Best Of

The Best of 2017

It was a fantastic year for music! 2017 came with a lot of wonderful releases, and for our best of selection, we've included our favorite albums, singles, and re-issues, re-edits and compilations. The order is Alphabetical, Albums, Singles, and Compilations.

The Haggis Horns One Of These Days Album Cover

Haggis Horns

One Of These Days

Haggis Records

Leeds own Haggis Horns have come back for their fourth release, and its a big one full of funk, a sprinkling of 70’s soul, and a pinch of rap. 8 songs in total, this is one to get into your collection for sure.


Curtis Harding Face Your Fear Album Cover

Curtis Harding

Face Your Fear

Anti

A sophomore album can be the blessing or the curse. In this case, its the former. Curtis Harding has stepped up incredibly, following up from his amazing 2014 release, Soul Power. 11 songs, most of which you’ll find yourself playing on repeat.


Ikebe Shakedown The Way Home Album Cover

Ikebe Shakedown

The Way Home

Colemine

Brooklyn’s Ikebe Shakedown are back at it for their fourth album, and this is a afro, funky, psychedic monster. What you’d likely expect, but more!


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul of a Woman Album Cover

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Soul of a Woman

Daptone

For so many, this 7th and final album is bittersweet. 11 songs of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at their best.


Mr Jukes God First Album Cover

Mr. Jukes

God First

Island

A fantastic first release from Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman. This album takes you on a journey through Soul, R&B, Funk, and HipHop. Features appearances from Lianne La Havas, Charles Bradley, De La Soul and more.


New Street Adventure Stubborn Sons Review

New Street Adventure

Stubborn Sons

Acid Jazz

2017 saw the sophomore release from London’s New Street Adventure. There is an expression of anger, sadness, optimism, and irony that was present in the first album, yet this time from a slightly different angle including a much wider and diverse sound pulling from their many different influences. This is a collection, well crafted into an album of 10 great songs both musically and lyrically. Sadly, at the end of 2017 they announced their final show to take place in London at the start of 2018.


Soul Scratch Catching Fire Review

Soul Scratch

Pushing Fire

Colemine

The 3rd album from LA’s Soul Scratch is a killer! 10 sizzlers that are personal, social, political, soulful, funky and dirty. Its fair to say there is not one sleeper on this album.


Stone Foundation Street Rituals Review

Stone Foundation

Street Rituals

100%

This was one of our most anticipated records of the year since their announcement in January that they’d recorded a new album with none other than Paul Weller, but that it also featured him, and included William Bell and Bettye LaVette, and being able to look back at 2017 as a whole, it has by all means lived up to its expectations!


Paul Weller A Kind Revolution Album Cover

Paul Weller

A Kind Revolution

Parlophone

Paul Weller has had a busy 2017! He did a score for the film Jawbone, worked with Stone Foundation on Street Rituals and Mother Ethiopia, and here releasing his 13th official solo album, A Kind Revolution. From Saturns Patterns to the present, many would argue that Weller and co are back at their best, creating with ease, and a newness that always keeps Paul true to his nickname. the Modfather. The deluxe version offers some amazing remixes and alternate takes that is well worth it.


Bell Telephunk Record

Bell Telephunk

Love Vibrations / Love Company

Super Disco Edits

Formed in the early 70s in New Jersey, Bell Telephunk eventually relocated to Cleveland. They played often at the Kinsman Grill located in Kinsman Road in Cleveland. This was their 2nd release. They went on to be the Kinsman Jazz, and later The Jazz Band. This is funky killer!!!


Benjamin & The Dream Dancers Record

Benjamin & The Dreamdancers

Not One More Tear / That's What You Mean To Me

Palmetto St.

An absolutely brilliant second to come from Benjamin Ouriachi-Pirani. The first single was released under Benjamin & The Right Direction (now very rare and collectable), and this time moving on to a new backing back, The Dream Dancers. There is almost no one out there that has managed to sound as perfect and authentic in this vain of Upbeat, Detroit influenced, dare I say, Modern Day Northern Soul? In 2017 Colemine Records combined the 2 releases for a digital release, and there have been hints that we will see an album in 2018.


Norman Connors

Once I've Been There / Captain Connors

Expansion

The A-Side to this originally released on Buddah Records in 1977, and the B-Side of Captain Connors is a long version released here for the first time, and its a killer!


Earth Wind & Fire Brazillian Rhyme Record

Earth, Wind & Fire

Brazilian Rhyme (Extended Mix)

Athens of the North

The Extended Mix, never before released. You know the song!


Faithful Brothers Record

The Faithful Brothers

Downtown, Uptown / Night Man

Elb Digger

Our man Yashiv Cohen from Men of North Country has his own side project blending the sounds of Northern Soul and authentic 60s Rhythm & Blues.


Keither Florence & The Associates

Future / Free

Backatcha, Tramp

Definitely the holy grail from Atlanta’s Keither Florence & The Associates. From 1978 this funky modern soul belter may have been one of the best kept secrets this year. It’s small official re-issue has since sold out, but keep on digging! Tramp has also released a version and the label reads "with friendly permission from Keither Florence”.


The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY - My God Has A Telephone Record

The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY

My God Has A Telephone

Colemine

Debut single from Aaron Frazer, drummer from Durand Jones & The Indications. His sweet soul falsettos first heard on ‘Is It Any Wonder?’ make this release a solid double A-Side gospel beauty. He’s joined by his friend Eli Paperboy Reed. Good luck getting your hand on this one. All versions are sold out and fetching a pretty penny!


Frazelle

Today Is The Day

Athens of the North

This disco boogie belter from 1982, originally on North Carolina’s Chocolate Cholly’s has seen the light of day on Euan Fryer’s Athens of the North this year. We couldn’t be happier!


Dave Hamilton

Ain't It A Groove / Can You Dig It?

Remined

2017 saw the birth of Colemine’s Remined Records. Their third release from Detroit Funk God, Dave Hamilton! Neither of these mixes have been presented on wax before! "Ain't It A Groove" aka an alternate mix of "Cracklin Bread" as it was released originally on the Detroit TCB label. And "Can You Dig It?" aka an alternate mix of "Pisces Piece".


Leroy Hutson - Positive Forces Record

Leroy Hutson

Positive Forces

Acid Jazz

Leroy Hutson with this previously unreleased 1977 positive motivational funky number. Backed with an instrumental of ‘All Because of You’. This one surely made everyone’s Best Of this year!


Durand Jones & The Indications - Make A Change Record

Durand Jones & The Indications

Make A Change

Colemine

Taken from their Self-Titled 2016 album, this song is a piece of perfection! In 2017 these gents were busy on the road much of the year, and seems to be paying off for them as they’ve become loved by so many!


Jungle Fire – N.U.S.A.U. / La Kossa Album Cover

Jungle Fire

N.U.S.U.A

Colemine

Colemine’s first release of 2017 sees Jungle Fire back after several years. Heavy Afro Latin Funk with big drums. Its absolute FIRE! Both tracks are taken from their Jambu album on Nacional Records.


Grace Love Hight 45

Grace Love

Higher

Cannonball

Grace Love, formerly of The True Loves, teamed up with Alberto Zanini and the Cannonball Soul family to create an immediate timeless Disco classic! Its absolutely anthemic in its chorus “I’m Going Higher…”. An amazing backbone to the song accompanied by some beautiful strings. This is her second release on Cannonball this year. The previous, ‘Rain’ has a big upbeat Northern Soul vibe. Both are standout, but I choose Higher as the superior!


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

Maurice Moore and the Family Affair Band

Everything That Shines Ain't Gold

Melodies International

A stunning re-release of this holy grail of Jazz-Funk. Jazzy guitars, hammond organ, funky beat, and extraordinary vocals. Comes with an additional booklet. B-Side features a Floating Points edit.


Mother Braintree ‎– Sailing / Let Me Stay Beside You Record

Mother Braintree

Sailing / Let Me Stay Beside You

Super Disco Edits

Another killer release from SDE also from Cleveland’s 1970s Kinsman record label. These from 1973, ‘Sailing’ is a feel good, sweet soul beauty. The b-side ‘Let Me Stay Beside You’ is a quiet mostly-instrumental led with a beautiful flute that is backed with a beat that reminds me of Isaac Hayes’ ‘Walk On By’. It ends in a massive chorus and an explosive fuzzy guitar solo.


Orgone Bulletproof Review

Orgone

Bulletproof / PCH

Colemine

WOW! These 2 songs, the A-Side ‘Bulletproof’ an instrumental which features Ikebe Shakedown is such a dance floor burner, full of funk! The B-side ‘P.C.H.’ featuring Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites has a funky sweet soul vibe to it. I’d call this another double A-side in my opinion!


Roz Ryan ‎– Keep Shining Record

Roz Ryan

Keep Shining

Super Disco Edits

In 1980, Detroit native Roz Ryan teamed up with the legendary team of Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore on a six song album that wound up being unreleased. Thankfully Super Disco Edits never sleeps and this Disco Boogie burner is pressed on wax for us all to enjoy!


Paul Weller vs. Stone Foundation

Mother Ethiopia

Parlophone

As if he didn’t create enough tracks this year, Weller teams up with Stone Foundation (again), Bongo Bob, and Krar Collective to create this amazing, 3 version African groove. Play on repeat!… Don’t mind if I do!


PP Arnold - The Turning Tide Cover

PP Arnold

The Turning Tide

Kundalini Music

These songs sat on shelves for years only to finally be remixed and mastered by Steve Craddock using Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios. The album features songs written and recorded between 1969 and 1971, featuring Eric Clapton, Barry and Marine Gibb, Doris Troy, Caleb Quaye, including songs written by the aforementioned, and including Van Morrison, Jagger/Richards, and Steve Winwood. Its a collection that was sure to make this year’s Best Of!


Gloria Barnes - Uptown Cover

Gloria Barnes

Uptown

Remined, Maple

From 1971, Gloria Barnes, previously known as Toward Barnes, teamed up with The Ohio Players and Lee Moses to create her only LP, Uptown, that would become highly desirable in the deep soul/funk market and is just now seeing the light of day again in 2017. Its a perfect album from start to finish that many of us would never be able to own. This album saw a limited release of 1000, which are now sold out as you’d expect.


Leroy Hutson - Anthology Cover

Leroy Hutson

Anthology

Acid Jazz

What can you say in regards to a Leroy Hutson anthology? Play it and enjoy! Acid Jazz worked with Leroy to unearth 2 tracks never heard before for this, and also included Leroy’s best songs to date. Its a beautiful collection that you just have to own.


Sunny & The Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul Cover

Sunny & The Sunliners

Mr. Brown Eyed Soul

Big Crown

This beauty from the 60s from Texas Chicano Soul (Living) Legends, Sunny & The Sunliners. The collection of 17 tracks chosen by Big Crown and Sunny Ozuna is nothing short of amazing. It also features liner notes and dozens of rare photos.


The Men In The Glass Booth Cover

Various Artists

The Men In The Glass Booth, Part 1 and 2

BBE Disco

The Men In The Glass Booth compiled by Al Kent features ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era’s most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story’s key figures. For any disco lover, Part One and Two are a must have for your collection.


Various Artists Virtue Recording Studios Reviews

Various Artists

Virtue Recording Studios

Tramp

Frank Virtue’s Virtue Recording Studios in Philadelphia, beloved by many, produced some of Philly’s most classic and rare songs. Tramp has put together this wonderful collection with liner notes and rare photos documenting what an important institution this was in The City of Brotherly Love.