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Coffee Cold
Coffee Cold (transparent green vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: FMG 10GREEN. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Coffee Cold (3:24)
  2. Space (1:54)
Review: While Canadian composer/producer Galt MacDermot will always be most famous for composing the score to legendary musical "Hair", he was also responsible for some killer jazz, soul and funk records in his time, too. Take "Coffee Cold", for example. Originally tucked away on his obscure 1966 jazz-funk LP, Shapes of Rhythm, the track sees him adding fluid jazz-piano solos to a chunky breakbeat-driven instrumental workout. On the flip you'll find "Space", a jaunty - if strangely mixed - fusion of lolloping but crispy drum breaks and jousting Harpsichord and piano solos. The track is arguably best known for being sampled on Busta Rhymes's "Woo-Hah", though before that it featured on MacDermot's 1969 soundtrack album, Woman is Sweeter.Limited green vinyl edition.
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Life's A Bitch
Cat: FF45 012. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Life's A Bitch (3:45)
  2. (It Ain't) All Good (4:03)
Review: Cornish funkateer Daytoner rarely fails to deliver the goods, with his semi-regular seven-inch missives being amongst his most potent releases. He's at it again here, delierving two confirmed party-starting workouts that combine live funk and soul style instrumentation topped off with classic hip-hop acapellas. He begins with 'Life's a Bitch', where fast crew rap flows lifted from a much-loved hip-hop cut ride undulating bass guitar, laidback funk breaks and glistening guitars. He flips the script a little on flipside '(It Ain't) No Good', delivering hip-hop tempo beats, deep bass, luscious electric piano motifs and smart use of one of the most celebrated R&B vocals of the 1990s.
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Crossed Track
Crossed Track (limited 7")
Cat: MSH 110. Rel: 13 May 21
  1. Crossed Track (4:15)
  2. Similar Beat (3:47)
Played by: Voodoocuts
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I Ain't Got The Love
Cat: BLKG 2. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. I Aint Got The Love (remastered edit) (2:41)
  2. Ghettos Of The Mind (intro re-edit) (1:01)
  3. Hurts So Bad (remastered edit) (3:41)
Review: Black Hole's second release in the Sample Series finds Black Cash & Theo link up for a trio of heart breaking blue-eyed soul sounds, all served up as special remastered edits. 'I Ain't Got The Love' opens with the pained and yearning vocals over aching drum breaks with melancholic strings adding to the emotional turmoil. It's a beautiful tune where 'Ghettos Of The Mind' is a freaky interlude of looped vocals that are haunting and paranoid. 'Hurts So Bad' is a well loved soul gem that emerges on a rousing, heart bleeding vocal from slow, pensive moods to empowering highs and back again.
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 in stock $10.55
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Sing A Simple Song
Sing A Simple Song (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 027. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. The Meters - "Sing A Simple Song" (2:59)
  2. The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - "Giggin' Down 103rd" (2:59)
Review: Matasuna Records' reissue-focused releases tend towards the obscure, though their picks are always nigh on essential. Here they branch out from South American, Caribbean and African funk and soul to pay tribute to two hugely important American outfits of the sixties and seventies: The Meters and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. You'll find the latter's sought after 1968 single 'Giggin' Down 103rd' - a fiery, horn-heavy chunk of righteous, club-ready funk - residing on the flipside, marking the first time it's been available since the band initially released it. The headline attraction though is undoubtedly the Meters' cover of Sly & The Family Stone's 'Sing a Simple Song', with the celebrated combo delivering a typically crunchy, organ-rich instrumental take full of punchy drum-breaks and heavyweight guitar licks.
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Devil's Workshop
Cat: PBBLP 003. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Time To Listen (4:23)
  2. The Light (2:50)
  3. Brainstorm (3:50)
  4. Warm Dust (4:18)
  5. Peace (3:50)
  6. Disaster Time (3:48)
  7. The Curse (3:24)
  8. Blind Man (3:44)
  9. Mountains Of Madness (4:01)
  10. Strange Sensations (3:35)
Review: DJ Format has long been a master of cut-and-paste production, most frequently crafting barnstorming funk and hip-hop fuelled club cuts made almost entirely out of samples lifted from dusty old records. He's applied the same techniques on Devil's Workshop, his new instrumental album, but this time he's opted for a stranger selection of source material and an undeniably cinematic feel. While calling it "DJ Shadow's Endtroducing for the 21st century" would be a bit of a stretch, the producer's combination of eccentric musical snippets (you'll find elements repurposed from folk, psychedelic, jazz, rock, spoken word, easy listening, Mod and weird soundtrack records), low-slung basslines and head-nodding hip-hop beats is certainly in the same sonic ballpark. As a result, it's Format's most detailed, considered and impressive work to date.
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Listen To The Sound
Cat: RR 01. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Listen To The Sound (4:04)
  2. That Beat (3:28)
Review: 
The first release from Regulate Recordings sets out its stall in fine fashion. The tidy 7" brings together elements of funk, hip hop, party breaks and plenty more into a pair of authentic old school sounds. They come from a Manchester DJ, T2Funk, who used the extra time he had during lockdown to explore his record collection and link up with producers and turntablists to form a collective and release their own jams on 45s. 'Listen To The Sound' has a real 80s swagger with plenty of great mic work and scratching, then 'That Beat' is a more rolling bit of boom bap with big horns.
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Chase The Dream
Cat: SL 455025. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Chase The Dream (2:07)
  2. Chase The Dream (B Boy mix) (3:09)
Review: This 7" is taken from Funkshone's sophomore long player, '2.' It is a hard breaking, funked up b-boy anthem that makes a long awaited appearance on 45rpm with Mike Bandoni's trademark drum grooves set against the usual Funkshone wall of sound. UK broken beat maestro Kaidi Tatham does his magical thing on the flute, too, for good measure. DJ Skeme Richards made the OG a big hitter on the scene after using it in his set at the Red Bull BC Boy Finals in Brazil in 2012. On this special release it gets a 'never-heard-before' b-boy cut up on the flip.
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Chemical Plant Zone
Cat: CLMN 186. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Chemical Plant Zone (4:19)
  2. Sagat Theme (3:03)
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue) (brown vinyl 7" repress)
Cat: BBR 019BROWN. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: One of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists Jorun Bombay returns to local Halifax label Black Buffalo, an imprint that launched in 2005 with a white vinyl limited 45 issue....Following his recent edit series comes this fantastic cover of RA in the form of "Revisiting The Sunshine". Authentic to its soulful core, the release is perfectly timed as we're all beginning to miss the summer moving into the colder months. It's backed by an equally sunny shakedown version of "Funky Sensation" getting a precision Bombay treatment. Sensational.
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Burning Spear
Burning Spear (7" repress)
Cat: DYNAM 7089. Rel: 28 Apr 21
  1. Burning Spear (LP version) (4:02)
  2. Burning Spear (7' version) (3:31)
Review: Now this is a benchmark for proper low slung funk. London's Dynamite Cuts present this classic by legendary funk/soul outfit S.O.U.L. The acronym stands for Sounds Of Unity and Love, and consisted of four gentlemen from Cleveland, OH USA that formed in the early 1970s. 'Burning Spear' has a groove you'll recognise from the first beat, as it has been sampled in many hip-hop tracks over the years. The A side version is taken from their What it is? LP. On the flipside is the rare and more collectable version; a variation with more focus on the percussion which was originally released on 7' in 1971. Essential for those in the know.
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Damn Right I Hit Em Up
Damn Right I Hit Em Up (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 225. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (vocal version) (4:09)
  2. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (instrumental) (4:20)
Review: DJ Soopasoul is back on his own Soopastole Edits label, this time paying tribute to the more great funk sounds and killer drum breaks. The artist is well versed in subtly reworking the classics, bringing them up to date and adding his own unique flavour. He opens this limited 7" with 'Damn Right I Hit Em Up' which rides rough over a tight bass riff, with biggie's raps up top and a big beat pumping the vibe. Flip it over for the instrumental version, which strips it right back to the bare essentials.
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Chick A Boom
Chick A Boom (yellow vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies repress)
Cat: VAMPIC 45003. Rel: 27 Apr 21
  1. Chick-A-Boom
  2. Cycles Of You
Played by: I Love 45's!, Originals
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Move On Up
Move On Up (7" repress)
Cat: URDC 14. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Nautilus - "Move On Up" (feat Mizuki Kamata) (4:22)
  2. Mizuki Kamata - "Track 2" (feat Nautilus) (4:18)
Review: Nautilus are a Japanese band named after the iconic Bob James song, which also tells you a lot about their style - which is a mix of modern rare groove that also embodies elements of jazz, funk, disco, soul and hip hop. In just five years they have built up a solid global fan base and this new single explains why. 'Move On Up' (feat Mizuki Kamata) is both filled with golden era acid jazz goodness, but also slick modern jazz tinged grooves that fit right in with the contemporary landscape. ON the flip, 'Track 2' is more slow and late night, a tender basement jam for cuddly dancing.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
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Sunny Juice
Cat: FF45 011. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. Sunny Juice (3:38)
  2. Skeelo Wonder (3:43)
Review: Smoove is back on Friday's Funky 45 with another of his irresistible mash ups. Larger than life, hard hitting and designed for maximum impact on inebriated dance floors, the opener marries vocals from 'Juice' with 'Sunny', adds some hefty drums played by label mate Dr Rubberfunk and the results are real, if not subtle. Reverse it for a collision of Skee-lo's perma-anthem, 'I Wish' chopped up with the funky keys and soul of Stevie Wonder's classic of the same name. These are bait tunes, but we all need a bit of that from time to time.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Parliament Edits (reissue) (limited sky blue vinyl 7" repress)
Cat: BBR 024SKYBLUE. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:54)
Review: Jorun Bombay likes to muck about with all sorts of different beats, but he always does it with real skill and personality. That's made him one Canada's most revered hip hop stars and here he tackles the one and only Parliament. His version of "Knee Deep" with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. "Mothership Bonus Beats" on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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ACR:EPA
ACR:EPA (limited red vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: 12MUTE 631. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Wonderland (Jam 6) (5:07)
  2. Keep It Together (Jam 5) (3:42)
  3. Down & Dirty (Jam 2) (5:40)
  4. Feel No Fear (Jam 1) (5:21)
Review: Soon to be followed by two more from the mighty Ratio - ACR:EPC and ACR:EPR - EPA is the opening chapter in a triptych born from nothing. Or at least no fixed plan or specific agenda. A day spent jamming in the studio with close friend of the band and regular vocal collaborator, Denise Johnson, the recordings here and on the pair still to come represent the work they did that day, shortly before the world lost the woman in question forever.

Passing away in July 2020, well before her time, this is ACR paying tribute to another integral part of the Manchester music Factory. From the hypnotic and woozy 'Wonderland', where Donna Summer meets acid jazz, to the more straight-laced disco material - delivered with an edge you'd expect in terms of instrumentation and vocals - EPA is a fitting way to honour her legacy.
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Bump & Hustle Music
Bump & Hustle Music (limited 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7093. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Bump & Hustle Music (4:59)
  2. Fulton County Line (4:46)
Review: If you've ever been to a rare groove party - or a soul and funk one, for that matter - there's a fair chance you'll have heard Tommy Stewart's 'Bump & Hustle Music'. The song first featured on the American artist's self-titled debut album in 1976, but later became an anthem on the London rare groove scene. It remains an infectious, feel-good, life-affirming treat, with addictive female vocals, twittering flute motifs and much-sampled horn riffs riding a languid, rolling groove. Over on the flip you'll find another fine track taken from the same album: the sweeping, string-laden disco sweetness that is 'Fulton County Line'.
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September
September (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ASX 591S. Rel: 21 Apr 21
  1. September (3:02)
  2. I Love Without A Love (2:15)
Review: Jo Ann Hamilton hailed from Georgia and was brought up on a diet of soul, Motown and r&b. At the tender age of seven she joined the Gospel Choir from the Melton Chappel church and then got into the disco scene. Five decades later she has linked with Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this fantastic new 7" that is imbued with classic funk, soul and swing. Opener 'September' is a massive Northern Soul gem that would have slayed back then and still does now. On the flip is the more obscure 'I love Without A Love' which is funky, tropical and infectious.
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Reggae Music (reissue)
Cat: KALITA 12016. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Reggae Music (4:53)
  2. Reggae Music (instrumental) (5:55)
Review: This 12" on Kalita marks first ever official reissue of the highly sought after Michael Paul reggae-soul-disco gem 'Reggae Music.' It is something of a megabit that never was after first coming on the New York-based Revolver Records. Since then it has been hard to find, and even if you do find a copy, many are said to have some real sound quality issues. Either way it is now a bit of a grail for a certain sort of DJ so to have it here, remastered and nice and loud, is big news. As well as the languid and steamy original, there is a killer dub version on the flip.
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 in stock $13.80
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The Notorious JB's: The BIG Payback
Cat: NOTORIOUS JBS. Rel: 25 Feb 21
  1. Intro Theme (0:42)
  2. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:56)
  3. Sex Machine Gun Funk (4:04)
  4. Ten Crack Commandments (feat Fela Kuti) (3:28)
  5. Don't Do Drugs PSA (interlude) (0:43)
  6. The BIG Payback (5:47)
  7. Kick In The Door (4:03)
  8. Say It Loud (I'm Black & Proud) (3:15)
  9. Everyday Struggle (3:29)
  10. Stay In School PSA (outro) (0:19)
  11. Think BIG (bonus track) (2:29)
Review: Amerigo's The Big Payback series finds him bring together some fantasy all stars for his "J.B. and The Soul Mates" tribute concept. Here, James Brown's music is reworked, edited and chopped together with the work of hip hop giant Notorious BIG. It results in speaker blasting, floor filling, ass wiggling jams that mash up all the most iconic verses and choruses from each singer with their most recognisable guitar riffs, drum breaks and samples. It's a colourful collage that is as fun as it is funky.
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Jika Jika
Jika Jika (7")
Cat: VLM 003. Rel: 09 Mar 21
  1. Jika Jika (4:17)
  2. Jika Jika (The Odd Bits) (3:38)
Review: 'Jika Jika' is s super sassy version of Grandmaster Flash's iconic 'The Message'. This holy grail reissue from Vive La Musique has had a full remaster and features late, great South African artist Sipho Gumede in his 'Boogie Man' guise. For this one he worked alongside prolific 70s and 80s producer Greg Cutler with a Linn drum and Jupiter 4 synth recreating the famous basslines. Add in a mysterious rap vocal and you have a stone cold classic that will surely be well received in any setting. Flip it over for an extra jazzy synth version.
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 in stock $13.80
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Strain
Strain (7")
Cat: APDLT 017. Rel: 13 May 21
  1. Strain (3:10)
  2. Initiation (3:42)
Review: Psych-funk specialists Delights has struck gold again with their latest release, which started life as a spontaneous recording session in 2018. The two tracks were polished up and finished off by one of the quartet of players involved, Grupo Modular's Markey Funk, who has helped turn them into cosmic, otherworldly and hallucinatory treats. The one for dancefloor plays is A-side 'Strain', a creepy, horror-influenced number that features crunchy, loose-limbed funk breakbeats, fuzzy bass, undulating synthesizer lines and bold electric piano stabs. Flipside 'Initiation' is another library funk influenced affair, with echoing synthesizer and electric piano sounds stretching out over a slow-motion beat and a hazy, alluring bassline. It's rather spaced-out all told, but that only makes it more attractive.
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 in stock $9.70
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Disco E Cultura Vol 1 (reissue)
VARIOUS
Disco E Cultura Vol 1 (reissue) (limited hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP with obi strip repress)
Cat: MAR 035. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Brilho - "Se Voce For A Salvador" (3:45)
  2. Lafayette - "Sol De Verao" (3:56)
  3. Paulo Jeronimo - "Vida Agitada" (3:31)
  4. Cornelius - "Deixa" (2:52)
  5. Franco - "Ei, Voce, Psiu!!" (2:36)
  6. Adriana - "Contigo" (4:06)
  7. Brazil Very Happy Band - "Brazil Very Happy Band" (3:41)
  8. Aloisio - "Tema R" (3:24)
  9. Os Carbonos - "Passaro Selvagem" (3:39)
  10. San Rodrigues - "Fofa" (3:01)
  11. Gay Vaquer - "Disco Pode Ser Cultura" (2:49)
  12. Grupo Natureza - "Pode Acreditar" (3:30)
Review: Portuguese label Mad About Records has dabbled with reissuing Brazilian music before, though this compilation from boss man Joaquim Paulo is by far and away their most in-depth dive into the South American country's rich dance music heritage. Disco E Cultura Volume 1 focuses on soul, funk, disco, boogie and jazz-funk released in the country during the 70s and '80s, offering up tons of colourful, floor-friendly jams featuring punchy, razor-sharp horn lines, MPB style vocals and grooves to die for. It's all excellent to be honest, though if you're looking for highlights we'd suggest checking Lafayette's brilliant 'Sol De Varao', the Barrio-funk of Franco, the hot-stepping breakbeats and mazy synth solos of Aloisio's jazz-funk gem 'Tema R', and the wonderfully smooth grooves of Grupo Natureza.
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 in stock $28.17
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The Stone Killer (Soundtrack) (Expanded Edition)
The Stone Killer (Soundtrack) (Expanded Edition) (gatefold 180 gram audiophile translucent red vinyl 2xLP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: BEAT 82C. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. The Stone Killer (main titles) (3:15)
  2. Under Surveillance (2:05)
  3. The Plot (3:14)
  4. On The Trail (3:05)
  5. The Graveyard (2:33)
  6. In The Shadows (3:37)
  7. Too Late (2:13)
  8. The Old Precinct (1:28)
  9. Down Town (1:45)
  10. On The Move (1:57)
  11. Down Uptown (3:51)
  12. From Vietnam (2:04)
  13. The Chase (2:45)
  14. The Assassination (4:01)
  15. Final Capture (1:38)
  16. The Stone Killer (main title - alt mix) (3:23)
  17. M5 SK6: The Old Precinct (2:44)
  18. M5 SK7: On The Move (2:55)
  19. M1 SK10: The Chase (3:05)
  20. Black Is Beautiful (4:42)
  21. M4 SK10 (1:45)
  22. M7 SK10: The Assassination (1:40)
  23. M5 SK2 (1:45)
  24. The Graveyard (alt mix) (2:38)
  25. The Stone Killer (main theme - film mix - mono) (3:23)
  26. Too Late (2:47)
  27. M1 SK10 (film mix - mono) (2:46)
  28. The Stone Killer (7" mix) (2:38)
 in stock $54.01
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Hard Up
Hard Up (coloured vinyl 2xLP + insert + MP3 downalod code)
BMG
Cat: 405053 8663815. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Hard Up (4:15)
  2. Power Without Greed (4:00)
  3. While You Sleep (feat Ev Jones) (4:22)
  4. Nothing I Wanna Know About (4:08)
  5. It's All Gonna Be OK (feat Joey Dosik) (3:58)
  6. Tomorrow (4:53)
  7. Upwey Funk (3:14)
  8. The Thing About You (3:19)
  9. If Not Now (Then When) (feat Durand Jones) (4:10)
  10. I Just Heard You Leaving (5:13)
  11. Ride On Time (4:19)
 in stock $28.48
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Reworks: Good Vibes
Reworks: Good Vibes (1-sided 12")
Cat: REWORKS 60SVOL1. Rel: 13 May 21
  1. Good Vibes (vocal mix) (5:21)
  2. Good Vibes (instrumental) (4:02)
Review: This cheeky white label 7" finds Beatconductor offering top a superbly laid back and lovely dub mix of 'Good Vibes.' Despite it being one of the most recognisable tunes on the planet and one of The Pet Shop Boys's best cuts, he does a fine job of reworking it into something that sounds fresh. The dreamy pads and flutes, gently tumbling drums and reverb-rich groove are accompanied by nice rocksteady vibes that uplift the soul. Next to the a-side vocal version is a fine instrumental on the flip that abstracts the track even more.
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 in stock $14.08
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Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: PARK 1033. Rel: 17 Dec 20
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (3:16)
  2. Summer Madness (4:01)
Review: Sometimes known as Inokasira Rangers, Park Rangers are a Japanese band who have spent much of the last decade releasing inspired but unlikely instrumental reggae covers of massive rock, pop and disco hits. This 7" single boasts two of their most popular covers, starting with a ridiculously cheery and almost hilariously cheeky version of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Built around a 1960s style rocksteady riddim, it's instantly recognisable thanks to the band's choice to track the tune of Cobain's lead vocal (which naturally isn't present) with a Hammond organ solo. On the flip you'll find a deep reggae-disco cover of Kool & The Gang classic 'Summer Madness'; it's good, but nowhere near as fine as the surprising A-side.
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 in stock $15.26
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 1
Cat: DNA 015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Love Thang (4:06)
  2. Just An Illusion (3:51)
Review: DJ DSK kicks off another series of Edits Instrumentals volumes here with another pair of his vital cut up and reworked classics. The key to it is the source material - he always knows how to find just the right sort of disco tune or 80s classic to tease apart and rebuild in more robust and dance floor friendly fashion, all with a modern edge. 'Love Thang' is a sultry, low slung disco tune with big strings and funky riffs, while on the reverse, 'Just An Illusion' offers a more squelchy and late night groove for dancing to under a setting sun, maybe.
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 in stock $12.33
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Hard Up
Hard Up (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PT 009. Rel: 02 Mar 21
  1. Hard Up (4:14)
  2. Ride On Time (4:21)
Review: 2020 marks two decades since the Bamboos, Australia's premier deep funk combo, first made an impression in their home city of Melbourne. The Lance Ferguson-helmed outfit have been busy in the studio this year cooking up some suitably celebratory music to mark their 20th birthday, with this must-check "45" the latest missive to hit the streets. A-side 'Hard Up' is a typically raw and heavy affair, with regular vocalist Kylie Audist excelling herself over a typically tight-but-loose blend of hazy horns, Hammond motifs, crunchy drums and flash-fried guitar licks. Just as impressive is B-side 'Ride on Time', a surprise - but genuinely killer - heavy funk translation of Black Box's 1989 piano house favourite of the same name.
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 in stock $8.81
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Never Too Much
Never Too Much (7" repress)
Cat: ATH 091. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Never Too Much (4:25)
  2. Never Too Much (instrumental) (4:18)
Review: Athens Of The North is unveiling a whole wealth of new 7"s this month and as usual, each and every one is an essential purchase. This one in particular will resonate with a wide audience thanks to the ubiquity of the source material - Luther Vandross's 'Never Too Much.' There have been many versions over the years but this reggae take from Derrick Cross is special indeed, and an OG will costs basically too much for any sane person. Now a fully legit repress makes it accessible to all once more, and hurrah for that.
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 in stock $11.46
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Flight Of The Ancients
Cat: FSRLP 085. Rel: 28 Oct 20
  1. Journey Through Time (5:08)
  2. Rise With The Blind (4:29)
  3. Flight Of The Ancients (5:38)
  4. Shaolin Theme (4:31)
  5. Kilimanjaro (6:16)
  6. Shira (7:26)
  7. The Quiet Lion (5:56)
  8. The Scarab (5:05)
Review: Aussie Afrobeat and Afro-soul crew Shaolin Afronauts have released some terrific music over the years. While they've released more polished and complex music in recent years, we're still massive fans of their 2011 debut album Flight of the Ancients, which returns to wax in 2020 via a fresh pressing from Freestyle Records. It's a superb set all told, with the Adelaide-based combo strutting their way through both up-tempo and more laid-back fusions of Afro-beat and Afro-funk, each piled high with evocative horn lines, wah-wah guitar motifs, Tony Allen inspired drumming and seriously good solos from the band's talented players. Our current favourites include 'Flight of the Ancients', the irrepressible 'Kilimanjaro' and the spiritual jazz inspired closing cut, 'The Scarab'.
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Funky Mule
Funky Mule (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 164. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Funky Mule (3:16)
  2. Reach Out I'll Be There (2:46)
Review: The always reliable Funk Night label outta the US of A has put out more than 160 essential 45s and the latest is another slice of gold. It is just one of three, yes three, 7"s John Reed and the Automatics are putting out this month and it is supercharged stuff: a-side 'Funky Mule' has powerful horns, hard hitting beats and a raw and rugged aesthetic that will demand plenty of sweat on the dance floor. On the flip is a cover of an all time classic - 'Reach Out I'll Be There' gets reworked as a more strident beat with a lead riff that will get hands in the air. As always with this label, these are highly limited so act fast to secure your piece of funk.
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Nuova Napoli
Nuova Napoli (LP repress)
Cat: NG 01. Rel: 11 May 21
  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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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Cat: BBR 019BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: Jorun Bombay is one of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists and his fantastic cover of the recently turned 80 year old Roy Ayers in the form of 'Revisiting The Sunshine' is one of his biggest tunes. A recent reissue on white vinyl sold out in quick time so now comes another chance to own it, this time on black wax. This one followed Jorun's recent edit series and is authentic to its soulful core. As summer fades away and autumn looms, keep the sunny vibes alive with this golden, heart warming version. On the flip is something just as sunny - a fine version of 'Funky Sensation' that gets a precision Bombay treatment.
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 in stock $21.12
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Vol 2: The Colombia Years
Vol 2: The Colombia Years (triple 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ROC 041. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Boogaloo Girl (2:49)
  2. Ponte En Onda (3:54)
  3. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Ritmo Caliente" (3:39)
  4. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Soul & Feeling (Alma Y Sentimiento)" (3:08)
  5. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Tiahuanaco (Puerta Del Sol)" (3:38)
  6. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Mi Nuevo Ritmo" (3:26)
Review: Last year Rocafort Records delivered a rather good retrospective of the early works of Peruvian band-leader Alfredito Linares, an unheralded star of Latin jazz and later salsa and boogaloo who made some seriously good music in the late 1960s and '70s. This sequel, which features six scintillating tracks stretched across three seven-inch singles, tells the next chapter of the story, following Linares' relocation to Cali, Colombia in the early '70s. What's an offer is a heavy, club-ready mixture of righteous boogaloo - all infectious grooves, loose-limbed South American percussion, breathless group vocals and rising, big band style horns - and breezy salsa workouts, all of which hits the spot and then some.
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Take You Higher
Take You Higher (hand-numbered green vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207004. Rel: 05 Aug 20
  1. Take You Higher (2:49)
  2. Hummingbird (feat Alison Garner) (3:20)
Review: Bristol beat-maker, break-digger and turntablist Boca 45 has released some pretty special material this year, most of it on the 2020 Donuts imprint he inaugurated back in January. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing on the series fourth instalment, a highly limited green vinyl affair that we think will simply fly out of stores. A-side "Take You Higher" is a bustling instrumental hip-hop number based around slack-tuned breakbeats, heavyweight bass, cut-up guitar riffs and all manner of cheeky spoken word snippets. Vocalist Alison Garner guests on superb flipside "Hummingbird", a hybrid hip-hop/bossa-nova number blessed with mazy Hammond organ solos, bold piano stabs and extra-special percussion.
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 in stock $7.48
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Chameleon
Chameleon (180 gram transparent violet vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 075982 1598073. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Same Page Different Book (4:39)
  2. Da Bourgeoise (3:16)
  3. Ain't Gonna Miss U When U're Gone (6:00)
  4. Boyfriend (3:11)
  5. If I Could Get Ur Attention (2:42)
  6. What If (4:55)
  7. Free Urself (3:48)
  8. Ruffenuff (5:43)
  9. Paisley Park Rehearsal (10:04)
  10. Way Back Home (extended version) (6:51)
  11. Menstrual Cycle (10:23)
  12. Clouds (Mr Nelson Suite) (14:16)
 in stock $36.40
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On The Run
On The Run (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 165. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. On The Run (3:57)
  2. Xmas (3:02)
Review: Funk Night Records continues to showcase the music of newcomers John Reed & The Automatics, who here drop the third of three simultaneously released seven-inch singles. Inspired by the flanged funk records of the psychedelic era, 'On The Run' adds psyche-funk guitar sounds and trippy, effects-laden lead lines to a weighty, low-slung groove full of boisterous drum-breaks, booming bass guitar and wah-wah-heavy guitar riffs. They flip the script on 'Xmas', peppering a looser funk groove with squelchy bass, spacey synths sounds and psychedelic organ riffs. It's not quite as heavy as the A-side, but still rocks harder than Santa Claus after an all-night session with Keith Richards.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 2
Cat: DNA 016. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Bad Girls (4:02)
  2. Need You Tonight (4:14)
Review: The relentless edit surgeon that is DJ DSK must have spent the whole of lockdown digging for beats, then taking them to his operating table and setting to work, boucle he has a glut of new Eps out in close proximity. He kicks off here with a huge disco classic in 'Bad Girls' and strips out the vocals, turns up the fun and allows the beats to roll on uninterrupted. On the flip he takes the classic, jittery, 80s INXS gem 'Need You Tonight' and strips out the vocals, makes the beats that bit more crisp and sharp and adds some reverb for extra weight.
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 in stock $12.33
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Afro Sega
Afro Sega (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: AT 701. Rel: 06 May 21
  1. Afro-Sega (Tony Allen remix) (4:35)
  2. Fatige (4:31)
Review: Second time around for Afro-Kreole artist Grace Barbe's surprise collaboration with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, which was first released on seven-inch way back in 2016. Allen handled production and remixing duties on "Afro-Sega", a wonderfully humid and tropical number in which the late drummer's distinctive polyrhythms provide a killer base for Barbe's superb lead vocals and all manner of accompanying musical heat (think undulating funk bass, effects-laden Clavinet riffs and punchy sax). Just as good is flipside "Fatige", an even more colourful and vibrant affair in which the Seychelles Islander explores the tropical sounds of her home archipelago in serious sonic style. Only 160 of these have been pressed in total, so act fast if you want to secure a copy.
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 in stock $14.39
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Street Player
Cat: MXMRK 2039. Rel: 15 Feb 21
  1. Street Player (Mr K Breakdown edit) (5:39)
  2. Get Up Get Into It Get Involved (Mr K Breakdown edit) (2:21)
Review: We know that there are tons of re-edits around and some tend towards the pointless, but it's always worth paying attention with the editor involved is Danny Krivit AKA Mr K. His edits are rarely less than brilliant, in part because the veteran New Yorker is usually able to breathe new life into classic cuts just through rearrangement and occasional use of additional instrumentation. 'Street Player', his latest rework of the Chicago classic of the same name, is a brilliant example of this. We all know and love the original, but Krivit's take is vastly different thanks to a lengthy, percussion-heavy build up and next to no chorus. It's a genuinely brilliant revision. Over on the flip he presents a short 'breakdown edit' of a sweaty old James Brown jam.
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 in stock $10.27
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Cumbia En Do Menor
  1. Lito Barrientos Y Su Orquesta - "Cumbia En Do Menor" (2:49)
  2. Los Robbins - "Patricia" (2:49)
Review: This is a must for lovers of red hot, sure-fire party starting Latin tunes. Central-American artists Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta (from El Salvador) and Los Robbins (Honduras) serve dup this huge hit in 1965. It draws on big band, jazz, ska and Jamaican heritage while also showing its Latin heritage proudly on its sleeve. On the reverse is Los Robbins' 'Patricia', which is a superbly realised rocksteady viber recorded in Honduras, with more of those rich Jamaican influences. originals are rarer than unicorn tears so this addition to the 'Tropical 45s series' is another fine one.
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 in stock $13.22
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She's On The Money
Cat: AOTN 12015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. She Is On The Money (unreleased 14.43 Disco mix) (14:44)
  2. Holiday (4:31)
  3. She Is On The Money (alternate) (4:37)
  4. She Is On The Money (7' version) (4:06)
  5. She Is On The Money (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: Once again Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer has dug deep for inspiration. Even within disco and boogie collector circles, few know the self-released early '80 singles of sometime Sister Sledge backing bandmember Doug Payne. As Fryer has proved on this compilation style EP, Payne's boogie-era jams were genuinely brilliant. The killer cut is 'She's On The Money', a P-funk style wriggler - think squelchy, undulating synth-bass, soulful vocals, sparkling synth lines and bustling machine drums - that's available in a variety of versions. Our pick of the bunch is the previously unreleased extended mix, which stretches out to almost 15 minutes and includes some superb, DJ-friendly stripped-back sections. Also worth a listen is the slap-bass-propelled boogie-funk of 'Holiday', which was originally Payne's debut solo single way back in 1983.
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Cutting The Chord (remastered)
Cat: BEWITH 068LP. Rel: 10 May 21
  1. Love Will Stay In Your Corner (3:01)
  2. Flick Of The Wrist (3:06)
  3. Gotta Get It Back (3:06)
  4. Mr Brother (4:19)
  5. Beautiful Summer Day (3:18)
  6. (Assistant's Rag) When You're Hot, You're Hot (4:26)
  7. We Like To Boogie (4:24)
  8. Come On Home (5:12)
  9. Touch Me (3:22)
  10. Sweet Love (4:22)
 in stock $26.13
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Gorilla Funk
Gorilla Funk (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 156. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Gorilla Funk (part 1) (2:03)
  2. Gorilla Funk (part 2) (2:22)
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Cat: BBR 024BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:56)
Review: If you dig a decent cover or an essential edit, then you will be more than familiar with Jorun Bombay. The Canadian artist is a leader in his field and a prolific one, too, who puts out plenty of material in a constant stream. Here he takes on Parliament classics. His version of 'Knee Deep' with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. 'Mothership Bonus Beats' on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3
Cat: DNA 017. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (4:16)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (4:31)
Review: A-grade edit specialists DJ DSK is having a hugely prolific year. He has already put put a wealth of 7"s this year and now comes on strong with yet another. DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3 finds him hunt down some killer source material and cut it and rework it with his surgeons sonic scalpel. 'That's The Way Love Goes' has a hard hitting boom-bap break with a bouncy bassline bringing some air. A neat and funk guitar riff acts as the main hook with synth strings bring expansive feels. On the back side is 'The Thrill Is Gone', a more laid back but still funky break for those earlier or even later night hours.
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Let No Man Put Asunder (reissue)
  1. Let No Man Put Asunder (DJ Koco aka Shimokita edit) (4:12)
  2. Let No Man Put Asunder (DJ Koco aka Shimokita dub) (3:41)
Review: Over the years, First Choice's 1983 disco hit 'Let No Man Asunder' has been remixed and re-edited countless times, yet producers are still able to find new ways to reinterpret it. The latest to pass the test with flying colours is DJ Koco AKA Shimokita, who here serves up two fresh reworks. His A-side edit makes the most of the track's infectious groove, jammed-out electric piano chords and spacey synths, eventually introducing the group's brilliant vocals in order to take it to another level. Arguably even better is the stripped-back flipside dub, which sounds like it was crafted from the master tapes. It naturally plays around with the percussion, bassline and vocals, delivering what could be the heaviest take on the track of all time.
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Movin On
Movin On (12")
Cat: EDITDUB 12. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Movin On" (unreleased re-edit) (7:07)
  2. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Express" (unreleased re-edit) (5:53)
  3. Biddu Orchestra - "Voodoo Man" (instrumental) (6:13)
  4. Suna Yildizoglu - "I´m Gonna Dance" (unreleased Disco dub) (7:47)
Review: Edit & Dub is an always on fire label that deals in serving up lost mixes of dancefloor classics. The latest helping of goodness kicks off with a pair of tunes from Gino Dentie & The Family. 'Movin On' is real smooth groove train business with noodling chords and big horns while 'Express' gets a little bit deeper. A meandering flute leads the way up top with flat footed kicks making you move. The flip has high speed cosmic disco funk in the form of 'Voodoo Man' and then more loose limbed sunshine on 'I'm Gonna Dance,' a heartwarming cut for sure.
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 in stock $14.39
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