The sound of now aka the sound of 1990: streetsoul

obviously going through a renaissance, and deservedly so. What bargains from the £1 section of Discogs are you snapping up? What rare and forgotten classics have you got your eye on? What are you hoping for a reissue of?

here’s a playlist from Numero Group to get started.

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If you like that sound, don’t miss out on Augusto Olivani’s compilation of Brazilian Street Soul on Hello Sailor records. It’s phenomenal.

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A reissue of Fifth of Heaven wouldn’t go amiss. Was already fairly scarce when Luke Una played it on Worldwide and when Denise Johnson passed away it went through the roof… defo in need of a re up

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This was on my turntable yesterday. Under consideration for a wrong speed spin at 33 +4% for a bass heavy gouchy downbeat vibe

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Here’s a mix I did in 2008 of Street Soul flavoured cheapies, almost exclusively tracks you could pick up from any High Street record shop in the 80/90s and many of them chart hits.

Soul II Soul - Keep On Moving (acapella)
Neneh Cherry - Manclild (Massive Attack Remix)
Massive Attack - Latley
Smith and Mighty - Walk On By
Smith and Mighty - Walk On By (remix)
Fresh 4 - Wishing On A Star (Danny D remix)
Jesus Loves You - One On One (Massive Attack Remix)
Kane Gang - Dont Look Any Further
Ruth Joy - Give Me Your Love
Smith and Mighty - Anyone
Tears For Fears - Shout (remix)
Carlton - Cool With Nature
Dorothy - Reflections
Soul Family Sensation - Dont Know If I should Call You Baby
Ruth Joy - Soul Power
Smith And Mighty - Traveling
Soul II Soul Keep On Moving (remix)
Ruth Joy - Dont Push It
Ruth Joy - Dont Push It (remix)
Innocence - Silent Voice
Innocence - Natural Thing (remix)
Massive Attack - Any Love

Lots of artist feature more than once in the mix, this just a reflection of the stuff I could get hold of in Plymouth back in the days on YST wages (the mix is all record I bought when they came out).

https://www.mixcloud.com/francoisparker5/street-soul-vol-1/

I dont know why I didnt include anything by The Chimes as I had their stuff when it came out and they have some killers like:

Body Rock

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I think you can also make a case for Spacek “eve” to be considered as street soul a decade late. Mixed it with Bovel a month or two ago and it sounds perfect

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Soul Connection was one of my favorite releases of last year and piqued my interest in uk street soul
Those white labels seem so expensive

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That Spacek album is a thing of beauty.

Ain’t it though. :heart::heart::heart:

@MGG Huge compilation this one. Blew me away tbh.

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Yep, Augusto and his old Selvagem parter Millos Kaiser know their shit.

Been listening to this one constantly over the last few months as well

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Hey up, this was in the works (contracts drawn up etc.) then after Denise died it didn’t feel right so it’s on the back burner for now. Will return to it with Stevie later this year, perhaps. If he’s up for it.

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Ah man, such a shame, totally understandable though & certainly the sensitive thing to do. Hope you can move it forward when the time is right

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It’s really sad how little documentation exists on street soul as a “scene”. A classic example of the whitewashing of history, I guess.

It’s great that Theo did this proper interview with Toyin Agbetu that brings together the equally impressive musical, academic and activist strands of his life.

https://ra.co/features/3733

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Solid mix in tribute to Manchester street soul stations over on you tube here

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Thanks for posting that, hadn’t seen it before. Toyin is such a don, what a hero

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The Keni Stevens album ‘Blue Moods’ is cheap as heck has some choice brit soul slow jams on it:

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If you’ve not checked the Set The Trend podcast it’s a great resource for Street Sound culture in general, documenting many aspects of the scene.

Particularly strong on rare groove and the London sound system scene of late 80’s and early 90’s there’s some great first hand accounts of who was playing what and where as a lot of those records were breaking.

Not strictly or exclusively “Street Soul” but there’s a certain amount of crossover and a great understanding of how that scene was running to be gleaned - along with some great stories from the key players

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@JimmySmalls not seen this. Thanks for posting