Review: Many disco-era modern soul collectors regard, Larom Baker's "You're The Best", which initially appeared in 1978 on an impossible to find, single-sided 7" single, as one of the style's genuine "Holy Grail" records. It's good news, then, that Athens Of The North has secured the rights to reissue it, releasing the full studio version (rather than the shorter edit that was released all those years ago) for the very first time. It's a genuine gem, with Baker's deliciously breezy West Coast soul vocal seemingly floating over a killer backing track rich in hazy horns, bustling slap bass and crunchy Clavinet lines. Turn to the flipside for the more disco-minded "Train Of Thought", one of a string of recently discovered Baker recordings that form the basis of a forthcoming album of previously unreleased tracks.
Review: Fantastic Voyage kicks off the first vinyl focused label, Fantastic Wax, with Hong Kong based vinyl aficionado, and owner of Pharmacy Records and Fauve Radio, Romain FX. Inspired by his love and respect for African music and it's deep roots, Romain approached it with a modern mindset to give a second life to the tracks that we're disappearing due to the lack of accessibility and rarity of these records.
Review: Some sizzling hot reissue action here, as RCA Victor offers up a pair of in demand dancefloor soul cuts from 1966. Side A offers a chance to grab Sharon Scott's rare and hard to find debut, "Could It Be You", a stomping and uplifting chunk of Detroit style soul that's long been popular within the Northern Soul scene. Over on side B you'll find Dean Courtney's second single "We Have A Good Thing". Curiously, this was only ever put out as a promotional 7" single, despite the quality of its lolloping beat, "wall of sound" style production and Courtney's sweet lead vocal. It's nowhere near as essential as the superb Sharon Scott track, but it's still pretty damn hot.