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I know I'm not alone on here being hungry for more new releases as they appear, not just vinyl only stuff as there's a lot of good things recent and imminent cd / mp3 only... but hard to keep up when also looking back 50 years or so all the time being addicted to vinyl!

 

The "new vinyl releases" thread is still running of course and has been brilliant, but thought I'd give this a go for a general new soul release thread covering CD and MP3 only things with occasional cool official new videos thrown in.

 

With many new tracks are launched and available on MP3 months before then later being available on vinyl (eg the great new Soul Junction 45 by The Dynamic Sounds Orchestra), I'd love to hear more if anyone wants to use this thread to share them.

 

I'll start with official vid and great track from imminent new Saun & Starr album due out from Daptone records this May and also what I think is equally brilliant soul and a great vid by relatively new Houston outfit that Brian Goucher out me onto earlier this year..The Suffers and their superb 4 track ep "Make some room".

 

Cheers and thanks for the ride so far, Steve :thumbsup:

 

 

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I think we're in the middle of a new great age for genuine soul music.  There's loads coming from the USA and healthy artist growth across the world - Sweden, Australia, UK, it's all welcome.    I'm buying as much new soul on CD (often that has tracks with the northern/modern sound in there on a few tracks) as I am old music.   I almost daren't hear about any new artists or albums as there are so many to choose from.   Thanks for posting these up too.    

 

My son is a huge hip-hop fan and we've found that as that music takes on much more soul influence recently there are artists now in the middle who seem to work across soul and modern urban music that appeal quite widely (without being the 90s style R&B) - such as Kem, Raheen DeVaughn, Kindred The Family Soul, Preston Glass, Anthony Hamilton, The Monophonics, Calvin Richardson, Kenya, Marc Staggers, Phil Perry, The Revelations, Anthony David, Eric Roberson, Incognito (still doing), Drizabone Soul Family (still going) to mention a few.  

 

Ronald Isley on the Kendrick Lamarr album had my son checking out classic Isley Brothers and Pharrell had him appreciating Curtis Mayfield.  It's good.

 

The best uptempo dance modern soul will hopefully get incorporated into the scene over time and the labels and definitions will blur as we all age and the youngsters don't have or need the same distinctions. (northern, modern, upfront, progressive - whatever, just good dance soul).   It's sad to me there aren't nights around me focused on promoting a soul dance scene that incorporates the past but is focused on finding the best of the new as much.   I love classic northern/funk/disco soul and discoveries but I'm keen on and want to dance to soul based dance music of all eras.

 

Anyway for new soul music, there's a lot to enjoy.

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Funnily enough Steve, I'd been ruminating on doing a post around this for a fair while.   I've been in the soul dance scene for 33 years (how time flies!) and as I get older I find I'm increasingly interested in contemporary music being made in the style.   As much as I enjoy Northern Soul and Modern Soul (and R&B, mod jazz, funk, soulful disco etc), it's great to hear new music.   The issue for the northern soul-originated scene is as you say, the lack of rarity.   The Prestatyn/Ralph Tee/Togetherness type events don't really seem to worry about that as it's the finding of the uptempo dance soul gems is where the reward comes in.   It's obviously something different to Northern Soul (or is it) but doesn't really have (or perhaps need) a name.   It was always true - an album or compilation with a load of average tracks then one or two wonderful anthems waiting for plays.   I'm just glad to be enjoying new music and to have the odd track that my kids enjoy.   

 

While we're here a few more from checking a playlist of recent music:   Tristan, Bluey, Don-E, Butch & Rhonda Coleman, Full Flava, Khari Cabral Simmons, Tom Glide, Muzart, Gianna, Personal Life, Tony Momrelle, Angela Johnson & Down To The Bone, Dira, Avery*Sunshine, McKoy, James Day, Victor Haynes, C. Robert Walker, Omar, Heston, Cool Million, SOS, Kloud 9, Frank McComb, Zo!, Leon Ware (still going strong), Jarrod Lawson, Papik, some Mario Bondi, Raphael Sadiiq

 

I find this kind of soul blends well with the 1970s Modern Soul.   Not all modern soul appeals, I'm not keen on the faux southern wailing stuff that's out a lot and crosses over to pop but there's room for all.

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Funnily enough Steve, I'd been ruminating on doing a post around this for a fair while.   I've been in the soul dance scene for 33 years (how time flies!) and as I get older I find I'm increasingly interested in contemporary music being made in the style.   As much as I enjoy Northern Soul and Modern Soul (and R&B, mod jazz, funk, soulful disco etc), it's great to hear new music.   The issue for the northern soul-originated scene is as you say, the lack of rarity.   The Prestatyn/Ralph Tee/Togetherness type events don't really seem to worry about that as it's the finding of the uptempo dance soul gems is where the reward comes in.   It's obviously something different to Northern Soul (or is it) but doesn't really have (or perhaps need) a name.   It was always true - an album or compilation with a load of average tracks then one or two wonderful anthems waiting for plays.   I'm just glad to be enjoying new music and to have the odd track that my kids enjoy.   

Great couple of posts thanks and yes we're not alone but just case of trying to find a good night where we can hear and dance to a bit if everything. I'm more than lucky to have a choice of most things locally, including a night or two where brand new releases get played alongside the classics here and there. Or just go to and out and out Northern night if we fancy it.

 

So yes as well as new vinyl releases on the other running thread, I'm looking forward to seeing what gets posted on this thread for new cd and MP3 only things...and I'm a sucker for great music videos too but generally bored with what I see on TV or when I see what my own kids have stumbled across on various devices around the house :facepalm:  :D

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My son was playing me the new Snoop Dogg song with Charlie Wilson on it-  it's basically modern soul with him lightly rapping.   He's been going that way with appearances on Kem and Kindred The Family Soul.   Interesting times!  

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Another current monster..........and coming on a 45 too!

 

 

 

Cheers,

Mark R

Another monster from the same camp & due on vinyl soon, not that that really matters.

Here's the link to the vinyl release with the mix for the flip that is a nice alternative mix.

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/samuel-d-sanders-make-you-mine/570526-01/?ref=mukat&hc_location=ufi

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Excellent.  I didn't know this is coming.  They balance classic and new soul production sympathetically.

 

Giles Peterson played a track off the new album by The Monophonics that was fantastic the other day, think 1970s Buddah such as The Modulations.   Possibly it was 'Too Late' but I can't be sure.

 

I forgot to mention Soul Talk earlier, very good indeed and I look forward to when  Ralph  gets the Diplomats of Soul debut album done.

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Talented guy Anthony Hamilton. This is a lovely track.

 

I'd highly recommend two outstanding female singers, Lizz Wright and Ruthie Foster. They dont do dance tracks but they can sing and I'd say are very soulful ladies.

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Getting hammered on Solar Radio at the moment.

Yes that can be a problem with new releases when a track gets popular, but great for the artists I guess. So long as they then make some decent obscure recordings for us to dig deeper into, off air so to speak.

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Talented guy Anthony Hamilton. This is a lovely track.

 

I'd highly recommend two outstanding female singers, Lizz Wright and Ruthie Foster. They dont do dance tracks but they can sing and I'd say are very soulful ladies.

 

Good call and that whole Booker T album from last year or two is superb. Hopefully another project like that soon blending legendary artists with new talent.

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Not wanting to cram this thread with you tube clips and such, one recent album I keep playing over and over since Christmas is Shirma Rouse "Shout it out loud" and the brilliant L-O-V-E track amongst others. Not on vinyl yet as far as I know but then so what :)

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Tried to edit my post above to include this link to the Cool Million upcoming release but can't for some reason so here it is.
Features all the tracks with some incredible guest artists.

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Looking forward to this imminent album release, Aaron Parnell Brown, after he initially made available this track and couple others on download for a limited time late last year...not one for the dancers mind!

 

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A few more recent great contemporary dance soul selections:

 

Myles Sanko - Forever Dreaming     

(one of the best albums of recent years, every song is wonderful and seems to have been recorded live in the studio)

 

Robin McKelle & The Flytones - Baby You're The Best    

 

Leon Bridges - Better Man    

 

The Revelations - Why When The Love Is Gone (yes the old soul hit)   

 

Jo Stance - Hey Girl  

  (in case anyone missed it a couple of years ago)

 

All of these carry the original Northern Soul soul sound naturally into this time.

 

cheers

Mark

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Not wanting to cram this thread with you tube clips and such, one recent album I keep playing over and over since Christmas is Shirma Rouse "Shout it out loud" and the brilliant L-O-V-E track amongst others. Not on vinyl yet as far as I know but then so what :)

 

Shirma Rouse 'L-O-V-E' is wonderful.  :thumbsup:

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Ola Anabule (out of Bedford !!) has been making great music for at least 20 years.

Lots of his older stuff goes down great on the dance floor (at MS events at least).

Can't recall the title of my fave dance cut by him at the moment (from 10 years or so back) but Rugged Ram put out a limited edition white label remix 12" of it that I gave to our kid (who was a Prestatyn W/Ender Modern Room DJ at the time). This used to go down really well whenever he played it.

Maybe he'll post up what the track title was as my memory is totally shot these days.

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Another Ola Anabule fave of mine is one of his early cuts. His cover of "Every Kind of People" which he cut for Warners (before he went out on his own label).

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I believe this only escaped on vinyl in France (on a 12" single with mixes that excluded the rap which is on the above version). Think it was put out on vinyl in France after his tune was used on a TV ad there. 

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Ola Anabule (out of Bedford !!) has been making great music for at least 20 years.

Lots of his older stuff goes down great on the dance floor (at MS events at least).

Can't recall the title of my fave dance cut by him at the moment (from 10 years or so back) but Rugged Ram put out a limited edition white label remix 12" of it that I gave to our kid (who was a Prestatyn W/Ender Modern Room DJ at the time). This used to go down really well whenever he played it.

Maybe he'll post up what the track title was as my memory is totally shot these days.

Was it "You'd better believe"? Great albums, superb voice and pretty sure I have this somewhere from new back in 1994/5...so a proper "oldie" now :D and looks quite rare when I have a quick search on the web for any.

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I appreciate I go on about my stuff, but in case you missed it, it is retro. New melodies/productions in an old style.  Here are a few things I am doing/have done which, in some cases, have been played on Beach stations in the US, the odd internet radio/FM station in the US and UK;

 

'There I go falling in love again' by Chiquita Green. Philly. Available digitally only. Written in Philly by myself, Bobby Eli and Chiquita Green. Recorded at Bobby's studio, featuring Earl Young on drums, Bobby Eli/Dennis Harris on guitars, Rikki Hicks (congas - he played on The O Jays 'I Love music'), Jimmie Williams on bass (Ain't no stopin us now), T G Conway on keyboards (Ten percent/Double Exposure):

 

'Soul Recession' by Double Exposure. Philly. As above, the original mixes digital only, but the Philly Re grooved 3 version available digital/CD/AND vinyl!

 

'Good Lovin' Man' by Diane Shaw. I am the co writer. Available digitally, CD and 7" Vinyl/LP I beleive:-

 

'Loving you always came easy' by The Delgonives - Vibe teaser. Blue eyed. Written and produced by myself due for release soon:

 

'Loving you always came easy' by The Delgonives - Organ teaser. Blue eyed. As above:

 

'Loving you always came easy' by The Delgonives - Hand clap vocal version. Blue eyed. As above:

 

'Festival of Love' by Bandtraxs. Written and produced by myself and available for sale digitally only. This is 'a la Philly/Salsoul/MFSB' in style:

 

'Caesars Reply'/Bandtraxs. Written and produced myself a la Philly again. The drums are actually Philly. Not released yet but will be.

 

'Latte Straight' by Bandtraxs. Written and produced myself a la Philly again. The drums are actually Philly. Not released yet but will be.

 

'Make Five' by Bandtraxs. Written and produced myself a la Philly again. Available digitally:

 

'Never should have kissed you' by The Delgonives. Written and produced by myself. Blue eyed. Digital only.

 

'Libby, let's leave it at that' by The Delgonives. As above, but more 'Beach Boys':

 

There are loads of other demos on soundcloud and youtube as 55motown. Things that will never be released (as of yet), like 'Trouble O soul' I wrote for Edwin Star's new album that never happened of course!

 

Please forward the links to anybody you feel they may enjoy, especially on air talent etc. It would be nice to get some airplay of 'Festival of Love' in the UK, and indeed 'Libby, let's leave it at that'. And yes, I guess this is a massive advert for me...and also the musicians, co writers, musicians, labels, producers, singers etc...

 

And I forgot about this!!

'No one else will do' by Spyder Turner. Lyric co writer with Hitsville Chalky and Spyder:

https://www.mixcloud.com/mayfairmenthol/spyder-turner-no-one-else-will-do-clip

Edited by Carl Dixon

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Here's one from last year I love. It's from a popular well known artist but I don't recall anyone playing it at the time.

 

 

A few did mate, excellent tune, as is the other track on the album featuring R. Kelly.

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