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Well Good
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Well Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: AOE 017. Rel: 29 Feb 16
Funk
  1. Well Good (3:30)
  2. Bells (4:07)
Review: Destination Youngstown Ohio, 1973: A young troupe of musicians gain local notoriety through their on-point covers and originals. While they never make it past the local legend status, they did record one 45" on a very limited run... And here it is. "Well Good" is a slinky slab of sizzling Hammond-led funk that builds with the help of some interesting time signature switches and electrified guitar. Think Booker T crossed with Shuggie Otis. "Bells" shows the band's softer side as they lay down some slow burning, soulful harmonic heaven that's made all the more poignant by the fact that the band didn't continue recording. Fittingly, this reissue is highly limited too.
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Party & Get On Down
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Cat: ATH 12003. Rel: 30 Jan 17
Funk
  1. Party & Get On Down (Full Length mix) (5:37)
  2. Party & Get On Down (3:51)
Review: Original pressings have been previously spotted passing hands for well over L1000: Big Apple Band's 1976 deep funk classic has been rarer than hen's teeth for most of its 41 year life. Its sought-after status accelerated by Keb Darge for last 15 or so years - that and the fact it's an out-and-out soul-stirring, honey-vocalled, low and slow funk burner - AOTN have finally unleashed it in it full length for all of us. And we should all be eternally grateful.
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The Undisco Kidds
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The Undisco Kidds (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: AOTNLP 005. Rel: 30 Nov 15
Indie
  1. Salt In The Ocean (3:44)
  2. The Pleasure Chant (4:15)
  3. (Let's All) Hesitate (3:53)
  4. Get Up (3:27)
  5. Style In Full Swing (3:22)
  6. Timeless Tonight (3:28)
  7. South Pacific (6:51)
  8. Just The Ticket (4:00)
  9. Wild Jazz Summers (5:06)
  10. Shadows On Stone (3:36)
  11. Ohh Bop Sh'Bam (2:53)
  12. Money (Is Thin On The Ground) (3:27)
  13. Stand (3:21)
  14. Bend An Elbow, Lend An Ear (3:36)
Everything That Looks Good
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Everything That Looks Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: AOE 016. Rel: 29 Feb 16
Funk
  1. Everything That Looks Good (2:32)
  2. You Don't Deserve (3:03)
Review: A serious self-press rarity from the heart of Clarksville, Suggs never achieved the recognition he deserved during his tenure as a band leading soul man. Still in Clarksville and now a missionary, the sentiments of this recording history peak resonate with what he does now: "Everything That Looks Good" is a JB style message on the lure of temptation while "You Don't Deserve", an instrumental that sees Bubba switching his vocals for equally commanding sax, is a moment for poignant, soul-searching reflection. Lord have mercy.
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Shake Your Chic Behind
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Shake Your Chic Behind (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 032. Rel: 25 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Shake Your Chic Behind (3:11)
  2. Stay Away From Music (4:06)
Review: Athens of the North: the epitome of a buy on sight label right now! This 7" dinker from Stephen Colebrooke being a case in point; both cuts on Shake Your Chic Behind originate from the stupidly rare album, Stephen, issued on Bahamas label G.B.I. Recording Co. Ltd back in the day. Instead of wasting time and money tracking that LP down, place your trust in AOTN and this 45 which picks out two highlights that will result in a delighted dancefloor. "Shake Your Chic Behind" is simply wonderful, a forgotten Islands disco classic touched with catchiness and personality - when that moog solo comes in... oh, my! On the flip, "Stay Away From Music" has a very Stevie Wonder feel to it and offers Colebrooke the chance to engage full croon mode.
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Wish Upon Love
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Wish Upon Love (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 021. Rel: 26 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Wish Upon Love (2:17)
  2. Nightime On The Beach (3:46)
Review: Dreamy mid '70s funk from Caribbean (St Maarten to be precise) trio Cool Creations: "Wish Upon Love" struts with a Boz Scaggs-style confidence and a deep, cloudy finish that would make Faze-O proud. Flip for a straight-up cloud burst as "Night On Beach Island" lives up to its name with measured pace, cosmic trumpets, sandy pianos and lavish, lolloping wave-lapping double bass. Beautiful.
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Let Your Light Shine
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Cat: ATH 042. Rel: 03 Jul 17
Soul
  1. Let Your Light Shine (3:28)
  2. Somebody Help Me (2:31)
Review: Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer has described Willie Dale's "Let Your Light Shine" as "one of the best discoveries in the last 15 years". Only five copies of the original 7" single have surfaced to date, with the most recent changing hands for eye-watering sums of money. You can see why Fryer was so excited by "Let Your Light Shine": while rooted in both funk and soul, the track also draws heavily on psychedelic rock and the fuzzy, funk-rock fusion brilliance of Sly Stone. Original B-side "Somebody Help Me" is an altogether more laidback affair, with Dale offering impassioned and melancholic lyrics over a psychedelic era take on old rhythm & blues ballads.
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This Time
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This Time (7")
Cat: AOE 026. Rel: 26 Jun 17
Soul
  1. This Time (2:51)
  2. Don't Let Yourself Get Carried Away (2:41)
Review: Athens Of The North triumph once again with two incredible slices of crossover, feel good soul from the early 70s. Douglas & Lonero enjoyed a good vein of major form on Columbia for a while, including a live album Live At Charley Brown's, but this 1975-released RCA 45 has been the most collectable (with OG copies of the double-sided pressing fetching over 500 pounds sterling in the past) Fully remastered from the original tapes, this is the clearest, sharpest and sweatiest Douglas & Lonero have ever sounded.
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Super Black
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Cat: AOE 025. Rel: 29 May 17
Funk
  1. Super Black (2:59)
  2. Is It Really That Bad (2:34)
Review: Originally out in a distant but very relatable 1971, what we have here is perhaps one of the rarest funk 7"s that has ever graced our charts. No lies, no exaggerations. This two-track beauty by Everyday People, out through the timeless Forte label way back when, has been the dream of many a digger, and it's kind of surprising that we're sat here writing this review while the record is still in stock. "Super Black" is a monstrously rolling funk gem that's adaptable to any sort of room or dancefloor, backed by those majestic vocals, and "Is It Really That Bad" acts as the neat instrumental to top it all off. We know the A-side has been remastered from the original tapes, while the B-side might be a direct lift from one of the few original copies in existence. Either way, you ain't gonna find it anywhere else.
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When You Have Love
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Cat: AOE 021. Rel: 26 Sep 16
Funk
  1. When You Have Love (1:51)
  2. Run For Cover (2:48)
Review: Another week, another masterful 7" reissue from the unstoppable Athens Of The North. Moreover, it's another sublime find from the label, and it sticks closer to their usual trick of finding one-off soul singles from much coveted artists of the '70s and '80s. Felony Theft only released this one single back in 1972, "When You Have Love", but you can understand why AOTN would want to resurface its dusty percussion for the modern audience; it's one of those rare tunes that sounds like nothing else from the genre, a quirky piece of magic for the diggers. "Run For Cover" is fun, upbeat but less alluring than its A-side sibling, but that is not to say that it isn't also a fine slice of soul-funk mastery. Go.
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Havin' A Party
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Havin' A Party (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 036. Rel: 26 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Havin' A Party (2:55)
  2. Music (Get's Me High) (3:53)
Review: Nothing says 'disco' quite like records that shamelessly celebrate the delights of having a good time. Flipside's 1980 jam, "Havin' A Party", is one of the better examples - and certainly amongst the most obscure. The punchy disco-funk number was initially self-released on the band's own Flipside Records imprint, and has been unknown to all but a handful of hardcore crate diggers ever since. It has certainly aged well, with urgent vocals and clipped guitars riding a seriously heavy disco-funk groove. B-side "Music (Gets Me High)" is almost as good, with superb, hip-hop friendly drum breaks ushering in a hazy, super-sweet song that revels in its' joyous celebration of the merits of feel-good music.
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Walking With My Eyes Closed
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Cat: AOE 010. Rel: 27 Jul 15
Funk
  1. Walking With My Eyes Closed (2:59)
  2. Life Is A Beautiful Feeling (3:14)
Review: Previously spotted passing hands for $1000, this Rodney Matthews doublet has been hot property since funk selector Ian Wright unearthed it. "Walking With Eyes Closed" oozes the slick falsetto funk Average White Band always aspired to; well-polished, super-tight, big highs and emphatic harmonies. "Life Is A Beautiful Thing" gets even funkier as the Miami troupe lay down cement-like dollops of bass-led funk over a stick beat and more rifle-like nagging vocals. Look up the word belter and you'll find this record.
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Watchin' You
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Cat: ATH 044. Rel: 27 Mar 17
Soul
  1. Watchin' You (4:09)
  2. To The Sky (4:39)
Review: Little is known about Friction Band's hyper-rare 45" besides the fact it's a brilliant example of outsider, slightly experimental style of modern soul, it's passed hands for strong triple figures in recent years and it's just been injected with a whole new lease of life by Fryer. "Watchin' You" is a footloose boogie jam with unabashed use of freeform keys while "To The Sky" flips for a softer, more sentimental soul affair that's fringed by just the right amount of dreamy cosmicity. Another precision find by AOTN.
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Played by: Soul Music
What You Gonna Do
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Cat: AOTN 42. Rel: 30 Jan 17
Funk
  1. What You Gonna Do (3:47)
  2. Life Is A Challenge (4:20)
Review: One of 2016's finest funk stories was, without question, when AOTN suddenly dropped this incredible unreleased album by criminally slept-on Jacksonville troupe Fruit. A stunning piece of work, even by Fryer's standards it was a coup-de-grace. Now two of the album's finest, funkiest, sweatiest jams are available on limited 45. Instant floor burners, just like the rest of the album, before the tracks are over you'll feel you and your floor have known them forever.
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Too Soon You're Old
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Too Soon You're Old (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 038. Rel: 28 Nov 16
Soul
  1. Too Soon You're Old (4:49)
  2. Lady Day & John Coltrane (3:25)
  3. What's Going On (interlude) (0:45)
Review: Penny Goodwin's material is hard enough to come by in LP format, but the 7"s really are a sight for sore eyes. Luckily, we got Athens Form The North on our side, a stupendous soul and funk reissuer that has been delivering some serious heat over the last three years. "Too Soon You're Old" is a 1973 soul charmer, full of mystique and sensuality, the track moves slowly but with a great deal of funky swing to its bass. "Lady Day & John Coltrane" is a different kind of swinger, an uptempo funk ballad backed by flurries of organs and drum rolls, whereas "What's Going On" heads down a spiritual jazz tip to complete what is the most diverse soul single we've got to offer this week!
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Portrait Of A Gemini
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Cat: AOTNCD 008. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Soul
  1. Today Is The First Day
  2. Trade Winds
  3. Rain Sometimes
  4. Lady Day & John Coltrane
  5. That's All Right With Me
  6. He's Come Back
  7. Too Soon You're Old
  8. Slow Hot Wind
  9. What's Goin On
  10. Amazing Grace
Review: According to Athens of the North's useful liner notes, Penny Goodwin is Milwaukee's "unsung queen of jazz". Accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she recorded her one and only album, Portrait of a Gemini, in 1974. Since then it's become something of an in-demand item, hence this timely CD reissue from Euan Fryer's laudable imprint. It features a mix of original songs and covers - including a fiendishly up-tempo jazz interpretation of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" - with Goodwin's impeccable, emotion-rich voice coming to the fore. Musically, there are as many nods to conscious soul and Hammond-heavy funk as classic jazz, but that's no doubt part of the album's enduring appeal.
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Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
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Cat: AOTNLP 010. Rel: 29 May 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (6:12)
  2. Lullaby (4:49)
  3. The Solar Winds (& Cadenza) (4:15)
  4. A Long Way Home (2:42)
  5. End Song (4:37)
  6. All Washed Up (11:45)
  7. How The Nights Can Fly (7:55)
  8. End Song (reprise) (1:56)
Review: This release marks something of a departure for Athens of the North, a label predominantly known for reissuing ludicrously rare funk and soul sevens. For starters, it's a brand new album, written, performed and produced by jazzman Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire, who's best known for being a member of The Bees. Then there's what it sounds like. While there are nods to the organic, immaculately produced soul of Rotary Connection, for the most part Galaxies Like Grains of Sand is a luscious fusion of hazy, Cinematic Orchestra style jazz, folksy downtempo compositions, and the blissful, head-in-the-clouds bliss of new age influenced ambient. Surprising or not, it's an utterly beguiling album
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Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
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Cat: AOTNCD 0010. Rel: 29 May 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
  2. Lullaby
  3. The Solar Winds (& Cadenza)
  4. A Long Way Home
  5. End Song
  6. All Washed Up
  7. How The Nights Can Fly
  8. End Song (reprise)
Review: This release marks something of a departure for Athens of the North, a label predominantly known for reissuing ludicrously rare funk and soul sevens. For starters, it's a brand new album, written, performed and produced by jazzman Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire, who's best known for being a member of The Bees. Then there's what it sounds like. While there are nods to the organic, immaculately produced soul of Rotary Connection, for the most part Galaxies Like Grains of Sand is a luscious fusion of hazy, Cinematic Orchestra style jazz, folksy downtempo compositions, and the blissful, head-in-the-clouds bliss of new age influenced ambient. Surprising or not, it's an utterly beguiling album.
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Played by: Roual Galloway
Since I Was A Little Girl
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Cat: ATH 040. Rel: 27 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Since I Was A Little Girl (3:33)
  2. Straight Talk (3:28)
Review: For their latest dive into the depths of funk history, Athens of the North travels back to 1978 and the debut of John Hawes and Velma Bunch's obscure Hard Drivers project. The record initially appeared on Hawes' own short-lived imprint, and his since become a sought after 7" amongst serious collectors. "Since I Was A Little Girl" is a disco-era funk gem, with guest singer Vivian Lee providing a brilliantly confident vocal to compliment Hawes and Bunch's driving, horn-heavy backing track. On the flip you'll find original B-side "Straight Talk", a touching torch song full of harmony backing vocals, impassioned builds, and lyrics capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts.
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Mr Magic
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Mr Magic (7")
Cat: AOE 020. Rel: 26 Sep 16
Soul
  1. Mr Magic (Fryers edit) (4:23)
  2. Talking About My Baby (3:34)
Review: John Heartsman and Circles are precisely the sort of fellas you'd expect to see land on Athens Of The North, the most recent boogie-jazz reissuers to come out of the US of A. This material from the late 70's is like gold on the second hand market, and more like a mirage given the fact that original copies are her impossible to come by. Anyhow, this is proper soul-jazz goodness at its best, so if that's your thing, then get on it real fast. "Mr Magic" appears here as an edit from Fryers, but it's not million miles away from the original, its subtle organs still intact and that catch, funky swing still very much at the core of the tune. Heard the Idris Muhammad version? Check it to compare. "Talking About My Baby" is looser, more soulful affair with a faster tempo and Heartsman's rugged vocals in its underbelly. Quality.
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Live At The Point After 20 August 1977
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Cat: AOTNLP 011. Rel: 27 Mar 17
Soul
  1. Keep On Smiling (live) (11:55)
  2. Just A Song (live) (9:51)
  3. Love Everything About You (live) (9:13)
  4. Valentine Love (live) (7:27)
Review: Legendary but hugely unsung Tulsa funkateers J.O.B had a serious live reputation attracting homage from the likes of Chaka Khan, Bootsy and Gap Band. You can feel the energy and fluidity between the trio from these four songs alone; the jittering, tightly sprung groove of "Keep On Smiling", the Hathaway-style measured spoken slow jam "Just A Song", the floor-stamping organ struts of "Love Everything About You" and soft focus Faze O-style cosmic soul of "Valentine Love". Few recordings of Billy Bruner's troupe exist and even fewer live recordings, making this all the more special.
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Something Special
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Something Special (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 008. Rel: 08 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Something Special
  2. Love, I Don't Want Your Love
Review: West Indies soul man Kirton gets the Athens of the North treatment with two immaculately remastered, dynamically beefed tracks from his 1980 album Just Arrived. "Something Special" is straight up late 70s soul with emphatic, yearning lyrics and sweeping strings. "Love Don't Want Your Love" takes us down the straight up disco funk route; gutsy, hooky and feel good, if you're not strutting by the end of this your volume switch is busted. First time on 45", this is yet another notch in AOTN's ever-growing bedpost.
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Listen
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Listen (7")
Cat: AOE 019. Rel: 30 May 16
Funk
  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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Nassau Funky
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Nassau Funky (double 7")
Cat: ATH 002. Rel: 02 Jun 14
Funk
  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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World Today
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Cat: AOE 018. Rel: 30 May 16
Funk
  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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I Saw You
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I Saw You (7")
Cat: ATH 033. Rel: 01 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Saw You (4:47)
  2. Heaven's Love (3:32)
Review: Fizzy boogie from Minneapolis circa 1982; Nobody cut through with a raw, energetic sound and countered with soothing, evocative soul that shimmers with their gospel roots. "I Saw You" sits somewhere between Prince and Rick James but polished with super freaky female front vocals, it's wholly unique and backs up the first pressing's pricetag of $500. "Heaven's Love" is the perfect counter with its emphatic harmonies and stately instrumentation. A serious timepiece from AOTN.
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Played by: G&D, I Love Disco!
The Time Is Right
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Cat: ATH 045. Rel: 03 Jul 17
Funk
  1. The Time Is Right (3:23)
  2. Feeling Funky (3:55)
Review: If this fine 7" is anything to go by, the crate digging and detective skills of Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer are as sharp as ever. The two tracks featured here originally appeared on a private press single that currently changes hands for large sums online. Fryer manager to track down the original writer/producer, Chicago-based George Riviera, who not only have his blessing to the reissue, but also sent over the master tapes. Stylistically, A-side "The Time is Right" sits somewhere between Latin soul, jazz-funk and sumptuous downtempo disco, with blue-eyed soul vocals and subtle vibraphone solos rising above superb had percussion. Fipside "Feelin' Funky" is a more up-tempo affair: an undulating chunk of jazz-funk/disco fusion laden with neat musical touches.
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Hidden Stash
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Cat: AOTNLP 006. Rel: 09 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love & Happiness (8:14)
  2. Get Down (3:32)
  3. Oo Girl (3:44)
  4. Dance With Me (3:30)
  5. Dark Moon (4:59)
  6. Everybody's A Masterpiece (2:31)
  7. Sweet Vibe (3:25)
  8. Party lights (3:08)
  9. Boogie (3:28)
  10. Confusion (4:57)
  11. Pick Up The Apple (4:01)
Review: Following BBE's release the Chicago troupe's Devil Made Me Do It earlier this year, Athens Of The North ensure the criminally over-looked/under-paid band continue to remain in the spotlight with an entire album of unreleased material. Recently excavated from a Chicago warehouse, complete with masters, the songs were written and recorded in the mid '70s not long before the band eventually split. If you know their material, you'll already know how funky the band are. If not, dig deep at the soonest opportunity. From the toxic-levels of cosmic funk on "Boogie" to the dreamier, space ballad "Dark Moon", this is the sound of a super-tight, incredibly talented funk band who really should have been up there with Cymande or Average White Band.
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Let Go (7")
Cat: ATH 053. Rel: 25 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let Go
  2. Will You Be There
Best Kept Secret
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Cat: AOTNLP 012. Rel: 24 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Get On Up & Get Freaky (5:07)
  2. Love Like This (4:21)
  3. I'd Like To Take A Shot (4:41)
  4. The Way We Live (6:13)
  5. Will You Be There (5:56)
  6. Come & Join Us (3:31)
  7. Let Go (4:32)
  8. We're Gonna Be Together (5:04)
  9. Do You Know What You Feel (3:27)
I'm Alive
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I'm Alive (7")
Cat: ATH 017. Rel: 10 Aug 15
Soul
  1. I'm Alive (3:59)
  2. Song For Yvonne (3:18)
Review: Athens of the North continue their irrepressible march towards the title of most active funk and soul archivalists of 2015 with the focus here on a band with a scarcity of recorded output. Formed in 1969, eight piece act Sage preferred the live stage to the studio, building a reputation for a full on blast of soul and funk. According to the Edinburgh label, this I'm Alive 7" popped up out of nowhere some eight years ago, with obscure label Head Records originally pressing it in 1977. Our thanks go to AOTN for granting the two track release a much wider audience! The Latin horns and sunshine soul sound of the title track are complemented nicely by the flipside ballad "Song for Yvonne".
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Feeling Good
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Feeling Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 030. Rel: 29 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Feeling Good (3:43)
  2. Land Of Leaping No No (Ha Ka Cha Ka Ha Ka Cha Ka) (3:14)
Review: Devilishly rare Philly soul funk from 75: Santiago were a Mandrill off-shoot headed up by Neftali Santiago, they only released one official single and it was rumoured to have only been pressed a few thousand times. Which is crazy considering how beautifully funky these originals are: "Feeling Good" lives up to its name with such positivity, harmony and soulful band orchestration (including some of the most beautiful jazz flutes of the era). "Land Of The Leaping No", meanwhile, is a raw carnal funk jam that's as sweet and sweaty as the original pressings are expensive.
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Keep On Keeping On
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Cat: ATH 024. Rel: 05 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Keep On Keeping On (4:26)
  2. Wise Up (2:41)
Review: Joe Tex's backing band (and occasional co-writers), Second Resurrection are one of the most successful bands you've never heard of. Having performed and toured with the likes of the Isley Brothers, Shalamar, Rufus & Chaka Khan and many more, it's no surprise they only released one record... They were too busy. These unearthed recordings prove they should have recorded more. Never released before, both "Keep On Keeping On" and "Wise Up" are unrelenting, pumping slices of upbeat disco funk. The former is mildly psychedelic with bold harmonic touches while the latter slows things down just a tad, switches synths for horns and gets preachy with a full spoken word vocal. Apparently AOTN have more Resurrections planned in the near future too. We can't wait.
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Miami Sound: The Record Man's Finest 45s
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Henry STONE/VARIOUS
Cat: AOTNLP 002. Rel: 29 Jun 15
Funk
  1. Formula 1 - "Walking With My Eyes Closed" (2:59)
  2. Funky Nassau - "Bahama Soul Stew" (2:35)
  3. Little Beaver - "Concrete Jungle" (5:06)
  4. Willie Johnson - "Lay It On Me" (1:57)
  5. Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "If You Want My Love" (2:29)
  6. Formula 1 - "Life's A Beautiful Feeling" (3:14)
  7. T Connection - "Do What You Wanna Do" (3:19)
  8. Milton Wright - "The Silence That You Keep" (version 1) (3:21)
  9. Leno Phillips - "Confusion" (2:19)
  10. Raphael Munnings - "Sleep On, Dream On" (3:02)
  11. Wildflower - "You Knock Me Out" (3:19)
  12. Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "Hey There Jim" (2:35)
  13. Johnny K - "I Got Bills To Pay" (3:05)
  14. Stevens & Foster - "I Want To Be Love" (3:17)
  15. Robert Moore - "Tears Of The World" (2:12)
  16. Friday Saturday & Sunday - "There Must Be Something" (3:08)
Review: Back in the mid 1970s, young engineer Terry 'T.K' Kane and Henry Stone joined forces to launch a studio and record distribution business in Miami. It would spawn a huge number of in-house labels, and even greater number of funk and disco releases, and even a string of million-selling artists. Given this legacy, it's little surprise to see Athens of the North paying tribute to the funk side of Henry Stone's impressive legacy with this superb collection. While there are a few tried-and-tested cuts to be found - see the T Connection and Little Beaver cuts - for the most part The Miami Sound focuses on more obscure - but no less hard-hitting - gems from the likes of Jonny K, Stevens & Foster and Leno Philips.
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Miami Sound: The Record Man's Finest 45's
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Henry STONE/VARIOUS
Cat: AOTNLP 002CD. Rel: 29 Jun 15
 
Funk
  1. Little Beaver - "Concrete Jungle"
  2. Milton Wright - "The Silence That You Keep" (version 1)
  3. Lynn Williams - "It Takes Two"
  4. Raphael Munnings - "Sleep On, Dream On"
  5. Wildflower - "You Knock Me Out"
  6. Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "Hey There Jim"
  7. Leno Phillips - "Confusion"
  8. Phillip Wright - "Keep Her Happy"
  9. Willie Johnson - "Lay It On Me"
  10. Johnny K - "I Got Bills To Pay"
  11. Funky Nassau - "Bahama Soul Stew"
  12. Formula 1 - "Walking With My Eyes Closed"
  13. Stevens & Foster - "I Want To Be Love"
  14. Oceanliners - "Cutting Room (Hot Pants)"
  15. Jimmy 'Bo' Horne - "If You Want My Love"
  16. Brand New - "Thousand Years"
  17. T Connection - "Do What You Wanna Do"
  18. Beginning Of The End - "Super Woman"
  19. Robert Moore - "Tears Of The World"
  20. Friday Saturday & Sunday - "There Must Be A Better Way"
Review: Back in the mid 1970s, young engineer Terry 'T.K' Kane and Harry Stone joined forces to launch a studio and record distribution business in Miami. It would spawn a huge number of in-house labels, and even greater number of funk and disco releases, and even a string of million-selling artists. Given this legacy, it's little surprise to see Athens of the North paying tribute to the funk side of Henry Stone's impressive legacy with this superb collection. While there are a few tried-and-tested cuts to be found - see the T Connection and Little Beaver cuts - for the most part The Miami Sound focuses on more obscure - but no less hard-hitting - gems from the likes of Jonny K, Stevens & Foster and Leno Philips.
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You
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You (7")
Cat: ATH 039. Rel: 28 Nov 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You (4:46)
  2. Space V (4:18)
Review: Christopher Sprains and The Strange Band recorded a whole heap of material in a hazy, drug-fuelled 19178, but their - surprisingly - never gained enough traction with the NYC disco crowd. Perhaps this work was too ahead of its time and, while it does share some qualities with the music of Rick James, it contains something dark, sexy, a little bit twisted and, of course, strange. The lead track "You" is a synth-heavy, electrifying boogie cut with a rugged percussion swing and an air of post-punk to its mix down, not to mention those utterly freaky vocals; our favourite, though, is actually "Space V", an insanely nutty electro cut that would have undoubtedly been on The Electrifying Mojo's playlist should it have landed on his lap. Totally recommended...
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If You Dance Tonight
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If You Dance Tonight (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 031. Rel: 30 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. If You Dance Tonight (4:46)
  2. Say Yea (3:49)
Review: Last spotted on AOTN in November 2015, DJ Fryer addresses the final two nuggets in Billy T'Spoon Bruner's short-but-perfectly formed with the final collection of tracks from Billy's own Oil Capital imprint. "If You Dance Tonight" is unashamed boogie fusion with fun lyrics and a slap bass line so rude it will make you blush. "Say Yea" is a classic 80s ballad delivered with Lionel levels of smoothness. A proper end-of-night, grab-your-coat gem. Limited to 500 copies, no represses.
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School Dance
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Cat: ATH 027. Rel: 14 Dec 15
Soul
  1. School Dance (2:17)
  2. Sweetness (4:21)
Review: Darwin Theorist Billy Burner's T'Spoon project only gave the world two 45s. Pressed on his own Oil Capital, they were highly limited and, when spotted, go for crazy amounts. Here AOTN have cherry picked from the two elusive releases to create this stunning 45"; "School Dance" is powerfully funky boogie with great lyrical play to match the obscene groove while "Sweetness" takes us straight into the heat of the most romantic moment possible in a similar way to that of Faze-O. A very short, incredibly sweet and highly succinct best-of.
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Truth Is The Key
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Cat: ATH 026. Rel: 08 May 17
Soul
  1. Truth Is The Key (4:44)
  2. Dreamflower (4:10)
Review: Two beautiful compositions from the eponymous debut album'70s New York fusionists Tarika Blue's, never previously released on 45. Props to Athens From The North must be given once again!! "Truth Is The Key" is an ageless swinging jazz piece that still sounds futureproofed to this day... Largely thanks to the pristine musicianship, Irene Datcher's vocals and the liquid soul arp solo. Few tracks live up their name as much as "Dreamflower". Spacey, somnambulant and laced in swooning dynamics, it's not hard to understand why the likes of Erykah Badu sampled this one.
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Satellite Love
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  1. Satellite-Love (3:22)
  2. Branch-In-Out (3:20)
Review: This dinked 7" marks the debut of new Athens of the North offshoot Ocean of Tears, a label dedicated - in their words - to "deep ballads". In typical fashion, the imprint's first release is thrillingly obscure in origin; so much so, in fact, that original copies are even more rare than rocking horse droppings. "Satellite-Love" was Boston-based psychedelic funk man, Tri-Speed Moog Keytar Synthesizer inventor and one-time Original Black Sheep member Forest Terry's attempt at solo success. It flopped first time round, but is certainly a rare treat - all trippy lo-fi soul vibes, sweet guitars and suitably blazed vocals. There's a more up-tempo feel to flipside "Branchin' Out", which boasts wild guitar solos, Hendrix-esque vocals and bustlin' psych-funk rhythms.
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My Dreams Are Clouded
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Cat: ATH 046. Rel: 29 May 17
Soul
  1. My Dreams Are Clouded (4:28)
  2. Don't Wait Too Long (4:16)
Review: A regular triple-figure fetch on the auction sites, it was only a matter of time before Henry Thomas & Rise's beautiful 80s soul doublet experienced the strong-armed justice of Fryer. Not just reissued but sourced and tracked down - this is just the start of what will hopefully be a whole load of criminally slept on and unreleased soul from Henry and his troupe. "My Dreams Are Clouded" is a verified club banger with its FM synth ripples and low-down bass bumps while "Don't Wait Too Long" is the ultimate come home record. Slinky, swooning and soaked in raw dollops of emotion - Henry Thomas is, once again, on the rise.
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Holding On
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Cat: ATH 020. Rel: 05 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Holding On (3:39)
  2. Dimona (Spiritual Capital Of The World) (3:38)
Review: Chop-walloping funk soul: AOTN bossman Fryer has allegedly spent the past 15 years trying to secure this '70s rarity. Silky, youthful and compounded with an insatiable groove, it's dangerously close to Jackson 5's best output and no one would blame you if you thought it actually was. Flip for "Dimona", a slower burner that swoons and shows the band's more mature side. This is the first time either side has seen a 45... You know what to do.
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Making New Friends
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Making New Friends (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 005. Rel: 25 May 15
Soul
  1. Making New Friends (1:58)
  2. Trippin On The Sounds
Review: DJ Fryer's Athens of the North label continues its relentless charge the annals of funk and disco, focussing attentions here on the mid '70s debut of Jeanie Tracy. Glance at the discography of the Houston-born singer and you are presented with a storied recording career that includes credits alongside Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin and Sylvester so it's little surprise to see that original copies of Making New Friends / Trippin On The Sounds rarely change hands below the $1000 mark. Originally released on Marvin Holmes' Oakland-based Brown Door Records around 1975, this Athens of the North edition is a must for any self-respecting 45 wielding selectors out there! The A-side is a recognised classic of the rare groove canon but it's "Trippin On The Sounds" that you need to hear; a glorious horn-laden deep funk nugget.
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Reality
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Reality (7")
Cat: AOE 011. Rel: 26 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Reality (2:55)
  2. Dreams (3:47)
Review: A hot and steamy funk jam on the A, a swooning samba with a hectic climax on the B: dynamically this is pretty much the perfect 45 as it ticks all funk dancefloor scenarios. Sonically it's just as sweet with widescreen production, fireside harmonies and pianos that could meander on for days and you'd never get bored. Previously rarer than unicorn knickers, this Underground Resurrection re-release comes our way the same week as the Second Resurrection 45. AOTN are clearly working on biblical form right now.
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Hot Oklahoma Nights
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Hot Oklahoma Nights (double 7")
Cat: AOE 022. Rel: 10 Apr 17
Funk
  1. Uptown (3:12)
  2. You're A Woman (4:22)
  3. Bloated (2:42)
  4. Just Be Yourself (2:49)
Let's Do It Today
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Cat: AOE 012. Rel: 26 Oct 15
Soul
  1. Let's Do It Today (4:45)
  2. Peace (2:37)
It Takes Two
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It Takes Two (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 009. Rel: 18 May 15
Funk
  1. It Takes Two (2:03)
  2. Don't Be Surprised (3:06)
Review: Mid '70s deep funk and smouldering soul, Miami-style. Only laying down a handful of 45s during her career, Lynn Williams wasn't particularly prolific but what she did release has since become highly collectable with both of these sides fetching heavy triple figures over the years. "It Takes Two" is a sultry hip-strutting deep funk jam with a sleaze hanging off the groove while "Don't Be Surprised" is a much darker, barbed soul affair. A string-surged ballad, entrenched in authentic emotion; it's the female equivalent of Isaac Hayes's "I Can't Go To Sleep".
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Simple Song
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Cat: ATH 047. Rel: 29 May 17
Funk
  1. Simple Song (3:16)
  2. I Forgot To Say (4:27)
Review: Stone cold classic from 1977. Zebra's self-released (and only) single has had an interesting trip in the last 15 years. First chanced upon by Ian Wright, then a hot target on the collector's merry-go-round, then a big hit for Jazzman and now, 10 years later, a potential smasher for Jazzman alumni Fryer and his consistently ace AOTN imprint. In case you don't know it, "Simple Song" is a slapping, frenzied funk groove while "I Forgot To Say" plays consummate counterpoint with a blissful honeyed ballad. It's worth jumping on this while you can...
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