20 Years ago the Groove Merchant record store opened it's doors on Haight Street in San Francisco. The rare funk, soul and jazz emporium became a mecca for collectors, DJs, music fans and producers.
It was also the birthplace for the Luv N'Haight and Ubiquity Record labels. To celebrate this anniversary, Groove Merchant Record store owner Chris Veltri is collaborating with Luv N’Haight and has compiled a tasty selection of rare treats for release on CD, LP, 7" box set and download this Fall.
This particular EP features 2 of the tracks from the forthcoming release plus extended edits by Coppa (Veltri and Bing Ji Ling.) Frankie Gee "Date with the Rain" is a nice funky disco version of the song also covered by Eddie Kendricks (a Dimitri from Paris fave) and Lois Johnson "Be Mine" is an obscure and uplifting Bay Area soul 7" that could be mistaken for something new by Alice Russell. In addition Oakland-based DJ Enki adds a bonus edit of the recent Twilight re-issue "Love's High."
Edits and originals are available on limited edition 12" only, with a digital release to follow featuring only the edits. The forthcoming full-length album will be packaged with an exclusive poster by Props/Wax Poetics designer Freddy Anzures. A super limited edition version will be available as 7" box set.
Liner notes will be by Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com, who says, "It’s no surprise that the GM has become far more than a retail space. Especially on weekends, you’re likely to find a small block party of disc junkies in attendance, all you need is a BBQ and lemonade stand on the corner of Haight and Pierce to make the cipher complete."
Track List & Sound Clips:
A1. Lois Johnson Be Mine
A2. Lois Johnson Be Mine (Coppa Edit)
A3. Twilight Love's High
A4. Twilight Love's High (DJEnki Edit)
B1. Frankie Gee Date With The Rain
B2. Frankie Gee Date With The Rain (Coppa Edit)