Just in time for the holidays, Rare Sounds is telling the story of the Funk and Soul Revival with a new vinyl subscription club.
Curated by The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts, this quarterly vinyl subscription series powered by Color Red will feature many out-of-print records that shaped the boogaloo sound of the ’60s and funk, soul, and jazz scenes of the ’90s and ’00s. This community of musicians, DJs, and crate-digging aficionados were dotted across the world in small pockets of interest in parts of the U.S., Japan, U.K. and other cultural hamlets, tenuously connected through word of mouth, live performances, and curated listening experiences. Though initially disparate, the community’s collective identity and influence grew over time into some of the most renowned musicians, creators, and tastemakers of the modern live music scene.
The first subscription box includes ‘The Essentials’ with The New Mastersounds’ 2001 Keb Darge presents The New Mastersounds, Greyboy Allstars’ 1994 West Coast Boogaloo, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ 2002 Dap Dippin’. These bands took a niche sound, built their own world around it, and eventually turned the whole world onto it.
As Eddie Roberts explains of the Rare Sounds Funk & Soul Vinyl Subscription club, “The ‘Funk-Soul Revival’ saw a rise of like-minded bands across the globe influenced by the funk, jazz, & boogaloo music of the ’60s. I want today’s audience to see the connection between then & now, and all the stages in between. This is our story told in records.”