Dominic's Staff Pick: December 15, 2022

Hello Sorry State friends and family and a very happy holiday to you all. I wish you a happy and festive period and raise a glass to you all. Have a great time however or whether you celebrate.

I’ll finally be able to think about Christmas next week now that the World Cup is about to conclude with the final this coming Sunday. It’s been an exciting competition, and although there are lots of questions about issues off the pitch, the action on the field has been riveting.

This week I am excited to announce the beginning of a new partnership with a wonderful UK based label that I have been a big fan of since first discovering them. Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome to Sorry State, Big AC Records.

Big AC Records is an independent label from East London run by husband-and-wife team Nick Corbin and Sophie Heath. Nick is an accomplished and talented artist himself and, in addition to recording and performing, acts as the label’s A&R. Sophie manages the label and handles art direction and design. She also keeps busy as a radio and club DJ. Their focus is on new talent and delivering great sounding and beautifully packaged soul records to those of us out in the world that value and appreciate such things. If you are a modernist, soulie, rare-groover or a soul and funk DJ yourself, then this label is for you. Similar to other bespoke soul labels such as Big Crown or Colemine for instance, but less on the retro and more on the future soul sound.

I first became aware of Big AC through my involvement with The Face Radio. They host a radio show on the station and have been championed by station head Kurtis Powers from day one. My fellow station deejays are all big fans also and we always look forward to the next release.

Their roster of artists is small but delivers big. Currently they have released records from Nick Corbin and two fabulous singers, Abi Farrell and Carmy Love. If you click on their names, you’ll be linked to the titles we have available and can read some more detailed information about each one. To start us off here at Sorry State, we have brought in their most recent 45s and are expecting new records from Carmy Love very soon. Record manufacturing is just as hard and fraught with delays in England as it is here in America. I’ll definitely give you all the heads up when those arrive. What is exciting for all Stateside fans is that we are almost exclusively the only store with these releases available, which should help with overseas postal charges. Getting good records into the hands of those that want them at an affordable price is our shared goal.

Those fans lucky enough to catch the recent Big AC Records Revue shows that toured the UK were treated to the abundant talent on the label and hopefully in the future there might be similar magical nights for fans here in the US and other countries. In the meantime, check out these terrific 45s and find out why so many folks are falling in love with the label and the music they are producing.

Cheers everyone - Dom

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