Greg Belson's Divine Disco Volume Two: Obscure Gospel Disco (1979-1987) Various Artists Although gospel and disco music seem like polar opposites, one is secular while the other has embraced a hedonistic culture, the marriage of the two genres has birthed the uplifting spirituality and dance floor thump found in gospel disco. By the mid-'70s many established and independent gospel artists started creating records with a tight four-on-the-floor beat that touched both churchgoers as well as patrons of the drug-fueled establishments of the '70s. Cultures of Soul Records is proud to present the second installment of Greg Belson's Divine Disco. Belson is one of the world's leading authorities on the funky gospel sound; for this collection he dug deep into his crates to undercover the rarest independent and private press gospel disco records ever recorded. Greg Belson's Divine Disco sound is one that's been heard around the world from his DJ appearances at Glastonbury's NYC Donwlow stage to LA's Funky Sole to soul nights across Europe. Many tracks are under the radar or recently discovered such as Harrison Jones - On that Other Shore, Converters, I've Been Converted and the super limited self-released 45 by Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On the Mainline. Only 50 copies were ever pressed. This volume even includes gospel disco from the UK with Paradise's brilliant Keep the Fire. This compilation also includes remixes and edits by Steve Cobby (who was a member of Fila Brazillia) and the Divine Situation production duo of Greg Belson and Paulo Fulci. Cultures Of Soul CD | LP Pre-Order
Tropical Disco Records, Vol. 9 Various Artists On their ninth outing, party fraternity and disco institution Tropical Disco further establish their central place in thevanguard of contemporary disco - not only as a reputable record label, but as aswiftly ascending DJ duo playing an array of high-profile shows across Europeover the last year. Moodena initiates TD09 with 'All That Jazz', a brilliant rendering of deeply emotive styles that classily cultivates a slick and polished sound palette. Unique but instantly recognisable as a Moodena production, it’s a slyly understated A-side, laced with scorching swagger and burning slow like a Cuban cigar. As ‘80s slap-bass picks away, vivid chords cut through the mix with a potent sense of poignancy: hearing Moodena's productions feels like listening in on a jam session, imbuing the conventional nu-disco framework with a revitalised sense of spontaneity, keeping us utterly rapt in the process. Sartorial's 'Ruby' generates an inexorable momentum from the first few notes, summoning a hypnotic effect through seductive percussion, raunchy basslines and two saxophones that call out to one another like lost lovers across a dimly-lit dancefloor. A gifted producer who develops his craft with each release, Sartorial certainly knows how to treat ‘em right. Two Tropical Disco debutantes make an unforgettable entrance on the flip, withPhazed Groove's 'It Must Be Luv'working all kinds of magic on a classic, bringing in propulsive drums and awriggling bassline to truly ignite that exultant peak-time energy. Fellow newcomer C. Da Afro expertly threads together sensual vocals and filmic strings on ‘PlayHouse’. Summoning from the depths a pummelling low-end that echoes mystic rave nostalgia, he evokes all kinds of degenerate debauchery with a pleasing shudder that’ll send chills down your spine. These two are instant classics from a pair of promising artist headed straight for disco distinction. Tropical Disco’s latest release builds on their outstanding discography with a stone-cold essential, custom-made for those who like their disco kinky, deep and dancefloor-centric! Tropical Disco Records 12"
Quantic Atlantic Oscillations “Atlantic Oscillations” marks the return of world-renowned British producer Quantic ahead of the release of his most cohesive and intricate album to date. Bringing together new players and concepts with a dance orientated sound that has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world for nearly two decades. As the first Quantic release under his main solo moniker since 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Magnetica’, “Atlantic Oscillations” embodies a disco vibrancy taken directly from sweaty dance nights in Brooklyn’s small disco and dance clubs. “I’ve had the chance to see some great DJs and got into the disco edit and some incredible dance songs. NYC summers are great for outdoor parties and I wanted to make something which was long and had a real journey for these kind of parties”, Holland explains “it was primarily my wish to make a bad disco tune”. The finished product is a track shimmering with the warmth of a New York City summer and the energy of a party equipped with a well-stocked free bar. Tru Thoughts 12"
The Bucketheads Got Myself Together (Ejeca Rework) Celebrating 25 years at the summit of the dance music industry, iconic label Positiva Records is proud to unveil the final release of the Positiva 25 series, EJECA’s extended ‘Got Myself Together’ rework. First made famous by The Bucketheads in 1995, the track quickly cemented a reputation as a staple hit of many 90s clubbers lives. Reimagined with a 2019 touch by EJECA (aka Garry McCartney), the producer laces his own mix with a series of rhythmic bass-line grooves. VIRGIN EMI 12" Pre-Order
The Sound Of Philadelphia Vol. 1 Various Artists We Are Vinyl release - excellent compilation featuring some of the greatest tracks from the Philadelphia International label. Pressed on standard black double vinyl. A 16 track collection including- Harold Melvin, MFSB, The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Jones Girls, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, Archie Bell & The Drells, The Jacksons & more. We Are Vinyl LP
Crackazat Period Works Vol.2 Z Records return with Bristol born,Sweden based wizard Crackazat at the helm. Four trademark jazzy, disco house bombs all instantly catchy in their own unique way. Luscious chords and intricate, uplifting, jazz-infused synthwork permeate every corner of this E.P – an effortless element that has become a Crackazat calling card. First up, ‘Fly Away’ hits the ground running mixing exhilarating clavinet chords, joyous vocal chants and summertime guitar riffs with a killer pumping bassline - pure joy housed in those grooves. Next up, ‘Crystal Eyes’takes a hazier but no less euphoric approach - spiritual keys blend with an expressive, soulful bass and sustained chords as the sun sets with this funked out gem. Take to the flip for a double dose of late-night jams. ‘I’ll Be There’ melds crunching claps and snare hits with a bouncing bassline and classic ‘90s, piano house stabs. Add in a healthy dose of filtered female vocals and you’ve got a hands in the air anthem of epic proportions. Rounding off the E.P, ‘Some Day’ goes in big with beaming piano chords and a garage tinged shuffling beat whilst spiritual vocals build and build for an eyes closed peak time breakdown. Z Records 12"
Altern 8 Full On Mask Hysteria [Remastered Edition] 25th anniversary remastered reissue on triple heavyweight 12" Altern 8 mark the 25th anniversary of their klaxon and samples driven debut as the rave scene's Vick's loving masked marauders with the release of a deluxe remastered edition of their iconic Full On Mask Hysteria album. It comes as a limited edition triple heavyweight release. And in true Altern 8 style there are 2 separate individually numbered editions - 001 to 808 and 001 to 303. Cut super loud to allow DJ support for tracks that were cut too quietly on the original 1992 LP for club plays, the album also features exclusive tracks. Bleech LP
African Vibration Hinde Originally pressed on 7” vinyl in 1987, it was the group’s last release together. A unique piece of East African synthesised electronic soul from 1980s Kenya, it was reissued by Soundway as part of the Kenya Special: Volume Two compilation in 2016, but following the recent acquisition of the master tapes it has now been revitalised to a standard surpassing its former glory, and cut loud on 12” vinyl for the dancefloor. The B Side features a deep, extended rework with cruising synth stabs and slick production from one of Soundway’s recent recruits, Julien Dyne, who released his critically acclaimed album “Teal” in 2018. For fans of: Kenya Special compilations, Julien Dyne, Lord Echo, Mangase/Hafi Deo 12”, Electric Wire Hustle, Steve Spacek Soundway 12"
atmosfear Motivation / Extract As per the original release it comes backed with the track ‘Extract’ a percussive lead jazz-funk workout with some tight bass work by Lester J. Batchelor, which was a regular favourite at DJ Harvey’s legendary Moist club night. Released on both Elite and MCA in 1980. Licensed from Chemical Discs. Mr Bongo 12"