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William Stuckey – Love Of Mine | Album of the day 27th January 2021

Much needed reissue of this rare 1979 soul album out of Memphis, this was Stuckey's one and only full length effort after a handful of 45s in and around the region. Often referred to a Southern Soul album, it bears little musically to that definition in terms of genre with the bulk of material on this slightly expanded issue (eight tracks where the original has seven) being a mix of private nightclub disco and ballads/steppers. Vocally he's strong – touches of Hutson in places – and musically on point. The bubbling mid tempo 'I've Got Plan For You' reminds of...
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Side Effect – Effective | Album of the day 26th January 2021

WAREHOUSE FIND - LAST COPIES****** Side Effect’s first and most soulful album recorded in 1973 but unreleased at the time. It features Jim Gilstrap, Lamita Johnson and Augie Johnson on lead vocals and some really nice vocal harmonies from the group. It incl the string laden northern dancer ‘Run Run Run’ , ‘Spend it On Love’ a beautiful shuffling mid tempo , ‘Do Your Thing’ and ‘Unless You’re Wearing Your Emotions’ nice deep soul ballads. The outstanding track is ‘Do You Believe’ which starts off slow then builds into a semi funky groover that really kicks. The ballads ‘Tree Of...
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Spiritual Jazz 13: Now! | Album of the day 25th January 2021

Spiritual Jazz Now! Is the 13th volume in the acclaimed series and across the two volumes (24 tracks in total) we are presented with an overview of a clutch of contemporary exponents of Spiritual Jazz; musicians who are intent on bringing something personal to the table as well as recognising the importance of those who have paved the way for them. Featuring music from the past 20 years and from 15 different countries this series includes modern classics from veterans Steve Reid and Idris Ackamoor, providing a vital link between the past masters and the enlightened new generation.Pioneers such as...
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The Gospel Truth: Complete Singles Collection | Album of the day 20th January 2021

Good, varied compilation that pulls together the 17 seven inch singles on the gospel division of Stax Records, both A and B sides. Highlights are many on a set that shows the broad sweep of styles from out and out gospel to soulful numbers and funkier moments. The Rance Allen Group feature heavily with cuts like 'Just My Salvation' (based on the Temptations hit) the thumping funky dancer 'Gonna Be A Showdown', the sublime 'I Know A Man Who', and the energetic 'I Gotta Be Myself' among their best, Joshie Jo Armstead's in demand modern soul 'I Got The Vibes'...
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Menagerie – Many Worlds | Album of the day 18th January 2021

Australian 9-piece Spiritual Jazz group Menagerie return with their highly anticipated third album ‘Many Worlds’. Lead by the superbly talented Lance Ferguson ‘Many Worlds’ features some of Australia’s finest musicians, including pianist Mark Fitzgibbon (a regular performer at Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge’s original Dingwalls sessions), drummer Daniel Farrugia and renowned saxophonist Phil Noy (The Bamboos). Inspired by both the post-Coltrane generation of the 70’s, labels like Strata-East, Impulse! and Tribe, Menagerie also sit within the current ‘New Wave of Jazz’ and will appeal to fans of Kamasi Wrshington, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia among others. The punchy ‘Hope’ is...
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge – Jazz Is Dead 5 Doug Carn | Album of the day 14th January 2021

Organist Doug Carn teams up with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for the fifth installment of their Jazz is Dead series. Carn plays Hammond B3 on the eleven tracks written for the album ‘Lions Walk’ is a hard hitting uptempo groove featuring great drumming from Malachi Morehead and Alto Sax from Gary Bartz. The Latin-esq ‘Nunca Um Malandro’ shifts along nicely. ‘Desires’ is a hypnotic slow burner that builds with intensity as it grooves along. ‘Desert Rain’ is another mid tempo funky organ groove with nice horn backing. ‘Processions’, ‘Dimensions’ and ‘Freedom at Sunset’ are slightly complicated hard hitting...
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Kool And The Gang – Kool And The Gang | Album of the day 13th January 2021

The 1970 debut album from Kool and the Gang scored a couple of hits with 'The Gangs Back Again' and the title cut, but more importantly, it heralded the arrival of what was to become a juggernaut on the R&B scene. This all-instrumental record is years away from the commercial successes of 'Jungle Boogie' and 'Celebration,' and a few light years away stylistically, too. But that unique mixture of jazz, funk, and R&B punctuated by those tremendous horn arrangements (and some great drum breaks) that characterizes Kool and the Gang at its best is here in full force. Tracks like...
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Sunday Soul Selection | Album of the day 12th January 2021

***Warehouse find - last copies*** 16 Great 70’s Modern soul classics heavily featured on Sean Robbins Sunday morning shows. Inc the dancers Dells ‘Don’t trick Me Treat me’, Grace Jones ‘Sorry’, Caroline Crawford ‘Nice Feeling’ , Leon Thomas ‘Love Each Other’, Pulse ‘Sunshine’, Mac Davies ‘I’m Just In love’, Anthony White ‘Yes You Need Love’, Dramatics ‘No Rebate On Love’, Mary Mundy ‘You’re Putting a Hurt on me’ , Drifters ‘Put Your Little Heart Out’ , Tobi Kang ‘I Just Want To Love You’ , Major Lance ‘Don’t you Know I Love You’ and Presidents ‘Its All Over’, plus the...
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Soul On The Real Side Vol 5 | Album of the day 7th January 2021

We have just discovered a small amount of these in storage after years of thinking they had sold out. Now commonly selling for over £20 on Discogs these are unplayed, sealed copies. Outta sight return with another selection of new and vintage ‘modern soul’ sounds and as ever the quality is strong. This time they’ve picked up on a cross section of the hard to find, classic and long dormant sounds. The UK’s J.A.L.N Band’s ‘Let Do It Now’ sounds bright, Tomorrow Edition’s ‘Be Real’ has long been an underground favourite while ZZ Hill’s ‘Universal Love’ is rightly gaining popularity....
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Galactic Mutherland – A Muther’s Pearl | Album of the day 6th January 2020

Originally a CD only release from 2004, sixteen years later this now highly sought after album is finally available on a double purple vinyl release in very limited quantities (200 copies) The pulsating 80s throwback dancer ‘Keep On Going’ kicks things off in retro style while the slower tempo of ‘Say the Same’ has a late 90s feel. The soulful R&B ‘Cheatin’ On Me’ takes us back to the early Y2k UK scene, the funky edged Bernard Wright penned stepper ‘Destiny’ offers yet more shade while the mid tempo modern ‘I Can Tell’ is another highlight. Lead vocal duties are...