Sunday, April 15, 2018

Record Kicks celebrates 15 years

"Side by side with similar outfits like Daptone, Truth And Soul, Freestyle or Timmion, under its motto “The explosive sound from Today's scene” Milan-based independent label Record Kicks has been pitching the contemporary funk & soul scene since day one.

With over 200 releases under the belt, RK has released bands from all over the globe and earned the support of VIP fans such as Kenny Dope, Jamie Cullum, Craig Charles and not least Jay-Z, thanks to which the label has recently received a Grammy nomination for HOV’s use of Hannah Williams’ “Late Nights And Heartbreak” as backdrop for his “4:44”.

The new instalment “Record Kicks 15th” coming out May 18th on double clear LP, CD and digital download alongside with exclusive merch, celebrates 15 years in the business with a collection full of exclusive new tracks and the very best of its roster.

The album opens with RK’s latest and youngest signing: from Chicago, heavily inspired by The Impressions and Leroy Hutson, here are The Devonns with their debut single “Come Back”, a tasty appetizer of their debut full length expected to land on RK next autumn.

Another new signing to the label is Men Of North Country’s (Acid Jazz Records) side project The Faithful Brothers with their new single “One More Time”. Other exclusive tracks are “This Strange Effect”, a coverup of The Hooverphonic’s single from 1998 brought to you by the Dutch The Tibbs, “Love You Back” from Detroit deep funk outfit Third Coast Kings, “The Sort” by the Buenos Aires mod reggae kings The Crabs Corporation, “Top Dog” by British funk combo The Hook & Slingers and “You Don’t Know Me” by Dojo Cuts.

Along with these new exclusive cuts, the compilation features some label’s news singles and some classic tunes such as Dj Shadow’s “This Time”, taken from Baby Charles debut LP, “Don’t Throw Your Love In The Garbage Can” by James Brown’s original funk diva Martha High feat the Japanese Osaka Monaurail, “Psycheground” the brand new afro-funk single by Calibro 35 and then Portuguese Marta Ren & The Groovelvets, Toronto soul queen Tanika Charles, UK funk combo The New Mastersounds, The Diplomats of Solid Sound and the already mentioned “Late Nights & Heartbreak” by Hannah Williams & The Affirmations."

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