Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – Happiness In Every Style

Timmion Records, home to Myron & E, Willie West and The High Society Brothers are ready to release the third album by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators following three 45s released in 2015.
Happiness In Every Style offers upbeat modern soul and embraces more sophisticated melodies alongside their highly evolved raw funk sound.

Buy Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – One In A Million 45 here

Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – Happiness In Every Style will be available on Vinyl and CD on October 2. through Timmion Records

Tramp Records – Feeling Nice Vol. 3

This is the third in Tramp Records’ immensely popular funk & soul series called Feeling Nice. It features 17 tracks, sourced and remastered from the rarest of cuts from all over the world: Hawaii, Canada, and Jamaica in addition to the usual Texas, Ohio, and Georgia nuggets.
The first 400 copies contain a bonus 7″ single by William Cummings – Make My Love A Hurting Thing.

Available on October 2. on limited edition 2xLP Vinyl with Gatefold cover containing detailed liner notes, unseen photographs and scans of particular 45rpm single labels, but also on CD and digital.
Go to to pre-order your copy

Listen to 1min. snippets of all tracks:

DJ Format – Kool & The Gangstarr Generation

New 45 by DJ Format now available.

‘Kool & The Gangstarr Generation’ is DJ Format’s carefully crafted tribute to the early work of Kool & The Gang, as sampled by so many classic Hip Hop songs in the late ’80s & early ’90s. The track is made entirely out of Kool & The Gang records, and Hip Hop records that sampled them. Format doffs his cap to producers like DJ Premier, 45 King & The Bomb Squad, whilst also chopping & reassembling multiple layers of K&TG samples in his own original way.
‘Kool Is Back’ has less of a Hip Hop influence and is more of a straight funk track aimed at dance floors. Format again chops & reassembles multiple layers of Kool & The Gang records to create something original out of classic records you already know & love.

Buy DJ Format – Kool & The Gangstarr Generation here

Jigmastas – Grassroots – The Prologue

Beyond Real, the title of their 1996 independent single on the label of the same name, established DJ Spinna and Kriminul as a DJ/producer-emcee combo in the tradition of Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
Formed in 1991, the Jigmastas found themselves amongst the important participants in a burgeoning NYC underground hip-hop movement alongside pre-Rawkus indie crews like Co Flow, Natural E and Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ’Em camp.
Jigmastas dropped a single LP, 2001’s Infectious, but the collection of non-album material that forms the core of this fine sequel (or prequel given the bonus inclusion of so many essential early singles) serves as a reminder of the potency and timelessness of their talents. From Spinna’s classic breakbeat dissections on Lyrical Fluctuation 2000 through Kriminul’s effortlessly fluid performance on Thief’s Theme some might call this that vintage NY boom-bap. A more accurate, and complimentary, descript is that it simply sounds like the Jigmastas. Long may they keep on rockin’.

Available on September 18, on Limited Double Vinyl, CD and Digital on BBE Music.

The Soul Motivators – Free To Believe

The Soul Motivators are the hottest new ambassadors of Canadian Funk with a sound inspired by the multi-cultural urban lifestyle of Toronto, blending funk, soul, and psychedelic beat. The Soul Motivators’ core consists of Marc Shapiro (bass), Voltaire Ramos (guitar), James Robinson (keys), and Doug Melville (drums), and Nigel Pitt (percussion). Their debut album Free To Believe, is mixed by Souljazz Orchestra mastermind Pierre Chretien, who brings his signature vintage recording techniques to the table doing justice to the uncompromising live aesthetic of these original recordings. The long awaited vinyl LP version of the release will finally drop on 18 September.


…don’t ask if there will ever be a Volume 2. We don’t know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin’s composition, Praise Poems, then there will certainly be one…
These were the final words of the sales notes for Praise Poems Volume 1 – which we proudly released earlier this year.
Rarity is important, quality is more important, and whether a song has been compiled yet is of the highest consideration. In this case, all but one of them have yet to be compiled elsewhere. By and large, this compilation highlights a unique historical context in the development and splintering of the streams of funk, soul and jazz.
The Praise Poems series is an attempt at a faithful snapshot of this revolutionary music before it began its inevitable backslide into the bourgeois excesses of the jazz-fusion genre. Call it proto-fusion; exemplified in performances like the cosmic bossa-odyssey of Third Stream, the jazz-pre-fusion of Seeds of Fulfillment, modal-tribal and chant explorations by Bobby Boyd Congress, the cinematic audiophilia of Belgium’s Soul Scratchers, the electro-acoustic blend of folk, percussion, and jazz by John Finnigan and Maureen Finlon, or the undeniable funky theatricality ofLarry Dismond that would make Galt Macdermot proud.
All of them are finally getting the attention they deserve.

Praise Poems 2 will be available on September 4 on Tramp Records.

Brian Auger – Back to the Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology

Brian Auger – lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, his tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and The Main Ingredient.
This 24 track, career spanning anthology covers over 50 years of Brian Auger’s music – from his poll winning jazz piano trio, classic and slept on tracks by Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, his pioneering 70’s jazz fusion outfit The Oblivion Express and includes rare tracks and new material from his Grammy Nominated, award winning life in music – as well as material from his forthcoming brand new live album Live In Los Angeles with original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood back on vocal duties.

Available on Freestyle Records on September 4 2015