Miles Away / Dom Ore
By: Dream Chimney
Miles Away was founded in 2019 by DJ Dom Ore. The label set out with a mission to reissue soulful music from all over the world in the highest possible quality. The label has gone from strength to strength, with early releases Patience by Rokk, It's Time For A Change by Lamont Butler and Dancing Close by Rita Joyce all receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy and Huey Morgan amongst others. Fast establishing itself as one of most exciting new labels around and with lots lined up for the next few years, you'll sure to be seeing a lot more of these teal green gems in record shops worldwide. We talk to the label head Dom Ore about some albums that have inspired him over the year.
5 Inspirational Albums
Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?
From the later period of Aretha Franklin's output, but definitely one of my favourites. A fine example of how pop music should sound in my opinion. It's obvious to say but Aretha's voice is just gorgeous on this album. Her vocals are so memorable and dynamic. The melodies and arrangements too. Whenever I play this out, I always can't decide between playing Who's Zoomin' Who and Integrity. Both standout tracks from this album. Plus, it's really easy to get hold of so it won't break the bank.
Khemistry - Khemistry
Oh man, for sure one of the best disco, boogie, funk records ever made. Rarely, if ever, do you come across an album so flawless that you could literally play any track from it, and it'd sound amazing! Another that was released in the 80s, this time in 1982 and it is certainly an album that still holds up today. The group Khemistry were only ever known for this one album, unfortunately, their sole release and who knows what happened to them. Standout tracks for me are Can You Feel My Love, I Got A Feeling and Who's Foolin' Who but honestly they're all killer!
Newban - Newban 2
Well, Newban were the original band behind Atlantic Starr. They released two albums in 1977 titled Newban and Newban 2 on a label called Guinness Records. They recorded out of Westwood, California and created surely one of the finest soulful albums ever made. Once again, every track on this album is amazing. Side two however is my fav. Fine Woman, Easin' Through and Free Your Mind are absolutely faultless and in my opinion, up their with some of the best music that came out of Motown or Stax.
Charles Earland - Leaving This Planet
Charles Earland, Freddie Hubbard, and Joe Henderson. Three names on the front cover surely give you all you need to know about this album! A jazz-funk classic. Released on the legendary label Prestige Records - the title track is phenomenal with some of the best Sax work you're ever likely to hear but don't be fooled the rest of the album is equally as good too. No matter what mood I'm in this is the jam for me, every single time.
Airto - Touching You, Touching Me
I know it's a classic, but I had to include an album by Airto. I'm a big fan of Airto, and am the happy owner of all of his albums but this one for me is probably his best. An extraordinary percussionist with a very unique vocal style - this album has everything for me, a great blend of Latin soul mixed with Brazilian rhythms and jazz. Released in 1979, Toque De Cuica and Amajour & And Then We Touched The Sky are my standouts. I probably listen to this album once a week at least.
The new release on Miles Away Records "You Are Somebody / For The Children" by The Howard Lemon Singers is available March 24, 2023