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)

Promo 12″ for Tropical Disco Hustle Volume 2

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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)

2014 Cultures of Soul LP and CD Bundles

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.

2014 Cultures of Soul LP Bundle – $90 plus shipping

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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.


2014 Cultures of Soul CD Bundle – $45 plus shipping

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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

The Brazilian Boogie Connection: From Rio to Sao Paulo

We are happy to present our most ambitious project to date! This album is another chapter in the ongoing “there’s-much-more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova” saga. It’s filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together – besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach – is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil’s borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world’s most discerning DJs and tastemakers.
Artists like Jorge Ben and Marcos Valle have been legendary and influential for decades, and the duo Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti dominated the Rio studio scene in the ’80s before creating huge buzz overseas in recent years. Banda Black Rio and Cassiano are also both household names amongst crate diggers and fans of rare groove.
While this album is sure to highlight the work of the artists featured on it, its main aim is to shine a spotlight on a sound and a style that continues to hypnotize scores of music lovers. Most importantly, its goal is to get dance floors moving across the world. Coming out CD on double LP on February 3rd you can pre-order here.

1. Marcos Valle – A Paraíba Não é Chicago


2. Marcos Valle – Estrelar


3. Tarántulas – Saiba Ser Feliz (Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough)


8. Emilio Santiago – O Amigo De Nova York


12. Tim Maia – Verão Carioca


13. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti – Aleluia

Deano Sounds at Soulelujah and Soul Summit


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!


Deano Sounds Live at Soulelujah October 18, 2014 by Cultures Of Soul on Mixcloud

Akepel Apparel


We usually just stick to music here but we discovered the kind folks at Akepele Apparel, who make excellent T-shirts for the vinyl aficionado. Based in Portland, Oregon there t-shirts are made of the finest cotton and I can attest to that as I own a weeks worth of the t-shirts myself. Akepele Apparel is an idea born from a love of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and it’s surrounding cultures.

Check’em out and support them here:

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Bombay Disco 2 Coming Soon


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