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Le Box Set
Le Box Set (5x12" box set + tote bag)
Cat: DFP 12345BX. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Odyssey - "Native New Yorker" (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco Blend)
  2. Dan Hartman - "Relight My Fire" (Dimitri From Paris DJ Friendly remix)
  3. Phyllis Hyman - "You Know How To Love Me" (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco Blend)
  4. Keni Burke - "Let Somebody Love You" (Dimitri From Paris DJ Friendly remix)
  5. Ashford & Simpson - "Stay Free" (Dimitri From Paris - The Missing remix - DJ Friendly edition)
  6. Ashford & Simpson - "Stay Free" (Dimitri From Paris - The Missing instrumental)
  7. Ashford & Simpson - "Stay Free" (Dimitri From Paris dubstrumental)
  8. Ashford & Simpson - "Stay Free" (Dimitri From Paris The Symphonic mix)
  9. Jamiroquai - "Cosmic Girl" (Dimitri From Paris remix)
  10. Jamiroquai - "Cosmic Girl" (Dimitri From Paris remix dubwize)
  11. Jamiroquai - "Cosmic Girl" (Dimitri From Paris remix instrumental)
  12. Chaka Khan - "I'm Every Woman" (Dimitri From Paris remix)
  13. Chaka Khan - "Clouds" (Dimitri From Paris remix)
Review: For longer than many of us have been alive, Dimitri From Paris has been one of the disco scene's top re-editors. As a result, this box set of essential rubs from the legendary French producer is a genuine treat. Lavishly packaged and presented in a printed tote bag, the set whips through classic rearrangements of storming peak-time disco cuts from Odyssey, Dan Hartman, Phyllis Hyman and Keni Burke, before delivering dedicated 12s featuring multiple revisions of cuts by Ashford & Simpson, Jamiroquai and Chaka Khan. As you'd expect, there are many must-check tweaks to be found on the latter plates, including a slow-burn instrumental take on Ashford & Simpson's 'Stay Free', a wonderfully spacey 'Dubwize' rework of Jamiroquai's 'Cosmic Girl' and a sing-along-friendly version of Chaka Khan's stunning 'Clouds'.
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coming soon $115.72
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Sunny Juice
Sunny Juice (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FF45 011.
  1. Sunny Juice
  2. Skeelo Wonder
Review: Smoove is back on Friday's Funky 45 with another of his irresistible mash ups. Larger than life, hard hitting and designed for maximum impact on inebriated dance floors, the opener marries Lizzo's vocals from 'Juice' with Boney M's 'Sunny', adds some hefty drums played by label mate Dr Rubberfunk and the results are real, if not subtle. Reverse it for a collision of Skee-lo's perma-anthem, 'I Wish' chopped up with the funky keys and soul of Stevie Wonder's classic of the same name. These are bait tunes, but we all need a bit of that from time to time.
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coming soon $12.72
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Life's A Bitch
  1. Life's A Bitch
  2. (It Ain't) All Good
Review: Cornish funkateer Daytoner rarely fails to deliver the goods, with his semi-regular seven-inch missives being amongst his most potent releases. He's at it again here, delierving two confirmed party-starting workouts that combine live funk and soul style instrumentation topped off with classic hip-hop acapellas. He begins with 'Life's a Bitch', where fast crew rap flows lifted from a much-loved hip-hop cut ride undulating bass guitar, laidback funk breaks and glistening guitars. He flips the script a little on flipside '(It Ain't) No Good', delivering hip-hop tempo beats, deep bass, luscious electric piano motifs and smart use of one of the most celebrated R&B vocals of the 1990s.
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Played by: The Allergies
coming soon $12.15
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Parliament Edits (reissue) (sky blue vinyl 7" limited to 100 units repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: BBR 024SKYBLUE. Rel: 31 Mar 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:54)
Review: Jorun Bombay likes to muck about with all sorts of different beats, but he always does it with real skill and personality. That's made him one Canada's most revered hip hop stars and here he tackles the one and only Parliament. His version of "Knee Deep" with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. "Mothership Bonus Beats" on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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coming soon $18.51
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BONFIDO 003
BONFIDO 003 (hand-stamped 140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: BONFIDO 003.
  1. Hammond Classics - "Sarabi"
  2. Panama Cardoon - "Marisa"
  3. Fixed Angles - "Sisi"
  4. Chico & Bianca - "Echo Flight"
Review: Bonfido Disques is back with the third release of their exotic concept series, embracing the feel-good vibe of the 80's international disco scene whether it comes from the African continent, the Middle East or America, combined with heavy contemporary drums in order to stand out in modern DJ sets. Four reworks for the dancefloor on a limited edition 12" vinyl.
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Played by: The Owl
coming soon TBA
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Can't Stop Dancin'
  1. Can't Stop Dancin'
  2. Can't Stop Dancin' (instrumental)
Review: This production from boogie-era soul specialist Clark Jay has long been a sought-after item amongst collectors, with original copies of the 1981 Peach Tree Records 12" changing hands for significant sums online. Even if you're unfamiliar with it - and outside of record collecting circles, most people are - we'd recommend checking the sound clips of this first ever seven-inch reissue. 'Can't Stop Dancing' is particularly sweet and summery, with Jonnie 'Vibes' Lambert singing about his love of shaking his stuff atop spacey synthesizer lines and a relaxed, laidback disco-boogie groove. That tidy groove can be enjoyed further on the flipside instrumental mix, which makes excellent use of the original's female backing vocals and the aforementioned synthesizer melodies.
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coming soon $14.18
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Blow The Whistle
Cat: BBR 038. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Blow The Whistle 79
  2. Unbelievable (Express Youself mix)
Review: Vancouver-based DJ and producer Nick Bike here recasts lyrics by East Oakland rapper Too Short's 'Blow The Whistle' in his own fine and inimitable style. The original - a hyphy track aimed right at the floor, with bubbling synth bass - came in 2006 and was produced by Lil-Jon and here is returned to its 70s funk roots. Donna Summer's 1979 chart-topping hit 'Bad Girls' gets sampled and dropped int this new version with extra whistles, chanted mantras plenty of sure fire, disco-ready energy. It's a reinvigorated hip hop anthem destined for hardcore spin backs once the clubs reopen.
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coming soon $17.65
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Aspects
Aspects (LP)
Cat: BWOOD 240LP. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Aspects
  2. Rhythm In Your Mind
  3. Dance Desire
  4. We Like It
  5. Steppers Crusade
  6. After The Rain (vinyl edit)
  7. Kinshasa FC
  8. Vision 9 (vinyl edit)
Review: Last year, Gilles Peterson and Incognito main man Jean-Paul Maunick (AKA Bluey) delivered the first single from their Str4ta project, a shameless tribute to the Brit-funk sound of the early 1980s that was popularised by such now iconic acts as Atmosfear and Central Line. Debut album Aspects expands on this template, flitting between up-tempo, jazz-dance friendly floor-fillers (the brilliant, 'Dancing in Outer Space'-inspired title track being one of the best examples), rubbery and soulful future sing-alongs, and the kind of slick, soul-fired, synth-sporting fare that manages to be both deliciously loved-up and pleasingly glassy-eyed. With the experienced Maunick at the controls and providing much of the instrumentation, the album is as musically rich and expansive as you'd expect.
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Scenery (reissue)
Scenery (reissue) (LP + insert with obi-strip) (1 per customer)
Cat: SOLID 1023. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. It Could Happen To You (4:15)
  2. I Want To Talk About You (6:30)
  3. Early Summer (10:42)
  4. Willow Weep For Me (7:42)
  5. Autumn Leaves (6:29)
  6. Scenery (5:27)
Review: The late, great Ryo Fukui became one of the greats of Japanese jazz, and even founded one of J-Jazz's best-loved clubs, the Slowboat in Sapporo. Yet when he first recorded and released his debut album, Scenery, in 1976, he'd only been playing the piano for six years. It's this that makes the album so remarkable, really; despite his relative inexperience, Fukui's performances throughout the album are rarely less than dazzling. His sensitive, emotive and at times virtuoso piano work across the album is simply superb. Regardless of whether he's bashing out an up-tempo jazz number with the assistant of a bassist and drummer, or delivering a spine-tingling solo piece, Fukui remains the star attraction throughout.
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coming soon $52.06
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A Love Affair
Cat: PROT 7089. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. A Love Affair
  2. I Love You So
Review: If you're a fan of the glossy "City Pop" sounds that emerged from Japan in the early 1980s - a particularly gorgeous, neon-lit version of synth-pop that drew on many US soul, jazz-funk and boogie influences - then you need this "45" in your life. Both of the tracks were recorded by Junko Ohashi at different points in the early '80s but are famous for appearing on her now highly sought-after 1984 compilation Magical, which the cover art mimics. A-side 'A Love Affair' is the undoubted pick of the pair: a smooth, multi-coloured concoction that sees Ohashi singing sweetly over a blend of squelchy synth-bass, fretless bass, sparkling synthesizer chords, electrofunk flourishes, Teena Marie style Latin horns and cracking drum machine beats.
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coming soon $27.76
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Red Clay
  1. Red Clay (4:06)
  2. Nautilus (4:13)
Review: As showcased by DJ Koco from Japan on instagram and as the label artwork makes clear, this two-tracker from the previously unheard Alex Santos Orchestra was made in tribute to Creed Taylor's legendary CTI Records imprint, which during the 1970s released some of the finest jazz, jazz-funk and fusion ever made. On side A the studio collective gives their interpretation of Freddie Hubbard's 1970 epic 'Red Clay', with the track's most famous musical elements - jaunty sax riffs and mazy electric piano motifs - rising above a funkier, warmer and tighter interpretation of the track's low-end groove. Turn to the flip for their version of Bob James' favourite 'Nautilus', a harder edge take that combines a faithfully spacey take on the original's electric piano melody with sweatier beats and heavier horns.
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coming soon $19.66
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Outro Tempo II: Electronic & Contemporary Music From Brazil 1984-1996
  1. May East - "Maraka" (4:15)
  2. Dequniha E Zaba - "Preposicoes" (3:03)
  3. Oharaska - "A Fabula" (5:18)
  4. Fausto Fawcett - "Shopping De Voodoos" (2:38)
  5. RH Jackson - "O Gato De Schrodinger" (2:54)
  6. Edson Natale - "Nina Maika" (3:50)
  7. Akira S - "Tokei" (2:16)
  8. Low Key Hackers - "Emotionless" (3:46)
  9. Bruhaha Babelico - "Bruhaha Li"
  10. Chance - "Samba Do Morro" (4:30)
  11. Jorge Degas & Marcelo Salazar - "Ilha Grande" (6:06)
  12. Priscilla Ermel - "Americua" (4:05)
  13. Voluntarios Da Patria - "Marcha" (2:26)
  14. Angel's Breath - "Velvet" (6:18)
  15. Fausto Fawcett - "Imperio Dos Sentidos" (4:04)
  16. Individual Industry - "Eyes"
  17. Chance - "Intro-Amazonia" (6:16)
  18. Tete Esponidola - "Quero Quero" (2:32)
  19. Nelson Angelo - "Harmonia De Agua" (4:50)
  20. Jorge Mello - "A Naturezza Rezza" (3:53)
  21. Julio Pimentel - "Gersal" (4:41)
  22. Tiao Neto - "Carrousel" (3:51)
Review: Some hush-hush, no-nonsense action here from Adam 'Admin' Wickens on a highly limited, info-free white label 12". The Bristol-based producer is in deliciously jazzy deep house mode, crafting two irrepressibly breezy gems out of elements of classic jazz cuts and his own innate musicality. A-side 'Step Into The Light' is particularly good, with Wickens layering a dusty deep house groove with fluid piano motifs, distant horn samples and warming bass. 'Reflect & Heal' is similarly sunny and spiritual in feel, albeit with denser and more energetic percussion, deeper piano chords and some rather lovely clarinet solo action. Simply sumptuous.
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coming soon $21.12
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EP
EP (2 X 7")
Cat: EMMA EP 001. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. No Turning Back
  2. Woman Of The World
  3. Table Dancers
  4. Table Dancers (Smoove 7' remix)
Played by: The Allergies
coming soon $19.09
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Xango
  1. Magalhaes - "Xango"
  2. Os Panteras - "Lambada Pauleira"
Review: The previous instalment in Mr Bongo's ongoing Brazil 45s series offered up two sought-after cuts from Di Melo's 1975 self-titled debut album. This volume takes a slightly different approach, instead delivering killer cuts from two different artists, both of whom hail from the North of Brazil. On side A you'll find Magalhaes' 1986 gem 'Xangos', a cheery and energetic Lambada workout rich in jangling guitars, shuffling percussion, ear-catching vocals and restless bass. On the reverse Os Panteros takes over with 1987 jam 'Lambada Pauleira', a quirky chunk of Lambada full of fuzzy synths, infectious percussion and lo-fi guitar licks. The cut was famously re-edited some time back by Joutro Mondo, though this original version is - in our opinion - far superior.
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coming soon $10.12
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Sankofa Season
Sankofa Season (12" repress)
Cat: KITTO 001. Rel: 31 Mar 21
  1. Low Ceilings (6:26)
  2. Washed In You (5:18)
  3. Eye Mo Kay (5:47)
  4. Sankofa Song (5:28)
  5. Learning Lessens (4:46)
  6. To Your Heart (4:00)
Review: Given their combined talents, you'd expect any collaborative album crafted by Andrew Ashong and Kaidi Tatham to be nigh-on essential. Happily, we can confirm that Sankofa Season, their first joint album, is ruddy, bloody brilliant (as Alan Partridge might say). Richly soulful, quietly jazzy and wholeheartedly positive from start the finish, the set sees them jump between deep jazz-funk, hazy contemporary soul, jazzy broken beat, breezy Latin soul, organic deep house and immersive, slow-motion soundscapes. Throughout, Tatham's organ, keyboard and piano work is highly impressive and Ashong's vocals are every bit as sumptuous as usual. Recommended.
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coming soon $15.91
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Love Trip
Love Trip (7")
Cat: PROT 7098. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Love Trip
  2. Midnight Joke
Review: Mamiya Takako cut her teeth in late-'70s Japanese girl group Pao before striking out on her own with 1982 debut album Love Trip. Full of sweet, sugary, synth-laden pop songs that drew on then contemporaneous jazz-funk and soul sounds, the album sold relatively poorly at the time but is now considered something of a classic. This seven-inch single offers up two of the set's more sought-after cuts: the glossy, glassy-eyed and undeniably loved-up title track, 'Love Trip' - think FM synth sounds, soft focus sax solos and bubbly jazz-funk bottom-end -and the slightly more up-tempo, funk-flecked sunset breeze that is 'Midnight Joke'. The latter is particularly delicious thanks to some sublime horn arrangements.
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coming soon $28.36
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Ride On Fire
Ride On Fire (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: AHS 45. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Ride On Fire (Muro's Love Break) (5:48)
  2. Gold Wave (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:50)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of contemporary Japanese disco culture may well be aware of Dinky-Di, a self-styled "modern groove orchestra" helmed by musician/arranger Waq Takahashi. This fine 45 offers up a taste of their swirling, string-laden, groove-driven disco sound via two tidy re-edits of previous singles. On the A-side you'll find "king of diggin'" DJ Muro at the controls, delivering a cracking rearrangement of 'Ride on Fire', a Salsoul Orchestra-esque affair that sounds like it was arranged and conducted by the great Tony Montana. Over on the flip Ryuhei The Man takes his scalpel to 2005 single 'Gold Wave', a delightfully swooping and over-the-top concoction full of warbling choral backing vocals, punchy horns, swooping strings and flash-fried funk guitars.
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Played by: The Allergies
coming soon $21.41
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Wamono A To Z Vol II: Japanese Funk 1970-1977
Wamono A To Z Vol II: Japanese Funk 1970-1977 (180 gram vinyl LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: 180G WALP02. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Mieko Hirota - "Theme Of 'Doberman Cop'" (3:52)
  2. Hiroshi Sato - "Bad Junky Blues" (3:48)
  3. Sammy - "The In-&-Outer-Stomp-&-Shouter" (with Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media) (3:20)
  4. Fujio Tokita - "Watashi No Beatles" (3:13)
  5. School Band - "I Hope It's Fine" (4:03)
  6. Bread & Butter - "Devil Woman" (2:57)
  7. Hatsumi Shibata - "Singer Lady" (3:33)
  8. Kan Mikami - "Jikokeno No Samba" (2:23)
  9. Akira Yasuda & Beat Folk - "Yumura No Obaba" (3:04)
  10. Pinky Chicks - "Tosetsu Donpan Bushi" (3:16)
Review: On the first instalment in the Wamono A to Z compilation series, released in September 2020, dusty-fingered diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite.jp and Chintam focused on Japanese jazz-funk and rare groove gems recorded and released between 1968 and '80. For this speedy sequel, they've narrowed their focus further in order to showcase little-known Japanese funk slammers pressed to wax between 1970 and '77. As you'd expect, there's tons of absolute bangers amongst the 10 tracks on show, with highlights including the Blaxploitation movie soundtrack vibes of Mieko Hirota's 'Theme of Doberman Cop', the fuzzy, Hammond-sporting psych-funk of Fujio Tokita's quirky 'Watashi No Beatles', and the energetic, proto disco-funk of Hatsumi Shibata's 'Singer Lady'.
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coming soon $26.33
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Queen Of Hearts (reissue)
  1. Queen Of Hearts
  2. Plane Jane
Review: This killer UK boogie 12-inch by Tony Crockett was originally recorded and released in 1982. It has some brilliant raps delivered in an aloof style, with plenty of swagger, and a touch of campness. They sound dated but in a good, nostalgic way, while the music around still sounds fresh with the sleek bass and big flutes, low slung drums and warm chords. On the reverse is /Plane Jane', another cheeky bit of UK boogie that oozes funk and cool. These are fun tracks for sure and come in a full picture cover.
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coming soon $15.91
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Hustle Do Brasil
Hustle Do Brasil (7" repress)
Cat: KMPN 007. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Hustle Do Brasil (Aroop Roy rework) (4:28)
  2. A Festa (Aroop Roy edit) (4:02)
Review: There's something special with these hush-hush reworks and re-edits as they breathe new life into dusty old Brazilian disco and boogie cuts. A-side 'Hustle Do Brazil' is a rambunctious, party-starting treat that turns a handful of loops from a piano-heavy South American disco record into a bouncy, disco-house slammer. He subtly switches tack on side B, delivering an edit of the deeper, smoother and jazzier 'A Festa', wisely prioritising his source material's spacey jazz-funk synths, heady party atmos, good grooves and even greater electric piano stabs. Samba-disco magic!
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coming soon $11.00
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Marcos Resende & Index
Marcos Resende & Index (LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: FARO 220LP. Rel: 31 Mar 21
  1. My Heart (5:42)
  2. Nina Nenem (5:12)
  3. Praca Da Alegria (8:25)
  4. Nergal (9:16)
  5. Martina (10:09)
  6. Behind The Moon (4:01)
coming soon $20.54
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