GARDEN OF LIFE by SPECIAL TOUCH

SKU114541
ArtistSPECIAL TOUCH
TitleGARDEN OF LIFE
LabelHEELS & SOULS RECORDINGS
Catalog #HSREC 001
Genre
ReleaseW 42 - 2020
FormatVinyl - UKLP
Import
 € 19,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Searching For Your Love
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_a_1.mp3
  2. Share A Little
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_a_2.mp3
  3. It's Your Life
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_a_3.mp3
  4. That Special Touch (625Mix)
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_a_4.mp3
  5. Thank You
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_a_5.mp3
  6. Music
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_b_1.mp3
  7. Garden of Life
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_b_2.mp3
  8. Your So Good (Remix)
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_b_3.mp3
  9. Tonight
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/h/hsrec_001_garden_of_life/hsrec001_b_4.mp3

Description

Reissue from this impossible UK Street Soul album from 1991 !

When you talk about UK Street Soul, and the sounds that define it, it’s impossible to look past Special Touch’s first and only album, Garden of Life. A shining example of this often retrospectively termed genre, which loosely categorised black, soul-inspired music with a DIY, bass-driven aesthetic from the late ‘80s to early-mid ‘90s, this impossibly rare record from cult label Top Secret Recordings weaves a unique brand of positivity and musicality across nine uplifting tracks

With original copies never having traded hands for below £100 on Discogs, this fully licensed, remastered reissue for Heels & Souls Recordings debut release will be a welcome sight for many.

A family affair through and through, producer and TSR founder Robert Charles Roper and his vocalist brother Duval created an LP that effortlessly married the rawness of underground hip-hop, R&B, reggae and early house with the sentiment and warmth of soul music.

The continuous thread over the nine tracks is a sense of optimism, whether on the house-flecked ‘It’s Your Life’, the slung-back ‘Tonight’ or the breakbeat-punctuated ‘Music’. And few, if any, street soul tracks hit the same sublime heights as the title track ‘Garden of Life’, a consummate encapsulation of the Special Touch sound, decorated with breathtaking synth melodies layered over crunchy drum machine hits and Duval’s soaring vocals.

A high-point of an underground street soul scene that caused vibrations throughout UK dancefloors, blues parties, soundsystems and pirate stations from Manchester, London, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham and beyond, Heels & Souls Recordings are delighted to be working alongside Robert to present a relicensed version of Garden of Life for their debut release, remastering the record from the original DAT tape at The Bakehouse Studio.

Complete with a printed inner sleeve detailing the history of Special Touch and the record’s significance, label co-founders Ben Croft and Patrick Forrester, will also be donating their profits to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise delivering Black British history programmes and teacher training to facilitate both national curriculum and wider societal changes.

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