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Crustation
Flame (Mood II Swing Remixes)

Bristol trip-hoppers Crustation, who burned brightly but briefly with a single 1997 album, enjoyed quite a few remixes in their time. Reissued here are two of the most famous, a pair of club reworks of dreamy single ‘Flame’ by New York’s Mood II Swing. ‘Mood II Swing Vocal mix’ focuses on Bronagh Slevin’s melancholy vocal lines, adding rich stabs and a flexing bass line. ‘Borderline Insanity Dub mix’ really nails it, though, the bass line truncated and other samples reworked into airy, panning atmospherics.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Jack Jacobs
I Believe It’s Alright

Beautiful cut of classic Philly soul here. Jack Jacob’s ‘I Believe It’s Alright’ is a killer track with a scorching guitar solo breaking through early on, and Jacob’s own astounding voice atop this music of constant drive. Criminally lost through the passage of time, with hope this re-release can right that wrong.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Shahid Wheeler
Just One Dance Before You Go

Melodies International are a nifty little label. Their line is that they track down rare-ass, expensive-ass old club killers and reissue them at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for an original copy. The latest Melodies coup is Shahid Wheeler’s 1978 number ‘Just One Dance Before You Go’. A righteous disco joint of the Off The Wall school, this is the sort of dancefloor gold that never goes out of fashion. Here it is presented remastered and backed with the instrumental.

Le Stim
Tribute To Muhammad Ali (We Crown The King)

Melodies International have forged a rep for re-releasing rare soul gems, but even by their standards they’ve pulled off something of a coup here. Le Stim’s 1980 single A Tribute To Muhammad Ali (We Crown The King) is a rare-as-hen’s-teeth bit of Midwest Disco. It’s a great party piece too - according to Le Stim leader Donald Jennings big Cassius himself was a fan of the song. With the help of New Zealand's Rain&Shine imprint Melodies have managed to acquire the licences for both versions of the track. They've also remastered them for this new drop.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Womack & Womack
MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)

Ahh this is a really nice one man. Womack & Womack initially released the electro-soul number ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’ as a track on their 1988 LP Conscience. A couple of years later, an at-the-peak-of-his-powers Frankie Knuckles got hold of the stems and turned in a cracking 100 bpm house flip of the tune. This ‘Paradise Ballroom’ mix was also stripped of its drums for a ‘Folk Version’ that foregrounds the lovely vocal harmonies and guitar. And now the good people at Melodies International have reissued both of those reworkings.

Majik
Back Into Your Heart

Hi Records did a roaring trade in the 1970s, but much of the label’s catalogue has fallen into obscurity since. One of the lost gems was Majik’s 1979 single ‘Back Into Your Heart’/’Dance Dance Dance’. Now set to wax once again by Melodies International - the same imprint responsible for fine recent reissues of Bobby Wright and Tomorrow’s People - both tracks are the sort of hot-wired, Motown-sound disco which never fail to get a party going.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Bobby Wright
Blood Of An American

Bobby Wright - now Abu Talib - was moonlighting in the clubs of NYC during the Vietnam war. When one of his band members died serving and another was drafted, he got together with his bassist and penned these two spectral, haunting soul ballads. ‘Blood Of An American’ and ‘Everyone Should Have His Day’ are as pained and affecting as anything by Wright’s contemporaries Gil Scott-Heron and Sly Stone. This 7” reissue comes with a booklet that features words by Talib and Down With Childhood author Paul Rekret.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Gloria Jay
Know What You Want

Know What You Want is a collection of soft and easy-to-listen-to soul and early R&B from Chicago in the 1970's. Melodies International has beautifully remastered this Gloria J. Jennings record from the original tapes and such with nothing being added or taken away - also includes a 14"x14" poster.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Maurice Moore and Family Affair Band
Everything That Shines Ain't Gold

Maurice Moore recorded Everything That Shines Ain’t Gold with his Family Affair Band in 1977, and the song still shines brightly with the golden soulful light of the era. Something of an obscurity, the tune has now been picked up by Floating Points and the Melodies International label! This 12” offers you the original version, plus a Floating Points edit! Fabulous soulful grooves that you can’t help but enjoy.
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  • Melodies International

Disco Baby
Disco Baby

Though fresh off the presses, this hot disco edit already has quite a history. Floating Points and Red Greg originally cut a very limited quantity of their polished edits for their own use. Via a BBC Essential Mix various others soon caught on, and now, some time later, it seems an official release is essential.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International

Tomorrow's People
Open Soul

Tomorrow’s People’s Open Soul is an underground soul classic, beloved of collectors and deep-cuts genre fans for years. But, as is the way of these things, the record has been hard to find for a long time… Until now! This is the first release of Open Soul in four decades, adding some pieces of Tomorrow’s People memorabilia and an interview into the set. LP reissue on Melodies International.
  • Label(s):
  • Melodies International