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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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The Get Down
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Cat: DD 007. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. The Get Down (Marc Hype & Naughty NMX rework) (3:36)
  2. Hyped Up Ants (Naughty NMX redub) (3:28)
Review: Seen on the regular alongside fellow colluder Jim Dunloop, dusty-fingered German funkateer Marc Hype returns for another round of 7" action on the ever-dependable Dusty Donuts label. Up top, Hype teams up with Naughty NMX for a heavy duty tweak of James Brown classic "The Get Down" with the added weight to the drums really sounding fresh on a good system. "Pays the cost to be the boss" indeed! Naughty NMX goes solo on the B side, retreating another J Brown standard "I Got Ants In My Pants" with some added Public Enemy - the results speak for themselves. Good work all round.
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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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Lost Funk & Disco Gems Volume Five: Canadian Disco Boogie Edition: Official Edits EP
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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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Running Wild (Ain't Gonna Help You)
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Cat: SJ 1005. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Running Wild (Ain't Gonna Help You) (2:28)
  2. Gotta Find A New Love (3:01)
Review: Fresh from 68: Atlanta family trio Scott Three only ever recorded two singles and remained something of a local sensation thereafter. It's a shame as there's a real Jackson Five feel to their delivery, especially on "Running Wild" where the session band breaks down and each member pops above the dense music bed. "Gotta Find A New Love" takes a much bluesier tact with rougher instrumentation and an almost rocky build on the choruses. Spotted passing hands for sizeable sums on one bidding site, this is the first time it's been pressed in over 45 years.
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Bongo Legs
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Cat: ASHDHV 001. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Bongo Legs (3:35)
  2. Broke My Phone Again (3:02)
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I'm Chief Kamanawanalea
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Cat: OG 033. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. The Turtles - "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea" (Chief Rocca edit) (3:42)
  2. Steady B - "Serious" (BDP 12" remix) (4:28)
Review: 1968's "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea" is perhaps one of the greatest forgotten nuggets of pure breakbeatism, and the original by The Turtles dates back to 1968. The date isn't perhaps that surprising in relation to the sounds used and the quirkiness of the tune, but it's the fact that it sounds like straight-up hip-hop from early 80s NY; Chief Rocca aka J Rocc does a bit of editing on this version, but the meat and bones of the original are definitely there. Steady B features on the flip with a remix from BDP, and this one is a pure throwback hip-hop banger like they used to make them - think Run DMC but much more from the underground.
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Next To You
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Next To You (limited white vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 133W. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Next To You (3:37)
  2. I Still Love Them All (4:03)
Played by: I Love 45's!
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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 repress)
Cat: MUKAT 023. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Brand New Wayo (edit By Nik Weston)
  2. Funky People (edit By Nik Weston)
Played by: Shantisan, George Kelly (aka DJ Butcher), 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, Mirror People (Discotexas/Perm Vac), 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, 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, Soul Deep, Originals, Guillaume Metenier (Gee Recordings), The Expansions
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Review: Mukatsuku Records serve up two 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 editing 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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Freak
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Freak (limited 7")
Cat: X 08. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Tappa Zukie - "Freak" (Onemix edit) (3:10)
  2. Les Lutins - "La Junglomanie" (2:48)
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4th Chamber
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4th Chamber (limited 7")
Cat: BC 001. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. 4th Chamber (3:02)
  2. Snakes (2:11)
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The Strut
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The Strut (7")
Cat: BM 45002. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. The Strut (original) (2:31)
  2. Spiritual Interlude (The Heist) (II) (3:48)
Review: UK funk outfit spearheaded by drummer Mike Bandoni returns to the source with a pressing of the original version of "The Strut". A sweaty, Hammond-snapping, break-busting jam with slippery wah wah guitars all laid down by Mike himself. It was a freaky gem when first dropped on the band's debut album in 2008 but this previously unheard and unreleased version is even heavier! Flip for a brand new original: "Spiritual Interlude II (The Heist)". A deeper groove driven by Bandoni's stately breaks and laced with ghostly organs care of co producer Nino Auricchio that rise like voodoo spirits throughout the track. Serious stuff. And only 300 pressed, too.
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I Want You Back
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 049. Rel: 28 Mar 16
  1. Harold Mabern - "I Want You Back" (5:24)
  2. Funk Inc - "Sister Janie" (5:14)
Review: Tennessee's legendary jazz pianist, Harold Mabern, is surely one of the kings of the mighty Prestige label, and his material helped bridge the gap between jazz and funk back in the 1970s, alongside the likes of Idris Muhammad, The Jimmy Castor Bunch and all those geniuses. "I Want You Back" is a stone-cold classic and contains one of the most hummable trumpet lines ever, and if you hear closely it's been reworked and sampled by none other than the King of pop when he was only a little one. Funk Inc's sublime "Sister Janie" resides on the flip, a more lo-fi funk bullett for the diggers, and complete with a dusty organ!
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Nowhere To Go
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Cat: WACK 16. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Nowhere To Go (4:08)
  2. Return Of The Beats (3:50)
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Do What You Came To Do
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Do What You Came To Do (limited coloured vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 134C. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Do What You Came Here To Do (4:45)
  2. Ronin (instrumental) (3:07)
Review: LA's Orgone crew are specialists in smooth, seductive soul music, and you could say that the band is waving the flag very high in the air for the continuation and health of the genre. It was their original material on Ubiquity back in the early 2000's that gave them their fame, but these two new nuggets on Colemine are pretty on-point in terms of dancefloor destruction: "Do What You Came Here To Do" is a rough and twisted sex bomb that sounds like it was made in '76 - a tune that would make a great addition to a Quentin Tarantino flick - and the "Ronin" instrumental is simply a great, devastating piece of instrumentation for you to get DOWN to.
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Scorpio Love
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Cat: RBMB 005. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Scorpio Love (3:30)
  2. Scorpio Love (instrumental) (3:31)
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Sabotaggio
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Sabotaggio (7" repress)
Cat: SABOTAGGIO 7. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Sabotaggio (3:07)
  2. Sabotaggio (instrumental) (3:05)
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Would You Believe
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Would You Believe (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: OR 9060. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Would You Believe (Fast version) (3:18)
  2. Would You Believe (Slow version) (2:17)
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Schamlos (Record Store Day 2016)
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Schamlos (Record Store Day 2016) (limited numbered red vinyl 7")
Cat: MOV 7033. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Schamlos: All You Ever Need Is Beat (3:25)
  2. Geissel Des Dleisches: Titlemusic (3:11)
  3. Lolita Am Scheideweg - Der Traum - Dritte Phase (2:55)
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Funky Music Is The Thing
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Cat: OG 032. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. The Dynamic Corvettes - "Funky Music Is The Thing" (Mr Fantastic edit) (3:29)
  2. The D.O.C - "Lend Me An Ear" (3:20)
Review: The Originals label is on straight-up fire at the moment, coming through rough and ready with a whole heap of gorgeous disco reissues ready to be cranked-up by contemporary producers. "Funky Music Is The Thing" by The Corvettes, a funky-as-hell soul train, is beefed up by Mr Fantastic with a tidy little edit, whereas The D.O.C and their "Lend Me An Ear" hip-hop joint gets a nice touch-up of the modern B-Boys.
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Feel The Spirit (reissue)
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Cat: LR 505012. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Feel The Spirit (long disco version) (4:03)
  2. Feel The Spirit (disco version) (3:53)
Review: The Foster Jackson Group are one of those forgotten but highly coveted one-hit disco wonders that exist in the bottomless pit that is often classed simply as 'soul'. All that aside, these people made an incredible 12" back in 1979 that has been going for serious bucks on the second-hand market, but thankfully the prodigious P&P Records have saved the day yet again. "Feel The Spirit" is a devilish, inimitable disco jingle that is split between the more percussion ridden "Long Disco Version", and a more contained, more floor-focussed "Disco Version" They both contain that instantly addictive dose of piano, though. Check it out, you'll know what we mean...
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On My Way
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On My Way (limited white vinyl 7")
Cat: NOA 45001WHITE. Rel: 15 Jun 15
  1. Candido - "On My Way" (3:08)
  2. Edwin Starr - "Easin' In" (3:12)
Review: The label says it all... Neither of these tracks have ever been released outside the original albums they came on. Until now. The legendary Candido steps up for the A-side with an uptempo, percussion-heavy groove from his 1971 album Beautiful; with big brassy fills and a stripped back, sample-addict's dream breakdown, this still punches as hard now as it did over 40 years ago. Flip for a funk trip from the equally revered Edwin Starr. Taken from his Hell Up In Harlem soundtrack, it's quintessential Blaxploitation funk with slippery bass, sleazy guitars and Edwin's velvet vocals that can go from purring to roaring in 0.03 seconds. Limited to one per customer, jump on this as soon as you can.
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Love Coma
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Love Coma (12" repress)
Cat: RESISTA 008. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Love Coma (7:52)
  2. Magic Wand Steel Band (5:55)
Review: Gerry Rooney and Joel Martin's Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold project return with a second release for everyone's favourite illicit edit concern Resista, with Special Versions packing a pair of irresistible disco obscurities for dancefloors that like it odd and eccentric. They begin with "Magic Wand Steel Band", an Afro-influenced, Island-friendly fusion of low-slung disco-funk breaks, sharp guitar licks and expansive steel band solos. Flip for the relentlessly rolling, synth boogie-goes-disco house genius of "Love Coma", which sounds like a late night festival anthem in the making. Like everything else released on Resista, this one won't stay on the shelves for long!
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Love Like This
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Love Like This (limited 7")
Cat: BC 00445. Rel: 07 Mar 16
  1. Love Like This (3:27)
  2. Was Dog A Doughnut (3:24)
Review: The Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band are one of the curious outfits who sound as if they're right out of the '70s, when in fact they are happily playing on their instruments in 2016, and making some serious burners. Their zesty ad energetic blend of horns, steel pan and live drums is the sort of African funk for those looking for some fresh and innovative rhythms in this day and age, with "Love Like This" providing exactly that - a bass-heavy, tripped-out kinda groove that spits quality from all angles. On the flip of this tidy 7", Cat Stevens classic "Was Dog A Doughnut" is taken on a more tropical flex, stripping down the groove and laying out one hell of a steel-pan concoction. Bless.
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Tell Me What's Wrong With The Men
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 052. Rel: 04 Apr 16
  1. Tell Me What's Wrong With The Men (2:36)
  2. Staying At Home Like A Woman (2:49)
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The Turning Point
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Cat: 451044. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. The Turning Point (feat Ishtar) (4:35)
  2. The Turning Point (instrumental) (4:34)
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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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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 DJ Spinna,Diesler,Luke Slater,Volcov,Smoov,Scrimshire,Ashley Beedle etc
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We Gettin' Down
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We Gettin' Down (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 006. Rel: 25 May 15
  1. We Gettin' Down (4:22)
  2. The Power & The Glory (4:10)
Review: In amongst their programme of May essentials, Athens of the North have focused on highlight the grand soul escapades of Master Weldon Irvine across two killer sevens. We Gettin' Down the second and final of these and features two tracks from Irvine's 1974 LP for RCA Spirit Man. The more scholarly ears out there will of course recognise elements of "We Gettin' Down" from A Tribe Called Quest classic "Award Tour" and it's been lifted by everyone from Dego's Tek 9 project to bandy legged pop star Jamiroquai over the years. It's a pleasure from start (what a moog riff) to end and is complemented by the jazzed up bliss of "The Power & The Glory". Athens of the North are really spoiling us!
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Holding On
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Cat: ATH 020. Rel: 05 Oct 15
  1. Holding On (3:39)
  2. Dimona (Spiritual Capital Of The World) (3:38)
Review: Chop-walloping funk soul: AOTN bossman Fryer has allegedly spent the past 15 years trying to secure this '70s rarity. Silky, youthful and compounded with an insatiable groove, it's dangerously close to Jackson 5's best output and no one would blame you if you thought it actually was. Flip for "Dimona", a slower burner that swoons and shows the band's more mature side. This is the first time either side has seen a 45... You know what to do.
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Chains Of Love
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Chains Of Love (limited 7")
BGP
Cat: BGPS 043. Rel: 30 Mar 15
  1. Chains Of Love (3:00)
  2. Walk Tall (3:40)
Review: Never pressed to 45 before, both firing sides are taken from Esther's debut album from 1969; Newport News, Virginia. Both cover versions, JJ Barnes' "Chains Of Love" is given gospel-funk muscle as Esther belts out her heart over an impeccably frenetic band while Joe Zawinul's instantly recognisable jazz standard "Walk Tall" gets a powerful spoken word flex. Gutsy business to the very core, this is a snapshot of Esther at her most ambitious, energetic and creative.
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Sam Sam The Money Man
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Cat: TR 205. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Sam Sam The Money Man (2:20)
  2. Now You Want To Do Right (2:47)
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Deixa Nao Deixa
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Cat: BRZ 45041. Rel: 28 Mar 16
  1. Deixa Nao Deixa (2:32)
  2. Avenida Atlantica (2:57)
Review: Two powerful bossa nova workouts from 1972: Brazilian chanteuse Rose Maria delivered two incredible funk jams on Tapecar which escaped her prolific album releases and never enjoyed a repress. Until now... The Afro-Latin soul of "Deixa Nao Deixa" is all about the sudden dynamic from purring verses to emphatic, harmonic chorus while "Avenida Atlantica" takes a more straight-up funk route with its dominant horns and heavy boss break. Instant party material.
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Dazz
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Dazz (12")
Cat: RR 006. Rel: 11 Mar 13
  1. Brick - "Dazz" (re-edit)
  2. Brick - "Dazz" (1976 original long version)
  3. Tom Browne - "Funkin' For Jamaica" (re-edit)
  4. Tom Browne - "Funkin' For Jamaica" (1980 original)
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Chick A Boom (Record Store Day 2016)
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Cat: VAMPI 45003 . Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Chick-A-Boom (3:49)
  2. Cycles Of You (4:31)
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You're Starting Too Fast
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ABC
Cat: ABCP 078. Rel: 15 Feb 16
  1. You're Starting Too Fast (3:41)
  2. You Can't Even Walk In The Park (2:33)
Review: Johny Pate's output dates back to 1958, and that in itself is something to marvel at. The Chicago jazz bassist is a veteran, and the man has worked with some of the best and greatest, and he's had key appearances on legendary jazz labels such as King Records, MGM, and Parlophone. The original to "You're Starting Too Fast" was out in 1970 on the Outrageous LP, and it has without a doubt stood the test of time; an energetic, riff-heavy funk monster with screeching organs and a bumpy groove, we simply love it. On the B-side, "You Can't Even Walk In The Park" is dirtier, a little slower, and moody, but my word are those trumpets glorious. Killer.
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Funk Over Egypt
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Funk Over Egypt (7" in spray-painted sleeve)
Cat: TBE 703. Rel: 21 Mar 16
  1. Funk Over Egypt (4:22)
  2. Robots (4:35)
Review: Future funk king Temu lays down two deliciously juicy covers for Tugboat Editions. Synth-slapping, talkbox-tickling raw funk, first up is a cosmic twist on The Jones Girls 1981 soul jam with lavish lolloping beats and big woozy chord changes. Flip for the funkiest rendition Kraftwerk have ever experienced; listen to his expression and inflection... Few men have ever worked a talkbox with such finesse. Incredible.
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Mickey & The Fabulous Five
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  1. Do It (part 1) (2:11)
  2. Soulin (2:57)
  3. Funky City (3:03)
  4. Do It (part 2) (2:24)
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The Dance Of Life
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Cat: RHRSS 17. Rel: 06 Jul 15
  1. The Dance Of Life (7:42)
  2. Up Jump (6:26)
Review: Following the runaway success of their re-release of James Mason's cult classic "I Want Your Love" a few years back, Rush Hour asked the legendary disco-soul producer whether he had any unreleased material in the archives. After rooting around, he unearthed enough material to fill an album, Recollection Echo, which hits stores later in the year. Before that, Rush Hour present two previously unheard gems; the breezy, soulful disco brilliance of "The Rhythm of Life" (which, brilliantly, features Bernard Purdie on drums, and Fonda Rae on backing vocals), and "Up Jump", a brilliantly strange - and thrilling - combination of pitched-down electro beats, vocoders and spiraling soul vocals. That album should be pretty sensational; until it's released, these two tracks will more than suffice.
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No Turning Back
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Cat: FSR 103. Rel: 06 Jul 15
  1. No Turning Back (4:15)
  2. Orisha's Party (3:38)
  3. No Turning Back (The Reflex Revision - full length version) (6:48)
Review: Freestyle mainstays Speedometer are back... And they're brandishing a brand new album. "No Turning Back" is the lead title track. Featuring velvet vocals and sharp scat spits from James Junior, it's a soft-but-stern statement of intent that drags us in gradually and refuses to let us go once we're hooked. Those hungry for Speedometer's more upbeat party feels, flip for "Orisha's Party" where the groove is so tight and fizzy you can't but think of MJ's "Wanna Be Startin' Something". For good measure, The Reflex has also joined the party with a luxurious extended house shakedown that's primed for the season and beyond.
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Freedom
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Freedom (7")
Cat: FSR 7082. Rel: 22 Sep 14
  1. Freedom (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  2. Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances
Review: Neo soul evangelist Adam Gibbons - aka Lack Of Afro - is back with the euphoric, cathartic release of "Freedom", a retro jam that totally evokes the hazy Easy Rider age of American funk rock, featuring the talents of Jack Tyson-Charles. "Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances" meanwhile is a riot of Blow Up-era Swinging Sixties vintage funk - both cuts are highly recommended.
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Deuces Up Double Down
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Cat: STH 7018. Rel: 29 Jul 02
  1. Deuces Up Double Down (part 1)
  2. Deuces Up Double Down (part 2)
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Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone
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  1. Sandy Gaye - "Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone" (2:12)
  2. Franciene Thomas - "I'll Be There" (2:00)
Review: Sandy Gaye's version of Inez Foxx's 1972 funk classic "Watch The Dog (That Bring The Bone)" is suitably obscure; to date, its' only previous appearance on wax came via Jazzman's 2007 Sister Funk 2 compilation, which focused on material from "unknown soul sisters". Here Athens of the North make it available to all on 7" for the first time, allowing those who missed out to revel in its' blistering drum breaks, powerful vocals and overall dancefloor-friendly appeal. It's backed by Franciene Thomas' similarly obscure and hard-to-find "I'll Be There", a deep funk classic of the sort that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings has been trying to recreate for the best part of the last two decades.
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Well Good
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Well Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: AOE 017. Rel: 29 Feb 16
  1. Well Good (3:30)
  2. Bells (4:07)
Review: Destination Youngstown Ohio, 1973: A young troupe of musicians gain local notoriety through their on-point covers and originals. While they never make it past the local legend status, they did record one 45" on a very limited run... And here it is. "Well Good" is a slinky slab of sizzling Hammond-led funk that builds with the help of some interesting time signature switches and electrified guitar. Think Booker T crossed with Shuggie Otis. "Bells" shows the band's softer side as they lay down some slow burning, soulful harmonic heaven that's made all the more poignant by the fact that the band didn't continue recording. Fittingly, this reissue is highly limited too.
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Keep On Keeping On
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  1. Keep On Keeping On (4:26)
  2. Wise Up (2:41)
Review: Joe Tex's backing band (and occasional co-writers), Second Resurrection are one of the most successful bands you've never heard of. Having performed and toured with the likes of the Isley Brothers, Shalamar, Rufus & Chaka Khan and many more, it's no surprise they only released one record... They were too busy. These unearthed recordings prove they should have recorded more. Never released before, both "Keep On Keeping On" and "Wise Up" are unrelenting, pumping slices of upbeat disco funk. The former is mildly psychedelic with bold harmonic touches while the latter slows things down just a tad, switches synths for horns and gets preachy with a full spoken word vocal. Apparently AOTN have more Resurrections planned in the near future too. We can't wait.
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Gangster Boy
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Gangster Boy (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 014. Rel: 01 Jun 15
  1. Gangster Boy (3:49)
  2. All You Need Is Time To Mess Around (2:49)
Review: All AOTN releases are special and have been curated, researched and excavated from the past with total care, attention and respect. This one, however, is a whole new level. Apparently originals have regularly changed hands for over $6000 and its taken 10 years for AOTN boss Fryer to located and procure a clean copy of the 300 pressings made way back in 77. "Gangster Boy" is a subtle slice of soul that gradually develops with sentiment and gusto as the backing vocals deliver harmony after harmony. Flip for a heavier deep funk affair where the instrumentation is much fuller and rawer but the BVs are just as big. A really interesting release in every possible direction. AOTN keep on delivering.
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Spies Are Watching Me
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Cat: FVR 106. Rel: 13 Jul 15
  1. Spies Are Watching Me (7:13)
  2. Le Disco Des Capitales (6:43)
Review: Sounds like it came out of Lagos in 1971, actually written and recorded in Lyon in 2015: Voilaaa is the brainchild of Bruno Hovart whose long relationship with Favorite goes way back to his days as Patchworks, Mr President and The Dynamics. Recording on a whole host of vintage machines and calling upon local African singers both cuts have a real authentic sense of realness; "Spies Are Watching Me" drives with big horns and swooning strings which isn't dissimilar to the work of The Movers, while the TY Boys-esque "Le Disco Des Capitales" is a heavier, more concentrated slab of floor-minded disco where the groove takes more of a forefront role. Apparently there's a whole album of this cooking... We can't wait to hear it.
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Don't You Care
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Don't You Care (limited 7")
BGP
Cat: BGPS 046. Rel: 30 Mar 15
  1. Don't You Care (2:47)
  2. Never Did I Stop Loving You (2:32)
Review: Two powerful soul sessions from Alice Clark's eponymous debut 1972 album. "Don't You Care" is a hard-hitting soul standard (that became very popular in acid jazz scene in the early 90s) where Alice opens her heart for all to see while her incredible band ebb and flow with Clark's emotions. "Never Did I Stop Loving You", meanwhile, languishes in sentiment at a slightly lower tempo that allows her to really dig deep for those low notes. The real fun happens as we reach momentum towards the end and every band member brings out their A-game and bounces off each other - backing up Alice every step of the way. You will care about this.
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