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Juno Recommends Funk / Reissues November 2020

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues November 2020
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Cat: DYNAM 7085/86. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. The Boss (3:12)
  2. Blind Man Can See It (2:37)
  3. Make It Good To Yourself (3:15)
  4. White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine) (2:38)
Review: Dynamite Cuts latest double seven-inch presentation takes us back to 1973, and James Brown's often-overlooked soundtrack to Blaxploitation crime movie "Black Ceasar", a set previously described by one critic as "a full-frontal funk attack". What we get is four of the soundtrack's strongest cuts: electric piano solo-laden funk shuffler "Blind Man Can See", one of Brown's most celebrated and best-loved songs, "The Boss" (sample lyric: "look at me, what do you see? A bad mother!"), the softly sweet, strings-and-solo laden breeziness of "White Lightning", and the crunchy heavy funk strut of "Make It Good To Yourself". As the old saying goes: all killer, no filler.
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 in stock $19.29
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I Love You (reissue) (1 per customer)
Cat: BK 029RE. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Funk
  1. I Love You (4:33)
  2. I Love You (instrumental) (5:08)
Review: Since it first hit stores in 2004, the Bees' limited-edition single "I Love You" - a heart-aching, expertly realised blue-eyed tribute to the sugary, downtempo end of the late 1950s/early 1960s soul spectrum - has become an in-demand item. Here it is finally given the reissue treatment, with the lauded Isle of Wight-based band's superb vocal version - all impassioned, teary-eyed lead vocals and harmonious, doo-wop style backing vox - once again coming backed by an instrumental mix in which their glistening guitars and authentically fuzzy horns are naturally more prominent in the mix. It's one of the single most impactful and beautiful songs in their catalogue, so you definitely need this in your life.
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out of stock $13.34
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Home Is Where The Edit Is (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 222. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Funk
  1. Home Is Where The Edit Is (4:03)
  2. Home Is Where The Dub Is (4:03)
Review: It is undervalued soul singer Esther Phillips's cover version of Gil Scott's Heron's cult classic 'Home Is Where The Hatred Is' that provides the source material for this latest edit from DJ Soopasoul. ON the a-side is a version pretty faithful to the original, only with more bulky drums, drawn out grovers and some extra drum fills for that more suitable dance floor feel. The strings will also soar on the right system. A dub pairs it back slightly to a raw funk groove with plenty of hard blue eyed soul also colouring the mix.
out of stock $11.35
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Cat: FL 009. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Love Dream (4:21)
  2. High Voltage (3:35)
Review: Jimmy 'James' Shaw and his wife Maureen were collectively known as Unity, and were backed by eight piece NYC funk band Downbeats. It is these people being this 1968 slice of smooth R&B and bubbly funk that is now reissued by Fantasy Love. It's the sort of superbly tender and heart aching slow motion soul that will sound good until forever. 'High Voltage' is a more upbeat funk cut powered by deriving rhythms and big horns. Unity & The Downbeats would continue to tour the East Coast until the end of the 70s when they disbanded and left a fine legacy of great singles.
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out of stock $17.60
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Cat: FUR 7377COLOURRE. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Summer Madness (part 1) (2:58)
  2. Summer Madness (part 2) (2:37)
Review: Second time around for the Soul Surfers' superb cover of jazz-funk classic 'Summer Madness', which first hit stores in September 2019. This time round, it comes pressed on gold-coloured vinyl, though you'll have to act fast to secure a copy. It's worth doing just that though, because it sees the Californian act re-imagining one of the smoothest and most seductive cuts in the Kool & The Gang canon as a languid chunk of laidback instrumental soul complete with crunchy drums, elongated lead guitar solos and some suitably spacey analogue synth sounds. The luscious and lazy A-side version is backed by a 'Part Two' take that's a little more stripped-back, raw and heavy.
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out of stock $12.78
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Cat: BTOWN 4501. Rel: 12 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Changing Man (3:20)
  2. I'm Just Your Clown (4:10)
Review: Brewerytown Beats have got a real gem on their hands here, and one that lovers of rare and high quality funk will be falling over themselves for. Power of Attorney was a rehabilitative project of Theodore "Ted" Wing, activities director at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution, who opened a studio in the prison for inmates to get creative. They originally released this one for Nicetown in 1973 - only 500 were pressed and sold direct from prison - and even Discogs hasn't got any recent sales records for it. The high speed jailbird funk of 'Changing Man' is a tale of redemption and is backed with the achingly soulful 'I'm Just Your Clown'.
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 in stock $9.65
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Blue Monday (1 per customer)
Cat: PARK 1031. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Blue Monday (3:00)
  2. Bridge Over Troubled Water (2:46)
Review: Sometimes known as Park Rangers, Japanese outfit Inokashira Rangers are the world's leading purveyors of unlikely, Hammond-heavy reggae cover versions. Since first emerging five years ago, they've served up countless surprise reggae takes on tracks from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Underworld. Here they continue on a similar theme by re-imagining New Order's throbbing, surging dancefloor anthem 'Blue Monday' as a cheeky chunk of turn-of-the-'70s rocksteady goodness. As usual, the band's organist is in fine form, playing mazy solos that track the vocal melody found on Bernard Sumner and company's 1983 original. Over on the flip they serve up something slower and breezier: a languid rocksteady interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', this time utilizing plenty of Wurlitzer organ sounds. Ace!
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out of stock $21.85
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  1. Prince Alfonso & The Fever - "30-60-90" (2:18)
  2. Nestor Alvarez - "30-60-90" (3:30)
  3. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels - "30-60-90" (feat Dennis Alcapone) (3:01)
  4. Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts - "30-60-90" (2:42)
Review: This super limited 7" features four original Gravity label artists and serving up their own respective versions of one original. Prince Alfonso & The Fever kick off with fat-bottomed swagger and earthy dub funk grooves, and Nestor Alvarez flip the script with more Latin percussion and bossa-style grooves. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels take you to a hot summer's day with their reggae soundtrack, and last of all Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts lead with a big sax line and hip swinging tambourines that all come underpinned by big bass. Varied and vital, it's a small bit of wax but it packs a big punch.
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out of stock $15.89
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Cat: 101. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Human Race (3:08)
  2. Grey Boy (3:04)
Review: Little is known about Human Race and their mysterious, self-titled debut single, other than they were the house band at the Continental Club in Miami, Florida, during the late 1960s. Their sole single, which slipped out on a tiny label at the turn of the 70s, has long been sought after by collectors. Having first been reissued in 2002, it has now been given a fresh pressing. It's well worth picking up, not least for the languid and laidback title track, where scat-style vocals and glistening guitars ride a groove rich in deep, weighty bass guitar, shuffling drum-breaks and ear-catching hand percussion. As it did on previous releases, the track comes backed by an even slower, more laidback instrumental number, the sweltering, sax-laden soul sweetness of 'Grey Boy'.
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 in stock $11.35
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  1. Jorge Ben - "Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae (A Lingua Dos Anjos)" (4:09)
  2. Cauby Peixoto & Jorge Ben - "Dona Culpa" (3:25)
Review: Mr Bongo's excellent Brazil.45 series digs deeper into the legacy of Jorge Ben, one of Brazil's most famous musical exports and an enduring samba king. Opening up is 'Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae (A Lingua Dos Anjos)' which was originally on his 1980 album Alo Alo, Como Vai? It's a modern sound, with disco inflections and big wind sections, but also some trademark Ben playfulness in the lyrics which speak of flying saucers and angels. O the flip, things slow down and get more steamy and sensuous on 'Dona Culpa' from his Cauby! Cauby!' album of the same year. Two sides, two styles, one irrepressible artist.
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out of stock $10.21
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Cat: CLMN 189C1. Rel: 26 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Rome (3:49)
  2. Falling In Love Again (3:50)
out of stock $7.94
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  1. A Chance For Hope (5:44)
  2. A Chance For Hope (Prelude) (1:14)
Review: The Live Band, a disco-soul/jazz-funk outfit helmed by bassist and vocalist Kenny Chavis, released a swathe of singles and a sole album on The Sound of Brooklyn in the early 1980s. Perhaps their most potent track was 'A Chance For Hope', an emotive, two-part plea for change that opened their 1982 debut album. On this first ever seven-inch pressing the order of the tracks has been reversed, with the swelling, scene-setting orchestration and atmospheric field recordings of the shorter 'Prelude' version appearing on the flip. That leaves the main vocal version, a superbly soulful chunk of boogie-era dancefloor soul rich in addictive grooves, sweeping strings and eyes-closed vocals courtesy of Chavis, rightfully nestling on side A.
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 in stock $11.35
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Cat: BJLP 30. Rel: 26 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Believe (feat Anda) (3:37)
  2. Five Days (feat DJ Epik) (3:29)
  3. Lost & Found (feat Sally Green) (3:39)
  4. Evergreen (feat Tony Ozier) (3:12)
  5. Take A Ride (feat JP Patterson) (2:38)
  6. Eight Nine (feat Sally Green) (3:16)
  7. Sure Shot (feat DJ Epik) (3:05)
  8. How Ya Gonna Do It (feat Kate Moe Dee) (3:36)
  9. Cruise Control (feat Nice Rec) (3:16)
  10. Turn It Out (feat Brothermartino) (4:49)
out of stock $21.57
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  1. Haruomi Hosono - "The Last Paradise" (4:00)
  2. Shigeru Suzuki - "Coral Reef" (3:40)
  3. Tatsuro Yamashita - "Nostalgia Of Island" (9:25)
  4. Haruomi Hosono - "Slack Key Rumba" (2:52)
  5. Shigeru Suzuki - "Passion Flower" (3:26)
  6. Shigeru Suzuki - "Noa Noa" (4:03)
  7. Tatsuro Yamashita - "Kiska" (5:19)
  8. Haruomi Hosono - "Cosmic Surfing" (5:03)
Review: The beautiful South Pacific sea is the overriding theme for this cult, hard to find album from Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki and Tatsuro Yamashita. It is a perfect fusion of early electronics and exotic sounds that transport you to the ocean in question in an instant. Standout cut 'Cosmic Surfing', was later included on the debut album from YMO, Yellow Magic Orchestra, appears for the first time on this album. This is a long awaited reissue from Light in the Attic and as ever with this are, it has been mastered beautifully, presented perfectly on a fitting clear blue vinyl and even includes a poster.
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out of stock $64.71
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Cat: DE 004TWM7INCH05. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Funk
  1. Protect Me From Myself (2:44)
  2. I'll Always Love You (3:01)
Review: Standby for some read hot early 70s North Soul goodness on this vital Quentin Harris reissue. The 7" was first put out as a private press and its two tracks were recorded after Harris released his Statements album. This is the first ever vinyl reissue and is super limited to just 250 copies. 'Protect Me From Myself' rides a deep cut groove with silky bass and has big horn stabs next to some soul stirring vocal work. 'I'll Always Love You' on the flip then strips things further back to a heartbreaking soul sound with twirling stings and warm horns, lush backing vocals a sing along chords that will melt even the blackest of characters.
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out of stock $20.15
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Cat: MRBLP 208. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. College Welcome (2:42)
  2. Deadlines (4:27)
  3. New Ferrari (4:19)
  4. College Welcomes Carl (4:25)
  5. Washing Day (4:37)
  6. Sick Day (3:21)
  7. Daylight Savings (3:13)
  8. Dinner Time (3:29)
  9. Leave It, Don't Take It (4:33)
  10. The Limp (3:36)
out of stock $18.45
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Cat: FNR 142. Rel: 26 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Afro Cookie (Slofat version) (4:26)
  2. Psych Afrofunk (1:56)
Review: Funk Night Records continues to offer up new slabs of fabulously fuzzy funk from The Blassics, a nine-piece outfit from Finland that has been operative for the best part of a decade. Remarkably, this is the band's fifth single this year. On the A-side you'll find the "Slofat Version" of their tribute to the polyrhythmic percussion, raw bass and dancing horns of Afro-funk, which is aptly named 'Afro Cookie'. It's a chunky musical biscuit that looks set to energise dancefloors with its sugary delights every time it's dropped. Despite its title, flipside 'Psych Afro Funk' is not that psychedelic; it is, though a rather fine and pleasingly laidback ramble through the more relaxed end of the Afro-funk spectrum.
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 in stock $15.89
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Cat: MA 005. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Slow Down (4:14)
  2. I Deserve A Little Bit More (4:34)
Review: Miles Away are always on a mission to unearth new old gems. Their tireless work now gives rise to a pair of big hitters from The Grooms, a band who only ever flashed this one single back in the 1970s. It came originally on a little-known label in Norfolk, VA headed up by Noah H. Biggs, called Shiptown, and was during the peak era of Motown, Atlantic and Stax. Thankfully the label boss saw its potential. The super charged 'Slow Down' on the A side is wrought with emotion and on the reverse is a more moody and heartfelt ballad called 'I Deserve A Little Bit More.'
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 in stock $10.50
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Cat: JAL 73. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Funk
  1. Hot & Cold (feat Dionne Charles)
  2. Hustlin'
Review: In recent times, funk breaks maestro DJ Soopasoul has devoted much of his time to creating and releasing reworks and mash-ups as part of his top-selling Soopastole Edits series. Now he's decided the time is right to unveil some new original music via Jalepeno Records, an imprint he's been associated with since the dawn of time (well, 2008). 'Hot & Cold', featuring the strong and sassy lead vocals of Dionne Charles, is a prize chunk of shuffling sixties soul action built around crunchy drum-breaks, insanely heavy bass, clipped guitars, punchy horn lines and some suitably sustained Hammond organ stabs. He doffs a cap to the B-Boys and B-Girls on flipside 'Hustlin', a break-dance friendly instrumental number that sits somewhere between the Incredible Bongo Band and 21st century soul revivalists the Dap-Kings.
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 in stock $8.80
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Cat: FNR 143. Rel: 26 Oct 20
Funk
  1. The Blassics - "Silver Mercury" (3:41)
  2. Broaks - "Her Ability To Transform" (4:21)
Review: For their latest 45 missive, Funk Night Records has decided to offer-up a double-header of fresh instrumental funk from two Scandinavian combos. The A-side features Finnish scene stalwarts The Blassics, whose 'Silver Mercury' offers a fiendishly fuzzy mix of low-slung drum-breaks, clipped guitar riffs and all manner of tipsy horn solos. Fellow Scandi-funk outfit Broaks take over on side B, building on the smoky, seductive sound of their recent self-titled debut album. 'Her Ability to Transform' is a weighty but sparse and stripped-back trip into hip-hop influenced Afro-funk territory that comes laden with drunken horn blasts, Tony Allen style drumming and some nimble, subtle turntablism.
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 in stock $15.89
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Cat: OSV 111RED. Rel: 12 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Blowing Up My Mind! (2:46)
  2. Turn Me On (2:41)
 in stock $15.04
22
Cat: CLMN 199. Rel: 26 Oct 20
Funk
  1. Fo Sho (4:12)
  2. Inner City Blues (3:47)
out of stock $7.38
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Cat: FSRLP 085. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Funk
  1. Journey Through Time (5:08)
  2. Rise With The Blind (4:29)
  3. Flight Of The Ancients (5:38)
  4. Shaolin Theme (4:31)
  5. Kilimanjaro (6:16)
  6. Shira (7:26)
  7. The Quiet Lion (5:56)
  8. The Scarab (5:05)
Review: Aussie Afrobeat and Afro-soul crew Shaolin Afronauts have released some terrific music over the years. While they've released more polished and complex music in recent years, we're still massive fans of their 2011 debut album Flight of the Ancients, which returns to wax in 2020 via a fresh pressing from Freestyle Records. It's a superb set all told, with the Adelaide-based combo strutting their way through both up-tempo and more laid-back fusions of Afro-beat and Afro-funk, each piled high with evocative horn lines, wah-wah guitar motifs, Tony Allen inspired drumming and seriously good solos from the band's talented players. Our current favourites include 'Flight of the Ancients', the irrepressible 'Kilimanjaro' and the spiritual jazz inspired closing cut, 'The Scarab'.
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out of stock $17.02
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  1. Don't Stop The Groove (7:33)
  2. Disco Tease (7:33)
  3. Theme In Search Of A Sportspectacular (6:46)
  4. Down Lowe (6:46)
  5. Djarum (6:46)
out of stock $30.37
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  1. Alien Felines From Beyond The Galaxy (5:54)
  2. Ekows (6:52)
Review: Afro-funk combo Supergombo previously impressed with a pair of sweltering albums, but it's been three years since their last essential audio missive. This return to action is therefore more than welcome. They're in fine form too, with brilliantly named A-side 'Alien Felines From Beyond The Galaxy' offering an excitable and smile-inducing fusion of spacey, far-sighted Moog synthesizer solos and the Lyon-based band's usual horn-fired, Afrobeat-inspired grooves. Flipside 'Flows' draws on Ghanaian Highlife influences as well as Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, with glistening Ebo Taylor style guitars, snaking sax solos and fiery horn motifs rising above another insatiably infectious groove. It's good to have them back!
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 in stock $8.23
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