Saturday, 6 October 2018

Alyson Williams - I Need Your Lovin' - (1989)

Def Jam Recordings ‎– 655143 2

Mick posted the 12" back in the day, but I have the CDS in all its 320 glory right here.

I won't rewrite the whole thing as he posted a lot of great info in his review so go peep the link above for more info on Alyson. 

The only difference between the two releases is this one contains a 7" edit of I Need your Lovin', wheras the 12" featured another track Make You Mine Tonight. Criminal really that this CD single is missing that - would it have hurt to have had four tracks? Ah well, them's the breaks!


I loved this track back then in '89 and still do. Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper as Soul II Soul were absolutely on fire at the time and bring their trademark UK street soul vibe to the track, really improving on the original. Dare I say it's the definitive version?

A small gripe though - I could never work out why it wasn't called Soul II Soul Mix rather than the vague names we got. Weird.

Anyway, enjoy this wicked lil' sexy ass tune. 

See you next time, soulistas!

  1. I Need Your Lovin' (7" Remix)
  2. I Need Your Lovin' (Extended Remix)
  3. My Love Is So Raw (Album Raw Mix)
Download: AW-INYL.7z | Filesize: 33.9MB

Friday, 14 September 2018

Tammy Payne - Take me Now - (1991)

Talkin' Loud ‎– TLKCD 12


Wow, what a song this one is. 

You can find this in a couple of places on the Soul vendor; Mick's already posted the 12" and I recently put up a Talkin' Loud compilation CD with it on, but here is the CDS in all its glory.


Take Me Now is such a great track. The jazzy vibes, that breakbeat underpinning it, the little "Uh!" vocal stab, and Tammy's flawless and sexy vocal performance - she really sings her ass off here - all add up to making a perfect song.

The Loop Mix is the version you'll want, being the definitive version. Forgot the edit. Who needs a shortened version of something so great? The Dub Me Now Mix is kinda nice (more on that in a moment) despite the name being misleading, but as stated, track two all the way for me.

In Heart And Mind is a nice, cool, jazzy number and well worth investigating, too.

Sadly, I don't have much trivia to share on Tammy Payne or this particular track, but looking at the sleeve there are some some things of note. Although Billy Osbourne is listed as the producer, also credited on additional production and remix are the Young Disciples as well as some of their regular crew (Brendan Lynch, Max Beesley and Demus), which is a real treat to know. I'm pretty sure that they're only involved with the Dub Me Now Mix, which isn't particularly dubby, but I wonder if they had anything to do with the Loop Mix?

According to Discogs, Tammy seemed to stop recording after 2004. Such a shame.

  1. Take Me Now (Loop Edit)
  2. Take Me Now (Loop Mix) 
  3. In Heart And Mind
  4. Take Me Now (Dub Me Edit)
The Download Link is here: TP-TMN.7z | Filesize: 43.1MB

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Brand New Heavies - Stay This Way (1992)

Acid Jazz Records BNHCD2


Mick has already written about the Brand New Heavies, so I'll skip all that and get straight into this particular release.

In short, I love the track. It's up there as one of the best joints the BNH's ever recorded in my opinion. It's effortlessly cool, and a beautiful summertime jam. N'Dea Davenport absolutely kills it with her relaxed and effortless vocal performance, and the boys provide a classy sunshine beat for her to flow over.

The single version(s) has some extra instrumentation and percussion compared to the album version, including some nice bongos, with the Extended version getting a sexy sax solo thrown into the mix as well. As is my penchant, the extended mix is my pick of the bunch.

The two backup tracks, Bang, and O-Fa-Fu, are cool too. Bang is very much a typical BNH instrumental. Peep it and you'll know what I mean. O-Fa-Fu sounds for all the world like an extended theme tune to a 70s Cop Show complete with throwback vibes and wahwah guitars - a wholly good thing in my book (have I ever mentioned how much I dig wahwah?).

All in all I think Stay This Way is one of BNH's all time classic joints, and an essential item in your summer playlists.


  1. Stay This Way 
  2. Stay This Way (Extended) 
  3. Bang 
  4. O-Fa-Fu 
The Download Link is here: BNH-STW.7z | Filesize: 36.1MB

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Sindecut - Tell Me Why (1990)

Virgin Records - VSCDT 1288


320 re-up!

Underrated is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but in the case of these guys, underrated is putting it mildly. The Sindecut was a collective comprised of MC Crazy Noddy (how's that for a brilliant name??!?), DJ Fingers, Louise Francis, Lyn E Lyn, Don't Ramp & Spikey Tee.

Back in 1990 they were blazing a trail with fellow UK Hip-Hop soul acts like Soul II Soul, Massive Attack, Dodge City Productions and Young Disciples. However, while we still worship at the altar of those artists, and despite the fact that they were snapped up by a major label (Virgin) for an alleged six figure sum, The Sindecut seem to have slipped through the net to a degree and don't get the recognition they deserve. They seemed to disappear sometime after their debut album Changing The Scenery. The legacy they leave behind are a collection of wicked live sets at DanceDaze (I'll be posting a Youtube link to that performance in particular when I post Live The Life) and Normski's Dance Energy, and some really, really cool music.



Tell me why is an incredibly good track. I really can't heap enough praise upon it. Check that bassline out - it's a monster! I do prefer the 7" over 12" mix, they're both excellent, and they run at a slightly different pitch and tempo. Start with the 7" and then check the 12" and see what suits you best. The beat is infectious and the vocals are sublime and sung with real diva style.

Wisdom, a hip-hop track, is real nice, using the same breakbeat The Ragga Twins used on 18" Speaker, which is as badass a track as you're ever likely to hear, but I digress... this post is all about Tell Me Why.

Enjoy this and play it loud 'til your speakers blow. If you ask me The Sindecut deserve more love and the recognition that they were part of the late 80s/early 90s urban music trailblazers. If this one managed to pass you by somehow, DL it, bask in its brilliance, and let us know what you think. I'd be interested to know what some of our international crew think of it.

I don't know whatever happened to The Sindecut. If anyone has any info I'd appreciate you sharing it. Information on them is hard to come by.

- Kymba 

  1. Tell Me Why (7" Mix) 
  2. Tell Me Why (12" Mix) 
  3. Wisdom 
Download: TS-TMW.7z | Filesize: 50.8MB

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Junior Giscombe - Step Off (1990)

MCA Records - DMCAT 1432



Re-up in 320 + Blacksmith mixes promo!!

Brit-Soul legend Junior Giscombe (he of Mama Used To Say fame) came back in fine style with this dance-floor smasher back in 1990.

Despite featuring D Mob's Dancin' Danny D on production and Nuff Juice on the rap (a combo that worked to great effect on D Mob's Put Your Hands Together), Step Off seems largely forgotten (I can't even find a video on Youtube for it), but still sounds great to me.

The 7" version is dope, with its Hip-Hop breakbeat, stabs, and early nineties trademark piano chords. Dancin' Danny D's Slammin' & Jammin' Mix is essentially an extended version and is my favourite of the bunch. The oddity here is The Boogie Pella, which strips out the vocals & melodics and turns it into something of a breakbeat led monster. Really good if you're into that sort of thing (like me).

Junior's story is tragic, having to put his career on hold while he looked after his lovely wife and, later, daughter, who both suffered with multiple sclerosis. I hate that disease. Both ended losing their fight against MS, and the devastated Mr Giscombe is left without his beloved ones or what was a hugely promising career. 

He has since joined the British Collective, a band consisting of some serious heavyweight dons of UK soul such as Don-e, Junior, LeeeJohn, Noel McKoy, Omar and released a seriously wicked album called The Renaissance, with hopefully many more to come. I urge you to support the boys and pick up a copy.

I've also now added the promo 12" featuring a suite of Blacksmith remixes of this that I hadn't heard at the time until I picked up a copy a couple of years back. As you're probably sick of hearing from me by now, Blacksmith are favourites of mine, and the pick of this bunch is probably the Brixton Bass Mix, which features re-sung vocals from Junior and trademark Blacksmith funky production. The UPSO single version is also pretty good to my ears, but sounds more dated.

As happy as I am to have these mixes, and as dirty as I feel for saying this,  I think I still prefer the Dancin' Danny D's Slammin' & Jammin' Mix on the regular release.


Original CDS Tracklist
  1. Step Off (7" Version) 
  2. Step Off (Dancin' Danny D's Slammin' & Jammin' Mix) 
  3. The Boogie Pella 
Blacksmith Mixes Promo 12"
  1. Step Off (Brixton Bass)
  2. Step Off (Radio Edit)
  3. Step Off (Dub Mix)
  4. Step Off (Club Version)
  5. Step Off (UPSO Groove)
  6. Step Off (UPSO Single Version)
  7. Step Off (Timmy's Beats)
Download: JG-SO.7z | Size: 107.8MB

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Young Disciples - Apparently Nothin' (1991)

Talkin' Loud, TLKCD 5


Now re-upped in 320.

An anonymous person requested Apparently Nothin’ in the comments section of the Young Disciples EP/Move On EP, and I felt moved to oblige.

To be fair, I can’t believe this track isn’t on here already, it’s such an undeniable, bona-fide, classic, and it’s the sort of track that should be on first, before any other tracks are added, kinda thing - it really is that big a tune.


You all know this song. It was the gem in the crown of the UK urban music scene in the 90s. A modern day funk masterpiece, no less. I’d even go so far as to say it is arguably one of the finest slices of music to ever come out of the UK (then again, the YD’s are one of my all-time fave bands, so I’m kinda biased). It was covered by the Brand New Heavies (I have their version laying around somewhere if anyone is curious), but it plain wasn't as good as this original release. There really isn't much to say about this song that you won't already know, I guess.

This CD single contains no real surprises - there's the version we all know and love, as well as a shortened Radio Edit, and an Instrumental version (yay!). There's also the Soul River version, which appears on the album, which has that wicked Rhodes/wah-wah opening.

Ladies and gentlemen, Soul Vendor is proud to present the mighty Young Disciples, Apparently Nothin’.

That is all. ;)
Kymba x


  1. Apparently Nothin’ (Edit) 
  2. Apparently Nothin’ 
  3. Apparently Nothin’ (Soul River Mix) 
  4. Apparently Nothin’ (Instrumental) 
Download: YD-AN.7z | Filesize: 43.3MB

Loose Ends - Love's Got Me (1990)

Ten Records TENCD 330


Kym's note: I originally posted this in April '09 in 160kbps, and I've been itching to re-up it in 320, so here it is! I only have the old scans to hand until I dig the CD out from storage, so do excuse the lesser quality. I will dig it out, re-scan and replace them. It's one of my favourite tracks.

Originally formed in the very early 1980’s, and comprised of members Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene, and Steve Nichol, Loose Ends are probably the closest thing the UK ever had to a soul/R&B band to perform the impossible task of breaking America (well, until Soul II Soul came along in the late 80’s, that is).

The superb Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) was a hit, both here and America, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart and a healthy #1 in the US R&B Singles Charts, and served as a platform for a small handful of classy minor hits to follow. They disbanded in the late 80’s, but by 1990, a new look Loose Ends appeared, with a reshuffled line-up of Carl McIntosh, Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman, and released the album ‘Look How Long’, which had an edgier and more urban sound than the band previously had displayed.

The band split again not long after the dust had settled on their last four releases, but briefly reformed to make a very decent song with Hip-Hop uber producer Pete Rock in 1998 on his Soul Survivor LP. Carl McIntosh threw himself into production duties, producing very respectable names such as Caron Wheeler, and remixing for the likes of D’Angelo among others.

…but I digress. ‘Look How Long’ spawned three monstrous singles, Don’t Be A Fool (Mickey has posted that particular classic elsewhere on TSV), Cheap Talk, and, my favourite of the bunch, the infectiously funky Love’s Got Me.

Love’s Got Me was propelled along by cheeky usage of a Funky Drummer-esque breakbeat sampled from the excellent Sleep Talk by Alyson Williams, and a Carl McIntosh who sang, in places, like he was channelling the late great Marvin Gaye. It was further helped along by an extended version, which added trippy dub elements after four minutes of normality to make a club dance-floor smash - and provide my favourite version of the track.

The flipside, 'Feel The Vibe...' is a nice chill-out track that wouldn't be out of place on a trendy "bar music" collection CD. Not quite the quality of the lead track for me, but still gets love to this day. I've revised my opinion somewhat on this and it's better than I remember it being.

Love’s Got Me, for me, stands alongside Hangin' On A String (Contemplating) and Don't Be A Fool as one of  Loose Ends' finest moment.

What do you think?

  1. Love's Got Me 
  2. Love's Got Me (Extended Version) 
  3. Feel The Vibe... 
Download: LE-LGM.7z| Filesize: 30.982MB

Monday, 3 September 2018

Venus Tribe - Slow Down (2002)

So Urban Records - 673192 2


Any track produced by Dodge will automatically carry the Soul Vendor seal of approval, as the man really can do no wrong, and Slow Down is a perfect example of this.

A really cool slice of UK R&B soul released in 2002, this should have made more of an impact than it did. I dig the cheeky lil' Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians sample, evoking brand Nubians' classic Slow Down.


Vocals are on point and courtesy of Dianna Joseph ("Di"), formerly of the UK R&B group Truce, who also supplied the excellent vocals for Drum & Bass dance-floor destroyer Shake Ur Body (the single release of which also carried a Venus Tribe mix which turned it from D&B to R&B - a future Soul Vendor post right there no doubt).

The Original Mix is such a classic that it is hard to look beyond it, but Tash (from one of my favourite West Coast Hip-Hop groups Tha Alkaholiks) brings his trademark flow to the w/Rap version, for two verses, which is otherwise the same.

The script gets flipped on the Bigshot Radio Mix, which is a full vocal UK Garage track with a nice enough vibe and decent bassline, if that's your thang.

However, there will be no prizes for guessing where my preference lays. Original styley!

In Dodge we trust.

Peace and love x


  1. Slow Down (Original mix) 
  2. Slow Down (Original w/Rap Feat. Tash from Tha Liks) 
  3. Slow Down (Bigshot Radio Mix) 
  4. Slow Down (Vox) - BONUS alternate cut taken from Street Beats Vol 12 Series 4
Download : VT-SD.7z Filesize: 41.060MB

D'Angelo - Cruisin' - (1996)

Cooltempo Records CDCOOL 316

Kym's note: Not my post originally, but I have the CDS so I'm re-upping in 320. 

I loved Smokey Robinson's original and while ordinarilly I'd consider a cover as blasphemy, D'Angelo absolutely bodies this track. Truly classy and a worthwhile cover.

Dedicated to DJ Filthy Rich who requested this for the Beatminerz Brown Sugar remix like years ago. Sorry Rich! Over to you, Mick...


D'Angelo's 1995 debut album Brown Sugar gave us this gem, along with the single Brown Sugar, revisited here by the Beatminerz to good effect. Not preferable over the original mixes but definately different. Prior to Brown Sugar's release, the nu soul movement was yet to be defined by a major release, being dominated by British artists such as Omar. D'Angelo ushered in a new sound, blending classic soul with R&B beats.

While the title song, Brown Sugar, is a thinly-veiled ode to marijuana, Cruisin' is a Smokey Robinson penned cover from his 1979 Tamla album Where There's Smoke, conventional in the classic sense. The Dallas Austin Remix enhances the Album Version for the RnB crew but the Wet Mix is pure class, a lil' piece of soul heaven.


  1. Cruisin' (Album Version) 
  2. Cruisin' (Dallas Austin Remix) 
  3. Cruisin' (Wet Mix) 
  4. Brown Sugar (Beatminerz Remix) 
Download: D-C.7z Filesize: 52.491MB

(W. Robinson & M. Tarplin)
Baby let's cruise, Away from here
Don't be confused, baby
The way is clear
And if you want it you got it forever
Oh, this is not a one night stand
Let the music take your mind
And just release and you will find

We're going to fly away
Glad you're going my way
I love it when we're cruisin together
Music was made for love
Cruisin' is made for love
I love it when we're cruisin' together

Baby, tonight belongs to us
Everything's right
Do what you must
And inch by inch we get closer and closer
Every little part of each other
Ooh, baby, baby
Let the music take your mind
Just release and you will find

We're going to fly away
Glad you're going my way
I love it when we're cruisin' together
Music was made for love
Cruisin' is made for love
I love you when we're cruisin' together

Baby let's cruise
Let's fly away
Let's glide
Ooh, Ooh, Let's open up and go inside
And if you want it you got it forever
I can stay there inside you and love you, baby
Let the music take your mind
Just release and you will find

We're going to fly away
Glad you're going my way
I love it when we're cruisin' together
Music was made for love
Cruisin' is made for love
I love you when we're cruisin' together

D'Angelo - Lady CD1 & CD2 (1996)

Cooltempo Records 7243 8 82914 2

Kym's note: This was my first ever contribution to this site back in the day, although the boss man did the post. It's now in full 320 for your audio pleasure. My D'Angelo CDs are in storage right now so I can't redo the artwork. I'll re scan them and add to these D'Angelo posts as soon as I am able but for now we're stuck with the images rescued from our old file hosting platform. Back over to Mick...

OK Family, major props to the lovely Kymba who has provided not only both parts of this 2 CD release but also, all of the artwork, scanned full size so all the dodgy small print can be read. Great work Honey, looking forward to the YD 12".

The Brown Sugar album finally got some recognition when Lady made the charts a year later in 1996. Although Cruisin' and Brown Sugar were superb releases, Lady was always lauded as a great album track, way before it's single release.

The first CD features a superb Live rendition which proves that D'Angelo is no studio creation. The musicians and backing are all top notch (assuming the band is live too, of course). Track 3 is subtitled Just Tha Beat Mix and features a rap from AZ. It is a straight up street mix. For a short while in the early 90's, this sparse production style was referred to as Drum & Bass, anyone else remember that?

The last track on this CD is what the fuss is about really, Carl McIntosh, no relation to CJ, provides his own remix of Cruisin' and a great job he makes of it. This would have been an essential track had the Wet Mix wasn't already perfect. It doesn't matter though because, what the Wet Mix does in the bedroom, this will do on the dancefloor. Try not to get arrested guys.

  1. CJ Mackintosh Radio Edit 
  2. Live Version 
  3. Just Tha Beat Mix 
  4. Cruisin' (Carl McIntosh Mix) 

Cooltempo Records 7243 8 82913 2 3

The second part of the single release features the full length CJ Mackintosh Mix but also has the Radio Edit which always annoys me. Why put the edit on both releases? For those who are unaware of the UK's ridiculous guidelines, a single release was only allowed to have a certain amount of minutes on it otherwise it would not be counted for chart inclusion. To further complicate matters the release was only allowed to be made in three (I think?) formats. This was a serious problem for awhile (pre-CD ghettoblasters) because, the emergence of CD Single made the format choice awkward. The 7", the 12", the Cassette Single & the CDS were all important for a few years. The missing format could affect sales and kill a release. By the mid 90's though, it was all a marketing ploy to enable the record companies to bleed the record buying public dry.

The Clean Street Version is remixed by DJ Premier and features a rap from AZ. Premier is not credited on the Just Tha Beat Mix which is strange because that's what this is, with a bit of extra production. I think maybe he laid a bit of extra atmosphere over it and they added him to the credits, his name pulled in extra sales. The mix works though, so who cares.

Track 3 is remixed by 2B3 who had a quirky style that was popular for a couple of years. Anybody know what happened to them? The Shake Dat Ass Mix works for me but it takes a bit of getting used to.

CD2 Tracklist
  1. CJ Mackintosh Radio Edit 
  2. Clean Street Version 
  3. 2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix 
  4. Album Version 
  5. CJ Mackintosh Mix 

Download: D-L.7z Filesize: 107.113MB


(Wiggins, Rapael, Archer & Michael)

You're my lady
You're my lady
You're my lady
You're my lady

Don't think I don't see them looking at ya
All of them wishing they could have ya
And as a matter of fact, uh
A bunch of them are itchin'for you to scratch'em
I'm tired of hiding what we feel
I'm trying to get with the real
And I'm-a gonna make it known
'Cause I want them to know


You're my little baby, my darling baby
I swear you're the talk of the town
And everybody wants to know what's going down
Babe, I know they've seen us before
Maybe at the liquor store, or maybe at the health food stand
They don't know that I'm your man


I can tell they're looking at us
I pick you up everyday from your job
And every guy in the parking lot wants to rob me of my girl
And my heart and soul, and everybody wants to treat me so cold
But I know I love you and you love me
There's no other lover for you or me
You're my lady


You're my lady
My divine lady
You're my lady
Such a wonderful lady
I can tell they're looking at us.

A great post and maximum respect to Kymba for making it possible.

D'Angelo - Brown Sugar CD Single (1996)

1996, Cooltempo, CDCOOL 307

Special request!

Mick has already posted the 12" here but after a request the other day about six years ago(!) I thought I'd put up the CD single in 320kbps.

So there is little I can say that Mick hasn't already beaten me to. D'Angelo was the standard-bearer for the fledgling Neo Soul movement, whether willing or not.

Brown Sugar is one of, if not THE, best D'Angelo tune outside of the Voodoo album (Voodoo, how I love thee), a sublime cut with D'Angelo killing it on the vocals and smoky, sensual production courtesy of Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe Called Quest. Quite frankly, it's an amazing track.

The UK CD single then brings us an edited, Radio version, that is the original with 20 seconds shaved off. Stick with the album cut for a deeper experience, I say. 

However, the real highlights here are the Carl McIintosh (of Loose Ends fame) produced Dollar Bag Mix, and Dodge's Soul Inside MixAvid readers will be all too aware of how much I love Dodge, and that funky bassline he brings is tight as hell, but the smoothed out vibes of  Carl's mix can't be praised enough. Though not quite as classic as the original, I can't decide between either, they are the highlights of this CD single.

The album cut When We Get By also gets an airing which a brilliant cut, and, on a lesser album, could well have been a single in its own right.

- Kymba :)

  1. Brown Sugar (Radio Version) 
  2. Brown Sugar (Dollar Bag Mix) 
  3. Brown Sugar (Soul Inside 808 Mix) 
  4. When We Get By 
Download: D-BS.7z Filesize: 41.782MB

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Lynden David Hall - Forgive Me (UK CD1 & CD2) - (2000)

EMI Records/Cooltempo, 12COOL346 



"This one's fresh, this one's a brand new (brand new) check the mic a one-two..."

Following on from our boy José Manuel aka Alifunk, sharing the Promo CD for "Forgive Me" with us and my subsequent rip of the 12", I present to you here the official two CD release.


CD 1 is acceptable enough and a contains a radio edit of the D-influence Mix as well as the album version, alongside a non album track Love U I Do. Not bad at all but it gets better.


Where this really comes to life is CD 2. We kick off with the un-edited full majesty of the D-Influence remix and it is SMOKIN'! Check out that gorgeous intro. Mmmm!

Next up, we have the excellent Ignorants Club Mix, which is a full length version of their mix on the promo CD supplied by Alifunk - I really dig this mix, the original is straight up soul but this one is for the Hiphop/R&B heads, and really hits the spot. Truly a headnodder.

Lastly, the piece de resistance here are the two mixes by Artful Dodger. They supply both a full Vocal remix and a Dark Dub, the latter of which was MASSIVE back in the day, and still sounds great. 
I know it's blasphemy, but I think prefer this to the full vocal mix. I remember shaking my booty in the clubs to this when it came out, and it would absolutely destroy dance-floors. An true killer UK garage track.

I know garage won't be everyone's tastes, so if they ain't your particular cup of tea, between the original soul flava, and the other three there will be something here for us all. There's not a bad version of this track.

This post is dedicated to the memory of our very own Lynden David Hall, who we all miss terribly, and with utmost respect to his family. Lynden had all the talent in the world and should have blown up huge. He was taken from us us far too soon yet leaves a legacy of some amazing music. I wonder what great songs we would have had if he was still with us. We will never know now.

Peace and Love.

CD1 Tracklist
  1. Forgive Me (D-Influence Radio Mix) 
  2. Forgive Me (Album version) 
  3. Love U I Do
CD2 Tracklist
  1. Forgive Me (D-Influence 12" Mix) 
  2. Forgive Me (Ignorants Club) 
  3. Forgive Me (Artful Dodger Vocal) 
  4. Forgive Me (Artful Dodger Dark Dub) 
Download : LDH-FM.7z | Filesize: 68.3MB