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Singles
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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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)
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Attack Of The Chicago Boogie
  1. Andrew Kitchen - "Attack Of The Boogie" (TZ & Hersh edit) (6:46)
  2. J Parker Band - "Live Lady" (TZ edit) (5:08)
  3. Mister - "I Wanna Thank You" (4:50)
  4. Henrietta Thomas - "I Want You (Right Now)" (4:45)
Review: We're used to Star Creature offering up authentically synth-heavy nu-boogie gems, but here they change tack with a little help from Chicago's Boogie Munster Crew. "Attack of The Chicago Boogie" sees them gather together some ridiculously rare private press gems originally recorded by Windy City musicians during the boogie and electrofunk era. They first offer up a fresh TJ & Hirsch re-edit of Andrew Kitchen's thrillingly squelchy and spacey "Attack of the Boogie", before TZ goes solo to rearrange J Parker Brown's deeper, warmer and more soulful lo-fi synth boogie treat "Live Lady". Over on the flip, Mister's "I Wanna Thank You" is a glossy, horn-sporting slab of polished boogie brilliance, while Henrietta Brown's "I Want You (Right Now)" is a bustling and up-tempo affair heavily influenced by jazz-funk.
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 in stock $23.66
How Superstitious
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How Superstitious (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 217. Rel: 28 Jul 20
  1. How Superstitious (vocal mix) (4:14)
  2. How Superstitious (instrumental mix) (4:14)
Review: DJ Soopasoul's last mash-up was an inspired affair that saw him perfectly fuse tracks by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB and the Beastie Boys. Here he takes a similar approach, placing the rap vocals from the 1995 hip hop classic "How High" atop a suitably funky, lolloping beat crafted from Clavinet-heavy sections from Stevie party-starting floor-heater "Superstitioun". It works remarkably well on the A-side vocal mix, and those who'd not heard either track would be convinced that there was no mash-up antics going on. Over on side B you'll find an instrumental mix that showcases Soopasoul's editing skills; minus the Hip Hop vocals, is a fine re-edit of the Wonderful jam.
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Zulu War Chant
Zulu War Chant (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: 5BB 023. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. Timezone - "Zulu War Chant" (4:10)
  2. Betty Wright - "Clean Up Woman" (2:46)
Review: The 5 Borough Breaks series has long been a good way of acquiring killer cuts that have some way played a part in the ongoing evolution of hip-hop culture in New York City. The hush-hush label's latest release boasts the full version of Betty Wright's head-nodding soul classic "Clean Up Woman", which boasts a breakbeat that has been sampled on scores of killer rap jams. On the A-side you'll find something a little less well-known: "Zulu War Chant", a 1992 cut by the Afrika Bambaataa and Rusty Egan-helmed Time Zone crew. It samples the familiar groove from "Clean Up Woman", adding a swathe of well known rapped and sung vocal samples and a hard-spun hip-hop beat.
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Boogie With Your Baby
  1. Willi J & Co - "Boogie With Your Baby" (3:43)
  2. Rare Function - "Disco Function" (4:27)
 in stock $11.42
Albums
Sons Of Ethiopia
Sons Of Ethiopia (limited LP + booklet) (1 per customer)
Cat: FRB 007. Rel: 30 Jul 20
  1. Anhi Bale Game (5:16)
  2. Bhta's Highlife (6:02)
  3. Tez Alegn Yetintu (7:52)
  4. Kalatashew Waga (5:28)
  5. Wed Enate (4:56)
  6. Samba Shegitu (4:40)
  7. Astwesalehu (5:27)
Review: Admas' debut album, Sons of Ethopia, is probably best known for "Kalatashew Waga", a polyrhythm-fuelled chunk of melodious synthesizer funk that was memorably remixed by Andras Fox back in 2015. Here, the in-demand album gets an official reissue for the first time since it first appeared on the obscure African Heritage Records label way back in 1984. The band's unique blend of styles and instruments - think synthesizer-heavy instrumental boogie, electronic Afro-beat, dewy-eyed AOR soul and cheery highlife - remains as alluring and surprising as ever. Given that original copies are almost impossible to find, this is a much-needed reissue.
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Let's Talk (reissue)
Let's Talk (reissue) (limited gatefold hand-numbered LP + insert + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: NA 5204LP. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. Let's Talk (vocal) (2:55)
  2. Let's Talk (instrumental) (2:53)
  3. My Special One (3:54)
  4. Taking The Long Way Home (3:21)
  5. I'm In Love With You (feat Chris Bartley) (2:53)
  6. My World (3:00)
  7. I Don't Bite (4:20)
  8. Wiser & Deeper (2:31)
  9. Save Me (2:52)
  10. I Wonder Why (feat Chris Bartley) (3:09)
 in stock $54.37
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