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Dance
Dance (CD)
Cat: CDSBCS 86. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Dance
  2. Al Nafs
  3. Peace
  4. Brotherhood
  5. Prayer
 in stock $12.67
Cramp Your Style
Cat: OTS 203. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Cramp Your Style (2:13)
  2. Cramp Your Style (Conomark & Hong Kong edit (brew)) (3:41)
Review: All The People was a Florida-based soul act who joined vocalist Robert Moore Jr on this highly sought after '45. Moore was the master of a singing style known as 'soul scatting'. His career later took him to Miami, where in 1979 he joined a group headed by Herb Reed, one of the original Platters. He stayed with Reed until 1993. Originally released on Blue Candle back in 1972, this much sought after classic has been reissued thanks to Japan's Ultra Vybe with an edit on the flip by Conomark & Hong Kong, which retains the original's big band style of soul music in the tradition of the legendary James Brown.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $20.74
Lean On You
Cat: JAL 352V. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. Lean On You (feat Dynamite MC) (2:54)
  2. Working On Me (3:21)
Review: Times may change and life may evolve, but the Allergies will always be unashamed party-starters whose records are both pleasingly heavy and instantly accessible. By now, you shouldn't need further proof og their skills in this department, but if you do, the Bristol combo's latest "45" is a lesson is dancefloor-igniting goodness. 'Lean on You' is a live and funk-fuelled as you'd expect, with distinctive flash-fried funk-rock guitar riffs, bustling, interestingly slung breakbeats and a fine lead vocal from Dynamite MC. Over on the flip, 'Working on Me' is a more bluesy, cut-and-paste funk breaks number that's guaranteed to get feet moving out on the dancefloor.

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Played by: The Allergies
 in stock $15.85
Hard Times
Hard Times (7" repress)
Cat: SB 7031. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Hard Times (0:30)
  2. Listen To Me (0:30)
Review: Powerful belters from soul supernova Baby Huey. The only solo 45s he cut for Curtom Records before he passed away aged only 26, this was released posthumously and OG copies regularly go for over 200 pounds. Now reissued on Soul Brother, the two sides give you the full fat Huey; "Hard Times" hits with a raw Lee Fields style gravelly, story-telling delivery while "Listen To Me" shows Huey's deft ability to band-lead an all-out rock jam. Raw and emotional, Huey left this world far too soon.
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 in stock $10.67
Omega
Omega (7")
Cat: CLMN 184. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Omega (4:46)
  2. Maraka (3:55)
 in stock $6.34
Hey There Jim
Cat: OTS 201. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Jimmy "Bo" Horne - "Hey There Jim" (2:34)
  2. Lynn Williams - "How Can You Call Love Fascination" (2:26)
Review: Jimmy Bo Horne brings his raw and expressive vocals to this new release on Japanese label Ultra Vybe. The oft-sampled America singer, writer and producer has been turning out such sounds since the mid 70s but remains on top of his game here. The big horns bring energy, the rolling rhythm section gets you up on your feet and the whole thing screams floor filler. On the flip is Lynn Williams with 'How Can You Call Love Fascination,' a much more slow and sensual soul tune with acrobatic vocals and nice piano fills next to a big horn section.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.33
Shibuya 357: Live In Tokyo 1992 (remastered)
Cat: JPNI 0554851. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Gimme One Of Those
  2. BNH
  3. Ride In The Sky
  4. Go To Give
  5. People Get Ready
  6. Don't Let It Go To Your Head
  7. Mr Tanaka
  8. Never Stop
  9. Stay This Way
  10. Doin' It To Death
  11. Dream Come True
  12. Shakedown
  13. Gimme One Of Those (First Set Shibuya - bonus track)
  14. BNH (First Set Shibuya - bonus track)
 in stock $48.41
Total Satisfaction
Cat: OTS 200. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Total Satisfaction (3:51)
  2. Human (3:50)
Review: 1977 single 'Total Satisfaction', a "45" released on obscure label Sound Plus, is one of the rarest and most sought after records in Brief Encounter's catalogue. Here it gets a fresh pressing on Japanse imprint Ultra Vybe. It's well worth a listen. The title track is particularly delicious: a loved-up chunk of downtempo, disco-era soul in which the group's sublime vocals rise above hazy horns, twinkling electric piano, lush orchestration and a languid, laidback groove. Flipside 'Human' is a little more up-tempo, but still largely laidback, warm and groovy, with weightier bottom end and a few more nods towards disco-soul.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $20.74
Missing You (reissue)
Missing You (reissue) (LP + insert)
Cat: WWSLP 039LP. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Missing You (2:50)
  2. Mary's House (2:19)
  3. Disco Blues (5:27)
  4. Teddy Bear (2:37)
  5. Love Rite (3:47)
  6. Three Wise Men (3:03)
  7. Uncle Sam (2:11)
  8. Saturday (4:15)
  9. God Bless The Soulfire People (3:06)
  10. Come On With It (3:42)
 in stock $27.09
Missing You
Cat: WWSCD 039CD. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Missing You
  2. Mary's House
  3. Disco Blues
  4. Teddy Bear
  5. Love Rite
  6. Three Wise Men
  7. Uncle Sam
  8. Saturday
  9. God Bless The Soulfire People
  10. Come On With It
 in stock $15.27
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 $11.25
Damn Right I Hit Em Up
Damn Right I Hit Em Up (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 225. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (vocal version) (4:09)
  2. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (instrumental) (4:20)
Review: DJ Soopasoul is back on his own Soopastole Edits label, this time paying tribute to the more great funk sounds and killer drum breaks. The artist is well versed in subtly reworking the classics, bringing them up to date and adding his own unique flavour. He opens this limited 7" with 'Damn Right I Hit Em Up' which rides rough over a tight bass riff, with biggie's raps up top and a big beat pumping the vibe. Flip it over for the instrumental version, which strips it right back to the bare essentials.
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 in stock $11.52
Wamono A To Z Vol II: Japanese Funk 1970-1977
Wamono A To Z Vol II: Japanese Funk 1970-1977 (180 gram vinyl LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: 180G WALP02. Rel: 08 Apr 21
  1. Mieko Hirota - "Theme Of 'Doberman Cop'" (3:52)
  2. Hiroshi Sato - "Bad Junky Blues" (3:48)
  3. Sammy - "The In-&-Outer-Stomp-&-Shouter" (with Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media) (3:20)
  4. Fujio Tokita - "Watashi No Beatles" (3:13)
  5. School Band - "I Hope It's Fine" (4:03)
  6. Bread & Butter - "Devil Woman" (2:57)
  7. Hatsumi Shibata - "Singer Lady" (3:33)
  8. Kan Mikami - "Jikokeno No Samba" (2:23)
  9. Akira Yasuda & Beat Folk - "Yumura No Obaba" (3:04)
  10. Pinky Chicks - "Tosetsu Donpan Bushi" (3:16)
Review: On the first instalment in the Wamono A to Z compilation series, released in September 2020, dusty-fingered diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite.jp and Chintam focused on Japanese jazz-funk and rare groove gems recorded and released between 1968 and '80. For this speedy sequel, they've narrowed their focus further in order to showcase little-known Japanese funk slammers pressed to wax between 1970 and '77. As you'd expect, there's tons of absolute bangers amongst the 10 tracks on show, with highlights including the Blaxploitation movie soundtrack vibes of Mieko Hirota's 'Theme of Doberman Cop', the fuzzy, Hammond-sporting psych-funk of Fujio Tokita's quirky 'Watashi No Beatles', and the energetic, proto disco-funk of Hatsumi Shibata's 'Singer Lady'.
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 in stock $28.54
Wamono A To Z Vol 1: Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968-1980 (reissue)
Cat: 180GWALP 01RE. Rel: 08 Apr 21
  1. Toshiko Yonekawa - "Soran Bushi" (2:45)
  2. Takeo Yamashita - "A Touch Of Japanese Tone" (4:21)
  3. Tadaaki Misago & Tokyo Cuban Boys - "Jongara Reggae" (3:38)
  4. Chikara Ueda & The Power Station - "Cloudy" (6:08)
  5. Chumei Watanabe - "Downtown Blues" (3:38)
  6. Kifu Mitsuhashi - "Hanagasa Ondo" (2:51)
  7. Monica Lassen & The Sounds - "Incitation" (5:29)
  8. Norio Maeda, Jiro Inagaki & The All-Stars - "Go Go A Go Go" (3:19)
  9. Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band - "The Sidewinder" (2:41)
  10. Masahiko Sato, Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media - "Sniper's Snooze" (6:42)
Review: Some compilations manage to both educate, inform and educate in equal measure; this fine collection from Japanese crate diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite and Chintam is one such set. Comprising mostly little-known tracks recorded by Japanese artists between 1968 and '70, it offers up a wealth of cuts inspired by American jazz-funk "rare groove". There's much to admire across the ten tracks, from the mazy Rhodes solos, fizzing big band jazz grooves and traditional Eastern instrumentation of Toshiko Yonekawa's "Soran Bushi", and the languidly-slung brilliance of Tadaki Misago and Tokyo Cuban Boys' multi-faceted musical fusion "Jongara Reggae", to the Jimi Hendrix-goes-funk heaviness of "Incitation" by Monica Lassen & The Sounds, and the drums-driven dancefloor madness of Masahiko Sato Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media's "Sniper's Snooze". Recommended.
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 in stock $25.65
Teenie Weenie Boppie
Teenie Weenie Boppie (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BH 119BLACK. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Teenie Weenie Boppie (4:01)
  2. Saint-Tropez (3:34)
Played by: I Love Hip Hop
 in stock $10.36
The Essential (reissue)
The Essential (reissue) (180 gram audiophile vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MOVLP 2637. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. Lily Was Here (feat Dave Stewart) (4:18)
  2. Dance 'Till You Bop (5:08)
  3. Sax-A-Go-Go (3:57)
  4. Pick Up The Pieces (4:04)
  5. Funkyness (5:16)
  6. Girls Should Stick Together (feat Trijntje Oosterhuis) (5:08)
  7. So What (4:50)
  8. Bob's Jazz (4:50)
  9. 2 Funky (4:48)
  10. Wake Me When It's Over (feat David Sanborn) (3:39)
  11. Girls Night Out (3:25)
  12. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me) (feat Jonathan Butler) (4:13)
  13. I Can't Make You Love Me (live) (10:11)
  14. For The Love Of You (feat Angie Stone - live) (8:37)
  15. Saxuality (bonus track) (4:12)
 in stock $30.27
That's The Way Of The World (reissue)
That's The Way Of The World (reissue) (gatefold 180 gram audiophile vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: MOVLP 2664. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Shining Star
  2. That's The Way Of The World
  3. Happy Feelin'
  4. All About Love
  5. Yearnin' Learnin'
  6. Reasons
  7. Africano
  8. See The Light
 in stock $26.81
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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 in stock $14.13
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 $10.36
Losing My Way
Losing My Way (12" + insert)
FKJ
Cat: FKJ 006V. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Losing My Way (Recorded At Red Bull Studios Berlin) (4:22)
  2. Losing My Way (live At O2 Academy Brixton, London) (7:08)
 in stock $17.00
Gold Connection
Gold Connection (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: DSRLP 521. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. Darling I Like It (4:27)
  2. Latin Hustle Reggae (3:25)
  3. I Love Music Reggae (4:05)
  4. Do It Anyway Reggae (4:52)
  5. Gold Connection (3:47)
  6. That's The Way I Like It (3:04)
  7. Fly Robin Reggae (4:06)
  8. Soul Charm (2:50)
  9. Love's Theme (3:33)
Review: Way back in 1976, arranger Troy Anthony and producer Andre Omar joined forces with vocalist/producer Tricia Ann to form The Gold Connection, an all-star studio band featuring some of Jamaica's finest musicians and vocalists (think Harold Butler and Marcia Griffiths, for starters). At the time, the collective recorded just one album, the self-titled Gold Connection, which has finally been given the reissue treatment. It's a brilliant set all told, with the crew delivering a couple of memorable original cuts alongside a swathe of superb, dub-wise reggae-soul covers of such disco standards as 'Love's Theme', 'Do It Anyway','Latin Hustle' and 'I Love Music'. A skanking disco delight!
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 in stock $24.20
G'on Use It
Cat: CLMN 195. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. G'on Use It (part 1) (4:31)
  2. G'on Use It (part 2) (1:51)
 in stock $6.34
September
  1. September (3:02)
  2. I Love Without A Love (2:15)
Review: Jo Ann Hamilton hailed from Georgia and was brought up on a diet of soul, Motown and r&b. At the tender age of seven she joined the Gospel Choir from the Melton Chappel church and then got into the disco scene. Five decades later she has linked with Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this fantastic new 7" that is imbued with classic funk, soul and swing. Opener 'September' is a massive Northern Soul gem that would have slayed back then and still does now. On the flip is the more obscure 'I love Without A Love' which is funky, tropical and infectious.
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 in stock $10.67
Drums Were Beating: Fort Apache Studios 1996
Cat: LPMH 8228. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. Intro (0:36)
  2. French Fries With Pepper (5:57)
  3. Bo's Veranda (Trovolta's Walk) (8:01)
  4. Women R Dogs (3:52)
  5. Like A Damn Fool (7:42)
  6. Born Again (4:44)
  7. Drums Were Beating (6:35)
! low stock $26.51
Drums Were Beating: Fort Apache Studios 1996
  1. Intro
  2. French Fries With Pepper
  3. Bo's Veranda (Travolta's Walk)
  4. Women R Dogs
  5. Like A Damn Fool
  6. Born Again
  7. Drums Were Beating
  8. Livin' With You (bonus track)
  9. Insomniac (bonus track)
 in stock $14.42
Someone Stole My Shoes: Beyond The Q Division Sessions
  1. Rub It In
  2. Early Man
  3. They Bent Me
  4. Insomniac
  5. Livin' With You
  6. Someone Stole My Shoes
  7. Where's The Girl?
  8. Rub It In (Fort Apache version - bonus track)
  9. Early Man (Fort Apache version - bonus track)
 in stock $12.40
A Family Affair
A Family Affair (limited CD)
Cat: TSRZCD 05. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. A Family Affair (feat Mofak)
  2. Show Me The Way (feat XL Middleton)
  3. Get Down (feat Bougito)
  4. I'm Not Sayin' Nothin' (feat Moniquea)
  5. Essential Funk (feat Temu)
  6. We Come To Jam (feat Funkmaster Ozone)
  7. How You Make Me Feel (feat Gil Masuda)
  8. About You (feat Maya Killtron)
  9. I Got Funk
  10. Keep Movin' (feat XL Middleton)
  11. Wild
  12. A Family Affair
  13. Show Me The Way
  14. Get Down
  15. I'm Not Sayin' Nothin'
  16. Essential Funk
  17. We Come To Jam
  18. How You Make Me Feel
  19. About You
  20. I Got Funk
  21. Keep Movin'
  22. Wild
 in stock $10.67
A Family Affair
A Family Affair (limited LP)
Cat: TSRZV 18. Rel: 08 Apr 21
  1. A Family Affair (feat Mofak) (4:12)
  2. Show Me The Way (feat XL Middleton) (3:23)
  3. Get Down (feat Bougito) (3:15)
  4. I'm Not Sayin' Nothin' (feat Moniquea) (3:33)
  5. Essential Funk (feat Temu) (4:15)
  6. We Come To Jam (feat Funkmaster Ozone) (3:19)
  7. How You Make Me Feel (feat Gil Masuda) (3:03)
  8. About You (feat Maya Killtron) (3:27)
  9. I Got Funk (3:09)
  10. Keep Movin' (feat XL Middleton) (3:41)
  11. Wild (3:30)
 in stock $15.27
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 $12.67
Live In Rio
Live In Rio (blue vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BCR 012. Rel: 07 Apr 21
  1. Jorge Leigh (3:35)
  2. Come Get It (3:17)
  3. Give It Back (3:47)
  4. Break Me (4:03)
  5. Balls (3:18)
  6. Flowers & Hookers (4:12)
  7. Release My Chains (4:31)
  8. Second Line (4:26)
  9. Jiggle Tiggle (9:49)
  10. The One (5:18)
 in stock $20.46
Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol 1
Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol 1 (LP + postcard + MP3 download code)
Cat: DOC 173LP. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. I Can't Do Without You (3:18)
  2. Make A Change (3:26)
  3. Can't Keep My Cool (6:35)
  4. Groovy Babe (2:59)
  5. Should I Take You Home (2:32)
  6. Dedicated To You (3:15)
  7. Now I'm Gone (6:24)
  8. Is It Any Wonder? (4:11)
  9. Smile (3:50)
  10. Giving Up (7:38)
 in stock $21.33
I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (reissue)
  1. I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (2:29)
  2. My Heart (Needs A Break) (2:47)
Review: British reissue champions Soul Brother return to democratise a certified northern soul classic. Released 1969 (just three years before Linda died, aged 27), both sides hit hard with raw soul power. "I Just Can't Live My Life" stomps with Stax gutsiness while "My Heart" eases back off the tempo and gives the backing singers and soaring strings a chance to shine with Linda. Original pressings of this have previously passed for over 500 pounds Grab a double-sided slice of history.
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 in stock $7.21
KB's Mixtape No 3
  1. Brother's Gonna Work It Out (3:53)
  2. Introduction & The Magic Rope (3:47)
  3. Bumpy's Lament (2:36)
  4. Diamonds Are Forever (3:26)
  5. Ae Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchh Yahan (4:09)
  6. Blind Man Can See It (2:04)
  7. Flight (4:12)
  8. T Plays It Cool (3:18)
  9. Gonna Fly Now (3:30)
  10. The Shining (main Title) (3:56)
  11. Uka (3:40)
  12. 9 To 5 (2:40)
Review: While their regular albums are rather good, we've always had a soft spot for Karate Boogaloo's KB Mixtape series, where the Melbourne-based "cinematic funk" outfit delivers new interpretations of tracks that have been sampled on both cult and well-known hip-hop records. Volume three begins with a cheeky, organ-heavy take on 'Brothers Gonna Work It Out', but elsewhere they deliver loose, funk-fuelled covers of tracks originally composed for films and TV shows. The results are almost impeccable, with highlights including a dubby, laidback take on the theme song from 'Diamonds Are Forever', a heavy and fittingly creepy version of the main title theme from 'The Shining', and a surprisingly jazzy interpretation of Dolly Parton sing-along '9 to 5'.
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Kaymany & Asestar
Kaymany & Asestar (limited 12")
Cat: DSND 007. Rel: 07 Apr 21
  1. Effimera (3:47)
  2. Digressione (4:24)
  3. Capao (3:51)
Review: Kaymany & Asestar hail from Rome, a city where many musicians spend most of their days producing sounds for the television industry and even shopping malls. That's part of the reason the country has such a reparation for great jazz-funk sounds and now adding to that cannon are Kaymany & Asestar. 'Effimera' is glossy and feel good disco with retro future chords, while 'Digressione' has a Bob James style energy to it with its high speed funky bass and incidental chords. 'Capao' closes in Latin fashion with manic keys and more plucked and funky bass slaps making you shake every limb.
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 in stock $15.27
Cajun Jollof
Cat: LEGO 193VL. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. Cajun Jollof (Grant Phabao Ska remix) (3:45)
  2. Cajun Jollof (TwoDee Seasoning dub) (4:31)
Review: Fans of the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club on BBC Radio will have heard the DJ hammering this one of late. Now it finally makes its way to a limited edition 7" featuring Grant Phabao's (aka Paris DJs) sizzling ska rework, as well as TwoDee's dub-reggae remix treatment on the flip. The ever excellent Grant Phabao decides to spend up the tempo on his version, bringing things to a nice boil with ska overtones. The reverse goes slower. It revels in a swaggering dub rhythm and has you marvel at the heat damaged chords that shimmer up from the centre. Lovely vibes.
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 in stock $7.50
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 $21.62
Satan In Love
Cat: GR 1277. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Satan In Love (3:31)
  2. Far L'amore Io Da Sola (3:43)
Review: Marina Bellini is credited with just the one release all the way back in 1978. But boy what an EP it is. It's reissued here, firstly with 'Satan In Love', which drips with sensuousness thanks to her airy vocal and the squelchy bass. The loose drum rotations also leave lots fo space for you to fall into and as she soundtracks moments of personal pleasure you can't help but be taken along for the ride. On the reverse is the less intimate and more expansive disco-funk groover 'Far L'amore Io Da Sola'. It's handy, but not as much so as that irresistible a-side.
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 in stock $14.71
Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (reissue)
Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (reissue) (limited green vinyl 7")
Cat: MRB 7181G. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (2:53)
  2. Retrato Da Vida (3:32)
 in stock $14.13
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 $25.08
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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! low stock $10.09
I'm A Good Woman
I'm A Good Woman (7" repress)
Cat: SB 7037. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. I'm A Good Woman (2:24)
  2. I Don't Want A Playboy (2:07)
Review: Longstanding reissue kings Soul Brother flex back to this powerful double A last issued by Cultures Of Soul in 2010. Two of Barbara Lynn's fieriest soul sessions, both released on Tribe in '66/'67 respectively, there's a strong northern stomp to proceedings on both sides. "I'm A Good Woman" is characterised by the driving kicks, tight horns and Lynn's urgent vocals while "I Don't Want A Playboy" comes with more of a traditional soul swing. Sleep on this and, in the words of Babs herself, you'll lose a good thing.
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 in stock $12.40
Kenny Mann With Liquid Pleasure (Deluxe Edition) (reissue)
Kenny Mann With Liquid Pleasure (Deluxe Edition) (reissue) (limited hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: MAD 040. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. When It's Over (4:09)
  2. Wait & See (3:54)
  3. If I Had My Way (5:20)
  4. Mister Everything (5:22)
  5. Say What (4:11)
  6. Show Me (4:36)
  7. Just For Starters (4:04)
  8. Fun (6:09)
Review: Recorded and released in 1980 in a small local press in North Carolina, it became a Modern Soul Holy Grail.
The original press is always sold over 1000 USD. Recorded and edited in 1980 in a small local press in North Carolina, it became a cult and a holy grail LP over the decades.
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 in stock $32.00
In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) *45 Adapter Edition
In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) *45 Adapter Edition (hand-numbered 7'' in Juno exclusive Mukatsuku card sleeve + 45 adapter)
Cat: MUKAT 074 ADAPTER. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. In One Piece (2:00)
  2. In One Piece (unreleased instrumental) (2:00)
Review: This year, a number of labels - most notably Dynamite Cuts - have been digging in to the seemingly bottomless archives of much-sampled American-Trinidadian artist and producer George Semper, a man many consider to be "the Godfather of Bay Area soul". Here Mukatsuku gets in on the act by offering up a fresh pressing of Semper-produced funk band In One Piece's rare, self-titled debut the first time ever on a 45. The vocal version on side A is superb, and features Cindy Jones singing attractively over a bustling, loose-limbed, B-Boy friendly rhythm track and sweaty Hammond B3 solos from jazz organist Rodney Franklin. The latter's mazy, jazzy keys-work naturally comes to the fore on the flipside instrumental, which has never before been heard let alone released until now. A genuine must-have for funk fans and B-Boys searching for drum breaks alike....As played by Pete Rock...DJ Koco from Japan...DJ Spinna....DJ Muro...Mr Thing....Rob Life....Rob Manga....The Allergies....Smoove..Bobbito....Rich Medina... Evil Ed...etc
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 in stock $8.07
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 $28.25
Jungle Obsession (50th Anniversary Edition) (remastered)
  1. Jungle Obsession (3:40)
  2. Murmuring Leaves (2:52)
  3. Mowgli (2:37)
  4. Bagheera (2:18)
  5. Creeping Danger (2:39)
  6. Malaysia (2:07)
  7. Safari Park (bonus track) (2:19)
  8. Jungle Spell (2:51)
  9. The White Snake (2:03)
  10. Shere Khan (1:58)
  11. Tropical Call (2:34)
  12. Bali Girl (2:37)
  13. Jungle Mistery (3:01)
  14. Tropical (bonus track) (2:42)
Review: Even by the standards of the library music scene, where eccentricity seemed to be encouraged, Nino Nardini and Roger Roger's Jungle Obsession is brilliantly bonkers. Apparently designed as a musical version of The Jungle Book, the 1971 set saw the experienced multi-instrumentalists offer up a colourful, quirky and highly entertaining collection of cuts that variously drew on exotica, lounge music, early synthesizer soundscapes, Afro-funk, psych-funk, and the tongue-in-cheek oddness of Jean-Jacques Perrey. As this remastered, 50th anniversary reissue proves, the album remains hugely alluring and entertaining, delivering a string of off-kilter musical highlights that can't fail to put smiles on faces.
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Played by: Galletas Calientes
 in stock $30.55
Shardarp
Shardarp (7")
Cat: ASHP 52220. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Shardarp (3:42)
  2. Wish I Had A Girl (3:46)
 in stock $26.23
It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To)
Cat: TPR 002. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) (2:58)
  2. It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) (instrumental) (2:55)
 in stock $7.21
Prelude (Is It Clear?)
Cat: OTS 198. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Prelude (Is It Clear?) (5:42)
  2. Prelude (Is It Clear?) (Conomark & Hong Kong edit (peak)) (3:50)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.33
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 $20.17
Fire
Fire (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: IFB 1. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Gino Parks - "Fire" (2:47)
  2. Al Garris - "That's All" (2:23)
 in stock $13.54
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