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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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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)
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)
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)
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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Electrify
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Electrify (12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: MOFUNK 012. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Electrify (extended version) (5:25)
  2. Electrify (instrumental) (3:21)
  3. Breeze (extended version) (5:38)
  4. Breeze (instrumental) (3:21)
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)
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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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)
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)
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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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)
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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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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I Need Your Lovin
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Cat: PENN 4526. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. I Need Your Lovin (2:47)
  2. I'm A Fool (3:16)
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)
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)
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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Is There Any Love?
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Cat: ES 008. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Is There Any Love? (4:28)
  2. Track 2 (4:28)
Played by: Tomas Pink
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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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)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)
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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Next To You
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Cat: CLMN 133 BLACK. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Next To You (3:35)
  2. I Still Love Them All (4:04)
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)
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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Pacified
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Pacified (7")
Cat: CLMN 135. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. Pacified (3:20)
  2. Look How Far We've Come (2:54)
Periplo
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Periplo (12")
Cat: EAS 011. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. At The Mercy Of Inertia (3:50)
  2. In Deriva (5:17)
  3. Sinergie (4:45)
  4. Ad Libitum (5:23)
  5. Southwind (4:57)
  6. Notturno Distopico (2:11)
Review: Periplo marks the solo debut of Early Sounds Recordings co-founder Pellegrino S. Snichelotto, following occasional contributions to other material from the label's extended family of artists. Interestingly, the six-track set shares some stylistic similarities with friends' Nu Guinea's Tony Allen Experiments mini-album, chiefly the producer's delay and reverb-laden fusion of live instruments and vintage analogue hardware. Stylistically, most of the tracks sit somewhere between jazz-funk, cosmic funk, and the kind of melodious Afro-Cosmic fare that was once a staple of Northern Italy's eccentric club scene. There's plenty of hazy musical humidity to enoy, too, with the impeccable "Ad Libitum" standing out.
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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)
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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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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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)
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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