20) Milton Wright – Keep It Up (Alston) 7″
One the greatest two step classics received a timely re-release during 2015 on it’s original TK subsidiary label Alston. The brother of Betty delivers a simply divine delivery over a rocksteady beat that’s considered an anthem on discerning dancefloors.
19) Stephane Ghenacia – Mamajunk (Colors) 12″
The third release for London based party throwers Colors was a big seller from our house racks within the shop. Stephane Ghenacia with ‘Mamajunk’ delivered a winner that proved to be a big seller in the shop with it’s no nonsense house approach.
18) Gladys Knight & The Pips – Baby Baby Don’t Waste My Time (Expansion) 7″
Originally from their 1981 album called ‘Touch’ this song was slept on for decades until Expansion took the initiative to re-release it as an 7″ single during 2015. This Ashford and Simpson song was one of the shop’s most popular songs during the final third of the year.
17) Moton Records Inc Box Set (Moton) Box Set
This Limited Edition Boxset 7″ boxset of edits proved that this label is still at the cutting edge of the edit scene after 19 years with it’s carefully selected collection of scarse dusty beats.
16) Diplomats Of Soul – Sweet Power Your Embrace (Expansions) 12″
Interpreting classics is an extremely difficult thing to do but the Diplomats Of Soul duo delivered big time with their version of the James Mason classic. This pressing was well produced using some of the best musicians around which contributed to a steady seller for the shop.
15) Auntie Flo & Esa – Highlife In Uganda (Highlife) 12″
The trio of Highlife releases by Auntie Flo & Esa each rocked the shop in the past year, but we’ve picked the ‘Uganda’ release as our pick of the three because it not only sold fast, but it’s a great mix of contemporary African music with electronica.
14) Praise Poems Two – Various (Tramp) 2xLP
This is a difficult one for the shop because both Praise Poem albums were released in 2015. We’ve been split on which version was the best and to be fair there’s not much difference between both releases because the quality is set very high by Tramp records on each release. These albums offer a collection of soulful, jazzy and funk fueled folk music that make them essential listening. We hope that a third installment comes soon during 2016.
13) Tala AM – Arabica (African Roadtrip) LP
Tala AM originally released this album in 1978 on Fiesta Records and our friends African Roadtrip saw fit to re-release it during 2015. They say that the creme always rises to the top and that is self evident with this album. The album has been ‘Black Gold’ for the shop in the past year!
12) Payfone – Quarantine (Golf Channel) 12″
The shop got right behind this excellent release by Payfone on Golf Channel during 2015. Delivering vocal songs seem to be a thing of the past for most producers but with ‘Quarantine’ Payfone found a winning formula of delivery. The B Side ‘Padre, Pray for Us’ hit home for both counters with it’s live trumpet playing as it’s feature.
11) DJ Khalab & Baby Sissoko – Untitled (Wonderwheel) 12″
‘Kumu’ captured our imagination with it’s addictive vocal hook over the top of futuristic African beats. Now that the album has dropped DJ Khalab and Baby Sissoko have proved that they can deliver the goods and we look forward to what they offer us in the future with great anticipation.