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Eddie Floyd “Guess it wasn’t meant to be”
Barbara Carr & Roy Roberts “It’s only you”

Catalog: ZP-47
Release Date: 21st August 2020

In 1978 Roy Roberts produced a song for soul music legend Eddie Floyd, this melancholy storyliner has languished in the vaults for over forty years. IZIPHO SOUL are thrilled to release on a 45 and continue our Rock House Records licensed collaboration.  Southern soul legends continue on the other side in the form of Barbara Carr and Roy himself dueting on the supreme mid-pacer ‘It’s Only You’ – 250 collectors copies pressed for the Real Soul heads. 

Please note ‘Guess It Was Never Meant To Be’ has been restored from the original tape to it’s best possible quality; unrepairable damage is evident in the final parts.

Patrick Biggerstaff

Bill Brown and The Soul Injection

“Dreamworld Fantasies” / “Stay off the moon” (Brownstone Records) 7′

Catalog: SDE-51
Release Date: Please note this is a pre order that’s due around the next six weeks

Bill Brown and Al Hall Jr met around 1971, they were both in south central L.A and shared the same apartment building, also in the same building was Doug Carn and brownstone singer billy Wilson. These studio sessions were don’t at Paramount studios Hollywood where Al Hall Jr was working for producer Art Smith A&C music.

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Vintage League Music Records

Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers featuring Brother GoodLove
“As far as we know”

Alan Evans, multi instrumentalist / songwriter / engineer / producer from bands Soulive , Alan Evans Trio , Matador Soul Sounds returns with a new single “Good Thang’ as his alter ego Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers on Vintage League Music. ‘Good Thang’ is a 3 minute head bopping funk cut that features vocal powerhouse Kim Dawson (Matador Soul Sounds, Pimps of Joytime) and Alan Evans on bass, drums & guitar. This new single is released on June 5 and is being pressed up as a 7” vinyl single distributed worldwide by Fat Beats. With a full-length Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers album on the way.

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Zanini, Lemons & Cobby
Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Recordings TSL007
A: Zanini & Lemons Tesla BeatsSide / B: Steve Cobby Lockdown MixOut
7”/33rpm – Out September 2020

It was mid march and Italy was about to face what turned out to be a 4 months long pandemic lockdown. I remember I was in Uk that weekend when our government started to shut down the country progeressively and my area was among the first ones regulated by a strict nobody-in nobody-out rule. Short after China, Italy has been the first country to get involved in this massive international pandemic control effort, followed by Spain, Uk and Usa. At that time the information filtering out was uncertain, uncomplete to say the least. I really didn’t know whether I would have been allowed to come back home.

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George Jackson In Memphis

Catalogue: KENT 521

The great singer/songwriter’s essential 70s recordings for Sounds Of Memphis.

In many ways, George Jackson’s early career was always in Memphis. When he decided to leave his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi, he moved there. It was in Memphis that he first hooked up with Dan Greer and began to write songs for Goldwax Records, where the pair also recorded as George & Greer.

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Listeners Reviews


Antonis Lioumis
I am writing from Athens, Greece, where soul music is almost a non-existing genre. Following you from Solar era, you cannot understand how much happy you made me with your come back. Needless to say you’re my #1 DJ.
No-one can make this blend and create the mood as you do.

Thank you so much!!!!

Ray Brown…..Northampton
I kept looking for you Mick after you left solar radio and at last I have found you sunshine in the gloom of the virus. As wonderful as ever

Mark Swanson….UK
Welcome back Mick, I missed your show and musical taste. I share the passion you have for quality soul music and am glad your back. I really enjoy your show and how you give quality soul music and soul artists the exposure they do not get elsewhere. Hope you are well and take care.

Sean Truman…UK
Hi Mick just wanna say we are still playing your Mixcloud podcasts from 2008 and just like to say you were so ahead of your time playing your selections we play your music all day long and they still sound fresh , not sure what your doing now on the radio but you need to come back , quality music with a capital Q Fantastic hope you get this message

Peter Churchill….Stockholm Sweden
I’ve been Collecting and listening to soul for 40 years, I’ve listened to your show for many years and it just gets better, you just Keep finding tracks that blow me away for ex Karan Clarke “He loves me” Willie Hutch, “I can sho can give love” Sandra Richardson, Madeleine Bell etc, I’m hard to please but you just about knock it on the Head for me. I was a regular tourer in the 80s seeing and enjoying all the top artist , Jean Carn, Maze, Patti, Shirley Brown, Bobby Womack, Barry W, Incognito, PAZ the amazing Jazz Q, LSG, Gladys, Luther V and many more amazing gigs with a lot of goosebumps and fantastic memories.
Them times are difficult too experience again but that doesn’t mean theres not a lot off quality top soul artist out there today, its just a big act to follow.

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Sound Clips
“First Nanas” / “Let the drum remind you” / “Kaleidoscopic Universe” / “Serenity”

Mausiki Scales, keyboardist and founder/musical director of the celebrated Atlanta-based afrobeat/funk ensemble, Common Ground Collective, is excited to announce the upcoming release of his latest album and second solo record WestWest Africa. The album was written, arranged and produced by Mausiki Scales. Vocalists on the project include Julie Dexter, Brenda Moorer, and Akua Taylor. WestWest Africa also highlights the musicianship of Russell Gunn, Morgan Guerin, Kebbi Williams, Quinn Masonry, Ra Flautista, Alex Jones, Ali Barr, Edgar Clark Jr., Reginald Starling, and Kenton Bostick.

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“Why Can’t We Be Lovers”/”I’m Gonna Take My Time”

Release Date: 24th July 2020

When it comes to enduring musical legacies, it’s always inspiring when the melodic, grooving evergreen apples drop so close to the tree. The son and namesake of legendary singer, songwriter and record producer Lamont Dozier – one third of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team – Lamont Dozier, Jr. grew up a child of Motown, steeped in and influenced by gospel, jazz and old-school R&B and immersing in the magic and creative mentorship of the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.

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“Try My Love Again” /” Starting Tomorrow” (Hit and Run Records) 7′

Catalog: HR 1519
Release Date: 1st August 2020

Flying back from a US buying trip through Chicago, one afternoon I went to see Syl. He gave me a CDR with these 2 unreleased tracks on and they’ve been with me waiting on a  release ever since. 

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