Composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall has always worn many hats. But at the heart of everything that he does Halsall is first and foremost an artist and a musician. A trumpeter whose unflashy, soulful playing radiates a thoughtful beauty and a composer and band-leader who has created his own rich sound world. A sound that draws on the heritage of British jazz, the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as world music and electronica influences, and even modern art and architecture, to create something uniquely his own. A music that is rooted in Northern England but draws on global inspirations.
Catalog: SDE54 Release Date: Late December 2020 or early January 2021
Pittsburgh-born Phillip Ballou’s earliest years were spent in the gospel field; after he moved to New York City in the ‘70s, he teamed up with Bennie Diggs and Arthur Freeman, founding members of The New York Community Choir and singer Arnold McCuller to form the group Revelation. The quartet recorded for RSO Records, scoring some R&B success in the US with tracks like “Get Ready For This” and “You To Me Are Everything,” touring the Bee Gees among others.
The first single from “Live from Studio 2’ A Digital EP A blistering live set recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Release Date: November 27th 2020
‘Petit_a’ was the final track written for the band’s recent album, GoGo Penguin, and was originally included as a bonus track on the Japanese release of that album. The composition, which draws its enigmatic title from the work of French psycho-analyst Jacques Lacan, offers a magical journey through melodic hip-hop and driving acoustic drum & bass.
“Love who you are” / “Waited for you” (LRK Records) 7′
Catalog: LRK – 06 Release Date: 31st January 2021
Natasha Watts burst onto the UK Soul music scene back in 2009 with her first collaboration with Coolmillion with a track called ‘Show me’. This track was to become a firm favourite within the UK Soul music scene and subsequently setting the foundations for Natasha’s success and journey in becoming a well respected UK artist.
“Teardrops and Heartaches” / “Where did we go wrong” (North Broad St Records) 7′
Release Date: 1st December 2020
We have hooked up with Mind UK, the Mental Health Charity, where we will be donating from the profits from this release.
Rose Marie McCoy & Helen Miller were highly respected song writers. The Brill Building in the New York offices was mainly where they both worked together. Travelling back and forward to Detroit, where they worked with Golden World and Revilot, iconic northern soul label, with credits appearing on, Our Love is in the Pocket, I’m Spellbound and many others.
“Protect Me From Myself” b/w “I’ll Always Love You” (Day End Records/ Tidal Waves Music)
Born in Texas but raised in Riverside, California, Quinn Harris first started playing music in 1954 when he saved up his paper route money for an alto sax. At a young age, Harris was influenced by jazz greats John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Eugene “Jug” Ammons, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. After a stint in the military playing with the 52nd Army Band, Harris attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he met the Tavares brothers. His relationship with the brothers would continue throughout his career as Harris would later become their touring music director.