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.

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

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.

Belgium ‘Popcorn’ borrows its name from the 1969 James Brown LP, The Popcorn, which also became the moniker for the Popcorn Club in Vrasene, Flanders which, in its heyday, attracted 3,000 youths to its Sunday sessions. It was DJ Gilbert Govaert who pioneered the sound, blending blues, soul, jazz, latin, doo-wop and high-school pop in a unique melting pot that appealed to dancers seeking that chugging cha-cha beat.

This unique set will appeal to Popcorn oldies fans, new breed Northern Soul fans and R&B collectors alike. Vinyl LP … More

The R&B Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45’s. 2 x LP set in heavyweight 180gm vinyl. The British 1960s Rhythm & Blues music scene, was like no other, it borrowed the blues and rock & roll, and produced a sound that became a global success. Includes early recordings featuring David Bowie, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

Record Store Day 2019 Decca vinyl release available in store and online.

Soon come, new vinyl release on the Outta Sight record label, ‘The Northern Soul of Dynamo’. Dynamo premiered in January 1967 with Tommy Hunt’s return to the charts… “The Biggest Man”, a Billboard #29 R&B smash. The flip-side was Hunt’s original version of “Never Love A Robin” popularised in the UK by Barbara and Brenda and featured here, side two, track two. The song was co-written by Dixon and his then wife Inez Foxx. Inez and Charlie Foxx’s Dynamo debut was “Tightrope” released in March 1967 and featured here, side two, track three. The disc also scored a release in the UK on ‘Stateside’ and was to become a seminal track in the development of the Northern Soul scene played at the Mojo, the Wheel and the Torch.

Ironically, the rarest record in our set has nothing to do with Luther Dixon at all. He didn’t write, arrange … More

Born OTD in 1924, American pop and R&B singer, Lee Dorsey. A mainstay of the New Orleans music scene, Lee Dorsey’s funky and infectious sound was an essential party ingredient during the 60s and 70s. During this time he charted some ten singles, most of which were recorded under the aegis of producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint and often featured funk supremos The Meters.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this collection includes a selection of Dorsey’s biggest US singles including ‘Ya Ya’ (R&B No.1), … More