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Lee Fields “Just Can’t Win”

The gang over at Truth and Soul are back at it again with the latest 7” release from Lee Fields & The Expressions off of their Emma Jean LP. This classic two sider features the head nodding and drum heavy “Just Cant Win” which tells the story of striving to get ahead through persistence and dedication. The flip, “Standing By Your Side” is a mid tempo ballad and definitely a floor mover with great arrangement and perfectly fitting Lee Fields vocals about the lingering feeling of an ex, even long after life has moved on. Lee’s vocals always deliver such an authentic feeling with a substance that is pretty much missing in what is considered soul music of today, which is heartwarming and honesty. Overall, this is another feather in the Truth and Soul cap who continue to deliver sure shots to the dome.

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The Lost James Brown / Bootsy Collins Album

We just got word from the folks over at Now-Again Records that they are set to release what sounds to be a rarity of rare if we’ve ever seen one before! The Lost James Brown / Bootsy Collins Album, “These Are The J.B.’s” will feature previously unreleased and unheard 1970’s material by James Brown’s backing band The JB’s led by Bootsy Collins. Released date is set for Black Friday Nov. 28th, 2014 and is limited to 3000 pieces and in vinyl form only.

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Concorde Affaire ’79 OST

One Way Static Records presents the first release of the US based label Vombis Records and with a gem at that. Stelvio Cipriani’s soundtrack for Ruggero Deodato’s “Concorde Affaire ‘79” is a masterpiece, brining together many diverse styles that the maestro perfected at his prime: propulsive motoric disco funk, epic soaring strings, smooth tropical jazz, ominous atmospheric industrial synthscapes and more!

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The Vinyl Exam (Skeme Richards edition)

If you’ve been following our posts as of late then hopefully you’ve been tuning into a new podcast series called The Vinyl Exam hosted by Columbo Ahmed and Keith Foster. Each week they interview a collector about their favorite records, collecting and stories centered around their collecting. This weeks special guest was none other than our very own Skeme Richards who speaks about his love of soul 45s and lists 5 gems that he really digs. Tune in and check this and previous episodes as there’s always something good going on over at The Vinyl Exam.

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Sputnik-1 “The Whole Earth”

The Soul Surfers return to the studio to record new tracks under the moniker of Sputnik-1 which ones again see’s the group creating space age soundscapes and combining heavy psychedelic and funk that’ll take you to the moon on this new release via Ubiquity Records. The drum heavy, “The Whole Earth” leads the way on this 7” gem filled with organ, wah wah and of course 70’s effects to complete the authentic listening experience. “Outer Space Bossa” is exactly what the title says takes all you space cadets on a very slick Bossa Nova ride.

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Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7

Summer is just about over and we’re honestly glad that it is because we love the Fall time so much. There’s something about listening to our favorite Johnny Pate Soundtracks and Jimmy Smith Jazz records while the crisp air blows through the windows on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re like us and enjoy that as well then we’ve got the perfect season starter for you via Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7. This brand new 45 release captures the classic and most definitely timeless sounds of what you would expect to hear on late 1960’s pressings of Blue Note and Prestige recordings in true form. Although we’re East Coasters, we’ve been bragging about the amazing things happening in the Midwest for quite sometime now and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 reconfirms exactly what we knew! Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, and also where the group performs weekly at the Green Lady Lounge, the band can be classified as a funky, organ-driven soul-jazz group that focus and pull inspiration from vintage recordings and some of the greats that created them. Think Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson and other musical geniuses of that time and all of the elements are present here. Even the sound quality is authentic as both tracks were recorded live to 4-track analog tape in one afternoon.

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Sheridan House Boogie Funk 12” Collection

Now this is what you call a boxset of epic proportions! The homie DJ Sureshot Hunt has carefully chosen a nice selection of tunes for the latest release from Luv N’ Haight and compiled them together in one incredible boxset perfectly titled, “The Sophisticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records”. Sureshot has chosen a total of 27 tracks delivered over 6 vinyl 12”s and packaged it with a booklet that provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris’ Los Angeles based label and house in a beautiful slipcase. With this release, you definitely get the full scope of the output from the label best known for releasing timeless and sometimes obscure gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie and funk.

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The Coolin’ System

Summer may be coming to a close but there’s still a few hot releases making it’s way down the pipeline including one that will surely keep you from overheating, yet get the juices flowing with extreme eargasms. Refrigerate After Opening is the latest release via GED Soul Records and one the brings forth quite a nice set of tunes that were recorded by The Coolin’ System on Memorial day in 2012 and then set aside to be rediscovered at a later time. The Coolin’ System, a 7 piece band heavily influenced by the likes of Horace Silver, Jimmy McGriff and Lou Donald to name a few deliver a solid serving of Soul-Jazz, Funk and R&B infused goodness that will surely age well and sit along side those greats that inspired them.

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This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture Revealed

When it comes to DJ culture and it’s historical background, most people are familiar with the roots of New York, Philadelphia, L.A., The Bay Area and Chicago. But one city that not much is known about (at least not until now) yet has a deep musical history is Houston. Houston’s own historian of music and DJ culture, Flash Gordon Parks (who we like to call the Mayor) has a new project that he’s been working on that will shed a bright light, similar to the bat signal used to notify Batman on what Houston’s DJ history is all about. Within the documentary, some of Houston’s elite will share stories and deliver important details of what makes the city so special and solidify why this documentary was necessary to make.

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The Shaolin Plot

Shout! Factory returns with another 4 DVD set of Kung Fu classics title Martial Arts Movie Marathon vol. 2. This time around they’ve included one film that we’ve been looking forward to seeing without all of the grain from our old VHS copies, The Shaolin Plot.

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