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The Tropical EP
The Tropical EP (double 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: AOS 010. Rel: 29 Jul 20
  1. Aceedo Domingo - "Corre Riba" (4:25)
  2. Those Guys From Athens - "Na Bola" (3:45)
  3. DJ Laurel - "Peanut Man" (5:08)
  4. Monsieur Van Pratt - "Lose Your Mind" (4:24)
Review: As the title suggests, there's an undeniably humid, sun-kissed and tropical feel to Act of Sedition's latest double-dose of seven-inch re-edits. Accedo Domingo lives up to his name by adding squelchy TB-303 lines and relaxed house beats to a stirring Cape Verde dancefloor jam on "Corre Riba", before Those Guys From Athens deliver a chunky, house-style revision of a turn-of-the-80s MPB classic ("No Bola"). Over on the second "45", DJ Laurel tools up an undeniably funky disco number (the stellar "Peanut Man") before Monsieur Von Pratt makes an already heavy disco-funk number even weightier ("Lose Your Mind").
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Afro Cocktail
Cat: SE 17VL. Rel: 29 Jul 20
  1. Funk Premier (4:04)
  2. Funk Small (3:02)
  3. Funk Business (5:00)
  4. Break Of Day (1:59)
Review: Last time out, Afro Dub shared vinyl space with fellow Italian scene stalwart LTG. Here the Sound Exhibitions stalwart returns to the long-running label with a quartet of heavyweight-funk inspired rubs. He opens with the low-slung Afro-cosmic meets dub disco flex of "Funk Premier", before emphasizing sweaty funk breaks, weighty bass guitar, wah-wah licks and bold pianos on the arguably even better "Funk Small". Over on the flip, "Funk Business" is a delightfully jaunty funk re-edit laden with heavy Hammond licks, eyes-closed guitar solos, wild electric piano and elastic slap-bass, while "Break of Day" is a drum solo-and-fills driven funk-rock romp that should fire up even the most sluggish of dancefloors.
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 in stock $11.65
Cramp Your Style (remastered) (reissue)
Cat: BLUECANDLE 1496BLUE. Rel: 25 Aug 20
  1. Cramp Your Style (2:15)
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do About It (3:01)
Review: "Cramp Your Style" by All The People surely belongs among the canon of all time funk standards, sampled aplenty over the years, included on numerous compilations as well as being the recipient of cover versions from Breakestra and Killer Meters. Originally issued on the Blue Candle label back in 1972, a newly remastered edition of that 7" is now available for any funkateers out there without the 45 in their collections already. Robert Moore's yearning vocal sounds all the better for it too! And don't sleep on the bluesy delights of B side track "Watcha Gonna Do About It?".
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 in stock $11.13
The Mexican (reissue)
Cat: S71 3351. Rel: 27 Jul 20
  1. The Mexican (5:47)
  2. Theme From 'For A Few Dollars More' (2:17)
Review: Given the recent passing of Ennio Morricone, it seems fitting that we're being treated to a reissue of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican", a scorching funk-rock number based on the late, great Italian composer's theme from "For A Few Dollars More". The band's cover of that can be heard on the B-side, but it's the five-minute A-side, which boasts lyrics calling out the misleading narrative of John Wayne western "The Alamo", that you need in your life. Full of killer funk breaks that became staples during hip-hop's foundational block party era, plus driving musicality and some of rap music's best-known hooks, the track is still capable of slaying dancefloors 47 years after it was first recorded.
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 in stock $12.18
Twenty Years 2000-2020 (Record Store Day 2020)
Twenty Years 2000-2020 (Record Store Day 2020) (gatefold double 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: TRU 7393. Rel: 17 Sep 20
  1. I Don't Wanna Stop (feat Kylie Auldist) (4:10)
  2. The Bamboos Theme (4:05)
  3. On The Sly (3:37)
  4. You Ain't No Good (3:33)
Review: This collection of the Aussie funk and soul band The Bamboos' favourite cuts is a celebration of their 20 year anniversary. It culls cuts from 2007's Rawville and 2010's 4 and is a limited release with a full colour gatefold sleeve. Led by guitarist and main songwriter/producer Lance Ferguson, The Bamboos have been hugely prolific over the years, putting out no fewer than nine studio albums, two live albums, twenty-seven singles, and all while serving up many incendiary shows. They draw in elements of funk, pop, rock, psych, hip-hop, indie and soundtrack music into their own unique sound.
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It's Not Fair To Me
Cat: CBLL 030. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. It's Not Fair To Me (Acetate version Restored & remastered Atlantic Recording Sessions New York 12/26/1967) (2:16)
  2. It's Not Fair To Me (version) (2:18)
  3. It's Not Fair To Me (instrumental) (2:19)
 in stock $20.67
Check It Out People
Check It Out People (white vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: SSR 218WHITE. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. Beastie Boys vs MFSB - "Check It Out People" (4:19)
  2. MFSB - "People All Over The World" (dub) (4:11)
Review: On his last two singles on Soopastole, mash-up maestro DJ Soopasoul smashed together elements of Stevie Wonder and Redman/Method Man, and James Brown and Crooklyn Dodgers. For his latest trick he's decided to pepper an edited version of "People All Over The World" by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB, with raps from a stone cold classic Beastie Boys tune. It's the sort of thing that shouldn't work, but the Beasties' flows work perfectly over the flanged guitars, undulating bass and unfussy 4-to-the-floor Philly Soul grooves of the MFSB track. You can hear his instrumental rework of that track on the flip; it's so good that it's arguably worth the entrance price on its own.
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 in stock $10.59
Missoula Nairobi
Cat: ROC 037. Rel: 17 Sep 20
  1. Missoula-Nairobi (part 1) (3:21)
  2. Missoula-Nairobi (part 2) (2:43)
Review: More fabulous, funk-fuelled brilliance from the Beat Bronco Organ Trio, who earlier in the year delivered a fine debut album on Swiss imprint Rocafort Records (the must-check Road Trip). This two-part missive is not featured on that set, and instead sees them deliver a decidedly tropical fusion of loose-limbed, Tony Allen-style polyrhythmic drums, bubbly organ riffs, warming bass and reverb-laden guitar riffs that reminded us a little of both heady psyche-rock and Ghanaian Highlife. 'Missoula-Nairobi (Part 1)' is arguably the more potent and focused of the pair, with just a little more dancefloor grunt, though the flipside 'Part 2' version, with its extended solos and more freestyle feel, is every bit as alluring.

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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $8.75
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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Party Rockers
Party Rockers (hand-numbered purple vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207005. Rel: 05 Aug 20
  1. Party Rockers (feat Ash The Author) (3:06)
  2. Batucada Battlebox (3:27)
Review: On the fifth volume in his 2020 Donuts series of party-starting "45s", Bristolian break-digger and beat-maker Boca 45 joins forces with Ash the Author, a Reading-based mic man who has been tipped for great things by a number of more experienced MCs. He makes his presence felt on "Party Rockers", delivering distinctive lyrics over a rock-solid beat peppered with tight scratches and moody, horn style stabs. Boca 45 ups the tempo on heavyweight flipside "Batacuda Battlebox", a riotous cut-and-paste affair crafted from Latin style drum samples, booming bass and the West Country producer's usual sneaky and inventive instrumental snippets.
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Cahuita
Cahuita (7" + insert)
Cat: DSC 002. Rel: 25 Sep 20
  1. Cahuita (3:22)
  2. Tal Vez Manana (2:55)
 in stock $19.61
Rapture
Rapture (7")
Cat: SWR 020. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. Rapture (Jorun remix) (3:50)
  2. Don't Pay Any Fuller (A Jorun Bombay edit) (3:45)
Review: Canadian Jorun Bombay is a long time remix master who now lands on Soundweight Records with his latest cut up and reworking efforts. The A-side finds him take on Blondie's legendary 'Rapture', which mixed slick raps with post-punk guitars. Here it becomes sweet rolling funk gem with molten chords and plenty of soul. The flip-side is a tropical rework of 'Don't Pay Any Fuller' that ups the bass and beefs out the drums, while layering in steamy chords and percussion that brim with character. These are two more classics in the spotless catalogue of Jorun Bombay.
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Have Some Fun
Cat: OTS 187. Rel: 08 Sep 20
  1. Have Some Fun (3:42)
  2. Energy To Burn (3:28)
Review: Jeff Lane formed his American funk and disco group in 1972 and has plenty of huge hits to his name. The two presented on this special new 7" are not amongst them, but are standout tracks for lovers of funk, soul and disco fusions. 'Have Some Fun' has the big strings and dazzling chords that soar to the cosmos, with buttery vocals leading the charge. On the reverse is the much quicker and more direct 'Energy To Burn' with its dense rhythm section, charging drum grooves and noodling bass riffs stitched deep into the hurried funk.
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 in stock $19.06
Good Thang
Good Thang (limited 7")
Cat: FVLM 041. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Good Thang (feat Kim Dawson) (3:16)
  2. Good Thang (instrumental) (3:15)
 in stock $9.00
Low Slung
Low Slung (7")
Cat: THY 006. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. Low Slung (feat NOSAJ From New Kingdom) (3:37)
  2. Demerara Dash (4:42)
 in stock $9.53
Camel Bossa
Cat: PEPITE 08. Rel: 25 Sep 20
  1. Camel Bossa (2:38)
  2. Caravan March (2:50)
Review: Pepite Records have a brilliant Holy Grail reissue on their hands here with two world music oddities that send seasoned collectors into fits of excitement. They come from French composer Jean Claude Oliver, who was a noted talent in his day and possible the first Parisian to own a sitar in the sixties. He worked with Serge Gainsbourg amongst others, while also working as Derboukas. Two of his finest experiments are served up for the first time here and mixes oriental vibes with eastern bossa. The original of the a-side is impossible to find and the 'Caravan March' gem on the B-side is a welcome addition that fuses psychedelic pop grooves with lush cello.
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 in stock $10.07
Delirium
Delirium (7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: FNR 129. Rel: 19 Aug 20
  1. Delirium (3:22)
  2. Congolian (3:13)
Played by: Voodoocuts
 in stock $15.63
Drunk Bach
Drunk Bach (7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: FNR 128. Rel: 19 Aug 20
  1. Drunk Bach (3:27)
  2. Hustle Riff (2:30)
 in stock $15.63
DNA Edits Vol 4
Cat: DNA 008. Rel: 21 Aug 20
  1. Bad Girls (DNA edit) (4:10)
  2. Need You Tonight (DNA edit) (4:11)
 in stock $11.13
More Sex Cream (Crooklyn Style)
More Sex Cream (Crooklyn Style) (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 220. Rel: 24 Aug 20
  1. James Brown & The Crooklyn Dodgers - "More Sex Cream" (Crooklyn Style) (3:44)
  2. James Brown - "More Sex Cream" (instrumental mix) (3:44)
Review: Earlier this summer, mash-up maestro DJ Soopasoul raised our temperatures by layering Wu-Tang Clan vocals over a chunky, funk-fuelled backing track crafted from snippets of James Brown jams. He called it "Sex Cream", and now he's back with more sickly-sweet goodness based around the down-low greatness of the Godfather of Soul. A-side "More Sex Cream (Crooklyn Style)" delivers a similar-sounding JB-inspired beat, this time peppered with rhymes from "Crooklyn". It works wonderfully, of course, as does the flipside instrumental version. Bare party-starting fun for funk-loving hip-hop heads!
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I Feel Funky (Juno Exclusive)
I Feel Funky (Juno Exclusive) (marble orange vinyl 7" limited to 100 copies repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: BS 003ORANGE. Rel: 15 Sep 20
  1. I Feel Funky (3:44)
  2. The Funk Master (3:42)
 in stock $18.29
Tequila
Tequila (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BH 117. Rel: 23 Sep 20
  1. Tequila (3:56)
  2. I'm A Believer (4:05)
Review: 
Party starters, get this on in the bag immediately, It is pure fire in 7" form, a record bursting with Latin flavours, bristling percussion and jazz-sing beats that will lift anyone off their seat and right into the thick of it. The samples are easy enough to spot but that doesn't stop the a-side doing plenty of damage. Then on the flip, classic soul anthem 'I'm a Believer' gets a big beat and funky bridge extension that will keep people stomping for days. This black version has only been pressed 200 times, so one quick.
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Tequila
Tequila (white vinyl 7" limited to 100 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BH 117WHITE. Rel: 23 Sep 20
  1. Tequila (3:56)
  2. I'm A Believer (4:05)
Review: Party starters, get this one in the bag immediately. It is pure fire in 7" form, a record bursting with Latin flavours, bristling percussion and jazz-sing beats that will lift anyone off their seat and right into the thick of it. The samples are easy enough to spot but that doesn't stop the a-side doing plenty of damage. Then on the flip, classic soul anthem 'I'm a Believer' gets a big beat and funky bridge extension that will keep people stomping for days. This black version has only been pressed 200 times, so one quick.
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 in stock $15.88
Woman Of The Ghetto (reissue)
Cat: SAM 755001RED. Rel: 25 Aug 20
  1. Woman Of The Ghetto (3:40)
  2. Woman Of The Ghetto (instrumental) (3:08)
Review: Doris Duke's version of Marlena Shaw's seminal, powerful "Woman Of The Ghetto" originally appeared on her third album Woman in 1975. It's a searing version, Duke's full-bodied and fierce voice adding even more urgency to the searing social commentary embedded in the lyrics. Added to that is the stunning orchestral arrangement, which gets a full instrumental airing on the B side of this reissue from SAM - the soaring strings whip up a rich, cinematic strain of soul with a weighty groove underneath it. The song has never sounded better thanks to some fresh mastering, and it looks great too on red 7".
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 in stock $11.13
Loving Explosion
Cat: OTS 223. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Loving Explosion (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (3:29)
  2. Loving Explosion (3:00)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.19
Voices In My Head
Cat: NR 025S. Rel: 24 Sep 20
  1. Voices In My Head (3:54)
  2. Lilac Youth (3:27)
 in stock $9.81
Fly
Fly (7")
Cat: OTS 221. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Fly (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:12)
  2. Fly (3:39)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.19
Jive Man
Jive Man (7")
Cat: OTS 222. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Jive Man (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:08)
  2. Jive Man (5:08)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.19
The Loud Minority
Cat: OTS 211. Rel: 08 Sep 20
  1. The Loud Minority (part 1 - edit) (4:34)
  2. The Loud Minority (part 2 - edit) (3:17)
Review: Originally released in 1972, Frank Foster's The Loud Minority album was one of the legendary tenor saxophonist's most accessible and commercially successful albums. The album's many qualities were best exemplified by the title track, an effortlessly vibrant and effusive number that cannily mixed jazz-funk style solos and elements of modal, fusion and big-band jazz. This 7" single marks the epic, 14-minute piece's first appearance on a single, albeit heavily edited and split into two distinctive parts. The first (side A) is positive, cheery, undeniably funky, and underpinned with some killer drum-breaks. In contrast, the second is an exceedingly energetic and occasionally discordant affair, as Foster and his accomplices trade solos and build towards a breathless conclusion.
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Porrovia
Porrovia (7")
Cat: NYCT 7066. Rel: 10 Sep 20
  1. Porrovia (3:29)
  2. El Metodo De La Cera Perdida (4:24)
Review: When Names You Can Trust was first establishing itself in the late 2000s, few of the label's artists did more to raise its reputation than 21st century Cumbia fusionists Frente Cumbiero. Via a series of seriously good singles, the Mario Galeano Toro-helmed outfit established themselves as a cumbia band like no other. They've been fairly quiet of late, so this belated return to the Brooklyn imprint is undeniably long overdue. A-side 'Porrovia' is simply superb: a fuzzy, bass-heavy Cumbia shuffler laden with buzzing analogue synth sounds, beefy sub-bass, punchy horns and stacks of quality Colombian percussion. Deeper, warmer and more rhythmically complex flipside 'El Metodo De La Cera Perdido' is equally as impressive, if a little subdued in comparison to the illustrious A-side.
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 in stock $12.99
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (yellow vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 032YELLOW. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Brand New Girl (3:39)
  2. I Got Some (part 1) (2:51)
Review: Juno colour vinyl exclusive ! Back in 1992, Billy Garner's "Brand New Girl" was unearthed in the vast vaults of New Day owner Dave Hamilton. He soon got it out there and it just as quickly became an instant deep funk classic. It was only a limited release, though, so it has since gone on to become much sought after and rather pricey little number. Now given a new lease of life, it sounds as vital and moving as it did back then, so is sure to remain a grail record for soul lovers everywhere. "I Got Some" (part 1) is less hard hitting, but strikes an equally impactful emotional note.
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 in stock $7.95
Brume
Brume (12")
Cat: CHUWANAGA 007. Rel: 08 Sep 20
  1. Triple B (3:11)
  2. Tonik Gin (5:49)
  3. Brume (5:49)
  4. Gare De L'Ouest (4:53)
 in stock $15.88
Selected Works 1979 To 1983
Cat: NUN S008. Rel: 30 Jul 20
  1. Dreams For Radha (part I II & III) (7:44)
  2. You Are The Sunlight (6:04)
  3. Frost Bite (7:47)
  4. Hawaiian Caravan (5:43)
  5. Caravan (4:56)
Review: NuNorthern Soul take a brief respite from their BJ Smith series so boss man 'Phat' Phil Cooper can indulge his love for Ryo Kawasaki. Focusing on the period that the '70s met the '80s, Selected Works pulls together five delicious slices of Kawasaki bliss from a boundary pushing discography that spans writing, arranging, producing and playing. For an introduction to Kawasaki, this release is near perfect, taking in sublime jazz through heaving slabs of funk to out-there electronic vibes. Extra context is provided in the extensive sleeve notes from Marc Rowlands that pull from his 2015 interview with Kawasaki. Despite being five tracks long, this still feels like a generous rifle through the Ryo archives.
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 in stock $11.40
Snitchin' Stitchin' & Bitchin'
Snitchin' Stitchin' & Bitchin' (7'' limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: FNR 132. Rel: 19 Aug 20
  1. Snitchin', Stitchin' & Bitchin' (4:03)
  2. Loose Lips (3:42)
Review: Following a surprise outing on Burning Sole, heavy funk quartet The King Rooster return to regular home Funk Night Records with a suitably righteous and riotous two-tracker. A-side "Snitchin', Stichin' & Bitchin'" is one of their weightiest, club-ready cuts to date, with the storied London combo peppering a typically heavy and sweaty funk groove with razor-sharp, Blaxploitation style guitar riffs and increasingly intense, jammed-out Hammond organ solos. By the time the track ends, we guarantee you'll be pie-eyed and breathless. Over on the flip they doff a cap to the Meters' via "Loose Lips", a more relaxed but no less weighty or bass-heavy affair rich in mazy organ motifs, fluid solos and ear-catching bass.
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Save Me
Save Me (7")
Cat
Cat: CAT 245246. Rel: 25 Aug 20
  1. Save Me (4:16)
  2. El Chicken (2:32)
Review: Henry Stone's cult Cat label did some serious work carrying funk, soul and more from it's homebase in Miami throughout the 70s. There were bigger artists like Gwen McRae on the label, but also plenty of space for some short lived and distinctly DIY outfits like James Knight & The Butlers. Their run was right around the start of Cat in 1971, yielding an album and a clutch of singles, the last of which came out in 1972. "Save Me" is more than deserving of a new pressing - it's an instantly addictive, psych-soaked joyful noise, recorded with an in-the-room rawness that only adds to the deft songwriting and accomplished players, making for an overdriven and utterly uplifting gem. Don't overlook the sly trippiness of instrumental track "El Chicken" too with it's smart reverse guitar effects in the breakdown.
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Joy Ryde
Joy Ryde (limited 1-sided 12")
Cat: MR 04. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. Joy Ryde (3:55)
  2. Money Break (feat Juan Rios) (4:17)
 in stock $18.54
Make It Happen
Make It Happen (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 138. Rel: 19 Aug 20
  1. Make It Happen (3:15)
  2. Sudbrook Flow (3:13)
 in stock $15.11
Funky Tropicale
Funky Tropicale (white vinyl 7")
Cat: LGF 707. Rel: 17 Sep 20
  1. Funky Tropicale (4:36)
  2. Funky Tropicale (Lego edit Afro cut) (5:31)
Review: Summer may be well and truly over - in the UK, at least - but the sweaty, steamy and sunny seven-inch singles keep on coming. As the title suggests, Vito Lalinga's latest offering is an undeniably tropical affair, with Mariachi style trumpet solos, rousing Afro-beat horns, tactile electric piano keys and flanged guitar riffs dancing atop a punchy, jazzy and bass-heavy funk groove. It's the kind of joyous excursion that should appeal to a wide variety of DJs, particularly those who dig funk, hip-hop and jazz-funk. Label chief Lego Edit gets his virtual scalpel out on the flip and reinvents the track as a driving chunk of four-to-the-floor Afro-funk. It's a weighty revision with serious dancefloor chops.
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Funky Tropicale
Cat: LGF 707B. Rel: 17 Sep 20
  1. Funky Tropicale (4:36)
  2. Funky Tropicale (Lego edit Afro cut) (5:32)
Played by: LEGO EDIT, Vito lalinga
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Lots Of Love
Cat: EXS 024. Rel: 20 Aug 20
  1. Lots Of Love (3:34)
  2. Struggling Together (4:10)
Review: Marc LaRoi Cummings had one hit and one hit only, but it was a good one, and it's now presented on this Expansion 7" in all its glory. The a-side "Lots of Love" owes a clear debt to Stevie Wonder with its glorious musicianship, rolling funk and heart swelling vocal performance. On the flip, things get more unhinged, with a squelchy Moog based funk powering the track along as Cummings's vocals soar up top. Tight, kinetic, compelling, it's a great reverse to the lead track and makes this an essential slice of funk.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $11.40
Where's The Lick?
Where's The Lick? (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: RR 006. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. LeKarJarre - "Where's The Lick?" (2:33)
  2. Davinity - "Never Stop" (3:16)
Review: 
Another oft-forgotten oldie that is well worthy of its second comeuppance, courtesy of the ever reliable RysQue' Records from the U.S of A. On the A-side of this nifty 7" release we have LeKarJarre's 'Where's The Lick?' remixed by veteran Sacramento DJ Ben Davis (Love Cryme) which is a neon-lit, feel good boogie-down number that we absolutely adored. On the flip, Johnson turns his deft hand to another remix, this time for Davinity's rather sensual 'Never Stop' featuring legendary local musicians Fred White and Tim Tucker - proper mood music right here!
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 in stock $14.31
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 011WHITE. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Linda Lyndell - "What A Man" (2:41)
  2. Billy Hawks - "(O Baby) I Do Believe I'm Losing You" (3:03)
Review: This Juno colour vinyl exclusive finds Linda Lyndell serve up her own majestic cover of the classic "What A Man." Her vocal is smooth and buttery but also laden with gravitas, while the sweeping horns and jazzy keys all around her help to lift the spirits. On the flip is an ice cold slice of funk from Billy Hawks in the form of his "(O Baby) I Do Believe I'm Losing You". It's raw soul that glides at high speed with plenty of hip swinging claps. This is a much sought after reissue that will shift quick, so make sure you do too.
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 in stock $9.00
Stay In Your Lane (Record Store Day 2020)
Stay In Your Lane (Record Store Day 2020) (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: KU 078. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Stay In Your Lane (1:56)
  2. Measly Peace (3:12)
 in stock $10.07
Stank Soul Edits Vol 6
Cat: BBP 174. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Stealin' Alright (4:45)
  2. Stolen Nolan (2:59)
Review: Five years on from the release of the first seven-inch, Mako and Mr Bristow's Soul Edits" series reaches volume six. On the A-side's "Stealin Alright" they get to work on a riotous slab of funk-rock heaviness from the golden age of the sound - albeit one whose sweaty drum breaks, weighty bass and gravelly guitars also come accompanied by steel pan melodies. It's an odd combination but one that works really well. Over on side B, "Stealin' Nolan" is a tidy edit of another rhythm and blues style dancefloor workout, this time rich in stomping drums, memorable guitar riffs and stomping, Northern Soul style drums.
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90% Of Me Is You (reissue)
90% Of Me Is You (reissue) (white vinyl 7")
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Cat: CAT 1992WHITE. Rel: 14 Aug 20
  1. 90% Of Me Is You (2:18)
  2. It's Worth The Hurt (2:19)
Review: Another all-time classic from the extensive back catalog of the legendary Miami songstress Gwen McCrae.

"90% Of Me Is You" is instantly recognizable, it's been sampled countless of times by some of the most seminal Hip Hop artists ever (Large Professor, Jaylib, Mobb Deep & more) & is a bonafide "Rare Groove" sure-shot that never loses it's appeal & is always in demand with DJ's & producers. Perhaps it's the pairing of the languid guitar & strings, or Gwen's sultry vocals & that steady breakbeat that keeps people hooked some 40 years after it's original release? Whatever it is, it's classic material from start to finish!

Backed here with it's original b-side slow jam "It's Worth The Hurt" this super-rare 45 has been re-mastered, re-pressed & brought back for 2015's dance-floors in conjunction & with the permission of T.K. Disco / Henry Stone Music, Miami USA.
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A17
A17 (7" repress)
Cat: APRON 17. Rel: 11 Aug 20
  1. Mighty Baron III - "Screwe'd" (3:34)
  2. Sun Runners - "The Finest" (4:14)
Review: The latest audio missive from Funkineven's Apron camp has been receiving a lot of heat, and it's easy to see why. In typical style, both tracks take classic boogie and '80s soul jams, impressively mangling them in distinctly different ways. Mighty Baron III's "Screwed" is a "chopped and screwed" masterpiece - a fusion of sludgy, slowed-down electrfunk loops, pitched-down vocals and wonky beatbox rhythms. It's distinctively odd, but really rather special. Flip for the Sun Runners' "The Finest", a smart and melodious S.O.S Band re-edit that's been pepped up with additional drum machine hits and special effects. It will do the business on both boogie and R&B dancefloors.
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Journey To The Shore (reissue)
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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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Hip Hop Band
Hip Hop Band (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: HR 7S171. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Hip Hop Band (feat Boo) (5:14)
  2. Hip Hop Band (instrumental) (5:15)
Review: Japanese heavyweights HHV continue their ongoing trawl through the back catalogue of long-serving hip-hop producer, DJ, record collector and self-styled King of Diggin', Muro. Here they present the second part of the dusty-fingered hero's turn-of-the-millennium Pan Rhythm series of 12" singles, this time presenting it on a tidy seven inch single. 'Hip-Hop Band' is a weighty, floor friendly, horn-heavy re-make of the Stetsasonic song of the same name, with local mic man Boo delivering tweaked versions of the U.S crew's verses in his native Japanese. While jazzy, the bombastic backing track - which can be heard in full on the flipside instrumental version - is forthright and club-ready, making the single a must-have for working hip-hop DJs and those who love the more up-tempo end of the rap spectrum.
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Han Tome
Han Tome (7")
Cat: HR 7S170. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Han Tome (Boa-Viagem remix) (4:32)
  2. Han Tome (Flutemental) (5:08)
Review: It was way back in 1998 when Japan's undisputed King of Diggin', DJ.producer/mix-maker and dedicated record collector Muro, first released 'Han-Tome'. These days, it's regarded as a Japanese hip-hop classic, and listening back to this reissue it's easy to see why: the beats are dope, the producer's jazz and orchestral samples beautifully incorporated into the backing track, and the combination of Japanese rap verses and R&B style sung choruses every bit as good as those you'd expect on big-name American tracks from the same period. As it did first time around, the track comes backed by the superb 'Flutestrumental Mix'. This adds sun-kissed keyboard stabs and flighty flute solos to Muro's formidably head-nodding beats..
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