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Back To The Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology
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Cat: FSRCD 108. Rel: 07 Sep 15
  1. Blues Three Four
  2. There Is No Greater Love
  3. Broadway
  4. Shake (feat Rod Stewart)
  5. That Driving Beat (feat Julie Driscoll)
  6. Save Me (feat Julie Driscoll)
  7. Black Cat
  8. I've Gotta Go Now
  9. Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In) (feat Julie Driscoll)
  10. Ellis Island
  11. Finally Found You Out
  12. Indian Rope Man (feat Julie Driscoll)
  13. Red Beans & Rice (part 1 - Big Band version)
  14. Fire In The Mind
  15. Listen Here
  16. Freedom Jazz Dance
  17. Whenever You're Ready
  18. Beginning Again (live at The Whisky A Go Go)
  19. Somebody Help Us
  20. No Time To Live (feat Julie Tippetts)
  21. Git Up (feat Julie Tippetts)
  22. Freddie's Flight
  23. Butterfly (feat Savannah Auger)
  24. Future Pilot (feat. Alex Ligertwood - live in Los Angeles)
Back To The Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology
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Cat: FSRLP 108. Rel: 07 Sep 15
  1. Blues Three Four (4:25)
  2. That Driving Beat (feat Julie Driscoll) (2:49)
  3. Save Me (feat Julie Driscoll) (4:02)
  4. Black Cat (3:25)
  5. I've Gotta Go Now (4:11)
  6. Finally Found You Out (4:11)
  7. Red Beans & Rice (part 1 - Big Band version) (2:08)
  8. Ellis Island (4:08)
  9. Indian Rope Man (feat Julie Driscoll) (3:22)
  10. Fire In The Mind (4:44)
  11. Listen Here (9:26)
  12. Freedom Jazz Dance (5:25)
  13. Whenever You're Ready (6:20)
  14. Git Up (feat Julie Tippetts) (3:46)
  15. Freddie's Flight (6:00)
Live In Los Angeles
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Cat: FSRCD 109. Rel: 02 Nov 15
  1. Freedom Jazz Dance
  2. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
  3. Straight Ahead
  4. Bumpin On Sunset
  5. Inner City Blues
  6. Whenever You're Ready
  7. Truth
  8. Don't Look Away Look Around
  9. Second Wind
  10. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
  11. Future Pilot
  12. Compared To What
  13. Brain Damage
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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 2
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Cat: FSRCD 101. Rel: 25 Nov 13
  1. Aldo Vanucci - "You're All Show" (feat Kylie Auldist - Smoove remix Craig Charles edit)
  2. Lack Of Afro - "The Outsider" (part 2)
  3. Mop Mop - "Run Around" (feat Fred Wesley & Anthony Joseph)
  4. Euro Cinema - "Koekwaus"
  5. Saskwatch - "Second Best"
  6. The James Taylor Quartet - "Blow Up"
  7. The Bongolian - "The Riviera Affair"
  8. Hot 8 Brass Band - "Ghost Town"
  9. Hidden Jazz Quartett - "High Heels" (feat Omar - Lack Of Afro remix)
  10. The Perceptions - "Bite The Bit"
  11. Jessica Lauren Four - "Happiness Train" (featt Jocelyn Brown)
  12. Omar - "There's Nothing Like This" (feat Pino Palladino)
  13. Dr Rubberfunk - "Creek Walk"
  14. Cookin' On 3 Burners - "Cars"
  15. Deep Street Soul - "What She Said"
  16. The Sweet Vandals - "Feel Alive"
  17. Emma Beatson & The Hawkmen - "Do It" (Mako & The Hawk version)
  18. Tape Five - "Geraldine's Routine"
Review: Self-proclaimed "complete package" Craig Charles (actor, poet, DJ, radio host, stand-up) seems to be enjoying life as Britain's most famous funk and soul fan. Here, he curates a second installment of his Funk & Soul Club compilation series. Predictably, there's plenty to tickle the fancy, from the reggae-soul-house shuffle of Lack of Afro's remix of Hidden Jazz Quartet's "High Heels", and the psychedelic funk madness of The Bongolian's "The Riviera Affair", to the celebratory release of Jessica Lauren Four's "Happiness Train" (featuring a brilliant vocal from old Jocelyn Brown), and a pair of ripsnorting cover versions (Cookin' On Three Burners' fantastic take on Numan's "Cars" and Hot Eight Brass Band's famous remake of the Specials' "Ghost Town").
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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
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Cat: FSRCD 097. Rel: 26 Nov 12
  1. The Bamboos - "Amen Brother"
  2. The Excitements - "Wait A Minute"
  3. T Bird & The Breaks - "The Clap Hands Song"
  4. Smoove & Turrell - "Hard Work"
  5. Nostalgia 77 - "Seven Nation Army" (feat Alice Russell)
  6. Prince Fatty - "Insane In The Membrane" (feat Horseman)
  7. Lack Of Afro - "A Time For" (feat Wayne Gidden)
  8. The Stiff Naked Fools - "Rocket Man"
  9. The Apples - "Killing"
  10. Treva Whateva - "Singalong"
  11. Federation Of The Disco Pimp - "More Than Dancing"
  12. The Haggis Horns - "The Bump"
  13. The Fantastics! - "Cold Case" (feat Sulene Fleming)
  14. The Incredible Bongo Band - "Satisfaction"
  15. Frootful - "Fish In The Sea" (feat Angeline Morrison)
  16. Al Wilson - "The Snake"
  17. The Mighty Showstoppers - "Shaft In Africa"
  18. Speedometer - "Dragging Me Down"
  19. Tape Five - "A Cool Cat In Town" (feat Brenda Boykin)
Review: Having re-invented himself as the UK's favourite funk and soul selector via shows on BBC 6 Music, comedy actor-turned-Corrie cab driver Craig Charles brings his wildly successful Funk & Soul Club brand to CD for the first time. Pitched at newcomers rather than confirmed diggers, it features a mix of well known nu-funk floor fillers (The Apples' version of RATM's "Killing In The Name", Nostalgia 77's ubiquitous White Stripes cover), lesser-known cuts from modern soul 'names' (Speedometer, The Haggis Horns, The Bamboos), older gems (Al Wilson, Incredible Bongo Band), a dash of reggae and a few curveballs (Treva Whateva's long-forgotten banger "Singalong"). Good times guaranteed.
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Mind Made Up
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Cat: FSR 7080. Rel: 19 May 14
  1. Mind Made Up (feat Kylie Auldist)
  2. Losin' Streak (feat Daniel Merriweather)
Review: Two big cuts taken from the Melbourne trio's sixth album Blind Bet, here the band flip two sides of a ridiculously funky coin. "Mind Made Up" features the vocals of Tru Thoughts starlet Kylie Auldist. Her rich emphatic vocals fit the 70s soul licks perfectly. Smooth and dynamically delivered with big horns, subtle strings, major chords and an instantly catchy chorus, you'll make your mind up on this long before the last horns blast a final cheerio. "Skeletor", meanwhile, is a much more party-focussed jam where big breakbeats provide the back bone for sharp horns, heavy Hammond slapping and warm gravelly vocals.
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Blind Bet
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Blind Bet (LP)
Cat: FSRLP 105. Rel: 23 Jun 14
  1. Skeletor
  2. Flat On My Back (feat Tex Perkins)
  3. You Got The Better Of Me (feat Jason Heerah)
  4. Losin' Streak (feat Daniel Merriweather)
  5. Blind Bet
  6. Last Man Standing (feat Harry Angus)
  7. The Spanish Job
  8. Chew You Up (feat Kylie Auldist)
  9. The Vanished
  10. Mind Made Up (feat Kylie Auldist)
  11. Of Dice & Men
Come Alive!
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Cat: FSRCD 113. Rel: 11 Apr 16
  1. Out Of The Gates
  2. Done Me Wrong
  3. Sweet Sugar Man
  4. Soul's Come Alive
  5. Messin With Me
  6. The Hardest Part Is Knowing (feat Joshua Tavares)
  7. Love On Tap (feat Kylie Auldist)
  8. Little Ray
  9. Big C
  10. Deux Freres
Review:  Ever since they recruited powerhouse vocalist 'Mighty" May Johnston for some tracks on second album, Look Out, Watch Out, back in 2011, this raw and retro Aussie soul band have been slowly building up to this, their first proper album with Johnston at the helm. "Come Alive!" certainly does just that, boasting ten effervescent '60s / '70s indebted gems that don't mess about. We've been recently introduced to two tracks here ("Done Me Wrong", "Souls Come Alive") via a teaser single and boy, have they set the tone for this accomplished record by a group at their musical peak. Bravo.
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Come Alive!
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Cat: FSRLP 113. Rel: 23 May 16
  1. Out Of The Gates (1:35)
  2. Done Me Wrong (3:58)
  3. Sweet Sugar Man (3:15)
  4. Soul's Come Alive (3:01)
  5. Messin' With Me (3:49)
  6. The Hardest Part Is Knowing (feat Joshua Tavares) (4:44)
  7. Love On Tap (feat Kylie Auldist) (2:44)
  8. Little Ray (3:37)
  9. Big C (3:10)
  10. Deux Freres (2:47)
Souls Come Alive
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Cat: FSR 7086. Rel: 14 Mar 16
  1. Souls Come Alive (3:00)
  2. Done Me Wrong (4:04)
Review: Australian funk troupe Deep Street Soul have become stalwarts of the Freestyle label since their debut back in 2008. Soul Come Alive is a dinked 7" sampler for what to expect on their upcoming album for Freestyle, Come Alive!, and we can't wait to hear it on the basis of these two tracks. The grit is deep with this crew! Lead track "Soul Come Alive" sees the vocal might of May Johnson's singing centre-stage, orchestrating the other band members into delivering a genuine slab of soul music. Complementing this, "Done Me Wrong" sees the band let loose and head deep into the funk for a true gritty shaker. Big moves from Freestyle and Deep Street Soul.
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Cat: FSRCD 100. Rel: 30 Sep 13
  1. Them Blues
  2. Blackberry Jam
  3. The Road (feat Mazen)
  4. Benedict Boogaloo
  5. Ernie's Journey
  6. Baby It's A Fine Line (feat Angeline Morrison & Mazen)
  7. The Bounding Hound
  8. Gettin' Ernest
  9. Benedict Boogaloo II
  10. Jazz Hands
  11. October
Played by: Freestyle Records
I Jool Omo
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I Jool Omo (limited 7")
Cat: FSR 7084. Rel: 13 Apr 15
  1. I Jool Omo (4:08)
  2. Talking Drum (4:06)
Review: Freestyle lay down a marker for African Party, their upcoming Ginger Johnson retrospective with this crucial 7" sampler. If you are not familiar with Ginger that's probably because he's an unsung hero of promoting African music in Europe; arriving in London from Nigeria in the late 40s, Johnson established himself as the pre-eminent Afro-Latin percussionist in Europe by the '60s. Dip into his discography and you'll uncover credits on tracks for Rolling Stones and Quincy Jones, whilst Ginger also acted as mentor to a young Fela Kuti. Freestyle seem to have timed this Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers 7" perfectly to arrive just as the sun hits London and listening to the vibrant percussive bump of "I Jool Omo" has us craving the forthcoming album.
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African Party
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Cat: FSRLP 110. Rel: 22 Jun 15
  1. I Jool Omo (4:07)
  2. Adura (3:34)
  3. Witchdoctor (4:10)
  4. Ire (3:19)
  5. Talking Drum (4:06)
  6. Lord Morocco (4:01)
  7. A You Momma (3:38)
  8. Watusi (3:39)
  9. Alege (3:46)
  10. Hi Life (4:23)
Review: African Party, the single album released by 'Ginger' Foloruso Johnson and his African Messengers band, has long been considered something of a hard-to-find classic. Originally released in 1967, the energetic and effervescent set here gets a deserved re-issue on Freestyle. Musically, it's something of a melting pot, sitting somewhere between Afro-Cuban fusion, Afrobeat, funk and jazz-dance - all dense, intense rhythms, spiraling horns, fluttering flute lines and high-octane thrills. Certainly, it's a thoroughly entertaining set, packed full of highlights. These include the sharp sax lines, Afrobeat bass and rolling grooves of "A You Momma", and "Hi Life", whose wild trumpets and saxophones offer the perfect foil for the cacophonous drums.
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Congo Beat The Drum
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Cat: FSRT 102. Rel: 11 Aug 14
  1. Congo Beat The Drum (feat Major Mackerel)
  2. Congo Beat The Drum (Kahn remix)
  3. Out A Road (instrumental)
Congo Beat The Drum
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Cat: FSRCD 102. Rel: 28 Apr 14
  1. Intro
  2. Inna Sakteland (feat Puddy Roots)
  3. Prisoner In Love (feat Little John)
  4. Congo Beat The Drum (feat Major Mackeral)
  5. Same Thing Every Day (feat Mutabaruka)
  6. Marshall Bread
  7. Trouble In The Dance (feat Jah Thomas & Trinity)
  8. Aim (feat Tullo T)
  9. Out A Road (feat Echo Minott)
  10. Voice Make A Joyful Noise (feat Prince Jazzbo)
  11. Prisoner In Love (CRB version)
Played by: Freestyle Records
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Freedom (7")
Cat: FSR 7082. Rel: 22 Sep 14
  1. Freedom (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  2. Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances
Review: Neo soul evangelist Adam Gibbons - aka Lack Of Afro - is back with the euphoric, cathartic release of "Freedom", a retro jam that totally evokes the hazy Easy Rider age of American funk rock, featuring the talents of Jack Tyson-Charles. "Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances" meanwhile is a riot of Blow Up-era Swinging Sixties vintage funk - both cuts are highly recommended.
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Music For Adverts
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Cat: FSRLP 103. Rel: 03 Mar 14
  1. Freedom (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  2. One For The Trouble
  3. Recipe For Love (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  4. Coco
  5. Brown Sugar (feat Herbal T)
  6. The Gypsy (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  7. The Contender
  8. Missing Me (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  9. No Guts No Glory
  10. Making It Right (feat Juliette Ashby)
  11. On The Road (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  12. Here We Go Again (feat EOM, Wax & Herbal T)
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Lack of Afro, AKA veteran funk, soul and hip-hop producer Adam Gibbons. This fourth studio album for regular home Freestyle Records is being pitched as his most eclectic yet. Certainly, there's plenty of variety in the textures, styles and tempos, from the disco-funk stomp of Herbal T hook-up "Brown Sugar" and sweet Northern Soul blast of "The Contender" (all fuzzy guitars and pleasing horns), to the soft soul shuffle of "Making It Right" and Breakestra-ish hip-hop funk of "Here We Go Again". Despite the variety, Gibbons is still at his best when really cutting loose, as the superb opener "Freedom" adeptly demonstrates.
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Jessica Lauren Four
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Cat: FSRCD 093. Rel: 16 Apr 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. White Mountain
  2. Vaya Con Dios
  3. Happiness Train (feat Jocelyn Brown)
  4. Mel Benson
  5. Gangaman
  6. Dogtown
  7. The Name Of Fela Will Always Stand For Freedom
  8. I Believe (feat Jocelyn Brown)
  9. Swamp Thing
  10. Mr G
Que Chevere! (stereo)
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Cat: FSRLP 104. Rel: 07 Apr 14
  1. Let Me Tee Ya 'Bout The Boogaloo
  2. Rico Boogaloo
  3. Que Chevere! (My Baby's Got Latin Soul)
  4. Ven Al Jala Jala
  5. C'mon Everybody
  6. El Ritmo De Nueva York
  7. La Tumba De Fu Manchu
  8. Hong Kong Shing-A-Ling
  9. Terremoto
  10. Batongo
Review: Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers' first full length, 2011's Mi Watusi, was a pitch-perfect tribute to Latin boogaloo, a distinctive fusion of dancefloor styles - think soul, funk, rhythm and blues, samba and mambo - which developed around New York's Harlem neighbourhood in the 1960s. This sophomore set delivers much of the same, with producer Lugo and his bandmates paying tribute to the genre in the most authentic of ways. Full of rasping horns, Puerto Rican vocals, Latin-influenced percussion and heavyweight funk rhythms, Que Chevere offers a thrilling and effervescent blast from the past packed with deliciously heavy and life-affirming highlights (check the jaunty "Batongo" and ludicrously percussive "Teremoto").
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Treat You
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Treat You (12")
Cat: FSR 100. Rel: 28 Oct 13
  1. Treat You (feat Caron Wheeler)
  2. Ordinary Day
  3. Treat You (Opolopo remix)
  4. Treat You (Scratch Professer retwist)
The Man
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The Man (LP)
Cat: FSRLP 099. Rel: 24 Jun 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Simplify
  2. The Man
  3. Come On Speak To Me
  4. I Can Listen
  5. Bully (feat The Scratch Professor)
  6. Treat You (feat Caron Wheeler)
  7. Fuck War, Make Love
  8. I Love Being With You
  9. Eeni Meeni Myni Mo
  10. When You Touch We Touch
  11. Ordinary Day (feat Stuart Zender)
Review: The Man sees certified UK soul legend Omar return with his seventh studio album and first in seven years! Finding a perfect home on the long running Freestyle Records, the man known as Omar Lye-Fook sounds in fine form on this thirteen track long player which features guest spots from fellow UK icon Caron Wheeler (of Soul II Soul fame) German funk troupe Hidden Jazz Quartett and bass player to the Gods Pino Palladino. Anyone that caught lead single "The Man" will find the rest of this album as much of a joy and pleasantly there are a few concessions to Omar's interest in Latin sounds which give The Man a bit more bump!
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The Thief
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The Thief (CD)
Cat: FSRCD 071. Rel: 14 Jun 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Intro
  2. La Lluvia
  3. Bolero
  4. Tu No Sabes Nada (feat La Bruja)
  5. Dimelo Ya (feat Li Saumet - Bomba Estereo)
  6. The Devil's Hand
  7. Back Down
  8. Shape & Size (feat Rubi Dan)
  9. Electricidad (feat Magico & Flowrian aka Sonido Callejero)
  10. Freakshow (feat Earl Zinger)
  11. Ship Of Monsters
  12. La Gallina (intro)
  13. La Gallina
  14. Glide
  15. Pedro's Anger
  16. Here A Sound
  17. Carne Negra (feat Magico & Flowrian aka Sonido Callejero)
  18. Pedro's Revenge
Happy (instrumental)
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Happy (instrumental) (limited 7")
Cat: FSR 7081. Rel: 16 Jun 14
  1. Happy (instrumental version)
  2. Orisha (feat Snowboy)
No Turning Back
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Cat: FSRLP 112. Rel: 27 Jul 15
  1. Don't Fool Yourself (feat James Junior) (3:57)
  2. Bad Note (feat James Junior) (3:29)
  3. No Turning Back (feat James Junior) (4:13)
  4. Just The Same (feat James Junior) (3:49)
  5. Orisha's Party (3:38)
  6. Troubled Land (feat James Junior) (5:29)
  7. Middle Of The Night (feat James Junior) (3:31)
  8. Mirage (feat James Junior) (3:46)
  9. I Showed Them (The Ghetto) (feat James Junior) (4:11)
  10. Homebreaker (feat James Junior) (4:04)
  11. Troubled Land (Reprise) (1:32)
  12. Good Note (Bad Note) (feat James Junior - part 2) (1:00)
No Turning Back
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Cat: FSR 103. Rel: 06 Jul 15
  1. No Turning Back (4:15)
  2. Orisha's Party (3:38)
  3. No Turning Back (The Reflex Revision - full length version) (6:48)
Review: Freestyle mainstays Speedometer are back... And they're brandishing a brand new album. "No Turning Back" is the lead title track. Featuring velvet vocals and sharp scat spits from James Junior, it's a soft-but-stern statement of intent that drags us in gradually and refuses to let us go once we're hooked. Those hungry for Speedometer's more upbeat party feels, flip for "Orisha's Party" where the groove is so tight and fizzy you can't but think of MJ's "Wanna Be Startin' Something". For good measure, The Reflex has also joined the party with a luxurious extended house shakedown that's primed for the season and beyond.
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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 3
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Cat: FSRCD 107. Rel: 24 Nov 14
  1. 6ixToys - "Do Your Thing"
  2. Andre Espeut's Quintet - "Let It Go"
  3. Skeewiff & Stephen Gray - "Scissors Paper Stone"
  4. Cookin' On 3 Burners - "Losin' Streak" (feat Daniel Merriweather)
  5. Sophia Bastian - "Breaking"
  6. Extra Curricular - "Robbin Hood" (Lack Of Afro remix)
  7. Brownout - "Flaximus" (Renegades Of Jazz Bboy edit)
  8. Sunlight Square - "Vamanos Pal Monte"
  9. Speedometer - "Happy"
  10. The Mighty Mocambos - "It's The Music" (part 1 - with Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk, Hektek & Deejay Snoop)
  11. Juliette Ashby - "Like A Bass Guitar"
  12. Lack Of Afro - "Missing Me" (feat Jack Tyson-Charles)
  13. Hot 8 Brass Band - "Sexual Healing"
  14. Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers - "El Ritmo De Nueva York"
  15. Harleighblu - "Play Me"
  16. Omar - "The Man"
  17. Sena Dagadu - "Accra City People"
  18. Henri Pierre Noel - "Diskette" (The Reflex revision)
  19. The Getup - "Nothing" (feat Sabina Challenger)
Review: Thanks to his BBC 6Music show, self-styled "complete package" - comic, actor, radio presenter, DJ and stand-up poet - Craig Charles has become the UK's best-known funk and soul enthusiast. It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that his annual Funk & Soul Club compilations are extremely popular. This third collection is every bit as potent as predecessors, featuring as it does a riotous mix of heavy funk, horn-totin' soul revivalism, dancefloor-friendly funk breaks (Skeewiff and Stephen Gray), cheeky brass band workouts (Hot 8 Brass Band's famous cover of "Sexual Healing") and a dash of smooth soul (the effortless Omar). With all bases covered and some killer material, it should be essential listening for all those of a soul and funk persuasion.
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