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Bembeya Latin Strut
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Bembeya Latin Strut (limited 7")
Cat: SG 035. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Bembeya Latin Strut (4:53)
  2. Dope Walk Slow Talk (5:09)
Review: Japan's super-prolific Soul Garden take an Afro-Cuban diversion for their latest release with one of the country's leading Afro-jazz troupes Bembe. The band - led by Yusuje Asano - have a reputation as a live act that is second to none but their releases aren't quite as prolific as their touring schedule. Last spotted on Hiroko Otsuka's Piece The Next mix last year, this is their first Soul Garden 45" and it's highly advisable you jump on it... "Bemeya Latin Strut" is a densely weaved jazz workout with elements at delicately balanced odds. "Dope Walk Slow Talk" is a much more sedate affair as the sax whips up a fire over a smouldering reggae beat. Dope indeed.
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I Slept In An Arcade (reissue)
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  1. I Slept In An Arcade (2:34)
  2. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (2:04)
One & Only Part 1 & 2
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One & Only Part 1 & 2 (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PRS 45 804. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. One & Only (part 1) (3:36)
  2. One & Only (part 2) (4:09)
Me Gusta Boogaloo
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Me Gusta Boogaloo (limited pink vinyl 7")
Cat: ABN 010. Rel: 25 Apr 16
  1. Carlos Hayre Y Su Orquesta - "Me Gusta Boogaloo" (2:39)
  2. Los Riberenos - "Silbando" (3:05)
Stratus: Part 1 (Record Store Day 2016)
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Cat: 008122 7947637. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Stratus (part 1) (3:30)
  2. Stratus (part 2) (3:00)
More Of Love EP
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Cat: THY 002 . Rel: 30 May 16
  1. No Way Back (The Revenge remix) (9:23)
  2. More Of Love (3:26)
  3. No Way Back (4:47)
  4. More Of Love (Faze Action remix) (6:13)
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)
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)
Uyanis
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Uyanis (limited 7")
Cat: TR 04. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Uyanis (3:38)
  2. Zenci Yuruyusu (3:11)
Review: Instanbul's Ozdemir Erdogan is a prolific psych-jazz musician who is at the heart of the whole Turkish 70s scene, a decade that saw a huge amount of incredible music being released from the country. "Uyanis" and "Zenci Yuruyusu" are the tunes reissued here, and they couldn't be wilder and hotter; the organs are flying from angle to angle and bouncing off petty much anything in their way, while the persuasion is driving and gritty, and the horns add that little extra spice to the equation. This 7' is limited and the original is rather hard to find, so act fast.
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Ain't Gonna Lie
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Ain't Gonna Lie (limited 7")
Cat: OUR 45014. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Ain't Gonna Lie (feat Roxie Ray) (4:27)
  2. The Ashes (3:26)
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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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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Gold Digger
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Cat: OUR 45015. Rel: 23 May 16
  1. Gold Digger (3:22)
  2. Fat Pat's Kitchen (4:00)
Just Me & You (reissue)
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Cat: EH 712016. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Just Me & You (4:44)
  2. Your Love Is My Desire (4:44)
Review: Having appeared on several EPs throughout the late '70s and early '80s on labels like Westbound and Capitol, most people think of Erasmus Hall as one person. Rather, they were actually a collective of artists that were given the name by grandmaster George Clinton of Parliament / P-Funk. This might not be immediately audible on the gentle waves of "Just Me & You", but the song does contain a certain air of oddity and conniving funkiness that rendered that period of disco just so damn enticing. The flip contains "Your Love Is My Desire", another gentle heart-warmer to stick on in those more intimate moments... What a delightful little 7"!
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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)
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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Funky President Edits Vol 3: Brazil
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Cat: FJRC 7003. Rel: 23 May 16
  1. Brazil (About It) (3:44)
  2. Brazil (About It) (bonus beats) (3:44)
Review: J Rocc is rightly hailed as one of the best DJs out there, in possession of a vast music knowledge and the skills to deploy it with party-killing effect behind the decks. Last year saw J Rocc launch the Funky Presidents Edits series with the first two 7"s selling out immediately! We expect a similar situation with this third volume which leads out with a killer edit of Earth Wind & Fire classic "Brazilian Rhythm". That classic vocal harmony meets an equally iconic drum break with J Rocc's edit mastery coming to the fore over the course of the cut. The Bonus Beats version on the flip means the more dextrous DJs out there might want to consider doubling up on this beauty.
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Thank You
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Thank You (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: CBLL 03. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Thank You (vocal) (3:22)
  2. Thank You (instrumental) (3:22)
Review: One doesn't usually associate Italy with funk music on a gospel tip, but this is exactly what's happened on the third outing from fledgling label Cannonball. The Jackson Bros, a still mysterious outfit on our end, throw down the absolute truth on the vocal edit of "Thank You", a glorious and majestic pseudo disco ride that'll please everyone from dad to grandma. The instro cut is firmly in place for all your dance floor needs.
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Selected Works 1979 To 1983
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Cat: NUN S008. Rel: 11 Apr 16
  1. Dreams For Radha (part I II & III) (7:44)
  2. You Are The Sunlight (6:04)
  3. Frost Bite (7:47)
  4. Hawaiian Caravan (5:43)
  5. Caravan (4:56)
Review: NuNorthern Soul take a brief respite from their BJ Smith series so boss man 'Phat' Phil Cooper can indulge his love for Ryo Kawasaki. Focusing on the period that the '70s met the '80s, Selected Works pulls together five delicious slices of Kawasaki bliss from a boundary pushing discography that spans writing, arranging, producing and playing. For an introduction to Kawasaki, this release is near perfect, taking in sublime jazz through heaving slabs of funk to out-there electronic vibes. Extra context is provided in the extensive sleeve notes from Marc Rowlands that pull from his 2015 interview with Kawasaki. Despite being five tracks long, this still feels like a generous rifle through the Ryo archives.
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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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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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To See One Eagle Fly
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Cat: STLK 001. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. To See One Eagle Fly (original version 1978) (5:09)
  2. To See One Eagle Fly (Mudds extended mix) (7:27)
Review: Well, what a way to inaugurate your label! The newly crowned Spacetalk comes through resolutely correct with this reissue of 1978's "To See One Eagle Fly" by Morrison Kincannon, a psyched-out funk bomb with a glorious blue-eyed soul twist, and a mystical sort of vibe that can proudly sit up there with the likes of Stills, Nash and Young - i.e. proggy but still groovy. There's an extended remix from Mudds, and the man goes for a kind of dub version approach; a new and different tactic to deploy over a rock tune, but effective nonetheless.
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You Made A Believer Out Of Me (reissue)
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  1. You Made A Believer Out Of Me (3:23)
  2. Thank You For Loving Me (3:12)
Played by: I Love 45's!
Listen
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  1. Listen (3:18)
  2. Party (3:16)
Played by: Soul Music
It's Your Thing
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Cat: LAT45 013. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Los Africanos - "It's Your Thing" (3:44)
  2. Machito - "Knock On Wood" (2:18)
Review: Wanna hear the Isley Brothers classic "It's Your Thing" given a Latin shakedown? Mr Bongos have got you covered on the latest 7" in their splendid Latin 45s series! Originally issued back in 1974 on TR Records, this Los Africanos cover is a rum heavy Nu Yorican funk-soul instrumental featuring screaming Hammond organ and FX. It's very expensive in original form now, so shout outs to Mr Bongos for pressing it up here along with an equally good 1968 cover of instrumental, boogaloo version of Eddie Floyd's all-time classic "Knock On Wood" from Machito & His Afro-Cubans.
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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)
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,Scrimshire,Frank Booker,Nancy Noise and Pete from On The Corner Records etc
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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"
Bitty
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Bitty (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DI 02. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Bitty (45 edit) (3:13)
  2. Key (45 edit) (3:56)
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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Chosen Spokes Vol 4
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Cat: CS 004. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Stillmatic (1:51)
  2. Jessica (1:14)
  3. Poor Boy (1:22)
  4. Betty (1:19)
  5. Spare Parts (0:46)
Played by: Nick Bike
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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Gotta Leave The Lady Alone
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  1. Gotta Leave The Lady Alone (3:34)
  2. Baby Can We Start Again (2:56)
Letitgo
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Letitgo (7")
Cat: 718074. Rel: 09 May 16
  1. Letitgo (4:16)
  2. Solo (3:50)
Safari
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Safari (7")
Cat: LAT45 011. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Tito Puente - "Safari" (4:06)
  2. Willie Bobo - "Be's The Other Way" (2:24)
Good Guy
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Good Guy (limited 7")
Cat: SG 032. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Good Guy (3:22)
  2. Bad Boy (3:44)
Review: In amidst a veritable deluge of seven inch-shaped sharpness from Japan's crucial Soul Garden label this week comes this absolute must grip 45 session from Q.A.S.B. The nine-piece Tokyo funkateers have been holding it down since 2005 and this seven picks out a horn heavy highlight from last year's Q.A.S.B. III LP in the shape of "Good Guy." Throwing down a similar vibe to the Quantic Soul Orchestra, this track is all about the lead vocal from Amy A and those warm, tooting horns. Face down and QASB engage flipmode, slowing the tempo down and cranking the sass up on "Bad Boy". If seven inches were vegetables this would be one hot pepper!
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Dreamer
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Dreamer (limited 7")
Cat: SG 036. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Dreamer (4:26)
  2. Movin' On (4:49)
Deep (Oh Poor Me)
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  1. Quetchy Alma (La Lloroncita) - "Deep (Oh Poor Me)" (3:14)
  2. Cafe - "Identify Yourself" (3:56)
Finger Licking Chicken
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Cat: LR 0204. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. The Radars - "Finger Licking Chicken" (2:39)
  2. Sonny & Sandra - "Bad Breaking Love" (2:08)
Played by: Nick Bike
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)
Running Away (reissue)
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Running Away (reissue) (limited red vinyl 12")
Cat: PDD 502RED. Rel: 11 Apr 16
  1. Running Away (long version) (6:55)
  2. Love Will Bring Us Back Together (long version) (5:48)
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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Run Don't Walk Away
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Run Don't Walk Away (limited 7")
Cat: FNR 059. Rel: 09 May 16
  1. Run, Don't Walk Away (part 1) (3:01)
  2. Run, Don't Walk Away (part 2) (3:09)
Review: Classic Soul styles from Detroit ensemble Will Sessions pressed up on authentic dinked 45! Run Don't Walk Away finds the Sam Beaubien-led band working once more with vocalist Coco, and if you picked up Boss Lady, that 2013 funk jammer they previously collaborated on, you will be all over this like a bad suit. Coco takes centre stage here, her heart-wrenchingingly soulful vocals leading the way whilst the Will Sessions gang beat out an instrumental groove you'd be hard pressed to separate from the JBs finest.
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Liberation Conversation
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Cat: CHP 1001. Rel: 30 May 16
  1. Liberation Conversation (2:04)
  2. Woman Of The Ghetto (4:02)
Vladimir's Groove
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Vladimir's Groove (limited 7")
Cat: SP45 001. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Vladimir's Groove (3:41)
  2. Igor's Groove (3:13)
Review: Come on, its 2016, of course there are soul bands from Russia. More specifically, there's soul bands from Russia that make absolutely incredible music, and The Soul Surfers are one of them. They've been busy over the last 6-7 years, and the Spasibo label have been instrumental in getting their sound across to the masses. "Vladimir's Groove" is deep, funky and wet, filled with an awesome slap-back bass, a trippy cascade of organs and just a general feeling of "yeah". "Igor's Groove" is slower, more laid-back and possibly even better and bolder, bringing out the best out of this band and solidifying them as serious contenders for best soul kings of the post 2000's. A band to watch - keep 'em peeled!
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Odd Love
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Odd Love (limited 7")
Cat: SP45 003. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Odd Love (3:52)
  2. Cruisin' (3:55)
Review: Following their two-part "Rap It Together" 45" with Will Sessions earlier this year, Russian funkateers The Soul Surfers return with two more blistering originals. Continuing their Booker T-edged signature, both instrumentals are well polished, smooth and perfectly Hammond-balanced. "Odd Love" is the more upbeat, dancefloor minded track while "Cruisin'" takes us up to lover's lane for an intimate session that doesn't disappoint.
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Standing On Top Of The World (Record Store Day 2016)
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  1. Standing On Top Of The World (3:56)
  2. Show Me (3:32)
Played by: Originals, Soul Music
Heartbreaker
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Heartbreaker (limited white vinyl 7")
Cat: ABC 004. Rel: 09 May 16
  1. Heartbreaker (5:26)
  2. Do It 4 U (3:33)
Review: Austin Boogie Crew Records return with a fourth release, turning to San Francisco's foremost exponents of modern funk, Starship Connection. Starship members B.Bravo & Teeko have been leading the scene for years and the Intergalactic Funkateers arrive on Austin Boogie Crew brandishing a deadly modern funk cover of Zapp classic "Heartbreaker." Recorded and released digitally last year to pay homage to talkbox don Roger Troutman on the 16th anniversary of his passing, the cut now makes the overdue transfer to 45 and sounds all the better for it. Driven by talkbox harmonies, cracking drums, thumping bass, and slick halftime break downs, Starship puts their signature twist on a classic. Complementing this, the Starship Connection lay a sweet and soulful exclusive on the flip in the shape of "Do It For U."
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Gazelle
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Gazelle (limited 7")
Cat: SG 034. Rel: 18 Apr 16
  1. Gazelle (4:21)
  2. The Mission (4:18)
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