New Kent 45 releases

Kent have announced that their latest batch of Town and City singles are available now. The City releases, which are limited to 500 copies, consist of tracks that have only ever been available on CD before. The full list of new singles are: Millie Jackson ‘If That Don’t Turn You […]

The Godfather’s R&B

The great man is gone, his belongings all being sold off in a high-end car boot sale, but you can’t take away his music. And not just his own work, Brown was responsible for producing some great tunes too, many compiled on The Godfather’s R&B – James Brown Productions 1962-67, […]

Further Adventures of Mod Jazz

If you’re looking for a starting point for mod-friendly jazz, the Mod Jazz series through Ace Records is pretty much essential listening. And a new volume is coming on June 30th 2008 – the Further Adventures of Mod Jazz. Packed with lashings of Hammond, smoky sax, a bit of blues, […]

James Brown estate sale

The Godfather of Soul is no longer with us, but his possessions are – and you can pick up just about everything from James Brown’s estate in an auction at Christie’s. The James Brown Collection really does include everything – from hair care products, sunglasses and shoes (pictured above) through […]

Ardent Records Story CD

A compilation of Memphis’ Ardent Studios has just been released by Ace Records. Thank You Friends: the Ardent Records Story compiles over two CDs tracks from one of the most respected recording facilities in America. Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, REM, and Cat Power have all step foot inside Ardent, alongside […]

Trio Valore announce first shows

New R&B-jazz combo Trio Valore have announced their first live shows. The three-piece – Steve White, Damon Minchella, and Seamus Beaghen – play London Brixton Jamm on May 16th, London Jazz Cafe on June 15th, and a week later the band heard down to Southampton to play the Soul Cellar […]

The Draytones: album and tour

Anglo-Argentinian beatsters The Draytones have announced details of their first full-length LP. Up In My Head is out on 1965 Records on April 14th. The 10-track album is a diverse collection of guitar-pop songs with excellent Kinks/Beatles-esque melodies and Creation/Who-like guitar sounds. Up In My head tracklisting:1. Turn It Down2. […]

UK comps from Psychic Circle

The Psychic Circle label has just released two compilations of UK bands in the beat and blue-eyed soul genres, both overseen by Nick Saloman. First up is Try Me Out: Ballroom Beat Vol. 2. Following the success of volume 1, here are another 20 slices of prime British beat from […]