Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hogmanay Hootenanny 2009

Hogmanay Hootenanny 2009

GLASGOW R&B FESTIVAL presents HOGMANAY HOOTENANNY 2009 @ V Club, Sauchiehall St. Glasgow.
10pm-5am on December 31 2009.

Top quality r'n'b, rock'n'roll, soul and ska to see in the New Year! Tickets £20 (£15 early bird special). Tickets available from,, The variety Bar 0141 332 4449, Blackfriars Bar 0141 552 5924

The Main Room will house the Festival Dance Floor with live performances from The Five Aces, The Bottleneckers & The Privates Hammond Orchestra. DJ's The Glasgow R&B Festival DJ's Aaron and Tony (All Tore Up), Jennie and Colin Baillie (Double Breasted Modzine), David Stone (Vintage Voltage), Richard Rinn (The Bottleneckers), JA live selectors Brian & Hectorrr, Mark Robb and Craig 'Loosejoints' (Starla Records), Junior Otaman.

More over on MySpace

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Privates Hammond Orchestra - Debut 45 - OUT NOW!!

At long last we are delighted to let you know the debut from out latest Starla act - 'The Privates Hammond Orchestra' is out now on Starla/RecordKicks 45 and mp3.

The storming R&B of The Privates backing Joe Kane with his composition on the A-side with "I'm Sorry (Can I Please Come Home)" and the B-side has The Privates own "The Battle of Yoker" an instrumental tittyshaker style workout that has echoes of Jack McDuff and Booker T & the MGs.

The single is in stock and ready for download over at the
RecordKicks wesbite and in all good vendors Worldwide from this week. Reactions so far have been fantastic, with great feedback from djs, critics and dancers alike as well as play on the airwaves from the likes of Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio 2's 'God's Jukebox'.

"Top notch thumping Hammond shaker – save it for the top of the night!" - Jazzman Gerald

"cracking bit of driving hammond." -

"an upbeat piece of rockin R&B" - Double Breasted Modzine

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Soulshaker Vol 6 OUT NOW - The Privates Hammond Orchestra DEBUT!!!!!

The Privates Hammond Orchestra make their debut with a track included on the Soulshaker Volume 6 Compilation on the excellent RecordKicks from Milan. Alongside such luminaries as Jimi Tenor, Nicole Willis, The New Mastersounds, Kenny Dope and many more. The Privates are joined by vocalist and composer for the track Joe Kane, for his "I'm Sorry (Can I Please Come Home)".

There will be an 45 of the track backed with The Privates own "The Battle Of Yoker" on the flip, more details soon. In the meantime check out (and buy) the album on CD and download here

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Furthur Volume 1 - Craig Loosejoints Mix For Download

The latest in the mix series is, as The Who would say, a quick one. Mixed live in the process of procrastinating over other things, this is a mix of more leftfield sounds covering psych, oddball soundtracks, space-jazz and eastern beat from Craig Loosejoints. No tracklisting this time, but points for ones you can spot - Enjoy! Craig Loosejoints - Furthur Vol 1

Sunday, September 27, 2009

More Private Exploits...

Following a storming set at The Wee Chill Festival this week, The Privates Hammond Orchestra return a week later a Glasgow's soul institution Divine on Sat 3 October at Glasgow School of Art. Matching this dynamite three piece with a club night that's dedicated to the best in Soul, Funk, 60s Beat and other grooves is a no-brainer and sure to be the best night out in the Northern Hemisphere this week. To ensure full potential for pleasure, we'd recommend the excellent pre-club "Get The Records On" hosted by Jamie & Ian at the CCA bar next to the Art School from 8pm. See you there!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Starla Related Events This Weekend

We've got another couple of Starla events this weekend coming, first of all our old friend Kevin Rowland (of Dexy's Midnight Runners) will be returning to Glasgow for a dj set at the Rio Cafe on Friday night (Friday 25 September) . Kevin made the trip up last year and played an amazing set with added live vocals at the Starla DJs old Sunday Service club, and we've stayed in touch since. This time Kevin is playing a low-profile bar show just for you!

Then on Saturday (26 Sept) Craig Loosejoints will be djing at the second Wee Chill Festival of the year at Glasgow's Queen's Park Glasshouse. Also appearing are Starla recording artists and all-round good-guys The Privates Hammond Orchestra. Set times are still TBC, but the whole shebang runs from 6pm-12am

Craig and fellow Starla DJ Mark Robb will also be spinning at the official Wee Chill afterparty at The Admiral on Waterloo Street till 3am. Full details here

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Privates On Parade

Over the past couple of months we've been working in the Starla studios with local heroes The Privates Hammond Orchestra on a number of recording projects. We're pleased to announce that the results of these sessions will include a co-release with the excellent Record Kicks Records of Milan on a 45 release and a track contributed to the next installement of their dynamite "Soulshaker" compilation series. There is also a Starla debut 45 for The Privates to come and the results of some soundtrack work we've been doing with them as well. More details to come.

In the meantime, if you want to get in on the ground floor of The Privates rise to world domination you could do worse than head to Glasgow's renowned Rio Cafe this coming friday at 9pm for a free-entry performance by the band.

For those of you further afield, you could do worse than checking out their Privates for yourself over here

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Words from the Don...

The DT6: The Theme From ‘The Baden Persuader' (Starla)

So here’s the second great 45 from this Glasgow-based Funk label. Obviously not trying to pose as an original late-60’s Funk record it succeeds on many levels because it’s a cross of modern studio sounds and live musicianship merging together to give us a track in the ‘blaxploitation’style of soundtrack Funk. It works perfectly and is as equally as good as anything in this style that has gone before.

Snowboy – Blues & Soul Magazine Summer 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Starla Dancefloor Selections Volume 1 - Craig Loosejoints - Mix For Download

The next in the series of Starla mix cds comes in the shape of Dancefloor Selections Volume 1. Pretty self-explanatory really, its a handful of some of our current dancefloor favourites. Theres a bit of jazz, northern soul, funk, r&b, latin, sitar beat, garage and freakbeat in there, old and new, all from original vinyl. Enjoy!
Craig Reece (Loosejoints) - Starla Dancefloor Selections Volume 1

Thursday, August 27, 2009

DT6 MP3s Now Available / New Chart / Craig Loosejoints @ Modrophenia

For those of you not fortunate enough to have vinyl playing facilities (sort it out asap people!) we now have mp3s, wavs etc of both the DT6 Starla singles available from the usual outlets (I-Tunes,, emusic etc and our friends over at Juno) for a only a few pence each!

Speaking of Juno Records, we have a new chart online there to tide you over till the next Starla dj mix goes online, featuring our current favourite tracks that are in-stock here

More news soon, in the meantime if you're in Glasgow next weekend, Starla's own Craig (Loosejoints) will be guesting at Modrophenia at Maggie Mays next Friday 4 September playing a 45s set of dancefloor fireworks, more info here

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Very Limited Re-stock of "The Baden Persuader"

We've managed to scrape together a few more copies from the Starla offices, so if you've missed out and would like to order one, now's your chance - order at the top right of this page, or email us for details on starlarecords (at)

News of the next couple of projects from Starla will be announced, soon. We've been busy in the studio for the last couple of weeks and are very excited about out new material and new Starla recording artists. More new soon.....

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Craig Loosejoints - Jukebox Jazz - Mix For Download

Volume three of the Starla Mix CD series is now available in the shape of "Jukebox Jazz" selected and mixed by Starla's own Craig Loosejoints. A mix of jazz tracks with an eye on the dancefloor, this is a mix of 45s and LP tracks both well known and obscure, with the emphasis on a personal selection of favourites. Down load with cover art here - Craig Loosejoints - Jukebox Jazz

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hot Hot Hot!!!!!!!!!!!!

First of all we're now down to the last box of copies of "(Theme From) The Baden Persuader", thats about 20 copies so please don't hesitate if you're wanting a copy, cos we ain't re-pressing (unless you're going to order 300 or something).

We've also been working away at Starla HQ (aka "The Barn") our heavily fortified Glasgow studio, in the last week with the latest label artistes "The Star-Las". Less of a jazz tribute to Scouse-songsters of the nineties, more of a three-headed R&B/boogaloo monster bearing drums, guitar and TWO Hammond organs. Sessions have gone extremely well so far and new music will be unveiled very soon, to be first to hear about it, email us at starlarecords (at) and we'll keep you in the loop.

No new artwork as yet, but to keep the page from being a mass of text, heres a pic from the recent DT6 show at the Old Fruitmarket with JTQ as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

We're really humbled by the fantastic responses we've received for the new single and its been getting radio play and support from some of our favourite shows as well, which is a real compliment, especially being played alongside the likes of Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith, esteemed company indeed for hammond lovers!

Catch last week's edition of "God's Jukebox" on Radio 2 with host Mark Lamarr (our favourite radio show since John Peel was last on air) and play again on I-Player here

and closer to home, BBC Radio Scotland's own "Jazz House" from last week is here

Monday, June 15, 2009

The DT6 (Theme From) The Baden Persuader 45 - STARLA RECORDS + The DT6 & Starla All-Stars Live Dates

The DT6 (Theme From) The Baden Persuader 45 - STARLA RECORDS + The DT6 & Starla All-Stars Live Dates

First of all a huge thanks to everyone who has ordered the second Starla Release, The DT6's "(Theme From) The Baden Persuader", we've spent the last week sending copies across the globe and have recieved an incredible response from djs, collectors and music lovers alike.

We now have fewer than 80 copies left for sale, so please make sure and order your copy while you still can. Starla 1001 - The DT6 "Don't Doubt Me" is now completely sold out and its only a matter of time till the second 45 goes the same way.

In other news, The DT6 make their live debut proper on Friday 26 June supporting the legendary James Taylor Quartet in Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Tickets and info are available from

The band have been working hard in preparation for the show (there's nothing like playing alongside hammond funk legends to make you bring your A-game!) and will be debuting new material and playing the tracks from their two Starla 45s.

In other Starla live news at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, the label have been asked to host a night at the city's V-Club as part of the V-Jazz Fringe programme ( The Starla Djs Craig Reece (loosejoints) and Mark Robb (jazz-ned) will be spinning vintage funk and dancefloor jazz while the Starla-All-Stars will be performing live with special guests due to appear on the night. All this takes place this Saturday 20 June from 10.30pm for a measly £5.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

(Theme From) The Baden Persuader - Now In Stock!!!!!!!

The 45s are now in stock. Cut loud and with clear label artwork, we're very pleased with them.

To everyone who has pre-ordered, your copies will be mailed in the next 24 hours and should be with you soon. We have been swamped with requests and positive feedback and are delighted at the reception for our 2nd single.

Starla 1003 will be coming soon...

In the meantime we have a video for (Theme From) The Baden Persuader over at YouTube

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The DT6 - Baden Persuader / Takes - New 45 Out Next Week - Pre Order Details!

The DT6 - "(Theme From) The Baden Persuader"
Emili Sandé & Marco with The DT6 "Takes"

Starla Records SRC 1002 – 45 Single

Scotland’s Starla Records return with their second 45 featuring another funk/soul split single from the label’s house band The DT6.

This time the A-side comes in the form of “(Theme From) The Baden Persuader” an Eastern sounding funk track with echoes of the exotic 60s spy soundtracks of Lalo Schifrin and Turkish Psych.

On the flipside is “Takes” which features the label’s own Marco on vocals, though this time the duties are shared with rising Scottish vocalist Emili Sandé. Gaining the support of fans and critics alike for her solo acoustic (modern) R&B, Emili has taken the opportunity to work with the DT6 on the classic Northern/Modern Soul sound. Featuring string and brass sections and group backing vocals, “Takes” is the largest recording yet undertaken by Starla.

In contrast “(Theme From) The Baden Persuader”, in common with the majority of The DT6’s unaccompanied work, comes from organic jam sessions, where the band experiment with sounds, all the while letting the funk flow. Indeed the organ solo on “Baden Persuader” came about as an accident as it was the warm-up for the band with the newly-installed Starla Hammond on the band’s first run through on tape.

Starla have a number of other recording projects lined up for future releases with other artists and collaborations, more info and upcoming live dates for The DT6 soon.

The records will return from the pressing plant in the next week, to pre-order for £5.00 plus P&P please use the paypal link on the page above or email us at starlarecords (at)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MP3 / Wav downloads now available

We now have mp3s of the tracks from the first 45 online and available to buy from all the usual download sites including I-Tunes, and our friends over at Juno so now all of you who don't have access to turntables can do you bit support the label andadd the dt6 tracks to your collection/playlists.

As the first 45 has all but sold out (think we've got 5 copies kicking about the office if you're after one, be quick!) this is now the only way to get "Don't Doubt Me" & "Open My Eyes".

As mentioned in the previous blog entry, the new single from The DT6, this time featuring the vocals of Emili Sande alongside our own Marco with the upbeat Northern/Modern sounds of "Takes" while the A-side features the Turkish Psych meets Morricone soundtrack funk of "(Theme From) The Baden Persuader".

More news soon!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New 45 Coming Soon......

Our new 45 is due within the next month, and again features The DT6, this time we have a moody Morricone influenced Eastern funk track with "(Theme From) The Baden Persuader" on one side and an upbeat Mondern/Northern Soul number "Takes" featuring vocalists Marco and Emili Sande. More info and pre-order details soon...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Starla Jazz Primer Vol 1 - Mark Robb - Mix For Download

As promised, here is the second of the Starla mix cds for free download. This version, courtesy of Starla Records' own Mark Robb, features a selection of jazz favourites from his own collection covering classics and obscurities.

After downloading and listening, please come back here and leave us a message to let us know what you thought!

News on the second Starla vinyl 45 will be announced soon, in the meantime, check out

The Starla Jazz Primer Vol 1 - Selected By Mark Robb


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The 45 Strip - Craig Loosejoints - Mix for Download

The first of the Starla Mix CDs arrives in the shape of "The 45 Strip" a collection of sounds from the 1950s and 60s covering R&B, Funk and Rockabilly from the 45s collection of Starla's own Craig Loosejoints.
We're hoping to make these themed mixes a regular feature of the label, and the second will be along soon in the shape of a collection of jazz favourites from the other half of the Starla DJ team, Mark Robb.
After downloading and listening, please come back here and leave us a message to let us know what you thought!

News on the second Starla vinyl 45 will be announced soon, in the meantime, check out Craig Loosejoints - The 45 Strip

The 45 Strip Cover 2

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Juno March Chart Now Online

Here's a player for our chart over at Juno Records, compiled by Craig Loosejoints & Mark Robb (The Starla Records DJ Team) - a selection of our favourite new releases. There will be some mixes available on this site from the djs soon, in the meantime, Enjoy!

Friday, February 27, 2009

DT6 Launch and more news.....

First up a massive thank-you to everyone from across the globe who has offered support and encouragement on the launch of Starla Records.

The DT6's debut 45 has certainly captured the attention of funk & soul collectors and djs around the world, and we're happy to announce that we have the band recording follow up material at the moment. We also have a few other irons in the fire for other releases, more details will be posted here soon...

In the meantime we have finally got around the sorting out a belated launch party for the DT6 single. Having a band made up of in-demand session players is great until you try to get them in a room at the same time!

The finalised date is Thurs 12 March at Glasgow's Rio Cafe on Hyndland Street from 8.00pm. The DT6 will be performing the tracks from the 45 and debuting a few new tracks, with some special guests due to appear with the band as well.

Demand for the first Starla single has been huge and we are now in a position where only the last few copies will be available on the night for the launch. You can still order copies through the site though, we will remove the link as soon as they sell out (which will be soon, so grab one while you can, we're not planning to re-press so once the 500 go thats it!).

Plans are afoot to release a download/mp3 version of the tracks through I-Tunes etc, again we'll post detials here when we have them.

Thanks again and please get in touch with any queries, comments, recipes etc - starlarecords (at)

Friday, January 30, 2009

The DT6 45 is now available!!!!!!!!!!!!

The debut 45 from Starla is now available. The heavy vinyl 45s are loud pressings and are sounding fantastic. Orders have been coming thick and fast, and the promo responses so far have been amazing.

Copies can be ordered from us direct from the paypal button on this page (above) or by emailing starlarecords (at) for cash/money order details.

The records are priced at £5 each with the following rates for postage -
UK (First Class) £1, Europe (EU Airmail) £2 , Rest of World (Airmail) £3. We will discount for multiple orders, please get in touch for wholesale details.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Starla Records 1001 - Debut Release The DT6 - "Don't Doubt Me"

Due for imminent arrival is the debut vinyl release from Glasgow's Starla Records.

The first in what we hope will be many 45 releases is from our house-band The DT6, with a storming Hammond-led slice of funk entitled "Don't Doubt Me". Recorded in Glasgow with the cream of Scotland's new generation of funk and jazz musicians we hope it sets the tone for the label with a benchmark of quality and originality. The b-side is another DT6 track with the addition of vocals from Marco entitled "Open My Eyes", a sweet and more laid-back track with a whole lot of soul.

Future releases will feature other artists and a variety of styles, but always with the Starla stamp of quality. We'll be posting details of how to pre-order the 45 from us as well. In the meantime, here's a look at the label designs and a sample of the a-side to give you a taste of what's to come...

To order a copy (£5 plus postage) email - starlarecords (at)