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Trinidad Island Funk vs Archway Riviera
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Trinidad Island Funk vs Archway Riviera (limited hand-numbered dinked 7" in Juno exclusive hand stamped Kraft paper sleeve & branded card sleeve + sticker + insert)
Cat: MUKAT 046DINKED. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Mavis John - "Use My Body" (Nik Weston official exclusive edit)
  2. Guy Benton & Nik Weston - "Riviera Jam" (Tropical Storm Steel Panapella mix)
Review: 1980's "Use My Body" by Mavis John is a highly coveted piece of exotic funk, the sort of tune your eyeballs pop out to when you find it in a second-hand bin in some dark basement. However, we live in the real world and that stuff doesn't happen; what does happen is the Mukatsuku label saving you the trouble and reissuing it. Label boss Nik Weston gives his own edit of the tune here, and the London jazz-dance veteran transforms an already wonderful piece of soulful dance into an even more powerful DJ weapon - it's an absolute stunner and you can tell why the original is so pricey. On the B-side, Weston teams up with Guy Benton for a steel-pan excursion called "Riviera Jam (Tropical Storm Steel Panpella mix)", a superb addition to this beast of a 7".
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DJ Format's Psych Out: A Collection Of International Funky Fuzz Laiden Gems
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VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 350CLP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. The Quests - "Hava Nagila" (2:51)
  2. The Tijuana Brats - "Karate Chop" (2:29)
  3. Rainbow Family - "Travellin' Lady" (2:51)
  4. The CT Four Plus - "Exodus II" (2:52)
  5. 49th Blue Streak - "Foxy Lady" (3:02)
  6. Bana Pop Band - "Jet Pop" (4:33)
  7. Koncz Zsuzsa - "Visz A Vonat" (3:19)
  8. La Logia Sarabanda - "Todos O Ninguno" (3:55)
  9. Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar - "Louis, Louis" (3:18)
  10. Flamengo - "Tyden V Elektrickem Meste" (4:06)
  11. Sergio Ferraresi - "Time Of Machines" (2:14)
  12. Krzysztof Klenczon - "Nie Przejdziemy Do Historii" (3:18)
  13. Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin - "The Shaman's Dance" (2:45)
  14. Pro Arte - "Stari Dvorac" (2:53)
Review: Perhaps a lurch into the direction of head-spinning psychedelic guitar-driven groove wasn't where fans of DJ Format expected him to go next, but this compilation is proof positive that this man will doggedly pursue the funkiest of sound to the ends of the earth and the very edge of sanity. Collecting together gems from all over the globe, including such far-flung quarters as Uruguay and Yugoslavia, he creates a dizzying and ecstatically fuzzed-out melange that has no problem with jumping off the audial deep end in the pursuit of oblivion and ecstasy. Both a heady triumph and a cleansing experience for the third eye.
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Express Yourself (remastered)
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Cat: SJR 3167. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Leroy Sibbles - "Express Yourself" (3:33)
  2. Norma Fraser - "Respect" (2:50)
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Two Sides Of Club Jazz: Hungary vs France Volume Two
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Two Sides Of Club Jazz: Hungary vs France Volume Two (limited 7" in Juno exclusive hand stamped kraft paper sleeve & branded card sleeve + sticker + insert)
Cat: MUKAT 044. Rel: 09 May 16
  1. Dimenzio - "Bamba"
  2. Marius Cultier - "Diamant"
Review: Two Gilles Peterson classics on one 7 inch !! As per usual, the unstoppable Mukatsuku delivers the undeliverable, and somehow the label boss Nik Weston has managed to license a pair of sought after tunes to find on the second-hand market. It's the second instalment of the Club Jazz series with this 45 a Hungary vs France sound clash.Hungary easily wins this one thanks to the sublime rhythm that is "Bamba" by Dimenzio, an inimitable jazz-dance leviathan that manages to mash-up all the right elements of jazz together with something a little weirder and electronic - a truly supreme piece of music that is recommended to ANYONE. Marius Culter's "Diamant" is a high calibre jazz funk missile, and works beautifully as a stand-alone, but its somewhat swamped by the sheer quality of its counterpart. Recommended. As played by Dean Rudland, Mr Thing, Ashely Beedle, Faze Action,Red Greg,Scrimshire,Frank Booker,Nancy Noise and Pete from On The Corner Records etc
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Lost Funk & Disco Gems Volume Five: Canadian Disco Boogie Edition: Official Edits EP
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Lost Funk & Disco Gems Volume Five: Canadian Disco Boogie Edition: Official Edits EP (limited 180 gram vinyl 12" in Juno exclusive branded sleeve + insert + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 043. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Come To Me (Nik Weston Official extended re edit)
  2. Come To Me (original version (remastered))
  3. LA Walk (Nik Weston Official extended re edit)
Review: It would be fair to say that Estiban Lindsay's one and only album, 1980's L.A Walk, is something of a sought-after rarity. Considered by many disco/boogie diggers to be a must-have, original copies of the Canadian classic currently change hands for three-figure sums online. Ever the dusty-fingered digger, Nik Weston has managed to license two tracks from the album after hearing global trotting DJ Hunee championing the main track in his sets in 2015 , and provides his own extended dancefloor re-edits. Both are subtly done, with Weston teasing out Lindsay's grooves and making more of his deliciously soulful versions, all without adding needless house drums or contemporary production tricks. The EP also contains the original version of the warm, disco-boogie gem "Come To Me". As played by Hunee,Eddie C,Tom Noble,Admin , Mike Shaw, Volcov,Frank Booker,Red Greg, Ashley Beedle,Joey Negro.Dom Servini,Miles Eastwick and more...
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The Edge
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The Edge (7")
Cat: OG 034. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. David McCallum - "The Edge" (2:40)
  2. Dr Dre - "The Next Episode" (feat Snoop Dog) (2:43)
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Rive Gauche
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Rive Gauche (LP + insert)
Cat: DE 122. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Aimez Moi (5:15)
  2. Fiction (4:49)
  3. Cinecitta (2:39)
  4. Cairo Connection (4:33)
  5. La Mystique Du Male (5:42)
  6. Castor (2:46)
  7. Unsquare Dance (3:42)
  8. Lettre A Monsieur Le Legislateur (De La Loi Sur Les Stupefiants) (5:56)
Played by: JAZ
Review: 1983's Rive Gauche by Philippe Chany has been lost in the depths of time and, until now, many greedy second-hand sharks have been keeping its price way up high. This little synth-pop marvel is a sampler's dream, containing beautiful riffs here and there, and what is most alluring about it is its total detachment from any one genre. In fact, there are noticeable touches of all things Balearic in here, and many of its tunes could the perfect accompaniment to disco, boogie or even expansive DJ sets. With a little subtle nod to funk, Chany's album is one of those veritable one-offs, the sort of albums that are in a category of their own. A stunning reissue, once again, by Dark Entries.
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Funk Monsters Volume One
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Funk Monsters Volume One (limited 7" in Juno exclusive hand stamped Kraft paper sleeve & branded card sleeve + sticker + insert)
Cat: MUKAT 045. Rel: 06 Jun 16
  1. Poets Of Rhythm - "The Plan"
  2. Wallace Brothers - "What Cha Feel Is What Cha Get"
Review: Originally out on the Practice What You Preach album from 1993, "The Plan" by German funkateers Poets of Rhythm has never been pressed up as a single, but has always remained much sought-after by the funk heads, and why wouldn't it be? It's got it all: a James Brown kind of sleaziness backed by a jump-up groove and a sliding set of organs. Wallace Brothers feature on the flip, with the rare funk blazer by the name of "What Cha Feel Is What Cha Get", a rare floor-dominator now available for your turntable. Records are your friends, Mukatsuku leads the way! As played by Mr Thing,Snowboy,Dean Rudland,Smoov etc
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Never Gonna Leave You (reissue)
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  1. Never Gonna Leave You (6:34)
  2. The Dip Drop (7:31)
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Nassau Funky
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Nassau Funky (double 7" repress)
Cat: ATH 002. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Opportunity Knockin
  2. Sleep On, Dream On
  3. Takin' You Higher (Just Like Climbing A Ladder)
  4. Loneliness
Review: Rare funk and soul connoisseurs Athens Of The North uncover four gems from one of the most interesting men in funk history. The man behind "Funky Nassau", Raphael Munnings really should have had a much bigger career than he did. Fortunately AOTN have recovered these four near-misses to ensure they're big hits for us... From the warm horns and Bahaman lilt of "Opportunity Knocking" to the organ and guitar heavy "Sleep On, Dream On" (think Booker T meets Hendrix) via the Gaye-style funk soul vibrancy of "Takin You Higher" this is a very special selection that pays respect to an unsung hero.
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Las Mal Parle
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  1. Swinging Stars Of Dominica - "Las Mal Parle" (3:17)
  2. Swingin' Stars Orchestra - "Jam Jam" (4:10)
Review: The Sofrito label rarely, if ever, get is wrong, doesn't it? Once again, the London label bursts through the dance with two utterly steaming Haitian destroyers from Dominica's no.1, and these two cuts are bound to satisfy just about anyone into GOOD music. "Las Mal Parle" is a swinging, instantly hummable rhythm that you can safely leave on repeat for hours at a time, while "Jam Jam" is more of a Latino groove for the big ball dance - another stunner and a perfect companion to the beast that is the A-side. Another solid, timeless record from Sofrito.
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The Highest Bidder
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The Highest Bidder (limited 7")
Cat: SSS 016. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. The Highest Bidder (3:20)
  2. Hard World (3:33)
Review: They say great things come in pairs, and this is certainly true for these two new Sofrito bombs. However, unlike its companion, SSS016 is more of a boogie monster, and Gordon Henderson's "The Highest Bidder" is a tune that is just so easily hummed thanks to its inimitable vocal, while "Hard World" is more of a stone-cold floor-filler with its fast-paced groove and gritty electronic feel. Both unmissable, both total killers. No surprises here - Sofrito doing what the label does best.
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Matasuna Records Presents Afreaka!
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  1. Voodoocuts - "Kelja" (7:20)
  2. Voodoocuts - "The Tortoise Loop" (2:55)
  3. SoulBrigada - "Hustlema" (5:15)
  4. SoulBrigada - "Madera" (4:05)
Review: New vinyl-only label Matasuna Records enters the fray with a stated focus on reworks of rare & forgotten music treasures from all over the world. The debut release, a 12" featuring four DJ-friendly edits from Voodoocuts and SoulBrigada sets the tone and has a fine titular pun to boot in Afreaka! Voodoocuts takes the A-side duties, pairing up the raw '70s Ivory Coast funk of "Kelja" with the steamy Latin styles of "Tortoise Loops". Those wanting something a bit more disco in sound will gravitate towards the "Hustleman" edit from SoulBrigada which originates from West Africa and has a killer horn line!!! "Madera" sees SoulBrigada look to Cape Verde for source material and features some subtle additions.
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Invisible Wind
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Invisible Wind (12" repress)
Tap
Cat: TP 705 BLACK. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Invisible Wind
  2. Me, Myself & I
  3. We Had Enough
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Mukatsuku V's BBE: Official Edits
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Mukatsuku V's BBE: Official Edits (limited 180 gram vinyl 12" in Juno exclusive sleeve + insert + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 042. Rel: 22 Feb 16
  1. Rim & Kasa - "Love Me For Real" (Nik's edit)
  2. Rim Kwaku Obeng - "Gas Line" (Nik's re edit)
Review: Label owner Nik Weston is no stranger to a bit of funk n disco editing, and his Mukatsuku imprint is home to some of the rarest and most coveted Afro tunes around, always anted-up and reinvented for the modern dance floor by the man himself. 2 official tracks licensed from BBE with get the tasteful edit workout kicking off with "Love Me For Real" by Rim & Kasa, an instantly seductive disco killer with an ever-growing groove, sweaty, funked out vocals and an altogether sublime vibe for the party. Over on the flip, Rim Kwaku Obeng's "Gas Line" gets a sublime makeover, making it totally accessible to just about any DJ looking to shake things up and get everyone down on the ground. It's another Weston missile, be quick! Comes with Juno exclusive sleeve +sticker. As played by Tim Sweeney , Jazzie B, King Britt,Tom Noble,Inkswell, Prins Thomas,Kon , Reg Greg,Marc Hype, Bill Brewster,Volcov,Faze Action,Nicola Conte,On The Corner Records,Martin Brew,Yam Who,Alex Barck,DK Ninja Tunes,Renegades Of Jazz,Soul Clap,Ennio Styles and Chris Read etc...
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Journey To The Shore
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Journey To The Shore (limited white label 12")
Cat: PPU 007. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Tasty Tune (7:10)
  2. Live (5:03)
Review: Yes, yes, yes! People's Potential Unlimited come through with a timely new white label edition of Minority Band's Tasty Tune 12" which was one of the very first releases from the DC archivalists back in 2009!! Both tracks on this 12" originate from the sole record Jersey Shore act Minority Band released at the time they were active, the Journey To The Shore LP issued on local New Jersey label JSR Records back in 1980. It goes without saying finding that LP is akin to stumbling upon gold dust, so let's make do with this 12" which PPU state features two of the best cuts. Prime Jersey Shore boogie.
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Tessassategn Eko
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Tessassategn Eko (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45016. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Tessassategn Eko" (4:04)
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Ayalqem Tedqem" (3:22)
Review: Afro 45's / Mr Bongo show no signs of stopping their tireless run of form and, 7" after 7", they just keep on producing the goods. There's yet more '70s goodness with this new little scorcher: the A-side is 1973's "Tessassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre Hiwot, a pensive Ethiopian pop hit for all sorts of music fans to enjoy, but "Ayalqem Tedqem" by Alemayehu Eshete on the B-side is where it's at... just listen to that bass and you'll instantly recognize this wonderful little cover.
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Jungle Fever
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Cat: BC 030. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Jungle Fever (2:50)
  2. Tender Trap (3:35)
Review: Hamburg's Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are as enigmatic and alluring as when they released their first single back in 2007, a tidy funk 7" that was to set the scene for a very particular sort of instrumental sound. "Jungle Fever", out on their own excellent Big Crown imprint, is a 2015 single that is truly hard not to play on repeat; the tune is a delicate yet funked-out blend of raw drums and tropical steel melodies, much like the name of the band already implies! The flipside "Tender Trap" is more broken and loose in its arrangement, something that makes it perhaps even more catchy and provocative than the title track.
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Brand New Wayo: Nigerian Afro Funk Boogie Badness
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Brand New Wayo: Nigerian Afro Funk Boogie Badness (limited 7" in Juno exclusive hand stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + Juno exclusive branded jacket + protective sleeve, hand signed insert,sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 023. Rel: 04 Mar 13
  1. Brand New Wayo (Nik Weston edit)
  2. Funky People (Nik Weston edit)
Played by: Shantisan, George Kelly (aka DJ Butcher), Scratchandsniff, Powlo Thirsty Ear, Mike Misiu, Nik Weston Mukatsuku Records, TENOSHI, JimmyTheTwin, The Allergies, Harvey K-Tel (Music For The People), PHil Levene, Jun Matsuoka, Chester Fields, Koichi Sakai - Ghetto Lounge, Spacewalker, Dj Fede, Sid Ford, AfroBase (Radio Chart), Dom Servini, RUSTAM OSPANOFF, Tropical Treats Sessions, Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts), Rudy's Midnight Machine, Switch Groov Exp. (Bab Musique), Pat Les Stache (Cabana Disco), Boy Oliver, MR. Scruff, DJ Andy Taylor, Mop Mop, DJ DRM (Bastard Jazz / BSTRD Boots), Ezequiel Lodeiro Soulfood Argentina, Rui Maia, SOOPASOUL, Javi Frias, Faze Action, Paul Thornton (itch / Dig Deep), Los Charly's Orchestra, Rob Coley (Soul-Identity Music), Nick Carling (Fruitful/beetroot), DJ Psycut (Jazz Attitudes/22tracks), Jazzee Loudness, Matt Nelkin (Liquid Beat), OK Jones / Love Glove, ISOUL8 (Volcov), Mike O'Mara, ASHLEY BEEDLE, Bosq, IRFAN RAINY, Record Kicks, Jay Airiness (of Venice Beach), Mr. Sunlightsquare, Funky Bompa, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Galletas Calientes, Frank Booker, Killer Funk Records USA, Afro Beat Foundation, Suonho, I Love Disco!, CheckTheGuns, Rowed Out Records, Ree Keen, Ltj xperience, Rob Mello, I Love 45's!, The Jazz Meet, Digga Please?, Skyline Recordings Chart, Sccucci Manucci, DJ Duff (Soulfood), DJ Chicken George, Señorlobo (Lovemonk), BOGLEWALTZ, Strictly Vinyl Only, Gonesthedj, Citizen Dale (of KEPT RECORDS), Juno Best Sellers 2015, Corazon At Floripa, FunkNation, Originals, Guillaume Metenier (Gee Recordings), The Expansions, City Baby Records
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Review: Mukatsuku Records serve up two officially licensed killer afro boogie funk tracks taken from the 1979 holy grail Cry For Peace & Love album from Nigerian band Mixed Grill. Two tracks from the album are revisited- "Brand New Wayo" and "Funky People", both retaining the funkier elements whilst label boss Nik Weston edits them down to a handy 45 length . The tracks have been mastered by the legendary Mastering Engineer Sean P, who made a series of disco/boogie compilations with Joey Negro and also curated one of the best selling Originals compilations on Claremont 56. In a word: essential! Juno copies of this release come in special exclusive additional packaging not found elsewhere.Juno copies have a kraft paper inner sleeve,branded card 7 inch sleeve,sticker,hand signed insert and housed in an additional plastic protective 45 outer sleeve.As played by Mr Scruff,Andy Taylor,Ashley Beedle etc
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Tropical Discotheque: Debut Compilation From The Sofrito Collective
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SOFRITO/VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT070LP. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Banda Los Hijos De La Nina Luz - "Quiero Amanacer"
  2. Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire - "Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup"
  3. Victor Uwaifo - "Ohue" (Frankie Francis & Simbad edit)
  4. Fair Nick Stars - "Arrete Mal Parle"
  5. Adolfo Echeverria - "Sabroso Bacalao"
  6. El Timba - "Descarga Bontempi"
  7. Ti Celeste - "Popilation Basse-Terriene Au Abois"
  8. Mighty Shadow - "Dat Soca Boat"
  9. Kyerematen Stars - "Maye Obi Den"
  10. Dany Play - "Fa'Waka" (part 1)
  11. Frente Cumbiero - "Pitchito"
  12. Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo - "Cumbia De Mochilla"
  13. Roaring Lion - "Carnival Long Ago"
  14. Safohene Djeni - "Mahu Wo Asie" (edit)
  15. Gnonnas Pedro - "Yiri Yiri Boum"
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Galaxy Vol 6
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  1. Freddie Scott - "(You) Got What I Need" (4:14)
  2. Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm - "Getting Nasty" (3:30)
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Miracles
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Miracles (7")
Cat: DBS 1001. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Miracles (4:06)
  2. It's Better Than Walking Out (4:21)
Review: Serious Japanese Steel editry from Kazahaya: "Miracles" takes two recordings of the classic "I Believe In Miracles" (Mark Capanni and the Jackson Sisters) and deftly plays between the two to incredible effect with some really cool double-ups on the fills. Flip for a twist on a classic immortalised by Marlena Shaw where a thumping northern soul kickdrum drives us wild beneath the big orchestration. No messing around here.
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Yard Of Hard
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Cat: DR 450002. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Yard Of Hard (feat Fred Wesley) (4:14)
  2. Yard Of Hard (B Boy intrumental) (3:14)
Review: The Soul Immigrants are D'Pac and Yogi Patel, two UK-born brothers that have collaborated with Detroit's finest over the years, striking up partnerships with respected house gurus such as Chez Damier and Kevin Saunderson. They've released steadily over the '90s and 2000s, but 2016 marks fifteen years since their last release together, and this funky 7" for Dry Rooti feels like the perfect comeback. "Yard Of Hard" is a delightful funk swinger with Fred Wesley's silly vocals running above the arrangement; it's the sort of tune that instantly calls for the dance floor. There's an instrumental cut for the DJs on the flipside...
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I'm In Love/Black Widow (reissue)
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I'm In Love/Black Widow (reissue) (limited 7" in hand-stamped sleeve)
Cat: X 07 NAVYRE. Rel: 30 Nov 15
  1. Jennifer Lara - "I'm In Love" (3:23)
  2. Joe Cruz - "Black Widow" (2:51)
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Hold On I'm Coming (Record Store Day 2016)
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Cat: DINK 004. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Hold On, I'm Coming (3:01)
  2. Light My Fire (2:41)
Review: When it comes to the very best in motown and vintage, Michigan-schooled soul, there are very few betteer than the late, great Erma Franklin. Here, we have what is possibly the artist's best and most powerful tune "Hold On, I'm Coming", one that you'll instantly recognise and warm to thanks to that lovely, powerful crescendo on the chorus. On the B-side, another absolutely timeless bomb, the wonderful "Light My Fire" - made famous through The Doors - in all its original glory and style. What a song.
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Some Edits To Take You Up
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Some Edits To Take You Up (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: ETMU 01. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Off The Wall (5:55)
  2. No Fool (6:46)
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Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue Kompa Kreyol Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981
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VARIOUS
Cat: OSTPLP 001. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Zotobre - "Lagen" (4:17)
  2. Les Gypsies De Petionville - "Francine" (3:21)
  3. Les Loups Noirs - "Bebe Showman" (3:21)
  4. Tabou Combo - "Gislene" (3:05)
  5. Coupe Cloue Et Trio Select - "La Vie Vieux Negre" (3:25)
  6. Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole - "Rapadou" (3:59)
  7. Les Loups Noirs - "Pele Rien" (3:29)
  8. Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Erzulie Oh!" (5:29)
  9. Nemours Jean Baptiste - "Haiti Cumbia" (2:12)
  10. Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Prend Courage" (2:56)
  11. Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Lonin" (3:11)
  12. Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Tripotage" (2:55)
  13. Chanel 10 - "Lola" (5:05)
  14. Super Choucoune 70 - "Madeleine" (8:04)
  15. Les Pachas Du Canape Vert - "Samba Pachas No 2" (5:39)
  16. Ibo Combo - "Souffrance" (5:44)
  17. Les Shleu Shleu - "Diable Le" (5:15)
  18. Shupa Shupa - "Shupa Shupa" (3:48)
  19. Orchestre De La Radio National D'Haiti - "Meci Bon Dieu" (4:50)
Review: New York City label Ostinato Records make their impressive debut with this compilation of Haitian Jazz and Electric Folklore spanning two decades from the sixties onwards. Allegedly compiled from an array of private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn and several digging trips throughout Haiti, this 20-track selection offers an intriguing overview of the country's musical diversity in this period. Musical innovation is matched by percussive potency as Ostinato tell the story of a "vibrant laboratory of colliding influences" in the best way possible; with some truly delightful music! You can totally see "Pele Rein" by Les Loups Noirs getting played by Floating Points down Brilliant Corners. They also include a 20 page liner note booklet with vintage photographs mined across Haiti and its vast diaspora, an essay by a scholar of traditional Haitian Vodou rhythms at the School of Arts in Port au Prince, a history of the Haitian sound, and interviews with key figures of the forgotten scene.
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Five
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Five (limited 7'' in Juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper sleeve, branded card sleeve, signed insert,plastic protective sleeve,sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 035. Rel: 16 Feb 15
  1. Jo Tongo - "Piani"
  2. Sookie - "Rhythm On Rhythm" (Nik Weston Exclusive Funky Re edit - Produced By Joe Bisso)
Review: They sometimes say that perseverance will win the day in the end and this is what happened with the Afro Funk monster of 'Piani' from French African artist Jo Tongo that took several years of negotiation to bring to the fruition of a potential Mukatsuku Records release. From the haunting intro this is one tune that you will never forget after first listen as it tippytoes through an afrocentric funk /disco groove that will keep your dancefloor alight. On the flipside the Joe Bisso produced funk gem 'Rhythm On Rhythm' from Sookie gets an edit from label boss Nik Weston who trims,tucks and replays the funkier elements of the track with repeated breaks and lashings of brass stabs and wobbly bass lines.The Juno edition of the single comes in exclusive packaging of kraft paper hand stamped inner sleeve,additional branded card sleeve,signed insert,sticker and plastic protective outer sleeve. As played by DJ Spinna,Faze Action,Jonny Rock and many more
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Make Me Believe In You
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 048. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Make Me Believe In You (Tom Moulton remix) (6:28)
  2. Ain't No Love Lost (Tom Moulton remix) (5:47)
Review: Should you require further evidence of the all-round genius of Curtis Mayfield, look no further than this early '70s funk gem from Patti Jo. "Make Me Believe In You" was written and produced by the velvety-voiced musician in 1973, one of just a few singles released by Patti Jo but undoubtedly now an all-time classic. That rolling drum intro, the ear-wagging piano, the subtle orchestration and, above all, Patti Jo's killer vocal all combine for a perfect example of the halcyon days when funk was beginning to transform into disco. Mayfield himself later covered the track for the closer to his Sweet Exorcist LP! This BGP 7" sees Tom Moulton's extension of "Make Me Believe In You" combined with his remix of the other Patti Jo burner, "Ain't No Love Lost". Any self-respecting DJ needs the A-side though.
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Woman Of The Ghetto
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Cat: SAM 755001. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Woman Of The Ghetto (3:40)
  2. Woman Of The Ghetto (instrumental) (3:11)
Review: When you hear people talk about 'boogie', it's largely thanks to the music that resides on the catalogue of the SAM label, some to some of the most blazing electro-disco bangers from the '80s. Standing undisputed as one of the founding labels for the genre, Doris Duke's cover of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" is the perfect balance between soul and something else, something murkier, deeper, with a more electronic edge. Both the vocal and the instrumental cuts are serious weapons for any dance floor, and although they might be relatively slower compared to other SAM joints, they're still as sexy as hell...
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Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata
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Cat: ALP 010. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Salvation (3:12)
  2. Mother Africa (4:53)
  3. My Love Will Shine (3:28)
  4. That's The Way (4:37)
  5. Brain Washing (3:45)
  6. Papa Little Boy (3:07)
  7. Black Beautiful (2:57)
  8. I Can Say (5:38)
  9. Don't Blame Us (3:23)
Review: Incredible funk scenes from Ghana 1976: comprising members and collaborators of Ebo Taylor, Uhuru Dance Band and Sweet Beans, Pat Thomas formed Marijata a band that really captured western funk and soul with characteristic subtlety; moments such as the rock-steady reggae of "My Love Will Shine", the carnival jazz of "That's The Way" and Zeppelin-style bluesy rock of "Brain Washing" are executed with such authenticity and vibrancy they really do position Pat's troupe in the Afrofunk premiership during their tenure.
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I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You
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Cat: FREK 100. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You (edit) (4:20)
  2. Freak Thang (edit) (4:33)
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Soulful Funk & Gospel Soul
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Soulful Funk & Gospel Soul (limited 7" in hand-stamped sleeve + insert + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 036. Rel: 18 May 15
  1. Sharon Revoal - "Reaching For Our Star" (3:41)
  2. Swan Silvertones - "If You Believe Your God Is Dead (Try Mine)" (3:13)
Review: Mukatsuku Records dig deep once more with a sweet little 45 featuring two officially licensed stormers dripping with rarity. "Reaching For Our Star" from Sharon Revoal is a big soul monster that you may well have heard dropped in sets from Gilles Peterson, Sam Floating Points and Four Tet. Originally surfacing on the Forte Records label circa 1980, the track is fairly bossed by the low slung disco bassline and Sharon's sultry vocal delivery and will nice up any disco or funk dance. Mukatsuku make this 7" all the more delicious with the B-side presence of The Swan Silvertones jammer "If You Believe Your God Is Dead (Try Mine)" which is surely one of the funkiest gospel 45's to come out of the early 70's!! As played by DJ Spinna,Ge Ology on NTS,Sadar Bahar,Red Greg,Ashley Beedle,Marc Hype,Nicola Conte,Juergen Jazzanova,Floating Points and many more
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Pastime Paradise
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Pastime Paradise (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 028. Rel: 14 Dec 15
  1. Pastime Paradise (3:12)
  2. Mambotango (5:56)
Review: Destination 1981 for these Latin cover versions from renowned composer and Tito Puente compadre Ray Barretto. First heard on his 1981 album La Cuna, both these versions (taken from the original masters) sparkle and shine with this trademark jazz signature; the 7" version "Pastime Paradise" offers a little more bounce in the rhythm than Stevie's original while the vocals are eerily similar to Wonder himself. Carlos Franzetti's "Mambotango" enjoys pride of place on the B; light and almost loungey in its make up, the horns do all the seducing over a smouldering samba beat.
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I'm Your Boogie Man (Record Store Day 2015)
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I'm Your Boogie Man (Record Store Day 2015) (limited green vinyl 10" repress)
Cat: TKDISCORSD2015 PT2. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. I'm Your Boogie Man (4:01)
  2. I'm Your Boogie Man (Todd Terje edit) (4:43)
Review: One of two sun-kissed KC excursions from the mighty Todd Terje for RSD, here we find him dissecting the horn-blasting feel-good 1976 strutter "I'm Your Boogie Man". Stripping the feels right back to the tight guitar and bass spine then redressing it slowly with each silky element, he's switched the concentrated party into a dramatic precession where every aspect gets its own place on the red carpeted groove.
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Jeannie's Getdown
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Cat: CLMN 136. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Jeannie's Getdown (2:58)
  2. A Message From The Meters (3:05)
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World Today
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Cat: AOE 018. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. World Today (3:01)
  2. JR (3:09)
Review: In a week where there's been a veritable flood of vinyl-shaped goodness from Athens Of The North, this 7" stood out still. Look up the meaning of Deep Funk online and the smarter cookies will have this New World 7", The World Today, listed as a prime example; a huge cut for the master Keb Darge back at the turn of the 21st century and a very record whose original copies trade hands for silly money. Recorded and released back in 1974 for Frank Virtue's Philly label Virtue Records, both cuts from the 7" have been kindly licensed to Athens Of The North by the man's daughters. Form an orderly queue, thank the Virtues, thank DJ Fryer, and cherish this gem of a deep funk 7!
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Walk Alone
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Walk Alone (LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: MFM 007. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Clap Your Hands (2:45)
  2. No Need For Us To Explain (3:39)
  3. Rejuvenation (4:03)
  4. Stay With Me (3:34)
  5. When You Had The Chance (3:42)
  6. Know I'm Not The One (3:11)
  7. Believe It Or Not (4:32)
  8. Don't Hide (6:07)
  9. Walk Alone (1:54)
  10. I've Been Waiting (2:39)
Review: Napoleon Cherry is perhaps not the unknown name that Music From Memory excels at celebrating - PPU released a 12" of his brilliantly low-key soul workout "When You Had The Chance" earlier this year - but the Philadelphian musician's releases are certainly suitably hard to find. This career retrospective offers a mix of impossible-to-find tracks, many from his deliciously rare 1990 debut full-length, and previously unheard cuts. It portrays Cherry as a master of warm, evocative, Balearic soul and lo-fi synthesizer funk, whose analogue-rich releases were always out-of-step with the musical trends developing around him. Crucially, all 10 of these tracks are superb, making Walk Alone yet another essential Music From Memory purchase.
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Dance & Chant
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Dance & Chant (limited blue translucent vinyl 12")
Cat: 30 C 10759 COLOUR. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Dance & Chant (6:26)
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Seven: Funky South Africa
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Seven: Funky South Africa (limited 7" in Juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper sleeve +branded card sleeve + sticker + signed insert)
Cat: MUKAT 041. Rel: 18 Jan 16
  1. Letta Mbulu - "Mahlalela"
  2. Dick Khoza - "Chapita" (Nik Weston Exclusive 7 Inch edit)
Review: Two monumental South African groove-beauties for the latest installment of the Afro Funk Gems series from Mukatsuku. First up is a trip back to 1970, just three years after Letta Mbulu escaped apartheid and moved the US (and fifteen years before she collaborated with Michael Jackson on "Librarian Girl") the horn-laded, feel-good "Mahlalela" came from her third album and was licenced by Tamla Motown in South Africa too for a rare as hen's teeth 45. Flip for an edit from Mr Mukatsuku himself as he breaks down Dick Khoza and the Pelican Club house band's politically charged "Chapita". Stunning. As played by Nicola Conte,DJ Spinna,Diesler,Luke Slater,Volcov,Smoov,Scrimshire,Ashley Beedle etc
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Ave Africa (reissue)
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Ave Africa (reissue) (180 gram 2xLP + 2xCD + insert)
Cat: STRUT 128LP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Kitoto Sound (Ave Africa LP) (3:10)
  2. Ukuti Ukuti (2:30)
  3. Ba Motoka Na Castle (3:27)
  4. Kamungulwe (3:15)
  5. Your Day Will Come (3:00)
  6. Ani Uni (4:55)
  7. Wakulu Wa Kuno (3:37)
  8. We Need Each Other (3:30)
  9. Alhamdullilah (3:58)
  10. Ntambwa (2:28)
  11. How Can I Get To You (3:25)
  12. Ave Africa (3:56)
  13. Simba Anguruma (TFC & Moto Moto singles) (4:27)
  14. Kipato Sina (2:39)
  15. Vijana (4:30)
  16. Enzi Za Utumwani (4:02)
  17. Black Is Beautiful (4:22)
  18. Instrumental (Unreleased Radio Sessions) (4:04)
  19. Simba Anguruma (4:03)
  20. Black Is Beautiful (4:24)
  21. Wakulu Wa Kuno (3:03)
  22. Kosa Langu Mpenzi (4:21)
  23. Kitoto Sound (Ave Africa LP 1976)
  24. Ukuti Ukuti
  25. Ba Motoka Na Castle
  26. Kamungulwe
  27. Your Day Will Come
  28. Ani Uni
  29. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  30. We Need Each Other
  31. Alhamdullilah
  32. Ntambwa
  33. How Can I Get To You
  34. Ave Africa
  35. Simba Anguruma (TFC & Moto Moto 45s 1973-1976)
  36. Kipato Sina
  37. Vijana
  38. Enzi Za Utumwani
  39. Mai Wetu Mai
  40. Enzi Za Utumwani
  41. Let's Live Together
  42. Matatizo Nyumbani
  43. K.K. Of Zambia
  44. Instrumental (Unreleased Radio Sessions 1973)
  45. Simba Anguruma
  46. Enzi Za Utumwani
  47. Black Is Beautiful
  48. Wakulu Wa Kuno
  49. Get a Little Older
  50. Kosa Langu Mpenzi
  51. Black Is Beautiful
Review: Another superb and intricately detailed document from Strut's dedicated archivists, Sunburst's short but hugely prolific activity between '73 and '76 is captured here in all its melting pot glory. Not just their one and only album but all 45s and unreleased recordings too. With six members from across the continent, the fusion, ideas and energy is palpable... Especially on full-screen tracks such as "Kamungulwe" where blues, rock and Tanzanian folk bubble and pop to a climax and "Alhamdullilah" stomps with a sweaty theatrical rock while "Ave Africa" finds the perfect merging point between Afrobeat and jazz. The band's live pedigree is also full screen with that rawness to the recordings that feels like they're in the same room. Addictively rich.
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Pieces Of A Man
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Pieces Of A Man (gatefold LP)
BGP
Cat: HIQLP 007. Rel: 03 Mar 14
  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  2. Save The Children
  3. Lady Day & John Coltrane
  4. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
  5. When You Are Who You Are
  6. I Think I'll Call It Morning
  7. Pieces Of A Man
  8. A Sign Of The Ages
  9. Or Down You Fall
  10. The Needle's Eye
  11. The Prisoner
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Sock It To Me Part 1
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  1. The Deacons - "Sock It To Me" (part 1) (2:40)
  2. The Royal Revue - "Is It Because I'm Black" (feat The Fascinations) (4:09)
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Wonder Zebra
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Cat: ROC 014. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Kind & Kinky Zoo - "Wonder Zebra" (3:03)
  2. Kind & Kinky Zoo/Adam Gibbons - "VLAM" (Lack Of Afro remix) (3:12)
Review: It's more chilly, worldly outsider jazz gear from Barcelona's excellent Rocafort imprint; this time the crew return with the one-man show Kind & Kinky Zoo alongside Adam Gibbons, both making their debut for the label with this smart two-tracker. "Wonder Bra" is a solo mission from K&KZ, a fast-paced drum locomotive with plenty of whistling organs flying around in the high-ends, while Lack Of Afro's remix of "VLAM" by K&KZ and Adam Gibbons is a funkier, more laid-back swinger for a bit of one, two, three four on the dancefloor. Tidy 7" for the soul lovers!
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Niagara (reissue)
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Niagara (reissue) (gatefold LP)
Cat: PMG 002LP. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Sangandongo (19:13)
  2. Malanga (20:38)
Played by: I Love Disco!
Review: A phenomenal two-track album from 1970 that was - and still is - ground-breaking in its complexity. A full orchestra of drums, led by Klaus Weiss but also featuring the likes of Uno Lindenberg and Keith Forsey, the whole journey is a percussive odyssey peppered with a little post-studio magic. At points intense, at others deep and meditative, there's a reason why this was going for upwards of L200 before the repress.
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Earthrising
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Earthrising (deluxe LP)
Cat: FVR 114LP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Cosmic Awakening (4:41)
  2. Lovestruck (4:31)
  3. Purple Galaxy (4:38)
  4. Earth Boogie (3:42)
  5. Togetherness (5:38)
  6. At The Flamingo Inn (6:42)
  7. The Third Eye (4:43)
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Disco Love: Rare Disco & Soul Uncovered
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Al KENT/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 144CLP. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "Just Can't Help Myself" (5:44)
  2. The Third World Connection - "Hot Seat" (5:14)
  3. Patricia White - "Cosmic Disco" (5:43)
  4. The Midas Touch - "The Nightlife (Let's Get It On)" (5:49)
  5. Smile Street People - "Lypso Disco" (5:54)
  6. Bob Williams - "I'm Alright" (6:09)
  7. JNB - "I'll Be The One" (4:57)
  8. Quinn Harris - "I Will Always Love You" (3:25)
Review: As someone who briefly escaped 70's Glasgow and got a taste of the golden age of NYC Disco, Al Kent is a perfect choice to lead you through a classy selection of some choice and rare Disco treats. Having used his huge collection in the past for re-edits and originals, he also took the bold step of forming his own band in 2007 under the name The Million Dollar Orchestra.

The selections here reflect the point at which Funk and Soul mutated into Disco, with most of the tracks capturing that pre-Moroder organic sound. Lee Alfred's Rockin-Poppin Full Tilting for example has a laid back vibe similar to Curtis Mayfield's more uptempo tunes. New Ghetto Express's version of Standing On The Verge of Getting It On (originally by Funkadelic) up's the tempo on the wigged-out classic, again combing the Funk with a Disco groove.

Lypso Disco by Smile Street People, as you'd guess from the title, has a playful Calypso lilt and bounce to it. Cosmic Disco by Patricia White on the other hand doesn't sound like something that Todd Terje or Lindstrom got their cues from, but it is a fun song with some brilliantly random thumb-piano playing in the background!

Anyone looking for samples will have a field day among these tracks, Sweet Daddy Floyd's I Just Can't Help Myself for example has a break in the middle to die for. You could loop up 4 bars practically anywhere and have something pretty damn funky to work with. For that reason alone, it's well worth having a listen and broadening your horizons.
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Three
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Three (limited 7" in Juno exclusive sleeve + protective outer sleeve, hand signed insert, + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 026. Rel: 05 Nov 12
  1. Wganda Kenya - "Bayesa"
  2. M' Bamina - "Atide O Sika" (Nik Weston edit)
Review: Gems? Diamonds, more like. Sparkling funky diamonds that shine from every guitar, horn, bass and deep belly-driven chants. First up is a 1976 number from Wganda Kenya who actually come from Colombia. You'd never tell; with vast harmonies and a sonic span that's as wide as the Serengeti plains, its heart beats to a strict Kenyan rhythm. M'Bamina add a French African touch to the B on a specially edited version of "Atide O Sika" by label boss Nik Weston under his MUKAT edit guise. Watch out for the deconstructed percussion and bass break. A finer example of an edit you will not find. The Juno edition of the single comes in exclusive packaging of kraft paper hand stamped inner sleeve,additional branded card sleeve,signed insert,sticker and plastic protective outer sleeve
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Afro Funk Gems Volume Two :Juno Exclusive Sleeve Edition
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  1. Archimedes Badkar & Afro 70 - "Kila Mtu" (Nik Weston Afro Funk club edit)
  2. Ekambi Brillant - "Aboki" (Nik Weston Corazon club edit)
Review: "Afro Funk Gems" - there is NOTHING we don't like about that trio of words. Especially when it's delivered with Mr Weston's stamp of approval; the key selector's previous curated compilations and A&R skills speak volumes. And in this instance, rather funky volumes. Quirky too; the A-side features a bizarre but wondrous collabo between Swedish rock band Archimedes Badkar & Tanzanian band Afro 70's. And on the B-Side to this tribal floor stomper we have the fantastically named Ekambi Brilliant with a more western flavoured funk jam that comes complete with some incredible retro synth squiggles.Juno copies of this release come in special exclusive additional packaging not found elsewhere.Juno copies have a hand stamped kraft paper inner sleeve,branded card 7 inch sleeve,sticker,hand signed insert and housed in a plastic protective 45 outer sleeve
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