McArthur were an all male vocal quartet founded by former Royal Joker, Willie Cornelius Jones during 1974. Willie had begun the early 1970’s as the lead singer and founding member of vocal group The 21ST Century who later, due to a name clash with The 21ST Century on RCA, became known as just The 21ST.

Continue reading

Mike James Kirkland

“Love Scenario” /  “Alberto’s Groove

Catalog: CBLL032
Release Date: November 2020
Format: 7” – 33rpm – 4 tracks Mini E.P. Picture Sleeve w/Booklet

Mr. Mike James Kirkland, a legend who’s dear to our european Soul Community having performed live in Bilbao to a packed Kafe Antzokia in 2015 and counting several tunes in the top list of many great djs. MJK sent us a collection of demos written and produced by himself, his brother Robert and a few other Artists at the dawn of the 90’s which never made to the stage of arrangement/production/release. He said he would have been pleased for us to present our vision and, if the ideas we would submit to him were good enough, then a real project would take off.

Continue reading Mike James Kirkland

Norman Feels

‘Where or when’ (Tidal Waves Music) LP

Catalog: TWM61
Release Date: 27th November 2020

Little is known about Norman Feels…but we do know that he was an underground soul sensation in the 1970s. He released two classic albums on Just Sunshine Records (the label that was also responsible for putting out milestone recordings by artists like Betty Davis, Karen Dalton and Arica). Over the years, Norman’s songs have been sampled by renowned acts from the likes of Ghostface Killah, Nas and Kanye West.

Continue reading Norman Feels

“Driftin’ on a dream” / “Kick it” (Izipho Soul Records) 7’

Catalog: ZP54
Release Date: 30thOctober 2020

RENA SCOTT, vocalist extraordinaire of international acclaim, treats us to a soulful, jazzy single pulled from her musical vault!
Following the success of her 1979 debut LP, Rena was hired to replace Randy Crawford as singer for The Crusaders, then at the peak of their fame. Alongside legends Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper, with sidemen Eddie Watkins on bass and Barry Finnerty on guitar.

Continue reading

Ben and Coco

Good feelin’ / See the world (Hit & Run Records) 7′

Catalog: HR1522
Release Date: 23rd October 2020

A totally wonderful Memphis indie 45 from 1979. First brought to these shores by Arthur Fenn around 1982, very limited copies of this ever surfaced.  Last seen on ebay over 7 years ago, now must be in the £1,500 region. Coco is alive and living in Memphis and the advance royalties have gone directly to her.

Continue reading Ben and Coco

The Regime

“Never gonna stop” / “Deuzy vibe” (Izipho Soul Records) 7’

Release Date: 30th October 2020

Super talented and unique Australian funk soul collective THE REGIME, recorded the effortlessly beautiful ‘NEVER GONNA STOP’ earlier this year. Soul-filled vocals, a groove and feel set by their inimitable rhythm section, accompanied by guitar, saxophone, piano and flute.

Continue reading The Regime

Andrea Henry

“I Lost You”/ “I need you like a baby” (Soul Direction) 7′

Catalog: SD001
Release Date: 5-10th October 2020

Firstly credit goes to Jason @ Carolina soul for helping to unearth this and other great unreleased tracks.From the Vaults of the Don Davis estate and penned by Tony Hestor this albeit a version of the Hollidays classic track on Groove City this track stands up on it’s own terms and is different enough to make it stand alone as a future classic.

Continue reading Andrea Henry

Onyx

“Help me”/”Spellbound” (NIA) 7′

 Catalog: SDE-53

The group “Onyx” was formed in 1972 the members, were Aaron and Wendell Basey, Malvin Scott, and Ronald Busby. Ronald left the group to pursue other interests and was replaced by Cornelius Weekly.
We were reared in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Oakland and Alameda, California. We grew up singing in our School and Church Choirs. We all began singing in quartets while we were teenagers in Junior High School. Malvin sang in the group Morry Williams and the Kids. They had a national hit titled “Are You, My GirlFriend.” The Basey brothers sang with several groups in California, none with any recording history.

Continue reading Onyx