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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesBrand New Heavies (UK version– with bonus tracks) ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), 1990. New Copy ... About January 1, 2017 (delayed)
An expanded take on the original version of this groundbreaking bit of funky soul – the first British recording of the Brand New Heavies album, heard here with original vocals by Jay Ella Ruth – who was replaced on the record for the more famous US recording! Ruth's got a jazzier style than N'Dea Davenport, the singer better known with the group – and her work on the set is in keeping more with the rare groove/jazz funk underground from which the group emerged – sweetly singing in a classic 70s style that works perfectly with the combo's excellent instrumentation! The album's all massive all the way through – and cuts include "Dream Come True", "Stay This Way", "Ride in the Sky", and "Gimme One of Those". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks – most from singles, some from LPs – including "Rest Of Me", "Mother's Tongue", "Day At The Seaside", "Country Funkin", "Never Stop", "Dream Come True (original 1988 version)", and a take on "Neger Stop" with vocals by N'Dea Davenport for comparison! CD

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Brand New HeaviesDream On Dreamer (Dallas Austin mix, Heavies mix, Dallas Austin inst, Morales mix, Morales mix reprise, the Angel mix) ... 12-inch
Delicious Vinyl, 1992. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Great stuff from the Heavies – issued here on a US 12" single, with a huge bunch of extra mixes designed to get the cut on the dancefloor. If all the cuts on that second album were as good as this one, the group would still be in business today! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Brand New HeaviesShelter ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 1997. Used ... $2.99
An overlooked mid 90s set from The Brand New Heavies – not as hitbound as some of their earlier work, but still plenty darn great – recorded with a strong emphasis on the vocals, and a no-nonsense soul sound that's always refreshing! There's one or two instrumentals on the album, but most of the tracks are vocal numbers in an R&B mode – yet still with plenty of the best old school touches we expect from The Heavies, and an overall sound that's quite different than most of their contemporaries. Titles include "I Like It", "Shelter", "Feels Like Right", "Day By Day", "Once Is Twice Enough", "You Can Do It", "Stay Gone", "After Forever", "Last To Know", and "Highest High". CD
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✨✧ Anthony DavidPowerful Now ... CD
Shanachie, 2016. Used ... $7.99
The title definitely gets it right – as there's a special sort of crackle to the music of Anthony David here – maybe a bit more power than before, and a focus on beats and fuzzy guitars that kind of ill things in around the edges! The sound's definitely not too smooth – and David responds to the sharpness with his vocal approach – which is angular at the start, and occasionally augmented by the production – on titles that include "Ride On", "Powerful Now", "Booed Up", "I Don't Mind", "Out Of My League", "Amber", "Never Again", "Ayodele", and "Charge", which features a guest appearance from Carmen Rogers! CD
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Shirley Davis & The SilverbacksBlack Rose ... LP
Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
There must be something funky going down in the water in Spain – because in recent years, the nation's scene has given us some mighty hard-hitting funky artists – the best of whom may well be featured on this set! Shirley Davis isn't one of those easy retro soul singers – and instead steps out strongly as a voice that we're sure that we're going to hear plenty from in years to come – thanks to a righteous way of putting over a tune, and a classic sound that really lives up to the spirit of the album's cover! Davis is backed by Madrid's Silverbacks combo – a tight funk group who really hit all the right currents to really let her soar out in the lead – with a power that's much stronger than on her previous single with Deep Street Soul, which is the first time we heard her sing. Most tunes here are originals by the group – and titles include "Black Rose", "Two Worlds", "Pay For Your Love", "My Universe", "Burial Of A Dead Star", and "Make My Day". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleOn My Own ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2016. New Copy ... About December 5, 2016 (delayed)
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady Belle albums of the past decade or so – thanks especially to some strong rhythmic lines propelled by the drums of Gregory Hutchinson and bass of Reuben Rogers, who work really well with Bugge's always-great keyboard lines – especially that strong sense of soul that he's developed in his acoustic playing in recent years. The set was recorded both in Oslo and New York – maybe making the record one of Beady's most international in approach, and maybe appeal as well – which (we hope!) will finally give this amazing Scandinavian soul singer the American fame she deserves. Titles include "Traffic In Mumbai", "Castle", "On My Own", "Bury", "Almost", "Marbles", "Lost Face", "Dear Hope", and "The Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Columbia NightsIn All Things ... LP
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it to cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences from soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a real depth of genuine soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. LP, Vinyl record album

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Diggs DukeUpper Hand & Other Great Illusions (with bonus download) ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime soulful sounds from Diggs Duke – one of the freshest artists we've heard in years – and one of the few who really live up to the cosmic promise of the Brownswood label! Duke's got this way of singing, speaking, and playing Fender Rhodes with a really righteous sort of vibe – almost a modern day Weldon Irvine, but with an ear for heavier beats as well – and able to do more in this short EP than most artists can do in a full album! Titles include "The Pinnacle", "Secrets Seem Rehearsed", "Covered In Cloth", "Our Love Was Brand New", and "A Private Island". Why isn't this guy huge? (New Grooves, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
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Foreign ExchangeTales From The Land Of Milk & Honey ... CD
HBD, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden and Carmen Rodgers! Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey is as full of life as anything we've heard from them, and honestly, a record we'll be able to keep coming back to for years. On the production front, Nicolay has found a way to pay homage to the past half century of breezy soul and R&B, club grooves, bossa and more, and distill it all into a fairly tight sound that belongs to FE+. Phonte is as vocally charismatic on his cuts as ever, whether he's playing it straight, or just having a little bit of fun – like when he's affecting a British accent on "Asking For A Friend" – and the women's voices are never less than beautiful, on both the lead vocal turns and the hooks. Includes "Milk And Honey", "Work It To The Top", "Truce", "Disappear", "Sevenths And Ninths", "Asking ForA Friend", "Body", "As Fast As You Can", "Face In The Reflection" and "Until The Dawn (Milk And Honey Pt II)". CD

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