Category Archives: Record Labels

Impulse

“I Really Love You/Get The Funk Off My Back”   (Kandi) 7′

Release Date: Now Out

Impulse were (and are still in the main) a group of Milwaukee, Wisconsin musicians who during the 1970’s worked as the backing and touring band for another Milwaukee group The Quadraphonics , who during 1974, recorded a solitary 45 single  “Betcha If You Check It Out/Prove My Love To You”  for the Carl Davis/E. Rodney Jones owned Innovation II Record label. The Quadraphonics 45 would also land a subsequent national distribution on the major Warner Brothers label. The original members of Impulse were Michael Reese (Rhodes Piano and background vocals), Cedrick Rupert (Lead and Rhythm guitar), Jeffrey Williamson (Drums and background vocals) and Robin Gregory (Bass and background vocals).The band would later be joined by John Gee as their lead singer and fellow songwriter. John Gee had begun performing secular music in the late 60’s with another Milwaukee oufit, The Chefs, as their original lead singer from 1967 through to his departure in 1972. 

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The Tigers Den

“North East Groove”/ “North East Dub” (4/4 Quattroquarti Records) 7″

What’s the point of running a label if you don’t open it up to homies? Leave exclusivity to posh people, inclusion is the word. Pordenone is a small town in the North East of Italy at the heart of what EU calls “Corridor 5” which is the complex road network linking the italian peninsula with the Balkan regions and Austria.

Catalog: QQT003A
Release Date: July 2020
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Darrell Banks (Cannonball) 7′

Catalog: CBLL030
Release Date: End of July 2020
Darrell Banks “It’s Not Fair To Me”(Atlantic Recording Sessions New York 12/26/1967)
Acetate Demo + 2020 Version + Instrumental3 tracks 7”/45rpm – Core Black Vinyl

Darrell Banks’ Atlantic Boxing Day 1967 sessions were thought of being lost forever,not even the historical archive of Atlantic Studios kept records of it. This song was recorded the same day and place of Aretha Franklin sessions in New York and for some reasons the masters went lost for decades.Although we are beyond 40 releases across the 3 labels, here we are at the milestone of #30 on our main outfit Cannonball Records. We just wanted to celebrate it with one special release.

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The Harlem Gospel Travelers

“Nothing but is love” (Colemine Records) 7′

Catalog: S4R11
Release Date: 15th June 2020

The sixth week of our Brighter Days Ahead campaign, in which we will be releasing a new track from the Colemine label group every Friday until the end of summer 🙂 And each week, all the Bandcamp sales of that track during the first week go directly to the band.

This week, we’re back with a new Harlem Gospel Travelers track! It’s a bright little ray of sunshine with a catchy little hook. Hope ya dig it!

The Masqueraders

“Make me think you love me” / “When trouble calls” (Soul4Real) 7′

Catalog: S4R11
Release Date: 15th June 2020

The celebrated history of the Masqueraders has given us two of soul music’s most memorable recordings with “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else” and “I’m Just An Average Guy”. Through the years they have left us many classic gems that are heavily sought after by collectors and some that have yet to be mined.

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Barbara Howard

“On The Rise” LP (Remined Records) – Colemine Records

Catalog: RMND-12002
Release Date: 2/15/2019

Barbara Howard’s On The Rise is more than just another rare soul LP. It’s a love story. It’s a dream. It was an attempt to break through. And although Barbara certainly never became a star, one song did become a staple in rare soul and funk DJ sets, keeping interest in Barbara Howard just under the surface. And as fate would have it in 2016, a sealed copy of the LP would find its way into Plaid Room Records in Loveland, OH and kick start the revival of her story and her music. 

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Durand Jones & The Indications

“Don’t you know” / “True Love” (Colemine) 7’

Catalog: CLMN-172
Release Date: 15/2/2019

The lead single from the sophomore LP from Durand Jones & The Indications has everything you could ask for: dual lead vocals from Durand Jones and Aaron Frazer, a danceable beat, and super sweet soul harmonies that won’t soon leave your ear or turntable. It’s familiar yet modern and it’s truly beautiful seeing these guys push soul music forward with their second LP!

The New Creation

“The Fish Song” / “Elijah Knows” (Soul Junction SJ541) 7’
Release Date: Monday 28th January 2019

  • The New Creation were a five piece ensemble made up of family members Robert Randle (Aka Rasheed Shakoor Sr) his son Keith Randle (aka Rasheed Shakoor Jr) their nephew/cousin Melvin Houston, friends William Cooper (aka Wali Ali) and a fifth unrelated member remembered only as Wayne E-2X. William Cooper the co- founder and musical director of The New Creation, was a guitarist who had previously worked with Norman Whitfield at Motown and had toured with The Undisputed Truth and The Jackson Five. He would later be employed by HB Barnum as part of Areatha Franklin’s touring band an association that would be relevant later in The New Creation’s story.
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