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Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues June 2019
1 Jul 2019
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1
Ashadwa (1 per customer)
Cat: MSH 104. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. Ashadwa (part 1) (4:25)
  2. Ashadwa (part 2) (3:58)
Review: Mushi 45 is keeping tight lipped about the story behind their latest release - so much so, in fact, that we can't ascertain whether it's a reissue or a new production. Given the label's history, we're thinking the former, though it's hard to find any reference to the record, the artist or the producer. Either way, the release is fire - a killer chunk of Afro-funk blessed with heavyweight drum breaks, punchy sax solos, celebratory African vocals and super-funky bass. In classic funk style "Ashadwa" is split into two parts; the first boasts chant-along vocals, extended drum breaks and a genuine "party in the studio" vibe, while the second is more instrumental and stripped back with greater use of snaking saxophone solos. In a word: essential.
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out of stock $10.39
2
Hihache (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 011. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - "Hihache" (extended Breaks Special edition version) (4:23)
  2. Gaz - "Sing Sing" (extended Breaks Special edition version) (4:27)
Review: More sneaky 45 action from the Breaks & Beats crew, a shadowy organization whose tried-and-tested re-edits offer DJ-friendly extensions of popular break-digging favourites (many of which were sampled on classic hip-hop cuts). Their latest seven-inch excursion begins with a tidy revision of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band's brilliant "Hihache", a low-slung favourite rich in lolloping, head nodding drum breaks, jazzy bass, flanged funk guitars and fuzzy horn motifs. The new version is deferential towards its source material, extending breaks here and there whilst leaving much of the tune in tact. One of the most doubled-up drum breaks in hip-hop history takes pride of place on side B, where Gaz's Salsoul released wiggler "Sing Sing" gets the re-edit treatment.
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 in stock $10.66
3
Cat: MUKAT 065. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Get Lucky
  2. Louie Louie
Review: Although well known on the funk circuit for their incendiary live performances, the Soul Grenades have yet to translate their hard-hitting, horn-heavy sound to wax. It's for this reason that "A Blast Of Funk!", their debut single, has caused such a commotion. It boasts fresh recordings of two of the most popular cover versions in their armoury. The pick of the pair is undoubtedly their riotous rendition of "Get Lucky", which is re-imagined as a tasty funk-soul work out smothered in headline-grabbing, New Orleans style brass. That said, their version of "Louie Louie" is rather good, too, especially the addition of Meters style Hammond organ licks. As played by Craig Charles on BBC 6,The Allergies, Snowboy, Smoov,Boca 45 , Voodoo Cuts, Aldo Vanucci, Daytoner,Dom Servini, Jack & Wayne Hemingway. Don't sleep!
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 in stock $6.23
4
Cat: MSR 012. Rel: 20 May 19
Funk
  1. Let Me Do My Thing (3:24)
  2. Let Me Do My Thing (Voodoocuts edit) (4:20)
Review: According to the South American music specialists at Matasuna Records, Ralph Weeks' 1971 single "Let Me Do My Thing" - recorded alongside backing Los Dinamicos Exciters - is arguably the most sought-after Panamanian soul record around. As this reissue proves, Weeks' original version is rubbery, heavy and rousing, with the singer's rasping lead vocal soaring above a weighty backing track that sounds like a breezier take on the New York boogaloo sound. On the flip, Voodoocuts tools it up for modern dancefloors, underpinning his club-ready edit with punchy new drums that give the cut more of a breakbeat style swing.
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out of stock $9.88
5
Cat: DNAEDITS 001. Rel: 20 May 19
Funk
  1. Jungle Boogie (DNA edit) (3:57)
  2. Got Your Money (DNA edit) (3:44)
 in stock $11.43
6
Cat: WAXNERDS 010. Rel: 20 May 19
Funk
  1. Brazuca B Boy (4:11)
  2. Sep 19th (3:27)
 in stock $13.52
7
Cat: DYNAM 7042. Rel: 20 May 19
Funk
  1. Straussmania (4:51)
  2. Baiao (4:04)
 in stock $10.39
8
Cat: NEP 001. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Funk
  1. Stages (5:57)
  2. Stages (Prins Thomas edit) (8:32)
Review: New Norwegian label Neppa launches with something rather special: a timely reissue of the headline cut from South African jazz musician Don Laka's 1986 EP "Stages Of Love". The track is reminiscent of some of countryman Hugh Masekela's work from the same period, with Laka conjuring up a breezy, dancefloor-ready synth-pop/electrofunk workout rich in thrilling electric piano solos, heady vocals and funk-fuelled synth-bass. Scandolearic overlord Prins Thomas gets busy on the flip, serving up a superb re-edit that stretches out the original's groovy instrumental parts before introducing the vocals. As usual with the Full Pupp boss, the edit tends towards the epic (it clocks in around nine minutes); however, given the quality of Laka's original an extension was well overdue.
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 in stock $12.47
9
Cat: DJM 7002. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Incredible Bongo Band - "Apache" (Babu Flip) (3:12)
  2. Lyn Collins - "Think" (Babu Flip) (2:53)
 in stock $14.31
10
Cat: APRON 36. Rel: 13 May 19
Funk
  1. Piercing (2:10)
  2. Gidi (4:48)
  3. Modal (5:09)
  4. Believe In Something (6:53)
  5. Corner Club (3:41)
  6. Fingers (1:49)
Review: Brazilian duo My Girlfriend managed to get more than a few people hot under the collar with their eponymous 2018 debut EP, which delivered a dizzying array of wild, analogue-fired dancefloor workouts with an unashamedly retro-futurist feel. This follow-up is similarly impressive, even if it does draw far more influence from '80s synth-funk and lo-fi electronic jazz-funk. Highlights are plentiful, from the warm and spacey ambient sparkle of "Piercing" and the dusty '80s electrofunk of "Modal", to the freestyle synthesizer solos of "Gidi" and the restless, sample-heavy heat of closing set "Fingers". In other words, it's another fine collection of high-grade lo-fi jams.
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out of stock $11.43
11
Cat: MAR 011. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Just Another Love Song (6:01)
  2. Somebody's Love (6:44)
  3. Byrd's House (6:11)
  4. Friendship Cover Charge (5:38)
Review: The colourful obi strip astride the cover of this audiophile reissue boasts that Imani's "Out of The Blue" album is "the ultimate private press jazz holy grail". While that claim is debatable, copies of the Gilles Peterson championed 1983 edition, which the San Francisco based band pressed up themselves, have been known to change hands for four-figure sums. Musically, the four tracks are breezy, sunny and summery. Opener "Just Another Love Song" sets the tone, with soulful group vocals and jazz solos rising above a warm groove, while "Somebody's Love" is a slow jam smothered in spacey synthesizers. "Byrd's House" is a jazz-funk dancefloor number - this time blessed with extended, eyes-closed guitar and piano solos - while "Friendship Cover Charge" is a stomping peak-time workout that should send dancers spinning.
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 in stock $29.65
12
Cat: SJEP 1014. Rel: 20 May 19
Funk
  1. Barnyard Soul (3:00)
  2. Watermelon Man (2:48)
  3. Do Whatcha' Know (2:15)
 in stock $10.39
13
Raggedy Bag (1 per customer)
Cat: TR 261. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. Raggedy Bag (feat Ritchie Shade) (2:50)
  2. Love Is Just Like A Baseball Game (2:30)
Review: Tramp Records' latest vital reissue delves into the back catalogue of the Reggie Saddler Revue, a largely little known funk combo that released a handful of 45s at the start of the 1970s. This double A-side brings together two killer cuts that originally appeared on different 7" singles, both of which are now near impossible to find. A-side "Raggedy Bag" is raw, weighty and impassioned - a scorching slab of deep funk that more than lives up to its high reputation amongst collectors. Over on the flip you'll find "Love Is Just Like A Baseball Game", a sweeter and more loved-up affair blessed with superb vocal harmonies that's nevertheless impressively fuzzy.
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 in stock $8.84
14
BGP
Cat: BGPS 061. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. David Camon - "Keep On Doing Your Funky Thing" (2:26)
  2. Johnny Jacobs - "Ain't It Funky (Doing Your Own Thing)" (3:12)
 in stock $7.54
15
Cat: PASTDUE 014. Rel: 13 May 19
Funk
  1. Tell Me (4:06)
  2. Dancin & Singin (3:58)
out of stock $13.01
16
Cat: BEWITH 060LP. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Action Scene" (0:38)
  2. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Brisk Scene" (1:06)
  3. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Passing Scene" (0:23)
  4. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Passing Scene" (0:21)
  5. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Feminine Scene" (1:01)
  6. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Busy Scene" (1:08)
  7. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Tense Scene" (0:59)
  8. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Suspense Scene" (1:50)
  9. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Expectant Scene" (0:42)
  10. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "The Waiting Scene" (0:59)
  11. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 1" (0:08)
  12. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 2" (0:11)
  13. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 3" (0:10)
  14. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 4" (0:04)
  15. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 5" (0:05)
  16. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 6" (0:09)
  17. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 7" (0:07)
  18. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 8" (0:05)
  19. Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield - "Scene Link 9" (0:08)
  20. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Fanfare" (1:31)
  21. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Chase" (1:10)
  22. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Flight" (1:35)
  23. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Link" (0:11)
  24. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Link 2" (0:10)
  25. Keith Mansfield - "Funky Link 3" (2:44)
  26. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Chase" (2:27)
  27. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Suspense" (2:23)
  28. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Narrative" (1:19)
  29. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Seadiver" (2:46)
  30. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Link 1" (0:09)
  31. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Link 2" (0:10)
  32. Keith Mansfield - "Teenage Link 3" (0:10)
 in stock $23.15
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  1. Next Stop LA (3:06)
  2. Miraculous Dream (3:02)
  3. Collect (2:26)
  4. Tryst (3:16)
  5. Sunny Monday (2:22)
  6. Oh! Militia (2:04)
  7. The Vamp (2:05)
  8. Night Of The Garter (2:16)
  9. Choctaw (2:24)
  10. Melody & Lace (3:39)
  11. Black Pearl (2:31)
  12. Blue Shadow (3:15)
  13. Monochrome (4:19)
  14. No Return (2:58)
 in stock $26.79
18
Cat: BT 1038. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. Makin' Clouds (5:14)
  2. Situations (3:27)
Review: When it comes to contemporary takes on '80s synth-soul and drum machine heavy boogie-funk, few labels are quite as consistent as Omega Supreme. The U.S imprint's latest missive is another synthesizer-driven revivalist masterpiece. It comes from Westbrook, a new alias of Venturi man Olivier Azemar. A-side "Makin' Clouds" is slow, spacey and atmospheric, with Azemar wrapping cute synth motifs and dreamy electronic chords around rich boogie bass and ricocheting, delay-laden drums. If anything, flipside "Situations" is even better. It cleverly alternates between spacey sections rich in high register lead lines and rubbery grooves that recall the greats of turn-of-the-80s P-funk.
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 in stock $13.01
19
  1. Na Cara Desse Cara (2:46)
  2. Coluna Do Meio (2:55)
  3. Na Passarela (3:12)
  4. Nanar Contigo (2:56)
  5. My Brother Zeca (4:24)
  6. Ta Legal (2:41)
  7. Nega Louca (2:45)
  8. Santa Inquisicao (3:24)
  9. Ave Anne (3:00)
  10. Tributo A Martin Luther King/Black Is Beautiful/What's Going On (2:53)
out of stock $23.92
20
Cat: EXLPM 64. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. Chicago (7:18)
  2. Lots Of Love (7:56)
  3. Keep On Movin' (6:41)
  4. Silver Vibrations (5:37)
  5. Smiling With Our Eyes (4:47)
  6. DC City (5:42)
  7. Good Good Music (5:56)
 in stock $15.60
21
Cat: ABC 0111. Rel: 13 May 19
Funk
  1. Nervous (4:17)
  2. Digital Devils (4:03)
 in stock $16.64
22
Cat: FLIES 4510. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Afrotheme (3:16)
  2. Percussion Blues (2:38)
 in stock $14.83
23
  1. Niente (5:54)
  2. Bambu (2:01)
  3. Bambu #2 (3:07)
  4. Renitenza (2:28)
  5. Padrone Delle Ferriere (3:01)
  6. Toms (1:25)
  7. Sieben #2 (2:04)
  8. Mattatoio (3:35)
  9. Hei! (1:40)
  10. Antimilitarismo (2:02)
  11. Con Moto (2:06)
  12. Down (1:40)
  13. Sieben (2:03)
  14. Natale E Detroit (1:28)
  15. Cronometro (2:51)
  16. Bali (2:43)
 in stock $22.37
24
Cat: BT 1040. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Are U Ready (3:30)
  2. Love On A Sailboat (4:06)
 in stock $12.75
25
Cat: MOFUNK 023. Rel: 06 May 19
Funk
  1. Percu (feat Moniquea - XL Middleton remix) (4:29)
  2. Percu (original version 7" edit) (4:13)
 in stock $13.01
26
Cat: FLIES 4509. Rel: 27 May 19
Funk
  1. Daniela Casa - "Baterasso" (2:01)
  2. Remigio Ducros - "Canottaggio" (2:12)
 in stock $14.83
27
Cat: ABC 011-2. Rel: 13 May 19
Funk
  1. Gamin' (4:16)
  2. Enjoyable Sunburn (4:24)
 in stock $16.64
28
Cat: KCR 103C1. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Funk
  1. These Are The Days (3:38)
  2. Changes (part 1) (4:39)
 in stock $8.31
29
Cat: DUR 005. Rel: 06 May 19
Funk
  1. Zodiac (3:10)
  2. Monster (2:49)
 in stock $12.22
30
Cat: SDBANLP 06. Rel: 13 May 19
Funk
  1. Take Me Back (7:41)
  2. She's Like The Time (4:02)
  3. My Story With Mrs Life (3:45)
  4. Country Scenes (5:09)
  5. Love Letters (3:50)
  6. Al Harka (4:22)
  7. Remember (2:55)
 in stock $22.11
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