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I Love You (reissue)
I Love You (reissue) (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: BK 029RE. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. I Love You (4:33)
  2. I Love You (instrumental) (5:08)
Review: Since it first hit stores in 2004, the Bees' limited-edition single "I Love You" - a heart-aching, expertly realised blue-eyed tribute to the sugary, downtempo end of the late 1950s/early 1960s soul spectrum - has become an in-demand item. Here it is finally given the reissue treatment, with the lauded Isle of Wight-based band's superb vocal version - all impassioned, teary-eyed lead vocals and harmonious, doo-wop style backing vox - once again coming backed by an instrumental mix in which their glistening guitars and authentically fuzzy horns are naturally more prominent in the mix. It's one of the single most impactful and beautiful songs in their catalogue, so you definitely need this in your life.
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Played by: PHANTOM ISLAND
 in stock $12.69
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Home Is Where The Edit Is
Home Is Where The Edit Is (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 222. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. Home Is Where The Edit Is (4:03)
  2. Home Is Where The Dub Is (4:03)
Review: It is undervalued soul singer Esther Phillips's cover version of Gil Scott's Heron's cult classic 'Home Is Where The Hatred Is' that provides the source material for this latest edit from DJ Soopasoul. ON the a-side is a version pretty faithful to the original, only with more bulky drums, drawn out grovers and some extra drum fills for that more suitable dance floor feel. The strings will also soar on the right system. A dub pairs it back slightly to a raw funk groove with plenty of hard blue eyed soul also colouring the mix.
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 in stock $10.79
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It Ain't Hard To Tell
It Ain't Hard To Tell (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 221. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. It Ain't Hard To Tell (mix 1) (3:48)
  2. It Ain't Hard To Tell (mix 2) (3:46)
Review: Currently in the throes of a serious reissue mission, bringing many of his old funklets back to life on wax, Jalapeno mainstay Danny Soopasoul lets these very cheeky takes on Mr Illmatic out into the ether. Side-A is pure laid back west coast vibery while the B lays Nas's famous bars down over a Bill Conti-style horn arrangement where the feel of a montage and a triumphant stair-run is imminent. Limited to 300 copies, it ain't hard to tell you how quickly this will fly.
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Played by: SOOPASOUL, Originals
 in stock $10.79
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We Like It
We Like It (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: ST 002. Rel: 22 Oct 20
  1. We Like It (5:21)
  2. We Like It (Caserta Lime Ricky dub) (5:08)
Review: Boston's A-grade record digger, funk and soul boffin and master edit maker Kon is back with his Gang for this tidy 7" that also features Rick James. It is once again an edit aided by Kon's long time engineer Caserta, with slick, life affirming jazz tinged and super funky production. Soul Supreme is on keys, the knotted bass comes from Xander Vrienten and together they all serve up a real late summer jam that could be 50 years old. The dub is just as delicious on the flip, with more room for the lux and authentic production and very real musicianship to shine through
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Some Funkettes
Some Funkettes (LP + inserts in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: DE 283. Rel: 20 Oct 20
  1. Do It Any Way You Wanna (3:29)
  2. Papa Wuzza Rollinston (7:09)
  3. Spiked Punch (9:58)
  4. I Feel Love (9:44)
  5. Dynomite (4:57)
  6. Spiked Punch (dub) (5:48)
Review: Dark Entries is humbled to continue digging through the archives of legendary producer Patrick Cowley. While best known for his production on chart-topping cybernetic disco anthems such as Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' or his own 'Menergy', Cowley, who passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1982, left us with a substantial body of work. Since 2009, Dark Entries has been working with Cowley's friends and family to shed light on the lesser known facets of this singular artist's output. This has resulted in a string of celebrated archival albums, including Catholic (featuring Jorge Socarras), School Daze, Muscle Up, Afternooners, and the recent Mechanical Fantasy Box. Some Funkettes, the latest addition to this series, is a collection of previously unreleased cover songs recorded from 1975-1977. These raw, unembellished tributes both showcase Cowley's early musical interests and chart the development of his production techniques.
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Played by: Wes Baggaley
 in stock $17.27
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Black Caesar: 45s Collection
Black Caesar: 45s Collection (double 7" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: DYNAM 7085/86. Rel: 12 Oct 20
  1. The Boss (3:12)
  2. Blind Man Can See It (2:37)
  3. Make It Good To Yourself (3:15)
  4. White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine) (2:38)
Review: Dynamite Cuts latest double seven-inch presentation takes us back to 1973, and James Brown's often-overlooked soundtrack to Blaxploitation crime movie "Black Ceasar", a set previously described by one critic as "a full-frontal funk attack". What we get is four of the soundtrack's strongest cuts: electric piano solo-laden funk shuffler "Blind Man Can See", one of Brown's most celebrated and best-loved songs, "The Boss" (sample lyric: "look at me, what do you see? A bad mother!"), the softly sweet, strings-and-solo laden breeziness of "White Lightning", and the crunchy heavy funk strut of "Make It Good To Yourself". As the old saying goes: all killer, no filler.
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 in stock $18.35
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Reggae Soul Tribute To Curtis Mayfield: Special 45 Adapter Edition (Juno Exclusive)
Reggae Soul Tribute To Curtis Mayfield: Special 45 Adapter Edition (Juno Exclusive) (hand-numbered white vinyl 7" in stamped inner sleeve & branded card sleeve + bespoke wooden 45 adapter) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 071SPECIALEDITION. Rel: 28 Sep 20
  1. Move On Up (3:53)
  2. Give Me Your Love (3:32)
Review: If you've not already picked up a copy of Mutaksuku Records' superb reissue of two of reggae musician Devon Russell's greatest Curtis Mayfield covers, we'd suggest grabbing one of these Juno exclusive white vinyl versions, which also happens to ship with a tasty wooden "45" adaptor. You may already know Russell's incredible '84 version of 'Move on Up', which re-imagines it as a languid, post-disco reggae-soul anthem that just oozes sun-soaked positivity. On this seven-inch, it comes backed by something equally as essential: the artist's lesser-known 1993 take on 'Give Me Your Love', which turns the much-loved song into a colourful, synth-laden trip through Balearic reggae territory. In a word: essential.
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 in stock $9.71
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Rome
Rome (translucent orange vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 189C1. Rel: 23 Oct 20
  1. Rome (3:49)
  2. Falling In Love Again (3:50)
 in stock $7.55
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30-60-90 EP
  1. Prince Alfonso & The Fever - "30-60-90" (2:18)
  2. Nestor Alvarez - "30-60-90" (3:30)
  3. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels - "30-60-90" (feat Dennis Alcapone) (3:01)
  4. Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts - "30-60-90" (2:42)
Review: This super limited 7" features four original Gravity label artists and serving up their own respective versions of one original. Prince Alfonso & The Fever kick off with fat-bottomed swagger and earthy dub funk grooves, and Nestor Alvarez flip the script with more Latin percussion and bossa-style grooves. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels take you to a hot summer's day with their reggae soundtrack, and last of all Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts lead with a big sax line and hip swinging tambourines that all come underpinned by big bass. Varied and vital, it's a small bit of wax but it packs a big punch.
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 in stock $15.11
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Needlework Vol 1
  1. Dr Octagon - "Bear Witness" (3:29)
  2. Handsome Boy Modelling School - "Holy Calamity" (4:02)
Review: Handsome Boy Modeling School is an American duo made up of hip-hop beatmakers Dan the Automator of Gorillaz association and rince Paul from projects with Stetsasonic, De La Soul and Gravediggaz. Dan the Automator assumes his DJ Octagon Palais for the opera here - a hard hitting and deep cut rap with plenty of manic DJ scratching and big stabs. Handsome Boy Modelling School then link up for the flip side 'Holy Calamity' which is another floor filler with bold brass and mad scratching. Both tunes hark back to a golden era of rap and will get any floor pumping.
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 in stock $11.61
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Summer Madness Part 1 & 2 (reissue)
Summer Madness Part 1 & 2 (reissue) (gold vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: FUR 7377COLOURRE. Rel: 15 Oct 20
  1. Summer Madness (part 1) (2:58)
  2. Summer Madness (part 2) (2:37)
Review: Second time around for the Soul Surfers' superb cover of jazz-funk classic 'Summer Madness', which first hit stores in September 2019. This time round, it comes pressed on gold-coloured vinyl, though you'll have to act fast to secure a copy. It's worth doing just that though, because it sees the Californian act re-imagining one of the smoothest and most seductive cuts in the Kool & The Gang canon as a languid chunk of laidback instrumental soul complete with crunchy drums, elongated lead guitar solos and some suitably spacey analogue synth sounds. The luscious and lazy A-side version is backed by a 'Part Two' take that's a little more stripped-back, raw and heavy.
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 in stock $12.15
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The Man
The Man (7" limited to 300 copies + sticker)
Cat: ORIGU 45 013. Rel: 20 Oct 20
  1. The Man (3:22)
  2. Fly Tonite (3:26)
Review: Stetasonic was a short lived American hip-hop group who managed to put out three strong albums in their short time together. It was a remix of their 'Talking All That Jazz' by Dimitri From Paris that resurrected interest in the group in 1998 and now this 7" continues to shine a light on the often forgotten group. '(Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love' is a hard hitting beat with a tense atmosphere. The crashing hits and reverberating drums break only for big stabs to light up the groove, all the while the biting rhymes keep on coming. An a cappella is provide don the flip for more adventurous DJs.
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 in stock $13.77
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Don't Let It Go To Your Head
Don't Let It Go To Your Head (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 337 002. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. Don't Let It Go To Your Head (with Karen Lee Andrews) (5:02)
  2. Se Te Va (4:49)
Review: 14 months on from the release of their celebrated Translations EP, Oyobi is ready to unleash their latest dancefloor-ready fusion bomb: a colourful cover of Jean Carn's Philly Soul classic 'Don't Let it Go to Your Head'. Featuring super-sweet and soulful lead vocals from Karen Lee Andrews, Oyobi's version is warm, musically intricate and fluid, re-imagining the Carn classic as a Latin-infused broken soul gem rich in timbales, twinkling pianos and jaunty Clavinet stabs. Over on the flip they revert to type with 'Se Te Va', an infectious and heavyweight fusion of low-slung disco bass and percussion-rich salsa rhythms.
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Played by: Originals
 in stock $14.85
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Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae (A Lingua Dos Anjos)
  1. Jorge Ben - "Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae (A Lingua Dos Anjos)" (4:09)
  2. Cauby Peixoto & Jorge Ben - "Dona Culpa" (3:25)
Review: Mr Bongo's excellent Brazil.45 series digs deeper into the legacy of Jorge Ben, one of Brazil's most famous musical exports and an enduring samba king. Opening up is 'Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae (A Lingua Dos Anjos)' which was originally on his 1980 album Alo Alo, Como Vai? It's a modern sound, with disco inflections and big wind sections, but also some trademark Ben playfulness in the lyrics which speak of flying saucers and angels. O the flip, things slow down and get more steamy and sensuous on 'Dona Culpa' from his Cauby! Cauby!' album of the same year. Two sides, two styles, one irrepressible artist.
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 in stock $8.10
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Human Race (Record Store Day 2020)
Gem
Cat: 101. Rel: 13 Oct 20
  1. Human Race (3:08)
  2. Grey Boy (3:04)
Review: Little is known about Human Race and their mysterious, self-titled debut single, other than they were the house band at the Continental Club in Miami, Florida, during the late 1960s. Their sole single, which slipped out on a tiny label at the turn of the 70s, has long been sought after by collectors. Having first been reissued in 2002, it has now been given a fresh pressing. It's well worth picking up, not least for the languid and laidback title track, where scat-style vocals and glistening guitars ride a groove rich in deep, weighty bass guitar, shuffling drum-breaks and ear-catching hand percussion. As it did on previous releases, the track comes backed by an even slower, more laidback instrumental number, the sweltering, sax-laden soul sweetness of 'Grey Boy'.
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 in stock $10.53
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What 'Em Doing Is My Business
Cat: RS 45063BLACK. Rel: 21 Oct 20
  1. What 'Em Doing Is My Business (Altroy & Jr Rhythmic Treatment) (3:19)
  2. What 'Em Doing Is My Business (3:20)
Review: For their latest trick, Austrian imprint Record Shack has decided to breathe new life into a sought-after slab of obscure 1979 soul sweetness, Gregory Jolly's 'What 'Em Doing Is My Business'. You'll find the original version - a fine fusion of Clavinet and Hammond-splashed cosmic soul blessed with funky bottom-end and a superb lead vocal from Mr Jolly - on the flip, with Altroy & Jr's "Rhythmic Treatment" on the A. It's a slightly weightier and heavier treatment, with the duo adding subtle new percussion while re-editing key sections. While rather good - and definitely more danceable - it's not really radically different to the must must-have original mix.
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! low stock $10.26
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Hot Lovin'
Cat: DBS 1012. Rel: 12 Oct 20
  1. Hot Lovin' (Don't Stop, Don't Quit) (3:39)
  2. Shack Attack (3:20)
Review: More from the cheeky scamps behind the Disco Bits label, an imprint whose releases regularly blur the boundaries between re-editing, re-making and remixing. Here they welcome back imprint regulars Cannon & Mirrorball (we laughed, at least), who once again serve up two guaranteed disco floor-slayers. A-side 'Hot Lovin (Don't Stop, Don't Quit)' sits somewhere between disco-house and hip-house, with excitement-building raps lifted from vintage hip-hop cuts sitting atop a non-stop beat crafted from tooled-up elements from a celebratory disco favourite. As the title suggests, 'Shack Attack' cheekily blends elements from Banbarra classic 'Shack Up' and B-52s hit 'Love Shack', adding some other choice samples to create a tidy, well-made mash-up that sounds tailor-made for disco dancefloors.
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 in stock $8.63
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Only 19
Only 19 (12" with obi-strip)
Cat: PLP 6982. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. Planes (5:28)
  2. Only Nineteen (3:45)
  3. Showbiz Suite (5:51)
Review: Placebo isn't the indie band you're thinking of, but rather a jazz and progressive rock band from Belgium that is headed up by the legendary keyboardist and composer Marc Moulin. This 12" is a three track collection of live tracks recorded way back in 1973 from a live TV performance the group made. 'Planes' is a busy one with spy-theme leads and dramatic trumpets next to racing rhythm sections. 'Only Nineteen' is a more mellow groove but one that still explodes to life on rousing riffs and synth work. 'Showbiz Suite' closes out in mysterious fashion and keeps you coming back for more.
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Played by: Originals
 in stock $31.59
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(Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love
(Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: ORIGU 45 012. Rel: 20 Oct 20
  1. (Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love (3:24)
  2. (Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love (A Capella) (3:05)
Review: Stetasonic was a short lived American hip-hop group who managed to put out three strong albums in their short time together. It was a remix of their 'Talking All That Jazz' by Dimitri From Paris that resurrected interest in the group in 1998 and now this 7" continues to shine a light on the often forgotten group. '(Now Ya'll Givin' Up) Love' is a hard hitting beat with a tense atmosphere. The crashing hits and reverberating drums break only for big stabs to light up the groove, all the while the biting rhymes keep on coming. An a cappella is provide don the flip for more adventurous DJs.
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 in stock $12.95
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Some Funkettes
Cat: DE 283CD. Rel: 20 Oct 20
  1. Do It Any Way You Wanna
  2. Papa Wuzza Rollinston
  3. Spiked Punch
  4. I Feel Love
  5. Dynomite
  6. Spiked Punch (dub)
  7. Do It Any Way You Wanna (vocal - bonus track)
  8. Papa Wuzza Rollinston (vocal - bonus track)
Review: During their continuing trawls through Patrick Cowley's archives, Dark Entries has uncovered a string of cover versions that the late, great San Francisco-based producer recorded between 1974 and '77. They've now decided to gather them together on Some Funkettes, a synthesizer-fired set that more than lives up to its title. Perhaps the most headline-grabbing number is a 10-minute re-creation of Donna Summer's Giorgio Moroder-produced electro-disco masterpiece, 'I Feel Love' - a record that Cowley famously remixed, but here re-imagines as a more spacey instrumental workout - but there's plenty elsewhere across the CD that's arguably even better. For proof, check Cowley's colourful synth-funk versions of 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone' and 'Do It Any Way You Wanna', and his brilliant interpretations of Herbie Hancock's 'Chameleon' (here re-named 'Spiked Punch').
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Played by: Felix Dickinson
 in stock $12.15
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Soul Expedition
Soul Expedition (LP with obi-strip)
Cat: PLP 6990. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. Itching (3:48)
  2. We Gonna Make It (4:31)
  3. I'll Be Standing By (3:35)
  4. Take It From The Top (2:13)
  5. Night Life (5:37)
  6. Get Down On It (3:40)
  7. I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To (4:22)
  8. There Ain't Enough Time (1:54)
Review: P-Vine is in a particularly strong run of form right now and that keeps up with this deep cut funk classic from US group Soul Expedition as led by guitarist Freddie Terrell. This is the only studio album the band released way back in 1972 but its still carries weight. The tracks are bristling brews, heavily packed with percussion, wriggling rhythm sections and flute lines that soar to the skies. An original is hard to find and expensive if you do, so this lovingly recreated reissue complete with full artwork is a must buy for funk lovers.
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 in stock $38.86
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Pink Steamroller (reissue)
  1. Pink Steamroller (2:39)
  2. Boodili Doo (2:42)
Review: is an incredibly hard to find Australian jazz-funk & latin tinged 45 - It rarely turns up anywhere, which is why originals listed fetch upwards of $500AUD. The A-side was written by master Australian-Czech trumpeter/composer Miroslav Bukovsky (Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines, the list goes on) Coupled with the original, more Latin-tinged B-side, which was written by highly regarded fellow Australian jazz composer, arranger, drummer, cornettist and vibraphonist John Sangster, this was one of a few 45s The Life Organisation recorded. This 2020 re-issue 7" single comes in a custom-made pink outer cover-sleeve featuring a single line pencil drawing by Sydney artist Bradley O'Brien.
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 in stock $14.85
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Turned On To You (reissue)
Cat: EXPAND 121. Rel: 16 Oct 20
  1. Turned On To You (5:26)
  2. Sing Me (4:17)
  3. I Knew That Love (4:52)
Review: Denie Corbett, Marva Hicks, Susan Beaubian, Sylvia Striplin and Vivian Prince are Eighites Ladies, a vocal ensemble best known for their hit 'Turned On To You'. An iconic rare groove gem from the 80s, it has since been sampled any number of times by giants like A Tribe Called Quest. An edited version has been put out before on an Expansion 7" but an extended version has alway been sought after. Well, here it is along with 'Give Me Your Love', a solo tune from Sylvia. 'Sing Me' also makes the cut to ensure this soul gem is an essential pick up.
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 in stock $12.41
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Love Dream
Cat: FL 009. Rel: 12 Oct 20
  1. Love Dream (4:21)
  2. High Voltage (3:35)
Review: Jimmy 'James' Shaw and his wife Maureen were collectively known as Unity, and were backed by eight piece NYC funk band Downbeats. It is these people being this 1968 slice of smooth R&B and bubbly funk that is now reissued by Fantasy Love. It's the sort of superbly tender and heart aching slow motion soul that will sound good until forever. 'High Voltage' is a more upbeat funk cut powered by deriving rhythms and big horns. Unity & The Downbeats would continue to tour the East Coast until the end of the 70s when they disbanded and left a fine legacy of great singles.
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Played by: I Love 45's!, Red Greg
 in stock $12.95
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(It's A) Rat Race
Cat: ATH 093V. Rel: 01 Oct 20
  1. (It's A) Rat Race (vocal) (4:19)
  2. (It's A) Rat Race (instrumental) (4:14)
Review: Athens of the North's Euan Fryer is not the only collector and selector who believes that the Leaders' obscenely rare 1971 single '(It's A) Rat Race' should be considered a genuine deep funk classic. In fact, it was deep funk specialist Keb Darge who first brought the record to the attention of DJs and dancers in the UK in the early 2000s. Happily Fryer has tracked down the band and got their permission to reissue their sought-after classic. Formidably funky, the A-side version features fantastic group vocals rising above a bed of hazy horns, bustling drums, warm bass and razor-sharp, Blaxploitation style guitars. The accompanying instrumental take is superb, too, with a variety of woodwind and brass solos - often drenched in reverb - replacing the group's fine vocals.
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 in stock $12.15
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Changing Man (reissue)
Cat: BTOWN 4501. Rel: 05 Oct 20
  1. Changing Man (3:20)
  2. I'm Just Your Clown (4:10)
Review: Brewerytown Beats have got a real gem on their hands here, and one that lovers of rare and high quality funk will be falling over themselves for. Power of Attorney was a rehabilitative project of Theodore "Ted" Wing, activities director at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution, who opened a studio in the prison for inmates to get creative. They originally released this one for Nicetown in 1973 - only 500 were pressed and sold direct from prison - and even Discogs hasn't got any recent sales records for it. The high speed jailbird funk of 'Changing Man' is a tale of redemption and is backed with the achingly soulful 'I'm Just Your Clown'.
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! low stock $9.45
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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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 in stock $17.55
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Blasting Off
Blasting Off (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: LBJ 30. Rel: 22 Oct 20
  1. Believe (feat Anda) (3:37)
  2. Five Days (feat DJ Epik) (3:29)
  3. Lost & Found (feat Sally Green) (3:39)
  4. Evergreen (feat Tony Ozier) (3:12)
  5. Take A Ride (feat JP Patterson) (2:38)
  6. Eight Nine (feat Sally Green) (3:16)
  7. Sure Shot (feat DJ Epik) (3:05)
  8. How Ya Gonna Do It (feat Kate Moe Dee) (3:36)
  9. Cruise Control (feat Nice Rec) (3:16)
  10. Turn It Out (feat Brothermartino) (4:49)
 in stock $20.51
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Blue Monday
Blue Monday (7" + MP3 download code) (1 per customer)
Cat: PARK 1031. Rel: 12 Oct 20
  1. Blue Monday (3:00)
  2. Bridge Over Troubled Water (2:46)
Review: Sometimes known as Park Rangers, Japanese outfit Inokashira Rangers are the world's leading purveyors of unlikely, Hammond-heavy reggae cover versions. Since first emerging five years ago, they've served up countless surprise reggae takes on tracks from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Underworld. Here they continue on a similar theme by re-imagining New Order's throbbing, surging dancefloor anthem 'Blue Monday' as a cheeky chunk of turn-of-the-'70s rocksteady goodness. As usual, the band's organist is in fine form, playing mazy solos that track the vocal melody found on Bernard Sumner and company's 1983 original. Over on the flip they serve up something slower and breezier: a languid rocksteady interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', this time utilizing plenty of Wurlitzer organ sounds. Ace!
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $19.98
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Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics Vol 2
Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics Vol 2 (limited hand-numbered 7" in gold ink hand-stamped inner sleeve + Juno exclusive branded card sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 073. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu - "What Is Life?" (4:40)
  2. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (Mpaebo LP version) (5:02)
Review: Mukatsuku presents the second volume of killer Ghanaian highlife/afrofunk monsters this time focusing on two artists legendary in the genre. First up first time on a 45 from 1980 is '' What Is Life '' from the Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu album ''Conflict Nkru! ''. Amazing brass,flute and afrocentric rhythms lay the path for the track once heard never forgotten. On the flip first time ever on a 45 Pat Thomas who features on volume 1 of the series comes correct with possibly the best version (and there are a few ) of ''Gyae Su'' . With its jangly african guitar licks and infectious chorus lines the feel good factor is set to maximum. Another dope afro burner on Mukatsuku and sure to sell out fast. 500 hand numbered copies and no repress. As supported by DJ Koco from Japan and Jonathon Moore (Coldcut )
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 in stock $7.55
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Dorothy Edits
Cat: GSC45 25. Rel: 07 Sep 20
  1. Soul Vibrations (edit) (3:34)
  2. The Moving Finger (edit) (4:58)
Review: Black Cash & Theo AKA Thelonious Beats are Galaxy Sound Co's most experienced editors, having served up already nine excellent offerings on this label. Their latest careful bit of studio splicing work is again a cosmic and mind expanding jazz funk fusion with righteous grooves and life-affirming riffs. The A-aide is a sweet and seductive sound that comes up from below to sweep you off your feet and carry you away to the stars, then 'The Moving Finger' is a little more rooted on planet earth with its knotted bass riffs, glowing harmonies and rickety lead guitar riff, all finished off with some spiritual sax work.
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 in stock $9.99
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Happy (Juno Exclusive)
Happy (Juno Exclusive) (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: PARK 1032. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Happy
  2. Kiss
Review: More from the bulging back catalogue of Park Rangers, an obscure Japanese reggae band who have spent the last decade delivering surprising cover versions of well-known pop, rock and disco songs. On side A there's another chance to wonder at their 1960s rocksteady style re-make of Pharrell Williams' mega-hit happy, in which the Neptunes star's lead vocal is replaces with a cheery Hammond organ solo. It's the kind of cover that can't help but put a smile on your face. The same could be said about their similarly minded flipside cover of Prince classic 'Kiss'. While it's not as instantly recognisable, it has a similar feel thanks to the band's canny fusion of tuneful Hammond organ solos and retro-futurist reggae riddims.
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Collected
Collected (gatefold 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MOVLP 2758. Rel: 29 Oct 20
  1. Please, Please, Please (2:45)
  2. Try Me (2:32)
  3. Think (2:51)
  4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1) (2:06)
  5. I Got You (I Feel Good) (2:28)
  6. Ain't That A Groove (part 1) (2:35)
  7. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World (2:47)
  8. Cold Sweat (part 1) (2:53)
  9. Say It Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud (part 1) (2:46)
  10. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (2:49)
  11. Funky Drummer (part 1) (2:36)
  12. Brother Rapp (3:02)
  13. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (part 1) (2:48)
  14. Super Bad (part 1 & part 2) (4:12)
  15. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (part 1) (3:30)
  16. Soul Power (part 1) (3:25)
  17. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) (part 1) (3:06)
  18. Make It Funky (part 1) (3:16)
  19. Talkin' Loud & Saying Nothing (3:24)
  20. King Heroin (part 1) (3:57)
  21. Get On The Good Foot (part 1) (3:36)
  22. I Got Ants In My Pants (part 1) (3:03)
  23. The Payback (part 1) (3:32)
  24. Woman (part 1) (3:30)
  25. My Thang (4:16)
  26. Get Up Offa That Thing (4:10)
  27. Bodyheat (4:04)
  28. Living In America (4:10)
  29. Gravity (3:56)
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Funny Feeling
Cat: ATH 085. Rel: 01 Oct 20
  1. Funny Feeling (3:28)
  2. Shake Your Body (At The Disco) (2:54)
Review: Athens of the North has barely put a foot wrong of late, but even by their high standards the label's latest 45 is rather special. It sees them flip a thoroughly obscure modern soul seven-inch originally released in 1980 on a "tiny local label" in the U.S called Shore Records. It was, and remains, the sole release by the mysterious E.S Funk. A-side 'Funny Feeling' offers a delicious fusion of floor-friendly grooves - check, in particular, the crunchy, snare-heavy beat - immaculately played and produced instrumentation and a catchy chorus. 'Shake Your Body (At The Disco)' is an altogether funkier, club-focused affair whose most prominent features are a rubbery slap-bass line, dancer-friendly drum-breaks and horn and synth lines that seem to be playfully sparring with each other.
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The Assembly Line
The Assembly Line (7" repress)
Cat: DYNAM 7073. Rel: 28 Sep 20
  1. The Assembly Line (5:01)
  2. Gonna Blow Your Mind (5:29)
Review: Remarkably, the Commodores 'Assembly Line' has never before featured on a 7" single - officially, at least - despite the track's killer drum-break being a long-time favourite of B-boys and B-girls. Helpfully Dynamite Cuts has decided to offer-up this fully licensed "45" pressing, backing the superb, life-affirming and organ-heavy funk-soul cut with another track from the band's 1974 album Machine Gun. 'Gonna Blow Your Mind' is an even heavier, weightier and more floor-friendly affair, with the legendary Motown combo adding energetic vocals, crunchy Clavinet lines and spacey synthesizer sounds to a super-heavy, Blaxploitation funk style groove. In a word: essential!
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Baila Chibiquiban
Baila Chibiquiban (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 019. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Baila Chibiquiban (3:08)
  2. Baila Chibiquiban (Tonton Boom edit) (4:15)
Review: Late last month, Matasuna Records successfully mined "Ritual", the sought-after 1971 album by Nico Gomez and his Afro-Percussion Inc (a studio combo helmed by Belgian composer Joseph van het Groenewoud), and reissued one of the standout tracks, "Lupita". Here they serve up another gem from the album, "Baila Chibiquiban", an Incredible Bongo Band-esque fusion of psychedelic rock, heavy funk and even heavier Afro-Cuban percussion. The fine original version is given the re-edit treatment on the flip, with Tonton Boom extending some percussive passages and emphasizing the killer groove before introducing some of the track's headier musical elements. It's the kind of rework that should find favour with proper break-dancers.
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Edits (reissue)
Cat: MSR 016. Rel: 29 Jun 20
  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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Afro Cookie (Slofat Version)
Afro Cookie (Slofat Version) (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 142. Rel: 19 Oct 20
  1. Afro Cookie (Slofat version) (4:26)
  2. Psych Afrofunk (1:56)
Review: Funk Night Records continues to offer up new slabs of fabulously fuzzy funk from The Blassics, a nine-piece outfit from Finland that has been operative for the best part of a decade. Remarkably, this is the band's fifth single this year. On the A-side you'll find the "Slofat Version" of their tribute to the polyrhythmic percussion, raw bass and dancing horns of Afro-funk, which is aptly named 'Afro Cookie'. It's a chunky musical biscuit that looks set to energise dancefloors with its sugary delights every time it's dropped. Despite its title, flipside 'Psych Afro Funk' is not that psychedelic; it is, though a rather fine and pleasingly laidback ramble through the more relaxed end of the Afro-funk spectrum.
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African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s
VARIOUS
Cat: AALP 63. Rel: 09 Oct 20
  1. Lokonon Andre & Les Volcans - "Mi Kple Dogbekpo"
  2. Picoby Band D'Abomey - "Mi Ma Kpe Dji"
  3. Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly Rythmo - "It's A Vanity"
  4. El Rego & Ses Commandos - "Se Na Min"
  5. Napo De Mi Amor & Ses Black Devil's - "Leki Santchi"
  6. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - "Gbeti Madjro"
  7. Roger Damawuzan - "Wait For Me"
  8. Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiagos - "Vinon So Minsou"
  9. Orchestre Super Jheevs Des Paillotes - "Ye Nan Lon An"
  10. Tidjani Kone & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Djanfa Magni"
  11. Disafric Band - "Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon"
  12. Le Super Borgou De Parakou - "Congolaise Benin Ye"
  13. Vincent Ahehehinnou - "Ou C'est Lui Ou C'est Moi"
  14. Les Volcans De La Capital - "Oya Ka Jojo"
Review: African Scream Contest is the third release by the Analog Africa label. The project initially took off in August 2005 when label owner and vinyl collector Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Cotonou, Benin, 'without any special expectations, just hoping to lay my hands on few good records - what I found in the process cannot really be described in words'. This first trip was followed by eight more to the region. Thirty months and few thousand records later Analog Africa proudly presents this 14-track compilation.
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Beware Of Penza Penza
Cat: FNR 139. Rel: 01 Oct 20
  1. The Band Is Here (2:08)
  2. Shultz' Thing (3:31)
  3. Wundercity (2:16)
  4. Fiasco (2:32)
  5. Why Do We Care About Anything? (3:33)
  6. Mad Mad Is Twist (2:59)
  7. Saw Sharp Eyebrows (2:34)
  8. Lost In The Desert (2:55)
  9. Our Man In Chicago (3:21)
  10. Skinny Svetlana (2:30)
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David's Doctor
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Protect Me From Myself (reissue)
Protect Me From Myself (reissue) (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: DE 004TWM7INCH05. Rel: 30 Oct 20
  1. Protect Me From Myself (2:44)
  2. I'll Always Love You (3:01)
Review: Standby for some read hot early 70s North Soul goodness on this vital Quentin Harris reissue. The 7" was first put out as a private press and its two tracks were recorded after Harris released his Statements album. This is the first ever vinyl reissue and is super limited to just 250 copies. 'Protect Me From Myself' rides a deep cut groove with silky bass and has big horn stabs next to some soul stirring vocal work. 'I'll Always Love You' on the flip then strips things further back to a heartbreaking soul sound with twirling stings and warm horns, lush backing vocals a sing along chords that will melt even the blackest of characters.
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Watasha
Watasha (7")
Cat: AHS 30. Rel: 01 Sep 20
  1. Watasha (4:57)
  2. Watasha (instrumental) (4:57)
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Good High
Good High (7")
Cat: FLEX7 001. Rel: 11 Dec 19
  1. Good High (5:15)
  2. Engine #9 (5:10)
Review: London-based Frenchman Nicolas Laugier aka The Reflex is back, here inaugurating his new vinyl series Flex7. Bringing this bunch of rare grooves (from the original tapes) for some edits that combine creativity and functionality - all with maximum dancefloor impact. On the A side, we've got the pitched-down slo-mo funk attack of "Good High" which is as low slung as you like it. On the flip, we have someone doing a half decent job of impersonating "the hardest working man in show business" on the addictive soul power of "Engine #9".
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A Chance For Hope (Record Store Day 2020)
A Chance For Hope (Record Store Day 2020) (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: 7TS 5002. Rel: 13 Oct 20
  1. A Chance For Hope (5:44)
  2. A Chance For Hope (Prelude) (1:14)
Review: The Live Band, a disco-soul/jazz-funk outfit helmed by bassist and vocalist Kenny Chavis, released a swathe of singles and a sole album on The Sound of Brooklyn in the early 1980s. Perhaps their most potent track was 'A Chance For Hope', an emotive, two-part plea for change that opened their 1982 debut album. On this first ever seven-inch pressing the order of the tracks has been reversed, with the swelling, scene-setting orchestration and atmospheric field recordings of the shorter 'Prelude' version appearing on the flip. That leaves the main vocal version, a superbly soulful chunk of boogie-era dancefloor soul rich in addictive grooves, sweeping strings and eyes-closed vocals courtesy of Chavis, rightfully nestling on side A.
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Jazz Funk Power
Jazz Funk Power (limited heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: QVMC 001. Rel: 28 Oct 20
  1. Soul Reflections (5:22)
  2. Heart To Heart (3:57)
  3. Summer Girl (5:00)
  4. Mi Gusta La Samba (3:27)
  5. Head Over Heels (6:01)
  6. Temperature Rising (Hot mix 12) (5:08)
  7. You Shouldn't Do That (6:21)
  8. Prescription For Funk (4:18)
  9. Saturday (3:42)
  10. Sunshine Island (4:27)
Review: Light of the World's seminal Jazz Funk Power album has bene long in the works and is much anticipated from the Brit-funk pioneers. Their sound is stuffed with soul and conviction, and references all the classics (think the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, Incognito, Jamiroquai, Tower of Power, Brand New Heavies, Kool and The Gang and Chic ) as well as bringing something new. Musically and lyrically this is a semi-biographical work that muses on summer loves and optimistic grooves, slow motion love songs and plenty of tender gems. Sentimental and emotional but never overly so, this one was well worth the wait.
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Played by: Red Greg
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Heart To Heart
  1. Heart To Heart (3:58)
  2. Summer Girl (5:02)
Review: Light of the World are a seminal Brit-funk outfit who have long been teasing their new album, Jazz Funk Power. That is finally out now and you can also get some of the highlights of it on this fine 7", 'Heart to Heart' is a big and celebratory funk gem with huge trumpet stabs, rolling drums and hip swinging clasp that are pure feel good grooves. Flip to over and you will be treated to one of the album's slower songs, the lovestruck 'Summer Girl' which is as laid back and warm as an afternoon in the park taking in some rays.
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Jugoton Funk Vol 1: A Decade Of Non Aligned Beats Soul Disco & Jazz 1969-1979
  1. Arsen Dedic - "Punom Parom" (2:40)
  2. Marijan Kasaj - "Ideja" (4:06)
  3. Tihomir Pop Asanovic - "Mali Crni Brat" (3:12)
  4. Igor Savin - "Alfa" (6:07)
  5. Ipe Ivandic - "Dzambo" (3:41)
  6. Dalibor Brun - "Davni Zivot" (4:21)
  7. Plesni Orkestar RTV - "Ljetne Skice" (3:53)
  8. Ljupka Dimitrovska - "Sta Je Tu Je" (3:40)
  9. More - "Aerodrom" (5:05)
  10. Zdravko Colic - "Mujo Kuje Konja Po Mjesecu" (3:15)
  11. Alfi Kabiljo - "Novinar" (Theme) (2:33)
  12. Mladi Levi - "Zaznamovan" (2:41)
  13. Oko - "Tema IV" (5:54)
  14. Pro Arte - "Ko Vjecnu Tugu Nosi Taj Ima Pravo Da Pjeva" (4:03)
  15. Rok Hotel - "Blue Jeans" (4:53)
  16. Durdica Barlovic - "Himna Suncu" (3:41)
  17. Soul Sound Band - "Ja Te Uzalud Ljubim" (2:45)
  18. Kosovski Bozuri - "Artizane E Vogel" (2:38)
  19. Josipa Lisac - "Lezaj Od Suza" (4:30)
  20. Ibn Tup - "Dogadaj U Balkan Expressu" (3:31)
  21. Grupa Rok - "Dva Jarca" (3:08)
Review: Compiled by Dr. Smedi Secer and Viseslav Labos, this essential collection of beats, breaks and rare grooves from ex-Yugoslavia is a real collector's delight. It is part of a new series of releases dedicated to overlook music form the 60s and 870s and features raw funk, orchestral disco, psych, prog rock, big band jazz funk and more with a fanatic remastering job done from original source material found in the vaults. The highlights are plentiful, with obscurities and anthems co-existing and smooth groovers like 'Dzambo' sounding as good as weirder and more experimental cuts like 'Aerodrom'.
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Little Piece Of Heaven
Cat: MDRE 001. Rel: 28 Oct 20
  1. Little Piece Of Heaven (4:11)
  2. Little Piece Of Heaven (Studio84 remix) (4:32)
Review: MD Records is small indie label who here introduce the debut single from Lost in Rio on their new MD Gold Series. Despite what you might assume form their sound, this band hails from Scotland but is a collective made up of talents from all over the world, which explains their global sound. They are a well known live act on their local circuit and have plenty of fine credits individually. 'Little Piece Of Heaven' is their single here and is s glorious bit of timeless soul that lights up summer parties large and small. The musicianship is second to none and the vocals hit a super sweet spot. Studio84 steps up for a remix that repurposes the track for more club focussed play.
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 in stock $14.58
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Sign O' The Times (remastered)
Sign O' The Times (remastered) (limited 180 gram peach vinyl 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: 060349 7846528. Rel: 25 Sep 20
  1. Sign O' 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: This special 180g, peach-coloured version of Sign O' The Times is a faithful reproduction of the original, but there is also a super expanded reissue due that unveils a real wealth of unheard songs that are sure to send fans wild. That said, the original from 1987 is already classed as a masterpiece amongst many fans of The Purple One. As well as the well known singles, it serves up cold minimal funk, party jams, musings on the bleak realism of life and all manner of impossible fusion of jazz, soul, rock, pop, synth and gospel that only this most special of artists could have pulled off.
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