Review: Admas' debut album, Sons of Ethopia, is probably best known for "Kalatashew Waga", a polyrhythm-fuelled chunk of melodious synthesizer funk that was memorably remixed by Andras Fox back in 2015. Here, the in-demand album gets an official reissue for the first time since it first appeared on the obscure African Heritage Records label way back in 1984. The band's unique blend of styles and instruments - think synthesizer-heavy instrumental boogie, electronic Afro-beat, dewy-eyed AOR soul and cheery highlife - remains as alluring and surprising as ever. Given that original copies are almost impossible to find, this is a much-needed reissue.
Review: DJ Soopasoul's last mash-up was an inspired affair that saw him perfectly fuse tracks by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB and the Beastie Boys. Here he takes a similar approach, placing the rap vocals from Redman and Method Man's 1995 classic "How High" atop a suitably funky, lolloping beat crafted from Clavinet-heavy sections from Stevie Wonder's party-starting floor-heater "Superstitious". It works remarkably well on the A-side vocal mix, and those who'd not heard either track would be convinced that there was no mash-up antics going on. Over on side B you'll find an instrumental mix that showcases Soopasoul's editing skills; minus the Redman/Method Man vocals, is a fine re-edit of the Stevie Wonder jam.
Standing In Line (Disc 4 - Mr. K 7" edit Of Larry Levan mix)
Slap Slap Lickedy Lap (Mr. K 7" edit Of Larry Levan mix)
I May Not Be There (Disc 5)
Changes (Mr. K 7" edit Of Larry Levan mix)
Review: Mr. K and Most Excellent Unlimited are back with another must have motherlode of ten essential cuts on 7-inch, assembling a serious cross-section of diverse jams that were particularly popular at The Garage, majority of which appearing on 7-inch for the very first time in any form, let alone in these unique quintessential edits. Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael production, female diva classic "Let's Get Together" backed with a previously unreleased NYC Peech Boys demo version of "Somebody Else's Guy." Tough South Bronx funk "Standing In Line". Synth epic, Krivit's classic edit of "Evolution". Disco Funk edit of Larry Levan's "Slap, Slap, Lickedy Lap". With much more in this diverse and remarkably sought after tracklist, surprises, like "Catch The Rhythm" (the only Boris Midney production regularly played at The Garage), along with Mr. K's previously Japan-only edit of Loleatta Holloway tour de force "I May Not Be There When You Want Me". Five singles impressively mastered with maximum fidelity and playability for an exclusive Record Store Day, including a bonus pair of newly designed, Mr. K seven-inch slipmats.
Review: Mukatsuku presents the second volume of killer Ghanaian highlife/afrofunk monsters this time focusing on two artists legendary in the genre. First up first time on a 45 from 1980 is '' What Is Life '' from the Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu album ''Conflict Nkru! ''. Amazing brass,flute and afrocentric rhythms lay the path for the track once heard never forgotten. On the flip first time ever on a 45 Pat Thomas who features on volume 1 of the series comes correct with possibly the best version (and there are a few ) of ''Gyae Su'' . With its jangly african guitar licks and infectious chorus lines the feel good factor is set to maximum. Another dope afro burner on Mukatsuku and sure to sell out fast. 500 hand numbered copies and no repress
Review: By the time he recorded "Brazilian Dorian Dream" in 1976, Brazilian composer, musician, producer and bandleader Manfedo Fest had already worked on countless bossa-nova, samba and jazz albums, both in the United States and his native Brazil. Yet the album, which Far Out has now reissued, is like nothing else he recorded before or after - and not just because it was based on "the principle of the modal diatonic scales of the Dorian mode". Musically, it's deliciously vibrant and colourful, combining elements of his native Brazilian samba and bossa-nova with Azymuth style jazz-funk, American jazz-fusion, and futuristic, then cutting edge synthesizer sounds. Above all, though, the album strikes a near perfect balance between funkiness and the sweet sunniness that defines some of the greatest Brazilian music.
Review: Five years on from the release of the first seven-inch, Mako and Mr Bristow's Soul Edits" series reaches volume six. On the A-side's "Stealin Alright" they get to work on a riotous slab of funk-rock heaviness from the golden age of the sound - albeit one whose sweaty drum breaks, weighty bass and gravelly guitars also come accompanied by steel pan melodies. It's an odd combination but one that works really well. Over on side B, "Stealin' Nolan" is a tidy edit of another rhythm and blues style dancefloor workout, this time rich in stomping drums, memorable guitar riffs and stomping, Northern Soul style drums.
Review: Dynamite Cuts' latest extra-special double "45" mines ones of the earliest albums from soul and funk legends Earth, Wind & Fire, a 1971 set that was notably more psychedelic in sound than many of their more celebrated later releases. Opener "C'mon Children" is fiery, weighty and driving in the style of San Francisco funk-rock heavyweights "Tower of Power", while "Bad Tune" more than lives up to its title in a "bad meaning good" way (it also includes some crazy solos, which is no bad thing). Over on disc two, "Help Somebody" is an insanely up-tempo, horn-heavy Boogaloo style romp, while "Momet of Truth" is a low-down funk number straight out of the top drawer.
Review: Taken from a trio of 45s from the Vong45 record label, here the West Loop collective remake some of their favourite soul, jazz and funk tracks. This release in the series has West Loop remaking the original foundation to the A Tribe Called Quest masterpiece 'Electric Relaxation' - 'Mystic Brew' as recorded by Blue Note keyboard player Ronnie Foster in 1972. Featuring all live instrumentation including some fierce Hammond organ vamps, a deep rich bassline and a vibrant electric piano solo, West Loop revitalise the jazziness of the original on 'Part 1' but move into a funkier direction with 'Part 2' on the flip. Perfect 45 territory for the funk and hip hop DJs.
Review: One of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists Jorun Bombay returns to local Halifax label Black Buffalo, an imprint that launched in 2005 with a 30-copy-only release of his. Following his recent edit series comes this fantastic cover of Roy Ayers in the form of "Revisiting The Sunshine". Authentic to its soulful core, the release is perfectly timed as we're all beginning to miss the summer moving into the colder months. It's backed by an equally sunny shakedown as Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" gets a precision Bombay treatment. Sensational.
Review: It must be a long awaited reissue fot many of Rare Groove fans. Billy Wooten And Special Friends Featuring Steve Weakley (FUNK INC.) was issued in 1979. P-Vine reissued it as CD & LP in 2007 and the edition is highly recommended by collectors. Needless to say, the original LP is more expensive. Now we present it as limited pressing vinyl with OBI.
Review: Super Spicy Records it's the first Mexican label in the Disco bizz to put out release on vinyl! Label boss, Monsieur Van Pratt, opens the ball with "Forever Funk". Percussions and funky rhodes lead the way into this funky romper. Sexy sax stabs and some lean horn
section trimmings.Igor Gonya and Crack D, two veritable Russian masters of Funk combine super powers and merge seamlessly to maximize the potential Funk output with "Two-Piece Orchestra".The Funk District follows with a boogie belter called "Watcha Gonna Do", that will cast you under its spell in a jiffy. Fast paced and rhythmically pound for pound, it grabs you in a gentle leading grip! Paul Older sports his flirting abilities with "Love". With caressing late- seventies vocals he takes the last dance. Equal measures of Love and Disco/Funk serves as main ingredients in this amorous conclusion to Super Spicy's first vinyl venture
Review: Funk, soul and jazz-funk reissue specialists Dynamite Cuts are particularly good at offering up seven-inch singles featuring album tracks that have never previously appeared on "45". They're at it again here, delivering a killer seven-inch featuring the much-sampled two-part track that bookends K.C & The Sunshine Band's self-titled, 1975 sophomore LP. "Let It Go (Part 1)" is a low-down Miami funk treat featuring a hot-to-trot-mix of bustling drums, heavy percussion breaks, rousing vocals, fiery (and familiar) horn riffs and impassioned lead vocals. The slightly shorter "part two" mix is an even heavier, vocal-free take that deftly showcases the quality of the band's hip-shaking, rabble-rousing instrumentation.
Review: The original 12 "was released in 1998. Side-A is a beautiful and deep beat track sampled from Luiz Eca's masterpiece of Latin piano" Consolacao ". Side-B includes "Flutemental", which has become a hot track overseas due to being included in a compilation selected by DJ CAM, and a track sampled by The Afro Blues Quintet "Spartacus" and Eddie Pazant of Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers.
Review: This is the great debut album of "Placebo",released in 1971. They were a Jazz/ Progressive Rock band out of Belgium led by keyboardist Marc Moulin. It includes a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" and "Humpty Dumpty" is sampled by Detroit underground hip hop artist J dilla.
Undoubtedly one of the best of Belgian jazz-funk records ever, and now the rare original LP is traded at a high price among vinyl collectors.
Review: This is the solo debut album from legendary Belgian Jazz Keyboardist Marc Moulin, Originally issued in 1975 after Placebo disbanded. Having played the track B1 "TOHU BOHU" by Gilles Peterson (Acid Jazz Records), vinyl collectors and DJs were looking for this record fanatically. The members of Placebo were taken part in this album as support musicians.