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MARVIN MIXES….

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice but 2021 has been the 50th anniversary of the release of MARVIN GAYE’S iconic album, ‘What’s Going On’ – often cited as the most complete soul album of all...

THE GENTLE GENIUS; IN TRIBUTE

At last! The team at Ace/Kent have finally gotten round to adding CURTIS MAYFIELD to their roster of “Songwriter tribute” albums. The compilation series began some years ago, spotlighting garlanded writers by anthologising some...

VARIOUS; Wants List 5 ( Soul Brother Records)

London’s Soul Brother Record store is a bulwark of the UK soul scene. Now based in Putney and run by the knowledgeable Pragnell brothers (Laurence and Malcolm), the shop has been serving the soul...

GP: ON THE RISE….

With a sweet synchronicity, soul and jazz giant GREGORY PORTER has just released a new album , ‘Still Rising’, a logical follow up to his wonderful 2020 opus ‘All Rise’. The new collection though...

“NEW” PATTI…

Latest release from SOUL 4 REAL features two wonderful, “previously unreleased” tracks from PATTI LABELLE and the BLUEBELLES – both recorded during the girls’ tenure with Atlantic Records. By “previously unreleased” – we mean...

WILL DOWNING: Sophisticated Soul (Sophisticated Soul)

Will (did you know his full first name was Wilfred?) Downing broke through way back in 1988 with his incendiary version of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ – a UK top 20 hit and...

DOUBLY SOULFUL….

For many years Ace/Kent have served  the  soul collector admirably with classic after classic and in-demand item after in-demand item regularly released. Those releases have usually taken the form of expertly curated compilations or...

FLIPPIN’ SOULFUL….

SOUL FLIP is a leading UK vinyl issuing label that’s been in business since 2018. It’s run by DEL GAZEEBO and ALDO VANUCCI. The  former works out of Brighton while the latter’s based down...

THE DRIFTERS: We Gotta Sing (Strawberry/Cherry Red)

The Drifters are a soul institution. Indeed they were right there are the inception of the genre. Their 1958 hit ‘There Goes My Baby’ is regularly cited as the first harmony group recording to...