The HP’s featuring Claire Davis

“Hope to see you again” / “Better things”

Label: LRK Records 
Catalogue: LRK-15
Release Date: 5th August 2022
Format: 7’

The late Sharon Jones, a key inspiration for Renaud, is honoured via a killer version of her classic tune, “Better Things.” The soulful vocals of Claire Davis are accompanied by jaunty horns and keyboards, and the cool groove befits the positive lyrics (“I’m a better woman than I have been”).

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“Crystal powder” / “Say Woman”

Label:  Izipho Soul Records
Catalogue: ZP80
Release Date: Out Now
Format: 7’

The Split Decision Band were a soul-funk band from Des Moines, Iowa. They released a standalone single on Network Records in 1978. The band recorded an album’s worth of material around the same time, this only gained a release in 2017 by Now-Again Records. Song choices are in abundance from this project and Alan Kitchener’s excellent Soul Direction label released two brilliant dancers earlier this year. 

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The Turbines

“We got to start over”/ “What more can I say”

Label: Soul Direction Records   
Catalogue: SD0-1006
Release Date: August 2022
Format: 7’

Very little is known at all about the Turbines or indeed the Cenco Label. Here is what we think we know. Cenco Records was a Label from Hollywood California, Owned by Mike Gradney (AKA Mike Gradny) 

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Soul Discovery Playlist 16/7/22

Zoe Ellis “Leave” (Live at Anna’a Jazz Land)
The Baylor Project Feat: Kenny Garrett “Strivin” (Be A Light)
The Family Daptone “Hey Brother” (Daptone 100th ) 7’
Joe Graham “Higher than high (Kent Records)
Split Decision Band “ Crystal Powder” (Izipho Soul Records) 7’

Sweet Thunder “I leave you stronger” (Fantasy WMOT Records) LP
Ruby Winters “If only had (meet sooner)” (Creative Soul) 7’
Freddie Scott “Girl I love you” (Probe) 7’
Dexter Wansel Feat: Damon Williams “This is my story”
Damon K. Williams “Somebody walked in to my life” (Society Hill)
The Harlem Gospel Travelers ‘God will take care of you” (Colemine RecordsPromo) LP
Shawn McLemore “All to you” (Worldwide Music)
Harvey Scales “Are you still in love” (Kashgold) 12’
Karen Sanders Group “You could have tried” (Kent Records)
The Intrigues “You are so dear to me” (Soul Junction Records) 12
’George Banton “How can I change my mind” (Love Light Music) LP
Don Bryant “A world like that”(Creative Soul Promo) 7’
Jackie Dee “Who” (Kent Records)
Ben Jackson The A.P.O. Band “Never get enough of your love” (A.P.O.) 12’
The Hamilton Movement “Love man that’s what I long to be” (Soundwaves) 7’
XXCeption To The Rule “Call me” (Daxwood)
Melanie Burke “I can’t turn you down” (Kent Records)
Vanessia_Holland & Melanie Burke “My Heart” (Daxwood)
Fathers Children “It I” (FC Music)
Fathers Children “Key to my heart” (FC Misic)
Lee Garrett “See the love on your face” (American First Records Corp.) 7’
September Sun“Morning song” (Promo) 7’  

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“September sun” / Morning song”

Composed, arranged, produced and mixed by Tom Funk & Don Pascal
at Lazy Robot Records.
Recorded at Lazy Robot Studios and Lloyd Haines Drums Studios, London, UK

Tamar Osborn : Saxophone & Flute
Myele Manzanza : Drums
Tom Funk : Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Tablas, Rainstick, Bass on “September Sun” Additional Drums on “Morning Song” Don Pascal : Clave, Percussion, Bass on “Morning Song” Ozan Nidayi : Congas on “September Sun”
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks Mastering
Artwork painting by Philippe Goulier Additional design by Absolute Print
Lazy Robot Records & Afro Atlantic 2022 ©

Ruby Winters

I can’t help but love you” \ “If only (we had met sooner)”

Label: Creative Soul 
Catalog: CS-001
Release Date: End of July 2022
Format: 7’ Vinyl  

George Kerr and Ruby Winters were riding high in the US R&B charts in 1967. George had hits that year with The O’Jays and Linda Jones; Ruby had scored a hit for Diamond Records with ‘I Want Action’. George’s production talent brought him to the attention of Diamond Records, and was introduced to the label owner, Phil Kahl by his friend Teddy Van, who was a staff producer for the label. So the scene was set for a pairing of these two immense talents, and recording sessions were scheduled to include another of Diamond’s artists, Johnny Thunder, who had previously recorded duets with Ruby.

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