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Jesse James

“Father we’re having trouble down here”/”Father we’re having trouble down here(Album Mix)”

Label: Soul Junction Records
Catalog: SJ546
Release: Monday February 21st 2022
Format: 7’ Vinyl  

Way back in 2008 Soul Junction released a 45 on Duane Williams “Yes My Love Is Real” with Duane being one half of the Detroit husband and wife singing duo Beverley and Duane. The duo under the guidance of their lifelong friend Will Hatcher recorded six songs of which two “ We Got To Stick Together” and “Glad I Got You Baby” were picked up by local Detroit label president Woodrow ‘Woody Wilson for release as a 45 single on his Fee label. 

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Kim Tibbs

What some may call “Luck” others call DESTINY…​ 

Since birth, Kim Tibbs has been honing her craft…Crediting her late father, Pastor Robert L. Tibbs for her musical ability, Kim has over thirty years of musical experience as an accomplished Arranger, B-3 Organist, Keyboardist, Lyricist, Pianist, Producer, and Songwriter. Kimberly is currently an Endorsed Hammond Artist with Hammond Organ Company USA, a Roland Artist with Roland Corporation US, a Peavey Artist with Peavey Amplifiers USA, and a Slick Audio Recording Artist; as well as a Staff Writer for the Songs of Love Foundation; Kimberly is also a Council Member of the Board of Advisers in the College of Arts located at J.C. Calhoun Community College. Kimberly holds a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Business Administration, Double Masters Degrees in Organizational Leadership and Masters of Business in Public Administration as well as currently working on a Doctorate of Business Administration in Leadership. Kim is also a Fashion Designer. Her fashion specializes in one of a kind bold, eclectic, and unique hand-crafted pieces ranging from women’s fashions to household goods.​ 

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Kip Carmen

“Feeling home again”/ The smile on my face”

Label: Izipho Soul Records
Catalog: ZP72
Release Date:4th January 2022
Format: 7’ Vinyl  

Izipho Soul are honoured to once again collaborate with Kip Carmen: a seasoned musician, vocalist and guitarist from Long Island, New York State. In 1980, Kip released a self published LP; we have hand picked two of the standout tracks for a ‘first time on a 45’.‘Feeling Home Again’ is an up-tempo opus fuelled by electric keyboard riffs, wah-wah effects, alto and tenor saxes.

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Ward Brown – Early Park Entertainment

Chicago native Ward Brown aka (BROWN’S BAG) is a Soul/R&B recording artist that released 4 CD’s (Labor of Love, Soul Satisfied, Without Question EP and Where I Should Be). At 8 years old Ward’s main influences was his older brothers one a (Keyboard Player/Singer) the other a (Bass Player/Singer) whom convinced him to learn drums and play with the family band. Drums seemed to be a natural extension and Ward learned very fast and was hooked and that is where his journey begun. 

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Jazz Vibes 20 for 2021

Lady Blackbird  “It’ll never happen again” / Fix it”/ “Blackbird”(Black Acid Soul) LP
Josef Akin “Sun dance” (Sola Terra Records) LP
Alex Malheiros “Feat: Sabrina Malheiros “Prece”/ “Alto Verao”/“Tempos Futuros” Feat: Jose Roberto Bertrami (Far Out Recordings)
Matt Cappy feat. B Slade & Brenda Roy “Look at us now” (East Philly Records)
Sounds Of A&R “Killing me softly (Reprise)” (Soaring Records) LP

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Dave Thorley – December 2021

Thought I’d write this to debunk a few things. As a youn’un growing up I feel in love with a track by World Column, called ‘So is the sun’ The epitome of black consciousness, lyrically speaking, over a hard edged funky beat. A few years into this love affair, I started to hear dismissive comments referring to it as nothing more than a white rock record masquerading as such

This started one of my obsessive quests to get to the bottom of this, something didn’t add up. Let’s start with the track, as I said lyrically it’s the story of a people’s struggle, musically, ‘psych funk’ in that black way that is hard to mimic. On to production and here we are with minor soul music royalty including Leo Graham and Floyd Smith, which in turn gave me a jump off place for my search, Chicago

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The first ever detailed look at a specific year in the life of Northern Soul focuses on its most important year. It was the year when seventies soul was embraced to sit alongside traditional sixties stompers in all dancehalls and venues such as Cleethorpes Pier and The Ritz ,Manchester as all-dayers took a hold on the scene.

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