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Just Another Sucker
Cat: CHAY 2201. Rel: 03 Dec 20
  1. Just Another Sucker (5:17)
  2. One Man Jam (6:13)
 in stock $15.13
Afrodesia Episode One
Afrodesia Episode One (12" repress)
Cat: BSTX 067. Rel: 03 Dec 20
  1. Deep Down In Zanzibar (6:42)
  2. Desert Storm (6:32)
  3. Meet In Tunis (5:28)
  4. Orion Beat (6:17)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Afrodesia may come on like another dusted down gem from those dedicated detectives at Best, but it is in fact a modern construction from the talented studio trysts of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny from the Periodica camp. These Italian producers have more than proved their knack for crafting sublime, honey-smooth jams with a nod to the golden studio era of the 70s and 80s, and they're more than up to the task on this killer 12" of heavy funking jams with a dose of boogie and a nod to Ivory Coast disco. It's quite simply perfection, rendered with love and attention to detail, but utterly natural in its feel and flavour.
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Jumping Off
Cat: JAL 345V. Rel: 03 Dec 20
  1. Jumping Off (3:17)
  2. Gather Around (3:23)
Review: Bristolian funkateers and confirmed party-rockers the Allergies have enjoyed a pretty prosperous 2020, with the release of their fourth studio album being followed by a string of singles - a number of which ending up riding high in the NACC US college radio sharts. 'Jumping Off', their final single of the year, is another intensely upbeat, club-ready affair, with regular mic man Andy Cooper (of Ugly Duckling fame) and a crew of female backing vocalists riding a bombastic, party-igniting groove that sits somewhere between hip-hop and deep funk. Flipside 'Gather Around', a bluesy, gospel-tinged stomper full of heady Hammond licks, jazzy bass and infectious verse vocals, is equally as potent.
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Played by: The Allergies, Smoove
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Tune Up Ska (reissue)
  1. Tune Up Ska (3:16)
  2. Time Is Ska Tight (Aternative take) (3:53)
Review: While this record looks and sounds vintage - like the majority of Original Gravity's output - it is in fact a revivalist, turn-of-the-60s style ska production from Welwyn Garden City's Neil Anderson. A-side 'Tune Up Ska' is particularly potent, with Anderson and his studio musicians serving up a classic ska groove (think walking bass, up-tempo rhythm and blues drums and tight horn blasts), onto which a variety of fuzzy saxophone and organ solos are layered. Clubs may not be open right now, but when they do, we can see it lighting up ska-loving crowds. Over on the flip, Anderson and company turn their attention (sorry) to Booker T & The MG's cut 'Time is Tight', reinventing it as a boisterous, horn-heavy affair featuring some superb trumpet solos.
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 in stock $10.65
GDE By My Ni Byli
GDE By My Ni Byli (7" limited to 90 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BS 018BLACK. Rel: 05 Nov 20
  1. GDE By My Ni Byli (DJ Tron remix) (4:04)
  2. A5 Jam (DJ Tron remix) (4:39)
 in stock $17.66
GDE By My Ni Byli
GDE By My Ni Byli (red vinyl 7" limited to 90 copies)
Cat: BS 018RED. Rel: 05 Nov 20
  1. GDE By My Ni Byli (DJ Tron remix) (4:04)
  2. A5 Jam (DJ Tron remix) (4:40)
 in stock $17.37
Che Che Cole Makossa (reissue)
  1. Che Che Cole Makossa (4:05)
  2. Che Che Cole (4:56)
 in stock $6.44
Boogie
Boogie (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7082. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. Boogie (4:52)
  2. You've Just Been Bitten (5:23)
Review: Dynamite Cuts is in a real purple patch right now and keeping that up for the London label is John Barelt. Here, two cuts of his previously released on the Perception label get a first ever 7" vinyl pressing. They come from his hard to find and eponymously entitled album from 1971 and are packed with classic and unknown drum samples. First up is 'Boogie', a steamy number with fantastic Rhodes chords in the background while busy guitar riffs vie for attention up front. The rhythm section flows as smooth as silk and make this a seductive number indeed. On the reverse, 'You've Just Been Bitten' is a vocal cut that teases and pleases.
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3 Days Man
3 Days Man (12")
Cat: ES 020. Rel: 14 Oct 20
  1. 3 Days Man! (3AM mix) (4:03)
  2. 3 Days Man! (No People) (0:29)
  3. 3 Days Man! (Peewee Ferris & John Ferris extended mix) (5:55)
Review: While Andrew Weatherall was pioneering an indie dance cross over with Screamadelica, at the same town way down under in Aus, Sydney dance-funk combo Bellydance laid down their own blueprint. Mixing up street soul, funk and disco they were a collective featuring up to nine members and their best moment was this archetype end of the night send off. The glorious original is a high speed rollercoaster, the No People mix is a sax laced instrumental and the Peewee Ferris & John Ferris Verizon that closes out is a real joy with the chipmunk vocals and hands in the air pianos.
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Played by: Piers Harrison
 in stock $14.29
Kiss Him Goodbye
  1. The Belmont Shadows - "Kiss Him Goodbye" (3:29)
  2. Wilson D N - "Kiss Him Goodbye" (2:18)
Review: The first Premier League Pressing features one of the best known tracks in popular culture. The Belmont Shadows beef up an acapella version of 'Kiss Him Goodbye' where you'll hear the drummer get wicked over cuts and beats from one of the top DJs of the west coast. On the flip, we have a tough breakbeat-heavy Latin version by Wilson D N that has never been on a 45.

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Raw
Raw (7" repress)
Cat: OC 001. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Raw (4:10)
  2. Raw (instrumental) (3:39)
Review: One of the baddest to ever do it, American Big Daddy Kane has an arsenal of gems in his back cat. This one came in 1987 and is one of his many classic tracks, now available on Prism Records. It's a perfect old school sound complete with mad DJ scratches, squealing horn sounds and dusty breaks for the b-boys. The rap work is impassioned, with articulate delivery hitting hard. Flip it over and you will be treated to a never before released instrumental that is also well worth adding to the collection.
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 in stock $11.20
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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Slight Winning
Slight Winning (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 144. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. Slight Whining (fast) (3:37)
  2. Slight Whining (Slow) (4:39)
Played by: Dynamite Cuts
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Silver Mercury
Silver Mercury (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 143. Rel: 19 Oct 20
  1. The Blassics - "Silver Mercury" (3:41)
  2. Broaks - "Her Ability To Transform" (4:21)
Review: For their latest 45 missive, Funk Night Records has decided to offer-up a double-header of fresh instrumental funk from two Scandinavian combos. The A-side features Finnish scene stalwarts The Blassics, whose 'Silver Mercury' offers a fiendishly fuzzy mix of low-slung drum-breaks, clipped guitar riffs and all manner of tipsy horn solos. Fellow Scandi-funk outfit Broaks take over on side B, building on the smoky, seductive sound of their recent self-titled debut album. 'Her Ability to Transform' is a weighty but sparse and stripped-back trip into hip-hop influenced Afro-funk territory that comes laden with drunken horn blasts, Tony Allen style drumming and some nimble, subtle turntablism.
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Flowman Break
Flowman Break (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 145. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. The Blassics - "Flowman Break" (3:40)
  2. Tatasomba - "Kalebaidoscope" (4:37)
Review: The Blassics is a multi-member collective known for the excellent blend of jazz, funk, afro and soul across a series of standout records over the last decade. They take care of the a-side of this red hot release from Funk Night with 'Flowman Break', a bubbling, loose limbed funk bumper that is full flavour and full of playful funk. Tatasomba's 'Kaleidoscope' is a little more paired back and coy, with a conversational bassline and jangling cow bells that keep you on the move.
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Pop Corn
Pop Corn (7")
Cat: HR7S 187. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Pop Corn (2:53)
  2. Granny Scratch Scratch (3:58)
Review: Contemporary Hammond B3 maestro Booker Gee (real name Guillaume Metenier) has delivered some seriously good slabs over the last couple of years, and this wholehearted tribute to the JB's could well be the best of the lot. 'Popcorn' is a sparse but seriously heavy deep funk cut, with Metenier's inspired Hammond licks and solos riding a sweaty, break-fuelled groove courtesy of acclaimed modern funk multi-instrumentalist Slikk Tim. Over on the flip, the French musician and producer gives his interpretation of Sound Dimension's 'Granny Snatch', delivering a cosmic funk take full of weighty bass, flanged guitars, jazzy solos and deliciously dubbed-out sounds. It's not quite as instantly accessible as 'Popcorn', but it is certainly equally as potent.
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 in stock $22.40
Out In The Rain
Cat: BB 104. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Out In The Rain (3:50)
  2. Out In The Rain (version) (3:55)
Review: Guillaume Metenier is Booker Gee, a master edit maker and studio wizard who has made his name with some much wanted work on Lucien Entertainment as well as more than once on this label. His second release this month is a trip into the world of ska. 'Out In The Rain' is a perfect sweet spot between rolling reggae rhythms, warm organ chords and skipping kicks. The mood is sensuous and inviting as Gee blends sweet soul with playful funk. The version is only a subtle rework, resining plenty of the charm and allure of the original.
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 in stock $20.16
Rootikal Showcase
Cat: HR 10S005. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Axumites (3:39)
  2. Axumites (dub) (3:37)
  3. Faith (3:49)
  4. Faith (dub) (3:49)
Review: On his previous releases as Booker Gee, Guillaume Metenier has employed his immaculate organ-playing skills over a range of killer funk and soul grooves. Here he flips the script, delivering atmospheric, fluid Hammond solos over some dub-wise reggae grooves played and produced by Spanish multi-instrumentalist Lone Ark (real name Roberto Sanchez). Both Metenier and Sanchez are in fine form on opener 'Auxmites', a bass-heavy head-nodder that sounds like Lee 'Scratch' Perry producing Jimmy Smith. 'Faith' is a little sunnier and warmer, with Metenier's solos working in perfect unison with Sanchez's glistening guitars, jangling pianos and skanking rhythm. Both cuts come accompanied by pleasingly spaced-out Dub revisions courtesy of Sanchez. Top stuff!
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 in stock $30.24
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 $19.04
Ordinary Joe (reissue)
Cat: SEV 006. Rel: 01 Dec 20
  1. Terry Callier - "Ordinary Joe" (4:14)
  2. Jerry Butler - "Ordinary Joe" (3:26)
Review: On the latest edition of their excellent Soul Essentials series, Outta Sight has decided to bring together two versions of 'Ordinary Joe', a seemingly perennial favourite written by the late, great Terry Callier. His celebrated 1972 recording - all bold, sing-along choruses, organ stabs, jangling piano and lolloping grooves - breezes its way across side A, while Jerry Butler's earlier version, laid to tape in 1970, sits on side B. His version is much more expansive and musically detailed than Callier's take, with superb production from Gamble & Huff and some brilliant orchestral arrangements courtesy of Donny Hathaway. Both versions are, or course, incredible.
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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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Stone Born Country Boy
Cat: PT 9910. Rel: 19 Nov 20
  1. Big Jim Cartwright - "Stone Born Country Boy" (2:49)
  2. Big Jim - "Stone Born Country Boy" (3:02)
Review: There's not an awful lot of information about Perfect Toy's latest killer funk reissue, which appears to gather together two different recordings of 'Big' Jim Cartwright's sole single, 'Stone Born Country Boy'. At least two original pressings of the obscure, extremely hard-to-find single exist, with Cartwright recording slightly different versions each time. On this essential reissue, the (probably later) A-side version is the superior recording; tighter, heavier and blessed with female backing vocals, it's a fiery chunk of country funk from the point when the style was starting to diverge from rhythm and blues. The marginally longer flipside take is most likely an earlier recording; fuzzier and more raucous, it is closer in tone to purist rhythm and blues.
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 in stock $11.77
Dance Dance Dance (reissue)
Dance Dance Dance (reissue) (red vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: OSV 103RED. Rel: 08 Oct 20
  1. The Casualeers - "Dance, Dance, Dance" (2:41)
  2. Chuck Wood - "Seven Days Too Long" (2:22)
 in stock $14.56
Feel Like Makin' Love
Feel Like Makin' Love (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: CONY 0012. Rel: 26 Nov 20
  1. Feel Like Makin' Love (4:08)
  2. Sing A Simple Song (3:36)
 in stock $20.16
Come Inside
Cat: FUR 7397. Rel: 25 Nov 20
  1. Come Inside (2:53)
  2. Sorrow Tears & Blood (4:20)
Review: Here comes the first single from the upcoming Chico Mann album "Double Life". The acclaimed producer and guitarist is back with his first work since 2013, and is in fine fettle. Once again finding new ways to collide hard rock and West African funk, first up is 'Come Inside', which has been a firm favourite in his live shows and is a collaboration with bassist JP Maramba that's full of fierce energy. Reeves it and you'll get a psyched out cover of Fela Kuti's 'Sorrow Tears & Blood' with a hooky groovy and powerful underlying message.
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Played by: Dynamite Cuts
 in stock $10.07
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 $14.29
Les Oiseaux Morts (reissue)
Cat: TV 017. Rel: 02 Dec 20
  1. Les Oiseaux Morts (3:08)
  2. Back To Life (2:51)
Review: This is a first ever reissue for this lovely little jazz 7", which first landed in 1976. It was recorded just after French jazz fusion group Cortex's iconic Troupeau Bleu LP and is awash with gentle drum tumbles, twinkling keys and sustained strong sounds that bring a golden touch. The female vocal harmonies are a perfect counter for the male spoken words and the whole thing really tugs at the heart. Flip it over and there is the much more upbeat 'Back to Life' with its busy harmonica, funky drumming and rippling Rhodes work. Fantastic stuff.
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 in stock $12.61
Rare Grooves Volume 2
  1. Lou Courtney - "Hey Joyce" (2:46)
  2. Johnnie Taylor - "Just The One (I've Been Looking For )" (2:42)
Review: This essential 45 brings together two hard-to-find cuts that have long been popular amongst rare groove dancers and dusty-fingered hip-hop DJs/beat-makers. On side A you'll find Cut Chemist fave 'Hey Joyce', a rare 1967 single from soul man Lou Courtney. Featuring a rasping, impassioned lead vocal from Courtney, sweet female backing vocals and the kind of semi-stomping beat that's so beloved by Northern Soul heads, it's a real must-have treat. Over on the flip you'll find Johnnie Taylor's more relaxed - but no less passionate - 'Just The One I've Been Looking For', a 1966 Stax B-side that remains a fine example of warming Southern Soul.
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Lololi Lomko
Cat: MSR 023. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Lololi-Lomko (4:32)
  2. Lololi-Lomko (Renegades Of Jazz edit) (4:36)
Review: Over the last couple of years, Matasuna Records has developed a tried-and-tested formula. It revolves around finding and licensing killer cuts - think funk, Afrobeat, tropical flavours and Latin beats - and then pairing them with a fresh, floor-friendly re-edit. Their latest find is something of an overlooked gem: a gorgeously sunny 1983 number from Ghanaian musician Mawuli Decker that's piled high with infectious, EWE-language vocals, Highlife guitars, spacey Moog sounds and cute electric piano solos. The accompanying Renegades of Jazz re-edit is pleasingly faithful to its source material, deftly showcasing Decker's brilliant music while beefing up the bass, subtly tightening up the drums and layering on some complimentary hand percussion.
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Quero Ver Voce Dancar
Cat: DJSCH 04. Rel: 19 Nov 20
  1. Quero Ver Voce Dancar (feat Keila Abeid) (3:40)
  2. Quero Ver Voce Dancar (Mo Horizons Ella remix) (4:10)
  3. Quero Ver Voce Dancar (instrumental) (3:38)
  4. Quero Ver Voce Dancar (Mo Horizons Keila remix) (4:07)
  5. Quero Ver Voce Dancar (Keila acappella) (3:18)
 in stock $17.92
Sirocco
Sirocco (7")
Cat: 451056. Rel: 26 Nov 20
  1. Sirocco (3:17)
  2. Nymphea (3:13)
Review: This year, Russian outfit the Diasonics have delivered a swathe of seven-inch singles, each of which acts as a showcase for their unique "Hussar funk" sound - an "outernational" style blend of deep funk grooves, psych-funk flourishes and melodic refrains that draw on their native Eastern European musical culture. They're at it again on their first Mocambo outing, which opens with the stunning strains of 'Sirocco', where Pierre Henry style synth motifs and decidedly Russian melodies rise above booming bass guitar, crunchy drum grooves and surprisingly creepy jazz guitars. Turn to side B for the slightly bolder and arguably even creepier 'Nymphea', another solid slab of quirky deep funk that should appeal to those who like eccentric 1970s library music and unusual musical mutations.
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DNA Edits Volume 5
DNA Edits Volume 5 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DNA 012. Rel: 04 Nov 20
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (DNA edit) (4:17)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (DNA edit) (4:30)
Review: DJ DSK is back with volume 5 of his DNA Edits series i the same month that he links with his All Stars for another red hot 7". This one kick off with a 90s style rework of 'That's the Way Love Goes' by J Jackson which has replayed bass and drums straight from the golden era. The whole thing has been reworked from the original stems and sounds and on the reverse is a DJ friendly edit of BB K's 'Thrill Is Gone' which has been beefed up for modern systems with a handy intro and outdo to make mixing easier.
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Me Recuso
Me Recuso (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: MSLX 014. Rel: 16 Oct 20
  1. Me Recuso (2:47)
  2. Get Down (3:41)
Played by: The Allergies
 in stock $12.88
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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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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Feast Of Funk
Feast Of Funk (hand-numbered clear vinyl 7" limited to 95 copies)
Cat: BS 017. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. Merry Christmas (3:37)
  2. Santa's Coming (3:24)
Review: What could be more exciting for the funk lover in your life (whether that's you or someone else) than an insanely limited-edition, festively themed "45" from famously reliable party-starter DJ Tron and his regular vocalist Luana? If that sets your bells jingling (sorry), we'd suggest diving straight into A-side 'Merry Christmas', a veritable yuletide feast of boisterous drum-breaks, gravelly guitar riffs, rising horns and sleigh bells, all topped off by a few choice samples and another superb lead vocal from Luana. The pair continue on a similar tip on flipside 'Santa's Coming', a funk-breaks masterclass dedicated to the jolly, chimney-bothering present delivery guy. Only 95 of these hand-numbered sevens were ever pressed, so act fast if you want to grab a copy.
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Reggae Dynamite Vol 2
  1. Melbourne Douglas - "Rudy Skankin On The Moon" (3:14)
  2. The Regulators - "Caymanas Park Rocket" (2:30)
  3. Melbourne Douglas - "Rude Boy Don't Fight" (2:50)
  4. King Deadly - "Joshua A Mek Riddim Run" (2:46)
Review: Having already delivered a multi-artist EP of Reggae Dynamite earlier in the year, nostalgia-fired producer Neil Anderson serves up a speedy sequel on his popular Original Gravity label. Toaster Melbourne Douglas kicks things off with the ska-flavoured cheeriness of 'Rudy Skanking on the Moon', before returning later in the EP with slowed-down, rocksteady style reggae fuzziness of 'Rude Boy Don't Fight'. Elsewhere, label regulars (sorry) the Regulators deliver a high-tempo, Hammond-heavy instrumental workout (the excellent 'Caymanas Park Rocket'), while King Deadly layers languid organ solos over a more dub-wise groove on EP standout 'Joshua a Mek Riddim Run'.
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Come Back Breaker
Cat: JAL 338V. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Come Back Breaker (3:44)
  2. Beats Working (2:45)
  3. Drums Working (bonus Beat) (0:50)
Review: Dr Rubberfunk's sound has become more reliant on organic instrumentation over the years, but at heart he's still a turntablist with a love of Steinski and Coldcut style cut-and-paste productions. So while his recent My Life in 45 album was a kaleidoscopic musical smorgasbord of sounds, this follow-up single is a much more back-to-basics banger tailor-made for excitable DJs and even more excited breakdancers. 'Come Back Breaker' is a rolling, fun-fuelled number in which a plethora of quirky spoken word snippets and cut-up, energy-packed drum-breaks vie for attention with warm bass and guitar sounds seemingly lifted from old funk and soul jams. He continues this approach on the more jazz-funk influenced workout 'Beats Working', before showcasing his sweaty breaks on the short, DJ-friendly rhythm track 'Drums Working'.
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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 $12.88
Life Sentence
Cat: HOBO 026. Rel: 02 Nov 20
  1. Life Sentence (5:37)
  2. Life Sentence (instrumental) (5:32)
  3. Driftin' Off (3:10)
  4. Driftin' Off (instrumental) (3:09)
 in stock $22.40
Love Factory (reissue)
Love Factory (reissue) (red vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: OSV 104RED. Rel: 08 Oct 20
  1. Eloise Laws - "Love Factory" (3:24)
  2. Just Brothers - "Sliced Tomatoes" (2:23)
 in stock $14.56
Blowing Up My Mind! (reissue)
Blowing Up My Mind! (reissue) (red vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: OSV 111RED. Rel: 08 Oct 20
  1. Blowing Up My Mind! (2:46)
  2. Turn Me On (2:41)
 in stock $14.56
Fatbackin'
Fatbackin' (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7081. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. The Fatback Band - "Fatbackin'" (3:31)
  2. Dizzy Gillespie - "Matrix" (4:06)
Review: The Dynamite Cuts crew serve up another scorching 45 here with two legends taking one side a piece. Both of these tracks are making their first ever appearance on vinyl here, the first being by the funk pioneers The Fatback Band. Their 'Fatbackin' is a rare groove classic that has long got b-boy's excited and brims with energy. Flip it over and you'll find 'Matrix' by jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie - famous for his humungous cheeks once he starts playing. It's a massive tune that has been sampled endlessly by the hip-hop world and has a sweet jazz-funk groove that'll make you move.
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 in stock $13.16
Mer
Mer (7" repress)
Cat: LYSK 45004. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. Mer (5:37)
  2. Holder Rytme (4:07)
 in stock $10.93
Slow Down
Slow Down (7")
Cat: MA 005. Rel: 14 Oct 20
  1. Slow Down (4:14)
  2. I Deserve A Little Bit More (4:34)
Review: Miles Away are always on a mission to unearth new old gems. Their tireless work now gives rise to a pair of big hitters from The Grooms, a band who only ever flashed this one single back in the 1970s. It came originally on a little-known label in Norfolk, VA headed up by Noah H. Biggs, called Shiptown, and was during the peak era of Motown, Atlantic and Stax. Thankfully the label boss saw its potential. The super charged 'Slow Down' on the A side is wrought with emotion and on the reverse is a more moody and heartfelt ballad called 'I Deserve A Little Bit More.'
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 in stock $10.37
Tropical Pressure Vol 1
  1. Guy One - "Bangarre Tomme" (6:25)
  2. Faith Mussa - "Ngoma" (4:38)
  3. Guided Souls - "Freedoms Light" (4:48)
  4. Orchestre Les Mangelepa - "Kanemo" (No Nation dub) (5:33)
Review: The cursed global pandemic may have put paid to this year's Tropical Pressure festival in Cornwall, but thanks to this first compilation style EP from its' new offshoot label, we can now recreate the event's humid, colourful musical vibe in our own homes. The selections are naturally top-drawer, with the heavy tropical Afro-funk of Guy One's EP-opening 'Bangarre Tomme' brilliantly setting the tone. Faith Mussa impresses with the deliciously positive and sun-kissed 'Ngoma' - all rubbery bass, JuJu style guitars and bouncy beats - while Guided Souls get hot and heavy on the raw and fuzzy Afro-house of 'Freedoms Light'. We'd also recommend checking out the 'No Nations Dub' of 'Kameno' by No Nations Orchestra, a sun-bright slab of audio sunshine rich in glistening guitars and punchy horns.

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 in stock $18.21
Veggie Tales Vol 2
  1. Haitch & Rhabdomantic Orchestra - "Wonder Us" (5:53)
  2. Haitch & Rhabdomantic Orchestra - "Wonder Us" (Renegades Of Jazz remix) (4:42)
 in stock $14.01
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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 in stock $21.02
Dirty Decibels
Dirty Decibels (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: 5BB 024. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. The High & Mighty - "Dirty Decibels" (3:57)
  2. Simon Haseley - "Hammerhead" (4:33)
Review: Another 5 Boroughs Breaks release means another gold standard hip-hop banger. This one is from
The High & Mighty duo who hailed from Phillie and were active in the nineties. Their 'Dirty Decibels' is a sleazy joint with prying bass and sliding drums that get under your skin. The rhymes flow smooth and the samples are sweet. Flip it over and you'll find where they come from - a rare library music tune by Simon Haseley called 'Hammerhead.' It's a 60s gem with harps, horns and serene strings that make for a luxuriant sound.
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 in stock $12.32
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 $10.93
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