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Sleepyhead (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: PPU 066. Rel: 01 Dec 14
  1. Sleepyhead
  2. Dunk
Review: What? Beautiful Swimmers on PPU? You know this is a combination that will just exude excellence from every pore of its black vinyl DNA. It makes perfect sense as well because Beautiful Swimmer Max D has been an irregular source of edits and remixes for PPU over the years - the "Go Bananas" refix being a favourite here. Sleepyhead follows fare of a more contemporary nature from Legowelt and Pender Street Steppers and Future Times completists will most definitely want this 12" in their collection. The Dolo drums and sweet new age sounds are present on the title track, which is filled with all manner of little edits and interesting rhythmic kinks but don't sleep on the blunted Go-Go vibes of "Dunk".
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Saturday Night
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Cat: PUP 040CD. Rel: 01 Oct 12
  1. Saturday Night
  2. Will You Show Up
  3. So Proud
  4. Freedom
  5. Won't You Serve Him
  6. Too Quick
  7. Partay
  8. You're A Star
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Explain (12")
Cat: PPU 045. Rel: 04 Mar 13
  1. Explain
  2. In The Disco
  3. Play It
Review: As far as the Juno Records review team care, the DC based Peoples Potential Unlimited have been on a run of 100% boogie heaters roughly since their inception in 2008. The latest transmission from Andrew Morgan's label sees a 12" presentation of disco funk holy grails from Milwaukee act Dazzle ahead of a PPU released long player Made In The Shade. Not to be confused with the Patch Adams and Leeroy Burgess fronted group of the same name, Dazzle was the work of Donald D. Smith and this 12" presents three tracks originally recorded in 1981. "Explain" is the outright jam here, heavily stacked with thick analogue leads and brisk funk riffs. All hail PPU!
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Be My Girl
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Be My Girl (1-sided 12")
Cat: PPU 073. Rel: 02 Nov 15
  1. Be My Girl (2:54)
  2. Thinking About You (4:46)
Review: Washington DC's Peoples Potential Unlimited come up trumps once more, excavating some prime mid-'80s funk from G.G. & Company. Under the name, local artist Gerald Ward was responsible for one sole release in the shape of the four-track Thinking About You 12" issued on his own GWP Productions in 1984. PPU tell us Ward recorded the 12" fresh from spending time in the studio of Quincy Jones whilst he was producing the James Ingram smasher "Yah Mo B There" and he was clearly inspired. Two tracks from that Thinking About You 12" feature on this PPU presentation, remastered from the OG tapes and sounding wholly fresh. The squiggly P-funk boogie stylings of the title track are complemented well by "Be My Girl" which could easily be mistaken for an early Prince cut.
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It's No Lie
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Cat: PPU 032. Rel: 14 Nov 11
  1. It's No Lie
  2. It's No Lie
Review: Peoples Potential Unlimited expand their remit beyond the confines of obscure boogie from the mid 80s, taking in some expertly poised slow jamz from John Gorr. As ever there's an intriguing back story to the release, with Gorr a founding member of I-Tones, New England's premiere early 80s reggae band. The I-Tones seemingly found local acclaim with a delightful cover of the Bacharach standard "Walk On By" which is worth seeking out on YouTube, but before that Gorr and several other band members recorded "It's No Lie" in 1983. Originally released on Massmedia Records, the track and accompanying dub have been remastered and pressed nice and loud at 45rpm on this twelve, with the reggae leanings really coming to the fore on the B Side version.
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Eternal Love
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Cat: PPU 070. Rel: 17 Aug 15
  1. Eternal Love (4:28)
  2. Talking On A Funky Note (3:41)
  3. Ove The Hump (3:49)
Review: Long standing soul man Willie (or Hill as he usually operates on PPU) returns with three more timeless soul joints. "Eternal Love" is a soul monolith of Vandross proportions as Willie belts his guts up over a slippery synth boogie groove, classic 80s falsetto harmonies and brick-melting synth-toms. "Talking On A Funky Note" takes us to the early 90s with a Bobby Brown-style new-jack sound while "Over The Hump" brings us to an inspiring climax with lyrics of intestinal fortitude so heavy they'd make a world champion life coach blush. Perfect for all training/chips down montages.
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Delicate Rose
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Cat: PPU 019. Rel: 13 Sep 10
  1. Delicate Rose
  2. Delicate Rose (instrumental mix)
  3. Wild Dream
  4. Wild Dream (instrumental mix)
Review: The first in a new series of split 12 inch releases from the Peoples Potential Unlimited camp, with both sides containing some exceptional 80s boogie action. The piano heavy croon of Hill's ''Delicate Rose'' features on the A Side due to popular demand after featuring on the PPU DVD. On the flip current ABC Wisconsin news anchor Roshell Anderson gets a reminder of former soul glo glories.
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Let's Ride
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Let's Ride (12'')
Cat: PPU 072. Rel: 20 Jul 15
  1. Let's Ride (4:07)
  2. You Must Go On (4:00)
Review: It's well known that People's Potential Unlimited boss Andrew Morgan has some serious crate digging skills. Even so, he continues to amaze with the obscurity and quality of the releases he chooses to reissue. Serious collectors have long sought out "Let's Ride" by guitarist Willie Lee Jnr under his occasional Junei alias. Originally released on 7" back in 1987, it's a killer chunk of synthesizer-heavy electrofunk blessed with some serious eyes-closed guitar solo action. Flipside "You Must Go On" - originally the A-side of the '87 release - is fantastic, too, offering a near perfect blend of sun-kissed Balearic attitude and smooth '80s soul grooves.
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Low Altitude
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Low Altitude (12" repress)
Cat: BF 1005. Rel: 11 Apr 16
  1. Low Altitude
  2. Rumble Strip
  3. Kyoto Haza
Review: Excellent and much needed 12" pressing of Low Altitude from Australian boogie don Mike Kay! Originally surfacing on a limited 7" release through Melbourne imprint This Thing, it's given a wider release thanks to the dons at People's Potential Unlimited with the addition of a further cut from Kay. A Side track "Low Altitude" is a lot more DJ friendly now (ever tried beatmatching 45s?) and has been extended with more handclaps and disco noises from the funkateer Kay himself! If you're a rabid consumer of Tom Noble and Inskwel stuff or digged the Moon B issue on PPU earlier this year then you'll love this 808 boogie bumper. Face down, "Rumble Strip" eases up the tempo a nudge for some slick and sweet analogue disco and the wonderfully smudgy bonus cut "Kyoto Haze" really shows off Kay's melodic chops.
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Los Alamos Motel
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Cat: PPU 059. Rel: 07 Apr 14
Deep House
  1. Puzzles In Life
  2. Videophone To Space
  3. Cruise Till The Sun Shines
  4. Los Alamos Motel
Review: If you've ever got a few hours to spare, check out Legowelt's discography - the Dutch analogue fetishist is astonishingly productive (and, of course Legowelt is simply one of Danny Wolfers' many pseudonyms). Here, he adds another label to the growing list with a surprise appearance on Andrew Morgan's Washington D.C-based Peoples Potential Unlimited imprint. Unsurprisingly, Wolfers explores many of his favourite themes on Puzzles in Life, merrily skipping between melodic, bubbling deep house (the excellent title track), slo-mo Detroit futurism ("Video Phone To Space"), super-slo stargazing boogie (the superb "Cruise Till The Sun Shines") and woozy, intergalactic ambience ("Los Alamos Motel"). In many ways, this is an unusual turn from PPU, but it's a calculated gamble that's more than paid off.
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For Thugz
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For Thugz (limited 1-sided 12")
Cat: DJBLAK2 02. Rel: 12 Jan 15
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. For Thugz
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Cat: PPU 051. Rel: 28 Apr 14
  1. Gulls
  2. Stank Tartare
  3. Green Sky
  4. Old Iz New
  5. Ambassador Crazy
  6. Puddin'
  7. Those Moments
  8. Cold G
Review: Moon B takes it back to the old school that is PPU! Atlanta-based analogue funkateer Wes Gray made his debut proper as Moon B back in 2012 on People's Potential Unlimited, and has since found further acclaim with a killer EP for London label Going Good and releases as Vaib-R and Sean Sanders for Nous and Hot Mix. Andrew Morgan's PPU has always been something of a home base for Moon B material however, with several other cross format releases in recent times. The suitably titled II is the second Moon B long player and pulls eight tracks from the home studio recordings of Wes Gray made over the past few years with that signature "slank rhythms and cutting basslines you've grown accustomed to" present and correct!
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Peoples Potential Unlimited Slipmats With Glow In The Dark PPU Logo (black, pair)
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Cat: 526681 Rel: 31 Mar 14
Pair of felt slipmats with glow-in-the-dark PPU diamond logo
Notes: A fresh pair of PPU slipmats, turn off the lights and watch them GLOW blue. your turntable will thank you for the stylish upgrade!
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Shot Out
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Shot Out (12")
Cat: PPU 016. Rel: 22 Mar 10
  1. Shot Out (vocal)
  2. Shot Out (instrumental)
PPU Wallet (material velcro wallet with camo design on one side and PPU logo on other)
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Cat: 517866 Rel: 10 Feb 14
Material wallet with pixelated camo design
Notes: Camo design on front, PPU logo on back, velcro fastening.
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Fried Chicken Skin
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Fried Chicken Skin (limited 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: PPU 074. Rel: 15 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. REKchampa - "Fried Chicken Skin" (5:46)
  2. REKchampa & Personal Trainer - "Ride" (4:42)
Review: Andrew Morgan's Peoples Potential Unlimited label may well have been founded to document the lost and forgotten funk, disco and boogie that peppered the DIY and private press labels of 1980s USA, but their contemporary releases are just as good. See 12"s from the likes of Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers and Pender Street Steppers for evidence. Fried Chicken Skin adds to this small but deadly canon of contemporary PPU releases, presenting one of two records on the label from Stefan "Rekchampa" Ringer, a Stockbridge, Atlanta-based producer who got his break in late 2014 thanks to Kai Alce's NDATL label. "Fried Chicken Skin" is a bumping, rough US house delight replete with ad-libbing vocals from Ringer himself, whilst "Ride" sees him collaborate with Personal Trainer for a more reduced, deeper cut that will appeal to Sound Signature fans.
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Friend (LP)
Cat: PPU 064. Rel: 15 Dec 14
  1. Forget The Hype
  2. Wake Up Call
  3. Who's Lovin' You?
  4. Friends
  5. Thanks For The Love
  6. The Sweeter Love Grows
  7. I've Been Searching
  8. Daydream (dub)
Review: Our favourite hub of all things boogie related, DC-based Peoples Potential Unlimited, dusts off more Robbie M tapes with the man himself to create an album that's instantly classic yet ultimately timeless. Ranging from the block-busting hip-hop buzz of the title track to the smouldering soulful purrs of "The Sweeter Love Grows", Robbie leaves great space between his deliveries to let the musicianship and raw emotion shine. An unabashed late night affair for the satin clad boogie fanatics.
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You Know I Love You
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Cat: PPU 062. Rel: 17 Nov 14
  1. You Know I Love You
  2. You Know I Love You (dub)
Review: PPU may have expanded its remit to issue contemporary acts like Pender Street Steppers and, soon, Beautiful Swimmers but the label is still digging through the soul and boogie archives of forgotten US acts. The work of George Franklin Smallwood has provided a source of much inspiration for Peoples Potential Unlimited over the years with the archivally minded label issuing several singles, a DVD and a Christmas album from the local Washington DC artist. Here PPU grant Smallwood's soul gem "You Know I Love" it's first 12" release having first surfaced at some unspecified time in the early '80s and is worth investigating for the drum machine heavy dub version on the flip!
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Loser (LP)
Cat: PPU 075LP. Rel: 28 Dec 15
  1. Not Gonna Give You Up (5:07)
  2. Loser (4:09)
  3. Family Affair (2:45)
  4. Into Your Love (3:21)
  5. Do You Baby (3:37)
  6. Blues Man (5:12)
  7. Lady Disco (4:51)
  8. Off The Wall (2:35)
  9. Lady (3:30)
  10. Touching Is My Thing (3:23)
He's Alive
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Cat: PPU 022. Rel: 13 Dec 10
  1. He's Alive
  2. Standing On The Top
  3. What Are You Gonna Do?
Review: DC based imprint Peoples Potential Unlimited have really cornered the market in highly collectable reissued boogie funk rarities in 2010 and end the year on a high note with the three vocal cuts lifted from Real Love, a mid 80s mini album from Michael Soward that mixes new gospel dynamics and heavy synthesiser funk. Dam Funk fans will delight in the vintage sounds spread across this dinky 45 with the dusted groove of "He's Alive" particularly impressive.
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Waiting For Your Love
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Waiting For Your Love (limited 1-sided 12")
Cat: PPU 027. Rel: 30 Mar 15
  1. Waiting For Your Love (4:26)
Review: Even by the dusty-fingered standards of arch crate diggers People's Potential Unlimited, this is something of an obscurity. During the late 1970s, Surinamese musician Usje Sukatma recorded a number of groovy, disco-influenced stoner rock gems most of which barely registered outside of his home country. Back in 2011, PPU rescued the superb "Waiting For Your Love" - his only song in English - from obscurity, sticking it out on an in-demand 7". Here they press it up again, this time on a single-sided 12".
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Songs Volume 1
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Cat: PPU 044. Rel: 15 Apr 13
  1. Where Ever You Are
  2. The Good Times
  3. That's The Way Love Is
  4. Bye
  5. You That I Need
  6. After Midnight
  7. In The Life Zone
If You Want My Love
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  1. If You Want My Love
  2. You That I Need (3:24)
Review: Sporty Cat Dwight Sykes lets loose with a brand new original and super spacy track from last year's album Songs Volume One for the ever excellent Peoples Potential Unlimited!! "If You Want My Love" is straight out of the '80s playbook thanks to its gossamer synths and on-point female rap (that's delivered by his daughter Valerie Sykes). Flip for the filmic synth boogie introspection of "You That I Need". Another must grip 7" from the PPU crew.
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Vision Of Estonia
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Cat: PPU 034LP. Rel: 12 Mar 12
  1. Vision Of Estonia (demo)
  2. Real Love
  3. Secret Dream
  4. Mayday
  5. Dream Lover
  6. Stevie Bossa
  7. Vision Of Estonia
  8. Soft Fashion
  9. I Ask U Now
  10. Right Or Wrong
You Don't Have To Cry Anymore
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Cat: UQ 001. Rel: 08 Nov 10
  1. You Don't Have To Cry Anymore
  2. Vision Of Estonia
Review: Originally out in 1985, Peoples Potential Unlimited reissue this soul boogie jam from Uku Kuut (who was born In the Soviet Union, raised in Sweden and now lives in Estonia) featuring Marju Kuut on vocals. On the flip is a mellow instrumental in homage to Uku's home for the past 20 years, now available for the first time on cute 7" vinyl. Top release!
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