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Juno Recommends Disco February 2021

Juno Recommends Disco

Juno Recommends Disco

Juno Recommends Disco February 2021
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Cat: NER 25198. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Vince Montana Tribute (RickLou NYC Piano Groove) (4:28)
  2. Vince Montana Tribute (RickLou Detroit Groove) (4:28)
 in stock $12.09
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Cat: KMPN 006. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Soul On Your Side (Personify edit) (4:43)
  2. You Can Be Star (Personify edit) (4:10)
Review: Dirty Burner Personify dusts off his scalpel for the first time this year with two beautiful, floor-aimed edits of two late 70s soul funk bangers.Soul On Your Side' takes the lead with its belting vocals and even juicier bassline. Meanwhile on the flip You Can Be Star' gets a little tweak in the kick department, a slight extension and a disco bubbled boost for modern floors. Take it personally.
out of stock $11.51
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I'm Here Again (1 per customer)
Cat: MXMRK 2038. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm Here Again (Mr K edit) (8:50)
  2. Girl You Need A Change Of Mind (Mr K edit) (6:50)
Review: A - A true top-five peak record at The Garage, this Thelma Houston burner from 1977 was "a highlight whenever Larry played it," Danny Krivit recalls... "and he played it a lot!" Danny's edit is a homage to Larry and Frankie Knuckles - in particular, a reel to reel edit that Frankie did back in the day and shared with Krivit. "Reels were problematic, & when I tried to get it again from him, unfortunately he had lost it too." The song (a clear attempt by Motown to capitalize on the previous year's monster hit "Don't Leave Me This Way"). What sets "I'm Here Again" apart though, is the incredible second half, not surprisingly also the main focus of Mr. K's edit, along with a new straight to the point intro. Over a vicious groove reminiscent of the Originals' "Down To Love Town" breakdown (Michael Sutton wrote and produced both "Love Town" and "I'm Here Again") Houston delivers soul-stirring ad libs as the band crackles with electricity behind her, the piano chasing a descending string riff so eagerly it almost trips over itself. Pure dancefloor peak energy!

B - This band was a departure from the usual Motown session guys, and was comprised of a group called the Young Senators from Washington, DC. Who later formed the nucleus of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers. Motown was finalizing its move from Detroit to Los Angeles, and this 1972 Eddie Kendricks session was among the last to be recorded at the famed "Snake Pit" aka Studio A in Detroit. According to Young Senators percussionist Jimi Dougans, "Girl" was recorded at three o'clock in the morning, which perhaps accounts for some of the heavy vibe and distinctly different sound than the typical Motown pop style the label was known for. In a time before 12-inch singles, this was one of those first "made for a club" proto-disco records that could hold its power and even shine on a big system. In fact, Larry Levan used it to test the sound at the Garage. When he got "Girl" sounding good, Danny says, "he knew the system was really pumping and anything else he played would sound good too." The original album cut "was typical of a lot of records, where producers fade out right when the record is climaxing," Danny says. "On a dance floor where people absolutely love the record... they'll just look at the DJ like, 'Why'd you fade it out?'" Taking matters into his own hands, Mr. K edit again aims at the climactic back half of the song, engineering a nearly 7-minute climatic dance floor filler.
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out of stock $11.80
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Cat: ZEDD 12304. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. One Plus One (Dave Lee extended club mix) (8:25)
  2. One Plus One (Dave Lee Boogie Boy dub) (6:24)
  3. One Plus One (Dave Lee reprise) (5:35)
Review: Now going by his given name of Dave Lee rather than his obviously problematic previous alias Joey Negro, the Z Records boss has not showed any dip in form since the switch. Here he serves up three of his legendary mixes, this time tackling an unearthed and unreleased Leroy Burgess tape that was recorded in the same sessions as 'Heartbreaker'. 'One Plus One' is the sound of an artist in his prime, with lush backing singers adding buttery warmth to the lead vocals, big instrumentals filing your soul with joy and noodling bass driving things along. All three mixes are superb and subtle in equal measure.
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Walpole Days (1 per customer)
Cat: C56 077. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Walpole Days (Joe Claussell Sacred Rhythm mix) (10:55)
  2. Walpole Days (Joe Claussell Sacred Cosmic Arts Jam) (8:06)
Review: Sacred Rhythm founder Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell is a master of his own musical universe. It is spiritual, deep, and wrapped up in the sort of palpable feelings most producers can't ever dream of conveying. His trademark sound is here in all its glory on this new pair of remixes of 'Walpole Days' for Claremont 556. His Sacred Rhythm mix is all subtle pads and organic perc, majestic cosmic leads and classy chords that ooze a late night soul. Flip it over and you'll find a Sacred Cosmic Arts Jam that is only slightly different, with extra space given to the leads.
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out of stock $20.72
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Cat: RNT 45007. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Emancipacao (5:05)
  2. 50 Anos Em 5 (4:37)
Review: Diogo Strausz has previously released on Razor-N-Tape as part of the duo Balako but now steps up as a solo artist to kick off the label's 2021. A Sao Paulista now living in Paris, he brings plenty of musicality to the slick 7", firstly with 'Emancipacao,' which is awash with melancholic keys and rich bass but also plenty of fantastic leads from both synths and sax. It's splashy and splashy and colourful disco. '50 Anos Em 5' then gets playful and funky with a Latin twist as the salsa beats an squelchy bass all make you want to spin on your heels.
 in stock $11.51
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Cat: CARDIOLOGY 06. Rel: 25 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Hustle (5:57)
  2. Hold Up (5:50)
  3. Disco Vision (5:49)
  4. Big Fantasy (5:56)
Review:  Party days can't be that far away now, and Cardiology continue to have you covered with some of the choicest slabs in the edit game. This time it's C Da Afro on the buttons, shining bright after a massively productive 2020 in which he slipped out no less than five records. He's clearly not short on material to get busy on the slice and dice with, given the quality of the gear he's presenting on this new 12". As you'd expect for Cardiology the tracks aren't that easily trainspotted, ranging from the insanely catchy disco delights of 'Hustle' to the housed-up funk of 'Hold Up'. It's serious music for serious heads, but with that universal party starting appeal that any self-respecting disco edit should have.
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out of stock $9.79
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Cat: WEBMG 07RX. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Was Born This Way (Moplen dub #1) (8:24)
  2. I Was Born This Way (Moplen dub #2) (7:26)
Review: The irrepressible West End has long been a bastion of the global disco scene with their tireless issues of golden grooves old and new. Now they cast it back to 1977 when Carl Bean first recorded for the Motown label. It has since been reissued a number of times and this occasion includes two differing dubs. A-side 'I Was Born This Way' (Moplen dub #1) features plenty of well sampled sounds as a driving disco beat, all finished off with a great vocal. Then the second dub strips it back to a more fleshy and funky groove.
out of stock $12.09
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Cat: SHIFT 007. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Universal Sound (5:46)
  2. On Fire (5:48)
  3. Guitar Jam (5:22)
  4. Really Need To Talk (6:12)
Review: Since making his bow on Street Edits six years ago, Javi Frias has delivered a string of fine rework EPs for the likes of Midnight Riot, Tropical Disco and, most frequently, his own Night Shift imprint. Here he returns with his first EP of 2021, a typically club-ready selection of re-edits. The fast-rising Spanish producer hits the ground running with a sweaty, subtly beefed-up take on an old Controllers classic (the house-style revision that is 'Universal Sound'), before delivering a more reverential - but no less rolling - revision of a lesser-known disco-funk cut 'On Fire'. 'Guitar Jam' lives up to its' name - think loose-limbed disco-funk featuring effects-laden guitars -while 'Really Need To Talk', a sublime rearrangement of a 1970s modern soul gem, is our pick of a very strong bunch.
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Cat: CARDIOLOGY 04. Rel: 25 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Cosmic Funk (4:54)
  2. Ms Brown (3:52)
  3. We Do It (5:35)
  4. Fresh Groove (4:54)
Review: Cardiology get serious yet again on their fourth outing with The Owl taking a break from his self-titled label to follow up February's Universal Funk with some further sizzling edits. First up is a twist on Mad Dog Fire Department's classic party starter "Cosmic Funk", which gets a tasteful house thump to amp up the dancefloor impact of the track. "Ms Brown" is a big singalong belter with a beat to match, while "We Do It" smooths things out with a slinky vibe that translates well to another forthright 4/4 bump. "Fresh Groove" finishes the record off in a steamy, hazy groove that will take the dancers deeper in, without a doubt.
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out of stock $9.79
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We Like It (1 per customer)
Cat: ST 002. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. We Like It (5:21)
  2. We Like It (Caserta Lime Ricky dub) (5:08)
Review: Boston's A-grade record digger, funk and soul boffin and master edit maker Kon is back with his Gang for this tidy 7" that also features Rick James. It is once again an edit aided by Kon's long time engineer Caserta, with slick, life affirming jazz tinged and super funky production. Soul Supreme is on keys, the knotted bass comes from Xander Vrienten and together they all serve up a real late summer jam that could be 50 years old. The dub is just as delicious on the flip, with more room for the lux and authentic production and very real musicianship to shine through
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out of stock $11.51
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Cat: SAM 2016001RED. Rel: 25 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Lets Lovedance Tonight (Danny Krivit re-edit) (5:52)
  2. Lets Lovedance Tonight (6:41)
Review: Gary's Gang - 'Let's Lovedance Tonight' originally came in 1979 and is the source of a well known, international dance music hit. It's a gloriously upbeat bit of disco that got an edit from the master that is Danny Krivt back in 207. He took that monster break, and cleverly extended and looped it for nearly six superb minutes, and the result is infectious as the organic perc and rumbling drums constantly make you move. Here reissued on translucent red wax, it is a surefire party starter with cosmic rays of disco brilliance shooting through it for above.
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out of stock $12.09
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Cat: IIAJ 002. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Chicago (7:16)
  2. Spinnin (7:41)
Review: The second release from the newly emerging If It Ain't Jazz label comes from Swedish producer Opolopo. For this one he takes two classics from the jazz-disco world and adds his own distinctive spins. The results soar into the stratosphere on golden chords and humid pads, funky drums and gliding grooves. Both are timeless reworks that will do plenty of damage on a wide range of dance floors. This marks another noteworthy release for this small but well formed label.
 in stock $12.97
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Cat: TDCHUMS 001. Rel: 25 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Do Stay For Breakfast (5:45)
  2. Soft Choppers (5:49)
  3. Simple Stroll (5:13)
  4. Breaking Bread (5:23)
Review: On his previous 12" singles for Joe's Bakery and People Must Jam, Sebastian Graetz AKA Basso has proved adept at crafting really rather good, Balearic-minded re-edits out of odd, obscure and overlooked records he's found on record shopping trips. He's at it again on Drum Chums Volume One, flitting between chiming, sun-kissed, synth-laden mid-80s jazz-funk-fusion ('Do Stay For Breakfast'), delightfully camp and borderline cheesy disco ('Soft Choppers'), sparse and delay-laden synth-pop eccentricity (the hard-to-describe but rather brilliant 'Simple Stroll'), and the kind of cosmic, otherworldly synthesizer fare that arguably sounds way more inspired now than it did when it was originally released (the early '80s Tangerine Dream style fizz of 'Breaking Bread').
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Cat: SS 23. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Track 1 (8:06)
  2. Track 2 (4:49)
Review: The Secret Squirrel label continues to secretly serve up great edits of much loved tunes from a wide range of genres. This 23rd outing is another dynamite two tracker that opens with a bubbling afro-disco groove. Some mad synth solos light up the mid section while a chunky rhythm section keeps you striding towards the future. 'Track 2' is more stripped back, with a female vocal to die for and a rugged rhythm section underpinned by bulbous bass and nice open hi hats. It's an expressive and expansive workout for a wide range of settings, and we dare you to not to play along to the mad Rhodes.
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 in stock $11.80
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Cat: ERC 109. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Music Street (4:59)
  2. Music Street (instrumental) (4:43)
  3. Music Street (Universal Cave Discomix) (8:45)
Review: Emotional Rescue's continued dive into the Konduko archives continues to gift us the finest wares from Noel Williams' illustrious archive. 'Music Street' is a catchy slice of early 80s electro-soul, delivered with that slightly crooked finish that makes Konduko releases so eternally charming. There is of course a monster bass synth powering everything - surely one of Williams' calling cards as a producer of some of the quirkiest boogie bangers of the day. As well as the instrumental, on the B side Universal Cave get busy with a 'Discomix' that does just enough nipping and tucking to get this DJ-friendly without losing the loose flavour of the original.
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out of stock $11.51
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Cat: NUM 805LPC2. Rel: 25 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Moja Bhari Moja (8:16)
  2. East West Shuffle (4:56)
  3. Aaj Shanibar (7:58)
  4. Ayee Morshume Be Reham Duniya (15:37)
Review: Rupa Biswas' 1982 debut Disco Jazz has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered diggers with a healthy bank balance and a penchant for the quirky. All four tracks are cheery, charming and superior to many "Bollywood disco" records produced in the same period. The sunny disco-boogie of 'Moja Bhari Moja' is followed on side A by the delightfully eccentric, bass-powered AOR-disco/funk-rock fusion of "East West Shuffle" and the effortlessly Balearic cheeriness of 'Aaj Shanibar'. Best of all, though, is the exotic and intoxicating flipside cut 'Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya' which expertly joins the dots between cosmic rock and Balearic disco grooves for 16 spellbinding minutes.
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out of stock $43.76
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Cat: VAMPI 45075. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Fue Una Lagrima (3:05)
  2. Cae La Lluvia (3:00)
Review: Elia and Elizabeth laid down their first ever recording in Spain in 1971 with Juan Carlos Calderon, a highly prestigious producer and arranger from the country. Now those tunes are presented here with rich and intricate orchestral arrangements that were added by producer Jimmy Salcedo when the tunes were later re-recorded for Codiscos in his native Colombia. This is the first time they have been available on 7" and have been remastered for the occasion in a picture sleeve with the original artwork.
out of stock $12.66
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Cat: DYNAM 7088. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. What's Shakin (4:40)
  2. Much Too Much (3:57)
 in stock $17.26
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Cat: DB 012. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Anywhere You Want To Go (7:18)
  2. I Don't Want The Night To End (6:37)
Review: Serious disco business here from Felix Bastedos. He may not have been born in wedlock but he sure knows his way around an edit. Two pretty obscure cuts here get Bastedized: on the A we have 'Anywhere You Want To Go', a big old heavy disco funk groove with plenty of switches and surprises along the way. Meanwhile on the B things step up a notch or two tempo wise as the almost country-styled vocal takes the lead as we pray for the night to never end. Keep on dancing.
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  1. Hills Of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley Underground mix) (13:33)
  2. Hills Of Katmandu (Hans-Jurgen Koppers re-edit) (15:52)
Review: Bologna born Italo Disco legend Celso Valli's 'Tantra' project had one aim; to push the boundaries of disco! Released in 1979 in the vein of Cerrone and Giorgio Moroder, 'Hills of Katmandu' is a unique, progressive slice of classic Italo Disco. The pulsating 'Moroder-on-steroids bassline', menacing female vocal and warbling synths take you on a trippy disco journey. The track became a huge dancefloor anthem at legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Saint in New York and Baia Degli Angeli in Rimini. Originally available on vinyl in 1982 on San Francisco's "Hot Classics" DJ Service", Patrick Cowley's "Original Underground Mix" is a work of pure genius that unleashes his skills on the synths and somehow manages to surpass the original. High Fashion Music have enrolled Ben Liebrand to restore all the original remix-tapes, managing to re-edit and adjust each and every nuance to perfection, taking away any and all flaws which appeared in the original and it's acetates, so that it is now steady preserving the original Hi NRG sound. This is the first time this restored and upgraded version has been released. On the flip-side, there is the original 16'20 minutes version of the Jurgen Koppers mix, an extended re-edit of the original Celso Valli version, which appeared first on Disconet in 1979, and in the following year on the US (Importe/12) release of the "Tantra - the Double Album" longplayer.
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out of stock $14.69
22
Cat: BITE 003. Rel: 01 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Patchouli Brothers - "You've Got The Power" (edit) (4:37)
  2. Dino Soccio - "She's A Dancer" (edit) (5:00)
Review: The Patchouli Brothers & Dino Soccio are a match made in heaven and Take Away pair them off on this vital slice of sumptuous disco. It's a subtle edit of The Patchouli Brothers's 'You've Got The Power' and it's a real stomper that drives forward on kicking drums and funk fulled vocals. Tunes don't come much more steamy. Dino Soccio's 'She's A Dancer' then gets a fine edit that allows the majestic horns to ring out as the locked in beats and famous vocals all working to get you moving. This is a dynamite duo for sure.
 in stock $11.80
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Cat: STS 377LP. Rel: 18 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Grand Finale (6:18)
  2. Martin 5000 (6:38)
  3. Small Stream (5:45)
  4. Oranges (5:08)
  5. Harmonia (7:59)
  6. Birdstrike (5:55)
Review: Is there a more iconic modern disco duo that Lindstom and Prins Thomas? The superb Scandic-pair link up here to great effect on a six track record for Smalltown Supersound. As ever the references are far and wide, from world music to deep house, cosmic ambience to synth music. The tracks are stuffed with subtle details and a rich overarching musicality that makes them as good for focussed headphone listening as it does an early evening dance. 'Oranges' is achingly gorgeous, 'Harmonia' is awash in lush arps and 'Small Stream' is dreamy bliss. Once again these maestros have come through with the goods.
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 in stock $19.30
24
Cat: DGLIB 21CD. Rel: 11 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Go Dancing (feat Amy Douglas)
  2. Falling Deep In Love (feat Kathy Sledge)
  3. I'm You Dancing (feat Annette Bowen & Fi McCluskey)
  4. Message To The People (feat Amy Douglas & Dames Brown)
  5. Love If You Need It (feat Fi McCluskey)
  6. Fight For Love (feat N'Dea Davenport)
  7. Self Control (feat Xavier & Roy Inc)
  8. Sanctuary (feat The Phenomenal Handclap Band)
  9. Burn (feat Doug Hiller)
  10. Spacebound (feat Amy Douglas)
  11. Give Me All Your Love (feat Fiorious)
  12. Feed Your Hungry Mind (feat Amy Douglas & Valerie Etienne)
  13. Jump Into The Light (feat Kathy Sledge)
  14. Home (feat Hadiya George & Aaron Sokell)
  15. Waiting (feat Roy Inc)
  16. Message To The People (feat Amy Douglas & Dames Brown - Philly mix)
 in stock $10.66
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Cat: MOVLP 2660. Rel: 11 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Geronimo's Cadillac (3:18)
  2. Riding On A White Swan (3:52)
  3. Give Me Peace On Earth (4:12)
  4. Sweet Little Sheila (3:04)
  5. Ten Thousand Lonely Drums (3:33)
  6. Lonely Tears In Chinatown (3:31)
  7. In Shaire (3:45)
  8. Stranded In The Middle Of Nowhere (4:32)
  9. The Angels Sing In New York City (3:34)
  10. Princess Of The Night (3:52)
Review: In the Middle of Nowhere is the fourth studio album by Modern Talking, the German pair consisting of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen, from all the way back in 1986. The classic record contains the international hit single 'Geronimo's Cadillac' and no comes on black marbled, 180g vinyl vinyl with plenty of other gems, a full insert and gold-spot varnish sleeve. The record hit the No. 1 slot in Germany on 1 December 1986 and spent seven weeks within the top-10, eventually reaching a gold status after selling well over 250,000 units in Germany alone.
out of stock $25.92
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