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Singles
Cat: BRZ45 022. Rel: 20 Apr 15
  1. Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - "Agora E Moda" (4:17)
  2. Pete Dunaway - "Supermarket" (4:52)
Review: Time for some Brazilian psychedelic boogie straight from 78. Erstwhile lead singer in Os Mutantes, with a personality thrice as big as the soaking wet bassline on "Agora E Moda", Rita Lee is no stranger to her motherland - even now. Flip for a huge soul injection courtesy of Pete Dunaway. Sounding English in every direction (from his name to his lyrics to the stunning, string-coated arrangement) he's actually Sao Paulo born and is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. Check this and you can tell in an instant. Stunning.
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Afro Funk & Disco Gems Volume Ten (limited 7" in juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded card outer sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 064. Rel: 01 Apr 19
  1. Peter Yamson - "Everybody Dance" (3:51)
  2. Tala Am - "Get Up Tchamassi" (3:11)
Review: Mukatsuku's long running "Afro Funk & Disco Gems" series has always been a reliable source of obscure, high-quality dancefloor material from the African continent. This tenth edition is another must-have - on the A-side you'll find the synth-laden, boogie-era sunshine of "Everybody Dance", one of the undisputed highlights of Peter Yamson's in-demand (and notably hard to find) "Son Of Africa" LP. With wonderful vocals, glistening guitars, lolloping drum machine beats and some stellar synth work, the track ticks all the right boxes. Over on the flip there's a chance to own Cameroon legend Tala Andre Marie's 1981 classic "Get Up Tchamassi", whose snaking sax lines, elastic slap bass and dreamy chords are nothing less than sensational.As played by The Allergies, DJ Koco, Joe Claussell,Smoov,Kalita, Faze Action,DJ Moar etc
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Cat: 850643 P. Rel: 20 Feb 19
  1. Spirit Of Love (4:41)
  2. Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo (3:26)
Review: Given the vastness of his back catalogue, you'd think there would be plenty of re-issue-friendly gold buried in Eddie Palmieri's discography. "Spirit of Love", first released as a single in 1978, certainly ticks a lot of boxes: the spiraling, disco-era chunk of boogaloo/jazz-funk fusion remains popular on specialist dancefloors - especially jazz-dance ones - and original copies frequently change hands online for well over 50 quid. Like the original 7", this edition of the singles also comes backed with the sweaty Brazilian style jazz brilliance of "Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo", which also happens to be the title track of the LP that "Spirit of Love" was plucked from.
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I Choose You (Record Store Day 2019) (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: KA 1003P. Rel: 24 Apr 19
  1. I Choose You (5:54)
  2. Punkin' Funkin' (4:38)
Review: It would be fair to say that Paris Holley is not one of the best-known purveyors of 1980s funk and soul, though the handful of releases he put out in the decade tend to be cherished by serious diggers and DJs. 1984 jam "I Choose You", which is here reissued for the first time since the '80s, is undoubtedly one of his standout moments. Hazy, super-sweet and laidback, the cut sees Holley adding his soulful, high octave tones to a blissful backing track rich in fluid piano lines, sun-kissed guitars and mazy synth lines. Arguably even better is synth-funk B-side "Punkin' Funkin", a fizzing workout that sounds like a more soulful, talkbox-free take on Zapp man Roger Troutman's trademark sound.
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  1. Breaking At The Party (6:27)
  2. Breaking At The Party (instrumental) (6:26)
Review: You'd be forgiven for not knowing "Breaking At The Party", the sole single release from NYC outfit Joey Pastrana & His Back of Tricks. It was originally released in 1984 on the short lived Tropic Of Buddha Records, a label dedicated to Latino takes on electro and disco. Such is the record's obscurity and cult status amongst collectors that you'll struggle to find original copies for sale for less than 500 quid. This City of Dreams reissue presents both of the original mixes ("Vocal" and dub style "Instrumental"), both of which fuse elements of boogie, electro and dub disco in a fabulously eccentric and wonderfully funky way. The synthesizer sounds, in particular, are superb.
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Cat: BJ 38. Rel: 05 Apr 18
  1. Funk Forever (4:18)
  2. Don't Be Late (3:32)
  3. Telling Lies (2:56)
  4. Set Sail (feat Ishtar) (3:40)
  5. In The Mood (3:33)
Review: E Da Boss and Trailer Limon, two of the US' most hyped boogie maestros, are back with a new EP for Brooklyn's Bastard Jazz Recordings, under The Pendletons moniker, and we have to say that it sounds like some pretty dope material from the get-go! The lead track "Funk Forever" is a downpour of funky pop vibes guided and charged by jazzy nuances, and the following "Don't Be Late" is a certified tune for the lovers. On the B-side, "Telling Lies" slows the tempo to a majestic r&b swing, filtered through fat boogie bass, while "Set Sail" features the vocals of Ishtar in what is a proper boogie slammer, and "In The Mood" is all about the slow, sensual sound of endless, blissful synths. Gorgeous.
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Cat: ST 011. Rel: 05 Sep 18
  1. Nix (5:12)
  2. Not Important (4:52)
  3. Ben (5:03)
  4. People (7:06)
Review: According to the unusual press release accompanying Safe Trip's latest release, Ben Penn's second EP for Young Marco's imprint was the result of vivid hallucinations brought on by the ingestion of an experimental drug provided by agents from a "shadowy" secret organization. "Not Very Important EP" is actually pretty darn trippy. Opener "Nix" is a gently psychedelic, delay-laden trip into outer space with just a clutch of synthesizers for company, while "Not Important" layers alien melody lines over polyrhythmic electro drums and rubbery synth-bass. Elsewhere, "Ben" is a trippy chunk of sleepy alien funk smothered in quirky synth samples and madcap electronics, while "People" is as warm, woozy and as loved-up as they come.
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Funky Way (To Treat Somebody) (7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: PT 9906. Rel: 08 Aug 19
  1. Funky Way (To Treat Somebody) (3:26)
  2. New Love (2:33)
Review: Mystery might surround fuzzy soul peddlers The Penny Arcade but we know their cover of Rufus Thomas' "Funky Way" was such a strong favourite on Perfect Toy's "Deep In The Valley" collection that they've served it up on its own 45" complete with a fresh soul sojourn in the form of the hazy, light footed swooner "New Love". Penny for your thoughts?
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Cat: AOE 035. Rel: 22 Aug 19
  1. Color Me (2:32)
  2. Misty Shade Of Pink (2:35)
Review: Way back in 1970, People In The News released their sole single on Knap Town, a tiny label based in Indiana. Original copies of that funk "45" are notoriously hard to find, thanks in no small part to the quality of both cuts. Step forward Athens Of The North boss Euan Fryer, who has secured the rights to reissue the single for the first time. A-side "Color Me" is the real bomb: a down-low chunk of mid-tempo funk with politically charged group vocals, rasping guitar licks and hip-hop style drum breaks. Over on side B, "Misty Shade Of Pink" is the kind of rock solid instrumental funk workout you'd expect to hear from the Meters.
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Destruction (reissue) (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: WC 25000. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Destruction (2:34)
  2. Off-spring (feat Leon Morgan) (2:33)
Review: Funk fans hold tight: Food City have licensed a reissue of a holy grain tune from 1969 that would usually cost you a month's rent to purchase. The People's Choice were a short-lived group from Grand Rapids, Michigan who only put out a handful of tunes but still managed to leave their mark. "Destruction" is a raw jam with a consistent funky groove as a baseline weaves its way in and out. Big and expressive, it's bound to get any dancefloor going. Flip side "Off-spring" that's led by some florrid flute playing is just as effective.
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Cat: PR 65014P. Rel: 17 Oct 18
  1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (3:23)
  2. I've Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do) (3:22)
Review: This tidy reissue gathers together tracks from two different Esther Phillips singles, both of which were originally released in 1971. Pride of place goes to the legendary soul singer's cover of Gil Scott-Heron's "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", which also opened her brilliant album "From A Whisper To A Scream". Sounding a little like the period "conscious soul" of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, the track is brilliantly arranged and performed by Phillips and her assembled studio musicians. B-side "I've Never Found a Man (To Love Me Like You Do)" is an altogether sweeter affair, with Phillips and backing vocalists rising above a punchy, orchestrated soul groove.
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Melodies Of Love (heavyweight vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: BEWITH 005TWELVE. Rel: 15 Mar 18
  1. Melodies Of Love (5:20)
  2. Walking In The Rain (5:27)
Review: Freeezy does it. John Rocca's more synth-based side project Pink Rhythm continues its reissue revival with this highly sought-after 12" that's not been reissued since 1985. Peak yacht funk with all the lavish production flourishes of the era, and strong traces of jazz, each cut stimulates: "Melodies Of Love" is all about the falsettos and Balearic charm while "Walking In The Rain" is a sultry sax-blaster with some of the most powerful bass walks Beggars Banquet ever pressed. Cult.
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Joyous (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BAB 007. Rel: 26 Jun 18
  1. Pleasure - "Joyous" (extended breaks special edition) (3:57)
  2. Rusty Bryant - "Fire Eater" (extended breaks special edition) (4:27)
Review: Beats & Breaks are slowly working their way through some of the most seminal and scene defining foundational funk cuts. For the 007 release we're treated to a wild jazz excursion as Pleasure and Rusty Bryant get the treatment. "Joyous" (famously edited by DJ Harvey) get its swing polished and really brought to the fore on those shiny rhythm guitar builds while Rusty's king break-buster "Fire Eater" gets extended in all its sleazy Q&A glory. Limited to 300. Them's the breaks!
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Cat: OSV 173. Rel: 17 Apr 18
  1. The Pointer Sisters - "Send Him Back" (2:35)
  2. The Drifters - "You Got To Pay Your Dues" (2:33)
Review: Chalalala move on. Outta Sight continue their two sides / two legends Atlantic 45 series with this beautiful celebration of The Pointer Sisters and The Drifters. Neither act require an introduction. The famous Oakland all-girl troupe take the lead with "Send Him Back", their sophomore single (that regularly fetches upwards of L100 a copy) it's a bubblegum soul frenzy with all the energy you'd expect from their breakthrough years. The Drifters carries a similar sense of focus and energy with vibrant backing vocals and a sunny side soul touch that will have you bouncing from here to next winter.
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Wazzup (7")
Cat: FCVSNDS 03. Rel: 10 Sep 18
  1. Wazzup (feat Jay Worthy) (3:18)
  2. Wazzup (Modern Funk dub version) (4:14)
Review: Southern California based Mo Funk has launched the new Cavi Sounds imprint. Originally released earlier in 2018, Christian St. James Cleveland aka Polyester The Saint's "Wazzup" was one of the standouts from his album last album entitled American Muscle 5.0. He is also known for his work in the projects HellagooD, and L.A.U.S.D. It was produced by label boss XL Middleton, who is bringing it to wax for the first time. Proper modern g-funk sounds in the true Los Angeles tradition, with a special Modern Funk Dub Version on the flip that is not available anywhere else.
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Cat: ZP 10. Rel: 07 Mar 18
  1. Take A Good Look (3:20)
  2. My Sense Of Direction (Is Blown) (2:39)
Review: This Precisions (Philly Group) were a different group to the Detroit Precisions.These two tracks come from when they were working with Philadelphia producer Marty Bryant. We can imagine that some Northern Soul DJs tracked down copies of the scarce original pressing of this fine 7" for B-side "My Sense of Direction (Is Blown)", a heartfelt soul shuffler with serious dancefloor chops. Arguably even better, though, is A-side "Take a Closer Look", a slower, simmering chunk of doo-wop influenced goodness that's as heartbreaking as it is sublime.
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1 2 1 (7")
Cat: GAMM 120. Rel: 22 Jan 18
  1. 1-2-1 (PPA rework) (4:15)
  2. Lucky Duck (PPA rework) (4:32)
Review: GAMM has been responsible for some killer re-edits over the years, though we're struggling to think of any that are quite as good as Prescription Pricing Authority's killer tweak of Carlos Ramanos's "1-2-1". Noticeably heavier and crisper than the original, the rearrangement utilizes a touch of delay at crucial moments and wisely makes more of the fantastic bassline and percussion breaks. Speaking of ace basslines, you'll find a heavy dose of slap bass on the flip, where PPA turns his or her hand to Kathryn Moses's flute-sporting jazz-funk wig-out, "Lucky Duck". It is, of course, killer, though lacks the sheer celebratory rush of the on-point A-side.
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To Africa/Soul Makossa (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 018. Rel: 30 May 17
  1. To Africa/Soul Makossa (4:47)
  2. Ain't No Sunshine (2:18)
  3. I Call Your Name/Come Back To Me (2:07)
Review: The latest dig from Best Record Italy's eternal mission to release the finest Roman musical manna features noted jazz man Pino Presti taking on Manu Dibango's eternal party jam "Soul Makossa". Presti's interpretation uses oodles of gleaming 80s synths in place of the original traditional instrumentation, but fear not as the iconic brass section remains a real-world force, and sounds mighty fresh with it. Following up that cover is a sumptuous version of "Ain't No Sunshine" which is aimed square at the heartstrings of the most Balearic cruisers. "I Call Your Name / Come Back To Me" gets even smoother, the vocals capturing Mediterranean getaway romance to perfection.
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Pop Life (12")
Cat: 020357. Rel: 01 Jan 90
  1. Pop Life (Sheila E Fresh Dance mix)
  2. Hello (Sheila E Fresh Dance mix)
Review: Wicked record from the man Prince, taken from his highly acclaimed "Around The World In A Day" album. Repress with full picture sleeve. Limited quantities.
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Charlene (12")
Cat: PPU 055. Rel: 07 Dec 13
  1. Charlene (4:43)
  2. Midnight Mirrors (5:07)
Review: Having come to the fore with a pair of boogie slammers on the Cosmic Chronic label, Mickey De Grand IV's Psychic Mirrors outfit ascend to parent operation People's Potential Unlimited with the excellent Charlene. Allegedly recorded with the help of a ten piece live band, both the title track and "Midnight Mirrors" are evocative of the sort of modern lo-fi funk that PPU corners the market in these days. Bringing the Miami heat, "Charlene" is a veritable dancefloor bomb, with a rugged boogie bassline the sort of flirtatious element that hips can't say no to. B Side cut "Midnight Mirrors" is more of a late night number with some exquisite synth work. Props to PPU!
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Cat: COMET 089. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Ebo Taylor - "Peace On Earth" (7:45)
  2. Ebo Taylor - "Peace On Earth" (Monsieur Scott remix) (4:55)
  3. Pat Thomas - "We Are Coming Home" (5:51)
  4. Pat Thomas - "We Are Coming Home" (2 Paris Septembre re-edit) (4:51)
Review: Comet's ongoing "Highlife Re-Edit" series is perfect for those who want a little contemporary pizzazz alongside their Afro-disco grooves and dancefloor-ready highlife classics. Like its predecessor, the series' latest volume boasts cuts from highlife legends Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas. The former's punchy, breezy and trumpet-laden highlife-jazz cut "Peace On Earth" can be found on side A, alongside a dreamy Monsieur Scott version that drags the track further towards leisurely jazz-house territory. The Pat Thomas track showcased on side B is "We Are Coming Home", a righteous highlife/funk fusion effort rich in dense percussion and eyes-closed rock guitar solos. The accompanying 2 Paris Septembre Re-Edit brilliantly re-invents it as a bustling broken beat affair laden in shimmering synths and squelchy electronic bass.
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Cat: COMET 087. Rel: 19 Jun 19
  1. Pat Thomas - "Enye Woa" (6:24)
  2. Pat Thomas - "Enye Woa" (LeonxLeon Keyed Up mix) (7:20)
  3. Ebo Taylor - "Atwer Abroba" (8:14)
  4. Ebo Taylor - "Atwer Abroba" (Leo Nanjo remix) (5:03)
Review: Comet's "Disco Highlife" re-edit series continues with an EP that draws together original tracks and reworks from two of the Highlife scene's biggest stars: Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas. The latter can be found on side A, with the tipsy, synth-driven highlife-boogie fusion of "Enye Woa". This is in turn re-edited by LeonxLeon, who has not only extended the original track but also added some superb new spacey synth solos. Turn to the flip for Ebo Taylor's richly percussive, Hammond-laden disco-highlife bubbler "Atwer Abroba" and Leo Nanjo's brilliant remix, which re-imagines the track as a rubbery chunk of Highlife-house drenched in dub delays.
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  1. Barely Breaking Even (Louie Vega Boogie mix - radio edit) (3:33)
  2. Barely Breaking Even (Louie Vega Boogie instrumental mix - radio edit) (3:31)
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: an all-star re-recording of Universal Robot Band's boogie classic "Barely Breaking Even" that brings together Masters At Work man Louie Vega, original vocalist and arranger Leroy Burgess, iconic disco producer Patrick Adams and an impressive backing band of hired musicians including Michael Kelley (better known in electronic music circles as Metro Area collaborator Kelley Polar). While there are plenty of audible nods towards the early '80s original - extensive use of cowbells, that oh-so familiar synth sound - the re-recording is altogether warmer, fuller and a more contemporary sounding affair rich in sweeping orchestration and tactile synth bass. Both the edited vocal and instrumental versions are superb.
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Albums
94 East Featuring Prince (limited 180 gram vinyl 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: CHARLYL 221. Rel: 21 Oct 16
  1. Just Another Sucker (5:15)
  2. If You Feel Like Dancin' (7:08)
  3. Lovin' Cup (4:12)
  4. Games (3:42)
  5. Dance To The Music Of The World (5:06)
  6. One Man Jam (6:11)
  7. If You See Me (5:42)
  8. Games (instrumental version) (3:42)
  9. I'll Always Love You (3:55)
  10. Better Than You Think (4:32)
  11. If We Don't (4:07)
  12. You Can Be My Teacher (4:09)
  13. Love, Love, Love (3:54)
  14. If You See Me (instrumental version) (5:42)
  15. Games (alternate instrumental version) (5:00)
  16. Better Than You Think (instrumental version) (4:32)
  17. Dance To The Music Of The World (rehearsal session version) (6:10)
Review: By now, most know the story of 94 East. The Minneapolis band was founded in 1975 by Pepe Wille, and included amongst its' members a precocious teenager called Prince Rogers Nelson. They made over an album's worth of recordings in 1977, which remained something of a secret until Willie released them in the mid '80s to capitalize on Prince's solo success. Here, these pioneering recordings are once again made public in tribute to the sadly departed Purple One. What's so remarkable about them isn't their high quality - you'd expect that given Prince's involvement - but rather how they sound like prototypes of the distinctive "purple funk" sound that the legendary artist later made his own. The album also includes "If You Feel Like Dancin", which is arguably one of the finest "proto-house" records ever made.
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94 East Featuring Prince (limited 180 gram purple vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: CHARLYL 219. Rel: 21 Oct 16
  1. Just Another Sucker (5:16)
  2. If You Feel Like Dancin' (7:09)
  3. Lovin' Cup (4:16)
  4. Games (3:42)
  5. Dance To The Music Of The World (5:05)
  6. One Man Jam (6:12)
Review: By now, most know the story of 94 East. The Minneapolis band was founded in 1975 by Pepe Wille, and included amongst its' members a precocious teenager called Prince Rogers Nelson. They made over an album's worth of recordings in 1977, which remained something of a secret until Willie released them in the mid '80s to capitalize on Prince's solo success. Here, these pioneering recordings are once again made public in tribute to the sadly departed Purple One. What's so remarkable about them isn't their high quality - you'd expect that given Prince's involvement - but rather how they sound like prototypes of the distinctive "purple funk" sound that the legendary artist later made his own. The album also includes "If You Feel Like Dancin", which is arguably one of the finest "proto-house" records ever made.
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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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  1. Danca Do Paje (9:02)
  2. Mavumvavumpefoco (3:39)
  3. Natal (5:11)
  4. Casinha Pequenina (26:37)
Review: Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal was once described by Miles Davis as "the most impressive musician in the world"; high praise coming from someone of the jazz legend's abilities. Those unfamiliar with the work of "the Wizard" (a nickname earned thanks to a long, Gandalf-style beard) should check out this fantastic record, which presents for the first time a quartet of previously unreleased recordings from 1976. According to the accompanying notes, much of the material was improvised and barely altered after the recording session. Certainly, there's an attractive fluidity throughout and Pascoal and Grupo Vice Versa (his usual backing band) blur the boundaries between traditional Brazilian music, spiritual jazz, Azymuth style jazz-funk and more far-out, psychedelic flavours. 26-minute B-side "Casinha Pequenina" is particularly potent.
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Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
  1. More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
  2. Dora (7:53)
  3. Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
  4. Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
  5. The Sekele Movement (6:28)
  6. As Far I Can Remember (6:23)
Review: Having previously reissued Pasteur Lappe's sought-after 1979 sophomore set, No Man Pass Man, the crew behind the Africa Seven label has turned its attention to the Cameroonian artist's similarly impressive debut, We The People. It's a vibrant and hugely entertaining six-track set, with Lappe offering up a range of dancefloor-ready cuts that variously touch on heavy Afro-disco ("More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)"), horn-heavy tropical funk ("Dora"), saccharine English language ballads ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams"), thrusting disco-funk righteousness (Clav-happy smasher "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" and "The Sekele Movement") and laidback, Steely Dan style West Coast jazz-rock ("As Far As I Can Remember").
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I Don't Care Who Knows It (remastered) (limited gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: B35220 /35220/BN 001. Rel: 08 Jan 19
  1. I Don't Care Who Knows It (3:14)
  2. Bloos (7:34)
  3. A Beautiful Friendship (6:32)
  4. Horn In (5:54)
  5. Canto Ossanha (6:38)
  6. Xibaba (6:35)
  7. I Don't Know (6:57)
  8. O Amor En Paz (Once I Loved) (5:22)
  9. Upa Neguinho (2:00)
  10. Captain Bacardi (5:46)
  11. Theme From Rosemary's Baby (3:18)
  12. Dialogo (3:38)
Review: Unusually, Duke Pearson spent his entire career releasing music on just one label: the legendary Blue Note imprint. Although he passed away in 1980 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, his final album was actually released in 1996. It's this posthumous set - made up entirely of rediscovered recordings made between 1968 and '70 - that here gets the deluxe reissue treatment. It remains a superb set, with Pearson flitting between bluesy soul-jazz, bossa-nova-tinged Latin jazz breeziness, groovy post-bop workouts, samba-soaked soundscapes and breathtaking beautiful cinematic jazz (see the inspired "Theme From Rosemary's Baby"). This expanded edition not only includes previously CD-only tracks, but also an unheard gem: the melancholic, Vibraphone and flute-laden lament, "Dialogo".
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  1. Do You Hear Me Talking To You? (4:04)
  2. Dreaming Our Live Away (3:36)
  3. Lonely People (4:11)
  4. Heavenly Feeling (5:23)
  5. World Full Of People (3:06)
  6. I'd Like To Stay (5:36)
  7. A Feeling Inside (4:54)
  8. A Thank You Song (4:39)
  9. Fantasies & Dreams (4:04)
Review: Some dusty-fingered diggers may be familiar with "World Full Of People", an insanely rare and suitably sought-after 1976 7" by a little-known band called Everyday People. Most thought that was their only release; in fact, they also released a full-length the same year under the People's Pleasure alias. That album is apparently even harder to find, making this first ever vinyl reissue a must-have for fans of quality funk and soul. Much of the material sits somewhere between rubbery funk, jaunty jazz-funk and storming soul, with highlights including the laidback bliss of "Heavenly Feeling" (very Idris Muhammad), the righteous, horn-heavy "World Full of People" and the seductive, synth-laden slow jam "Fantasies and Dreams".
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The Anthology 1992-2003 (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: DAP 030LP. Rel: 19 Nov 13
  1. Funky Train
  2. South Carolina
  3. Augusta, GA
  4. More Mess On My Thing
  5. North Carolina
  6. It Came Over Me
  7. 50 Yards Of Soul
  8. Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
  9. The Donkey
  10. Choking On A Piece Of Meat (part 2)
  11. Serengeti Stroke
  12. Rhodesian Girl
  13. Wallow In The Myrrh
  14. Summerdays
  15. Ham Gallery
  16. Smilin' (While You're Crying)
  17. Discern/Define
  18. Path Of Life
Review: German funk act of legendary proportions, The Poets Of Rhythm arrived at time when the genre was a million miles away from the agenda. Digging deep into the roots with consummate dexterity, at first no one even believed they came from Europe. Morphing and mutating with myriad aliases along the way, the four-piece found themselves on labels as disparate as Gomma, Ninja Tune and Soulcity during their ten year tenure. And this is a collection of their very best moments. Spanning vibes from the screaming sax on the party jam "More Mess On My Thing" to the mournful, far-away flute soliloquy of "Choking On A Piece Of Meat" via the more frenetic bass and organ reflections on "The Donkey", The Poets Of Rhythm knew funk more intimately than most married couples know each other. An essential collection for anyone who's so much as smiled at a trumpet or breakbeat in the last five years.
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Prince (LP)
WB
Cat: 009362 4922087. Rel: 06 May 16
  1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:37)
  2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:50)
  3. Sexy Dancer (4:19)
  4. When We're Dancing Close & Slow (5:00)
  5. With You (4:00)
  6. Bambi (4:19)
  7. Still Waiting (4:21)
  8. I Feel For You (3:20)
  9. It's Gonna Be Lonely (5:29)
Review: Few words required: Prince's legacy is like no other and will live on as long as there is music. His self-titled sophomore release, of his 39 studio album repertoire this one is especially significant. You can hear him revelling in experimentalism, playing with ideas that would become the lead on future works (such as the big glam guitars on "Bambi" and lewd, brazen slap bass on "Sexy Dancer"), it also contains his original version of "I Feel For You" (famously covered by Chaka Khan) and his first hit single "I Wanna Be You Lover". Laced with some really heart-rending ballads (made all the more poignant since he passed away), it's one of many testaments that we'll never forget him. Rest in peace.
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Cat: 007599 2557719. Rel: 21 Oct 16
  1. Sign "O" The Times (4:57)
  2. Play In The Sunshine (5:05)
  3. Housequake (4:40)
  4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (4:02)
  5. It (5:10)
  6. Starfish & Coffee (2:50)
  7. Slow Love (4:22)
  8. Hot Thing (5:38)
  9. Forever In My Life (3:25)
  10. U Got The Look (3:47)
  11. If I Was Your Girlfriend (5:01)
  12. Strange Relationship (3:58)
  13. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (6:31)
  14. The Cross (4:42)
  15. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (8:59)
  16. Adore (6:30)
Review: For all of his undoubted musical genius, many of Prince's albums could be a little hit-and-miss. That's not an accusation that could be hurled at Sign O' The Times, which remains one of the Purple One's most potent collections of songs. As this vinyl reissue proves, the 1987 set still sounds every bit as good as it did all those years ago. While there are plenty of well-known hits - the peerless social commentary of 'Sign O' The Times', the sexual thrust of 'Hot Thing', the gnarly dancefloor funk of 'You Got The Look', and so on - the album's lesser-known moments, from the rockin' strut of "Play In The Sunshine", to the heartfelt, stripped-back "The Cross", are equally as inspired. File under "essential listening".
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