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Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink - Woman You Made Me
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
Woman You Made Me
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Timmion)
6,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Timmion releases yet another dance floor scorcher from the "1634 Lexington Avenue" album by New York soul man Carlton Jumel Smith. With its soul oozing a cappella intro followed with a drum & tambourine break "Woman You Made Me" is a perfect starter for the album. That's not say, it won't work exquisitely in single format in your dj set, jukebox or smoky listening sesh.

Carlton's chops in testifying and performance really get to shine in these uptempo grooves cooked up by Timmion house band Cold Diamond & Mink. Impassionate horn riffs accompany Carlton's re-entry and it's hard to believe there'll be a still body left on the dance floor when he reaches the first verse. The track doesn't stop morphing, but goes through delicate twists and turns wooing the listener in with each measure.

Flip the disc around and rock the instrumental for that early Kool & The Gang or TSU Toronadoes spirit. Which ever you spin, spin it loud and proud!
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Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
I'd Better
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Timmion)
6,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 18.10.2019
The only cover tune on Carlton Jumel Smith's "1634 Lexington Ave." album is not really a cover at all, since it was first cut by Carlton himself already 10 years ago. The sultry 2009 edition of "I'd Better", that was put out on the short-lived UK Soulchoonz label, is a nice piece of programmed mid-tempo modern soul. The new version, now getting a 7" single treatment on Timmion, still sounds miles away from the polished earlier effort.

It starts off with a nice guitar led beat before settling into a sweet Tighten Up groove, a funky road which still has plenty curves to explore, even for Cold Diamond & Mink, who are certainly not lifting water from this particular well for the first time. What remains naturally is Carlton's ultra-soulful vocal performance, and a message of manning up to the max, staying true to your word in front of something divine.

It's not that often you hear a more recent version of a song sounding so that you would think it's the old version. Essentially, what you get is a beautiful piece of xover soul, with timeless swagger, and an instrumental with soulful legs of its own.
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink - Love Our Love Affair
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
Love Our Love Affair
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Timmion)
8,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
You just can't keep a man like Carlton Jumel Smith down. This time around we get another soulful K.O. from his debut album in the form of "Love Our Love Affair", a mid-tempo groover drawn from that sweet well of southern soul.
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink - 1634 Lexington Ave Colored Vinyl Edition
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
1634 Lexington Ave Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Timmion)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 18.10.2019
After hitting hard in the soul circles with his deep Timmion debut single "I Can't Love You No More" and following it with "This Is What Love Looks Like", Carlton Jumel Smith is back at it with an album full of contemporary soul gold. The material mined here is none other than the vintage groove troves of classic 1970's r&b, something the Cold Diamond & Mink crew brews up effortlessly. The songwriting and expression by Carlton carry strong echoes of Curtom productions, Memphis soul and naturally Motown. We're talking about musical traditions he's incorporated into his expression since witnessing James Brown at the Apollo as an 8-year old.

Opening up with the dance floor ready testimony "Woman You Made Me", Carlton sets the mood up good, whereas "Remember Me" delivers a devastating Chi-Town-styled group harmony groover. Fans of Menahan Street Band will get a kick out of the moody "Help Me (Save Me From Myself)", which is followed by the beautiful deep "Ain't That Love", carried by an intimate folk guitar lick. The album's b-side sequences the otherworldly shuffler "You Gonna Need Me" with Carlton's rehash of his mid-Millennium release "I'd Better", swapping its programmed modern soul for a more organic form.

On his album Carlton Jumel Smith explores different shades of the golden era of soul music, and it would be hard to find anyone doing it as fresh in 2019. You know those front to back soul album classics you treasure in your collection? This will stand up with the best of them.
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink - This Is What Love Looks Like!
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
This Is What Love Looks Like!
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Timmion)
8,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Prolific soul man Carlton Jumel Smith made a fresh opening into deep vintage soul sounds with his Timmion single debut. Now he's back for more with the dancefloor track "This Is What Love Looks Like", paving the road towards his album, which is dropping on Timmion at the beginning of 2019.

Think of classic funky soul with a little bit of Chicago, some Tighten Up guitar and blaring horn melodies, and you get an idea, where this energizing groove is headed. Carlton gets going with his soulful testimony, while the A-list of Finnish soul and jazz players from Tuomo Prättälä and Jimi Tenor to Jukka Eskola strengthen the Cold Diamond & Mink band to new heights.

If the first single dripped with heartaches and bitterness, this one is a monumental sonic heart emoji instead, seasoned with sweet sunshine. Even though Carlton can play any part the lyric casts him in, the conveyor of positivity suits him well. In real life it's not rare to see the man smiling, and when performing he oozes with peace, love and soul, turning the audience inside out. Here he's laid down one for the dancers!
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink - I Can't Love You Anymore
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