Record Shop Spotlight – Clinton Street Record and Stereo



We’re starting a new series to highlight some of the wonderful record stores around the world who also happen to stock our releases. The first shop we’re featuring is the excellent Clinton Street Record and Stereo in Portland, Oregon. This place has a bevy of excellent new and used records in many genres including funk/soul/rock/disco/reggae/afro – all reasonably priced. You can also find many of our releases as well! The store is nicely organized and also sells vintage receivers, turntables, and speakers. If you’re in southeast Portland check them out or check them out online at Clinton Street Records and Stereo.



We’re on Bandcamp!


We’ve finally signed up for Bandcamp which we’re finding is a great platform for our artists! What’s even better is all of the money goes straight to the label and our artists. No fees from credit card companies, itunes,, etc! Artists featured on our Bandcamp include; Evans Pyramid, Stanton Davis, Afro Kelenkye Band, and many others! And we have a special now. As an incentive to get you to check out our Bandcamp we’re giving you 30% off all of our releases available on Bandcamp through the end of the month so come check it out – Cultures on BandCamp! Use Promo code fall30.

*Due to licensing restrictions certain releases may not be available on Bandcamp.

New Digging in the Crates Mix Series – In Your Ear Record Store


We’re starting a new series of mixes featuring records we’ve picked up in various places including thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, yard sales, bazaars, and of course record stores! No online purchases or boutique record stores included here! Our first stop is from a dig we did back in June at one of Boston’s best record store’s, In Your Ear Records.

Nothing too rare or obscure here. Just a really eclectic mix of big drum sounds, hip hop samples, Digi Reggae, classic disco, funky reggae, lesbian group Jazz Funk, Haitian compas, all of which we picked up at In Your Ear Records on that fateful day back in June.

Digging in the Crates Volume – In Your Ear Records by Cultures Of Soul on Mixcloud

Pre-order for The Brasileiro Treasure Box of Funk and Soul

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Greg Caz and Deano Sounds have teamed up once again to bring you another fine package of vintage Brazilian music. This one stretches across the scope of funk, soul, and psychedelic music from Brazil. Some highlights include: the extremely rare and funky “Labirinto” by 2001 & Beto, the blistering psychedelic funk of Antônio Carlos & Jocafi’s “Quem Vem Lá,” the essential rare groove track “Bananeira” by Emilio Santiago, Osmar Milito E Quarteto Forma’s rare “América Latina”  sampled by Madlib, Tom Zé’s unstoppable riff on “Jimmy, Renda-Se,” and many others. Here are some words on the project from co-compiler and Brazilian music aficionado, Greg Caz:

“Without necessarily having a central theme other than funky nuggets from the first half of the 70s, we believe this compilation displays its own particular sense of logic, and that these songs ultimately all sound fantastic together. Regardless of one’s familiarity, or lack thereof, with artists like Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, Os Incríveis, Toni Tornado or Celia, the material on these 45s speaks its own truth and justifies their inclusion here. Many of these were originally available as singles, while others were taken from albums, but all are guaranteed to find their way into many DJ boxes and playlists.”

The 45 box set version comes in a durable glossy case with 7 x 45s, a poster containing the original artwork for the album, and a booklet printed on thick paper. The release date for this is October 23rd. You can pre-order it the box here or a CD version of the set here.


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Tracklisting :

1. Antônio Carlos & Jocafi – Quem Vem Lá

2. Os Incríveis – Paz E Amor

3. Toni Tornado – Bochechuda

4. Toni Tornado – Aposta

5. Emilio Santiago – Bananeira

6. Osmar Milito E Quarteto Forma – América Latina

7.  2001 & Beto – Labirinto

8. Trio Mocotó – Swinga Sambaby

9. Tom Zé – Jimmy, Renda-se

10. Eduardo Araujo – Kizumbau

11. Celia – A Hora é Essa

12. Franco – Ei, Você, Psiu!

13. Novos Baianos – Juventude Sexta e Sábado

14. Dom Salvador E Abolição ‎ – Uma Vida

Shadow 12″ Repress is Coming!

We apologize for the delay on this one! I know it has been out of stock for a hot minute now. But we are scheduled to receive them in late July/early August! In the meantime you can reserve your copy at our store and check out the killer rework by the Whiskey Barons below. UPDATE – Repress is delayed due to the overflow of product being pressed at the pressing plant. 

The Vinyl Factory Big Ups Cultures of Soul!


Our newly released Wild Fire/Tru Tones 12″ with edits by Al Kent and Roger Thornhill has been getting a lot of heat recently. And a lot of it is coming from this review from the excellent UK vinyl record site, The Vinyl Factory.

In fact they describe our label as “hotter than a scotch bonnet at the moment” and talk about Al Kent’s edit of  “Try Making Love” with these salacious descriptors:

“The Glaswegian applies subtle tweaks to the arrangement, massages the frequencies and takes this sleazy disco tune to a climax with quivering filters and orgasmic sound effects. Forget an inner sleeve, this should come in a condom.”

You can check out the review at the Vinyl Factory!

Tropical Disco Hustle Volume 2 Pre-order!

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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.

Three tracks by Wild Fire including “The Dealer,” as well as two other classic disco tracks, “Dance With Me” and “Try Making Love,” can be heard on this new compilation. The album also features two killer disco workouts by the Tru Tones, “Dancing” and “Let’s Party,” with the latter having been heavily influenced by the Jacksons. Both tracks are rare and in demand by DJs and record collectors alike.
Also featured here is an excellent cover of Chanson’s “Don’t Hold Back” by reggae legend Derrick Harriott, and the under-the-radar, African-influenced disco tune “Caribean People” by Camille Hildevert.
This album was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds, with edits by french DJ-extraordinary Waxist Selecta and legnedary UK disco DJ Al Kent. Release date is set for 5/15 and you can pre-order on CD or LP here.


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)