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Jocelyn Brown should need no introduction at this stage, one of the US's most respected vocalists famed for bringing the gospel edge into contemporary R&B and soul music. Brown was the voice behind the celebrated disco and boogie outfit Inner Life, the focus of this 'Stars of Salsoul' volume. Cutting 2 LP's for the label in the early 1980's, Inner Life came strong with club hit after hit, working with the top producers, mixers, arrangers and studios of the day the group were gaining cult status with their records becoming the taste of the dancefloors at the Garage, the Loft, the Warehouse and everywhere and anywhere else in-between! It's no surprise then, that these records are still coveted by music lovers and DJ's today, classic status bestowed upon this most soulful of catalogues. Featured here are those hits, in their full unedited 12" glory. Listen to the classics as nature intended, you won't regret it.
A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party!

Philly's Instant Funk are one of Salsoul's most well-known and respected groups. Appearing on the legendary TSOP label in 1976 the outfit was renowned for their ultra-tight musicianship and for backing Disco icon Bunny Sigler as his group. The late 1970's saw them sign to NYC's Salsoul label and this is the point where this compilation comes to life. 'I got my mind made up' was the groups opening shot on Salsoul and was a huge hit for them, helped in part by a super long, stripped back and funked out remix by Paradise Garage jock Larry Levan. This track and a whole host of others feature on this amazing compilation and snapshot of one of Disco's toughest rhythm sections, boasting all their hits and some stellar mixes from Levan, Tom Moulton, John Morales, Francois Kevorkian, Shep Pettibone and more! This whole selection features the mixes in their 12" glory, unedited, end to end, as intended. A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party!

Loleatta Holloway

Hit It N Quit It - Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug Edit

Sheeeeeeiiiiit son! As you're probably aware, Marcel Vogel dropped a top edit comp on his Lumberjacks In Hell imprint back in 2013, causing tops off excitement the world over with a MASSIVE flip of lovely Loleatta. Unfortunately, Marcel kept it street and sidestepped the whole licensing protocol, leaving the record in total repress embargo when the rights holders found out. Not only was this a pisser for the Dutchman, it also left hoards of very happy dancers with no chance of bagging this beauty on the black stuff. Lucky then, that Salsoul have made a cheeky deal of their own, licensing that very edit for a single sided 12". The work of Chicago duo Cratebug & Jamie 326, "Hit It N Quit" borrows a relentless bass loop from "Hit & Run" (think Paperclip People's "Throw") then chops and drops those huge Loleatta vocals to create the perfect disco-house pounder. Played by the whole of the DJ elite, this screamer can demolish any dance floor out there, so play it loud and often!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Arguably the biggest disco house smasher of the last five years is finally back on wax, this time as a single-sided, DJ friendly Salsoul 12". Guaranteed to turn any dance floor into a hysterical fist pumping mess, this is totally essential!

Philly's Double Exposure have undoubtedly earned the title of Disco legends, their music has long been part of the heartbeat with numerous classics under their belts. Their mighty release 'Ten per cent' was the first commercially issued 12" single and subsequently ushered in the notion of the format as a 'go to' in the clubs and among DJ's. Originally thought of as a fad in a world where the 45 was king, this 12" release unknowingly changed the direction of dance music and music promotions practically overnight. Disco history indeed.

Having worked over the years with some of the biggest producers and arrangers in the game, Double Exposure have benefitted from the talents of people like Norman Harris, Tom Moulton, Bunny Sigler and even in later times, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. This isn't to say the boys themselves were slouches though, their iconic vocals have laced many classics over the decades. Featured on this fine compilation is a collection of Double Exposure's biggest tracks, all the proper mixes are here, untouched, respectfully sequenced and re-presented in their entirety. Mixes from Walter Gibbons, Tom Moulton and Bobby 'DJ' Guttardo all included. Loud and extended 12" mixes are the order of the day. A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party! Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco.

Surely no other orchestra can claim the dancefloor kudos of these guys - The Salsoul Orchestra. They've literally played on, shaped, crafted and executed numerous classics since their inception in 1975. As Salsoul Records' in-house band they were quite literally, instrumental, in the personality and sound of one of dance musics most famous and respected labels.

With over 50 members at times the orchestra offered a level of musicianship and sophistication that hadn't previously been seen in the 'dance' music of the time. Their repertoire has been sampled, flipped, mimicked, and coveted 1000's of times over the years, such is the impact of this group of musicians. This hugely enjoyable bumper selection of some of the orchestra's highlights is pretty much essential, featuring some classic mixes and edits from the likes of Danny Krivit, Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Shep Pettibone, John Morales and Tom Moulton you can tell that is pure quality from start to finish. A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time.

Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party! Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco.

Loleatta Holloway

Stand Up (Pangaea's Mix)

A special one-off white label remix of one of disco's biggest stars by one of the founding members of possibly the most influential electronic music crews in the land? Yep. For the uninitiated Loleatta Holloway is part of dance music's DNA, one of the most recognizable voices in disco, her tones have graced numerous club classics, she's been sampled 1000's of times, her vocal fingerprints are all over classic house music and are instantly recognizable. Remixer Pangaea aka Kevin McAuley is one of the main members of the formidable Hessle Audio crew alongside Ben UFO and Ramadanman. Rising out of the post-dubstep terrain of modern day England, McAuley is a truly open minded DJ and producer pushing sonic boundaries and him and his Hessle co-conspirators have long been garnering respect from all corners since their inception as a collective. "Stand Up" is a truly potent combination of two very different talents, fusing Pangaea's sparse, stripped back, tribal approach and Holloway's roof-raising diva vocals with the end result being a totally destructive yet completely future-proof nightclub missile that'll find plays right across the spectrum. Originally released as a promo-only white label, this remix has been wreaking havoc on dancefloors over the course of the Summer and has featured heavily in the Hessle Audio crew's DJ sets. Gaining rave reviews on sites such as RA and with people literally passing out with excitement over this very special remix / re-edit the crew pull out one final curveball - releasing it via Holloway's original camp - Salsoul Records! The hype is real on this one, do not sleep!

Various Artists

Larry Levan's Paradise Garage - The Legend Of Dance Music Vol 4

    Following on from the previous 3 volumes of high quality Disco heat dug from Salsoul's legendary back catalog we have here the 4th and final installment of selections that were favored by DJ-demi God Larry Levan on the dancefloor of his seminal, game changing NYC nightclub The Paradise Garage.

    That's right, high quality Disco, Boogie, Funk & more is the order of the day here with prime-time hits flawlessly rubbing shoulders with underground cuts in a way that mirrors Levan's open mind & faultless ear for music.

    This is an essential release for those who dig the Disco sound & want to have all these incredible records in one place, or for newcomers who wish to explore the sounds & vibe of one of the greatest DJ's of modern times & who want to get down to some of the tracks that have shaped modern day club culture. His never before released remix of Sparkle's "Handsome Man" sits alongside classics from Candido, The Salsoul Orchestra, First Choice and Instant Funk.

    Re-mastered, re-pressed & re-released for 2015 in full conjunction with Salsoul records New York City.

    Various Artists

    Salsoul ReEdits Series One: Dimitri From Paris

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      Part one of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four reworks from disco aficionado DimitrI From Paris. Available on vinyl for the very first time, Dimitri adds his deft remix touch to Salsoul favourites from Loleatta Holloway, Inner Life, Love Comitte and Skyy.

      Various Artists

      Salsoul ReEdits Series Two: Danny Krivit (Salsoul)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Part two of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four classic edits from seminal edit king Danny Krivit. With over 45 years behind the turntables, if anyone knows what little extra touch a record needs to work on the dancefloor…it’s Danny! Taking his editing skills to four classics from the Salsoul vaults, Danny delivers once again.

        Leroy Burgess

        Heartbreaker / Stranger

        Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet, Salsoul go and reissue another diamond from their extended vauts, pleasing the ears of any with a single boogie bone in their body. Originally released in 1983, this killer double A-side "Heartbreaker / Stranger" features the songwriting prowess and vocal majesty of the mighty Leroy Burgess, alongside the one and only Shep Pettibone on the mix - Pow! "Heartbreaker" hooks you in right from the off, boasting the most groovesome boogie bassline around alongside classic Jomox programming before sizzling synths and Leroy's deep and soulful vocal delivery lift us up to cloud nine. On the flip, "Stranger" sees Leroy in euphoric mood, working some soulful seduction over an MJ-esque backing complete with tuneful backing vocals and killer horns - I dare you to stand still when this one drops. 


        'Salsoul Boogie Essentials Vol. 1' is the first in a new 12" series from the seminal NYC disco label, specialising in all things BOOGIE!

        Kicking things off we get the 7" version of Creme De Coco's 'Disco Strut', which bridges the gap (if there is one) between boogie and 2-step soul - a sublime, sensual hip grinder. Next up is the equally sexy 'Body To Body Boogie' by ORS / Orlando Riva Sound. With its barrage of falsetto harmonies it's clearly inspired by the Bee Gees, but retains a slinky underground club vibe - is it me or is it hot in here? The ears of old ravers will prick up as the needle drops on Aura's slo-mo groover 'Such A Feeling' - so that's where Bizarre Inc. got that vocal sample... Rafael Cameron's 'Boogie's Gonna Get Ya' completes the package, served up here as a Francois Kevorkian 12" Instrumental Mix. Swooshing synths, classic boogie keyboard lines and clanking cowbells work a treat on this more upbeat number.

        Yep, these Salsoul boogie tracks really are essential!

        Various Artists

        Dimitri From Paris Pres. My Salsoul CD

        The French sophisticate selects his own personal favourites from the Salsoul archive and mixes them up for this Japanese-initiated project. 15 tracks of classic disco (Double Exposure, First Choice, Inner Life etc) and less well-known joints (Joe Bataan, Charo, Rafael Cameron...) with the added bonus of a handful of exclusive Dimitri re-edits!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: 2xLP - Unusually, the vinyl contains the DJ mixed version, chopped into four manageble chunks.

        Loleatta Holloway

        Hit And Run

        Yep, it's another expensive (but official) Salsoul Mixed Masters 12". The 11 minute Tom Moulton-produced original hits all the spots as far as a disco anthem should. It's got the song and the strong vocals, the evil funk groove growls away underneath and there's plenty of musical goings on with the electric guitar, vibes and percussion. The instrumental version replaces the vocal with some classic Moulton strings, plus you get the rhythm track, full acapella and a couple of edits. Magic.

        Double Exposure

        Everyman

        This much sampled Salsoul classic (it made up M&S "Salsoul Nugget" and was recently re-edited by Danny Krivit) is re-issued as part of the DJ Tools series, with all the component parts split up for producers and confident DJs!


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