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Sleepyhead
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Sleepyhead (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: PPU 066. Rel: 01 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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When You Had The Chance
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Cat: PPU 068. Rel: 06 Jul 15
Soul
  1. When You Had The Chance (vocal version) (3:51)
  2. When You Had The Chance (instrumental) (3:15)
Review: PPU come through with some more of that late '80s soul, looking to Cool Waters man Napoleon Cherry. Indicative of its time; the post synth boogie and theatrics of the early part of the decade are swapped with a much deeper, more subtle delivery and instrumentation that sat well with the likes of Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. Napoleon underplays his vocals throughout, allowing the synths to truly shine. More shine for your shekels? Flip for the instrumental and look out for a full retrospective of Cherry's work coming on Music From Memory!
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Jam 1
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Jam 1 (limited 7")
Cat: PPU 077. Rel: 18 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. COOL Band - "Jam 1" (3:34)
  2. Manzanem - "Don't Interupt" (3:59)
Review: While a lot of PPU's time is spent unearthing, reviving and liberating classic boogie, disco, funk and soul from the 80s and 90s, it's also home to troves of authentic grooves tailored in contemporary times... And long-standing label fam Benedek is one of the most consistent forces behind it all. The excellently titled C.O.O.L Band and Manzanem are two of his latest guises; the former is a real Sunday afternoon lazy vibe, like an electro boogie record on at half speed with thundering weight on the powerful kicks while the latter takes us deeper into the late 80s with a Mr Fingers' style trip into primordial house music. Pure synth odysseys, the pair of them.
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Saturday Night
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Cat: PUP 040CD. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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
Saturday Night
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Cat: PPU 040. Rel: 01 Oct 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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
Review: Sadly passed away nearly two years ago, Cyril 'Chuck' Walker left this album in his wake, reportedly his life's work as an aside from featuring in the band Juicy. For an album only just seeing release now, there's no mistaking the era that Saturday Night comes from, as the impeccably executed boogie tumbles forth from Walker's compositions. There are some surprises in store such as the shockingly fresh electro of "Partay", but really this is a boogie album plain and simple, with the mood switching from relaxed lounge situations to steaming club funk with an ease that comes only from living in a time of less genres.
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Explain
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Explain (12")
Cat: PPU 045. Rel: 04 Mar 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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Eternal Love
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Cat: PPU 070. Rel: 17 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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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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I Like The Way You Do It
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Cat: PPU 021. Rel: 04 Oct 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Like The Way You Do It
  2. I Like The Way You Do It (Tom Noble edit)
Review: Peoples Potential Unlimited comes through with more reissue gold! Were you to invest in an original copy of "I Like The Way You Do It" you'd need a spare couple of hundred quid in the sky rocket. PPU present the original sultry boogie version and a Tom Noble edit either side of an orange stickered 12 inch.

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Journey To The Shore
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Journey To The Shore (limited white label 12")
Cat: PPU 007. Rel: 30 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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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
II
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II (LP)
Cat: PPU 051. Rel: 28 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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III
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III (LP)
Cat: PPU 063. Rel: 22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Realms
  2. Neither Here Nor Where
  3. Art Direction
  4. Moonda
  5. Polywarp
Review: Moon B's next mini-LP offering to PPU, entitled III, is a varied affair. The a side offers up the older taped track "Realms", a semi-muted yet chuggy number for the dance floor overwrought with moon-roasted synth progressions that coat the ears. "Neither Here Nor Where" is an ode to forgotten spaces and places, wrapped tightly in synth bazz and creamed pads that emanate from Moon's favorite synth, the Alpha Juno 1. Flip the record to find Moon's most "instro-spective" offerings to date. "Art Direction" bottomed out tempo conjures up images of 1984 Prince replacing Appalonia with Inga Copeland as his motorcycle passenger after a neon lit love-making session. "Moonda"'s slow fluctuation and linn drum echoes paired with sorrowful yet hopeful chords attempts to warm you in the coldest of polar vortices. "Polywarp" rounds out the affair with syruppy vacillating instrumentation paired with unforeseen wobbly bits and foreign percussive hits. -
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True To Yourself
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Cat: PPU 054. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. True To Yourself
  2. Born With A Desire
  3. Hoping For A Better World
Review: Having last drawn on more contemporary fare with that killer 12" from Mood Hut artists Pender Street Steppers, PPU focus their attentions on music of a more archival nature with this triplet of productions from Tony Palkovic. Drawing from the 1985 album Born With A Desire the Los Angeles -based multi-instrumentalist issued via the Deep Water label, True To Yourself is a richly rewarding display of Palkovic's talents. The title cut alone is worth investigating, delving deep into the realm of synthesized jazz fusion across ten sumptuous minutes. "Born With A Desire" is prime PPU synth boogie whilst "Hoping For A Better World" is as contemplative as the title suggests. Up next for PPU is Legowelt - don't sleep!
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Openin' Up
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Cat: PPU 056. Rel: 17 Feb 14
Deep House
  1. Openin' Up
  2. M Flight
Review: Pressing issues may have delayed the Pender Street Steppers' debut on Mood Hut Recordings, but this fresh single on PPU should more than plug the gap. Those who may have heard the Mood Hut outfit's Life In The Zone cassette last year will know what to expect: "Openin' Up" combines jittery conga percussion with rubbery bass and a positively uplifting sense of melody that nevertheless errs on the grubbier side of the spectrum, while "M Flight" is even more summery in it outlook, as a humorous '80s-inspired piece of melodic sampling propels its blissful chords and carefree bassline. As with all Mood Hut-affiliated releases, this won't last long...
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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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Dream Sequence Test Pressing
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Cat: PPU 071TP. Rel: 15 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. Track 1 (4:04)
  2. Track 2 (5:14)
  3. Track 3 (5:57)
  4. Track 4 (6:11)
  5. Track 5 (4:38)
  6. Track 6 (4:18)
Review: It is safe to say PPU boss Andrew Morgan is a fan of Atlanta-based producer Rekchampa, with this limited test pressing edition of his Dream Sequence album arriving the same week as the killer Fried Chicken Skin 12". After a few days rotation on the Juno office stereo, we're the latest converts to the Rekchampa cause! First surfacing on our radar via a NDATL 12" in late 2014, Stefan Ringer has been popping up in a few interesting places ever since; sharing sides with Eliphino on A Love Below 12", appearing under the Black Suede name on the CGI label. This album finds PPU compiling Rekchampa cuts that first appeared on a Harsh Riddims cassette in 2014, complemented by a few bonus cuts from the Ringer studio. These six tracks brandish a style of vocal, soulful house comparable to Moodymann, Peven Everett and Seven Davis Jr but Rekchampa definitely has his own rough-edged vibe going on.
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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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Let's Groove
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Cat: PPU 042LP. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Groove
  2. I'm So In Love With You
  3. Streetch Limos
  4. Down With It
  5. Armed & Dangerous
  6. What Is It Girl
  7. I Wanna Be With You Tonight
  8. Tearing Me Up
  9. Acting Strange Lately
  10. Drifting In A State Of Love
Strung Out
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  1. Strung Out
  2. Prescriptions
Review: Late last year Los Angeles-based synth obsessive Nicholas Benedek made his PPU bow with a untitled album filled with untitled tracks, executed with the sort of lo-fi panache that fit the label to a tee. Here Benedek returns to PPU as RX, a rather surprising self-styled 'smog prog' project with LIES artist and LA Club Resources boss Delroy Edwards. Taking shape in a signature PPU 7 inch, both "Strung Out" and "Prescriptions" sound like a fine balance between the hazy boogie of Benedek and the tape degraded grit that's been a hallmark of Edwards work since his emergence on L.I.E.S.
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You Know I Love You
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Cat: PPU 062. Rel: 17 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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He's Alive
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Cat: PPU 022. Rel: 13 Dec 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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Go Bananas (reissue)
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Cat: PPU 033. Rel: 06 Jun 16
Electro
  1. Go Bananas (vocal) (6:36)
  2. Go Bananas (instrumental) (4:46)
Played by: Neon Finger
Songs Volume 1
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Cat: PPU 044. Rel: 15 Apr 13
Funk
  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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You Don't Have To Cry Anymore
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Cat: UQ 001. Rel: 08 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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I Feel Love
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Cat: PPU 046. Rel: 20 May 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Feel Love
  2. Santa Monica Pier
Review: Following the superb Visions of Estonia album from last year, estranged Estonian producer Uku Kuut resurfaces on Washington DC imprint Peoples Potential Unlimited with I Feel Love. This two-track EP is yet another perfect example of the label's speciality in dealing with obscure and unknown dance music gems from the '70s and '80s and highlights why PPU is an eternal favourite at Juno HQ. "I Feel Love" sounds like a combination between Todd Terje's heralded disco-edits and the Norwegian's pumping originals, while "Santa Monica Pier" shuffles and slides like Steve Wonder and Ray Charles knocking heads, drum machines, keys and synthesisers in a sun-drenched Californian studio.
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Get It Up
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Get It Up (12")
Cat: PPU 030. Rel: 10 Jan 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Get It Up
  2. It's Hot
Review: Theoretically there will come a point where People's Potential Unlimited runs out of obscure funk and boogie from the eighties. And that day will be a very dark one, as every release from the Washington based label is a real delight, with PPU030 no exception. Originally out way back in 1983 on LA imprint Montage, "Give It Up" sees Ultimate Choice plough a decidedly p-funk slant on boogie and it would take a veritable curmudgeon to not be hooked as soon as that tight funk riff drops. It's the sort of track you feel right in your hips, is rough around the edges and has a killer vocal hook. Flip over the stripped down rump pump of "It's Hot" with a rhythm that sounds like it's been sampled more than a few times!
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Psycho For Your Love
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Cat: PPU 025. Rel: 28 Feb 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Psycho For Your Love
  2. Work Those Joints
Review: Amidst recent praise from a variety of individuals including Ben UFO, Legowelt and the Juno review team, the Peoples Potential Unlimited label keep up the brilliant work with yet another killer disco boogie oddity from the early 80s. This Westwood / Cash twelve is the first of two twelve's from the Washington imprint to switch the focus to the career of Detroit producer Danaan Potts who can count on studying alongside a young Juan Atkins as well as spending close to 100 hours a week studio time alongside George Clinton as influences. Here he adopts the anonymous Westwood tag to add some bizarre P Funk to the delightful Orlando Cash jams "Psycho For Your Love" and "Work Those Joints". Additional PPU tweaks of both make this one of the labels best twelve's to date!
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