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Bobby Patterson – It’s Just A Matter Of Time | Album of the day 27th May 2020

1972 debut album originally cut for the Paula label from Dallas, Texas soul man Bobby Patterson that includes the huge crossover favourite 'I Get My Groove From You' as well as a raft of other killer funky soul and southern flavoured cuts. Check out the galloping rhythm of 'Make Sure You Can Handle It', the skipping tempo of 'Everything Good To You (Don't Have To Be Good For You)' the sumptuous Southern 'She Don' Have To See You (To See Through You)' the rasping funker 'Right On Jody' and the deep-with-a-beat 'One Ounce Of Prevention'. Bobby's voice is strong and...
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The Haggis Horns – Stand Up For Love | Album of the day 26th of May 2020

Two years in the making, The Haggis Horns return with their 5th album in the shape of ‘Stand Up For Love’. Horn man Malcolm Strachan impressed s with his superb solo album a few months back and he’s back with the band for this tough nine-track soul/funk album. John McCallum returns on vocal duties on a set heavily influenced by the likes of Kool & The Gang, Fred Wesley & The JB’s, The Blackbyrds, The Fatback Band, and more. The instrumental burner ‘Haggis Express’ is a killer with wiry keys, sharp horns and a driving groove, ‘Suzy Traffic’ bounces while...
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Soul Searchers – Salt Of The Earth | Album of the day 21st of May 2020

The Soul Searchers’ second album from 1974, like their debut ‘We The People’, was originally released by the revered Sussex label. By this time the Washington DC based band had fully developed their brassy sound and this album included the funk hits ‘Blow your Whistle’/’Funk To The folks’, and ‘If It Ain’t Funky’, along with the heavily sampled ‘Ashley’s Roach clip’. The album also includes their interpretation of Bacharach and David’s ‘Close to You’, showing a mellower side, which has become popular on the rare groove/two step scene. At this point they were an eight piece band with a full...
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Kaidi Tatham – In Search Of Hope | Album of the day 20th May 2020

Originally released in 2008 ‘In Search of Hope’ was the second solo album from Kaidi Tatham and the first under his own name. Recorded in his flat in South London, it initially came out on the Japanese label Freedom School and gained grail like status, so much so that original copies command sky-high prices. This new issue finally brings it back to the masses and reminds us what a forward thinking talent Kaidi was: the sounds here are timeless blending all of his influences and loves into a perfectly rounded eleven-track gem of a record. ‘Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid) is...
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Willie Hutch – Ode To My Lady | Album of the day 19th of May 2020

Willie Hutch’s 1975 Motown album ‘Ode To my Lady’ is probably his best ever. It includes two of his biggest single hits ‘Love Power’ and ‘Party Down’. The 2-steppers will delight in the brilliant ‘Love Me Back’ and his version of ‘The Way We Were’. ‘Just Another Day’ and ‘Talk To me’ are great mid tempo soul tracks. Willie reached his creative peak with this album , one of the greatest soul albums of all time. Absolutely essential classic 70’s soul. CD See all by Willie Hutch here Listen to tracks Party Down The Way We Were...
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Anglo Saxon Brown – Songs For Evolution | Album of the day 18th of May 2020

Rightfully a perennially in-demand set, this 1976 album cut for Atlantic was the group’s only offering (a solitary 7” aside) and only hints at what could have been had they continued to produce music of this calibre. The classic ‘Gonna make You Mine’ kicks off this fine set followed by the 2-step ‘Straighten It Up’ and the funky ‘ASB Theme’. ‘The Grizzly’ and ‘Disco Music’ are aimed at the dancefloor while ‘The Man I Love’ is a sweet, mid tempo ballad, the finger clicked ‘Call On Me’ is a wonderful slice of Philly soul while the lush ender ‘I’ll Keep...
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Betty Wright – Explosion | Album of the day 16th May 2020

Betty Wright’s 1976 album ‘Explosion’ is considered by many to be her career best. The string laden 2 stepper ‘Smother Me With Your Love’ has been a very popular Rare Groove track for years. ‘Keep Feelin’ is a great Modern Soul mid tempo dancer. The Ballads ‘If I Ever Do Wrong’, ‘I Think You Better Think About it’ and the jazzier ‘Life’ are also highlights. Four non album 45 sides include the funky ‘Slip and Do It’ and ‘If Was A Kid’ a future Modern Soul classic awaiting discovery that ends this album on a high.   CD [add_to_cart id=""...
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Donald Byrd – Black Byrd | Album of the day 14th May 2020

Ground breaking album from 1973, one of the first jazz-funk albums and the biggest seller on Blue note at that time.Produced by Larry Mizell this introduced a new sound featuring an all star cast Inc Harvey Mason, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder etc topped by Donald’s brilliant trumpet playing. ‘Flight Time’, ‘BlackByrd’, ‘Love’s So Far Away’ and ‘Mr Thomas’ have that ‘Mizell’ stamp all over them, and are brilliant early jazz funk groovers. The mellow ‘Sky High’ and ‘Where Are We Going’ are equally good. One of the all time great jazz funk albums. CD LP [add_to_cart id=""...
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Pat Metheny – From This Place | Album of the day 13th May 2020

Bestselling jazz fusion guitarist Pat Metheny releases his first album of all-new material for five years with drummer Antonio Sanchez, double bassist Linda May Han Oh, and UK pianist Gwilym Simcock. The album is a document of unrehearsed expression (Metheny’s idea) with Meshell Ndegeocello’s haunting voice and Grégoire Maret’s harmonica guesting on the ethereal ‘From This Place’ and ‘The Past In Us’ respectively. ‘America Undefined’ is a 13-plus minutes tour-de-force, the Wes Montgomery-like ‘Wide and Far’ is catchy with some great crescendos, the Latin touch of ‘Same River’ glistens while the calm and chaos of ‘Pathmaker’ ebbs and flows. ‘Everything...
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Curtis Mayfield – Curtis | Album of the day 12th May 2020

This 1970 debut release from Curtis Mayfield is an acknowledged classic among soul albums (and albums in general) and has stood the test of time, both lyrically and musically. Powerful, keenly observed social commentary – often with a wry, dark humour – abound across the set. The stunning ‘The Other Side Of Town’ brings to the fore the universal and enduring problems with social equality and the stark differences in opportunity that it brings, the epic ‘We People Who Are Darker Than Blue’ and ‘If There’s A Hell Down Below…’ are lengthy, punchy slabs of funky soul, the classic ‘Move...