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Soul/R&B imprint Philly Groove Records was founded in 1967 by Stan ‘The Man’ Watson, backed by Hall of Fame hitmaker Thom Bell (The Stylistics, The Spinners, Elton John & The Delfonics). The Philadelphia soul sound from the late-60s to 70s combined sugar-sweet soul singing with rhythms of R&B and funk influences; often drenched in strings and horns.
Later that decade, Philadelphia soul played an influential role in the rise of disco music. With that being said, Philly Soul is as slick as it gets. Or as renowned recording engineer Joseph Tarsia once said, as quoted for the Uncovering the Philly Groove project: "The Philadelphia sound is soul music dressed in a tuxedo.”
Exactly that heritage enables rich sampling opportunities. Take the nine stems for “When Times Are Bad (We Turn To Love)” by The Coupe De Villes: from a slow bass line to hard-hitting drums to uplifting strings. To our knowledge, it’s a song which hasn’t been sampled much before. Matter of fact, has it been sampled at all? Or think of a staggering amount of 19 stems(!) for “I’ll Stay Right Here” by Philly Groove showpiece, First Choice.
The Philly Groove tracks on Tracklib are classics, and most of the stems have never been released for sampling before. But don’t dare to call it ‘dusty’… Instead, straighten your bow tie, and add some of Philly Groove Records’ slickness to a beat by using their stamp on classic soul.
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