MAGIC MIX

funk . soul . jazz . nu-jazz

WEEK STARTING 29 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Recollection Echo (RSD 2016) by James Mason.

James Mason

Recollection Echo (RSD 2016)

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Limited vinyl issue of previously unreleased recordings from jazz-funk master James Mason. 7 tracks have been remastered from Mason's personal master tapes (which had to be repaired due to deterioration during storage) and have attempted to preserve as closely as possible the sound of the original recording. Liner notes are written by James Mason himself. 

James Mason only made one album, that won acclaim years after it’s release. “Rhythm Of Life” became a soul-jazz cult classic, recorded in around 1978/79 with musicians such as Narada Michael Walden and Gene Torres, and featuring Clarice Taylor’s beautiful, characteristic vocals. The multi-instrumentalist recorded far more tracks around the release of “Rhythm Of Life”, but his music became out of fashion because musical trends shifted. Another album never arrived, and the recordings ended up in a box. Today the release of James Mason’s second album is finally set, and will be a collection of these forgotten tracks.


Jodie Abacus

For A Real Life And Not Pretend

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Hailing from the “wonderful world of people from different cultures” that is South London, Jodie Abacus sprang onto the scene this year with a sound that is as classic as it is futuristic.

It’s Jodie’s infectious and humorous attitude that is truly the driving force behind his music. His inspiring lyrics, quirky nature, and vibrant visuals create a surreal and original world, all stitched together with a humble yet animated approach.

Enamoured with the LA school of funk (think Thundercat and Dam Funk) but taking inspiration from artists like Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys, Abacus is creating uplifting soul music, filtered through contemporary, electronic beats. Whilst being described by many in the same breath as Pharrell Williams, Jodie knows he has a long way to go and can’t wait to share more of his neo-funk pop tunes with us.

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The Roundtable & Northside Records are pleased to offer this long awaited and special Record Store Day reissue of this highly collectible Australian rare groove LP.
If you can imagine the gathering of a group of Australian session musicians channelling the sounds of Herbie Hancock Headhunter’s and Marc Moulin’s Placebo, recording an album out of hours at a TV studio and then releasing a privately pressed hard hitting jazz funk record then what you have is Arena, one of Australia’s most revered and scarce rare groove records.
This was the name given to a pick-up group of session players led by Ted White, a veteran of the British big band jazz scene (an associate of Ted Heath and Basil Kirchin) who had immigrated to Australia in the 1960s to work in the burgeoning television industry. This one-time studio project (recorded only to test out the facilities for a new studio) barely yet thankfully saw an LP release in 1975. Pressed in minute quantities only with limited distribution, the album was subsequently forgotten and obscured by time, only to be resurrected in the 90s by DJs and collectors seeking out lost and rare records.
The album has since become one of the country’s most celebrated and collectible jazz funk recordings and has proved to be a pivotal point in Australian jazz, marking a shift from the modern jazz and R&B sounds of the previous decades to the cross pollinating electric jazz funk of the 70s. Characterized by the heavy use of electronically treated saxophone, psychedelic guitar, Moog and spacey Fender Rhodes, the album is a classic of the genre.
While acknowledging the often compiled and sampled breaks track, The Long One, the complete album offers much more, exemplified by its complicated and obsessive jazz rhythms, abstract and middle-eastern horn lines and pulsing electric funk. 


Ashford & Simpson

Love Will Fix It: The Best Of Ashford & Simpson

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'Love Will Fix It: The Best of Ashford & Simpson' is a comprehensive double vinyl LP spanning the legendary song-writing duos own recording career with Warner Bros. Records from 1973 to 1981. The husband and wife team of Nickolas and Valerie established themselves in the 1960s as one of Motown Records many successful hit making partnerships (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By”). The duo added even more depth, emotion and musicality to their self-produced recordings.

This newly remastered, comprehensive Groove Line Records release features 19 of the duo’s classic progressive 70s R&B duets including 'It Seems To Hang On', 'Send It', 'Don’t Cost You Nothing', 'Found A Cure', 'Bourgie Bourgie', 'Love Don’t Make It Right', 'Is It Still Good To Ya', 'Ain’t It A Shame' and 'One More Try', of which the latter four titles are represented here in their extended form, and many of which are mixed by Valerie’s brother Jimmy, regarded as an early innovator and enduring influence on dance music.

Groove Line Records cut no corners when making sure that each and every one of our releases has the highest quality performance possible. Newly remastered from the original tapes and half-speed mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy; it’s housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring liner notes penned by Christian Wikane. 'Love Will Fix It: The Best of Ashford & Simpso' is an essential addition to any serious R&B, soul, funk and disco vinyl collector. 

Bluesology (Elton John)

Come Back Baby

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Formed by keyboard maestro Reg Dwight (later to transform into Elton John of course) and his neighbour Stu Brown, Bluesology found agency work as the hot-shot backing band for visiting R&B acts from the USA, including The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle. This blue-eyed soul rarity, their first release for Fontana, featured Reg on piano and vocals and hails from July 1965. Shortly afterwards Reg began co-writing with a budding lyricist named Bernie Taupin and the rest is history. This £300+-rated 7” rarity comes reissued for Record Store Day 2016 with reproduction original Fontana label and bag.

Moses Boyd

Rye Lane Shuffle / Drum Dance

Imagine an alternate universe where you're an evil musical svengali, probably adorned in a flat cap and slip ons. Reclining on the softest of furnishings you hatch a plan to cook up the hippest, hottest, on trend 12" certain to sell a gazillion copies and keep you in caviar for life. As the buzz words circle your head (cross genre, diverse, danceable) you bring it all together in one perfect formula for dancefloor alchemy... Four Tet and Floating Points behind the desk for a MOBO winning, Gilles Peterson approved instrumentalist, dropping a jazz-house 12" called "Rye Lane Shuffle". Well, sorry buddy, but someone beat you to it! At least you can chuck this on the turntable and revel in the fact that real life has outdone your wildest fantasies. "Rye Lane Shuffle" rattles along at break neck pace, darting through colourful explosions of hot horns and slick guitar while the brass bass and frenetic drumming power the whole thing forward. Forget laboured covers of soul standards and naff R&B, this is contemporary jazz dance at its most expressionistic. Over on the flipside, "Drum Dance" sees the ensemble neck something special and get hypnotic, driving towards the dancefloor with rattling drums, dubby bass and highlife guitars. You can almost hear Kieran and Sam fighting it out over the mixing desk, tweaking those frequencies to perfection before letting loose with the luxurious arps which carry us home. Already causing a stir in elite circles this is the future sound of London.


Leon Bridges

Louisiana Sun (From The Coming Home Sessions)

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    Record Shack keep the fire burning with another essential slice of northern soul, reissued and remastered for your dancefloor pleasure. This time round we get the original and unissued alternate version of Vivian Carol's highly sought after "Oh Yeah, Yeah, Yeah". Originally released on the short-lived Merben label, this Philly soul shuffler is a total ladies jam and a constant floorfiller in the UK & continental Europe for many years. Sugar sweet vocals, hot horns and a twisting rhythm should have the dancefloor in a spin from the first to the last.

    Billy Cobham

    Stratus (Part One)

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      A replica of the original Stratus Atlantic single from 1973. (As sampled by Massive Attack on Safe From Harm). Replicates original Atlantic sleeve printed on cardboard.

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      Ltd 7" Info: Dinked 7” with removable centre.

      Pomalo, means 'take it easy' in Croatian Dalmatia region's slang, is the latest addition to the Burek / Barba family.

      A 12" by CL Dawkins titled 'Affirmation Of Love' comes as a wonderful postcard from Detroit. Written and produced by Alex Israel, remixed by Amp Fiddler, and with a vocal contribution by Lavell Williams, the record features three different generations of Detroit artists.

      Alex Israel, here debuting his CL Dawkins moniker, is a mechanical engineer and synth aficionado with a deep respect for soul music.
      Since 2011, Alex has released a string of successful releases under his real name on labels such as Creme Organization, Stilove4music, Night Gallery and WT Records.

      In tune with the mood and title of the label, Alex delivers two mid-tempo jams which are hard to ignore. 'Affirmation Of Love' is a soulful tune that works equally as the last song of the night, in your living room, or at a boat party. Mr. Williams, whose vocals envelop the song, is vice president of the Detroit Sound Conservancy, an organisation deeply involved with Detroit's musical heritage education.

      CL's second tune on the record is 'Blue Falconry', an instrumental with a subtle synth line reminiscent of Alex's previous work threading through the whole length.

      Finally, Amp Fiddler contributes his take on the vocal cut. Fiddler's career connects the worlds of George Clinton, Sly and Robbie, Prince, and Brand New Heavies to artists like Moodymann, J Dilla, Theo Parrish, and A Tribe Called Quest.

      A one-man musical hub, and an artist whose impressive biography would take up more space than we have here, spins the title with a dancefloor edge while retaining all the things we love about the original, a soulful Detroit house take that leaves a lasting impression.


      The Greg Foat Group

      Cityscapes

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        Greg Foat's music evokes a spirit of time and place. The 1960s (and early 70s) was a time when British modern jazz was breaking free from its trad jazz and mainstream fetters and discovering a whole new world of home-grown original music. London was positively buzzing with the leading protagonists of the day; Mike Westbrook, Ian Carr, Michael Garrick, Gordon Beck to name but a few. Foat rightly reveres

        this music and it's echoed in his own compositions. Not a copyist by any means, his works are vibrant and alive with the zeitgeist of the 21st Century. But there's undoubtedly recognition of a musical heritage that cannot and should not be forgotten. It changed the face of jazz forever and has since heralded the way for even more radical departures.

        Greg Foat's music is redolent of a special era when jazz was approachable and possessed a rhythmic imperative. There was also another kind of irresistible jazz, that bordered on the pop and rock music of the time propagated by the

        likes of Roy (Get Carter) Budd, Harry (The Sweeney) South, Brian Auger's Trinity and Soft Machine. But the origins of this soulful, funky and electrifying jazz also hark back to those 1960s innovators in soul jazz; Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson and others.

        The Greg Foat Group has been releasing albums for several years now, all spectacular affairs, from 'Dark Is the Sun' (2011) to 'The Dancers At The Edge Of Time' (2015) and all on the enlightened Jazzman label. So this latest twin release of two ten inchers, Cityscapes and Landscapes offers a rare treat because for the first time, the listener is given a fascinating insight into the development of the Greg Foat Group. The recordings presented on these two

        EPs represent a journey from urban to rural environments in musical form. Foat actually wrote these around 2002 at the age of 23 when he was living in Stockholm, Sweden. But crucially, they sound like they were written today.

        Cityscapes

        The title of the opening track on 'Cityscapes' is 'Ingen Reklam (Tack)' which translated from the Swedish literally means 'no advertising (thanks)' but is taken to mean 'no junk mail'. Apparently, this is written on all the letter boxes in Sweden! Electric piano, bass and drums lay down an insistent groove shortly enjoined by the scintillating brass section à la Elton Dean-era Soft Machine and if that isn't enough there's a coruscating guitar solo from Andreas Hedstrom.

        'Pluribus' is essential funk but with added oomph and a tricky time signature. One significant fact about these early recordings is that Trevor Walker on trumpet and flugelhorn has been an

        essential, constant presence, alongside Foat since the inception of the group and has imbued the music with its characteristic edge. Walker is first to solo, eloquently, on this grooving number. 'View From The Hill' is a serene piano solo affording a very brief, quiet interlude. 'Solaris (Parts 1 & 2)' follows; the title of which derives from the frequent science fiction allusions to Greg Foat's compositions. The ensemble head here is a gorgeous and memorable melody and once again we hear from Trevor Walker first and then it's Foat's turn on piano before the piece concludes by returning to the head arrangement and a fade out ending.

        The Greg Foat Group

        Landscapes

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          Greg Foat's music evokes a spirit of time and place. The 1960s (and early 70s) was a time when British modern jazz was breaking free from its trad jazz and mainstream fetters and discovering a whole new world of home-grown original music. London was positively buzzing with the leading protagonists of the day; Mike Westbrook, Ian Carr, Michael Garrick, Gordon Beck to name but a few. Foat rightly reveres

          this music and it's echoed in his own compositions. Not a copyist by any means, his works are vibrant and alive with the zeitgeist of the 21st Century. But there's undoubtedly recognition of a musical heritage that cannot and should not be forgotten. It changed the face of jazz forever and has since heralded the way for even more radical departures.

          Greg Foat's music is redolent of a special era when jazz was approachable and possessed a rhythmic imperative. There was also another kind of irresistible jazz, that bordered on the pop and rock music of the time propagated by the

          likes of Roy (Get Carter) Budd, Harry (The Sweeney) South, Brian Auger's Trinity and Soft Machine. But the origins of this soulful, funky and electrifying jazz also hark back to those 1960s innovators in soul jazz; Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson and others.

          The Greg Foat Group has been releasing albums for several years now, all spectacular affairs, from 'Dark Is the Sun' (2011) to 'The Dancers At The Edge Of Time' (2015) and all on the enlightened Jazzman label. So this latest twin release of two ten inchers, Cityscapes and Landscapes offers a rare treat because for the first time, the listener is given a fascinating insight into the development of the Greg Foat Group. The recordings presented on these two

          EPs represent a journey from urban to rural environments in musical form. Foat actually wrote these around 2002 at the age of 23 when he was living in Stockholm, Sweden. But crucially, they sound like they were written today.

          Landscapes

          Greg Foat wrote the four pieces for 'Cityscapes' whilst he was a session pianist and nightclub DJ in Sweden's capital city for almost a year. Following a move back to his native Isle of Wight, he then wrote 'Landscapes' in recognition of his contrasting life and times. A lone arco bass lugubriously opens 'Dawn' with wave-like piano and a hovering seagull cry from flute and occasional splashing cymbals. Thus the scene is set for this record's predominantly bucolic theme.

          The flute on 'Paper Kites' is reminiscent of the doyen of that instrument, the late, great Harold McNair, replete with some 'wild flute'. Indeed the underlying swing of this fast-paced number possesses all the panache that was the trademark of that often overlooked hero of British modern jazz. 'Landscapes' begins as a slow, pastoral track with the melody gently evinced by the group's stalwart trumpeter, Trevor Walker. Half-way through the number the tempo and volume pick up, transforming the piece into a real toe-tapper and there's more deft soloing from trumpet and flute, all underpinned by solid piano, bass and drums. The final number, 'Dusk' is something of a brief reprise of the opener, certainly in feel, with once more an underlying arco bass and mellifluous piano closing this perfectly balanced set.

          Erma Franklin

          Hold On, I'm Coming / Light My Fire

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            Description : Erma Franklin, sister of the Queen of Soul Aretha, put out an album of covers on Brunswick in 1969 called Soul Sister. Here we pick 2 of the choice cuts which have never before appeared on a 45. Side A features a cover of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming” whose horns were famously sampled by Amerie in recent years. Flip over for a cover of The Doors “Light My Fire” and that dope bassline – great version excursion! All officially licensed and remastered for vinyl.

            GoGo Penguin

            Abbey Road Sessions

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              The critically acclaimed Mercury Music Prize nominated “acoustic electronica” trio follow their Decca debut Man Made Penguin with this special RSD release Featuring three tracks from Man Made Object and one previously unreleased track, all recorded live at Abbey Road in December 2015. This 4 track 10” comes on black vinyl. 


              Eramus Hall

              Your Love Is My Desire

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                Erasmus Hall’s 1980 album “Your Love Is My Desire” is one of the most collectable and in fact desired modern soul albums of all time. Copies of the original pressing on Westbound have exchanged hands for over £400. Furthermore in-demand gems including “Your Love Is My Desire” and “Just Me And You” have never previously been on 7” vinyl, so as part of these Record Store Day release those two tracks are included on the format making this package irresistible. Eramus Hall are in fact a group taking their name from a building George Clinton saw and gave them while he was in Chicago. The group comprise lead vocalists Michael Gatheright and James Wilkerson with musicians Ronald Wright, Marvin Williams, Joe Anderson, Grady Smith, Charmie Currie and William Tillery.

                • HEAVY WEIGHT 180g VINYL

                • HEAVY WEIGHT SLEEVE

                • HAND NUMBERED 45 SINGLE INCLUDED

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                The Imperial Showband Featuring Tommy Tate

                Where Did I Go? / I Can't Do Enough For You Baby

                Ooof - get a load of this killer cut! Record Shack hook us up with an unknown and super rare 1968 single by cult-Southern Soul legend Tommy Tate and the Imperial Showband which works a treat on Mod/sixties dancefloors through its Hammond b-3 organ groove! Touches of Eastern guitar and a body moving backbeat provide the perfect accompaniment to Tommy's deep and rocky vocals, while making this one of those psyche funk nuggets you'd hear on a Trapdoor comp - proper esoteric breakdance tackle! Over on the flip we're treated to the smooth and soulful sounds of "I Can't Do Enough For You Baby", a sublime crossover tune previously only available on a 1979 Japanese LP, now in 7" vinyl format for the first time!

                Incredible Bongo Band

                Incredible Bongo Band - 5 X 7" Box Set RSD 2016 Exclusive

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                  5 x 7" singles in Incredible Bongo Band branded sleeves, in a unique, beautiful mirrored box with an exclusive 8-page insert featuring photographs and the history of the band.

                  Formed by MGM A&R man Michael Viner in 1972 to supplement the soundtrack to the virtually anonymous B-Movie film The Thing With Two Heads, "The IBB" went from a loose studio collective to an instrumental pop covers consortium, interpreting classics of the day in their own inimitable percussive fashion. B-Movie soundtracks, The Beatles, drummers gone bad, Frank Zappa, Kool Herc... These albums have a remarkable story behind them which is detailed in the exclusive insert included in the boxset, written by Angus Batey.

                  Apache has been sampled by Missy Elliot, Coldcut, Will Smith, Goldie, Jurassic 5, Moby, Run DMC, Sugarhill Gang, Beastie Boys and Massive Attack among many others.

                  Elton John

                  The Thom Bell Sessions

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                  Following a stellar run of smash albums and singles throughout the early-‘70s, Elton John turned in 1977 to the warm sounds of soul music for his next step. Thom Bell was already a name producer for the ‘Philly Sound’ and for his work with some of the era’s biggest R&B acts like The Stylistics and the Detroit Spinners. The fruits of their collaboration would not find an official release until 1979 by which time Elton’s ever-restless muse had moved on but the sessions were not destined to languish in obscurity. By the late-‘90s copies of the original 1979 12” were changing hands for serious money among house heads and in 2003 Ashley Beedle’s spirited remix of the lead track ‘Are You Ready For Love’ gave Elton a much-deserved Number 1 single. For Record Store Day 2016 they’re once again available in all their full-length glory on this 2-track vinyl release.

                  Gloria Jones / The Tiaras

                  Gone With The Wind Is My Love / Love's Made A Connection

                  Record Shack come correct with a fantastic Northern Soul double header featuring the previously unissued Gloria Jones original of the mega all-time classic "Gone With The Wind Is My Love". The Austrian imprint reached out to legendary LA writer and producer Lou Baretto to secure rights before remastering the cut for a weighty 7" pressing. A masterpiece of driving, emotive soul, the A-side finds Gloria's raw and plaintive vocal singing of a lost love over a stomping orchestral arrangement complete with mallets, strings and rollocking percussion - it's arguably the finest Northern Soul record EVER! Meanwhile on the flip, we get another bit of Baretto magic via the ultra rare floorfiller from Gloria Jones' backing band The Tiaras. Originally released on the Seton label, originals sell for £1000 plus on the collectors market, so this looks like a steal to me.

                  Max Jury

                  Numb / Standing On My Own

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                    Very special limited edition 12". Both tracks are taken from Max Jury's self-titled debut album.

                    Matthew E White's Spacebomb collective produced B-side Standing On My Own sees Max veering further towards the world of R&B and Soul. Whilst Max gently sweeps between whispered vocals and falsetto the complimentary horn and string arrangements from Spacebomb create an air of authentic classic Motown, Chess and Stax Records.

                    For Record Store Day 2016 Khruangbin present two new versions of People Everywhere (Still Alive) one of the standout tracks from their 2015 album The Universe Smiles Upon You. First up Khruangbin deliver a beautiful (and much requested) extended version which sees the band develop and refine the track to lengthened perfection. Next in line emerging artist Vuelo works his dub magic, bringing some bass to the occasion and in doing so creating a worthy soundtrack to a beach festival sunrise.

                    This imaginative package from Khruangbin brings a new and unique element to their work. Taking the People Everywhere theme, the bands artistic flair and their interest in design, Khruangbin have invited Artists everywhere to contribute to this unusual release. Artists taking part are asked to design a template of the People Everywhere paperchain inlay which will be included in each copy sold and in which the vinyl will rest. Using People Everywhere as inspiration, Artists submit their work for selection via a website set up by the band to house the project. All submissions will appear on the website with information about each artist and the chosen designs will be reproduced, die-cut, and distributed among the physical vinyl releases for Record Store Day. Purchasers of the vinyl will own one of a very limited number containing the same design. This idea reaches out across the globe, using music and art to bring together People Everywhere for this one off project.

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                    Ltd 12" Info: White vinyl pressing.

                    Parisian DJ and producer’s duo Cléon & Jazzy Pidjay are back as Last Bongo In Paris with a hot new 12" filled with Latin and Brazilian jazz-funk vibes. With raw drums, heavy breaks and jazzy flavours, these 5 tracks are sure to find favour on the funkiest floors.

                    Cléon & Jazzy Pidjay have been united through their love of music and hip-hop culture for a while. DJ Cleon is one of the finest producers in France for breakdance and battle music, but also respected as a fine wax digger, mixing all kinds of music together, such as disco, funk, soul, jazz, breakbeat, hip-hop and more. Cléon alongside studio mate Jazzy Pidjay, who brings his great production and mixing skills to the table, gives a new dancefloor life to hidden and forgotten musical treasures, through funky up-tempo edits.

                    Kenny Mann Jr. & Liquid Pleasure Band

                    Tin Top - Inc. Kon Edit

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                    Taken from 'Off Track Vol. 3', 'Tin Top' provides yet another reminder of why Kon is revered almost as much for his music knowledge and record collection as he is for his production skills. A party disco belter, Kon's subtle edit of 'Tin Top' simply can't miss on the dance-floor thanks its infectious groove and fun lyrics. In Pt.2, the story takes a darker turn, while the track just keeps on grooving.

                    Very special artists packages, released on 12” vinyl for the first time, exclusively for RSD 2016, strictly very limited.


                    It’s been 3 years since Tel Aviv’s indie-soul septet MONC released their debut LP “The North” on Acid Jazz Records. But make no mistake, they haven’t been resting. In the meantime they have released sold-out singles, an EP, and have toured Europe no less than five times! They visited Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, and were met with excitement all over Europe’s Mod and Soul scene.

                    April of 2016 sees the release of their second studio album, titled “This City”, which is dedicated to their home town – Tel Aviv. In the album MONC infuse Northern Soul, Post-Punk and Rock'N'Roll influences into heady visions of the city’s buildings, streets, bedrooms, clubs and bars, while remaining dedicated to their brass section extravaganza and the three-minute pop-nugget charm.

                    The band have a fan in Craig Charles, who liked the album so much he’s hand-selecting 3 of his favourite tracks from the album on his BBC Funk & Soul Show and will invite listeners to phone in and vote for the “single”, which will then be released digitally by the band. He has also invited the band over from Tel Aviv for a live session in the station’s Manchester studios.

                    Eleanor Mills

                    This Is Eleanore Mills

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                      Eleanore Mills is a classic Soul singer with a sweet and sophisticated voice, who recorded her debut album ‘This is Eleanore Mills’ for the Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum subsidiary Astroscope in 1974. The album has a broad range of Soul and early Disco/Soul cuts. It did not sell in vast numbers on its initial release but has become heavily in demand in the last 20 years and appeals to a broad spectrum of Soul and Disco collectors and DJ’s.. Original copies are highly collectable and in mint condition now sell for around £300- £400. Eleanore went on to record with Norman Connors on his ‘This Is Your Life’ album in 1977 (recently issued on CD by Soul Brother) and then developed into singing Soulful house having a huge record with ‘Mr Right’ in the late 80’s.

                      This special edition will also include a bonus 45 featuring two non album tracks recorded at the same time. The Bonus 45 includes the previously unreleased on vinyl ‘Something on your mind’ B/w ‘Singing the Blues’ which only appeared on an All Platinum compilation in 1976. Soul Brother Records are delighted to re-release ‘This is Eleanore Mills’ on vinyl for the first time since its original release for Record Store Day 2016 on a 180gm LP limited edition of 750.

                      This release should prove very popular with Soul and Disco fans and DJ’s in the UK and around the world on Record Store day, and it is sure to become collectable in its own right in the future, in the same way that many of the previous Soul Brother Records label vinyl releases have become.

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                      Jesse Morgan

                      Jesse

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                        Soul music fans all over the world may have never heard the name Jesse Morgan. Of course this has its reason. Although he was an original member of one of Hawaii's most famous bands in the 1960s ("The Mopptops"), his solo career never materialized. This would have certainly been different if his album from 1978 had been originally released. An album which could have placed as one of the top 10 modern soul albums of that decade. But, as is often the case, multinational corporations putting profit before people forced the work back on the shelf. This is how the story goes...

                        Starting out with The Mopptops in the 1960s and releasing several records with them, Jesse's first solo release was a 45RPM single which might have made even the great James Brown jump back: ("I Gotta Get Back" b/w "I Pity A Fool"). It would take another 9 years for him to get into a recording studio again. Jesse remembers: "The album was done and scheduled for release in 1978 when I was signed to Anchor/ABC Records, London, England. The same year, either EMI or MCA bought ABC Records and all newly signed artists were put on the shelf, including me. The record company denied to release me from my contract so I was stuck at the label under contract with a great album and no release for 3 years." The album remained in the can for another 24 years until Jesse signed a deal with Universal Music Group (UMG). The label was very excited about the album and even used some of the songs in movies to get Jesse's name out and gain public interest. Unfortunately, the record company finally informed Jesse that the album would not be released. Again, the album was forced to remain in the can for another 10 years.

                        In 2016, 38 years after the initial scheduled release, Tramp Records is very proud to be present the album "Jesse" in it's entirety, the debut album by singer/guitarist extraordinaire, Jesse Morgan. Tunes like "You And Me Baby", "You've Changed For The Worst", or "Livin' In The City" can easily compete with hit songs by Stevie Wonder or Bill Withers. Music lovers all over the world will finally be able to listen to a beautiful album. And Hawaii finally has a chance to place it's own jewel in the crown of American Soul Music Royalty.

                        Key selling points:

                        - previously unreleased 70s soul album

                        - deluxe vinyl LP comes with a heavy old school tip-on cover

                        - includes full album download code

                        Emotional Rescue starts 2016 digging deep in to the early 80s Bristol post punk scene of Pig Pag, the Wild Bunch and the Dug Out club. A short lived project of just 3 releases, Mouth trail-blazed leftfield percussive jams in the rich vain of Liquid Liquid and ESG but in their own jazz-infused way. The cultural melting pot of the St Paul's district and its pubs, clubs and blues parties, threw together young and old to the sounds of dub, funk, jazz and soul and took the spark lit by punk rock and new wave and spawned music that still resonates today. Consisting of a floating line up based around main members Andy Guy and Rob Merrill, alumina included a young Nellie Hooper before he would go on to be a founding member of the Wild Bunch and on to produce the likes of Bjork, U2 and Madonna. Based around a hard tribal drumming, mixing guitar, trumpet, shouted vocals and effects, the thrown in the mix nature was inspired as much by avant-jazz than punk's do it yourself attitude. Here then, on one EP are their complete recordings, including as the title cut, their best and deepest, "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea". Featured on a compilation LP from the legendary Y Records, its bottom heavy dub sound is augmented by female and toasted vocals riding a top a heavy stepper style riddim.This is followed by an increasingly dizzy array of percussion jams. "Acab (Part 2)" is all skips and trumpets, while the versions of "Take Your Coat Off" perfect skat vocal / tom interplay, before the finale busts out the rockabilly influences in full effect with jagged guitar, skipping hats meets double bass punk style.

                        R&B vocalist Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge are working together as NxWorries (pronounced “No Worries”). in spring 2015 they debuted with the single “Suede” which quickly caught the ears of Dr. Dre. Anderson .Paak went on to record eight tracks with Dre that appeared on his album 'Compton'. Fader declared Anderson .Paak, “the LA savant all over Dr. Dre’s new album.” His own credits go beyond vocalist - he’s a songwriter, drummer, an incredible live performer and producer (if you haven't done already, check out his 'Malibu' LP - a 2016 essential). Knxwledge (“knowledge”) is a prolific hip hop beat maker from Los Angeles whose record Hud Dreems came out this year. His production credits include tracks for Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar’s 'To Pimp a Butterfly' (2015). 

                        This eight tracker for Stones Throw moves between hip hop, soul and interlude skits. I'm especially loving 'Suede', which chops up Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Bottle' to build a break while Paak lays down another killer rap.

                        Eilon Paz

                        Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting Dust & Grooves (Postcard Box)

                          This beautiful box set of 48 postcards contains individual photographs by Eilon Paz from his bestselling book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting. These photos - printed on thick 5×7 inch matte art paper - offer a glimpse into the collections of DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday vinyl enthusiasts. In addition to Paz’s personal favorites from the book, the box set also includes some never-seen-before photos from the Dust & Grooves archives.

                          Hot shit from the depths of  da vaults…Nettles is a new series from Red Rack'ems Bergerac label which will focus on the more sample based end of things. Tracks which have remained secret weapons for many years will finally see the light of day. This first release features music which was played by quite a few heavy hitters but sadly remained lost on the hard drive…until now that is...
                          "Bill George" starts off life as a super funky, cut up electro disco jam which body pops its way into the mother of all breakdowns before drifting into super deep Detroit style house then peaking back to the original electro funk vibes. Not only was this a secret weapon for the likes of Crazy P (who featured it on their Beats In Space mix way back in 2010) but as one of Red Rack'em most 'unreleased tracks requested for release', there's going to be quite a few people around the world celebrating "Bill George" finally making it to wax. A 30 second piece of incidental music from a long lost German children's television series is extended into a late night disco jam 'Timm' which picked up props from none other than Todd Terje when Danny extended it back in the Hot Coins edit days of 2007. Another 'lost' track you'll have gone bananas to on many a dancefloor, now available for your own body moving needs. "Transfer List" began life as a hip hop beat which ended up being such an epic opus that the full glory of the track had to be unleashed. Once again a Cdr classic for a trusted few. A super funky beat evolves into a kind of honky tonk vibe sort of on the KMD tip but with added poppy vocals. Made in 2003 and still fresh to death. Don't sleep!

                          Adele Sebastian

                          Desert Fairy Princess

                          Adele Sebastian was an Afro American jazz flutist and singer, active from the early 70s on (when she was still a teenager) until her untimely death at the age of 27 (!) in 1983 from a kidney failure. In fact she had been depending on monthly dialysis to stay alive for years. She lived through and for the music and you can hear it on her only solo album “Desert Fairy Princess” , which was first issued in 1981. The mostly acoustic instrumentation brings a very natural and therefore rather retrospective sound considering the year the album has been released. Adele and her band pull it off right from the start as if it had been 1966 and it was time for a revolution to shake the dust from the old time jazz. In a perfect way she mixes classic American vocal jazz elements with playful and more free passages, Latin music and tribal African sounds in the lengthy and quite rhythm oriented “Man From Tanganyika „ and makes the title track start with a mystical „Allahu akbar“ chant while it turns more and more into a dark and gloomy song with something like a psychedelic edge reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders on his early works. Wild rhythms from drums, percussions with tons of bells and chimes weave a thick groove carpet and conjure a magical atmosphere. And it is only one of the cool tracks here for there are six all in all. Those jazz aficionados who love the mid 60s John Coltrane, his sidekick Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane will go crazy for this album.

                          Debut album from She Drew The Gun.

                          ‘Memories Of The Future’ draws lyrical inspiration from Louisa Roach (aka She Drew The Gun)’s own real life experiences whilst the chugged guitars and a laid back percussive tempo glide effortlessly through a chorus of glacial, blues-tinged, soulful, sublime offerings.

                          Self-scrutiny and drunken reflection are just a few of the threads and myriad intertwining themes within ‘Memories Of The Future’s rich tapestry.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: While the basis of this collection is that of a singer-songwriter, the true beauty lies in the delicate balance between musical adornments, and the structural integrity of the core mechanic. The vocals themselves are never overshadowed, and said adornments merely exacerbate the emotional resonance of the haunting melodies. This is not without attitude however, like the grunge/rock stylings of PJ Harvey there is a grit and confidence to certain pieces which, when juxtaposed with the more meditative phrases add a sense of development to the album as a whole, and a linear cohesion rarely seen through a collection this varied.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                          Sun Ra

                          In Some Far Place: Roma '77

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            1977 was a transitional time for jazz enigma and self-proclaimed member of an “angel race“, Sun Ra. During the Summer of 1976, he had stormed Montreux and toured West Africa with one of the greatest of his full-sized Arkestras before embarking on occasional solo concerts for the first time, emphasising his prowess at the piano. Although he had always played the blues within Arkestra sets, he now summoned up the rolling tradition of blues piano, recalling Otis Spann, Avery Parrish, stride and ricky-tick styles.

                            He made two solo albums for Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists label (’Solo Piano’ and ’St. Louis Blues’) before travelling to Rome. For the concert, featured here, Ra brought in drummer Luqman Ali, who had been part of the Arkestra during the band’s early Chicago years, and vocalist Thomas Thaddeus aka Eddie Thomas. Thomas was a percussionist, dancer and “incense dude“ with the Arkestra throughout the late ‚70s period. He would appear again on Ra’s ’Lanquidity’ album for Philly Jazz in ’79.

                            During this intimate concert, Ra takes us through piano and synthesizer renditions of Arkestra staples like ’Love In Outer Space’, ’Space Is The Place’ and ’Calling Planet Earth’ but also explores a selection of jazz standards. Among them, we hear the first ever released Ra version of the 1930s staple ’I Cover The Waterfront’ alongside a dissonant version of ’Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’ and ’St. Louis Blues’. Ra’s ties to Italy would continue the following year as he recorded three acclaimed albums for Horo Records, run by filmmaker turned label owner, Aldo Sinesio.

                            Following 2014’s Marshall Allen compilation, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’ and 2015’s Gilles Peterson-curated ’To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’In Some Far Place: Roma ’77’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel tapes, this is one of the very few trio albums by Sun Ra ever to be released and is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from recently deceased photographer H.L. Lindenmaier with sleeve notes by the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.

                            - first issue of anywhere of this 1977 recording from Rome.
                            - continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following successful compilations by Marshall Allen (2014) and Gilles Peterson (2015).
                            - official reissue mastered from first generation reel to reel tapes.
                            - LP features photos by H.L. Lindenmaier, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott and new cover design featuring work by Lewis Heriz.


                            Sweet Charles / Glenn Jones

                            Yes It's You / I Am Somebody

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              Mellow Mellow Right On return with two more splendid re-edits of much sought after 80's boogie and modern soul classics for Record Store Day 2016..
                              Pressed on a 7 Inch Vinyl Picture Disc.....

                              Allen Toussaint

                              Whipped Cream & Other Delights

                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                Issued on limited edition "Whipped Cream" white vinyl, the picture sleeve EP features the classics 'Whipped Cream' by The Stokes (later a worldwide hit performed by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass) 'Here Come The Girls' by Ernie K. Doe, 'Working In The Coal Mine' by Lee Dorsey and 'Fortune Teller' by Benny Spellman, all written by the unique and irreplaceable Allen Toussaint.

                                To commemorate the songwriting, production and performing genius of Allen Toussaint (1938 - 2015) Charly are proud to present a limited edition 7-inch EP containing some of his most famous and well-loved songs.

                                Wax Poetics

                                #64 - Yo! MTV Raps / The Internet

                                  Yo! MTV Raps
                                  Exploding onto cable television in August 1988, Yo! MTV Raps was a huge hit because it was necessary. Perhaps the most potent catalyst in hip-hop’s infiltration of the mainstream, Yo! beamed future superstars and regional rap heroes alike into living rooms for the first time ever.

                                  The Internet
                                  Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians have emerged from production, engineering, and DJing roles within the Odd Future crew to claim their own stake in this new movement of Black musical expression. Originally intended to be a Neptunes-like production team, their collective, named the Internet, is now a full-fledged band with Syd taking lead vocal duties. Their third album, Ego Death, doubles down on their questioning of what it means to be young, gifted, and Black in America.

                                  Kashif
                                  After a stint as keyboard player with B.T. Express, Brooklyn’s Kashif turned to writing and producing for other artists, infusing synthesizers into R&B and taking the post-disco genre into a modern boogie wonderland.

                                  Mary Wilson
                                  After Florence Ballard and Diana Ross left the Supremes, last remaining original member Mary Wilson found that her love for performing was enough to keep the name going into a new era of hits.

                                  Also: R&B wild child Miguel; blue-eyed soul crooner Bobby Caldwell and producer Jack Splash team up as Cool Uncle; soulful folk singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd; modern-funk synth wiz kid Brian Ellis; pop-art-soul act Twin Shadow; new blue-eyed-soul/rock duo Young Gun Silver Fox; and Philly’s Sigma Sound Studios.

                                  Favorite Recordings proudly presents this new official album reissue of 'Dreamer Of Life' by Greg Yoder: A killer AOR private press LP infused with folk, jazz and soul notes and maybe one of the best albums from the Hawaiian Scene in this style.

                                  Originally from San Francisco, Greg Yoder moved to Hawai'i in the early seventies and after achieving some local fame in the Waikiki area, recorded this one-off LP in 1976 at Audissey Sound studios, in Honolulu. The music is smooth and soothing, mixing xylophones, percussions, sweet guitars and brilliant orchestrations. In short, 'Dreamer Of Life' is full of hidden hits and faultless from the first note to the last.

                                  Following his various projects at Favorite Recordings, DJ and producer Charles Maurice recently unveiled this masterpiece by selecting the song “Things Were So Easy” on the 'AOR Global Sounds Vol.2' compilation. And after the label contacted Greg Yoder about it, the idea of reissuing this amazing album quickly became obvious.

                                  After its various compilations reissues over the past two years, Favorite Recordings is more than ever keen to enlighten rare-groove forgotten music and will quickly follow-up with great new full albums and compilations reissue projects in 2016.

                                  Fully restored and remastered with great attention to sound quality, 'Dreamer Of Life' by Greg Yoder is presented in a deluxe vinyl version, housed in a tip-on jacket.

                                  Various Artists

                                  If Music Presents: You Need This: European Sounds (1970-1986)

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                    Compiled by If Music's figurehead Jean-Claude and Adrian Magrys for Record Store Day 2016, the six tracks span infectious Polish disco grooves (Wojciech Karolak and Andrzej Korzynski), bustling break-heavy jazz from the Polski Jazz Ensemble and the Russian born "Prince Igor" Yahilevich, heartwarming spiritual jazz stylings from Hungary's Binder Quintet featuring John Tchicai and Alojz Bouda's awesome oddball Slovakian synth banger 'Random' from 1980.

                                    180g black 12" vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                    Sleevenotes by Jean-Claude and Adrian Magrys.

                                    Artwork by Guglielmo Willy Tavernaro (1909- 1989). Sleeve design by Ali Augur.

                                    Recommended if you like: Numero Group, Jazzman Records, Soul Jazz Records.

                                    Limited to 500 copies.

                                    Various Artists

                                    The Other Side Of Sun: Sun Records Curated By RSD, Volume 3

                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                      This limited edition compilation LP was curated from the classic Sun Record Company catalogue by participating RSD stores, and marks the third installment of the 'Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day' series.

                                      This year's release showcases the "other" side of Sun Records, focussing on obscure soul, garage, and psychedelic gems, rather than the classic rockabilly sound that is typically associated with the label. This Record Store Day 2016 exclusive release is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide and features songs from artists like Betty Lavette, The Twiggs, and U.S. Apple Corps.

                                      Various Artists

                                      Soul Jazz Records Presents New Orleans Fun - New Orleans: The Original Sound Of Funk

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                                        With “The Ladies of Too Slow To Disco” DJ Supermarkt, aka Marcus Liesenfeld takes a look at the women who kick-started the female pop revolution in the seventies. But he not only presents the big names like Carole King, Carly Simon or Rickie Lee Jones, 'Too Slow To Disco' once again unearths lots of overlooked and lost gems of the 1970s LA music scene.

                                        These pioneering songwriters were determined to navigate their career on their own terms, while fighting an industry that was only marginally less machismo-driven than the mafia (and in some cases involved characters from both worlds). Chauvinism was the mood music de rigueur in the record biz of the 60s and 70s, and the dawning of sexual liberation as often as not left women holding the baby. But battling through, these women writers and performers redefined what pop music could do, and in doing so, charted the path for the women that followed.

                                        Pop is notoriously over-concerned with surfaces, and as a result writers have traditionally played second-fiddle to performers, background figures rarely accorded their dues. But for women writers back in the sixties and seventies this was an even harder battle with the low expectations of high chauvinism.

                                        Carole. Ricky. Carly. Big personalities who lived as large as their male peers. And sure, some of these names you already know. They brought new subjects to the studio, righteously loved to this day for finding new ways, new tones in which to express every emotion. But for each of the well-known ladies of the post-Laurel Canyon scene, there are so many you’re about to meet for the first time.

                                        Take the amazing Franne Golde. She never became a household name despite penning songs that have notched up 100m sales worldwide (including “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards), now isn’t that something? Or Evie Sands, the gamin soulster whose sixties would-be breakthrough hit was stolen from her and given to another (male) artist right under her nose. Still, she carried on and wrote some timeless tunes including the slickly reprimanding “You Can Do It” included here.

                                        Laura Allan’s “Opening Up To You” captures the mood of the decade and of this collection perfectly. A rhythmically deft, proudly self-aware love song, Allan’s writing is tender but she always stays in control, and the whole thing floats like a leaf on a summer breeze.


                                        You’ll find plenty more of that sophisticated West Coast yacht pop sound you know we love, where the tune and the groove and the lyrics just fuse together, in a kind of endless sunlight. Take the cruelly overlooked Leah Kunkel’s “Temptation”, a total earworm, beautifully played with session musicianship from members of Toto. Leah was the younger sister of Cass Elliot from the Mamas and the Papas, and perhaps wary of comparisons mostly lived the session singer life until she stepped out into the limelight in the late 70s with this lost gem and two underrated and forgotten albums.

                                        As ever with Too Slow To Disco, we hope we’re moving the needle, reinstating a few unjustly overlooked talents. But above all this is about the music, that vaulting ambition that pours out of these arrangements, lyrics and melodies, all played by the finest musicians the LA scene could muster. So take a trip with us, and round out your picture of a decade. The style is still Too Slow To Disco. But the inspiration and the achievement is all woman.

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                                        Includes MP3 Download Code.


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