Welcome to Expansion Records. If you like real soul music, you have come to the right place. Based in the UK, we endeavor to provide the level of quality soul largely abandoned by the American major companies many years ago. Our purpose is to offer artists, both new and veteran, a platform for their music on the UK soul scene, and where helpful, an international stage through our vast network of music fans and business affiliates. We have been privileged to work with such great talents as Leon Ware, Howard Hewett, Stephanie Mills, Gary Taylor, Leroy Hutson, Billy Griffin, Atlantic Starr, Ali Woodson (ex-Temptations), Jean Carne, Angela Bofill, Evelyn Champagne King, and more recently Steve Harvey, Frank McComb, Adriana Evans, Marva King, James Day, Maysa Leak, Kloud 9, Ebony Alleyne and many more. There is a real passion for what we do here and this is what keeps us going through sunshine and rain especially through these ever more changing and challenging times. Below are links to four of our most recent releases. Some you can get on vinyl as well as digital download. All are amazing soul, funk, jazz recordings that we know you will love. Why not check out THE EXPANSION RECORDS VAULT and see what other music you can explore.....
Our most successful and longest running compilation series returns with a 2018 edition. The concept remains the same, fifteen must-have modern soul room gems taken from the biggest dance floor spins this year on the soul scene. While tracks here have topped UK soul charts, many have not been available in all formats. Once again, here are 15 gems chosen here from shuffling beats to boogie to more soulful house as played at modern soul events. Participants this year include Cornell CC Carter with a track from his superb new album, huge tracks by UK soul artists Kenny Thomas, Jaki Graham (exclusive extended mix), John Reid (exclusive extended mix); a return to form for the massive Change; two artists Brian Courtney Wilson and Lexi from Motownâ€™s new gospel label; superb dancers from new artists The APX, Imaa, with a vintage flavor from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities. Excellence too from German DJ Mousse T with Peven Everett; soulful garage anthems from DJ Spen and Prefix One, an 80s revival from The Richie Family, and fantastic to have Cheryl Pepsii Riley back with an James Day on an extended mix exclusive to this album.
Expansion commence each year with one of our most anticipated collections, Luxury Soul. The success of the 3CD amazing value series comes down to the quality of tracks sourced from independent soul music artists, often unsigned or with recordings previously unissued or on limited release elsewhere. This yearâ€™s set includes music by Linda Clifford, Shirley Jones with The Jones Girls and Keni Burke, artists from the 70s/80s appearing at the UKâ€™s Luxury Soul Weekender in January. Also for the first time on CD is music by Tristan, Chris Jasper, Myles Sanko, Robb Scott, Marcus Anderson and The Wanda featuring Chaka Khan
Pharoah Sanders has been described as probably the best tenor player in the world, emerging as a star from playing saxophone with John Coltrane in the 1960s. As a solo recording artist he is best loved by fusion fans for the jazz dance classic Youve Got To Have Freedom. It is taken from his 1980 album Journey To The One featured here for the first time on the complete side of a 12 inch single. Got To Give It Up is Pharoahâ€™s outstanding rendition of the Marvin Gaye classic on the B-Side. It has previously been on 7 inch but never until now in its full length version on 12â€ single. It was originally a feature on the 1978 album Love Will Find A Way produced by Norman Connors. To have both of these masterful recordings on one 12 inch single is something special.
Uno Melodic was the brainchild of the legendary Roy Ayers. At the height of his career in the early 80s, Roy established Uno Melodic to explore working as a writer, musician, producer and record label owner with complete control over his creative ideas. Roy brought artists and musicians to the label invaluable to him at Polydor and in whom he saw potential to make more great records. Between 1980 and 1983 Uno Melodic released records that went onto become definitive of their time, classics that became much sought after. The label and its signature releases are part of the Roy Ayers legacy, the best of which Expansion have assembled here on remastered CD and double LP. Sylvia Striplin, Eighties Ladies and Ethel Beatty represent the soul, disco, two step and boogie sides of Uno Melodic, Bobbi Humphrey, Justo Almario and Roy himself the masters of jazz fusion at the label. The album concludes with the spoken words of Rick Holmes on one of the labelâ€™s biggest ever release on the label.