Monthly Archives: October 2020

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pete Josef


‘I Rise With The Birds’ (Sonar Kollektiv Records) LP

Release Date: 1st November 2020

Having previously collaborated with the likes of Manu Delago & Roni Size , Pete Josef has always been a soul boy at heart, but his multi-instrumental skills have led him into some interesting situations.

Five years have passed since Pete Josef’s debut album “Colour” caused a sensation worldwide amongst music lovers and critics alike. Since then, it’s hardly surprising that his steadily increasing fanbase have been awaiting its follow up impatiently. “I Rise With The Birds” will be released in October on Sonar Kollektiv and one can say without doubt that the wait was worth it. The album’s ten tracks offer gold until the last note of music, and an hour of food for thought about life’s ups and downs.

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