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New releases and pre-orders 4th April 2020

Speedometer are established as one of the Uk’s best Funk bands and their new album will appeal not only to their existing fans but also to the Modern Soul scene with some great uptempo vocal Soul tracks on their strong new album ‘Our kind of Movement’.

Kurt Elling is always melancholy and his new album ‘Secret are the best stories’ is a reflective album that will help you through this period of isolation.
Marvin Gaye ‘More Trouble’ represents on vinyl for the first time many tracks recorded for the Trouble Man soundtrack but not used on the original album.Idris Muhammad overlooked 1976 album ‘House of the rising sun’ is a real gem check out the near 11min ‘Sudan’ for some great Jazz-Funk.
There are two very limited edition coloured vinyl 45’s this week from Sunlightsquare and Mamas Gun, limited to one per person these are sure to sell out fast.

BBE have two albums the next in their J-Jazz series the ultra rare Stop Over’ and a compilation of Chicago house Jamie 3.26 presents a taste of chicago. There are also 3 classic Blue Note vinyl reissues watch out for a feature on the label next week plus a rare Nina Simone 1982 album.


Pre-order for next week a special vinyl only Maida Vale session featuring many of the new London Jazz artists on Brownswood, a new album from Wayne Escoffrey plus the delayed Expansion 45’s and the week after there is a great Donald Byrd and The Blackbyrds 3cd set.See all pre-order titles here


As you may know the shop is now closed for walk in business to conform with the Government Covid19 regulations but we are still operating mail order services, and will do as long as we are able to. Future release dates are likely to be changeable as product supply especially from USA and Europe become harder to source due to flight restrictions.

I’d like to thank all our existing and new customers for placing orders and keeping us going through these dark times. We have introduced a new featured album of the day which you will receive each morning and give you something fresh to listen to, hopefully you will enjoy this and want to add some of the albums to your collection.


We are aware that some deliveries are taking longer than usual – from what we hear this is due to a mix of Royal Mail staff shortages and industrial action. Please bear with us – these are factors that are out of our hands.

We are also running on the absolute minimum of staff so order turnaround times may also be affected for more complicated orders. Thanks for your understanding.

£6.99 or 5 for £25 on a huge range of Soul Brother, Expansion and related CD titles

We have reintroduced our popular 5 for £25 CD sale , which is a great way to catch up on some classic albums and comps that you may have missed or not be familiar with. There are some real gems in here mainly from the Soul Brother, Expansion and Outta Sight labels. with great Soul albums from Willie Hutch, Barbara Mason,Tyrone Davis and the Emotions, Funk from Cameo, Hank Ballard, Sir Joe Quarterman and Beginning of the End, and Jazz from Walter Bishop, Roy Ayers, Carlos Garnett and Shirley Scott amongst many others. Check out the deal here

Reduced Soul Brother/Expansion CDs – £9.99 each

We also have a great range of classic out of print Soul Brother label plus recent releases including some of last year’s best albums ( incl Ashley Henry and Joe Armon Jones) reduced to only £9.99 each whilst existing stocks last. Watch out for more being added to it next week. See the list here


Soul and Funk pre-owned cds can be seen here, there are many out of print titles listed, plus check the soul and blues pre-owned cds here.


We have been listing many great Original Vinyl 12″ singles here, and Jason has made a number of mixes featuring the tracks to keep your spirits up in these hard times. Check the mixes here

Also there are some great Original 45’s listed here

Original Soul vinyl Lps recent arrivals can be seen here, and Original Vinyl jazz lps here.
There are still some great and rare albums from the large collection available, the next batch has inevitably been delayed but we hope to have some in April.


There are some great original 45’s as well here from only a fiver upwards and a mix featuring many of them.
Check the mix here
Maceo & All The King’s Men – Got To Getcha
Elephant Band – Stone Penguin
Pazant Bros – Dragon Fly
Norman Connors – Captain Connors
Los Charly’s Orchestra – Dana’s Dream
Reuben Wilson Got To Get Your Own
Gil Scott-Heron – Fell Together
Commodores – Machine Gun
Breakwater – Feel Your Way
David Morris – Midnight Lady Part II
The Innersection – I’m In Debt To You
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Prayin’
MFSB feat Leon Huff – Family Affair


Current best selling albums and singles can be seen here.


Don’t miss the fantastic 12″ singles we recently issued on the Soul Brother label. These Tom Moulton mixes of tracks from Patti Jo, Southshore Commission and Ultra High Frequency are incredible tracks but sound better than ever on these pressings. Also don’t miss the first time on 45 for Madcliff deep funk and modern soul tracks. See our label releases here


Record Store day has been postponed until 20th June a fuller listing of the soul and jazz titles will be published nearer the time but we have two great releases the ‘Holy grail ‘Gaston ‘My Queen’ album and first official release of Bobby Moore’ Call me your anything man’ on 12″.


Our usual spot on Solar will be suspended for the time being as we practise responsible social distancing by not putting ourselves or others at risk, both by travelling to the studio and also being in the studio. We think that the health of ourselves and others while also protecting the NHS is important at this time. 

We are however going to continue to bring you the best weekly releases and collector’s pieces with a weekly two-hour mix that you can find on our Mixcloud. At present we don’t have the facility to record voiceovers, but hopefully you can still enjoy the music. Find the latest show here.


Have a great weekend