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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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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)
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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Yes It's You (Record Store Day 2016)
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  1. Sweet Charles - "Yes It's You" (3:49)
  2. Glenn Jones - "I Am Somebody" (4:31)
Review: Pressed up on a tidy little 7" format, Mellow Mellow Right On put their on mark on RSD 2016 with a double-barrelled reissue of two bittersweet boogie cuts from the mid 1980's. First up, 'Sweet' Charles Sherrell appears under a re-edit of his own "Yes It's You", an instantly seductive soul bomb that'll have you humming within the first bar - oh those power vocal, Lord! The flip is up to Glenn Jones, and the RCA veteran receives a subtle makeover of "I Am Somebody" banger - filled with ringing synths, power beats and the man's own deep and sensual vocals riding high.
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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)
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)
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)
Psychic (Egyptian Lover remix)
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Cat: MOFUNK 011. Rel: 09 May 16
  1. Psychic (vocal version) (4:44)
  2. Psychic (instrumental version) (4:44)
  3. Psychic (LP version) (4:38)
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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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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Nothing Leaves The Archive (Record Store Day 2016)
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  1. Tall Black Guy - "Constantly Moving" (4:32)
  2. Eric Lau - "YNWAJP" (2:36)
  3. Mr Thing - "Higher" (3:03)
  4. Kidkanevil - "A Love That's Worth Sampling" (2:01)
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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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)
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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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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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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Prelude/In The Sunlight
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Cat: SP 45 002. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. Prelude/In The Sunlight (4:07)
  2. The Sea (4:43)
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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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)
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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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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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)
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 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)
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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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)
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)
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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Listen
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  1. Listen (3:18)
  2. Party (3:16)
Review: When you talk about 'kid funk', it's always long-lost B-sides that record collectors talk about like myths. But, Athens Of the North have managed to get their hands on the masters of a super-rare Virtue 7" that goes for no less that L1000 on the second-hand market in its original form. "Listen" is a deep, sublimely odd little funk tune that is as deep as you can get for boogie and funk; "Party" on the flip is no less of a gem, backed by Little George's supreme vocals and a tight little break, too. Sick.
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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)
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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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)
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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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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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)
Golpes Diferentes (reissue)
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Cat: 3ZLD 40836. Rel: 06 Jun 16
  1. Golpes Diferentes (Different Strokes) (2:35)
  2. Nosotros Conseguiremos Mas Almas (We Got More Souls) (2:29)
Have A Party (reissue)
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Cat: TR 002. Rel: 06 Jun 16
  1. Have A Party (3:13)
  2. Get Ready (2:50)
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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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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Do The Smasher
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Do The Smasher (7" in silk-screened sleeve)
Cat: AFR 7702. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Do The Smasher (2:26)
  2. Love You Didn't Want (2:34)
Review: Afro7 Records once again come through with a bit of new funk for fans of labels like Mukatsuku. Tanya Ria is a newcomer on paper, but if "Do The Smasher" is anything to go by, we can safely regard her as being a total pro - funkiness and vibrations running knee deep on this heavy floor destroyer. The flip of this 7" is a little more soulful thanks to the wailing vocals on "Love You Didn't Want", but we're still very much in GET DOWN territory here...
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Yaelhajarok (They Leave You For Me)
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Cat: AFR 7703. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Yaelhajarok (They Leave You For Me) (2:36)
  2. Yadob Yadob (A New Beginning) (4:29)
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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Vamp Oakland
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Cat: FNR 061. Rel: 13 Jun 16
  1. Vamp Oakland (2:54)
  2. Ray Ban (3:21)
Review: San Fran instrumental soul and funk quartet The M Tet consist of guitarist Joe Baer Magnant, Hammond organ player Gary Pitman, drummer Michael Reed and Chris Lujan on Fender bass. Their brand of organ-based RnB with loving nods to the likes of The Meters and Booker T & The M.G.'s has surfaced on a small clutch of 45s for US funk labels these past few years and there is more to check on The M Tet bandcamp! After debuting on Funk Night with a killer instrumental funk rendition of "Express Yourself" last year, The M Tet are back on Frank Raines' label with another dinked display of goodness for the mind, body and soul. Up top "Vamp Oakland" is a delightful funk strut that sees Pitman's Hammond playing tee off against the tight drums of Reed. Down below it's the supple funk bassline from Lujan that really gets into your hips on "Ray Ban".
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Sympathy For The Devil (Of Yare)
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  1. Sympathy For The Devil (Of Yare) (4:02)
  2. Don't Trust The Devil (2:51)
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)
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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Harrow
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Harrow (limited 7")
Cat: KPT 109. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Harrow (3:12)
  2. Nautilus (Hijacked) (3:31)
Review: Breakdown Brass are more of a collective than a band. These magnetic individuals have all been strumming and trumpeting for decades, the majority being made up of old-school New Yorkers with a passion for soul, funk and brass instruments. They happen to land on Kept Records, which is a fitting home to their prophetic strain of instrumental brass music, and "Harrow" is a true beast of the slo-mo, laid-back, slap-up soul type - one for the Mustang and Wayfarers. "Nautilus (Hijacked)" is a little more uptempo and livelier around both the percussion and the horns, but Breakdown Brass manage to retain that cool, breezy feel throughout.
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