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Cat: BST X057. Rel: 13 May 19
  1. Who, What, Where, When & Why (Disco version) (5:10)
  2. No Promises (Disco version) (6:46)
Review: Best Records do it again, dusting down a searing slice of robo-funk from the early 80s that will pop your lock every which way. B Funk was a one-off project from Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco, best known for their incredible work as Klein & MBO. They released the "Magic Spell" album in 1983, and it was loaded with richly produced Italo disco and proto house sounds - there's a good reason the original release has been fetching such crazy prices on the second hand market. Now Best have cherry picked two of the finest cuts from the album, sought out the extended disco versions from Carrasco's vaults, and given them a glorious new pressing.
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Cat: SB 7031. Rel: 20 Feb 18
  1. Hard Times (0:30)
  2. Listen To Me (0:30)
Review: Powerful belters from soul supernova Baby Huey. The only solo 45s he cut for Curtom Records before he passed away aged only 26, this was released posthumously and OG copies regularly go for over 200 pounds. Now reissued on Soul Brother, the two sides give you the full fat Huey; "Hard Times" hits with a raw Lee Fields style gravelly, story-telling delivery while "Listen To Me" shows Huey's deft ability to band-lead an all-out rock jam. Raw and emotional, Huey left this world far too soon.
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Tessassategn Eko (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45016. Rel: 14 Jun 16
  1. Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Tessassategn Eko" (4:04)
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Ayalqem Tedqem" (3:22)
Review: Afro 45's / Mr Bongo show no signs of stopping their tireless run of form and, 7" after 7", they just keep on producing the goods. There's yet more '70s goodness with this new little scorcher: the A-side is 1973's "Tessassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre Hiwot, a pensive Ethiopian pop hit for all sorts of music fans to enjoy, but "Ayalqem Tedqem" by Alemayehu Eshete on the B-side is where it's at... just listen to that bass and you'll instantly recognize this wonderful little cover.
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Cat: KALITA 12004. Rel: 13 Jul 18
  1. Getting Next To You (5:30)
  2. Party Life (instrumental) (6:25)
  3. Party Life (6:25)
  4. Jazzman (3:32)
  5. Callin' Me (4:48)
Review: Kalita Records are proud and honoured to announce the first ever official reissue of the four choice tracks from Randolph Baker's privately pressed sought-after 1982 disco album 'Reaching For The Stars', plus an unreleased instrumental take of 'Party Life' sourced from the original 24-track analogue master tapes.

Originally recorded at Jim Morris and Rick Miller's Tampa-based Morrisound Studios, 'Getting Next To You' features both a mixture of both local Florida talent plus jazz superstar Nat Adderley and bassist John Lamb at their finest. Originally pressed in a limited run of just one-thousand copies, with no distribution and most copies being sold in the local city and on Randolph's own merchandise table at the back of live gigs, original copies have long been sought-after by both collectors and DJs alike, acknowledged as a true grail and masterpiece in the disco scene and deservedly demanding extortionate figures to those lucky enough to find their own.

Here, in collaboration with Randolph, Kalita Records have chosen to re-release the four choice tracks from the album: 'Getting Next To You', 'Jazzman', 'Callin' Me' and 'Party Life'. The former is an in-demand horn and chant-filled disco masterpiece, which, as Randolph explains, concerns unity and "everyone on the same level in other words, everyone just loving life". It is arguably the song that Randolph is most well-known for in the disco and funk scene and perfect for the modern discerning dance floor. 'Jazzman' is an instrumental track with prominent trumpet and saxophone solos working with funky basslines to produce a truly great jazz-funk groove. It was "a tribute to Nat Adderley and Duke Ellington's bass player, John Lamb, for being so generous and saying yes to the project". 'Callin' Me' is a soulful disco number featuring the lead vocals of Laurie Erickson and is "about being on the road and ensuring loved ones that you will always come back home no matter what. It was like a promise to ensure loved ones they didn't have to worry". Lastly, 'Party Life' is a joyous disco track with a strong funk bassline and horns. As Randolph recalls, it "was the joy like after an actor finishes a movie. There was nothing but joy. It's finished; let's celebrate big time. Where everyone in the studio yelled at the top of their lungs - The End!" Here, with access to the 24-track master tapes we have been able to include the original version plus an unreleased instrumental take, allowing us to focus on the infectious bassline and make it even more ready for the modern dance floor.

Accompanied by extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos.
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Cat: BRZ45 056. Rel: 13 Oct 16
  1. Maria Fumaca (2:27)
  2. Mr Funky Samba (3:41)
Review: For the latest release on their on-point Brasil 45s sub-label, Mr Bongo takes a trip back to 1977, and the early days of legendary fusion outfit Banda Black Rio. Both the cuts here are taken from the band's brilliant debut album, Maria Fumaca, and see them fusing Brasilian samba and jazz sounds with the righteous, dancefloor-friendly grooves of funk and disco. "Maria Fumaca" itself is a deliciously sunny and sweaty affair, with punchy horns, eyes-closed guitar solos and jazz-funk electic piano lines rising above a carnival-ready samba-funk groove. The U.S funk influence comes to the fore more on flipside "Mr Funky Samba", which sounds like Azymuth jamming with members of the T.K Disco, Philadelphia International and Salsoul house bands. Yep, it's that good.
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Cat: BRZ 45055. Rel: 24 Oct 16
  1. Banda Black Rio - "Miss Cheryl" (3:47)
  2. Miele - "Melo Do Tagarela (Rapper's Delight)" (instrumental) (4:10)
Review: Although Brazil's Banda Black Rio remain infamous for the albums that they recorded in the late 1970s, two beautiful LPs that rode that singular wave of samba-ridden jazz dance, 1980's "Miss Cheryl" is an outstanding tune, and we can hear why RCA picked it up back in the day. Mr Bongo provides us with the reissue here and, if you haven't heard it, it's an absolute delight which switches between disco, psych, and something inherently Brazilian - there's even a wacky synth in there, for good measure. Compatriot Miele appears on the flip with "Melo Do Tagarela (Rappers Delight)", a sublime slice of early, electronic boogie that sounds as fresh today as it did back at the tail end of the 70s. A devious little reissue that you should own...
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Cat: AJX 445S. Rel: 01 Feb 19
  1. Mercy Mercy Baby (2:45)
  2. Mercy Mercy Baby (instrumental) (3:02)
Review: Puerto Rican music legend Ray Barretto has a seriously impressive biography, including spells with the Tito Puente Orchestra and the acclaimed Fania All Stars. This tasty seven-inch single serves up one of Barretto's best boogaloo-era cuts, 1968 single and Acid album track "Mercy, Mercy Baby". It remains a fine song, wrapping a jaunty salsa rhythm in various boogaloo aural hallmarks, including impassioned vocals, funk-influenced horns and an incessant piano riff. Interestingly, this edition doesn't feature the original single B-side, but rather a previously unissued instrumental version. Shorn of the vocals and pop production, it feels breezier and heavier, with additional trumpet solos that will wind their way into your subconscious.
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White Hot (7")
Cat: JAL 287V. Rel: 15 Nov 18
  1. Basement Freaks - "White Hot" (feat Kylie Auldist - Basement Freaks remix) (3:39)
  2. John Turrell - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (Basement Freaks remix) (4:20)
Review: Fizzing funkateers Basement Freaks can usually be relied upon to bring the dancefloor goods. That's certainly the case on this dancefloor-focused seven-inch. On the A-side they rework one of their own classic cuts, offering a punchier and heavier take on 2016 Kylie Auldist collaboration "White Hot". Rich in flash-friend funk guitars, crunchy breaks and life-affirming horns, their new revision is undoubtedly more DJ-friendly than the original album version. Turn to the flip to hear their tidy new take on Smoove collaborator John Turrell's 2013 cut "Won't Get Fooled Again", which they cannily refurbish as a wobble bass-propelled chunk of P-funk flavoured dancefloor soul.
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Easy Baby (7")
Cat: ROC 029. Rel: 25 Apr 19
  1. Easy Baby (4:25)
  2. Geriatric Dance (3:04)
Review: Dedicated to the Hammond-heavy 1960s soul-jazz sounds of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Grant Green and Reuben Wilson, the Beat Bronco Organ Trio are a fresh outfit with classic inspirations. The Madrid threesome's debut single is something of a retro-futurist treat. We're really enjoying A-side "Easy Baby", a loose and languid fusion of ear-pleasing Hammond licks, laidback, breakbeat-driven drums and flanged jazz guitars that impressively increases in intensity throughout, culminating in a frenzy of sweaty drums and eyes-closed guitar solos. "Geriatric Dance", meanwhile, is even more up-tempo, with high octane Hammond and jazz guitar solos stretching out over a feverish funk drumbeat.
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Cola Bottle Baby (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: PR 65017P. Rel: 23 Jan 19
  1. Cola Bottle Baby (4:52)
  2. Freaky Deaky Sities (4:51)
Review: Marking 40 years since the release of Edwin Birdsong's self-titled and fourth studio album, this Philly reissue couldn't have landed at a more poignant time as the LA funkateer sadly passed away on week of release. "Cola Bottle Baby" is known to absolutely everyone thanks to Daft Punk and that refreshing fizzy groove sounds even better, freer, looser, cooler in its natural state. The lesser spotted "Freaky Deaky Sities" kicks like a loose limbed mule, too. Perhaps a riposte to Roy Ayers "Freaky Deaky" hit the year before, or just another fine trope LA's funk continuum, once again it's the cult fusioneer at his most vibrant. Rest in peace.
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Cat: WR 24734. Rel: 23 Aug 19
  1. Buck Em Down (album version) (4:38)
  2. Buck Em Down (album instrumental) (4:25)
Review: Official classic hip hop reissue from Black Moon using that Donald Byrd Wind Parade looped sample to great effect
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Viajecito (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 009. Rel: 17 Jan 19
  1. Viajecito (5:13)
  2. Too Late (3:05)
Review: For a brief period between 1968 and 1975, Peruvian band Black Sugar recorded some seriously heavy fusions of soul, rock and jazz. It's because of this that both of their self-titled albums now exchange hands for eye-watering sums online, as does their 1971 debut single "Viajecito". Helpfully, Matasuna Records has done a deal to reissue the latter. The track itself remains a rare treat; a gloriously sunny, horn-heavy fusion of Latin jazz rhythms, spacey sounds, jaunty group vocals and twinkling pianos. B-side "Too Late", a sumptuous, boogaloo-sounding soul number in which the group sings in English over a Blackbyrds-esque backing track, is similarly impressive.
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Just Can't Stay Away (7" + poster)
Cat: MEL 17. Rel: 16 Aug 19
  1. Just Can't Stay Away (Stereo) (3:23)
  2. Just Can't Stay Away (mono) (3:24)
Review: Surprisingly, Don Blackman originally wrote and recorded "Just Can't Stay Away" to play as the recorded message on his girlfriend's answering machine. He later included it - tweaked and turned into a mid-80s style boogie banger reminiscent of his work during that decade - on his second and final album, 2002's CD-only "Listen". Here it finally gets a vinyl release thanks to reissue specialists Melodies International. If you're a fan of boogie, electrofunk and synth-soul it should be an essential purchase, not least because it's every bit as good as more celebrated Blackman productions made earlier in his career. There are "Stereo" and "Mono" mixes to enjoy, with the former naturally offering a more refined and intoxicating listening experience.
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Synthetic Substitution (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 001RE. Rel: 04 Dec 18
  1. Melvin Bliss - "Syntheic Substitution" (extended Break edit) (3:50)
  2. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (extended Break edit) (4:17)
Review: This tasty, DJ-friendly 7" single boasts two extended, break-heavy reworks of obscure and in-demand soul workouts. On the A-side you'll find a tasty extension of Melvin Bliss's superb, piano-heavy 1983 cut "Synthetic Substitution". While Bliss's brilliant original - all heartfelt vocals, jaunty keys and warm bass - is largely kept in tact, the mystery re-editor naturally makes more of the opening breakbeat, which was sampled several times during hip-hop's "golden era". Flip for a similarly tasty rearrangement of Sweet Daddy Floyd's 1978 Blaxploitation style disco-funk shuffler "I Just Can't Help Myself", a cut rich in rolling breaks, densely layered percussion, punchy orchestration and "Shaft"-style guitar licks.
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Getting To The Middle (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BS 5555. Rel: 11 Jul 16
  1. Getting To The Middle (part I) (2:43)
  2. Getting To The Middle (part II) (2:53)
Review: 1970s "Getting To The Middle" by Edwin 'Eddie' Joseph Bocage, or simply Eddie Bo, is one sublime EP in a sea of infinite soul releases from the New Orleans singer and composer. He was famous for his seductive vocal waves, but this particular single lies more on the funk end of the soul spectrum, and both parts 1 and 2 of the single instantly provoke that indescribable 'get down' feeling. Part 1 is for the party people and Part 2 is for the DJs, the latter leaving thing nice and instrumental.
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  1. Bobby Byrd - "Hot Pants-I'm Coming , Coming , I'm Coming" (2:32)
  2. Lyn Collins - "Mama Feelgood" (4:19)
Review: Soopastole now strikes out on his own eponymous 7' edits series and we must say it's impressive. These are well executed and above all much needed edits so credit to the edit! On the A side "Hot Pants" is an edit of the original track and the "dub beats version" (found only on the Urban release in 1988) starts with the drum break. On the flip we have got "Mama Feelgood" which has heavier drums and the instrumental intro and outro.
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Cat: EXS 006. Rel: 05 Jun 18
  1. Always There (3:51)
  2. Comin' Over Me (3:47)
Review: Destination 78/79: Expansion take us deep into the illustrious back cat of revered boogaloo fusionist Willie Bobo for two of his many fiery delights. Side A is his feel-heavy cult instrumental take on Ronnie Laws' disco classic "Always There" while Side B throws us into the heart of his 1979 album Bobo with gutsy raw soul power (and just a few cheeky funk slap bass twangs for good measure) Two stone cold classics together for the first time on 45.
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Edits Theme (7" repress)
Cat: SWR 018. Rel: 12 Oct 19
  1. Edits Theme (3:51)
  2. Editing Gears (3:48)
Review: When it comes to break-driven dancefloor reworks and cheeky re-edits, Canada-based cut-and-paste merchant Jorun Bombay has a very impressive track record. Here he returns to Scarborough stable Soundweight with two more chunks of break-heavy goodness. On the A-side you'll find "Edits Theme", a tasty fusion of extended James Brown style drum-breaks, meandering sax solos and sumptuous, orchestra-enhanced orchestration. Over on Side B, "Editing Gears" sees Bombay serve up a bustling re-work of Johnny Hammond classic "Shifting Gears" rich in fluid electric piano solos, extended drum breaks, flanged funk guitars and delay-laden vocal snippets.
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Cat: BAC 001. Rel: 17 Apr 19
  1. Goin' To See My Baby (6:03)
  2. Backstrokin' (5:58)
Review: First up on the freshly minted Bacalao imprint is Bosq, a Ubiquity Records contributor renowned for his blends of funk, soul and sweaty South American music. While the heavy horns featured on this release were recorded in Bogota, the producer's usual Colombian flavour takes a back seat as he joins forces with Kaleta to deliver two covers of Fatback Band classics. First up is "Goin' To See My Baby", which is re-imagined as a fuzzy funk workout rich in rasping horns, tropical guitar flourishes and woodblock-driven Latin disco percussion. Arguably even better is the duo's cover of "Backstrokin'", which is given a Barrio-funk flavour complete with prominent bass, heavy-hitting horn motifs and excitable lead vocals.
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Cat: MSR 014. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Si Voce Pensa (3:09)
  2. Birimbao (3:23)
Review: Matasuna Records' latest release offers up two sought-after tracks from Bossa 70, a relatively short-lived Peruvian band whose ultra-limited 1970 releases (a total of 400 copies were pressed of their sole single and eponymous debut album) brilliantly joined the dots between jazz, bossa, soul and funk. Listening to these cuts for the first time, it's easy to see why Matasuna has gone to the trouble of licensing them: A-side "Si Voce Pensa" is an inspired Peruvian funk cover of a 1968 Roberto Carlos track rich in bustling breakbeats, punchy horns and confident female vocals. Just as potent is the band's flipside cover of Baden Powell's "Berimbau", which puts a funk-soul twist on a certified bossa-nova classic.
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Next Episode (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FMR 008BLACK. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. Next Episode (2:11)
  2. Monmouth (3:04)
Review: It's a while since we last heard from Breakdown Brass, an ensemble whose epic line-up includes members of almost every major contemporary Brooklyn-based soul and funk act. "Next Episode" isn't a new jam, but rather a timely reissue of their sought-after 2015 cover of Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg's 1999 hip-hop anthem of the same name. It's an absolutely killer cover, all told, with the band replacing all of the original's distinctive sampled loops with heavy brass parts and a range of dizzying instrumental solos. B-side "Monmouth" - an original composition by bandleader Nadav Nirenberg - is almost as good, offering a ballsy bland of fuzzy brass parts and chunky, hip-hop style beats.
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Hihache (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 011. Rel: 29 May 19
  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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Cat: BEWITH 003SEVEN. Rel: 02 Sep 19
  1. Release The Beast (4:50)
  2. Let Love In (4:34)
Review: American funk band Breakwater is best known for their hit "Release The Beast," which gets a reissue treatment by Be With. Even if you don't know the name, you'll recognise the track's withering lead riff because it was sampled by Daft Punk for their iconic "Robot Rock". It's mad to think such a futuristic sound was created somewhere in Philly in 1979, but it was. The flip side houses the smooth and buttery "Let Love In", a feel good, deep cut funk gem with vocal harmonies, bulbous bass and hip swinging claps.
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Soul Flip Edits 5 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLIP 005. Rel: 08 Apr 19
  1. James Brown - "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (DJP edit) (3:44)
  2. Eddie Floyd - "Knock On Wood" (DJP edit) (3:59)
Review: Flipping heck! Soul Flip invite everyone's favourite big glasses wearing editor DJP to the fold for some twists on two seminal, genre-affirming party joints. James Brown's "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" gets a cheeky beat facelift with a fresh set of peppy breaks while Eddie Floyd's tree chopping sing-along enjoys a similar mix-friendly shake-up with a slower, roomier drum arrangement ensuring all the power of the '67 original is kept in check. Flip some switches.
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Cat: TR 1044. Rel: 14 Jun 18
  1. 'Bout To Blow (4:00)
  2. Saints & Beggars (3:30)
Review: Feeling lucky? With grooves as raw, sizzling and energetic as these, there's a strong chance you might be. Hot on the heels of their "Mesquite Beat" 45 comes this equally earthy and frank doublet. "'Bout To Blow" is a big pant swinging blues affair while "Saints & Beggars" takes us up a notch with a whirling 6/8 signature whirling waltz where the horns and drums take the lead and we follow in their every dreamy footstep. Look out for the album Mesquite Suite coming on Tramp very soon.
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Everything That Looks Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: AOE 016. Rel: 25 Feb 16
  1. Everything That Looks Good (2:32)
  2. You Don't Deserve (3:03)
Review: A serious self-press rarity from the heart of Clarksville, Suggs never achieved the recognition he deserved during his tenure as a band leading soul man. Still in Clarksville and now a missionary, the sentiments of this recording history peak resonate with what he does now: "Everything That Looks Good" is a JB style message on the lure of temptation while "You Don't Deserve", an instrumental that sees Bubba switching his vocals for equally commanding sax, is a moment for poignant, soul-searching reflection. Lord have mercy.
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Edits With Love (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: SCR 006. Rel: 19 Jan 13
  1. By Design - "Stir It Together"
  2. Osmose - "Al Knows What's Up"
  3. Osmose - "Slomo Tattoo Dubbed"
Review: Cruising nice and easy into earshot on the Smokecloud imprint, byDesign and Osmose take a side each in chopping up some choice old classics with a tender touch to work in modern contexts. byDesign gets the whole A-side to roam over with a version of Diana King's cover of the Bob Marley classic, "Stir It Up", working on a 90s flavoured hip hop groove and dubby cuts of King's vocal. On the flip, Osmose is having a lot of fun working on Alexander O'Neal's "Fake", keeping the tough beat intact and instead letting the effects bring in the changes. While the origin of the last track on the 12" is undetectable at this point, "Slomo Tattoo Dubbed" comes on like a prime slice of Balearic goodness, packing easy horn blasts, funky guitar licks and a whole lot of filter action.
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Cat: RS45 058. Rel: 07 Nov 18
  1. Lost In The Crowd (2:26)
  2. Silly Kind Of Love (2:31)
Review: Another jewel for all the deep diggers out there produced by Calvin Arnold aka Billy Byrd - soul and funk singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer from Georgia, USA. "Lost In The Crowd" is a solid funk workout, featuring an intense rhythm and a powerful vocal. On the flip, there is a more chilled-out soul jam titled "Silly Kind Of Love" for the connoisseurs out there. Reissued due to public demand here on a nice great-sounding 45" by Vienna's always reliable Record Shack.
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Played by: Soul Music
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Soopastole Edits Vol 6 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 206. Rel: 24 Oct 17
  1. Shake Your Money Maker (part 1) (2:38)
  2. Shake Your Money Maker (part 2) (2:38)
Review: Just 300 copies of this tasty, club-ready 7" single from the Soopastole Edits stable exist, so you'll have to move fast to secure a copy. As usual, Jalepeno Records' regular Soopasoul is at the control, using his trusty scalpel to deliver two hot-to-trot interpretations of a lesser-known cut from the "Sex Machine" sessions. On side A, you'll find "Shake Your Money Maker (Part 1)", where Maceo Parker's killer saxophone solos rise above Soopasoul's slightly tightened up version of the JB's killer groove. Flip to the B-side for more sax solos and a groove that mines some of the original track's more percussive sections for hip-swinging, toe-tapping thrills.
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Cat: SB 7009. Rel: 01 Jun 11
  1. It's Your World
  2. Winter In America
Review: Only 300 copies pressed of this classic Gil Scott-Heron heavy double sider on a limited dinked 45. "It's Your World" is Gil Scott - may he rest in peace - at his funkiest best with an upfront vocal over a driving sax and rhodes- those of you who have seen one or two Gilles Peterson's DJ sets down the years will remember this fondly. "Winter In America" showcases Gil's legendary poetic prose in a meandering, melancholic manner offset by rhodes and flute. Essential.
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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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Albums
Paradise (LP)
Cat: BJLP 17. Rel: 06 Apr 17
  1. Paradise (intro) (1:21)
  2. I'm For Real (4:12)
  3. Freak (feat Trailer Limon) (3:50)
  4. Starz In Your Eyes (feat Lauren Faith) (4:50)
  5. Energy (4:03)
  6. Can't Keep My Hands Off You (feat Reva DeVito) (4:03)
  7. Lay It On The Line (4:25)
  8. LA Nights (interlude) (2:09)
  9. Don't You Worry (feat Kissey) (3:19)
  10. Summer Love (Ride The Wave) (4:14)
  11. Groove (feat Rojai) (3:32)
  12. Stay The Night (4:46)
Review: We've been steadily teased by Bastard Jazz with a slow flow of singles but the time has come to reveal B Bravo's whole debut album... And he hasn't disappointed. A supreme cosmic boogie experience throughout, Bravo flexes around the funk/house/hip-hop axis with sunshine synths, loose swinging drums, heavyweight talkbox action and oodles of funk and timely displays of sensitivity. Highlights that really showcase the soul spectrum B Bravo explores range from the Chromeo-style party jam "I'm For Real" to the horn-hazed tinkling "LA Nights" to the dreamy west coast house struts and wriggles of "Summer Love". Sure fire summer silver lining.
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Cat: BC 055LP. Rel: 14 Sep 18
  1. Xxplosive (3:21)
  2. Touchdown (2:32)
  3. Burn (2:24)
  4. Real Hot (2:41)
  5. Hoola Hoop (3:49)
  6. Crockett Theme (3:52)
  7. 1 Thing (2:26)
  8. Bocas Del Dragon (3:10)
  9. Maracas Bay Boogie (3:54)
  10. Bushfire (2:50)
  11. I Love You (3:52)
  12. The Serpent's Mouth (4:48)
Review: German funkateer Bjorn Wagner launched the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band in 2007 following months spent learning to play steel drums during an extended stay in Trinidad and Tobago. 11 years on, Wagner and his trusty backing band return with album number two, "The Serpent's Mouth". As usual, the set sees them gleefully combine killer grooves - a mix-and-match fusion of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz-funk - with a hint of humid tropical music and the distinctive melodies of oil barrel steel drums. There are, of course, nods to reggae and calypso (see "Real Hot") and a few eyebrow-raising cover versions, of which their rendition of Jan Hammer's "Crockett's Theme" from "Miami Vice" stands out.
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The Havana Remixes (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BU 017VL. Rel: 16 May 17
  1. Muevelo Papi (feat Olvido Ruiz - club Des Belugas remix) (3:23)
  2. No Words (feat Brenda Boykin - Smoove remix) (4:28)
  3. Tropicana Flight (feat Tropicana Flight - Zouzoulectric remix) (4:07)
  4. Rumba Fugaz (feat Arema Arega - Jack & Jointz remix) (3:37)
  5. Muevelo Papi (feat Olvido Ruiz - Suonho remix) (3:20)
  6. Dizzy's Bounce (feat Brenda Boykin - Opolopo radio edit) (4:40)
  7. Eleggua (feat Sexto Sentido - Positive Flow radio edit) (4:09)
  8. No Words (feat Brenda Boykin - Suonho radio edit) (3:48)
  9. Tropicana Flight (feat Sexto Sentido - Maestro & Vezzola radio edit) (4:39)
Review: The funk dust from Bahama Soul Club's fourth studio album Havana 58 has barely had a moment to settle and along comes an equally timeless collection of versions. In keeping with the original spirit, the full soul range is explored but done so with a much firmer focus on the dancefloor; ZouZouElectric's dubby house glimmers on "Tropicana Flight", Opolopo's sweet shuffled jack on "Dizzy's Bounce" and Suonho's sultry piano-primed disco are just three of the nine awesome sunkissed twists crammed onto the 180 gram vinyl. Perfectly timed for the summer, too...
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Night Time People (white vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
BMG
Cat: 405053 8398557. Rel: 09 Jul 18
  1. Lit Up (3:34)
  2. Stranded (4:06)
  3. Golden Ticket (3:16)
  4. Salvage Rites (4:10)
  5. Pony Up (4:37)
  6. Night Time People (4:47)
  7. Backfired (3:56)
  8. War Story (4:23)
  9. You Should've Been Mine (3:51)
  10. San Junipero (3:30)
  11. Broken (feat J-Live) (3:38)
Review: 18 years and eight albums deep: Melbourne funkateers The Bamboos return with their latest long-one and it's a whole new blueprint. Seemingly broader and brighter in sound and energy, the development in sound reflects their move to bigger arenas with big vital poppy moments such as the triumphant opener "Lit Up" and the anthemic riff heavy "War Story". Elsewhere we're body slammed in northern soul stampedes such as "Salvage Rites", we get woozy with a little rock sleaze ("Pony Up") and breath-taking by raw soul authenticity ("You Should've Been Mine"). Here's to another 18 years and eight albums.
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  1. Roy Haines - "Quiet Fire" (8:13)
  2. Don Rader - "Don't Touch" (7:49)
  3. John Lee & Gerry Brown - "Infinite Jones" (6:41)
  4. John Thomas & Lifeforce - "Maryke" (5:52)
  5. Banda Metalurgia - "La Em Guayaquil" (2:54)
  6. Belair - "Samba For A Cold Warrior" (8:25)
  7. Francisco Mara Catlett - "Samba De Amor" (7:05)
  8. Louis Hayes Group - "Little Sunflower" (feat Leon Thomas) (6:41)
  9. Lee Willhite - "The World Is A Ghetto" (5:21)
  10. Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton - "No Other Love But You" (3:26)
  11. Ronald Snijders - "Latinetta" (4:02)
  12. Finn Savery Trio - "Misturada" (3:24)
  13. Ira Sullivan - "The Kingdom Within You" (6:11)
  14. Webster Lewis - "Do You Believe" (alternate version) (17:22)
Review: Three years on from the release of his last Private Collection compilation, British jazz survivor Kev Beadle returns with a third selection of little-known "independent jazz" from the 1970s and '80s. As usual, it's a pleasingly varied affair with a clear dancefloor focus. Beadle, a man with an enviable record collection, variously showcases South American jazz-funk fusion (see Banda Metalurgia's fantastic "La Em Guayaquil" and Francisco Mara Catlett's thrillingly upbeat, "Brazilian Love Affair" style smasher "Samba De Amor"), Nat King Cole style smoothness (the Leon Thomas voiced "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes Group), dazzlingly positive extended workouts (Clarice Lebbe and Charlie Hampton), heavy percussion jams (Finn Savery Trio) and confirmed jazz-dance classics (the soul-jazz stomp of Webster Lewis).
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Cat: NUM 0000805. Rel: 13 Aug 19
  1. Moja Bhari Moja (8:16)
  2. East West Shuffle (4:57)
  3. Aaj Shanibar (7:58)
  4. Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya (15:38)
Review: Described in the accompanying press release as "the halfway point between Bollywood and Balearic", Rupa Biswas' 1982 debut "Disco Jazz" has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered diggers with a healthy bank balance and a penchant for the quirky. All four tracks are cheery, charming and superior to many "Bollywood disco" records produced in the same period. The sunny disco-boogie of "Moja Bhari Moja" is followed on side A by the delightfully eccentric, bass-powered AOR-disco/funk-rock fusion of "East West Shuffle" and the effortlessly Balearic cheeriness of "Aaj Shanibar". Best of all, though, is the exotic and intoxicating flipside cut "Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya" which expertly joins the dots between cosmic rock and Balearic disco grooves for 16 spellbinding minutes.
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Christmas Funk (red & white vinyl LP)
Cat: ALOE 001CLR. Rel: 10 Dec 18
  1. Tell Your Mama (3:12)
  2. I Got Your Christmas Right Here (3:11)
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is You (4:35)
  4. I Can't Wait For Christmas (3:13)
  5. The Mrs Saved Christmas (4:15)
  6. Last Christmas (4:55)
  7. All I Have Is Love (4:43)
  8. At Christmas (3:46)
  9. Funky Ass Christmas (4:16)
  10. Love Comes Home (5:11)
Review: Christmas Funk is the kind of album that American R&B singer Aloe Blacc has always wanted to do, claiming he felt the Christmas Spirit needed a funky revival. The concepts and stories on here are inspired by the time spent with family and friends, being a fan of Motown and soulful Christmas carols since he was a kid - not to mention Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Featuring eight new original songs that are the perfect complement to the extra funky versions of two undisputed classics, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Last Christmas".
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Black Savage (LP + CD + insert + Mp3 download code)
Cat: AFR7 LP 03. Rel: 25 Jun 18
  1. Savaged (3:06)
  2. I Don't Know What To Do (3:16)
  3. Sharpeville (5:55)
  4. Problems (3:20)
  5. Do You Really Care (4:20)
  6. Kothbiro (4:07)
  7. Grassland (4:54)
  8. Exotica (4:10)
  9. Save The Savage (5:25)
  10. Track 1
  11. Track 2
  12. Track 3
  13. Track 4
  14. Track 5
  15. Track 6
  16. Track 7
  17. Track 8
  18. Track 9
  19. Track 10
  20. Track 11
Review: Afro7 unearth some incredible Kenyan treasure: Black Savage were one of the many strong voices in the 70s pop culture boom in the freshly independent Nairobi. A fizzy brew of blues, soul, rock, psychedelia all brought together with afrofunk magic and progressive conscious lyricism, their 1975 album Something For Someone is a vital mosaic of flavours ranging from the cosmic rock of "Exotica", the Hendrixian blues of "Do You Really Care" and "Savaged". Sadly it suffered a highly limited press and faded into obscurity. Until now. Afro7 have tracked the band down, detailed their story and brought this 43 year old album back to life with the respect and praise it deserves. Something for all of us.
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Cat: HTML 001SEC003. Rel: 06 Sep 18
  1. Self Destruction (10:04)
  2. Essika-Ti (7:51)
  3. Cosmic Sounds (11:12)
  4. She Africa (Ton Tour Viendra) (7:38)
Review: Should you stumble on an original copy of N'Draman Blintch's 1980 album Cosmic Sounds for sale, it would cost you upwards of 1,000 Pounds. This, then, is a much-needed reissue. It contains four fine cuts that showcase the Ivory Coast-born musician's distinctively intergalactic take on Afro-disco, where spacey electronics and mazy synth lines rise above bustling, high octane grooves. The album does contain one decidedly laidback and loved-up slow jam - closer "She Africa (Ton Tour Viendra)" - but it's the celebratory brilliance of the set's dancefloor workouts that most impress. Check, in particular, the anthem-like strut of title track "Cosmic Sounds" and the hot-to-trot, solo-laden Afro-disco explosion that is opener "Self Destruction".
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Cat: 7766. Rel: 09 Aug 17
  1. Right On (5:41)
  2. Things Ain't The Way They Used To Be (7:05)
  3. Poppin' (6:10)
  4. Someday We'll Be Together (6:46)
  5. Brown Bag (5:05)
  6. Let It Be Mine (5:26)
Review: By the time he recorded Right On Brother in 1970, soul-jazz guitarist "Boogaloo" Joe Jones was at the peak of his powers. The album's enduring appeal is based, in part at least, in its thrillingly heavy fusion of elements of jazz, funk, soul, blues and psychedelic rock. Jones is naturally in fine form throughout, laying down a mixture of jazzy licks, wild solos and crunchy riffs, but is given more than ample support from a backing ensemble including organist Charles Earland (a star in his own right), saxophonist Rusty Bryant and, perhaps most impressively of all, legendary drummer Bernard Purdie. With such talent on display, it's unsurprising that Right on Brother is still held in such high esteem.
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TBNH (gatefold gold vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AJX 2LP475. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Beautiful (feat Beverley Knight) (2:56)
  2. Stupid Love (feat Angela Ricci) (4:11)
  3. Just Believe In You (feat Siedah Garrett) (5:05)
  4. Getaway (feat N'Dea Davenport) (3:31)
  5. Heat (feat Honey Larochelle) (3:50)
  6. The Funk Is Back (feat Simon Bartholomew) (3:30)
  7. Together (feat Angie Stone) (4:23)
  8. These Walls (feat N'Dea Davenport) (4:06)
  9. It's My Destiny (feat Siedah Garrett) (4:09)
  10. Wired Up (feat N'Dea Davenport) (3:34)
  11. Dance It Out (feat Angela Ricci) (3:38)
  12. Little Dancer (feat Jack Knight) (3:40)
  13. Dontcha Wanna (feat Laville) (4:40)
  14. Get On The Right Side (feat Angela Ricci) (4:00)
Review: The jazz and broken beat revival continues apace as we race through 2019, so original pioneers of the sound are rightly coming back into focus. Enter the Brand New Heavies, one of the key acts of the mid-eighties who sound as good on this brand new album as ever. It's littered with funk-licked pop, crystalline acid jazz and singalong songs that range from tender ballads to soaring soul. Angie Stone, Beverley Knight and other vocalists lend their tones along the way, but importantly TBNH is not a revival or self-satisfied celebration. Instead, it feels like a forward-looking and accomplished album that takes the band in subtle new directions.
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  1. Work It Out (5:41)
  2. You Know I Love You (4:40)
  3. No Limit (4:13)
  4. That's Not What We Came Here For (3:37)
  5. Feel Your Way (4:29)
  6. Do It 'Till The Fluid Gets Hot (4:18)
  7. Love Of My Life (4:50)
  8. The One In My Dreams (4:44)
  9. Say You Love Me Girl (4:46)
  10. Time (3:51)
Review: Splash down to 1978-80: influential Philly funk troupe Breakwater gave the world two albums over two years.Full focus on slow jams and soulful fusion, the Breakwater melting pot is just as strong in jazz and Latin as it is soul and funk. Here we're treated to a selection of the best moments from Breakwater and Splashdown (minus the famous Daft Punk-sampled "Release The Beast") such as the unforgettable Floydian chorus of "That's Not What We Came Here For", the soaking wet bass and tight bright horns of the raunchy boogie jam "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot" and the sunshine soul of the sublime "Say You Love Me Girl". A sharp insight into a band that was criminally short-lived at the time..Rumour is there is a new album on the horizon and they still play live -there were two live uk dates in Jan 2017 already !


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  1. Africa Africa (2:08)
  2. Aboki (Mon Copain) (4:39)
  3. Nyambe (4:25)
  4. N'kondo (La Joie Des Retrouvailles) (3:02)
  5. Ekila (5:37)
  6. Soul Castle (1:42)
  7. Massoma (Remerciements) (4:17)
  8. Machine Ma Bwindea (4:32)
  9. Mother Africa (4:10)
  10. Lambo Lena (3:59)
Review: Africa Seven ignites 2017 with an outstanding addition to their African Funk Experimentals series with this precision curation of Cameroonian Ekambi's best work. Taken from albums such as Djambo's Djambo's, Africa Oumba and his two eponymous albums, the far-reaching collection ranges from downhome low-swung bluesy funk disco ("Soul Castle") to glistening highlife vibrancy ("Lambo Lena") by way of thumping French disco ("Nyambe"). Brilliant by name, brilliant by nature...
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Cat: 700113. Rel: 09 Jan 17
  1. Hustle!!! (Dead On It) (5:01)
  2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (5:29)
  3. Your Love (4:09)
  4. Turn On The Heat & Build Some Fire (6:07)
  5. Superbad, Superslick (6:49)
  6. Calm & Cool (5:49)
  7. Kansas City (7:49)
Review: James Brown's 44th album, Everybody's Doin' The Hustle & Dead On The Double Bump enjoys its first official vinyl reissue in decades and it remains every bit as funky and cool as it was when it was released 41 years ago. Beyond the usual suspects (the punchy lead title track and version of "Brand New Bag") there are some of JB's most criminally overlooked jams such as the laid back restraint on "Turn On The Heat And Build Some Fire" (which is ironically very cool) and the muted trumpet tooted jazzy adventures "Superbad & Superslick" and the almost bluegrass "Calm & Cool". Timeless soul magic.
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Shout & Shimmy (reissue) (180 gram vinyl LP)
DOL
Cat: DOS 746H. Rel: 06 Jun 17
  1. Shout & Shimmy (2:51)
  2. Good Good Lovin' (2:17)
  3. Have Mercy Baby (2:16)
  4. Begging, Begging (2:56)
  5. Just Won't Do Right (2:37)
  6. It Was You (2:45)
  7. There Must Be A Reason (2:26)
  8. Fine Old Foxy Self (2:13)
  9. I've Got To Change (2:28)
  10. Gonna Try (2:47)
  11. I Want You So Bad (2:48)
  12. It Hurts To Tell You (2:55)
  13. Hold It (2:12)
  14. I Won't Plead No More (2:29)
  15. Don't Let It Happen To Me (2:51)
Review: Before finding fame as funk's most famous exponent, James Brown traveled the United States performing rhythm and blues with backing band the Famous Flames. The group eventually secured a recording contract in the late 1950s, going on to have a number of hits on the rhythm and blues chart in the early '60s. This slightly re-jigged reissue of 1963 compilation Shout & Shimmy - itself a re-branded version of 1962's Good, Good, Twistin' - boasts some of the group's most potent work, including the rip-roaring title track, killer dancefloor workout "Hold It" and the melancholic R&B shuffler "Don't Let It Happen To Me". While the music is of course notably different to Brown's later work, he's still at his impassioned vocal best.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 583ALP. Rel: 17 Sep 19
  1. Music (5:52)
  2. Feelings (4:41)
  3. Anokwar (Truth) (8:04)
  4. Yayo Papa (Good Friend) (16:30)
  5. Let's Go Funky Town (6:03)
  6. Minsumobo (6:22)
  7. Sophisticated Jammer (4:18)
  8. Karambani (5:49)
  9. Power To My People (4:33)
  10. Rhythm Of Africa (3:18)
Review: Recorded in 1983 and '84 respectively, "Feelings" and "Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters" were the last albums recorded by Sidiku Buari, a New York based musician who turned to music after a promising career as an athlete in his native Ghana. He initially rose to prominence making highlife and afro-disco, but by the early '80s Sidiku was in full-on Afro-boogie and electrofunk mode, offering up tracks rich in colourful synthesizer lines, punchy electronic drums and righteous vocals in his native tongue. There's much to set the pulse racing across both slabs of wax, from the squelchy, club-ready brilliance of "Music" and "Anokwar (Truth)", to the slap bass propelled flex of "Minsumobo", dub disco grooves of "Karambani" and flute-laden breeziness of "Rhythm Of Africa".
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Cat: LDAP 005. Rel: 01 Dec 05
  1. Up From The South
  2. TIBWF
  3. Budos Theme
  4. Ghost Walk
  5. Monkey See, Monkey Do
  6. Sing A Simple Song
  7. Eastbound
  8. Aynotchesh Yererfu
  9. King Charles
  10. The Volcano Song
  11. Across The Atlantic
Review: The Budos Band's eponymous release on Daptone with psychedelic Afro Funk featuring members of the mighty Dap Kings and Antibalas.
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Cat: DAP 011. Rel: 01 Sep 07
  1. Chicago Falcon
  2. Budos Rising
  3. Ride Or Die
  4. Mas O Menos
  5. Adeniji
  6. King Cobra
  7. My Girl
  8. Origin Of Man
  9. Scorpion
  10. Deep In The Sand
Review: The Budos Band are the quintessence of Staten Island Soul. Since the release of the 2005 debut, their exciting new afro-influenced take on the instrumental music has been captivating listeners across the globe. "The Budos Band II" is an amazing release on Daptone.
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Sweet Rewards (white vinyl LP)
Cat: UDOG 1775LP. Rel: 12 Mar 18
  1. Sweet Rewards (4:00)
  2. In The City (4:48)
  3. What You Say (3:26)
  4. Weak Ends (2:40)
  5. Movin' On (4:17)
  6. Hypnotized
  7. Tax Man
  8. Trying To Fool
  9. Roll Miss Roll
  10. Soul Kitchen
Review: Over the course of their ten-year career, Lyon-based band the Buttshakers has earned a reputation for being dynamic live performers, delivering a rocking take on funk and rhythm and blues shaped by their love of the late '60s garage-rock scene. Naturally, you'll find a few nods towards Sly Stone and heavy funk on Sweet Rewards, their first album for Underdog Records, but these fuzzy, life-affirming stompers are actually outnumbered by slick, sun-kissed soul numbers and pleasingly laidback jams. It's a mixture that works really well, putting them up there with such soul and funk revivalists as the Daptones and Will Holland's Quantic Soul Orchestra project.
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