We don’t have any Record Store Day releases this year although Tropical Disco Hustle Volume 2 is coming out right after. Instead we are participating in the first-annual Pop-Up Record Shop at Brighton Music Hall taking place on April 18th from 10am to 2pm. We’ll be bringing plenty copies of our releases as well a nice selcection of used records. See you there!
Cultures of Soul is proud to release the highly anticpated follow-up to the widely successful Tropical Disco Hustle compilation, an album full of rare disco tunes that exude a Caribbean flavor. This volume takes us back to Trinindad and Jamaica and sends us on a few new adventures in St. Lucia and Guadeloupe.
1. Wild Fire – Try Making Love
2. Tru Tones – Dancing
3. Hamilton Brothers – Music Makes the World Go Round
4. Maestro – Savage
5. Patti Charles – Music Lady
6. Wild Fire – The Dealer
7. The Original Defosto Himself – Socorama
8. Tru Tones – Let’s Party
9. Keith Paul and the GT Boom Band – My Life, My Music and Me
10. C Sopran’n H – Caribean People (Waxist Selecta Edit)
11. Wild Fire – Dance With Me
12. Wild Fire – Try Making Love (Al Kent Version)
13. Derrick Harriott – Don’t Hold Back (Waxist Selecta Edit)
Being released in conjunction with the next volume of the Tropical Disco Hustle compilation series are two re-edits of hot Caribbean disco madness. First up is an edit of Wild Fire’s “Try Making Love” by UK disco remixer Al Kent. This sleazy disco tune gets the full remix treatment complete with filters and orgasmic sound effects.
The B-side is a nice rework by Roger Thornhill of the instantly funky “Dancing” by the Tru Tones. This is an exclusive edit that won’t be on the Tropical Disco Hustle 2 compilation. Both tracks are a great preview of what’s to come on the second installment of Tropical Disco Hustle! Coming out on April 28 you can pre-order here!
Wild Fire – Try Making Love (Al Kent Version)
Tru Tones – Dancing (Roger Thornhill Edit)
Happy New Year! To welcome you to 2015 we’ve got two great bundles featuring most of our releases from 2014! It’s been a great year for us and we’d like to thank you with these special discount offers.
Stanton Davis – Isis Voyage COS 007LP
Various Artists – Bombay Disco COS 008LP
Various Artists – Tropical Disco Hustle COS 010LP
Various Artists – Bombay Disco 2 COS 011LP
Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You COS 503 12
Bombay Disco 12 – COS 601
Bombay Disco 2 12 – COS 602
*Does Not include special Record Store Day release Jam Up Twist 7 inch box set or Shadow COS 502 12.
Stanton Davis – Isis Voyage COS 007CD
Various Artists – Bombay Disco COS 008CD
Various Artists – DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist USA Edition COS 009CD
Various Artists – Tropical Disco Hustle COS 010CD
Various Artists – Bombay Disco 2 COS 011CD
1. Marcos Valle – A Paraíba Não é Chicago
3. Tarántulas – Saiba Ser Feliz (Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough)
4. Painel De Controle – Relax
5. Robson Robson – Funk-Funk-La
6. Tim Maia – Não Vá
7. Jorge Ben – Rio Babilônia
8. Emilio Santiago – O Amigo De Nova York
9. Banda Black Rio – Expresso Madureira
10. Cassiano – Central Do Brasil
11. Sandra de Sá – Olhos Coloridos
12. Tim Maia – Verão Carioca
13. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti – Aleluia
Since our performance at Boston City Hall Plaza over the summer we haven’t been in the public eye. But not for long! We’re bringing the Cultures of Soul Soundsystem to Chicago on Nov 15th for the excellent Soul Summit Party!
Deano also just guest DJed along with E-Dorsey at our favorite Boston club night Soulelajuh on October 18th at the Middle East Night Club! Many thanks to Sean and Evan having me guest DJ! Here are some photos from the night and a live mix!
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Welcome to our second celebration of the sounds of Bombay Disco, which digs deeper into the recordwallah shops in the bazaars of India. As fans of our first collection will recall, disco arrived in India in 1979, shortly after its mainstream popularity had peaked in the West. Disco songs remained in vogue throughout the subcontinent for a dozen years, in many ways because of the “cabaret scene” or
“item number,” a mainstay in South Asian cinema that dates back to the 1920s. Back then, these scenes depicted traditional courtesans or nautch (dancing) girls, but by the early 1960s dance sequences became much more surreal, with visuals inspired by Busby Berkley and music infused with jazz, Latin, and rock ‘n roll. This tradition continued with an East-meets-West fusion of funk, disco and electro, to the hip-hop and EDM influences popular in South Asian films today.
Disco songs continued to flourish after its early ’80s ubiquity, often in the more tawdry films such as the horror movies that were immensely popular as the decade wore on. As the ‘90s continued, the cabaret sequences began to bear a closer resemblance to MTV videos. The music in these scenes changed to a similar style,
while the perennial love songs continued to entrance listeners.
We haven’t delved into the more massive film hits here, since the majority of those songs have been anthologized elsewhere. We prefer to dig deeper into the thousands of dusty, mold-encrusted records found in the back alley shops in India’s teeming cities. For your dancing pleasure, we’ve cleaned off and polished up these vintage disco delites for your manoranjan (entertainment). Enjoy a cocktail and get on the dance floor!
Coming out on CD and 2LP on December 9th you can pre-order here!
1. Sadhana Sargam – Saat Samundar Paar
2. Asha Bhosle – Pass Aao Na
3. Kishore Kumar & Chorus – Aaya Sanam Aaya Deewana Tera
4. Bappi Lahiri & Chorus – Taqdeer Ka Badshah
5. Behroze Chatterjee & Chorus – Sweety Seventeen
6. RD Burman & Chorus – Disco Music (Are Dil Se Dil Mile)
7. Sharda – Hotel Mein Bottle
8. Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Dance Music
9. Sharon Prabhakar, Parvati Khan & Ursula – Tum Meri Nazar Se Dekho
10. Asha Bhosle – Jab Chaye
11. Kumar Sanu, Jully Mukherjee & Chorus – Main Jaadugar
12. Bappi Lahiri – Dance Music
We were asked by the excellent UK online music outlet, FACT Magazine to come up with our favorite “forgotten classic.” It was a tough exercise that took many hours and many Evergreen Old Fashions to complete. We ended up choosing one of our own releases to highlight. The majorly under appreciated “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by Emanuel Taylor. You can check out more about this release here and read the article in FACT Magazine here.