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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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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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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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McArthur were an all male vocal quartet founded by former Royal Joker, Willie Cornelius Jones during 1974. Willie had begun the early 1970’s as the lead singer and founding member of vocal group The 21ST Century who later, due to a name clash with The 21ST Century on RCA, became known as just The 21ST.

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Andrea Henry

“I Lost You”/ “I need you like a baby” (Soul Direction) 7′

Catalog: SD001
Release Date: 5-10th October 2020

Firstly credit goes to Jason @ Carolina soul for helping to unearth this and other great unreleased tracks.From the Vaults of the Don Davis estate and penned by Tony Hestor this albeit a version of the Hollidays classic track on Groove City this track stands up on it’s own terms and is different enough to make it stand alone as a future classic.

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Aaron Frazer

Aaron Frazer, the co-lead vocalist and drummer of Durand Jones & The Indications, debuts today with a new single/video, “Bad News,” via Dead Oceans/Easy Eye Sound.
The Brooklyn-based, Baltimore-raised songwriter – who previously released music as The Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY – possesses a unique voice that’s both contemporary and timeless, which conveys a wide emotional palate and progressive worldview in the tradition of musical masterminds like Curtis Mayfield.

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