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Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues May 2018
16 May 2018
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1
Cat: DYNAM 7007. Rel: 19 Aug 19
Funk
  1. It's A New Day (3:05)
  2. Trespassing (4:05)
Review: Two all time funk/soul classics from the Skull Snaps - a funk group active between 1963 and 1973. They were known as The Diplomats up until 1970 and released a number of singles with moderate success. Renamed Skull Snaps, they released an eponymous album on the small GSF label in 1973, before disappearing into obscurity. These selections are from the said album. New 7" reissue label Dynamite Cuts is releasing these two gems as a limited edition 500 only pressing, showcasing the two best tracks on the LP. Both have been heavily sampled in many hip-hop and club classics by Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, The Prodigy and Panjabi MC to name but a few.
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 in stock $12.05
2
Cat: 086973. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Let Me Show You (long vocal version) (0:30)
  2. Let Me Show You (long instrumental) (0:30)
Review: While Larry Wu's one and only single, 1984's "Let Me Show You", has long been considered an 80s boogie classic, it has remained surprisingly hard to find on 12" - hence this timely reissue. As with the original 12", Wu's sparkling Long Version is featured on the A-side. It's perhaps closer in tone to the chart-bothering Jam & Lewis '80s soul sound than the grittier, funkier New York boogie style - think chiming melodies, eyes-closed guitar riffs and a chunky synth-heavy groove - the quality of Wu's soulful lead vocal really is in the top tier. There's also another chance to check the fantastic, dub style flipside Instrumental, which features all manner of dropouts, delay-laden vocal snippets, jammed-out synth solos and slighty more floor-friendly percussion. Essential.
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out of stock $9.60
3
Cat: MUKAT 054. Rel: 23 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Chicken (3:45)
  2. Dankasa (3:25)
Review: Two killer tracks licensed from Oriki Music,mastered by Frank From Sofrito at The Carvery and taken from the recent Akwaba Abidjan compilation. These two monsters from De Frank Jr are straight up deep and funky afrobeat from 1970's Ivory Coast. More essential dancefloor delights from Mukatsuku - strictly vinyl only & singles only...As played by Hunee ,JD Twitch & Alexander Nut
out of stock $6.57
4
Cat: BK 008. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Nicola Nicola (5:24)
  2. Down In The Cellar (4:57)
  3. Love Ballad (unreleased version) (5:04)
out of stock $17.00
5
  1. I Must Be Doing Something Right (2:43)
  2. Fight Fire With Fire (2:51)
Review: Scorching soul heat from Atlanta: once-married couple Delia Gartrell and James Shaw (best known as The Mighty Hannibal) unleashed a short-but-singeing run of 45s around the late 60s/early 70 and here are two of their hottest moments. "I Must Be Doing Something Right" comes with a belting gospel backing chorus and a nagging hook you've definitely felt before. "Fight Fire With Fire" is even hotter; fuzzy electronic guitar, orchestral backing and a staccato chorus that brings floors to their knees, this is nothing short of essential.
out of stock $7.13
6
Cat: BJ 38. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Funk Forever (4:18)
  2. Don't Be Late (3:32)
  3. Telling Lies (2:56)
  4. Set Sail (feat Ishtar) (3:40)
  5. In The Mood (3:33)
Review: E Da Boss and Trailer Limon, two of the US' most hyped boogie maestros, are back with a new EP for Brooklyn's Bastard Jazz Recordings, under The Pendletons moniker, and we have to say that it sounds like some pretty dope material from the get-go! The lead track "Funk Forever" is a downpour of funky pop vibes guided and charged by jazzy nuances, and the following "Don't Be Late" is a certified tune for the lovers. On the B-side, "Telling Lies" slows the tempo to a majestic r&b swing, filtered through fat boogie bass, while "Set Sail" features the vocals of Ishtar in what is a proper boogie slammer, and "In The Mood" is all about the slow, sensual sound of endless, blissful synths. Gorgeous.
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 in stock $9.32
7
Reworked By Detroiters (1 per customer)
Cat: SEW 3158. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Sexy Ways (Recloose Disco Flip) (5:30)
  2. You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure (Alton Miller mix) (5:17)
  3. Get Your Ass Off & Jam (Marcellus Pittman remix) (6:46)
  4. Cosmic Slop (Moodymann mix) (9:26)
  5. Music For My Mother (Andres Wo Ahh Ay vocal mix) (5:23)
  6. Super Stupid (Dirtbombs version) (4:30)
  7. Music 4 My Mother (Underground Resistance mix) (5:41)
  8. Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine edit) (5:46)
  9. Take Your Dead Ass Home (The Fantasy version) (7:46)
  10. Let's Take It To The Stage (Amp Fiddler Laugin @ Ya mix) (6:11)
  11. Standing On The Verge (Anthony Shake Shakir & T Dancer remix) (5:37)
  12. You & Your Folks (Claude Young Jr club mix) (6:43)
  13. Be My Beach (Mophono & Tom Thump mix) (6:08)
  14. You & Your Folks (Claude Young Jr dub) (5:55)
  15. Let's Make It Last (Kenny Dixon Jr edit) (7:32)
  16. Looking Back At You (Ectomorph Stripped & dubbed) (6:12)
  17. Maggot Brain (BMG dub) (10:09)
Review: Given the brilliantly simple concept behind this fine compilation - contemporary Detroit producers remix Funkadelic - we're rather surprised nobody's done it before. With 17 varied re-rubs stretched across three slabs of wax, there's naturally plenty to enjoy. Highlights come thick and fast, from the deep house/P-funk fusion of Alton Miller's take on "Get Your Ass Off and Jam" and Andres' loose, hip-hop influenced revision of "Music For My Mother", to the thrusting loops and heady late night hypnotism of Anthony Shake Shakir and T-Dancer's version of "Standing on the Verge". While many of the versions stay relatively faithful to the original, the more "out-there" interpretations - see BMG's outer-space ambient dub of "Maggot Brain" and Moodymann's epic revision of "Cosmic Slop" - are also consistently impressive.
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out of stock $24.95
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What's Happening (1 per customer)
Cat: GSM 003. Rel: 30 Apr 18
Funk
  1. What's Happening? (3:48)
  2. Dynamite Sound (3:43)
out of stock $11.52
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Cat: ONRLP 022. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Chicago Girl (4:14)
  2. Tantalus (3:51)
  3. Gonna Be Just Me (feat Adryon De Leon) (2:57)
  4. Pudding & Pie (4:14)
  5. Green Was Beautiful (4:28)
  6. Funk 49 (4:24)
  7. Living That Jazz Life (3:49)
  8. Stash (5:56)
  9. Groovin' On The Groomers (3:38)
  10. Hip City (4:30)
  11. Swimming With My Fishies (6:13)
Review: Decorated Leeds funk smelters The New Mastersounds deliver their 11th album and it's a powerful assault of the groove senses from the off. Leaving no stone unturned, they run the gamut and back with raw skill and a tightness than can only come from playing with each other for nigh on 20 years. From the jazz freeform spirals of "Green Was Beautiful" to the fuzzy rock fizz of "Funk 49" to the swinging bubblegum fun of "Groovin' On The Groomers" and the diesel powered soul funk of "Gonna Be Just Me", it's another sizzling snapshot of one of the UK's finest groove exports of our times.
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out of stock $17.54
10
Cat: SSMH 168. Rel: 23 Apr 18
Funk
  1. We Gave Up Too Soon (feat James Junior) (3:10)
  2. Look No Further (feat Vanessa Jamie) (3:26)
Review: Long-standing UK funk troupe Speedometer return with two brand new sides. Teaming up with James Junior once again (last spotted working together on their last album No Turning Back) Junior's rich soul vocals warp around the band's laidback, hazy but firm groove with ease and class. Flip for the sublimely hooky jam "Look No Further". Fronted by hot new vocal talent Vanessa Jamie, she stalks the band's staccato groove and wry eastern horn fills with control and overwhelming presence. Let's hope this leads to an album...
out of stock $12.05
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Cat: BBRG 006. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Gully Son (feat Jungle Fire & Caro Cobo) (4:23)
  2. Woza Beat (feat The Harry Bells Band) (4:10)
 in stock $12.05
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Cat: PH 45015. Rel: 30 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Quantum Connection (4:32)
  2. My Mind Will Travel (Teen party edit) (4:25)
Review: Finnish vibe artisan Jimi Tenor returns to Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon with two more contemporary dreamboat affairs... "Quantum Connection" springs with a bruk-like energy but chats in fluent jazz via the eastern horns and spiralling hook narrative. "My Mind Will Travel" maintains the spring but with much more of a loungey feel and a molten vocal that flops over the tightly plucked strings with humour and syrupy ease. One of a kind.
out of stock $9.60
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  1. The Tolbert Family Singers - "Ride The Gospel Train" (feat Brother O C Tolbert) (3:36)
  2. O C Tolbert - "Give It To Glory" (5:46)
Review: With Cordial Recordings, LoveVinyl's Roual Galloway is doing a terrific job in making rare, sought-after tracks available to a wider audience. In truth, you'll struggle to find a more rare and expensive gospel killer than The Tolbert Family Singers' "Ride The Gospel Train", a drum machine driven chunk of gospel-boogie with crunchy funk guitars that's been changing hands for hundreds of pounds online. Andrew Weatherall is a fan and it's easy to see why. Flipside "Give it Glory", a solo cut by Tolbert Family patriarch Brother OC Tolbert, is a sweeter and breezier slab of gospel-soul that has never before been released on vinyl. Two killer cuts for the price of one: nice one, Roual!
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 in stock $8.76
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  1. Hey Uh-What You Say Come On (3:42)
  2. The Golden Rod (3:04)
  3. Keep On Walking (3:40)
  4. You & Me My Love (3:09)
  5. The Third Eye (6:16)
  6. It Ain't Your Sign It's Your Mind (3:24)
  7. People & The World (4:49)
  8. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (3:56)
  9. Tongue Power (3:04)
  10. Lonesome Cowboy (4:05)
Review: Everybody Loves the Sunshine is a studio album by Roy Ayers released under Ubiquity umbrella. It was released through Polydor in 1976 and on the Billboard Chart peaked at number 51. Ayers' had long made his shift into R&B/soul by the mid '70s and the title track "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" is a quintessential song from the period - this is the very epitome of 'low slung'. The rest of the album contains other classics, such as the funky "It Ain't Your Sign It's Your Mind" the smooth and loungey soul of "The Third Eye" plus the upbeat disco inferno that is "People and the World". We should also mention the dynamic and funky closer "Lonesome Cowboy" where not only the drummer gets wicked!
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out of stock $16.18
15
Cat: AGS 7008. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Let Me Say Dis About Dat (3:29)
  2. No Beginning, No End (3:49)
Review: A self-titled opus, the OG presses of Aura's one and only album have been known to fetch over L100 while the 2016 Aloha Got Soul reissue was supported across the board from Theo Parrish to Giles Peterson. Here are two of the most delectable highlights in bright white 45" form; "Let Me Say Dis About Dat" is all about the crunchy riffs and rock funk fusion while "No Beginning, No End" is a thrilling disco funk cut that has aged to perfection. Limited and likely to fly.
 in stock $8.50
16
Cat: FP7 01. Rel: 30 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Porky Pies (4:11)
  2. The Cracker (4:26)
Review: London's The Getup release their seventh release, this time for Saskatoon's' Funky Pops Records. Hammond player Mark Ashfield first met up with established funk musicians Mark Claydon (drums) and Ian Stevens (bass) and that's when the band was born. The past few years have seen them establish themselves in the national funk scene, playing many of the top venues like The Jazz Cafe and The Yardbird in Birmingham. Now they add Lee Blackmore on guitar and horns by Tristan Gaudion and Alex Harris. The Getup's sound remains firmly in the British camp - indeed they seem to have developed their own unique style and have been compared by many to an early James Taylor Quartet.
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 in stock $8.76
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Cat: GZ 004. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Electric Breeze (4:59)
  2. Nyghtryder (5:18)
  3. She Lights Me Up (6:10)
  4. Special Dimensions (8:26)
Review: Following co-labs with DJ Spinna and Ekkah on previous Glydezone outings, Dam Funk takes to his own label controls solo for the first time with this piquant trio of loose limbed future funk tales. "Electric Breeze" sets the scene perfectly with subtly sleazy electroboogie flavours, "Nyghtryder" spaces the beats out a little more for added cosmicity while "She Lights Me Up" is all about the big double clap gusto and life affirming chords. Hot dam!
out of stock $24.40
18
  1. John Edwards - "Walls That Separate Our Love" (3:04)
  2. Loleatta Holloway - "This Man's Arms" (3:42)
 in stock $10.69
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VARIOUS
Cat: CDBGPD 310. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Dave Camon - "Keep On Doin' Your Funky Thing"
  2. Johnny Jacobs - "Ain't It Funky (Doing Your Own Thing)"
  3. Loleatta Holloway - "Only A Fool"
  4. Maggabrain - "Down At The Disco"
  5. Family Plann - "Shuckin' N' Jivin'"
  6. Floyd Smith - "The Bump"
  7. Ripple - "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky"
  8. Archie Russell - "Help Me" (part 1)
  9. Archie Russell - "Help Me" (part 2)
  10. Jimmy Lewis - "When I Build My World"
  11. Deep Velvet - "Complain To The Clouds (But You Can't Change The Weather)"
  12. Family Plann - "Let's Dance"
  13. East LA Car Pool - "Seeds Of Life"
  14. Maggabrain - "Spacewalking"
  15. Ripple - "Instrumental #2"
  16. The Counts - "Funk Pump"
  17. Loleatta Holloway - "The World Don't Owe You Nothin'"
  18. John Edwards - "Time"
  19. CL Blast - "Husband In Law"
  20. Joe Hinton - "Shouldn't I Be Given The Right To Be Wrong"
  21. Bill Brandon - "Claim Jumpin'"
  22. The Ebony Godfather - "Checkmate"
 in stock $10.42
20
  1. Verses - "Cherokee" (3:54)
  2. Monopoly - "Things I Could Be" (2:44)
  3. Cesar's Children - "For What It's Worth" (2:33)
  4. Federico Cervantes - "Betcha Never Knew" (3:20)
  5. Rama Dyushambee - "For All The Good Times" (6:02)
  6. Fusion - "Going Crazy" (3:43)
  7. Lola Falana - "It's A Good Feeling" (3:27)
  8. Robert Cote - "Rare Thing" (feat Orange Lake Drive) (3:37)
  9. Tony St Thomas - "Love Is Forever" (5:26)
  10. Michael Kiser - "Melting The Ice" (3:50)
  11. Alan Burton - "Sunshine You'll Love It" (3:00)
  12. Waves - "Feeling The Sunshine" (4:13)
  13. Daybreak - "Freedom" (4:37)
  14. Ted Ritchie & Friend - "Soda Creek Ferry" (4:01)
  15. Elrige Anselmi - "Laughing In The Sun" (2:49)
  16. Flood - "White Bird" (6:00)
 in stock $16.18
21
Cat: SG 055. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Scarface (6:40)
  2. This Day (5:28)
Review: Four years on from their last outing, Japan's premier neo-Afrobeat band returns to the warm embrace of Soul Garden Records. A-side "Scarface" is arguably one of the band's most addictive and ear-pleasing tracks yet; a rousing Afrobeat workout that sees band members trading solos over a densely percussive, Fela Kuti style workout. In a bid to let us have a bit of a breather, flipside "This Day" is a more languid and laidback affair, with drunken trumpet solos and jammed-out keys relaxing over a shuffling, Afro-Latin groove. As ever, the playing is immaculate and the production authentically fuzzy. Worth a listen.
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 in stock $12.05
22
VARIOUS
Cat: FSRLP 111. Rel: 23 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Mkali Bahari Orchestra - "Black Rite" (4:33)
  2. Sonny Benton & The Typhoons - "Brothers On The slide" (5:27)
  3. Nova Catalina Octet - "Sao Paulo" (5:17)
  4. The Cuba Libre Allstars - "Valdez In The Country" (4:39)
  5. The Sentinels - "Razor Blade" (3:32)
  6. Antipodelica - "Life On Mars" (5:14)
  7. Toshio Asukatei - "Rotation" (5:58)
  8. Coconut '74 - "The Gold Coast" (3:41)
  9. The Glenn Eden Set - "Buckingham Palace" (5:03)
Review: Freestyle continue this delicious collection of deeply dug and fastidiously curated covers, versions and private presses. Highlights include a really sprightly take on "Brothers On The Slide" by a Texan organist Sonny Benton, an epic fully orchestrated college band take on Hathaway's "Valdex In The Country" and a heady Ozric Tentacles-level trippy jazz funk twist on Dexter Wansel's "Life On Mars". You'll know the tracks but we guarantee you've never heard most (or all) of these interpretations. Serious feelings.
 in stock $15.63
23
  1. Never Did I Stop Loving You (3:29)
  2. Never Did I Stop Dubbing You (3:37)
out of stock $14.81
24
  1. Bump All Night (Lord Echo edit) (5:44)
  2. Smile (3:40)
  3. Smile (instrumental) (3:43)
 in stock $20.01
25
Cat: CBLL 017. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Funk
  1. We Ain't Got No $$$ (3:06)
  2. We Ain't Got No $$$ (instrumental) (3:07)
 in stock $23.30
26
  1. Eastern Comfort (6:38)
  2. Eko Ile (5:22)
Review: Fela Kuti fans Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra last came to our attention in 2014 via a fantastic sophomore set on Soul Garden. Here, the Japanese neo-Afrobeat combo returns to the same imprint with the first of two simultaneously released 7" singles. A-side "Eastern Comfort" is a typically jaunty and undulating affair, with bold, Fela-esque tenor sax motifs and delay-laden spoken work vocals dancing around Nigeria '70 guitars and loose, Tony Allen style drums. Flipside "Eko Ile" is an altogether more forthright and up-tempo affair whose rasping horns and JuJu guitars are slightly overshadowed by some elongated organ action.
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 in stock $14.81
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Cat: R2LP 29. Rel: 02 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Where You At? (feat Melo B Jones) (3:43)
  2. Hours Go By (feat Sio) (3:11)
  3. Situations (feat BK) (3:46)
  4. Fourth Tune (feat White Nite) (3:07)
  5. Break Up (feat John Robinson & Sio) (3:36)
  6. Turn It Up (Intermission) (1:43)
  7. To The Rhythm (feat Kev Brown & Melo B Jones) (3:03)
  8. Speechless (feat Sio) (3:43)
  9. Waste No Time (feat Daev Martian & Dee C Rell) (3:40)
  10. Interruption (1:37)
  11. Vibrations (feat Daev Martian & Sharka) (3:05)
  12. Kid Fonque & D Malice - "Word Up" (feat Mark De Clive - RKLS version) (4:58)
out of stock $17.27
28
Cat: BURYMEANINK 1. Rel: 30 Apr 18
Funk
  1. Labels (3:02)
  2. Lonely Hearts Club (1:45)
  3. Do You Wanna Go (1:48)
  4. Devils Red Dress (6:01)
  5. Locked Up (2:28)
  6. We All (2:01)
  7. I See You (3:03)
  8. Libations (2:09)
  9. Grind (1:38)
  10. Where Does Time Go? (2:03)
 in stock $23.02
29
  1. Verses - "Cherokee"
  2. Monopoly - "Things I Could Be"
  3. Cesar's Children - "For What It's Worth"
  4. Tony St Thomas - "Love Is Forever"
  5. Federico Cervantes - "Betcha Never Knew"
  6. Rama Dyushambee - "For All The Good Times"
  7. Fusion - "Going Crazy"
  8. Lola Falana - "It's A Good Feeling"
  9. Robert Cote - "Rare Thing" (feat Orange Lake Drive)
  10. Michael Kiser - "Melting The Ice"
  11. Alan Burton - "Sunshine You'll Love It"
  12. Waves - "Feelin' The Sunshine"
  13. Daybreak - "Freedom"
  14. Ted Ritchie & Friends - "Soda Creek Ferry"
  15. Elrige Anselmi - "Laughing In The Sun"
  16. Flood - "White Bird"
out of stock $9.37
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