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Never Too Much
Never Too Much (7" repress)
Cat: ATH 091. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Never Too Much (4:25)
  2. Never Too Much (instrumental) (4:18)
Review: Athens Of The North is unveiling a whole wealth of new 7"s this month and as usual, each and every one is an essential purchase. This one in particular will resonate with a wide audience thanks to the ubiquity of the source material - Luther Vandross's 'Never Too Much.' There have been many versions over the years but this reggae take from Derrick Cross is special indeed, and an OG will costs basically too much for any sane person. Now a fully legit repress makes it accessible to all once more, and hurrah for that.
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 in stock $11.33
Movin On
Movin On (12")
Cat: EDITDUB 12. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Movin On" (unreleased re-edit) (7:07)
  2. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Express" (unreleased re-edit) (5:53)
  3. Biddu Orchestra - "Voodoo Man" (instrumental) (6:13)
  4. Suna Yildizoglu - "I´m Gonna Dance" (unreleased Disco dub) (7:47)
Review: The Edit & Dub series returns for the first time in 2021, this time with a selection of reworks reportedly crafted by high-fliers Ron Basejam (as Ron's Reworks), Kon, the Owl and the Patchouli Brothers (the label doesn't state which producer was responsible for each edit, but don't let that put you off). The A-side sports two tidy, scalpel-style re-edits of dusty disco-funk cuts by Gino Dentie & The Family, with the EP opening revision of 'Movin' On' being arguably the pick of the pair. Things move up a notch on the flip, where a fine instrumental tweak of Biddu Orchestra's Italo-disco throb-job 'Voodoo Man' is followed by a terrific dancefloor dub of Suna Yidizoglu's 'I Wanna Dance', a boogie gem full of righteous bass and spangly synth sounds.
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Who's Your Boss
  1. Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy - "Who's Your Boss" (2:53)
  2. Zella Jackson - "Days Are Just Like People" (2:19)
Review: Greg Belson is a world leading gospel collector and DJ who had great success with his Divine Disco series. He continued his vital work with Cultures of Soul on the Devin Funk compilations series and now the label are serving up the many highlights on 7". Here we have
Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy with 'Who's Your Boss', a high speed funk gem with in the pocket drum playing and energetic guitar riffs. The real star of course is the coarse vocal that cannot help but light your fires. On the flip, Zella Jackson's vocal soars next to summery flutes and raw, dense rhythm sections.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $10.44
Funky President Edits Vol 8
Cat: FJRC 7008. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. Eugene & The Tribe (3:23)
  2. Sweat Break (3:33)
Review: The superbly skilled studio technician J Rocc serves up more of his unmissable edits here. He takes on a stone cold classic A Tribe Called Quest cut 'Luck of Lucien' to open up with and amazingly offers it as an instrumental for the first time ever. The original track was played by the iconic Ron Hardy so J Rocc found it to make this similar edit. The busier, darker drums of 'Sweat Break' are just as essential on the reverse, making this another must buy volume of edits from this modern great.
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Played by: Eddie C, I Love Hip Hop
 in stock $12.49
Flor Lilas (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7191. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. For Lilas (3:34)
  2. O Rato Roeu (1:37)
  3. Floresta Encantada (3:04)
  4. Dourado Da Manha (3:27)
Review: Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series is like catnip to all collectors of Latin music. It has turned out more than 85 editions that cover all forms of South American soul and funk. This time out it's a is sublime four-tracker from the much loved Brazilian pair of Luli Lucinha e O Bando. It first saw the light of day in 1972 but has long since been lost to the public. Aspects of psychedelic rock, MPB and folk are all stirred dup with the tunes being held together by Luli and Lucinha's vocals. The EP is packed with magic and musical brilliance and also features Brazilian percussionist Alyrio Lima, who was a member of the iconic Weather Report in later years.
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The Perfect Circle
The Perfect Circle (clear gold splattered vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7050CLEAR. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. The Perfect Circle (4:39)
  2. The Hands Of Time (7" edit) (3:59)
Review: This limited edition 7" marks the first ever vinyl reissue of music by funk and soul greats The Perfect Circle. Their self titled LP is a real holy grail for collectors and now these two nuggets from it are going tone just as well received. The wax is lead by the disco-funk dancer that is the title track, with its high speed drum work and sleazy, almost Parliamanet-esque style vocal delivery. On the flip is 'The Hands of Time,' a more ass-shaking b-boy, disco and jazz-funk floor filler with standout horn leads and plenty of colourful Rhodes chords.
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I've Got Power In My Mind
  1. Preacherman Isidore Womack - "I've Got Power In My Mind" (3:12)
  2. Allen Gauff Jr & His Combo - "I Don't Want To Be Alone" (5:13)
Review: Soon, Cultures of Soul will release Greg Belson's Divine Funk, the British record collector's latest deep dive into the world of vintage, gospel-influenced dance music. First, they're treating us to a series of sampler 45s featuring select cuts from the compilation. This one opens with Preacherman Isadore Womack's 'I've Got Power On My Mind', a laidback slab of lightly funky soul from 1978 featuring great guitar riffs and a simply superb lead vocal. It comes backed with 'I Don't Want To Be Alone' by Allen Gauff Jr and His Combo, a more up-tempo slab of gospel funk rich in righteous church organs, bongo-laced breakbeats and another impassioned lead vocal. Stellar stuff all told.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
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Bump & Hustle Music
Bump & Hustle Music (limited 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7093. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Bump & Hustle Music (4:59)
  2. Fulton County Line (4:46)
Review: If you've ever been to a rare groove party - or a soul and funk one, for that matter - there's a fair chance you'll have heard Tommy Stewart's 'Bump & Hustle Music'. The song first featured on the American artist's self-titled debut album in 1976, but later became an anthem on the London rare groove scene. It remains an infectious, feel-good, life-affirming treat, with addictive female vocals, twittering flute motifs and much-sampled horn riffs riding a languid, rolling groove. Over on the flip you'll find another fine track taken from the same album: the sweeping, string-laden disco sweetness that is 'Fulton County Line'.
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Bump & Hustle Music
Bump & Hustle Music (clear green splattered vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DYNAM 7093GREEN. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Bump & Hustle Music (5:03)
  2. Fulton County Line (4:48)
Review: If you've ever been to a rare groove party - or a soul and funk one, for that matter - there's a fair chance you'll have heard Tommy Stewart's 'Bump & Hustle Music'. The song first featured on the American artist's self-titled debut album in 1976, but later became an anthem on the London rare groove scene. It remains an infectious, feel-good, life-affirming treat, with addictive female vocals, twittering flute motifs and much-sampled horn riffs riding a languid, rolling groove. Over on the flip you'll find another fine track taken from the same album: the sweeping, string-laden disco sweetness that is 'Fulton County Line'.
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Sou Negro
  1. Toni Tornado - "Sou Negro" (2:21)
  2. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - "Coluna Do Meio" (2:58)
Review: Mr Bongo offers up an incredible 86th volume in the Brazil45 series, and this time it's Black Rio funk from two mainstays of the sound, Toni Tornado & Zeca Do Trombone. A-side 'Sou Negro' is from Tornado's 1970 EP on Odeon Records. It's a sought after number that despite lasting only just over two minutes still makes an indelible impression. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax join forces on the flip for 'Coluna Do Meio,' which is a more smooth, easy going jazz laced tune compared with the raw and direct a-side. This one has an acrobatic vocal and sunny riffs bringing pool-side vibes under clear blue skies.
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Albums
Is My Living In Vain (reissue)
  1. Is My Living In Vain (5:42)
  2. Ha-Ya (Eternal Life) (4:40)
  3. Salvation Means More To Me (4:36)
  4. Now Is The Time (6:33)
  5. Pure Gold (5:36)
  6. They Were Overcome (By The Word) (4:07)
  7. Speak Lord (6:10)
  8. Expect Your Miracle (4:30)
Review: Some serious gospel-soul action here from one of the most storied gospel groups in history, the Clark Sisters. The album, which was co-produced by their mother, the legendary choir director Mattie Moss Clark, first landed in US record stores way back in 1980. It's a stunning album all told, with the sisters' incredible vocals rising above backing tracks marked out by interesting arrangements, changes of mood and tone, and plenty of authentic soul and jazz instrumentation. The superb title track and the infections 'Ha-Ya (Eternal Life)' - the latter the subject of a number of re-edits over the years - are the best-known cuts, but other highlights include 'Pure Gold', the epic 'Speak Lord' and 'Salvation Means More To Me'.
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Infinity (reissue)
Cat: JAZZR 006. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. Nubian Queen (8:52)
  2. Infinity (4:48)
  3. Lovely Afternoon (7:13)
  4. The Known Unknown (8:44)
  5. The Angry Young Man (8:02)
Review: Vibraphonist Khan Jamal has made many fine albums over the years, though few are quite as revered within the jazz scene as Infinity, a self-released set from 1984 that has been near impossible to find for years. While Jamal's fluid and attractive vibraphone playing is given an airing throughout the album, it never dominates the sound space, with the storied members of his backing sextet - including scene legends Byard Lancaster (alto sax, flute) and drummer Sunny Murray - all being given a chance to shine. Musically, it sits somewhere between spiritual jazz, jazz-funk and Latin jazz, with hectic dancefloor numbers (see the superb 'The Angry Young Man') being joined by a wealth of deeper, more laidback compositions.
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 in stock $21.78
Hamburg
Hamburg (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: D 78092. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. Cory (4:15)
  2. What Kind Of Lovesong (5:00)
  3. Karma (4:39)
  4. Hype (4:11)
  5. Zwischenraum (4:24)
  6. Morgen (Hamburg) (3:17)
  7. Letter To The Innerchild (3:17)
  8. Within (4:51)
  9. Gate A5 Geneve (4:34)
  10. Prayer (4:22)
  11. Dreaming My Dreams With You (3:58)
 in stock $25.27
Aquarious Purple
Cat: LSSR 067. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. AQ Intro (Night Owl Child) (0:25)
  2. Black Psychedelic Funk (3:38)
  3. Let's Play (6:49)
  4. Get By (2:50)
  5. Find My Way (feat Jermaine Holmes & Daru Jones) (4:43)
  6. Tomorrow Never Knows (2:39)
  7. Shape Shift (feat JSwiss & Ahrel Lumzy) (3:31)
  8. As I Care (feat TFOX) (2:52)
  9. Table Dance (3:09)
  10. Her (3:40)
  11. Running (4:02)
  12. Purple (2:24)
 in stock $22.35
World Tour
World Tour (LP with obi-strip limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 1ASIA 0004V. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. Jinhua Groove (feat Glint Erastus) (4:55)
  2. Lagos (4:52)
  3. Merseyside Heaven (5:20)
  4. Detroit Arena (4:17)
  5. Aoyama Garden (4:51)
  6. Seminyak Trance (4:47)
  7. Inspector Vijay (4:47)
  8. Casablanca (4:13)
 in stock $28.46
Other Mirror
Other Mirror (limited LP + insert)
Cat: KU 081. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. Cat Scratch (3:26)
  2. Psychic Horizon (3:10)
  3. Saturn's Child (5:41)
  4. Aguirre (2:32)
  5. More Alive (3:59)
  6. Mystery Of Mars (3:46)
  7. Love In A Way (3:59)
  8. Journeys (4:20)
 in stock $20.32
Funky Nuggets Spinning Vol 1: Rare Grooves From Brazil
VARIOUS
Cat: GOT 002LP. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Aloisio - "Tema R" (4:31)
  2. Orlandivo - "Tem De Ser" (2:35)
  3. Ed Maciel - "Robot In A Robot's World" (2:15)
  4. Jorge Ben Jor - "Natal Brasileiro (Que Natal E Esse)" (3:54)
  5. Ton Saga - "Estrela Brilhante" (3:30)
  6. Oscar Castro Neves - "Sugarloaf Skyride" (3:46)
  7. Music Machine - "Black Power" (2:26)
  8. Os Cereta - "Nega Do Abaluae" (2:01)
  9. Hugo Belardi - "An American In Paris" (2:48)
  10. Tempo 7 - "Helenice" (2:51)
  11. Pedrinho Batera - "Pra Swingar" (2:22)
  12. Uniao Black - "Geracao Black" (2:08)
  13. Karkey & Woodward - "Dirty Ole Bossa Nova" (3:01)
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