‘The Nightlife!’, a Northern Soul playlist spanning the decades and as relevant today as when some of these discs were first spun at the height of the scene in the mid Seventies. Our exclusive playlist features many perennial favourites such as the 100 Club anthem “Welcome To Dreamsville”, the Stafford floor filler “I’m Slowly Molding” and Jack Montgomery’s Wigan Casino spin “Do You Believe It”.

16 winners that have been danced to, collected and sought after for over 40 years, many of which helped define … More

Welcome to the rocksteady sound from Jamaica. Towards the end of 1965 some say due to the extreme heatwave that was hitting the island, the people that followed the Sound System dances demanded a slower beat so they could still move and groove to the all night musical affairs. So the jerky ska swing was slowed down to a steady beat that also allowed the songs cut at this time to shine through. So sit back and enjoy the tunes that rocked the island between 1966-1968 the rocksteady sound that hit the town…

Vinyl LP available in store and online. £12.99.

Cats were illustrated in medieval manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages, often in exquisite detail and frequently accompanied by their natural prey, mice. Medieval cats were viewed as treasured pets, as fearsome mousers, as canny characters in fables, as associates of the Devil and as magical creatures. Featuring an array of fascinating illustrations from the British Library’s rich medieval collection, Cats in Medieval Manuscripts includes anecdotes about cats – both real and imaginary – to provide a fascinating picture of the life of the cat and its relationship with humans in the medieval world.

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Half a century ago, vast numbers of British working-class youths adopted a style that reflected both their attitude and tastes. Dubbed by the country’s media as ‘skinhead’, the look starkly contrasted with that of the country’s largely middle-class ‘hippy’ population, drawing heavily on the smart, practical & stylish fashions introduced to the UK by the Windrush generation. The Caribbean influence was even more evident in the music that provided the soundtrack to the skinhead scene: reggae. To finally set the record straight about this greatly mis-understood sub-culture, celebrated writers, Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson & Mark Baxter have penned a brand new book, Scorcha! Skins, Suedes & style from the Streets – 1967 to 1973.

In addition, the pair have also compiled a companion 7” vinyl box set of the same title, comprising ten 45s, … More

Long recognized as a poet of radiant fury, of lament, and of refusal, Sean Bonney was a modern-day Blake whose poetry reminds us what matters. Our Death, his latest and long awaited first US collection, is full of poems of militant despair that refuse any capitulation to the worldview of the enemy. These poems wander the hinterlands of our absolutely endangered cities, chart the aftermath of the collapse of the social movements of the early part of the decade, and pay homage to the Greek anarchist poet Katerina Gogou.

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Soon come. Showcasing the very best of Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle late rock steady and early reggae productions, Moonlight Groover is today regarded as an essential requirement for all serious fans of late Sixties Jamaican sounds. A best seller for Trojan in 1970, the collection features numerous major Jamaican hits from such celebrated performers as John Holt, Joya Landis, Alton Ellis and Tommy McCook, and is also notable for the sleeve artwork featuring Trojan’s own Tilly Vidal on the front cover.

Available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on orange coloured vinyl. Pre-order here.

Soon come. Its time to pass the hatchet instead of the talc, and trade in the spin-and-slide for the hook-and-sling and work that dancefloor! Club Soul are proud to present a fresh compilation of 14 hard-edged, kitchen-sink rhythms that demand dance floor attention! Here we showcase the funky side of Northern Soul which has captured the imagination of our soul brothers and sisters across Europe and a growing number of progressive clubs in the U.K.

This new 180gm heavyweight audiophile vinyl Soul Street compilation is presented in a single sleeve with new artwork. Soul Street … More

The Mod Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45s. 2 x LP set in heavyweight 180gm vinyl. This compilation features 25 rare & influential that helped shape the Mod scene. Mixing rock, blues & soul with electrifying energy, the ‘ Mods’ were sharply dressed & ready to take their sounds to the streets & were warmly embraced by the music-obsessed ‘ Mod’ fans. Includes tracks from Tom Jones, Paul & Barry Ryan, the Poets, Amen Corner, Small Faces, Chris Farlow, Graham “10cc” Gouldman, Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, Graham Bond Orchestra and many others.

Double vinyl LP available in store and online.

Born on the 12 January 1931, Jamaican tenor saxophonist, and one of the founding members of The Skatalites, Roland Alphonso. In 1948 he left school to join Eric Deans’ orchestra and soon passed through other bands in the hotel circuit and first recorded as a member of Stanley Motta’s group in 1952, going on to record frequently as a session musician. In 1956 he first recorded for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, although these early recordings were lost before they were mastered.

When the Skatalites disbanded by August 1965, Alphonso formed the Soul Brothers (with Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, and Jackie Mittoo) to … More