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Funky Drummer (reissue)
Funky Drummer (reissue) (orange vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 014ORANGE. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. James Brown - "Funky Drummer" (extended Breaks Special edition) (4:49)
  2. Jimmy Smith - "Root Down" (extended Breaks Special edition) (3:40)
Review: This one came our back in January but sold out in quick fashion, so a limited edition repress is now here but likely to be gone just as quick. And it's easy to see why as this latest Breaks & Beats offering takes on edits of two massive James Brown classics. Extended with DJ friendly breaks and elongated grooves, the Godfather of Soul's fine original is made into a much more useable tool. Jimmy Smith classic "Root Down" gets similar treatment on the flip as it starts and ends with some very workable drum loops that will liven up any set and party.
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 in stock $10.73
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Brazilian Rhyme
Brazilian Rhyme (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 043. Rel: 07 Feb 20
  1. Brazilian Rhyme (extended mix) (4:33)
  2. My Love (4:32)
Review: Absolute gold from Earth Wind & Fire that was only ever included as filler track on their 1977 All N All album, it's been a staple sample across house and hip-hop ever since, utilised creatively by everyone from Tribe Called Quest and Danny Krivit. Previously only 80 seconds long, Fryer has managed to unearth a previously unreleased extended version that really digs into those honeyed harmonies. "My Love" takes us four years forward to their 13th album Raise! where the musical emphasis has developed from all-out vocal soul to a more restrained rare groove feel. One per customer, AOTN aren't messing around on this one.
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 in stock $11.80
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Amigo Branco
Cat: BRZ 45077. Rel: 13 Feb 20
  1. Marcia Maria - "Amigo Branco" (3:30)
  2. Simone - "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser" (2:16)
Review: The latest volume in Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45 series offers up a pair of MPB gems that have previously never featured on seven-inch before. Side A is all about Marcia Maria's 1978 cut "Amigo Branco", a disco-era interpretation of Djalma Dias' 1974 track "Nada Sei De Preconceito". Maria's cover is jaunty, colourful and ear-catching, pushing jaunty organs, sharp horns and spacey synth lines towards the ear alongside her passionate, full-throated lead vocal. Over on side B you'll find "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser", an overlooked gem plucked from MPB artist Simone's self-titled 1973 debut LP. More rooted in samba, it's a lilting, string-laden chunk of emotional sweetness.
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 in stock $8.32
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Nola Breaks Volume 10
Nola Breaks Volume 10 (purple marbled vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FSJ 120. Rel: 12 Feb 20
  1. The Unemployed - "Funky Thing" (part 1 - Professor Shorthair remix) (4:24)
  2. Lee Dorsey - "Occapella" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:26)
Review: Somewhat predictably, this double-dose of party-hearty Professor Shorthair remixes is as colourful and vibrant as the purple marbled vinyl seven-inch onto which the tracks are pressed. On side A he does his thing with The Unemployed's rugged 1970 funk-rock jam "Funky Thing", beefing up the beats for modern dancefloors while adding a choice selection of scratched-in samples. Arguably even better is his rework of Lee Dorsey's "Occapella", a sweet, lo-slung groover that gets re-cast as a dubbed-out chunk of hazy, bass-heavy hip-hop soul rich in echo-laden vocal snippets, snatches of rap and hazy horns. As Dorsey's vocal says, it's "finger-snapping good"!
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 in stock $11.27
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Apache Street (reissue)
Apache Street (reissue) (red vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: GM 005RED. Rel: 18 Feb 20
  1. Apache Street (3:24)
  2. Michael's Incredible Twin (3:42)
Review: Secord time around for "wild west" funakteer Daytoner's "Apache Street" seven-inch, which has been in high demand since it first hit record stores in 2018. As the title suggests, both cut-and-paste workouts borrow heavily from the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache", one of the foundation stones of hip-hop culture. The title track is a fine example of a mash-up that works, with Daytoner layering the horn stabs and vocals from Lou Rawls' "Dead End Street" over the famous "Apache" break. That break is prominent on side B, this time underpinning cheery horns, pianos, bass and guitars from the Skatalites' Ska classic "Beardman Ska". It's a simple idea expertly executed.
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Played by: Originals
 in stock $11.80
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Farandole
Farandole (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: OG 038. Rel: 06 Feb 20
  1. Bob James - "Farandole" (DNA edit) (4:07)
  2. DJ Muggs & Planet Asia - "Lions In The Forest" (feat B Real) (3:48)
Review: The Originals crew kick off their new decade with more red hot funk heat they've got us accustomed to. This time it is jazz-funk great Bob James on the a-side with "Farandole", a classic that has been chopped down the size for this 45 by the crack crew behind DNA. Flip-side "Lions In The Forest" finds DJ Muggs sampling that one and reworking it into a big b-boy tune with rhythms from Planet Asia and a guest spot from B-Real. This is proper heat for the floor that oozes quality.
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 in stock $11.80
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You The Glory
Cat: TSL 005. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. You The Glory (3:06)
  2. You The Glory (instrumental) (3:06)
 in stock $19.05
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Art Surgery #1
Art Surgery #1 (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: ART 001. Rel: 17 Feb 20
  1. Barbara Don't Love Me (4:01)
  2. Dat Ting (4:20)
Review: He's hardly prolific, but DJ/producer Del Gazeebo has been offering up occasional re-edits, mash-ups and bootleg reworks for longer than some of us have been alive. Here he begins 2020 in fine fashion with two party-hearty reworks guaranteed to get the dancefloor moving. Aside "Barbara Don't Love Me" is a bouncy, subtly beefed-up take on a horn-heavy 1960s soul/rhythm and blues classic that sounds like it would go down well at parties that love Northern Soul. Flipside "Dat Ting" meanwhile is a head-nodding take on a punchy soulful reggae cut underpinned by weighty bass and tight hip-hop beats.
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 in stock $9.39
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Queen City Soul Dynamite!
Queen City Soul Dynamite! (limited hand-numbered 7'') (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 068. Rel: 20 Jan 20
  1. The Boys In The Band - "Pain" (First Time On vinyl)
  2. Little Fint - "Pain"
Review: Upfront to Juno ! New Mukatsuku 45 from America Mid West with two versions of ''Pain'' with The Boys In The Band version never seeing a commercial vinyl release and in our opinion far superior ! Little Flint's wobby intro original version sells upwards of 400 GBP when you can find a clean copy. Hand-numbered to 500 units one off limited pressing.Strictly no repress

Wayne Perry & Randy Mcnutt decided to record a version of Pain in a power Soul Rock mode which were all the range in Cincinnati, Ohio at the time of the recording around 1973.The Boys In The Band version features Wayne singing solo but was never released. What was released was the Little Flint version (a name that Wayne had chosen as an alto ego guise ) and assisted with that version by an uncredited vocalist from Alaska singing live singing on top of the same rhythm track. Other band members included Roger 'Jellyroll' Troy on bass,Jerry Love on drums,Gary Boston on guitar,Craig Shenafield & Terry Burnside on brass (all five had played on sessions/backed James Brown at certain points in their careers) plus the young B-3 Organist Terry Hoskins who was just 17 at the time.DJ support from The Allergies so far..

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 in stock $6.43
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Apache
Apache (7")
Cat: UR 73807. Rel: 17 Jan 20
  1. Apache (4:56)
  2. Bongo Rock (2:38)
Review: Back in 2011, Shawn Lee recorded an album in tribute to the legendary Incredible Bongo Band - whose extra-percussive cuts and cover versions played a key role in the early development of hip-hop - under the name the Incredible Tabla Band. Here, two of the more sought-after cuts from the hard-to-find set appear on seven-inch for the first time. Lee's take on "Apache", in which Indian instrumentation, Hammond organ licks and a touch of psych-rock fuzziness are thrown into the mix with incendiary results - is a guaranteed dancefloor hit. That said, his "Tabla Rock" take on "Bongo Rock" is arguably even better, and certainly a little more revolutionary in terms of the sounds you hear. It's naturally rooted in bongo and tabla-powered funk, but attractively veers off script at key moments.
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 in stock $12.34
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One Step (reissue)
Cat: FF45 008. Rel: 06 Jan 20
  1. One Step (4:45)
  2. Ain't Got Time (feat The Gaff) (4:19)
Review: It's been almost 11 years since Featurecast dropped their heavyweight revision of Aretha Franklin's "One Step" on Wah Wah 45's "Dubplate" series. Here the sought-after side is finally given the reissue treatment. It remains one of their finest revisions: a loose, languid and head-nodding fusion of hip-hop beats, subtle dub skank, occasional Marvin Gaye samples and seduction sections from Aretha's sugary, string-drenched original. Over on side B you'll find another gem from Featurecast's vaults: a tidy hip-hop style revision of Marvin Gaye's "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" from 2016, which was made in collaboration with Washington D.C pal The Gaff.
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 in stock $11.27
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The BIG Payback: BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag
Cat: BIG POPPABLACK. Rel: 19 Feb 20
  1. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:58)
  2. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (instrumental) (3:58)
Review: When it comes to mash-ups and unofficial reworks, sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that make for the most effective versions. That's certainly the case here, as Soul Mates main man Amerigo Gazaway crafts a fresh slab of funk/hip-hop fusion out of three key elements: a legendary Biggie Smalls acapella, sections lifted from James Brown classic "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and his own head-nodding hip-hop beats. There's not much more to it than that, but the resultant cut, "Big Poppa's Got a Brand New Bag", sounds like a guaranteed dancefloor winner. The A-side version is the full vocal take, while the flipside is a Biggie-free instrumental mix.
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 in stock $12.61
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Deixa A Tristeza
  1. Neno Exporta Som - "Deixa A Tristeza" (3:29)
  2. Agnaldo Rayol - "Sumauma" (3:38)
Review: After delivering some killer reissues over the last few years, Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45s series has reached "buy on sight" status. It goes without saying that the label's latest double-header of hard-to-find Brazilian gems is white hot. A-side Neno Exporta Som's impossible-to-find 1971 gem "Deixa A Tristeza", a wild and life-affirming fusion of samba and funk full of fuzzy sax solos, glassy-eyed vocals and heavyweight grooves. Over on the flip you'll find another killer cut from '71: "Sumauma" by MPB star Agnaldo Rayol. Blessed with a great groove and incredible arrangement, it sounds like a Brazilian take on the sort of over-the-top songs used to open James Bond movies in the 1970s (albeit with a bit of samba sunshine thrown in).
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 in stock $8.05
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Afro Beat
Afro Beat (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: LGF 703. Rel: 18 Nov 19
  1. Yeah Rhythm (Lego Jazz 4 AM 7" version) (4:23)
  2. Yeah Alright (Lego Funk Touch 7" version) (5:03)
Played by: LEGO EDIT
 in stock $9.65
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Lovely Lady
Cat: DYNAM 7063. Rel: 05 Feb 20
  1. Lovely Lady (3:00)
  2. Joy & Pain (Special Dynamite cuts DJ edit) (4:27)
Review: Dynamite excel with this rare bit of superb soul from Vernon Burch. "Lovely Lady" is set to be huge on the more heartfelt dance floors out there - the rolling bass loops sweep you off your feet, hip singing claps bring the joy and the vocal is as feel good and heartwarming as you can imagine. It's a tune that just keeps on going before a special dynamite cuts DJ edit on "Joy & Pain" ups the ante with a more driving disco groove. This one is powered by big horns and funk bass riffs, big backing singers and lead guitars that reach for the heavens. Utterly irresistible.
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 in stock $11.27
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David's Doctor
 in stock $11.27
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JB's Need Some Money
JB's Need Some Money (limited red vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: LGF 700R. Rel: 16 Dec 19
  1. The Rebel - "JB's Need Some Money" (4:08)
  2. PCJ Project - "Hot Groove" (Lego Re edit) (4:50)
Review: For the latest release on his self-titled label, Lego Edit has decided to showcase the work of two other Italian artists - young, Rome-based DJ/producer The Rebel and long-serving underground hero PCJ Project. The former handles side A, dubbing out and looping up elements from an old James Brown classic on the LTJ Xperience style chunky head-nodder that is "JB's Need Some Money". It's a little beefed up in the beats department, but it's Fred Wesley's trumpet solos that catch the ear. Lego Edit takes a similar approach on his flipside dub of PCJ Project's "Hot Groove", an infectious disco-house loop jam built around samples from a weighty funk number and some life-affirming horn motifs.
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 in stock $11.27
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Searching
Searching (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7053. Rel: 17 Jan 20
  1. Searching (4:10)
  2. One Sweet Love To Remember (4:18)
 in stock $11.80
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Gates Of Ouantou
Cat: MSR 017. Rel: 23 Jan 20
  1. Gates Of Ouantou (7" edit) (4:40)
  2. Man In The Field (4:46)
Review: Matasuna Records' dusty-fingered owners always have one eye on the world of self-released music, scrolling through untold Bandcamp pages to find buried treasure. They've struck gold with Batunga and the Subprimes, a Parisian Afrobeat band who have toured extensively but never before appeared on vinyl - hence this two-track seven-inch single. Both sides are sizzling hot. A-side "Gates of Oauntou" is marked out by some superb, Tony Allen style polyrhythmic drumming, hazy horns and clipped guitars, with the talented ensemble delivering a detailed floor-shaker that should appeal to all those that love Fela Kuti. The spirit of the Nigerian great can also be heard in flipside "Man In The Field", an altogether heavier and punchier affair that's as infectious as tropical fever and twice as sweaty.
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 in stock $10.20
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Hard 2 Handle
Hard 2 Handle (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: MM 04. Rel: 30 Jan 20
  1. Hard 2 Handle (DJ Suro Refix) (2:29)
  2. Por Eso (DJ Suro Refix) (3:15)
 in stock $8.58
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Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
Cat: OSV 201. Rel: 12 Feb 20
  1. Pouring Water On A Drowning Man (3:02)
  2. Never In My Life (2:42)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $11.54
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Golden Shadow
Golden Shadow (gold vinyl 7")
Cat: LEGO 182. Rel: 09 Jan 20
  1. Golden Shadow (3:02)
  2. Preaching To The Choir (3:19)
 in stock $8.86
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Chaos (In My Heart)
  1. Vivian Copeland - "Chaos (In My Heart)" (2:53)
  2. The Poindexter Brothers - "What I Did In The Streets (I Should Have Done At Home)" (3:17)
Review: Soul Junction's latest release brings together two sought-after heavy soul cuts from the studio of the Poindexter Brothers: their own 1969 heater "What I Did In The Street (I Should Have Done At Home)" - a sweet, Vibraphone-sporting slab of rasping, full-throated, horn-heavy sixties soul just dripping with emotion - and a killer cut they produced a year earlier for singer Vivian Copeland. You'll find that song, "Chaos In My Heart", on the A-side. Originally released on Bell, it's an attractive and additive mid-tempo number in which Copeland's fine vocals come supported by low-register horns, shuffling soul grooves and some suitably heavenly backing vocals.
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Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $10.20
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Energy To Burn (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit)
Energy To Burn (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit) (1-sided 12" limited to 250 copies repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: XSS 162096. Rel: 10 Jan 20
  1. Energy To Burn (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub) (7:56)
 in stock $16.91
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Blessing
  1. E Ye Ika Se/Oromo Adie Fo/Ko S'Ohun Tan O Le Fi Gberaga/Adio Shile/Won Ti Gbe Oye Fun Mi (17:01)
  2. Pataki L'Omo/To Ba Jisoro Mi/Engineer Olatunji/Iya Suna/Odun Titun De/Ao Toro Emi Gesa Fun Enia/Ki Aiye Ma Gbagbe Mi (16:20)
 in stock $21.46
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Come Back To Me
Come Back To Me (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 213. Rel: 15 Oct 19
  1. Come Back To Me (Soopasoul remix) (4:32)
  2. Come Back To Me (Soopasoul remix - instrumental) (3:22)
Review: DJ Soopasoul has previously breathed new life into tracks by Croatian producer Funky Destination, so it's little surprise to see him putting his spin on the Osijek-based artist's latest missive. He does a terrific job, offering up vocal and instrumental versions of "Come Back To Me" rich in long, tension-building intros, fuzzy funk horns, bass-heavy grooves, swirling orchestration and hard-wired guitar riffs. While the instrumental version is tidy, our pick of the pair is undoubtedly the A-side remix. We're not sure who the lead vocalist is, but her delivery is incredible. Don't sleep on this one!
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 in stock $11.00
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Step In To Our Life
Step In To Our Life (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7062. Rel: 24 Jan 20
  1. Step In To Our Life (5:29)
  2. For Real (3:50)
Review: When it comes to offering up seven-inch singles of tracks taken from classic or sought-after albums, Dynamite Cuts has an impressive track record. They're at it again here, this time mining Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson's 1978 jazz-funk/disco fusion masterpiece "Step Into Our Life". On the A-side you'll find the languid, loose and groovy title track, a memorable affair in which dueling vibraphone and trumpet solos make merry atop a head-nodding, toe-tapping jazz-funk groove. Flipside "For Real" is a little more energetic and loved-up, with touchy-feely vocals, husling slap-bass and sci-fi synths to the fore.
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 in stock $11.26
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45s Collection
45s Collection (double 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7068/7069. Rel: 05 Feb 20
  1. Platano Split (4:49)
  2. Culzean (3:16)
  3. Castle Battle (2:51)
  4. Hang Out (2:23)
 in stock $16.64
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Chances
Chances (7")
Cat: CLMN 185. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Chances (3:17)
  2. Chances (instrumental) (3:16)
 in stock $7.51
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Movin' On
Movin' On (7" repress)
Cat: FLH 7084. Rel: 30 Dec 19
  1. Ray Camacho - "Movin' On" (3:00)
  2. The Ray Camacho Band - "Si Si Puede " (3:40)
 in stock $10.73
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The Notorious JB's: The Big Payback (reissue)
The Notorious JB's: The Big Payback (reissue) (numbered clear vinyl LP limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: NOTORIOUSJBS LTD CLEAR. Rel: 30 Jan 20
  1. Intro Theme (0:41)
  2. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:58)
  3. Sex Machine Gun Funk (4:07)
  4. Ten Crack Commandments (feat Fela Kuti) (3:28)
  5. Don't Do Drugs PSA (interlude) (0:44)
  6. The BIG Payback (5:49)
  7. Kick In The Door (3:33)
  8. Say It Loud (I'm Black & Proud) (3:17)
  9. Everyday Struggle (3:59)
  10. Stay In School PSA (outro) (0:22)
  11. Think BIG (bonus track) (2:29)
Review: It might not be quite as groundbreaking as Dangermouse's "The Grey Album", which expertly blended elements of The Beatles "The White Album" with Jay-Z acapellas, but Amerigo Gazzaway's fusion of James Brown and the Notorious B.I.G is equally as impressive in its own way. His blends of Brown breaks, vocal snippets and instrument samples with hip-hop beats and Biggie Smalls acapellas are uniformly brilliant, expertly crafted, imaginative and undeniably dancefloor-friendly. It's the sort of album that you didn't think that you needed but really do; certainly, any of the 11 tracks will get a rapturous response when unleashed on dancefloors.
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 in stock $24.14
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Edits Theme
Cat: SWR 018. Rel: 12 Oct 19
  1. Edits Theme (3:51)
  2. Editing Gears (3:48)
Review: When it comes to break-driven dancefloor reworks and cheeky re-edits, Canada-based cut-and-paste merchant Jorun Bombay has a very impressive track record. Here he returns to Scarborough stable Soundweight with two more chunks of break-heavy goodness. On the A-side you'll find "Edits Theme", a tasty fusion of extended James Brown style drum-breaks, meandering sax solos and sumptuous, orchestra-enhanced orchestration. Over on Side B, "Editing Gears" sees Bombay serve up a bustling re-work of Johnny Hammond classic "Shifting Gears" rich in fluid electric piano solos, extended drum breaks, flanged funk guitars and delay-laden vocal snippets.
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 in stock $11.80
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Edits Vol 15
Edits Vol 15 (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 215. Rel: 29 Oct 19
  1. We Are Edits (4:37)
  2. We Are Edits (Cosmo On The Groove) (3:58)
Review: As the title sneakily suggests, the latest volume in DJ Soopasoul's essential "Soopastole Edits" series sees the prolific re-editor and mash-up merchant take his scalpel to all time disco classic "We Are Family". We could be wrong, but it sounds like it was created using the multi-track parts, focusing as it does for much of the duration on a stripped-back, DJ-friendly groove, selected vocal snippets and delay-laden musical elements not always audible on the original version. Over on the flipside "Cosmo On The Groove" version, he takes a slightly different approach, adding a classic old school hip-hop acappella to an expertly cut-up version of the track that utilizes a little more of the sing-along chorus.
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 in stock $11.00
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Soopastole Edits Vol 6
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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 in stock $11.00
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Soopastole Edits Vol 2 (reissue)
  1. Kool & The Gang, Gene Redd - "Give It Up" (DJ Soopasoul edit) (4:04)
  2. Aretha Franklin - "Rock Steady" (DJ Soopasoul edit) (3:30)
Review: Fast-fingered mash-up merchant and lauded scalpel fiend DJ Soopasoul can usually be relied upon to bring the goods. In fact, we've yet to hear an edition of his "Soopastole Edits" series that doesn't include the kind of sure-fire, party-starting fare guaranteed to get any DJ out of a dancefloor hole of their own making. Should you still doubt the validity of this statement, we suggest you check this timely reissue of the series' second volume, which has been going for serious bucks online. On side A you'll find a suitably punchy, funky and chunky revision of Kool & The Gang's Gene Redd produced 1970 jam "Give It Up" - the original source of one of hip-hops most familiar breakbeats - with a tight, club-ready revision of Aretha Franklin classic "Rock Steady" on the flip.
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 in stock $11.00
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Synthetic Substitution
Synthetic Substitution (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 001RE. Rel: 04 Dec 18
  1. Melvin Bliss - "Syntheic Substitution" (extended Break edit) (3:50)
  2. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (extended Break edit) (4:17)
Review: This tasty, DJ-friendly 7" single boasts two extended, break-heavy reworks of obscure and in-demand soul workouts. On the A-side you'll find a tasty extension of Melvin Bliss's superb, piano-heavy 1983 cut "Synthetic Substitution". While Bliss's brilliant original - all heartfelt vocals, jaunty keys and warm bass - is largely kept in tact, the mystery re-editor naturally makes more of the opening breakbeat, which was sampled several times during hip-hop's "golden era". Flip for a similarly tasty rearrangement of Sweet Daddy Floyd's 1978 Blaxploitation style disco-funk shuffler "I Just Can't Help Myself", a cut rich in rolling breaks, densely layered percussion, punchy orchestration and "Shaft"-style guitar licks.
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 in stock $11.00
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Edits
Edits (7")
Cat: MSR 016. Rel: 12 Dec 19
  1. Think (Retro Roland Riso Perfecto rework) (4:27)
  2. Get Out Of My Way (Retro Roland Riso Eterno Regroove) (3:47)
Review: Earlier in the year, Matasuna Records reissued two rare and exceedingly hard to find tracks by Peruvian band Bossa 70. They'll soon be offering up more original cuts from the band's sought-after debut album, but before then they're treating us to two dancefloor-focused re-edits of Bossa 70 classics by American DJ/producer Retro Roland Riso. On the A-side he delivers a DJ-friendly "Perfecto Edit" of Think, a horn-heavy slab of Peruvian funk rich in rubbery beats and hazy bass. Just as cheery and life affirming is his interpretation of "Get Out Of My Way". This is an altogether heavier, faster and more stomping revision, though it's the vibrancy of the psychedelic era Latin funk backing track that really sets the pulse racing.
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 in stock $9.65
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Nuova Napoli
Nuova Napoli (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: NG 01. Rel: 23 Jul 19
  1. Nuova Napoli (3:35)
  2. Je Vulesse (4:47)
  3. Ddoje Facce (4:19)
  4. Disco Sole (4:25)
  5. Stann Fore (4:10)
  6. A Voce E Napule (3:32)
  7. Parev' Ajere (4:33)
Review: On their debut album, 2016's the Tony Allen Experiments, Naples twosome Nu Guinea re-invented tracks by the legendary Afro-beat drummer as synth-heavy chunks of deep jazz-funk and nu-Balearica. For this follow-up - their first full length entirely made up of their own compositions - the duo serves up a set of jazz-funk, disco and boogie cuts rich in both their trademark colourful analogue synthesizer sounds and live instrumentation. It's a formula that guarantees a string of memorable highlights, from the sun-kissed peak-time brilliance of "Disco Sole" and rubbery, funk-fuelled "Je Vulesse" (a killer vocal number), to the wobbly downtempo trip of "A Voce E Napule" and Mizell Brothers fizz of closer "Parev Ajare", the album's most synthesizer-heavy cut.
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JB's Need Some Money
Cat: LGF 700B. Rel: 16 Dec 19
  1. The Rebel - "JB's Need Some Money" (4:08)
  2. PCJ Project - "Hot Groove" (Lego Re edit) (4:50)
 in stock $11.80
40
Keep It Moving
Keep It Moving (grey vinyl 7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: BS 012GREY. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. Keep It Moving (feat Nicola Richards) (3:33)
  2. Far Canal (2:29)
 in stock $16.09
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Keep It Moving
Keep It Moving (7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: BS 012BLACK. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. Keep It Moving (feat Nicola Richards) (3:33)
  2. Far Canal (2:27)
Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $16.09
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Powerful
Powerful (hand-numbered pink vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: 2020 7001. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Powerful (feat Hannah Williams) (3:43)
  2. Sparky Evans (3:18)
Review: To celebrate the dawn of a new decade, Bristolian cut-and-paste maestro Boca 45 has decided to serve up a series of seven-inch singles under a new label, 2020 Donuts (his previous imprint was just called Donuts). A-side "Powerful" is a real treat: an inventive chunk of low-slung, horn-sporting spy-funk goodness topped off with wayward electronic flourishes and a powerful soul vocal by Hannah Williams. Flip-side "Sparky Evans" is a sample-heavy club rocker in the traditional Boca 45 style - all heavy bass, even heavier breakbeats, Sly and the Family Stone style fuck-rock guitars and hip-hop vocal snippets.
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 in stock $13.95
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Why You Buggin'
  1. Andy Cooper - "Why You Buggin'" (feat The Allergies) (3:14)
  2. Dr Syntax/Pete Cannon - "Downtime" (The Allergies remix) (3:27)
Review: More all-action fare from the popular Bomb Strikes label, an imprint that has gradually moved away from the party-hearty mash-ups and bootleg remixes on which it made its name. This tidy seven-inch single is notable for the presence of Bristol crew The Allergies. On the A-side they guest on Andy Cooper's "Why You Buggin", a bustling, funk-fuelled fusion of hip-hop and rock that sounds like a wholehearted tribute to the Beastie Boys circa "Licensed To Ill". Over on the flip the West Country party-starters turn remixers, delivering a head nodding, toe-tapping take on Dr Syntax and Pete Canon's hip-hop/funk/ska fusion number "Downtime". Like the A-side, it sounds like a bona fide dancefloor bomb.
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 in stock $9.65
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Reach Up: Disco Wonderland Volume 2
BBE
Cat: BBE 486CLP. Rel: 22 Jan 20
  1. Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler - "Lost Without You" (feat Dames Brown - DJ Andy Smith re-edit) (5:47)
  2. The New Jersey Connection - "Love Don’t Come Easy" (6:36)
  3. Ted Taylor - "Ghetto Disco" (6:57)
  4. Full Intention & Nick Reach Up - "Night Of My Life" (feat Jazz Morley) (5:13)
  5. Cela - "I'm In Love" (7:15)
  6. Chain Reaction - "Dance Freak" (6:43)
  7. Disco Circus - "Get Up & Dance" (Bad Bikini re-edit) (7:02)
  8. Gregg Diamond - "Star Cruiser" (6:05)
  9. The Gibson Brothers - "Heaven" (7:25)
  10. The Emotions - "You're The Best" (6:14)
  11. Greg Henderson - "Dreamin" (7:17)
  12. Claudja Barry - "Sweet Dynamite" (4:08)
  13. Serious Intention - "You Dont Know" (Crissy Kybosh remix) (6:58)
  14. The Armada Orchestra - "For The Love Of Money" (6:18)
  15. Ronnie Jones - "You & I" (5:54)
Review: It would be fair to say that Bristolian selector Andy Smith has extremely deep crates. It's for this reason that he's been responsible for tons of killer compilations over the years. This one, the second in his disco, boogie and proto-house focused "Reach Up" series, is another gem. It cheerily moves between disco old and new, mixing tried-and-tested classic cuts from the likes of the New Jersey Connection, Ted Taylor, Chain Reaction and The Gibson Brothers with more recent retro-futurist cuts (see his subtly house-friendly re-edit of Will Session and Amp Fiddler's superb "Lost Without You" and Full Intention and Nick Reach Up's modern electrofunk treat "Night of My Life"). While confirmed disco enthusiasts may own some of the tracks already, there's enough lesser known goodness to make the compilation an essential purchase.
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 in stock $24.42
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
BGP
Cat: BGPS 038. Rel: 29 Apr 13
  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  2. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Review: Wow, classics don't come much more special than this. A like-for-like repress of the 1970 RCA release, both sides here are soaked in Scott Heron's raw troubled soul. The endlessly sampled, hugely powerful and perfectly funky "Revolution" remains almost as poignant and prophetic as it was the day it was penned. "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" is much more personal and reveals his talent as a singer as much as the lead track boasts his poetry and ability to deliver a strong message.
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 in stock $9.12
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Only You
Only You (12")
Cat: SNDW 12025. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Steve Monite - "Only You" (Frankie Francis Disco Jam edit) (7:55)
  2. Tabu Ley Rochereau - "Hafi Deo" (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler re-edit dub) (10:15)
Review: Edits in the hole! Two Afrofunk gems enjoy floor-primed refocuses: Steve Monite's Doing It In Lagos-featured "Only You" gets a little juice from Sofrito's Frankie Francis who really brings the bass out in proceedings. Meanwhile on the B Nick The Record and Idjut Boy Dan Tyler tweak the energy and sheen of Tabu Ley Rochereau's "Hafi Disco" as the drums are given a little more momentum and the chorus and horns are really brought to the centre of the action. Stunning.
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 in stock $10.20
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Push On
Push On (LP)
Cat: JAL 248V. Rel: 19 Jun 18
  1. Intro (1:08)
  2. Love That I'm In (feat Andy Cooper) (3:58)
  3. Since You've Been Gone (3:21)
  4. Entitled To That (3:43)
  5. Get Down On You (3:35)
  6. Push On (4:05)
  7. Main Event (feat Andy Cooper) (3:37)
  8. Hold You Close (3:43)
  9. Buzzsaw (feat Andy Cooper) (3:54)
  10. Allergic Interlude (1:23)
  11. It Won't Be Me (feat Andy Cooper) (4:35)
  12. Funky Feeling (3:03)
  13. Remedy (feat Dr Syntax) (3:33)
  14. Get On The Floor (3:05)
Review: The Allergies' debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping them for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn't taken long for them to deliver more of the goods on their second full-length album. As well as taking the successful formula of the first record and expanding on their sound, the band enlisted two giants of underground hip-hop to bless mics on the album as well. After a hugely successful collaboration on their debut LP, once again the dynamic lyricism and production skills of the inimitable Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) are present and correct in this new collection.
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 in stock $9.12
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Hunk Of Heaven
 in stock $6.71
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I Can't Get Along Without You
Cat: KALITA 12011. Rel: 11 Oct 19
  1. I Can't Get Along Without You (6:37)
  2. I Can't Get Along Without You (instrumental) (6:36)
Review: Kalita has already served up some seriously good reissues, but their latest may well be the most essential yet. It's the first licensed reissue of Vance and Suzzanne's sole single from 1980, "I Can't Get Along Without You" - a Larry Levan favourite that was only ever pressed in small quantities first time around. In it's A-side vocal form, the track is a deliciously warm and loved-up duet that mixes rich, mid-tempo New York disco grooves with some of the heady, glassy-eyed musicality of Philadelphia soul. It's genuinely magical - a super-sweet cut that sounds like end-of-night gold. Like the original 1980 private pressing on Vanton Records, the Kalita edition is backed by the similarly sweet, atmospheric Instrumental Mix, but this time we're also treated to a never-before-seen press photo, and extensive interview-based liner notes.
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 in stock $13.95
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Total Non Stop Action
Cat: FNR 126. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. Gotta Be With You (4:23)
  2. You Should See The Other Guy (2:18)
  3. Redbone (4:49)
  4. VAMP, Oakland (3:13)
  5. That Old Hammond Organ (3:33)
  6. Pinch Hitter (2:53)
  7. Recollecting (3:50)
  8. Katrin's Deli (3:08)
  9. What's Left To Give (4:05)
  10. Ray Ban (part 2) (3:30)
 in stock $17.17
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