Club Soul The Catacombs “Before the Catacombs there was Rhythm & Blues, after the Catacombs there was Northern Soul” - Carl Dene They called it “the greatest little Soul Club in the land” and, as history tells us, it bridged the gap between the R&B of the Twisted Wheel and the “adrenalin” soul of the Golden Torch. It was an integral part of the rare soul movement and set the template for what became known as Northern Soul! This stunning vinyl album is compiled in association with the club’s founding DJ, Carl Dene, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary. It has been newly remastered and pressed to 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl complete with sleeve notes and a printed inner sleeve. Charly LP Pre-Order
Shahid Wheeler Just One Dance Before You Go With MEL15 – Melodies International is honoured to bring forward its latest disco 12” reissue single and another You’re a Melody peak time classic: Shahid Wheeler – Just One Dance Before You Go. The song was written and recorded by producer James Hartnett – having studied music theory and composition back in high school and recognised back then for producing a charted northern soul spin in the UK titled “Hipit” in 1976 with his studio band “Hosanna”, it’s in 1978 that Hartnett produced and self released the scarcer and more compelling “Just One Dance Before You Go” which he refers to as his masterpiece. With a fairly stripped back line up for a disco tune including a rhythm section, hammond organ, horns and vocals, Hartnett manages to do so much through seemingly simple but clever arrangements and thumping, contagious energy. Hartnett had also invited friend and singer Leroy Shahid Wheeler to perform lead vocals, who’s signature high pitched falsetto lifts the whole operation above ground – a true feel good party anthem! Melodies International 12" Pre-Order
Plush Free & Easy Three 1982 disco classics from boogie trio Plush formed under theguidance of Angela Winbush, René Moore and Bobby Watson get theofficial, remastered reissuetreatment from the original tapes. RCA Records 12" Pre-Order
Cannon & Mirrorball At The Disco / Discobunny Megamix More cut n paste action aimed straight at late nite disco dancefloors! Disco Bits return to the 7” format for a nod back to the days of the late 70’s and early 80’s New York when Disco and early hip hop combined thru cut n paste pioneers Tom Moulton, Jellybean Benitez, Steinski, Mantronix and more Side A - Cannon & Mirrorball - At The Disco Throwback disco rap-type party record. Vintage loops, licks and samples, heavy on the beats and grooves and underpinned by classic early rap samples. A sure shot for fans of late 70's disco breaks and the dusted sounds of both Paradise Garage and theLatin Quarter. “What you say Brother Man?” Side B - Cannon & Mirrorball - Discobunny Megamix They don’t make em like this anymore! Insanely fun mash-up of killer dance floor records from the golden era of megamix cut & paste records. Chock full of well known loops and vocal samples all blended together into one great party record. 7" Pre-Order
The Chic Organization / Nile Rodgers & Chic The Chic Organization Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were the creative backbone of CHIC, and founded the band in New York City in 1976, bringing together music and fashion after being inspired by a Roxy Music concert in London. The band’s first track "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" was picked up by Buddah Records in 1977 who, with the help of Jerry Greenberg at Atlantic Records, pressed up 1,000 promotional 12” records for radio and club play. The band signed to Atlantic shortly thereafter and in the next two year period, they came to define late 70’s Pop and Disco genres with unstoppable CHIC hits including “Le Freak”, “Good Times”, “I Want Your Love”, “Everybody Dance”, “My Feet Keep Dancing", "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)",and “My Forbidden Lover”. Following the success of their debut album, Jerry Greenberg invited Nile and Bernard to try their hand at production in 1978. The result was another all-time classic Disco album - Sister Sledge’s We Are Family, which yielded yet more of history's greatest Pop / Disco hits: “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, “We Are Family”,and “Lost In Music”. --- CD boxset Disc 1: CHIC / CHIC (1977) Disc 2: CHIC / C’est CHIC (1978) Disc 3: Sister Sledge / We Are Family (1979) Disc 4: CHIC / Risqué (1979) Disc 5: CHIC / Original ’77-’79 Remixes & Edits (new and exclusive to the box sets) LP boxset LP 1: CHIC / CHIC (1977) LP 2: CHIC / C’est CHIC (1978) LP 3: Sister Sledge / We Are Family (1979) LP 4: CHIC / Risqué (1979) LP 5 (LP only): CHIC / Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) Buddah Records 12” promotional single: CHIC / Original ’77-’79 Remixes &; Edits (new and exclusive to the box sets) CD | LP
Sylvia Striplin Give Me Your Love / You Can't Turn Me Away [12"] Since the recent reissue of Sylvia Striplin’s one album for Uno Melodic Records, demand has been building again for two of the key tracks back together again on 12” single. Huge on disco, rare groove, two step scenes these track capture the essence of the period of music and genius of producer Roy Ayers. First released in 1980, both tracks became signature tracks for Roy’s Uno Melodic label. Sylvia previously sang with Roy at Polydor, sang lead momentarily with Aquarian Dream and one album with Eightes Ladies. Expansion Records 12" Pre-Order
Tropical Disco Records, Vol. 7 Various Artists Tropical Disco plucks out a spellbinding salvo of heaters for Tropical Disco Volume. 7, dished out on suitably heavy wax. Moodeena’s “The Horns” boldly kicks off the record, effortlessly weaving together elements of funk, soul and afro, influenced by a myriad of far-reaching regions. The earworm of a bassline subtly leads the piece,morphing, dipping and then reassembling as the brass resurfaces, creating a tender, palpable sound palette. On the flip “What Da Funk”s playful track title doesn’t reflect its cultivated build, and no doubt lethal functionality on a dancefloor. Titillating strings are the driving forcefor Tropical Disco newcomer Sammy Deuce’s input, bringing a burning, high-energy ode to golden-era discowith “Smack My Strings Up”. Hot on the heels of a series of well received releases on labels such as Glasgow Underground, Club Session and Big Love, Sammy deuce offers up a rare guest track on the label that pairs perfectly with a recipe Sartorial and Moodenahave refined so successfully. Sartorial closes the EP with “Little Love”, a carefully plotted symphony and formidable sign off for the release. Hustling a creamy bass and slowly swooning vocal, this audio aphrodisiac will have dancers headed straight to the bedroom… Tropical Disco’s back-catalogue of quality nu-disco obscurities is building thick and fast, and the latest package is a diamond in a gleaming gold mine. Tropical Disco Records 12"
Edwin Birdsong Cola Bottle Baby An instantly recognisable intro that Daft Punk turned into one of their most well-known anthems, ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ - Edwin Birdsong’s ‘Cola Bottle Baby’ is straight up insatiable, late ‘70s funk fire. To think this was made nearly 40 years ago – it sounds as delicious as the day it was released and one of those classics that was way ahead of the game. It’d be hard to find anyone that doesn’t feel some level of nostalgia in those opening 15 seconds, but not many would be able to name the original behind the sample. A futuristic leaning jazz funk sound, in part created by the quacked-out bass synth and ringing ride cymbal but grounded in the grooving funk bass, twanging guitar and electrifying keys. An amalgamation of sounds from pop, disco and funk to jazz and electro, there’s no denying Birdsong’s talents - a flair that would lead him to collaborate with the mighty Roy Ayers. On the B side, ‘Freaky Deaky Sities’ramps up the tempo but carries on that mix of the futuristic and the funk – an ode to all the disco dancers out there.Talkbox business married with Birdsong and his backing’s call and response, bongos and cowbells side by side with rock styled guitars, it’s a pure power play for the dancefloor. philadelphia international 12" Pre-Order
NAPPY MAYERS Let Yourself Go "Let Yourself Go" is a Caribbean disco-funk dance floor bomb by the great Richard 'Nappy' Mayers, the man behind some of the best Soca, Disco and Funk sounds ever produced in Trinidad. Expect to hear a percussion carnival, skewed, space age synth riffs, crazy FX and the hottest horns around as you party from cocktail hour til sunrise. ESPACIAL DIS 12"