Review: The Spacetalk label returns with this fine compilation by French house shotter, Jeremy Underground. We know him, and you surely know him, though his My Love Is Underground label, an imprint that has produced some of the best deep house in the last five years. He's not in house mode today, though, and instead the DJ shows us his soul roots. Ron Rinaldi's opener "Mexican Summer" is a real peach of a song, then there's some Brazilian disco-funk through Leila Pinheiro's "Tudo Em Cima", and the supremely deep and sensual "Superstar" by NCCU. Other favourites include Maureen Bailey's bittersweet anthem "Takin' My Time With You", and June Evans' "Hardly Need To Say", a tune that we could just leave on repeat. A highly recommended comp!
Milton Wright - "The Silence That You Keep" (version 1)
Lynn Williams - "It Takes Two"
Raphael Munnings - "Sleep On, Dream On"
Wildflower - "You Knock Me Out"
Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "Hey There Jim"
Leno Phillips - "Confusion"
Phillip Wright - "Keep Her Happy"
Willie Johnson - "Lay It On Me"
Johnny K - "I Got Bills To Pay"
Funky Nassau - "Bahama Soul Stew"
Formula 1 - "Walking With My Eyes Closed"
Stevens & Foster - "I Want To Be Love"
Oceanliners - "Cutting Room (Hot Pants)"
Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "If You Want My Love"
Brand New - "Thousand Years"
T Connection - "Do What You Wanna Do"
Beginning Of The End - "Super Woman"
Robert Moore - "Tears Of The World"
Friday Saturday & Sunday - "There Must Be A Better Way"
Review: Back in the mid 1970s, young engineer Terry 'T.K' Kane and Harry Stone joined forces to launch a studio and record distribution business in Miami. It would spawn a huge number of in-house labels, and even greater number of funk and disco releases, and even a string of million-selling artists. Given this legacy, it's little surprise to see Athens of the North paying tribute to the funk side of Henry Stone's impressive legacy with this superb collection. While there are a few tried-and-tested cuts to be found - see the T Connection and Little Beaver cuts - for the most part The Miami Sound focuses on more obscure - but no less hard-hitting - gems from the likes of Jonny K, Stevens & Foster and Leno Philips.
Review: Brand new music from Nicole Willis and her intrepid Soul Investigators, their first new material since 2013's Tortured Soul album, and its business as usual. "Paint Me In A Corner" is a lively strutting funk gem peppered with harmonies and driven by a strict, solid drum beat and subtle percussion. "Where Are You Now", meanwhile, is a slower, more heartfelt ballad with lush swooning horns that nestle Nicole's raw and heartfelt vocal imagery consummately.