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Singles
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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Cat: DBS 1005. Rel: 24 Jan 18
  1. Get Your Own (3:47)
  2. J Zimbra (4:09)
Review: Those who remember the first wave of funk breaks mash-ups and floor-filling hip-hop cut-ups in the late 1990s should be aware of J-Large; the mysterious DJ/producer has been remixing and reworking tracks (most notably by the Herbaliser) on and off ever since. His latest 7" escapade is suitably sizable, with A-side "Get Your Own" fusing Christina Aguilera's best-known vocal with loops and grooves lifted from a certain horn-toting jazz disco-funk classic. On the flip you'll find "J Zimbra", a bustling and floor-friendly tool-up of heavyweight Afro-funk slammer from 1979. As you'd expect, both are guaranteed to get the party started... and then some.
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Cat: PPU 067. Rel: 05 Mar 15
  1. Fire & Desire (demo version) (2:37)
  2. Fire & Desire (Studio version) (4:44)
  3. Situations (4:29)
Review: DC archival masters Peoples Potential Unlimited first shone the light on Dwight Sykes and his Jahari project on the must grip Situations cassette late last year, revealing the work of a key player in Michigan's underground boogie scene. Those selectors out there without the means to play tapes in a club setting will no doubt be very thankful to PPU for this 12" that brings together some unreleased demo cuts from Jahari along with a newly remastered version of the superb title track from that cassette. So up top you get two alternate takes on "Fire & Desire" with the studio version a real funk gem, whilst "Situations" sounds all the more sweet and soulful in newly remastered form.
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Take Me To The Mardi Gras (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BAB 005. Rel: 16 Mar 18
  1. Bob James - "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" (extended Breaks Special edition) (3:30)
  2. David Matthews - "Sandworms" (extended Breaks Special edition) (4:22)
Review: The Beats and Breaks series of "Extended Break Edits" has so far succeeded in its stated aim to provide DJs with simple but devastatingly effective rearrangements built around lengthening key percussive packages. The mystery editors behind the series are at it again here, first looping up the distinctive, cowbell and triangle-driven drum passages dotted throughout Bob James' classic "Take Me To The Mardi Gras". On the flip, they take their scalpel to David Matthews' 1977 jazz-funk gem "Sandworms", casually making merry with the proto hip-hop beat, rubbery bass guitar, flanged guitar riffs and snaking saxophone solos.
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In The Basement (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLIP 007. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto - "In The Basement" (Soul Flip edit) (3:20)
  2. John Gary Williams - "My Sweet Lord" (Soul Flip edit) (3:59)
Review: On their latest limited edition salvo, the hardworking Soul Flip crew (AKA experienced DJs and producers Aldo Vanucci and Del Gazeebo) gets to work on two more stomping dancefloor cuts from the golden age of soul. First up on side A is a gently tooled-up and tightened up take on Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto's 1966 floor-heater "In The Basement", a hybrid soul-jazz/rhythm and blues jam rich in rubbery double bass, bustling drums, restless handclaps and brilliant lead vocals from the two legendary soul singers. On the flip they tackle Memphis musician John Gary Williams' 1972 cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord", which brilliantly re-imagines the former Beatles' spiritual song as a sweaty gospel-soul stomper.
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  1. Etta James - "Seven Day Fool" (3:00)
  2. Doug Banks - "I Just Kept On Dancing" (2:33)
Review: Soul Tribe celebrate the epic legacy of Chess subsidiary Argo with two of the label's many outstanding soul burners. Etta's big swing sauce-pot number takes pride of place with all 55 years of sultry devotion still deeply embedded into the recording. Banks' slightly lesser known pastoral ballad sets up camp on the B. Lilting and lolloping with horseback storytelling, it's the perfect foil both musically and narratively.
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Keep Lifting Me Higher (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 787. Rel: 30 Sep 19
  1. Keep Lifting Me Higher (2:45)
  2. The Sweetest Thing (2:41)
  3. The Wig (2:34)
  4. Sweet Sweet Soul (2:32)
Review: New funk delivered the old way; Original Gravity follow up the 2017 hype of Floyd James & The GTs debut "The Switchback" with this powerful four-track EP. Charged with a strong northern soul feel both "Keep Lifting Me Higher" and "The Sweetest Thing" lead with the beat as Floyd and his super-tight band bounce back and forth. Flip for more energetic mischief as "The Wig" goes turbo blues while "Sweet Sweet Soul" closes on an epic, riffy sing-along. The title speaks for itself.
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Played by: Originals, Soul Music
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Cat: VST 2155. Rel: 02 May 17
  1. Automaton (4:42)
  2. Nights Out In The Jungle (5:05)
Review: Seven years later... Jay Kay and his band of merry soulmen return with bonafide grooves. Raw, to the point and covering a huge amount of ground, "Automaton" is an electrified hair-raiser that's designed to lift floors while "Nights Out In The Jungle" tickles the backbone from Daptone with its slinky, JB-style bass/drum groove and light rap/spoken word. Pure funk in both its original and most futuristic style... and on limited clear vinyl, too.
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Scarface (7")
Cat: SG 055. Rel: 04 Apr 18
  1. Scarface (6:40)
  2. This Day (5:28)
Review: Four years on from their last outing, Japan's premier neo-Afrobeat band returns to the warm embrace of Soul Garden Records. A-side "Scarface" is arguably one of the band's most addictive and ear-pleasing tracks yet; a rousing Afrobeat workout that sees band members trading solos over a densely percussive, Fela Kuti style workout. In a bid to let us have a bit of a breather, flipside "This Day" is a more languid and laidback affair, with drunken trumpet solos and jammed-out keys relaxing over a shuffling, Afro-Latin groove. As ever, the playing is immaculate and the production authentically fuzzy. Worth a listen.
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Bomb (7")
Cat: SG 054. Rel: 24 Apr 18
  1. Bomb (Ultimate take) (6:15)
  2. Panama (4:25)
Review: Nu-wave afrobeat swingers, Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra, touch back down on Masamichi Ishikawa's Soul Garden, and they have arrived just in time for what we hope to be a blazing hot summer of joyful Fela vibes. In fact, these guys have cited Kuti as their main inspiration - which is always a good thing, in our opinion - and the title track "Bomb" is clearly of that ilk, unleashing a driving bass surrounded by wild chanting and a little disco sensibility. On the flipside, "Panama" provides a deeper, cooler edge that's much more in line with Kuti's work alongside the Afrika 70 band, with booming horns guiding the jazzed-out percussion. LUSH!
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  1. Eastern Comfort (6:38)
  2. Eko Ile (5:22)
Review: Fela Kuti fans Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra last came to our attention in 2014 via a fantastic sophomore set on Soul Garden. Here, the Japanese neo-Afrobeat combo returns to the same imprint with the first of two simultaneously released 7" singles. A-side "Eastern Comfort" is a typically jaunty and undulating affair, with bold, Fela-esque tenor sax motifs and delay-laden spoken work vocals dancing around Nigeria '70 guitars and loose, Tony Allen style drums. Flipside "Eko Ile" is an altogether more forthright and up-tempo affair whose rasping horns and JuJu guitars are slightly overshadowed by some elongated organ action.
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Cat: FMH 007BLACK. Rel: 11 Feb 19
  1. Rosegold (5:07)
  2. Are You Ready? (3:20)
Review: JJ and The Beholders blast the doors off with their debut single "Rosegold". A powerful bluesy lament, everything from the spacious production to the hammonds that croon behind Joshua ooze soul and sentiment. Meanwhile on the B we hit northern soul territory with a thumping beat, minimal instrumentation and stacks of room for Joshua's tones to shine through. Behold that that horn led middle-eighth. Pow!
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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: FUNK45 027. Rel: 20 Jun 06
  1. Deal With It
  2. What Kind Of Man
Review: Jimmy Lane recorded this single in the summer of 1969 in upstate New York. The title stems from arriving at the recording studio without any lyrics prepared, and when asked by the producer what he was going to sing he replied "Oh, we’ll deal with it later". Another Funk Classic from Funk 45.
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 048. Rel: 29 Mar 16
  1. Make Me Believe In You (Tom Moulton remix) (6:28)
  2. Ain't No Love Lost (Tom Moulton remix) (5:47)
Review: Should you require further evidence of the all-round genius of Curtis Mayfield, look no further than this early '70s funk gem from Patti Jo. "Make Me Believe In You" was written and produced by the velvety-voiced musician in 1973, one of just a few singles released by Patti Jo but undoubtedly now an all-time classic. That rolling drum intro, the ear-wagging piano, the subtle orchestration and, above all, Patti Jo's killer vocal all combine for a perfect example of the halcyon days when funk was beginning to transform into disco. Mayfield himself later covered the track for the closer to his Sweet Exorcist LP! This BGP 7" sees Tom Moulton's extension of "Make Me Believe In You" combined with his remix of the other Patti Jo burner, "Ain't No Love Lost". Any self-respecting DJ needs the A-side though.
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Catch A Groove (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BAB 003. Rel: 24 Oct 17
  1. Juice - "Catch A Groove" (3:58)
  2. Fuzzy Haskins - "The Fuz & Da Boog" (4:04)
Review: The latest limited 7" single from the Beats & Breaks camp features subtle, DJ-friendly edits of two break-diggin' favourites. On the A-side, Juice's 1976 jazz-funk B-side "Catch a Groove" gets tweaked and extended, with lengthier passages of drum breaks at the beginning and end, as well as a sizeable percussion workout midway through. Turn to the flip for a similarly minded treat of Fuzzy Haskins' album-only cut "The Fuz & The Dog", where jazzy guitar licks and riotous horns buzz around a heavy, Blaxploitation-inspired funk groove. While less well known than the A-side, it's arguably the stronger of the two tracks; certainly, its extended percussive break is particularly suitable for hip-hop style doubling up.
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Honey (7")
Cat: RS 45 046. Rel: 10 Jul 17
  1. Just Brothers - "Honey" (2:49)
  2. Apollo Studio Band - "Honkey Tonk Woman" (instrumental) (2:39)
Review: For their latest deep dive into the world of obscure funk, Vienna's Record Shack has decided to reissue two hard-to-find gems from the Just Brothers and Apollo Studio Band. The former's "Honey" was recorded in the 1970s but first released in 2001. Full of their trademark surf style guitars, stomping Northern Soul style beats and dreamy, psychedelic era vocals, it remains one of the outfit's greatest tracks. On the reverse you'll find the thrillingly fuzzy "Honky Tonk Woman (Instrumental)" by the Apollo Studio Band. We found next to no information about the outfit online, suggesting the track was taken from a lauded, private press release. Either way, it's a prime chunk of Northern Soul style instrumental fuzziness that's worth the admission price alone.
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  1. Michael The Lion - "Keep On Hangin' On" (7:11)
  2. Michael The Lion - "Finally" (7:01)
  3. Jay Airiness - "Funky Situation" (6:35)
  4. Jay Airiness - "Two Of Us" (5:40)
Review: DJ Apt-One dons his hairiest mane for more roaring Lion edits. And this time he's brought company. Fresh from collaborating with Soul Clap, here we find him in fine funk fettle with two more precision dug obscurities: "Keep On Hangin' On" is classic loopy filtered disco house finesse while "Finally" takes us deep into electro boogie heaven. Supamomo Jay Airiness takes the B for two equally XL party-sized joints: "Funky Situation" is a total carnival of percussion and slapbass magic while "Two Of Us" is all about the bumper-busting disco funk. Divine.
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First Time On 45: Argentina Funk Special (limited hand-numbered 7" in hand-stamped inner sleeve,branded card outer sleeve + sticker) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 066. Rel: 23 Sep 19
  1. Funk Yourself
  2. Repartamos El Funky
Review: Mukatsuku struck gold again on this latest first time on a "45" issue. It boasts a couple of lesser-known jazz-funk fusion jams which originally featured on Argentine musician Jorge Navarro's 1977 album "Navarro Con Polenta", an LP that has never been issued outside of South America. A-side "Funk Yourself" is a bustling, high-octane jazz-funk Hammond licks and spiralling horns jumping above a Blaxploitation style backing track. "Repartamos El Funky" is a more laid back but no less musically intricate affair, with a variety of high-grade electric piano and guitar solos riding seemingly endless jazz style drum solos and rubbery bass. Juno hand-numbered copies come in exclusive sleeves and this 45 not be repressed. DJ Support comes from Ge-ology, Dom Servini, DJ Koco (Japan), DJ Food,The Allergies,45LIVE.net ,Dr Bob Jones,Rob Luis, Smoov and more
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Soul Flip Edits 6 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLIP 006. Rel: 21 Jan 19
  1. The Temptations - "I Can't Get Next To You" (Wonderlove re-edit) (3:54)
  2. Jack Hammer - "Swim" (Wonderlove short re-edit) (3:55)
Review: Wonderlove is the re-editor at the controls for the latest edition of the Soul Flip reworks series, which this time boasts tidy rearrangements of killer cuts from the Temptations and Jack Hammer. It's the former's 1969 single "I Can't Get Next To You" that gets the rework treatment first, with Wonderlove making merry with the track's jangling piano riffs, hybrid rock/soul groove, insatiable vocals and much-sampled drum breaks (which get extended for added dancefloor pleasure). If you're in the mood for something heavier and fuzzier, the "Short Re-Edit" of Jack Hammer's insatiable, spiraling funk workout "Swim" will have you dancing like you've got ants in your pants.
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Albums
Enough Is Enough (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 115. Rel: 23 Aug 17
  1. Reggae Deluxe (3:57)
  2. Get Yourselves Together (6:04)
  3. Enough Is Enough (6:25)
  4. Some More (7:07)
  5. Baby Rock (5:22)
Review: Jay-U Experience was the musical alter ego of Justus Nnakwe, a Nigerian musician who featured in several psychedelic rock and funk combos during the late '70s and early '80s. Collectors of Nigerian music have long sought out copies of his 1977 debut album, Enough is Enough, a fact that has inspired Soundway to prepare this licensed reissue. It's a thoroughly vibrant and entertaining set that sees Nnawke slip between leisurely reggae-pop ("Reggae Deluxe"), acid-fried Afro-funk ("Get Yourself Together"), sax-fuelled dancefloor psychedelia ("Some More") and fuzzy, organ-laden funk-rock heaviness (freaky closer "Baby Rock"). Given that finding original copies is near impossible these days, even for those who spend their lives digging in Lagos, this should be an essential purchase for fans of Nigerian music.
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Cat: GET 54075LP. Rel: 12 Mar 18
  1. (It's Not The Express) It's The J.B.'s Monaurail (8:16)
  2. Here We Come, Here We Go, Here We Are (4:30)
  3. All Aboard The Soul Funky Train (4:33)
  4. Transmograpfication (4:03)
  5. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself & You Be Yours (9:46)
  6. Taurus, Aires & Leo (6:36)
  7. Things & Do (5:18)
Review: Destination 1975: funk is leaning back limbo style to let disco flourish and the fourth LP from James Brown's clam-tight backing troupe is a fine example of just how the two styles flexed. Still heavy with the tight jams, big breaks and firing horn blow-outs but laced with a little disco shine and orchestration in places, it's a fine snapshot of the 70s headiest musical crossroads. The slippery guitars and slinky bass on "Taurus, Aires & Leo", the far-away jazzy textures of "Transmograpfication" and their own fly response to BT Express "The JB's Monaurail" are just some of the many highlights on this fusion-focused album.
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These Are The JB's (LP + 12 page booklet)
Cat: NA 5119LP. Rel: 17 Nov 14
  1. These Are The JB's (parts 1&2) (4:44)
  2. I'll Ze (10:37)
  3. The Grunt (3:27)
  4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can (12:54)
Review: A very special document right here! A document many didn't believe existed until Now Again announced it. These Are The JB's charts the moment where Brown met Bootsy and invited him in the studio for a session. Recorded but shelved, the LP carries all the hallmarks and roots DNA of funk as we know it. Tight, teasing and full of surprises, anyone who enjoys modern music should know about this record. But they probably won't... Only 3000 copies are being pressed!
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Cat: STLKLP 001. Rel: 03 Apr 18
  1. Ron Rinaldi - "Mexican Summer" (3:02)
  2. Leila Pinheiro - "Tudo Em Cima" (3:03)
  3. Christer Norden - "Lay Back" (3:24)
  4. N C C U - "Superstar" (6:03)
  5. Shades Of Love - "Do Your Own Dance" (6:23)
  6. Sonya Spence - "Let Love Flow On" (3:45)
  7. Nu-Cleus - "Needing A Woman" (4:08)
  8. Al (Alonzo) Wilson - "Love You Girl" (2:50)
  9. Richardi Mac - "Told You So" (4:31)
  10. Maureen Bailey - "Takin' My Time With You" (3:13)
  11. Fein - "Stonedage" (3:43)
  12. June Evans - "Hardly Need To Say" (4:24)
  13. Starcrost - "Quicksand" (5:00)
  14. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Unity" (4:20)
Review: The Spacetalk label returns with this fine compilation by French house shotter, Jeremy Underground. We know him, and you surely know him, though his My Love Is Underground label, an imprint that has produced some of the best deep house in the last five years. He's not in house mode today, though, and instead the DJ shows us his soul roots. Ron Rinaldi's opener "Mexican Summer" is a real peach of a song, then there's some Brazilian disco-funk through Leila Pinheiro's "Tudo Em Cima", and the supremely deep and sensual "Superstar" by NCCU. Other favourites include Maureen Bailey's bittersweet anthem "Takin' My Time With You", and June Evans' "Hardly Need To Say", a tune that we could just leave on repeat. A highly recommended comp!
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It's Just Begun (reissue) (180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 1748. Rel: 24 Jan 17
  1. Creation (Prologue) (1:36)
  2. It's Just Begun (3:29)
  3. Troglodyte (Cave Man) (3:38)
  4. You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha) (2:57)
  5. Psyche (4:31)
  6. L.T.D. (Life, Truth & Death) (7:21)
  7. My Brightest Day (4:03)
  8. Bad (3:37)
  9. I Promise To Remember (2:59)
  10. Creation (Epilogue) (1:03)
Review: A bona fide piece of history right here: Jimmy Castor led a furiously funky and politically-charged troupe through 70s by way of 10 albums. And this is where it all began... The title track is known to all thanks to its heavy sampling but its counterparts are just as enduring - the swampy blues funk fusion of "You Better Be Good", the wry society critique of "Troglodyte" and the hazy, honeyed Motown soul of "My Brightest Day" are just three of the many highlights throughout the album. Seminal blueprint business, it will never age.
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  1. Douala By Night (3:10)
  2. Funky Bafoussam (3:26)
  3. More & More (5:34)
  4. Love Is Light (3:33)
  5. Aie (4:41)
  6. Not So Bad (3:49)
  7. I Love Yaounde (4:00)
  8. Eda (3:47)
  9. Funky Boogie Love (3:15)
  10. Eya Mba (7:46)
Review: Between the mid 1970s and the late 1980s, Cameroonian duo J.M Tim and Foty recorded a string of killer Afro-funk albums. This superb compilation from Africa Seven shines a light on the best of the duo's early work, with each of the ten tracks recorded between 1977 and '79. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the crunchy Clavinets, punchy horns and heavy grooves of opener "Douala By Night" and the rubbery disco-funk of "More and More", to the swirling, celebratory vocals, sun-kissed guitars and dazzling analogue synth solos of "Ale". Elsewhere, check the Bee Gees-in-Cameroon flex of "Funky Boogie Love" and "I Love Youande", a breezy affair with a touch of country-funk swing and an a sublime bass guitar riff.
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Cat: DAP 012LP. Rel: 12 Oct 07
  1. 100 Days, 100 Nights
  2. Nobody's Baby
  3. Tell Me
  4. Be Easy
  5. When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle
  6. Let Them Knock
  7. Something's Changed
  8. Humble Me
  9. Keep On Looking
  10. Answer Me
Review: Daptone brings you the amazing album, '100 Days 100 Nights' from the soul sister Sharon Jones alongside The Dap Kings.
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Played by: Daptone Records
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Cat: MRBLP 148. Rel: 31 Jul 17
  1. Jorgeia Corisco (3:50)
  2. No Bom Sentido (3:29)
  3. Aleluia (3:51)
  4. Raton (0:53)
  5. Pret-A-Porter (3:35)
  6. Squash (3:58)
  7. Eva (5:39)
  8. Fa Sustenido (2:57)
  9. Ze Piolho (0:43)
  10. Baila Comigo E Festa Braba (3:32)
  11. Ginga (2:55)
  12. Alegrias (3:10)
Review: Insane boogie fire from Rio circa 82; both Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti were already decorated before they joined forces, but this one took both of their reputations and amplified them beyond expectation. Their one and only album, it's loaded with soul and funk from every corner of Brazil's sexy city and brought together with beautiful attention to detail; the gradual vocal breakdowns, rude synths and lavish instrumental sections, key cuts such as the Wonder-level "Aleluia", the jazz slides and glides of "Pret-A-Porter" and the sexy 80s electro boogie "Squash" will still completely flip any party 35 years later. Stunning.
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1634 Lexington Avenue (reissue) (limited clear vinyl LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: TRLP 12006C. Rel: 19 Sep 19
  1. Woman You Made Me (3:42)
  2. Love Our Love Affair (4:01)
  3. Remember Me (4:13)
  4. Help Me (Save Me From Myself) (3:32)
  5. Ain't That Love? (4:25)
  6. This Is What Love Looks Like! (4:02)
  7. You Gonna Need Me (3:40)
  8. I'd Better (3:24)
  9. We're All We Got (4:04)
  10. I Can't Love You Anymore (feat Pratt) (4:35)
Review: Fast-rising New York soul singer Carlton Jumel Smith continues his successful partnership with Timmion house band Cold Diamond & Mink via a debut album that sounds like it could have been recorded in the early 1970s rather than 2019. Smith's lyrics and effortlessly soulful vocal delivery take centre stage throughout, though it's the faithfully fuzzy grooves, punchy horn lines and languid, delay-laden guitar motifs provided by his storied backing band that make the album a real winner. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the loved-up sweetness of "This Is What Love Looks Like!" and Motown-influenced stomp of "We're All We Got", to the slack-tuned drum breaks and bittersweet messages of "I Can't Love You Anymore (feat Pratt)" and the cheery goodness of "Remember Me". In a word: superb.
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Played by: Soul Music
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Livingstone (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: ND 003. Rel: 14 Nov 18
  1. Hangmat (6:08)
  2. Pompette (5:33)
  3. Ja Precis (4:15)
  4. Love Boat (6:23)
  5. Stormvogel (5:30)
  6. Hurn In Bell (4:20)
  7. Spectacles (part 1) (4:09)
  8. Spectacles (part 2) (6:31)
  9. The Fog (4:55)
  10. Spending Week (8:52)
  11. Cafe Creme (5:45)
Review: As an Afrobeat-influenced band, you know you're onto something when Tony Allen starts singing your praises. Dutch nine-piece Jungle By Night has received plenty of plaudits from the Fela Kuti sticksman over the years, and it's easy to see why. Although there's very little straight-up Afrobeat on their latest must-have LP, "Livingstone", there's plenty of rasping, Fela-style horns, polyrhythmic grooves, Highlife-esque guitar riffs and vintage synthesizer motifs. Combine these with an impressive range of influences - boogie, jazz, Giallo horror movie soundtracks, jazz-funk and disco - and the result is a wonderfully expansive, impeccably played and produced set of tracks that entertain and inspire in equal measure. They might be hard to pin-down, but the Amsterdam band is at least consistent: consistently good, that is.
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Played by: Giovanni Damico
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Afro Rock (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: BEWITH 058LP. Rel: 22 May 19
  1. Heavy Water (3:16)
  2. Ice Breaker (3:50)
  3. Solid Satin (2:13)
  4. Punch Bowl (2:39)
  5. Frozen Steam (3:36)
  6. Black Light (2:39)
  7. Range Rover (3:28)
  8. Swamp Fever (2:09)
  9. Safari So Good (1:56)
  10. Survival (2:51)
  11. Afro Waltz (2:38)
  12. Sahara Sunrise (3:01)
  13. Rockin Rhino (2:26)
  14. Heat Haze (2:50)
  15. Afro Metropolis (2:37)
Review: Originally produced in 1973 as a split LP by guitarist Alan Parker on the first side, and composer John Cameron on the second, this album is one of the KPM 1000 Series twelve inch long playing transcription discs - produced especially for the film, television and radio industries to the highest standards. Eloquently described as "hard afro pop featuring a large percussive rhythm section and front line", it was recorded at Morgan Studios by the pair as a collection of stripped-down African rhythms, virtuoso jazz instrumentation, fuzzed up wah wah guitars and spaced out library breaks. As Cameron himself described it in Unusual Sounds, this is "heavy duty drum-and-bass salsa music".
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International Times (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 004. Rel: 08 Jan 18
  1. Stay Cool
  2. International Times
  3. We Bring Light
  4. Eagle On The Wing
  5. Go With The Flow
  6. For The Love Of Life
  7. More Love
  8. Inner Fire
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Arriving at their fourth release, Emotional Rescue's knowledge of forgotten musical gems and their commitment to give them the chance of wider appreciation they fully deserve cannot be in question! After digging out that Bob Chance classic, the focus switches to something of an equally balearic nature with the release of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright's lost folk rock album International Times. Originally released as a private press on the obscure French label Living Records back in 1983, this eight track album is filled with dusty soul nuggets which are given extra life by the silky vocal stylings of Whitren - formerly a backing singer for Alan Parson. Opening track "Stay Cool" sounds quite ahead of it's time, whilst there are some true dancefloor gems for the more adventurous DJs out there, such as the title track and the laid back bump of "Go With The Flow."
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