more subdued spiritual dance rhythm, which warms one up before the spiritual explorations in Would You Tell Me About You. In this final track, the guitar rhythms provided by Jabriel AlSuhaimi and spiritual exorcism of the saxophone by Tyrone Isaac-Stuart present a different angle in the approach towards discovering the endless groove.
Written Simas Savickas
Produced by Arnheim
Alto Saxophone by Tyrone Isaac-Stuart (A1, B2) Guitar by Jabriel AlSuhaimi (B2)
Electric Guitar by Louis Ktisti (A2)
Electric Bass by Jordan Chriso (A1)
Recording Sessions Engineered by Ato Ayerra Published by Barbara’s Soul Body Music Manufactured by Well Tempered
Distributed by Unearthed Sounds
a1. Hold Me
a2. That He Man Of Hers
b1. One's Own Permanent Faith
b2. Would You Tell Me About You
Released 21st July 2017
Bristol based 'Arkist' has always been a versatile producer and as a result has an impressive rage of releases under his belt, with revered imprints such as Hotflush and Hypercolour. Recently he has been experimenting further in the studio and is ready to present his first 12inch in few years, under a brand new alias - Astrocat.
In this debut, self-titled EP it is instantly apparent that vocoder-infused funk and disco of the highest order can be expected from this new Astrocat guise. The EP is full of vintage talk box vocals, warm spacey chords and infectious basslines that bring classic records from the likes of Zapp and The Rah Band into mind.
With 5 tracks this EP has a lot to offer. Wether it be the raw, funked up james of the opener 'Small Talk' and title track 'Astrocat' or the more chilled, woozy grooves of 'Nightflare'. With features from Mr Woodnote and a dub remix from Appleblim this EP's roots sit firmly in the South West. Local legend DJ Die even lent his vocoder to the studio for some of the recordings.
a1. Small Talk (featuring Mr Woodnote)
b2. Nightflare (Appleblim Remix)
Catch Recordings is one of the UK's most interesting underground labels and to mark its 10th release it is back with another essential EP featuring four fresh tracks from Swedish artist, Random Island Records owner, Inter Gritty, who has previously released on labels like RISE and Deep Moves. Not to mention his own Random Islands works. Since the birth of Random Island in 2012 he has carved out a singular sonic niche for himself with various solo EP's and albums and also his partnership with Nihad Tule as NTTA11.
Lead track, 'Urge' is a deep and pulsing techno roller, with far off pulses and wonky synths working you into a hypnosis. Car Park Ranger is a more direct techno track that takes plenty of cues form the mind melting style of Detroit hero Jeff Mills. It is sci-fi and supple, has tightly interwoven drums and synths that travel far into the galaxy.
Viscosity is more spooky and eerie. It feels unresolved with a magical melody gently unfolding and leaving a sense of intrigue in its wake above deeply rooted, rubbery drums. Last of all, DT1 is an absorbing bit of ambient that suspends you amongst watery sounds, warm solar winds and brain soothing synths.
This is a cinematic EP that takes the listener on a journey with its
emotive and vivid techno sounds.
a2. Car Park Ranger
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: 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.
a2. Jen Da¦ül A Vi¦üc A Li¦üp
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: 10th October
The Sound of Detroit by one of it's unsung heroes, Amp Fiddlers new album Motor City Booty comes straight off the D Funk assembly line, a full on dance floor affair from Motown to P-Funk, Techno and Neo Soul.
This 11 track album produced by Yam Who? & includes the massive Soul Fly sounding like a Mark Ronson production had he been hanging out with George Clinton's Parlet followed by the bonafide P-Funk anthem‘Steppin' both
featuring the stunning vocals by the Dames Brown girls.
Amp Fiddler is credited for taking both a young J Dilla and also Q-Tip under his wing teaching them Akai MPC techniques, setting the path for some of Hip Hops finest recordings which have defined the shape of things to come.
His musical collaborations include: Moodyman‘s musical maestro ,keyboard wizard for Theo Parrish's live band, a longstanding Funkadelic member & co-writer for Prince, Maxwell, Seal & Jamiroquai to name a few.
DJ Support : Gilles Peterson, Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space) Rahaan, Quentin Harris, Eli Escobar, Ashley Beedle, Moodymann
a1. Superficial – Mark E Remix
a2. Superficial – Judge Funk Remix
b1. Steppin - Qwestlife Remix
b2. Steppin - Original
Release Date: 26th September
This the Second album by Big Funk Factory D-Funkt! the soundtrack to the story "TRANSACTION DECLINED" traces the final adventure of Dweeb Droid and introduces aged rocker AWM, whose perfidious character we will suffer a good deal more in the final chapter of the Big Funk epic "Bucky Ball".
Anyway back to D-Funkt! the band's usual cast features amongst others Mat Johnson (Jamiroquai, Laura Doggit, Julian Perretta, Duffy) as The Nerdmeister General on keyboards. Wayne Nunes and Perry Melius (Tricky, Aswad, Billy Ocean) as That Tall Bloke and The Metrognome on bass and drums.
Michael Brown (George Michael, Chaka Khan, Leona Lewis) on guitar in the guise of The Widdler, Jodie Linscott (Just … Everybody look her up on google) as The Lin Machine on percussion and Vanessa Haynes (Incognito, The Gorillaz, Van Morrison) and Janet Ramus (Shapeshifters, David Bowie; The Eurythmics) who are cast in the roles of Siren One and Two and feature on the track "She wants what wants."
Some notable guest appearances include Ernie Mckone (Galliano, Push, Candi Statton) as The Slightly Shorter Bloke whose bass features on "Independent Street", Rob Hughs (ABC, Heather Small, "Eddie the Eagle film soundtrack) in the role of Bobby Pop Sax and Tim Cansfield (The Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox) who for the benefit of this album goes under the title Acoustico Fantastica. His fabulous Spanish guitar playing features on "Only The Silent Survive".
Andy Wood Mitchell (The AM Band, Andy & The BigFunk, Andy & the Other One) the organizer of this musical menagerie revises his past role from Big Funk Factory's first epic "D-roid Portrait of a Serial Singer" as D-roid's nemesis Dweeb Droid in addition to the newly created character of obnoxiousness AWM.
Slightly darker in tone the concept of the album sees the land of D-roid and Dweeb,
Middle England plunged into civil chaos that develops into a full blown civil war and yet more discoveries about these creatures origins and for the first time some of the lyrics actually feature direct references to what's actually going on in the plot.
The Music begins with a more electro funk vibe than the previous release but the introduction of live instrumentation later on brings the sound right back to the Funk base that was established in the first album "Factory Sample".
Germany is no place where you can find funk 45s.
Even more unlikely it is to find a funk 45 which has been produced, recorded and released in Germany in the 1970s. And we talk about proper funk, not the cheesy-catchy euro funk stuff which most people have in mind when thinking of european funk records. There are a few exceptions though, and this one is certainly one of them. Still under the radar and not being played on neither the current soul nor funk scene, Milton Bowser's The Ride could be a future hit within both scenes. No matter how other people rate it, we like it quite much and are just proud to present this historical peace of german funk.
a. The Ride
b. The Thief
Billy Woods goosebump enducing "Let Me Make You Happy" is not just one of the most incredible 45's ever played on the Northern Soul scene, it comes with a typical weird world of Northern Soul fable with it too.
An original (beware recent bootlegs) 45 on the USA Sussex label will set you back £5,000 if you can find anyone willing to part with a copy, but let's talk about the music first, not the rarity..
Produced, arranged and co-written by the late great Van McCoy, "Let Me Make You Happy" showcases perfectly his genius at fusing magical melodies,angst driven lyrics,wondrous lead vocals supplemented by in-the-pocket backing singers,and pull you like a magnet to the dancefloor groove. Sufffice to say it manages to overshadow his other great Rare Soul gems from the likes of The Vonettes, Sandi Sheldon,The Ad Libs and Chris Bartley.
It's rarity is based on Sussex losing its distribution deal with A&M the week it was due for release in the mid 1970's.. A handful of copies were found at the time by record dealer extraordinaire John Anderson, who duly sold them to key Rare Soul DJ's and a legend was born.
This is the first time it has had a UK release courtesy of Sussex, and the flip is another gem from the label. The Decisions "I Can't Forget About You", produced by Detroit studio kings Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore epitomises hardcore male group harmony uptempo Soul beloved by the Northern scene. It was actually released on a UK A&M 45, and is subsequently not a big dollar rarity, but sounds like it should be £5,000 worth
a1. Billy Woods - Let Me Make You Happy
b1. The Decisions - I Can't Forget About You
It's a bit of a misnomer to say that The Carstairs "It Really Hurts Me Girl" is one of the best Northern Soul records.
The bittersweet jewel is actually one of the best Soul Records ever, forget any other genre. .
And the pedigree of the "I came across your maiden name in my little red book" song, fautless Proto Soul meets kind of but not exactly disco production,and anguished vocal is matched by the stange world of northern soul story behind the record.
Originally heard on a Miami Radio station WBCKO by uber Rare Soul DJ Ian Levine in 1973, he then spent 6 fruitless months chasing a copy as it had turned out the promo only 45 never got to the release stage owing to the distribturs, Chess, going out of business.Levine eventually got a copy from Soul Bowl record dealer John Anderson in the UK.
Levine introduced the track to his Blackpool Mecca crowd, telling them in advance it was not tradtional Northern Soul, and begging them to give it a chance. They went mad for it. It was the eureka moment that led to the introduction of contemporary recordings to the Northern scene, and led to a war for supremacy between Blackpool Mecca (Seventies) and Wigan Casino (Sixities).
A further twist to the sago came in 1979. Inferno had tracked down the master as now belonging to DeLite Records, the New York home of Kool & The Gang and Crown Heights Affair.Surprised to be asked by a tiny independent UK label for a a recording they had acquired and forgot about, their lawyer, Allen Grubman, who went on to become the most powerful music lawyer in America, brokered the deal and then in passing mentioned that they had found a remix by Tom Moulton, and would Inferno like to be the first label in the World to release it? They did not say no. Incredibly, it turned out that this "A Tom Moulton Mix" was the first ever remix by the man who became the master of the genre, and invented the twelve inch single. "I'm glad it's appreciated in the UK because I always liked it. The chords go from major to minor and it almost puts you in a trance to listen to that record, it's so beautiful. The voice and the instruments were a marriage made in heaven and all I wanted to do was bring out more of the instruments without htout taking away the great vocals," remembers Tom.
The 1979 Inferno release used the remix supplied by De-Lite, but this 2012 issue actually contains ANOTHER Tom Moulton remix that was found on an acetate, The Heat 1001 issue is the only issue of it on vinyl.
Cleveland Horne,who co-produced "It Really Hurts Me Girl" and co-wrote it about his ex-wife, was persuaded to appear with a reformed The Carstairs to peform "It Really Hurts Me Girl" to a sold out and bedazzled Soul crowd where else but at Blackpool Mecca's Highland Room in 1988, the same spot place where Levine had implored his followers to give this new style 45 a chance in 1974.
Before going on stage he said he doubted if anyone would know the song, how could they as it had never been released?.
He is captured on film, reduced to tears ,as the 800 plus audience sang every word back to him. Later Cleveland said he was worried about the future of his daughter as he had a heart ailment, and had lost contact with his "I came across your maiden name" former wife.
Eighteen months later the crowd at a packed all-nighter at the Manchester Ritz was stunned to hear that the It Really Hurts Me Girl man had died. Like I said earlier, a bittersweet record. But a bloody wonderful one.
A1. It Really Hurts Me Girl (Previously Unreleased Mix)
B1. It Really Hurts Me Girl
Shipping mid August
The Crow "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" is one of the quirkiest of all records cherished Northern Soul devotees..
Hailing from New Jersey, and definitely not a Soul record in any form that Motown, say, would recognise, the made in a garage production of frenzied almost desperate vocals, mashed up beats, a sort of pyschedelic feel and tapes going backwards was released on the tiny Look-Up label in the 1970's and immediate fell into obscurity until it came across the radar of UK Soul guru Dave Godin.
He recognised that the only place for this weirdness was the avante garde last hour on a Saturday night at Blackpool Mecca's Highland Room, venue under the control of Colin Curtis. Godin's ultra rare only copy was loaned to Colin and the discerning Mecca crowd made into a left of field favourite.
Original USA copies have always been impossible to find, a copy now will fetch you back at least £1,000, but exposure came via UK seven inch releases on Godin's Right-On label in 1976, and in 1979 on Inferno.
The Northern Soul renaissance saw Inferno's Neil Rushton dig out the contract and tapes 4 years ago, and demand for the re-release on a lookalike of the Inner Ear label was fuelled by the track being included in Elaine Constantine's film "Northern Soul".
Flip side is the Funk favourite "Uncle Funk".
a1.Your Autumn of Tomorrow
b1. Uncle Funk
Released on limited edition Made In Detroit label with neat engraved single on the flip.
The side that does play is a monster - Detroit's "they could have been bigger than The Temptations" mighty mighty The Precisions and the iconic Northern Soul album "If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely'.
Motor City magic.
a1. If This Is Love
a2. Corn Maze
a5. Slow Go
a6. We Need A Simple Way
b1. Barber’s Pole
b3. Don’t Talk Now
b4. Cocktail Paint
b5. Real Scene
b6. Goodbye Flute