GOLDEN BRIDGE is a soul partnership between Tokyo and Boston based Japanese Soul/R&B/Jazz Producer Yuki “Monolog” Kanesaka and one of Japan’s top remix producers Yuki “T-Groove” Takahashi. Their first collaboration was a lovely three track EP – ‘TBC- To Be Continued’. Influenced by people like Herbie Hancock, Mizell Brothers, Blackbyrds, Sadeo Watanabe, Bobbi Humphrey and Marvin Gaye, the duo succeeded in delivering a modern/ retro twist of 70’s Jazz Funk with a nod to 80’s Disco Classics.

In 2019 the pair released an eponymous LP. Amongst the key cuts were ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’ and a cover of Tony Etoria’s ‘I Can Prove It’ (also covered , of course, by Phil Fearon).The latter came  in two formats – cleverly dubbed “’77 Style” and “’86 Style”. Each version had a different vocalist – Lee Wilson and Leon Beal – but both featured full live instrumentation that includes the The Boston Chamber Orchestra who offer some proper Philly soul style.

Fans of the song will be delighted to know that Newcastle Six Nine Records have secured a deal to release both ‘I Can Prove It’ (the Leon Beal version) and the Matt Antunes-vocalized ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’ on 7” 45 in the autumn. The two tracks have been remixed exclusively for the release and, remember, neither of the tracks have been released on 7” vinyl before.

Because of uncertain turnaround at the pressing plants, the label can’t give a precise date but demand is sure to be massive so keep eyes and ears peeled at the label’s web site….