Since not-for-profit party starters Heels & Souls (aka Ben Croft and Patrick Forrester) announced their eponymous reissue label a few months back, we’ve been keeping close tabs on what the pair had in store for their debut release.
The inaugural offering comes from Special Touch, a bonafide UK Street Soul classic from ’91 and the crowning jewel of cult label TSR’s back-catalogue. The album sounds as vital now as it did then with hair-raising synth melodies, heavy basslines, crunchy drum machine hits and soaring, optimistic vocals permeating through all nine tracks.
On other TSR material, label head and production extraordinaire Robert Charles Roper worked with a range of different vocalists but here it’s a family affair with his brother Duval on the mic, and this close bond shines brightest on the LP’s more anthemic numbers. ‘Music’ is our pick, a breakbeat punctuated number with bags of charm, soul and ample space for Duval’s vocals to uplift.
Cop the album this Bandcamp Friday ahead of its official release on October 16th. Both Heels & Souls’ and Prime Direct Distribution’s profits will be donated to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise delivering Black British history programmes and teacher training to facilitate both national curriculum and wider societal changes.