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  1. Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders - "Soul Food" (Thelonious beat Gillespie edit) (4:34)
  2. Lyn Christopher - "Take Me With You" (Thelonious beat Gillespie edit) (3:28)
Review: If edits are your game then the Galaxy Sound Co is certainly the name. Along other labels like Mukatisuku, these dudes know how to repackage lost and rare soul 7"s, and this new two-headed funk bullet from Thelonious Gillespie is just painfully on target. The first edit is of "Soul Food" by Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders, a moody, dusty percussion bomb brimming with breaks and a grainy guitar accompanied by fine brass waves. Lyn Christopher's "Take Me With You" is pruned and reshaped into a glorious soul ballad with a hard edge, and a driving rhythm led by gliding electronic guitars and an inimitable bassline. Fine work right here.
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  1. Buzz Compass - "Take Me"
  2. Riccio - "We Have Been Waiting"
  3. Funkyjaws - "Picnic"
  4. Petr Serkin - "Spinning Time"
Review: Vinyl-only, 250 copies, no repress... Freedom Sessions certainly know us how to get excited. They've got the vibes to back up their air of exclusivity, too. Each of these four cuts are well-polished deep house cuts the shimmer and shake with the perfect balance of jazz, soul and disco. Native content for the Russian label comes from Buzz Compass (bubbling bass, dreamy chord swoops and a killer loop) and Petr Serkin (filtered bliss that builds and builds). Flying further afield, Italian Riccio dusts off his meanest slap bass while Belarus's Funkyjaws lays down an ultimately timeless lesson in jazz-licked filtered dynamism. Limited and lush... All boxes ticked here.
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Cat: COS 1137. Rel: 08 Feb 16
  1. Celia - "A Hora E Essa" (3:04)
  2. Franco - "Ei, Voce, Psiu!" (2:34)
Review: Two more rare grooves purloined from Cultures Of Soul's Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul and delivered on a sweet 45: Celia's "A Hora E Essa" is a steamy Latin funk workout from 72; all horns, cuicas and soft, honeyed vocals. Franco's "Ei, Voce, Psiu!" takes a more US funk idea with Franco's spoken vocals giving off a strong air of bandleader as the band lock down a tight groove beneath. Watch out for samba flip towards the end. Blink and you'll miss it.
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Cat: NUM 004. Rel: 08 May 07
  1. Rub A Dub Dub
  2. Rub A Dub Dub (instrumental)
Review: The fourth in Numero's ongoing disco 12" series comes from the archives of the Bronx's Tap label. Found on a reel simply marked "Rub A Dub", the eight minute disco-rap achieved 'classic' status on our office stereo within an hour via its infectious whistles, key steps and synth vamps. Included here are the vocals and the extended instrumental form the Fabulous 3 MC's. Warning, this release in limited to 1000 copies!
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Soon You'll Die (limited 7")
Cat: BLK 006. Rel: 14 Feb 14
  1. Soon You'll Die
  2. Don't Worry 'Bout Later (2012 reissue)
Review: Previously unreleased and coated in a stunning artwork, this limited 7" from Spanish funkateers The Faith Keepers is a must-check for all groove connoisseurs... The band's unique Latin boogaloo fusion is felt in full effect throughout the rather dark title track as we're faced with hurricane vocals, rich textured percussion and a groove so hot it could melt concrete. "Don't Worry Bout Later", meanwhile, sees the band in a slightly deeper frame of mind as a more sun-kissed, Latin soul groove is laid down under more infectious, butt-wriggling percussion. Essential.
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  1. The Family Daptone - "Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)" (3:52)
  2. Soul Fugue - "The 100 Knights Orchestra" (4:58)
Review: Soul and funk heads won't want to miss this very special seven-inch from the Daptone Records crew, and not just because it's the label's 100th "45". The A-side features an all-star '60s soul cover of the Frightnrs rock-steady cut featuring vocal contributions from Saun and Starr, James Hunter, Lee Fields, Naomi Shelton, Duke Amayo, the Frightnrs and two legends who are no longer with us: Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. It's a one-off that won't be repeated for obvious reasons, but more importantly it's very, very good. Over on the flip main man Bosco Mann takes charge, conducting and producing "two opposing armies" of woodwind and horn players from the label's expansive musical roster. As you'd expect, it's something of an epic.
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Cat: LL 1002-7. Rel: 27 Sep 06
  1. I Want To Be Loved By You
  2. Please Truthful
Review: Lotus Land Record's amazing underground funky disco release from Pittsburgh was originally released in 1980 on Jeree Records. Both sides of this 45 have went on to become firm underground classics of today. A side "I Wanna Be Loved By You" is a monstrously catchy uptempo disco tune which instantly captivates even the toughest dance floors, regarded by many as a deep house classic even though it is disco from 1980. B side "Please Be Truthful" is a brooding female vocal accompanied by blaxploitation rhythms. Both tunes are desperately sought after and until now virtually unavailable to the public. Original copies of the records will sell for over US$600, this may be the only chance today's DJs have to own this classic record.
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  1. Family Tree (2:55)
  2. Family Tree (OST Super Disco Break Beat) (3:08)
Review: Way back in 1999, Acid Jazz Records launched an offshoot dedicated to disco edits: Original Sound Track Recordings. The best of the series' many superb reworks were later gathered together on a compilation album on EMI that now changes hands for significant sums online. Happily, they've decided to reissue some of their early releases, beginning with this 7" of Family Tree featuring Sharon Brown's "Family Tree". You'll find the peerless original - a breakbeat-driven chunk of lolloping funk brilliance - on Side A, with the label's 2002 "Super Disco Break Beat" version on the flip. Inspired by hip-hop DJs doubling up the track's brilliant drum breaks, it's a killer percussion workout with a few quick blasts of funk energy and carefully placed special effects (think flanged drums, reversed sections and so on).
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Noble Tree (12")
Cat: GROOVE 009. Rel: 13 Feb 08
  1. Noble Tree (feat Segun Damisa)
  2. Noble Tree (feat Mike Ladd - Notaliban mix)
  3. Crache La Douleur (feat Tony Allen - long edit)
Review: "Authentic afrobeat that sounds straight out of Lagos circa late 70s early 80's. Fans of Tony Allen’s solo recordings will love this, issued on 12" to give ample time to groove. It stands up against original and the best new afrobeat. One for the record collection." Martin Lawrie's review (soulgeneration - UK)
'Crache La Douleur' featuring Tony Allen was already playlisted by Gilles Peterson and many others, and is offered here in a totally new re-mastered version more powerful and percussive than ever. It will make you feel Fanga is playing in your living room. The highlight of this new release from Les Disques Cosmic Groove is the title track 'Noble Tree' featuring Segun Damisa, and the amazing remix version featuring Mike Ladd, who transcend the already terrific track in a totally new monster, adding a pinch of spiritual jazz feeling, a super dope dancefloor oriented broken beat and some joyful eerie female vocals. A totally new approach of the now standard Fanga's cut that demonstrates that Fanga has now become a super famous and talented band, and that The Cosmic Groove is a label you now have to consider as a super groove and beats seeker. An astral travelling from Lagos to France! Don't miss it .-D.O. 's Review
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Cat: GROOVE 06. Rel: 20 Apr 07
  1. Natural Juice (Ashanti mix - long version)
  2. Bonus Beat (Alafia Style)
  3. I Didn't Know
  4. Bonus Beat (The Tony's Touch)
Review: New tunes taken from the upcoming album from this French Afrobeat crew on the Cosmic Groove label. If you like Antibalas then this is for you! Everybody who bought the first twelve inch from Fanga knows what time it is! Tony Allen didn't join the group for this record, but nonetheless it's a long funky trip in true style! Yes, we have to say it again, Fela Kuti mode...Pure spiritual African music. Great!
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  1. Kabanjak - "Gypsy Soul"
  2. Protassov - "New March"
  3. Deela - "Ghost Song"
  4. Ancient Astronauts - "36 Hours"
Review: The Fantastic Freeriding's "The Next Chapter EP" contains four flamin' new tracks by all Switchstance heads, painting the by now trademark collage of the label's various styles all anew in bright and shiny colours. Opening the EP is Gypsy Soul by Kabanjak - a dreamy yet percussive reflection that takes you right back to a campfire near the mediterranean shore. New March is pure Protassov: Beats, way fatter than his own bum, plus sounds, melodies and samples that go their own ways but always right forward. Deela here makes a glorious return (were they ever gone?) with Ghost Song, a fine specimen of broken beats that is sure to rock the more advanced dancefloors. Closing the EP is an uptempo funk track that was conceived right after Ancient Astronauts survived their first DJ trip to beautiful Greece - involving hardly any sleep, a near plane crash and totalling at a hectic 36 Hours. All tracks on the "The Next Chapter EP" are exclusives and not included on the album of the same name, to be released in July '06. "From spliffed up beats to jazzed out grooves, Switchstance is the source for dope tracks across the board!" - Fort Knox Five (USA) , "From Jazz to Cinematic sounds, from Rare Groove to Reggae and from Hip Hop to Post Rock: this is a trip and you'll go far beyond ! Congratulations for the album, this is really good!" - Kid Loco (FR), "Thank God for Switchstance! Mellow, deep, dubby freeriding for the folks out there that wonder what happened to Kruder and Dorfmeister. Now I've got my soundtrack for Summer!" - Gunnar Hissam (Om Records/USA), "I enjoy the many different shades & moods of the music presented here, hold together by a passion for funky hip-hop breaks & laidback atmospheres. Relaxed, soulful & deep while still danceable. I'm lovin' the whole compilation!" - David Borsu (Counterpoint Rec./B), "Switchstance Recordings continue establishing their unique sounds with another strong release. Respect!" - Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes/D), "Great label that always brings the funk!" - Rob Life (Breakin Bread Rec./UK), "Expect to see "36 Hours" as No. 1 in my next chart, it's a Jelly Jaz rocker cut!" - Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz/UK), "Amazing EP!!! Chart: #1 This really really blew me away! All amazing tracks but will be caining the '36 Hours' track this time next year! Fast & funky! will be in the box for a few months!" - Diesler (Tru Thoughts/UK.)
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  1. Fantastic man - "Paradise"
  2. Andy Hart - "My Queen"
  3. Max Graef - "Das Brett"
Review: Australian label Melbourne Deep Cast return! Originally released as part of this year's Record Store Day activities, this Snooze For Days 10" from Melbourne's finest deep house operators is now widely available and features cuts from the Man Fantastique, Andy Hart and Max Graef. Each has supplied some excellent beat down edits of material that some might recognize and others won't; Fantastic Man's slow burning "Paradise" for example is based around a devilishly pitched down vocal of a late 90s neo soul classic that only really comes apparent when the "yeah you might laugh" refrain comes looping into focus. Andy Hart is on straight up discofunk sleaze form with "My Queen" whilst Max Graef cranks up the dust on "Das Brett" which has the best double bass manipulation since Roni Size's "Brown Paper Bag".
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Cat: FSR 7040. Rel: 17 Jan 08
  1. The Fantastics! - "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose"
  2. Speedometer feat Ria Currie - "Answer To Mother Popcorn"
Review: Freestyle serve up 2 James Brown tributes as a sampler for the recent Modern Funk compilation. It has been argued that 2007
was the year that the underground funk movement finally started to make its presence known in the mainstream. Huge selling
artists such as Mark Ronson, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse spearheaded a movement towards a more organic and authentic
sound, selling thousands of records in the process and whisking bands, who have been gigging in small sweaty clubs in the UK
for years, off on world tours. The music itself harks back to the golden years of Motown, Watts and Stax, as well as hundreds of
unknown smaller labels, but given the all important production values of the 21st century, making it perfect for the dancefloor -
hence the tag 'Modern Funk'. The a-side finds The Fantastics (previously known as Reverend Cleatus and The Soul Saviours)
getting busy with The Godfather's 'Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose', sticking pretty close to the original but slapping their unique style
all over it. Over on the flip Speedometer and Ria Currie take on 'Answer To Mother Popcorn', originally a Vicki Anderson number,
giving it a update for the dancefloor in 2008.
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Tyrone (7")
Cat: FA 001. Rel: 09 Mar 12
  1. The Fasaans - "Tyrone"
  2. Enjebeye - "Ario"
Review: Fasaan Recordings is a Malmo based vinyl imprint focusing on the more obscure shades of soul, funk, disco and afro related music. The debut single on the label is "Tyrone", a delicious slice of library soul and deep, afro-tinged jazzual grooves with plucked strings, violins and muted brass. On the flip, the pace picks up a notch with label mates Enjebeye's more club friendly ''Ario'' tapping into a more traditional afrobeat groove with throbbing live bass and great brass sections coming across as Sweden's alternative to Quantic Soul Orchestra. Juno is one of the few shops around the world lucky enough to get this labels releases so don't sleep.
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Cat: ALN 719. Rel: 06 Oct 07
  1. Fatboy Slim - "Radioactivity"
  2. Bootsy Collins - "Everything Is Everything"
Review: Fatboy Slim has recorded his own version of Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity". The b-side is by the one and only Bootsy Collins, written by Paul 'Beautiful South' Heaton.
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Cat: FSR 041. Rel: 11 Oct 06
  1. Get Up On ya Feet
  2. Shake Ya Pants
  3. Rocksteady
  4. Ladies & Gentlemen
Review: The man with more beats than a Columbian drug lord has marching powder makes his debut release on Freestyle with "Audio Fdelity". Hailing from Perth Australia Fdel has been a name on the music scene down under for many years. Making his name with the Triple J playlisted "El Questro" in 2002, he's been steadily building his career as party rocker number one and sample slinger par excellence. Packed with more cuts and 'breakface' inducing hooks than you can shake a stick at, this one man production outfit is ably assisted by Downsyde's DJ Armee on the scratches. Finding it's home amongst the funk/hip hop/breaks scene, fans of Fort Knox Five, Dynamo Productions and Kraak & Smaak will not be disappointed with the bouncing breaks packed into tracks such as "Rocksteady", "Get Up On Ya Feet" and "Ladies And Gentlemen".
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The Regrooved Series II (Juno exclusive blue vinyl 12'')
Cat: GG02 JUNOEXCLUSIVE. Rel: 13 Sep 10
  1. Feature Cast - "Chuck Berry"
  2. QDup Foundation - "Cosmic Soul"
  3. Rephrase - "Get Loose"
Review: One of Good Groove's most popular releases gets an exclusive repress on clear dark blue vinyl before the label ends its run of sample based funk-outs in order to focus on original output. Catskills artist Feature Cast gets busy with a bunch of accapellas including a certain woman of the ghetto over an uptempo horn heavy funk groove. On the flip the mysterious QDUP foundation drown a cavalcade of classic hip-hop samples over a loose mid tempo bump.
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Cat: AOE 021. Rel: 22 Sep 16
  1. When You Have Love (1:51)
  2. Run For Cover (2:48)
Review: Another week, another masterful 7" reissue from the unstoppable Athens Of The North. Moreover, it's another sublime find from the label, and it sticks closer to their usual trick of finding one-off soul singles from much coveted artists of the '70s and '80s. Felony Theft only released this one single back in 1972, "When You Have Love", but you can understand why AOTN would want to resurface its dusty percussion for the modern audience; it's one of those rare tunes that sounds like nothing else from the genre, a quirky piece of magic for the diggers. "Run For Cover" is fun, upbeat but less alluring than its A-side sibling, but that is not to say that it isn't also a fine slice of soul-funk mastery. Go.
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Cat: FSR 7090. Rel: 15 Nov 18
  1. Egg Roll (3:16)
  2. The Dump (3:46)
Review: New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson has been the beating heart of Melbourne's modern funk and soul scene for the best part of two decades. It's this that allowed him to gather many of the city's best musicians together to record "Rare Groove Spectrum", an album of fresh covers of rare and classic funk, soul and Latin jams. This sampler seven-inch contains two killer covers. On the A you'll find Ferguson and company charging through the deep funk brilliance of "Egg Roll", an instrumental track that first rose to prominence when Keb Darge reissued an un-credited test pressing of mysterious origin. Over on the flip, Ferguson's charges deliver a heady, exotic and intoxicating interpretation of "The Dump" by Soul Vibrations.
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Hallelujah (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 002. Rel: 16 Jan 15
  1. Hallelujah
  2. Jonny's Theme
Review: Pure Puerto Rican party business, "Hallelujah" was well ahead of its time... Originally released on INS in the 70s, its madcap drum dynamics and bass have more relevance now than they did back in the day. Hyper-limited, original presses have changed hands for over L500 and didn't sound particularly good due to poor pressing issues. AOTN have added their mastering magic in a major way... And thrown in the soundtracky Latin drama of "Jonny's Theme" for good measure. What a package.
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Rising Up (12")
Cat: PJMS 0143. Rel: 19 May 10
  1. Rising Up (Trancemicsoul vocal mix)
  2. Rising Up (album mix)
  3. Rising Up (Atjazz remix)
  4. Rising Up (Soul Minority remix)
Review: Having coaxed greats like Roy Ayres and Gwen Guthrie into the studio to collaborate, German producer Ferry Ultra has done it again by guiding Northern Soul legend Ann Sexton into the booth on "Rising Up". His album mix keeps faithful to the brassy and organic sounds of classic Northern Soul, but with enough sequenced beats in it to pack a punch. Atjazz sparkles on the remix, aiming it squarely at the floor with minimal clear-as-crystal kicks and some spacey atmospheric pads. South African Trancemicsoul also goes on a deep soulful adventure with Sexton's vocals, as does Soul Minority who superbly brings out the yearning in the singer's voice.
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Cat: TR 151. Rel: 13 Jun 13
  1. Funky Screw
  2. The Bull Is Coming (feat The Devil's Personal Band)
Review: One of funk's longest standing representatives, Fields continues to contribute to myriad genres, including contemporary acts like Kraak & Smaak. For this reissue, however, Tramp take us back to 1979 with a snapshot from his debut album Let's Talk It Over. Tight swings and frenetic horn work give both sides a real JBs thrust while The Devil's Personal Band are allowed to let loose on their own on "The Bull Is Coming". Another successful reboot of a once rare-as-hens-teeth 7", Tramp have well and truly spoilt us.
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Ladies (7")
Cat: TS 035. Rel: 15 Dec 11
  1. Ladies
  2. Ladies (instrumental)
Review: One of the true highlights of Lee Fields' 2009 album My World, "Truth & Soul" gets its own release with fresh edits from DJ Akalepse where Fields sings about something close to his heart - "(Beautiful) Ladies". The great lyrics are offset by a killer guitar lick and funk groove, whilst the B-Side comes with an awesome string-laden instrumental version, making this nothing short of an essential release.
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Cat: BC 0527. Rel: 30 Aug 17
  1. Coming Home (3:11)
  2. Precious Love (3:47)
Review: 1970s soul survivor Lee Fields has struck up a pretty special relationship with The Expressions, the house band of Truth & Soul writer/arranger/producer Leon Michels. The veteran vocalist has now released a trio of brilliant albums with the combo, as well as some killer singles. "Coming Home", a sweet-natured slab of '60s soul complete with brilliant musicianship and authentically fuzzy production, is another must-have. B-side "Precious Love", a torch song with a backing track that sits somewhere between punchy Southern Soul and laidback funk, is also superb. In other words, if you love soul, you need this in your life.
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Cat: BC 0507. Rel: 24 Oct 16
  1. Make The World (3:40)
  2. Make The World (instrumental) (3:43)
Review: Taken from Lee's brand new album Special Night "Make The World" is Fields at his finest, fieriest and funkiest - a message of clear unity delivered with his signature gutsy vocals over a beautifully tight groove from The Expressions. Rolling with a real sense of momentum and cool drama, Fields and his troupe still have heaps of love to give. The feeling's mutual too.
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Cat: BC 03645. Rel: 19 Aug 16
  1. Special Night (part 1) (3:33)
  2. Special Night (part 2) (2:51)
Review: Veteran soul man Lee Fields has been touring and releasing music almost constantly since the late 1960s. In recent years, he's struck up a great partnership with the Truth & Soul label's house band, The Expressions. Their latest collaborative single, "Special Night", is something of a cinematic soul treat, with Fields wringing every bit of emotion out of his cracking, heartfelt vocal. The sumptuous A-side (subtitled 'Part 1') is joined on the flip by a sparser, stripped back version ('Part 2') that somehow manages to further emphasize the brilliance of Fields' lyrics and vocal. Both versions feel like future end-of-night classics.
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Cat: AJX 290S. Rel: 19 Apr 12
  1. Girlfriend
  2. Girlfriend (instrumental)
Review: A six-headed funk/jazz group, The Filthy Six pluck one of the highlights of their second album The Fox for this here single for the venerable Acid Jazz label. A cover of Michael Jackson's "Girlfriend" would be hard to get wrong, but the crew make the song their own with a mix of Hammond organ, brass, Dap Tones drums and some raw and deliciously soulful vocals. Much needed 7" bad boy here!
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Cat: AJX 400S. Rel: 22 Jan 16
  1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (feat Brendan Reilly - radio edit) (4:55)
  2. Iguana Strut (5:05)
Review: Any self-respecting funk dancefloor will always react to a good Michael Jackson cover version, that's why there have been so many over the years. Adding to this canon of Jacko cover versions are London jazz funk troupe The Filthy Six who bring their take on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" to this 7" shaped return to Acid Jazz. Long term fixtures of the label, this seven is in fact a prelude to the upcoming third album from The Filthy Six, due on Acid Jazz later this year, and their dashing live funk take on one of MJ's finest cuts will probably remain a dancefloor favourite long after. DJs don't sleep on the taut instrumental cut "iguana Strut" that lines the flip - it's just as good.
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Cat: VF 006. Rel: 13 May 14
  1. I Love Myself
  2. People Of The World
Review: One of Nigeria's fist frontladies, Mona's portfolio stretches from the late 60s with The Sunflowers through to the late 70s/early 80s with The Sensationalists. Here we find her at the later stage of her career where the US new jazz influence makes its presences known over the sprightly, tight, horn-driven Lagos grooves. "I Love Myself" is the more western flavoured jam with its skippy drums and lavish arrangement. "People Of The World", meanwhile, is emphatic Afrofunk with emphatic harmonies and overlapping guitar twangs. Sun-kissed sonics sent with timeless class, Mona loves herself... And you'll love her too.
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Cat: PASTDUE 009. Rel: 25 Sep 17
  1. Slow Motion (3:27)
  2. The First Family (3:51)
Review: Destination: Memphis. Home to prolific writer and producer Lee Moore whose early 80s back cat is being celebrated by Jerome Derradji's Past Due imprint right now. Here we find them dipping into his work as The First Family on Score and LM Records. "Slow Motion" is a powerful synth boogie jam with warm synths, Rodgers-style guitar and rampant bass runs. "The First Family" takes thing up a notch with a disco / early house groove. The full emphasis is squared on the heavy hitting kick and popping slap bass groove but there's plenty of room for party chants, subtle organs in the background some sweet talkbox textures. Make sure you're first in the queue for this.
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Cat: VF 007. Rel: 17 Sep 14
  1. Top Of The World
  2. I Want To Thank You Baby
Review: The Voodoo Funk label returns with a 12" maxi single of sublime spaced out disco funk from Nigerian group First Planet which concludes their excellent Lagos Disco Inferno series. Lead by the inimitable bass playing and vocals of Willy Nfor, First Planet released just the one self titled album together back in 1980 for the Zanidisco label and two of it's highlights have been licensed for this Voodoo Funk platter. If you known Nfor for his previous band the Mighty Flames, you'll notice the decidedly more disco edge to First Planet (whose whole aesthetic was a subtle nod to Parliament) and both "Top Of The World" and "I Want To Thank You Baby" are high grade slabs of harmony heavy afro funk with neat little p funk undertones.
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Cat: BOTOS 001. Rel: 09 Mar 16
  1. Daycruising (6:43)
  2. Daycruising (reprise) (2:52)
  3. Take Me Home (4:31)
  4. Bayflower (4:19)
Review: Based in Mannheim but rooted in the positive vibes that emanate from Dresden, Born To Shine kicks into action with a strong focus on boogie, funk and disco which is demonstrated by the bucketload on this 12" from First Touch. Zeljko Pijuk Schmitt and Nanthara Vorabouth have been feeling the funk since 2009 (seek out there debut self-titled LP issued on their own Highsteppin' label) and they arrive on Born To Shine after a recent outing for the excellent Omega Supreme. It's hard to step away from listening to the four tracks on Daycruising with a feeling of anything but positivity, such is the sunshine contained within these 12" of vinyl with the Moon B style tucked funk of closer "Bayflower" our pick of the bunch.
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Cat: SC 7019. Rel: 30 Oct 17
  1. Toe Jammin' (radio mix) (3:58)
  2. Pleasure For Your Treasure (radio mix) (4:01)
Review: German combo First Touch can rightfully be considered amongst the top tier of 21st century boogie and electrofunk revivalists. Having previously shined on Omega Supreme, Born to Shine and Neon Finger, the Mannheim crew has now transferred to the brilliant Star Creature imprint. A-side "Toe Jammin" is particularly fresh, featuring as it does a killer combination of thickset synth bass, bustling drum machine rhythms, glassy-eyed '80s soul chords, rising horns and one hell of an extended piano solo. Thrown in all manner of synth doodles and you have an effortlessly brilliant cut. They try their hand at more traditional electrofunk fare on the flip, layering soulful vocal samples and fizzing synth solos over a classic P-funk groove. These won't hang around for long, so buy now to guarantee a copy.
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Cat: JBJ 1018. Rel: 16 Jun 11
  1. Put On My Shoes
  2. As Wild As You Can Be
Review: Mary Ann Fisher delivers a downtrodden 1950s R&B superb growlin' vocal performance on this swinging blues number on Jazzman's sub label Juke Box Jam. Mary Ann subsequently became well known as one of the Raelettes (Ray Charles's all female backing vocal troupe).On the flipside the pace is raised a bar as Mary Ann gruffly complains about her lover's wily ways with a foot stompin' R&B rocker.
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I'll Leave You (Girl) (7" + insert)
Cat: TR 176. Rel: 23 Oct 14
  1. I''ll Leave You (Girl) (For Somebody New)
  2. St James Infirmary
Review: Prior to this highly anticipated reissue, crazy amounts of paper have been passed over for this once-rare funk gem. It's not hard to hear why... Released in 1970, "I'll Leave You" is a big band swinger that built on the blues funk foundations Redding dug the year with "Too Hard To Handle". File under instant feel good floor stomper. Flip for "St James Infirmary". Rich, bluesy and delivered with spacious production and crisp delivery... Written 40 years before this recording, sounding good 44 years later - this really is a timeless record.
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out of stock $7.03
Cat: BM 001. Rel: 01 Jan 90
  1. Flash To The Beat
  2. Fusion Beats (Vol 2)
Review: Some serious old skool beat lessons here. The a-side is recorded from a show at the Bronx River Centre featuring Flash manually operating a drum machine while the Furious Five rhyme over it. The b-side is a James Brown pause-tape cut-up track, supposedly recorded by Afrika Bambaataa, Afrika Islam and Jazzy Jay. Funk at its rawest.
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out of stock $9.47
Havin' A Party (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 036. Rel: 22 Sep 16
  1. Havin' A Party (2:55)
  2. Music (Get's Me High) (3:53)
Review: Nothing says 'disco' quite like records that shamelessly celebrate the delights of having a good time. Flipside's 1980 jam, "Havin' A Party", is one of the better examples - and certainly amongst the most obscure. The punchy disco-funk number was initially self-released on the band's own Flipside Records imprint, and has been unknown to all but a handful of hardcore crate diggers ever since. It has certainly aged well, with urgent vocals and clipped guitars riding a seriously heavy disco-funk groove. B-side "Music (Gets Me High)" is almost as good, with superb, hip-hop friendly drum breaks ushering in a hazy, super-sweet song that revels in its' joyous celebration of the merits of feel-good music.
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out of stock $10.55
Free (7")
Cat: FLO 077. Rel: 12 Jun 17
  1. Free (3:29)
  2. Future (4:10)
Review: Back to Atlanta, 1978: Keither Florance and his Clark College compadres laid down this beautiful rare-as-unicorn-teeth 45. Ably curated by Andy Noble and once the sole preserve of a small amount of collectors, Backatcha's reissue ensures we can all enjoy these sparkling cosmic jazz funk creations with added remastered benefits. From the dubby reflections of the instrumental heads-down stamped of "Free" to the more hopeful, rising cadences and soft soul of "Future", these 39-year-old jams have matured consummately.
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out of stock $12.97
Future (7")
Cat: FLO 077. Rel: 06 Jul 17
  1. Future (4:02)
  2. Free (3:25)
Review: Back to Atlanta, 1978: Keither Florance and his Clark College compadres laid down this beautiful rare-as-unicorn-teeth 45. Ably curated by Andy Noble and once the sole preserve of a small amount of collectors, Tramp's reissue ensures we can all enjoy these sparkling cosmic jazz funk creations with added remastered benefits. From the dubby reflections of the instrumental heads-down stamped of "Free" to the more hopeful, rising cadences and soft soul of "Future", these 39-year-old jams have matured consummately.
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out of stock $10.01
Cat: SL 45001. Rel: 10 Oct 05
  1. Mr Matatwe (Keep It Up) (feat Andy Ross On Flute)
  2. Armon's Theme (feat Matt Cronin On Trumpet)
Review: "Mr Matatwe (Keep It Up)", by Flying Fish, is the debut release on new label Skyline. It is a great new double-header 7". On the a-side, "Mr Matatwe (Keep It Up)" is a superb up-tempo, floor-moving, hip-shaking dance groove that is sure to make you move you feet. On the b-side is "Armon's Theme", a timeless classic, made in honour of the Armon Superpiano, an electric keyboard that instantly evokes the sound of seventies Italian porn flicks and soundtracks.
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out of stock $6.22
Pinprick (7")
Cat: FW 103. Rel: 20 Jun 13
  1. Pinprick
  2. Criminality
Review: Formed via the Broadway musical Fela!, The Fontanelles serve up their debut on the consistently exciting (and wonderfully unpredictable) First Word imprint. The result is two pieces of raw, emphatic Afro funk. "Pinprick" has a touch of the snake charmer about it with eastern minor key phrases and wild jazz noodles on the muted sax. "Criminality" comes armed with much more gusto with lively drums and a powerful carnival attitude. Strange name but apt... Anyone with a penchant for Afro funk will have soft spot for The Fontanelles before long.
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out of stock $6.48
Cat: AOE 010. Rel: 23 Jul 15
  1. Walking With My Eyes Closed (2:59)
  2. Life Is A Beautiful Feeling (3:14)
Review: Previously spotted passing hands for $1000, this Rodney Matthews doublet has been hot property since funk selector Ian Wright unearthed it. "Walking With Eyes Closed" oozes the slick falsetto funk Average White Band always aspired to; well-polished, super-tight, big highs and emphatic harmonies. "Life Is A Beautiful Thing" gets even funkier as the Miami troupe lay down cement-like dollops of bass-led funk over a stick beat and more rifle-like nagging vocals. Look up the word belter and you'll find this record.
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out of stock $7.30
Don't Go (7")
Cat: DINK 005. Rel: 10 Oct 16
  1. Don't Go (feat Joe Quarteman) (4:00)
  2. Don't Go (instrumental) (4:01)
Review: Washington's Fort Knox Five have literally always been doing their thang. The quartet is made up of Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin, a collaboration of musicians who have given us a wonderful selection of music across many a genre. They've almost always appeared on their of Fort Knox label, so this new single for the Dinked imprint feels like a welcomed change in their releasing pattern. It's a one-track situation here, but "Don't Go" is a funk bomb capable of deconstructing any dancefloor form here to Detroit, and Joe Quarteman's zesty vocals are immediately hummable. Check that instrumental cut, too - pure, break joy!
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out of stock $8.65
So Good (7")
Cat: POPC 118. Rel: 22 Nov 12
  1. Ruben Fort - "So Good"
  2. Deane Hawley - "Bossman"
Review: Yet another fine curating exercise on display here by Jazzman. Purloined from R&B's blossoming period in the early 60s, both Ruben and Deane's delivery are crisp and infectious. Hawley leans on more a country and blues twist that both you and your mum will enjoy. Fort's take on R&B comes with a richer soul and deeper vocal range, hinting at the Motown explosion that followed a matter of years later.
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Cat: LR 505012. Rel: 15 Apr 16
  1. Feel The Spirit (long disco version) (4:03)
  2. Feel The Spirit (disco version) (3:53)
Review: The Foster Jackson Group are one of those forgotten but highly coveted one-hit disco wonders that exist in the bottomless pit that is often classed simply as 'soul'. All that aside, these people made an incredible 12" back in 1979 that has been going for serious bucks on the second-hand market, but thankfully the prodigious P&P Records have saved the day yet again. "Feel The Spirit" is a devilish, inimitable disco jingle that is split between the more percussion ridden "Long Disco Version", and a more contained, more floor-focussed "Disco Version" They both contain that instantly addictive dose of piano, though. Check it out, you'll know what we mean...
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 in stock $15.69
Cat: ZEST 12006. Rel: 21 Jun 06
  1. XXX Files
  2. Tripple Cherry (dub)
  3. Tripple Cherry
Review: The first European offering (and the first vinyl release) from San Francisco's minimal electro-funk duo, Foxgluv. Their full live incarnation has built a reputation Stateside as a band not-to-miss with their genre-bending Californian cyber-sex-a-delica, most notably at festivals like the world-famous Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The 12" EP includes the best 2 cuts from their WEA-recorded Flame & Fortune album plus a totally exclusive remix by renowned "ambient techno innovator" (All Music Guide) Jonah Sharp of Spacetime Continuum fame. Triple Cherry is a sparse, sexy slice of down-tempo electronica with a fresh sound and a fat laid-back beat, while the flip-side’s XXX Files raises the stakes (not to mention the eyebrows, or indeed, the pulse) with it's X-rated rap about transexual alien abduction recounted over a booty-licous beat that suggests everything from George Clinton's Mothership Connection to "A Trip-hop Deee-lite..." (The San Francisco Chronicle).
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  1. Frank William's Rocketeers - "You Got To Be A Man"
  2. Helene Smith - "You Got To Be A Man"
Review: Ace JB sound-alike, vocal dancefloor funk. Most James Brown rip-offs don't even come close, but this one is up there with the best James Brown tracks. Backed with a female vocal version of the same tune.
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out of stock $14.34
Master Blaster (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BOTOS 002. Rel: 06 Apr 16
  1. Master Blaster (4:13)
  2. Summer Madness (3:30)
Review: Freshly minted German funkateers Born To Shine made quite the impression on us with their debut release earlier this year, First Touch's Daycruising 12", and this second release is just as good. The format may be swapped down to a 7" but none of the funk is lost, as you'd expect from an artist who calls himself Frankfurt Funk. Clearly filled with a love for the US West Coast funk style, Chris Neal's breakout 7" as Frankfurt Funk hits the spot brandishing a pair of boogie burners too hot to handle. Title cut "Master Blaster" swerves hard with tight organ and synth play over a break that snaps with real satisfaction, whilst "Summer Madness" eases down the tempo for a warm slow ride through the vibe.
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One Step Ahead (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: BEWITH 001SEVEN. Rel: 01 May 18
  1. One Step Ahead (2:34)
  2. I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face (2:43)
Review: "One Step Ahead" by American soul singer Aretha Franklin was released by Columbia Records in 1965. The A-side of the single reached the Rhythm & Blues singles chart of the time and ranked at #18. On the flip, "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" was taken from her 1964 album entitled Runnin' Out Of Fools. The single was released two years before Aretha achieved stardom when she joined Atlantic Records. The A side cut was not included on any of her Columbia studio albums and remains one of her rarest releases. The song has risen in familiarity due to its use in recent films, such as the music documentary Muscle Shoals and in the Academy Award winning drama Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins.
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Unchained EP (limited double 7" in hand-stamped sleeve) (1 per customer)
Cat: AOS 004. Rel: 04 Dec 18
  1. Aretha Franklin - "Chain Of Fools" (RockNRolla Soundsystem edit) (4:31)
  2. Aretha Franklin - "Get It Right" (SanFranDisko edit) (4:26)
  3. Marty Moore - "Radiation Funk" (Frank Agrario) (4:22)
  4. Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music" (Bully Boy refix) (4:09)
Review: Act of Sedition specializes in the most rarely seen of formats, the double seven-inch single. This is the label's third such release in a row and, like its predecessors, features fresh re-edits and re-fixes of classic funk jams. Dutch crew RocknRolla Soundsystem step up first, serving up a rolling, bass-heavy spruce-up of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" that's a little more 4-4 in feel than the Queen of Soul's original. SanFran Disko brilliantly rearranges the same artist's sweet 1983 boogie jam "Get It Right" - emphasizing the slap-bass, synths and bustling beats - before Frank Agrario gets to work on Marty Moore's punchy, disco era funk workout "Radiation Funk" with excellent results. Finally, Bully Boy provides a killer peak-time version of Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music".
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out of stock $13.26
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