Expansion records is the UK's premier modern soul label for brand new music and reissues since 1986. 20th Anniversary Soul Togetherness collection available now (click on the image below) with LP vinyl and online versions coming soon...
Expansion’s most successful and longest running compilation series returns with its 2020 collection. It’s the 20th Anniversary edition. The concept remains, the tracks better than ever, fifteen must-have modern soul room gems telling the story of the past 12 months. Tracks here have topped UK soul charts including many that have not been available in all formats. Participants this year include Charlie Wilson (biggest dancefloor spin before lockdown), Tower of Power, Will Downing, Randy Hall, JB Rose The Weather Girls, and Sam Wills all prolific on soul radio through the summer with other artists delivering signature songs of 2020. Then there’s the biggest revival track of the year from Johnny Baker, “It’s Your Night”, the 300 copy limited edition 7” pressing now exchanging hands upwards of £50 a copy.
Situationship is the first single by Alli Starr to be released on Expansion Records. Alli has already been compared to Anita Baker, Sade and more, and it’s not hard to see why this Chuckii Booker bossanova styled ballad and Alli’ Starr’s vocal talents attracted our attention. Derailed from her original plan to become a mortician and join the family business, Starr became a singer/songwriter, entertaining audiences world-wide, supporting artists such as Tank, Ro James, Mya, Marsha Ambrosius, Lyfe Jennings, Avant, Phil Perry, Tony Terry and Ronnie Laws. She has also headlined at international venues in several countries including China, Brazil, Korea and London. She was based in Japan for two years where she chose to remain following the tragic Fukushima disaster and earthquake in 2011. She has also performed with Barbara Streisand
No.1 on Solar Sweet Rhythms Chart Lifted is the second album from The BritFunk Association, a band which includes founder and original members of Hi Tension, Light of the World, Beggar & Co and Incognito. Thirteen original tracks that maintain the early jazz funk influences of early Kool & The Gang, Blackbyrds, Cameo, Brass Construction and other heavy hitters of the genre. A collections of new songs with some funky grooves, joyful vocals and instrumental solo prowess. The band have a number of national chart records between them, giving rise to live shows that highlights the range of material that they now share on stage creating vibrant live performances. They will be back on the road after lockdown in support of this and their previous album Full Circle
ADIKA PONGO, one of the leading bands on the European and ltalian Soul scene, have been grooving audiences since 1993, combining original songs with cover versions of major funk/soul/disco hits. They have performed with some great artists such as Lionel Richie, Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson-Luci Martin (formerly of Chic) and Leroy Gomez Santa Esmeralda to mention a few. Riding the wave of their success with live performances, Adika Pongo's new single “Touch my heart” comes features the voice of Disco/Soul Icon, Mr. James “D-Train” Williams on a duet with the group’s lead vocalist, Ms Francy. This track anticipates their new album coming out next year. It is an homage to the sound of Disco Music with some flavours of New Soul.