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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)
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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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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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)
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)
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)
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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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)
Never Gonna Leave You (reissue)
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  1. Never Gonna Leave You (6:34)
  2. The Dip Drop (7:31)
The Mojo Train
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Cat: PENN 45025. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. The Mojo Train (2:44)
  2. I'll Be Waiting (2:27)
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)
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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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)
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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Recalibrations Vol 1
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Recalibrations Vol 1 (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile turquoise vinyl 10")
Cat: MOV 10021. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Prince Minikid (live cassette edition) (3:20)
  2. By Fire (Vikter Duplaix remix) (5:02)
  3. Nakamara (Rox N Stix Desert mix) (4:47)
  4. Laputa (feat Anderson Paak - Taylor McFerrin remix) (4:05)
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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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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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)
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)
The Bottle
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The Bottle (limited 7")
Cat: WT 3001. Rel: 20 Jun 16
  1. The Bottle (4:35)
  2. One Foot Before The Other (3:11)
Review: Long-standing gospel singer Lewis returns on new label Wheelstown with two big-vision slabs of soul. "The Bottle" takes Gil Scott Heron to more upbeat, technicolour places while Pat's delivery retains the original sobriety and sentiment. "One Foot Before The Other" snaps us back to the Motown legacy with big backing harmonies, full orchestration and a subtle-but-present northern soul stomp. Genuine.
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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)
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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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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Invisible Wind
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Invisible Wind (12" repress)
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Cat: TP 705 BLACK. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Invisible Wind
  2. Me, Myself & I
  3. We Had Enough
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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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)
Keep The Fire Burning
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Cat: 789951 7 BLACK. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Keep The Fire Burning (5:38)
  2. Funky Sensation (6:32)
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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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)
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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Trinidad Island Funk vs Archway Riviera
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Trinidad Island Funk vs Archway Riviera (limited hand-numbered dinked 7" in Juno exclusive hand stamped Kraft paper sleeve & branded card sleeve + sticker + insert)
Cat: MUKAT 046DINKED. Rel: 27 Jun 16
  1. Mavis John - "Use My Body" (Nik Weston official exclusive edit)
  2. Guy Benton & Nik Weston - "Riviera Jam" (Tropical Storm Steel Panapella mix)
Review: 1980's "Use My Body" by Mavis John is a highly coveted piece of exotic funk, the sort of tune your eyeballs pop out to when you find it in a second-hand bin in some dark basement. However, we live in the real world and that stuff doesn't happen; what does happen is the Mukatsuku label saving you the trouble and reissuing it. Label boss Nik Weston gives his own edit of the tune here, and the London jazz-dance veteran transforms an already wonderful piece of soulful dance into an even more powerful DJ weapon - it's an absolute stunner and you can tell why the original is so pricey. On the B-side, Weston teams up with Guy Benton for a steel-pan excursion called "Riviera Jam (Tropical Storm Steel Panpella mix)", a superb addition to this beast of a 7".
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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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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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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)
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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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)
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)
Dance & Chant
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Dance & Chant (limited blue translucent vinyl 12")
Cat: 30 C 10759 COLOUR. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Dance & Chant (6:26)
Slow Fizz
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Slow Fizz (7")
Cat: HS 4505. Rel: 16 May 16
  1. The Sapphires - "Slow Fizz" (2:36)
  2. The Persianettes - "Run Run" (2:02)
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)
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)
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: 04 Jul 16
  1. Liberation Conversation (2:04)
  2. Woman Of The Ghetto (4:02)
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