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Disco Party – Reality (Jazzman) | Album Of The Day

Jazzman Records have put their hand to another rare and seldomly recognised 1970’s tax scam recording by a short-lived group called Reality, reissuing their sole offering “Disco Party”. The album is an upbeat affair with a unique homemade sound and rustic, ramshackle aesthetic, befitting of the albums status as a tax scam release. The album was released, unbeknownst to the group until decades later, on the tax-scam label TSG, affiliated to Don King Productions. The album was initially bought by R&B kingpin Lloyd Price, who during this period was more into the business side of the music industry than the...
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Mongo Santamaria – Sofrito

Mongo Santamaria’s 1976 Latin-Fusion classic Sofrito finally sees its first ever reissue on Craft recordings, a full analogue master courtesy of Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio. Certainly a favourite among fans of Latin-Jazz and Fusion, it contains the kind of Afro-Cuban authenticity and heavy percussive flare that Mongo was known for, while also developing on contemporaneous American styles of music, such as Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Funk and Disco. The original publicity from 1976 describes it as a “soulful, kaleidoscopic Latin jazz session (…) at a time when most Afro-Caribbean giants were flirting a little too closely with disco and easy listening, the...
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James Larter – Polarity (Next Door Records) | Album Of The Day

James Larter, West-London based multi instrumentalist and percussionist has steadily built up of a reputation for himself as a deft, highly-skilled operator, his abilities on a variety of different percussion instruments ranging from vibraphone to hand percussion have been steadily pricking up ears in the right places. Having studied in London and New York, he’s made an impression as a dexterous and in-demand percussionist, playing with the likes of Sampha and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Polarity treads the gamut between a wide range of worldly influences, touching Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and pan-African modes of playing, injected with low slung and funky...
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Louie Vega – Expansions In The NYC Album of the Day 12 May 2022

Louie Vega returns with a 4LP set ‘Expansions in the NYC’ with 16 tracks of feel good Soulful House. Featuring regular collaborators Josh MIlan, Be Be Winans, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Tony Momrelle and Audrey Wheeler amongst the vocalists, plus house giants  Moodyman, Kerri Chandler and Joaquin Joe Claussell amongst others.There are many original tracks plus covers of classics like Heatwave’s  ‘Story Of A Story’ and Greg Henderson ‘Dreamin’ . As always this set is likely to be limited so only one per person. Listen to and buy LP HERE 
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Output/Input – Here We Go Again Single of the Day!

Just Arrived, great new cover version of the Isley Brothers 'Here We Go Again' limited edition 45 on Expansion Records. “Here We Go Again” is a favourite amongst ardent soul buffs who recognise the Isley Brothers song, faithfully updated for a 21st Century audience. Output/Input was formed during lockdown by Melvin Lee Davis a Californian native and a skilled master bassist, composer, producer, and educator who is in high demand and is also Music Director for the “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan.
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Record Store Day stock remaining

Firstly thank you for all the orders that you have placed for RSD stock. We have been swamped with nearly a month's worth of orders in a few days. We are working through them and the vast majority of UK orders will be shipped by today and overseas orders by Monday. We have managed to obtain restocks on some titles , although many are in very limited quantities. Here is an updated list of the titles that we still have in stock for you to order at the moment, there are still many of the great Soul and Jazz titles available and...
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9th Wonder – Dinner Party | Album Of The Day

Dinner Party is the super-group of Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington, a collection of some of Hip-Hop’s finest current producers and contributors. With 14 Grammy Nominations between the group, Dinner Party utilizes the strengths of each musician seamlessly, blending their styles to create something soulful for these trying times. At just over 20 minutes, the album leaves the listener with just enough to satisfy them but yearn for more. Love You So Bad is exemplary of the melding of Hip-Hop and Jazz themes by the groups constituent players, sitting on a vocal call and response refrain—underlaid...
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Tanqueray Hayward – Definition of a Woman

We are delighted to have met Tanqueray Hayward who popped into the store today with Simon from Soul gigs to present her debut album 'Definition of a woman'. We have a limited quantity of CDs and signed CDs available for you to order here or collect from the shop. Tanqueray Hayward hails from the great musical city of Philadelphia. Her debut album 'Definition Of a Woman' was co-written, arranged and produced by TL Shider (brother of Parliament's Gary). It is a strong album consisting of mid tempo grooves like 'This Thing' and 'Caught Up' . The highlights though are the...
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Sky’s the Limit – Don’t Be Afraid

Skys the Limit – Don’t Be Afraid on the independent JMJ label is an incredibly rare slice of funky soul with an insistent disco back-beat released in 1976. The original copy of the record goes for staggering prices online, with copies on average fetching between £700-£800 pounds on Discogs. The record in its original form was effectively a private pressing arranged and released by the group, who would subsequently use it as a form of advertisement rather than sell it in shops, seeing the record more likely given away at gigs and functions rather than sold.   The A side...
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Brian Bennett – Voyage (Real Gone Music) | Album Of The Day

  Real Gone Music have reissued the highly sought after “Voyage – A Journey Into Discoid Funk” an album that was originally released as a solo venture from Shadows drummer Brian Bennett, a session musician and a library music man who was associated with work for labels such as KPM and Bruton Music among others. He composed music for films and TV and during the 1980s was awarded two Ivor Novello awards and wrote music for a wide range of television programmes including Dallas, The Sweeney and for the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. In the...