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

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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

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

Akepel Apparel

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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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Social Media: @akepeleapparel

Bombay Disco 2 Coming Soon

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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!

Tracklisting:
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

 

Forgotten Classics in FACT Magazine

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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.

End of Summer Soul Mix

Sadly the end of the summer is upon us once again. But to help ease the transition to colder nights and shorter days, our very own Deano Sounds has created a soul mix of some of the great rare and not so rare 45s he picked up this summer including tracks by the following performers: the Debonaires, Bobby Wells, Johnny Zamot, Glories, Joey Irving and many others! Please note this mix was number 2 on the Mixcloud Soul Charts at the time of posting this! Enjoy!

End of Summer Soul Mix by Cultures Of Soul on Mixcloud

Tropical Disco Hustle!

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It seems like no part of the world has evaded discos’ ubiquitous influence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late ’70s and early ’80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-influenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were officially licensed and reissued for the first time ever.

Highlights of the 13 tracks included on this compilation are: the under-the-radar cosmic disco tune “Got To Have You” by Joanne Wilson, a rare P&P Records-influenced track “Dance With Me” by Odessey One, the icy cool synth-trenched “Living On A String” by Wild Fire, the incredible dance floor-friendly “Instant Funk” by Merchant, and the disco reggae cover of “Rapper’s Delight” by Prince Blackman masterfully edited by Waxist Selecta. This compilation was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds and includes edits by Al Kent, the Whiskey Barons, and Waxist Selecta. Coming out on June 17th on CD and 2LP gatefold. Out now!

1. Odessey One – Dance With Me
2. Levi John – Feel Like Dancing
3. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You
4. Merchant – Instant Funk
5. Trinidad Troubadours with Tony Ricardo – Disco Music
6. Mighty Duke – Be Yourself
7. Wild Fire – The Rebels
8. Wild Fire – Living On A String
9. Ronnie Butler and the Ramblers – Peace Without Love
10. Mavis John – Use My Body
11. Prince Blackman – Rockers Delight (Waxist Selecta Edit)
12. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons’ Rework)
13. Odessey One – Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)

Jam Up Twist RSD in London

DJ Andy Smith went way out of his way to help us promote the Jam Up Twist 7inch box set and had a jam packed day last Saturday for Record Store Day! From spinning during the day out in the streets of Soho for Sister Ray Records to a guest interview on Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 to his gig at Madame JoJo’s at night, he may well have been the hardest working DJ on Record Store Day! Here is a small photo recap of his day as well link to Andy Smith’s interview with Craig Charles. The interview takes place around 2:21:00.

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Andy Smith DJing outside of Sister Ray Records in Soho

 

Dancing in the streets of Soho during Record Store Day

Dancing in the streets of Soho during Record Store Day

Andy at the BBC Radio 6

Andy at the BBC Radio 6 Station