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Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Funk/Reissue Recommendations Best Of 2015
7 Dec 2015
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Cat: NOA 45001WHITE. Rel: 15 Jun 15
Funk
  1. Candido - "On My Way" (3:08)
  2. Edwin Starr - "Easin' In" (3:12)
Review: The label says it all... Neither of these tracks have ever been released outside the original albums they came on. Until now. The legendary Candido steps up for the A-side with an uptempo, percussion-heavy groove from his 1971 album Beautiful; with big brassy fills and a stripped back, sample-addict's dream breakdown, this still punches as hard now as it did over 40 years ago. Flip for a funk trip from the equally revered Edwin Starr. Taken from his Hell Up In Harlem soundtrack, it's quintessential Blaxploitation funk with slippery bass, sleazy guitars and Edwin's velvet vocals that can go from purring to roaring in 0.03 seconds. Limited to one per customer, jump on this as soon as you can.
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out of stock $6.69
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Cat: OG 030. Rel: 26 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Maggie Thrett - "Soupy" (2:58)
  2. De La Soul - "Jenifer Taught Me" (3:51)
Review: Number 30 in the originals series highlights the link between Dynavoice Records and the Daisy Age hip hoppers who sampled many of the label's releases. We are of course talking about Posdnuos, Dave, and Maseo, aka De La Soul, with Originals wisely squaring attentions on the Northern Soul monster "Soup" by Maggie Thrett and the De La classic "Jenifa Taught Me" which featured ample sampleage. This Originals edition of "Soup" is the first time it's been available in the 7" format since it's initial release in 1965 and is the sort of cut you can drop in a funk jam and see the crowd melt. What more is there to say about "Jenifa Taught Me"? It's a classic mate!
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out of stock $7.76
3
Cat: CLMN 114. Rel: 30 Jul 12
Funk
  1. Comencemos (Let's Start)
  2. Tokuta
out of stock $7.76
4
Cat: SL45 014. Rel: 08 Mar 10
Funk
  1. Soul Survivor (part 1)
  2. Soul Survivor (part 2)
out of stock $6.69
5
Cat: ATH 014. Rel: 01 Jun 15
Funk
  1. Gangster Boy (3:49)
  2. All You Need Is Time To Mess Around (2:49)
Review: All AOTN releases are special and have been curated, researched and excavated from the past with total care, attention and respect. This one, however, is a whole new level. Apparently originals have regularly changed hands for over $6000 and its taken 10 years for AOTN boss Fryer to located and procure a clean copy of the 300 pressings made way back in 77. "Gangster Boy" is a subtle slice of soul that gradually develops with sentiment and gusto as the backing vocals deliver harmony after harmony. Flip for a heavier deep funk affair where the instrumentation is much fuller and rawer but the BVs are just as big. A really interesting release in every possible direction. AOTN keep on delivering.
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out of stock $10.43
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Cat: AOE 006. Rel: 25 May 15
Funk
  1. We Gettin' Down (4:22)
  2. The Power & The Glory (4:10)
Review: In amongst their programme of May essentials, Athens of the North have focused on highlight the grand soul escapades of Master Weldon Irvine across two killer sevens. We Gettin' Down the second and final of these and features two tracks from Irvine's 1974 LP for RCA Spirit Man. The more scholarly ears out there will of course recognise elements of "We Gettin' Down" from A Tribe Called Quest classic "Award Tour" and it's been lifted by everyone from Dego's Tek 9 project to bandy legged pop star Jamiroquai over the years. It's a pleasure from start (what a moog riff) to end and is complemented by the jazzed up bliss of "The Power & The Glory". Athens of the North are really spoiling us!
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out of stock $8.82
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Cat: FVR 106. Rel: 27 Nov 17
Funk
  1. Spies Are Watching Me (7:15)
  2. Le Disco Des Capitales (6:45)
Review: Sounds like it came out of Lagos in 1971, actually written and recorded in Lyon in 2015: Voilaaa is the brainchild of Bruno Hovart whose long relationship with Favorite goes way back to his days as Patchworks, Mr President and The Dynamics. Recording on a whole host of vintage machines and calling upon local African singers both cuts have a real authentic sense of realness; "Spies Are Watching Me" drives with big horns and swooning strings which isn't dissimilar to the work of The Movers, while the TY Boys-esque "Le Disco Des Capitales" is a heavier, more concentrated slab of floor-minded disco where the groove takes more of a forefront role. Apparently there's a whole album of this cooking... We can't wait to hear it.
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 in stock $11.23
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Cat: AOE 008. Rel: 24 Aug 15
Funk
  1. Turn Off The Lights (4:11)
  2. Fuel For The Fire (3:54)
Review: Sampled by the likes of Groove Armada and The Herbaliser, "Turn Off The Lights" runs with one of those bass licks you've known forever without realising. Flip for the jazz boogie badness of "Fuel For The Fire". Taken from the same 1975 album, here we find the same vocalist, Linda Logan, sharpening her tongue and getting her scat on with furiously funky results. Hard to find on 45, it's yet another example of AOTN's expert curation prowess.
out of stock $8.82
9
  1. Dave Cortez & The Moon People - "Happy Soul (With A Hook)"
  2. La Lupe - "Fever"
Review: Heavyweight Latin funk from 1968: In case you're unacquainted, "Happy Soul" is the ultimate super-swing sample source of Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man", and remains the most distinctive cut in Cortez & The Moon People's extensive repertoire. We head over to Cuba for the B-side as La Lupe digs deep with a sun-splashed salsa cover of "Fever". Swelteringly good.
out of stock $8.02
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Cat: CLMN 119. Rel: 13 May 13
Funk
  1. Firewalker (3:52)
  2. Chalupa (4:45)
Review: Few bands live up to their name in the way Jungle Fire do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and trad funk, each JF jam blazes the floor with real power. "Firewalker" is the buzz-cut here, swaggering with Afro-disco confidence; it's all about the epic horn Q&A and cutlass-sharp guitar lick. "Chalupa" takes a deeper route into the dancefloor by way of a classic soul riff that sways to-and-fro before breaking down into a more staccato rhythm. Watch out for the pay-off... Those jazz horns are a delight to behold!
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Cat: ROC 009. Rel: 19 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Stop (2:26)
  2. I Got Loaded (2:32)
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12
  1. Creative Source - "You Can't Hide Love" (3:52)
  2. New Holidays - "Maybe So Maybe No" (3:27)
 in stock $9.89
13
Cat: SJ 102. Rel: 23 Mar 15
Funk
  1. Dr John - "Right Place Wrong Time" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:24)
  2. Rueben Bell - "Superjock" (Professor Shorthair remix) (4:03)
out of stock $8.29
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  1. Sandy Gaye - "Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone" (2:12)
  2. Franciene Thomas - "I'll Be There" (2:00)
Review: Sandy Gaye's version of Inez Foxx's 1972 funk classic "Watch The Dog (That Bring The Bone)" is suitably obscure; to date, its' only previous appearance on wax came via Jazzman's 2007 Sister Funk 2 compilation, which focused on material from "unknown soul sisters". Here Athens of the North make it available to all on 7" for the first time, allowing those who missed out to revel in its' blistering drum breaks, powerful vocals and overall dancefloor-friendly appeal. It's backed by Franciene Thomas' similarly obscure and hard-to-find "I'll Be There", a deep funk classic of the sort that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings has been trying to recreate for the best part of the last two decades.
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out of stock $9.09
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 042. Rel: 30 Mar 15
Funk
  1. Little Eva - "Dynamite" (2:21)
  2. Little Eva Harris - "Get Ready/Uptight" (2:32)
Review: Two awesome covers from Little Eva who, fittingly, is most famed for giving us the famously covered "Loco-Motion". "Dynamite" is homage to Mr Dynamite himself, the Godfather of Funk James Brown. Taking the "I Feel Good" hook and making it her own, it's an instant winner. "Get Ready/Uptight", meanwhile, is a medley of The Temptations and Stevie Wonder. It's very bit as tight you'd want it to be. Once stupendously rare, now your while this press run lasts. 100 per cent essential.
out of stock $7.36
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BBE
Cat: BBE 340ALP. Rel: 02 Nov 15
Funk
  1. Rim & Kasa - "Shine The Ladies" (8:50)
  2. Rim & Kasa - "Love Me For Real" (8:21)
  3. Rim & Kasa - "I'm A Song Writer" (3:58)
  4. Rim & The Believers - "I'm Not Going To Let You Go" (3:11)
  5. Rim & The Believers - "Peace Of Mind" (3:52)
Review: Having re-released Rim Kwaku's long lost Rim Arrives album, BBE follow it up with more dusty disco treasures from the Ghanaian hit maker's repertoire. From the blistering horns and thundering drum rolls of the near-nine-minute romp "Shine The Ladies" right the way through the looser, more Afrobeat-focussed "Peace Of Mind" by way of the emphatic Stevie Wonder-style showmanship of "I'm A Songwriter" it's a collection that still sparkles with soul 30 years after they were recorded. If you're unaware of Rim's story, you'd be wise to check it; from Quincy Jones endorsements to homelessness in the space of 24 hours, Rim's tales are as serious as his music is funky.
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out of stock $21.38
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Cat: BCAT 0996WHITE. Rel: 23 Mar 15
Funk
  1. Cheyenne's Comin' - "Come Back To Me" (3:01)
  2. Hanson - "Take Me To Your Home" (3:10)
Review: Blackcat 80 copies only for the world white vinyl repress for the world . "Come Back To Me" takes us back to 1976 as Native American soul girl Cheyenne's rich, gut-driven delivery tops a seriously tight funk cake that's flavoured with blistering horns and crisp guitars. "Take Me To Your Home" takes us even further back to 1973. Taken from their debut album Now Hear This, it's a sparkling, jazz-tinted psychedelic slice that harbours some seriously warm keys. Guaranteed to remain broad and beautiful for a long, long time to come. Grab it while you can.
out of stock $7.76
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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.
out of stock $7.22
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Cat: BLUECANDLE 1496. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Cramp Your Style (2:09)
  2. Watcha Gonna Do About It (2:58)
Review: "Cramp Your Style" by All The People surely belongs among the canon of all time funk standards, sampled aplenty over the years, included on numerous compilations as well as being the recipient of cover versions from Breakestra and Killer Meters. Originally issued on the Blue Candle label back in 1972, a newly remastered edition of that 7" is now available for any funkateers out there without the 45 in their collections already. Robert Moore's yearning vocal sounds all the better for it too! And don't sleep on the bluesy delights of B side track "Watcha Gonna Do About It?".
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out of stock $7.48
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 045. Rel: 30 Mar 15
Funk
  1. You're Wasting My Time (part 1) (2:52)
  2. You're Wasting My Time (part 2) (3:46)
Review: Released in 1971 and written and recorded by Dave Hamilton (one of Motown's most prolific and influential session players), Sugar Billy Garner plays the consummate band leader over a relentless groove that rolls with drama. Billy gets sweatier, the guitars get busier, the dynamic gets heavier and heavier... So heavy it rolls into a second part. Primed for the floor, it still hits hard 44 years after its release.
 in stock $7.31
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  1. King Soul-omon's Mine (3:06)
  2. Sock It Silly (4:32)
Review: The first of two big edit 45s: Titanic Bristol funk from the infrequent partnership of Monkey Boxing's Mako and serial editor Mr Bristow: "King Soul-omon's Mine" takes a cover of heavily-sampled, well-known Lee Dorsey/Allen Toussaint gem and adds a subtle contemporary swing. Flip for a full band breakdown over a pristine break as "Sock It Silly" strips down the science of every funk tune ever. Vinyl-only; this one's a keeper.
out of stock $6.95
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  1. Beatin' Tha Breaks (Fouk remix) (5:21)
  2. Beatin' Tha Breaks (Freddie Joachim remix) (4:08)
  3. Beatin' Tha Breaks (original mix) (3:45)
Review: Brooklyn label Razor-N-Tape get in on the Record Store Day action with this 10" edition of Beatin Tha Breaks from Nashville-based Magic In Threes. It's the remixes that come first, with Dutch artist Fouk going into similar house territory to Kenny Dope with plenty of live instrumental touches blessing the bristling percussion. It's a totally different vibe on the Freddie Joachem remix, with the Californian opting for some midtempo funk breaks that stay closer to the sound of Magic In Threes' original version . This closes out the RSD release on the B-side and is an easy-breezy affair dripping with soulful guitars and harmonies.
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Cat: DP 015. Rel: 22 Jun 15
Funk
  1. Margie Moves Mountains (4:27)
  2. Margie Loves Drums (4:31)
Review: One of Wah Wah 45s' most consistent contributors Scrimshire runs fine lines in both original material and some absurdly funky edits (case in point, his stupendous take on "Grandma's Hands" a few years back") Here he's back on the edit trip with two takes on Margie Joseph. Crafting her gutsy soul into two crisp, floor-ready workouts, "Margie Moves Mountains" rolls out as the original before getting heavier and heavier while "Margie Loves Drums" (a shake-up of her Bill Withers' cover - "The Same Love Made Me Laugh") plays more on the stops/starts and clam-tight edits. Both absolutely kill it.
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out of stock $5.08
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Cat: GET 7237. Rel: 20 Jul 15
Funk
  1. Think (About It) (3:24)
  2. Ain't No Sunshine (2:49)
Review: Reissued as a standalone single for the first time since 1973, Lyn Collins' most famous track "Think" gets a timely revisit. The harbinger of one of the most important breaks of all time, written by James Brown (naturally), "Think" will still ooze raw funk and party direction for generations to come. Flip for the original People-released B-side, a touching cover of Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine". Beautiful.
out of stock $12.30
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 044. Rel: 30 Mar 15
Funk
  1. Love Potion Number Nine (2:36)
  2. Cool Jerk (2:52)
 in stock $7.36
26
Cat: CB 002V. Rel: 23 Mar 15
Funk
  1. Working Hard (2:02)
  2. Freeway Crowd (2:14)
Review: Crowbar come correct with this belting little slice of mid 70s funk by J.T. Allen and Little Richard's Band, originally issued on the Delmar label out of Atlanta in 1975. Sales notes suggest one collector offered Crowbar a sizeable sum to not reissue this gem, but the label was not interested, adamant that funk of this calibre needs to be granted a wider audience in fully licensed and remastered fro,. Raise your glasses to Crowbar then, as both cuts here will liven up the funk dance. "Working Hard" has a certain Motown edge to it, thanks to the rolling percussion and harmonies whilst "Freeway Crowd" finds JT and company veering off into grittier territory.
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out of stock $7.22
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