Monthly Archives: November 2020

Don Brown –26/11/20

Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.

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Rex Hush

“Pull over”/ “Summer breeze” (Izipho Soul Records) 7’

Catalog: ZP-55
Release Date: 9th December 2020

Rex Hush’s privately pressed project out of New Jersey, recorded in 1983 ‘Pull Over’ is an outstanding funk soul with great vocals, cosmic synths and a strong message.  

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Matthew Halsall

‘Salute to the Sun’ (Gondwana Records) LP

Catalog: GONDCD039 / GONDLP039 – CD//2LP//DL
Release Date: 20/11/20

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.

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Phillip Ballou

“We’ll be together” / “I need you” (Nefer) 7’

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.

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Abi Farrell

“I will see you through” (Big AC Records)

Release Date: 23rd November 2020 Digital Download
Limited edition 7” vinyl in early 2021

An iconic pizzicato string intro creeps up on you before exploding into warm gospel tones, punctuated by lush, girl-group sensibilities. Whilst the nod to Motown and 60’s soul is undeniable, Abi’s modern delivery, allied by reflective,inspirational lyrics and the nuanced production of Mitch Ayling (The Milk) make ‘I Will See You Through’ a contemporary triumph.

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GoGo Penguin 

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.

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Natasha Watts

“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. 

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Rosie Marie McCoy & Helen Miller/ Bruce Cloud

“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.

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