Garden of Life – Special Touch
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Garden of Life – Special Touch

Garden of Life – Special Touch

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Garden of Life – Special Touch

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Garden of Life - Special Touch

When you talk about UK Street Soul and the sounds that define it its impossible to look past Special Touchs first and only album Garden of Life A shining example of this often retrospectively termed genre which loosely categorised black soulinspired music with a DIY bassdriven aesthetic from the late s to earlymid s 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 on Discogs this fully licensed remastered reissue for Heels amp 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 hiphop RampB 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 houseflecked Its Your Life the slungback Tonight or the breakbeatpunctuated 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 Duvals soaring vocals A highpoint 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 amp 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 records significance label cofounders Ben Croft and Patrick Forrester alongside Prime Direct Distribution will also be donating their respective share of profits to The Black Curriculum a social enterprise delivering Black British history programmes and teacher training to facilitate both national curriculum and wider societal changesbr

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