Melodies International to reissue Gloria Jay’s gospel-tinged Chicago soul on 7″



“There’s nothing getting in the way of the feeling, it’s straight from the heart.”

Mafalda and Floating Points’ Melodies International will reissue Gloria Jay’s ‘Know What You Want’ on 7″ vinyl this December.

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The latest in the label’s all-killer-no-filler liner of rare jazz, funk and soul reissues, ‘Know What You Want’ captures the raw talent of Gloria J. Jennings, who was catapulted into the recording studio aged just sixteen to stand in for the track’s absent singer and song-writer Theresa Eagins.

Channeling the gospel inflections and spiritual ease honed in the choir of her father’s Southern Baptist Church, ‘Know What You Want’ has enchanted and evaded a generation of DJs and soul fans with, in Patrick Forge’s words, its “pure and unadulterated soul”. Like the original 7″, ‘Know What You Want’ is backed by the playful ‘I’m Gonna Make It’.

Reissued on 7″ vinyl via Melodies International and available from 8th December, you can pre-order your copy here.

It follows the release of Maurice Moore’s ‘Everything That Shines Ain’t Gold’ and Y. Gershovsky’s ‘Disco Baby’ on the label earlier this year.