Category Archives: Colemine Records

Colemine Records was started by accident in 2007. Me and a buddy of mine, Louis Rideout, had just finished an album called The City. The album was an extension of the hip-hop/funk band we were in at the time called Soundscape. Everyone in the group contributed to the record and I was pretty proud of the final product, so we wanted to start selling it at shows. But I wanted it to seem legitimate and shopping the record around to labels didn’t appeal to me. So, we developed some artwork and I made up a label….Colemine. The logo image came to me when I was eating Subway in Oxford, OH while attending graduate school at Miami University. I drew it on a napkin and boom! We had a logo.
So, we pressed up 500 CDs and sold them at shows. I even got a few retailers to stock them online. Most notably Dusty Groove in Chicago, IL. We had made what I thought was a good record and people could now enjoy it, so I was happy. Then Rideout & I received a message via MySpace (that’s right…MySpace) from P-Vine Records in Japan. They said they were interested in licensing the album. I thought it was bullshit. I thought there was no way a company wanted to pay us money for our music. But it was legit. And that was the first time I thought just maybe this whole record label thing wasn’t such a bad idea. So the rhythm section from Soundscape cut our first funky organ 45 as The Jive Turkeys and that broke us into the funk/soul scene.
Since that first release we’ve been lucky enough to work with many talented musicians and producers. Our extended family seems to grow every year and we have no plans of slowing down. My goal for Colemine was always very, very simple. I simply wanted to release music that I love and help those that create that music in any way possible. This label was never about getting rich, becoming famous, or overnight success. I was a high school biology teacher for the first eight years of the label’s existence and this label has always much been my labor of love. True love.
It wasn’t until the stars aligned just right towards the end of 2014 that I could officially say that running Colemine Records was my “job”. My younger brother, Bob, had just finished graduate school and was all set to start his career as a computer engineer. Great money, benefits, a comfortable life was ahead of Bob. So naturally I convinced him to forego all that in order to somehow make Colemine Records our career. The answer was opening up a brick & mortar record store to compliment what we were already going to be doing as a label. So within a week of the idea we had a business plan, a location, and a one-year lease. Thus Plaid Room Records in downtown Loveland, OH was born. And since opening, both businesses have complimented each other while each continues to grow and reach its full potential.
The growth since opening the shop has been rapid we have no plans of slowing down! We’re going to plug away and make soul music the way we think it should be made until people stop wanting to hear us or we’re tired of doing it.

Terry Cole
Colemine Records

Durand Jones & The Indications

“Power to the people” /“Never heard ’em say” 

Label:  Colemine Records 
Release Date: 4th April 2022Format:  7’
Event: Record Store Day 
Quantity: 1900
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

“This 45 marks the label’s 100th 45 and what better way to celebrate it than with a 45 from arguably our most prominent artist, Durand Jones & The Indications. This mix of “Power To The People” was the first new recording by the band after their self-titled album had been released. I distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and just feeling like we were hearing the next phase for the guys. I was behind the counter at Plaid Room, with my laptop plugged into the speakers so we could listen. There was no one in the store, just Bob and I. And when it finished playing Bob said, “Where can I pre-order?”
So what you’re hearing on this 45 is the original demo mix that was sent to us, with little to no reverb on Durand’s vocals, a marching band kick drum in the mix, and no synth. Something about the dry falsetto vocal of Durand’s voice made it feel like he was right in your ear. Such a special recording to all us. ….Terry Cole – Colemine Records

Oliver James

“One and only”/“But for the love” 

Label:  Colemine Records 
Catalog: CLMN-202
Release Date: 25th March 2022
Format:  7’

Oliver James is a time capsule. Raised in a family of musicians and a man who has been performing live since he was a child, Oliver comes to his love of soul music in a most honest and authentic way. Growing up listening to gospel, blues, and R&B from the classic early Stax era, his influences as a musician, songwriter, and producer are clear. After a stint working as a songwriter for Rick Hall, Mr. James is now set to start his own career. Producing, editing, mixing, and performing completely to tape, Oliver makes his mark with his debut single “One And Only” on Colemine Records.  Terry Cole

Wesley Bright

“Come right back”

Label:  Colemine Records 
Catalog: CLMN-205
Release Date: 18th March 2022
Format:  7’

Ohio’s sweetest soul singer Mr. Wesley Bright has returned with a new ear-worm called “Come Right Back”. This family man, entrepreneur, and beekeeper came down to Loveland and to produce some tracks with Leroi Conroy in a more minimal, hard hitting manner. The track started off with a Wu-Tang reference and then eventually evolved into a massive 7 minute soul jam featuring strings and horns arranged by Wesley himself….Terry Cole

The Soul Chance & Wesley Bright

“Who could it be?”/“Sorry”

Label:  Colemine Records 
Catalog: CLMN-194
Release Date: 11th February 2022
Format:  7’

A cross-country collaboration reaffirms that strong Ohio-California connection ever-present for many Colemine artists. This time, Mr. Wesley Bright (sweet soul singer and professional beekeeper) is stepping out over some heavy reggae with The Soul Chance! Sweetness all around!…Terry Cole

Brighter Days Ahead

Catalog: CLMN-12041
Release Date: 19th February 2021

We are very excited to present Brighter Days Ahead! A 22 track compilation featuring many of the digital singles we released in 2020 during the pandemic. The indie-exclusive is limited to 1500 copies and is pressed on beautiful random colored vinyl. If you purchased Monophonics’ It’s Only Us earlier this year, you know how cool the random pressings can be 🙂

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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!