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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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 in stock $31.00
Interlude (reissue)
Cat: EXLPM 67. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. Interlude (5:24)
  2. Seventh Avenue (6:18)
  3. I'm The One That Loves You (6:45)
  4. Sho You Right (9:45)
  5. Sir John (5:18)
  6. Aquarian Mood (3:45)
 in stock $16.30
Tune Up Ska
Tune Up Ska (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 796. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. Tune Up Ska (3:17)
  2. Time Is Ska Tight (alternate take) (3:54)
 in stock $11.42
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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I Believe In Miracles
I Believe In Miracles (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: LMNKV 67. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. I Believe In Miracles (3:30)
  2. No Nos Pararan (3:45)
  3. Ain't No Stopping Us Now (3:03)
Review: Second time around for Banda Achilifunk and Original Jazz Orquestra's sought-after 2011 cover of disco classic "I Believe in Miracles", original copies of which now change hands for serious sums online. The expansive Spanish crew's baggy, sun-kissed and rumba-soaked Latin disco cover of the Jackson Sisters' classic is perfectly pitched, adding layers of crunchy Clavinets and punchy horns to a sumptuously summery groove. Over on the flip we get two different takes on McFadden & Whitehead classic "Ain't No Stopping Us Now": a decidedly Balearic Spanish language cover ("No Nos Pararas"), and an instrumental cover full to bursting with superb grooves and even more scintillating horn solos.
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! low stock $9.24
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 $21.21
Make It Alright
Cat: BBR 23. Rel: 20 Jul 20
  1. Make It Alright (4:14)
  2. Reach Out (3:28)
Review: After a 14-year absence, early '90s jazz-funk and street soul label Boogie Back Records returned to action last year which a superb slab of revivalist boogie from Cheri Maree. Here the London-based imprint continues in a similar vein via a fresh two-track "45" from in-house crew BB Soul and honey-voiced vocalist Laura Jackson. A-side "Make It Out" is superb: a wholehearted musical tribute to the smooth, synth-heavy sounds of 1980s soul rich in D-Train style synth bass, wild synth squiggles, warm Rhodes chords and authentic electric guitar flourishes - all topped off with a sublime Jackson vocal. Flipside "Reach Out" is a smoother, arguably even more soulful number that sits somewhere between early '80s electrofunk, mid-80s synth-soul and simmering British street soul. It, too, is impeccably performed and produced.
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 in stock $11.69
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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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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 in stock $13.87
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 $9.24
Som Quente E O Das Neves (reissue)
  1. Se Voce Pensa (2:30)
  2. Sambaloo (1:46)
  3. Irene (2:19)
  4. California Soul (2:48)
  5. Wilsamba (2:36)
  6. Jornada (2:37)
  7. Zazueira (4:03)
  8. Tio Macro (1:47)
  9. The Love Is (2:39)
  10. Fly Me To The Moon (2:10)
  11. Bolido 74 (2:47)
  12. Soulful Strut (2:48)
 in stock $10.87
45s Collection
45s Collection (double 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7070/7071. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. C'mon Children (3:09)
  2. Bad Tune (4:41)
  3. Help Somebody (4:05)
  4. Moment Of Truth (3:11)
Review: Dynamite Cuts' latest extra-special double "45" mines ones of the earliest albums from soul and funk legends Earth, Wind & Fire, a 1971 set that was notably more psychedelic in sound than many of their more celebrated later releases. Opener "C'mon Children" is fiery, weighty and driving in the style of San Francisco funk-rock heavyweights "Tower of Power", while "Bad Tune" more than lives up to its title in a "bad meaning good" way (it also includes some crazy solos, which is no bad thing). Over on disc two, "Help Somebody" is an insanely up-tempo, horn-heavy Boogaloo style romp, while "Momet of Truth" is a low-down funk number straight out of the top drawer.
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 in stock $17.95
Loving Explosion
Cat: OTS 223. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Loving Explosion (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (3:29)
  2. Loving Explosion (3:00)
 in stock $21.74
Freak A Holic
Cat: NF 18. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. Freak A Holic (Esco Funk Re-freak) (5:13)
  2. Never Gonna Give You Up (Nasty version) (4:36)
 in stock $15.77
Fly
Fly (7")
Cat: OTS 221. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Fly (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:12)
  2. Fly (3:39)
 in stock $21.74
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)
 in stock $21.74
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno exclusive)
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno exclusive) (yellow vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 032YELLOW. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Brand New Girl (3:39)
  2. I Got Some (part 1) (2:51)
Review: 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 $9.78
Superbad! The Best Of Tyree Glenn Jr
Superbad! The Best Of Tyree Glenn Jr (LP + 7" + postcard + MP3 download code limited to 300 copies)
Cat: TRLP 9091BONUS7. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Kool & The Gang (4:54)
  2. Ain't Gonna Bump No More (5:19)
  3. The Cisco Kid (6:23)
  4. Vehicle (3:16)
  5. Marler Eintopf (Deutsch) (3:31)
  6. Superbad (3:49)
  7. Ma(R)l Sehen (3:16)
  8. SOS (3:28)
  9. Jealous Love (2:53)
  10. Beautiful Woman (3:01)
  11. Hold My Hand (2:24)
  12. Yesterday (2:21)
Review: Over the last couple of years, TRAMP Records has done much to raise awareness of the work of Tyree Glenn Jr, an American rhythm & blues, soul, funk and jazz musician/band leader who has resided in Germany for well over 35 years. Here they continue to pay tribute to him via a first ever retrospective compilation. It begins with a quartet of killer live recordings from his 1978 set with Brain Damage (including fiery covers of tracks by Kool & The Gang and War), then offers up such gems as "Marler Eintopf (Deutsch)", "S.O.S" - previously reissued by TRAMP on a "45" - and his heavyweight James Brown cover that gives the compilation its title, "Superbad". This edition also contains a bonus seven-inch reissue of Glenn's 1964 debut single with the Emotions.
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 in stock $19.30
Dance With Willie Henderson 'The Master' (reissue)
  1. Break Your Back (3:01)
  2. Soulful Football (3:48)
  3. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You (3:41)
  4. Can I Change My Mind (2:50)
  5. Funky Chicken (part 1) (2:12)
  6. Windjammer (2:50)
  7. Loose Booty (2:57)
  8. Sugar Sugar (2:39)
  9. Off Into A Black Thing (3:14)
  10. Is It Something You've Got (2:47)
  11. Funky Chicken (part 2) (2:00)
  12. Harlem (2:56)
 in stock $19.30
Outlaws
Outlaws (blue marbled vinyl LP)
Cat: LUDI 01VL. Rel: 20 Jul 20
  1. Undecided (5:01)
  2. Guatemala Connection (4:32)
  3. Going Home (4:16)
  4. What A Night (4:08)
  5. I Had A Dream (2:55)
  6. Down River (4:53)
  7. Modaji (4:18)
  8. What Do You Think Of This World Now? (feat Christophe Chassol) (5:58)
 in stock $18.22
Outlaws
Outlaws (CD)
Cat: LUDI 01CD. Rel: 20 Jul 20
  1. Undecided
  2. Guatemala Connection
  3. Going Home
  4. What A Night
  5. I Had A Dream
  6. Down River
  7. Modaji
  8. No More
  9. Trying To Get The Feeling Again
  10. What Do You Think Of This World Now? (feat Christophe Chassol)
 in stock $12.78
Let It Go
Let It Go (7")
Cat: DYNAM 7072. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. Let It Go (part 1) (2:56)
  2. Let It Go (part 2) (2:03)
Review: Funk, soul and jazz-funk reissue specialists Dynamite Cuts are particularly good at offering up seven-inch singles featuring album tracks that have never previously appeared on "45". They're at it again here, delivering a killer seven-inch featuring the much-sampled two-part track that bookends K.C & The Sunshine Band's self-titled, 1975 sophomore LP. "Let It Go (Part 1)" is a low-down Miami funk treat featuring a hot-to-trot-mix of bustling drums, heavy percussion breaks, rousing vocals, fiery (and familiar) horn riffs and impassioned lead vocals. The slightly shorter "part two" mix is an even heavier, vocal-free take that deftly showcases the quality of the band's hip-shaking, rabble-rousing instrumentation.
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 in stock $12.24
Homecoming
BMG
Cat: 405053 8605501. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. This Is My Night
  2. You Love What You Feel
  3. At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)
  4. Tell Me Something Good
  5. Everlasting Love
  6. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
  7. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
  8. Sweet Thing
  9. Through The Fire
  10. I Know You, I Live You
  11. I Feel For You
  12. I'm Every Woman
  13. Ain't Nobody
 in stock $5.98
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
I'm Here Now
I'm Here Now (gatefold LP limited to 300 copies)
LOA
Cat: LOA 29V. Rel: 20 Jul 20
  1. Not A Problem (feat Watsky & Alyssa Marie) (3:35)
  2. You Can Do It Better (feat Camila Recchio & Wax) (2:38)
  3. Bad Ass Self (feat Kennzo) (3:03)
  4. Got My Number (feat Jordan Stephens) (3:11)
  5. Wait For Me (feat Mica Millar) (3:16)
  6. Game Day (3:46)
  7. Triumph (feat Ric Flo & Elliott Cole) (3:05)
  8. Magical Man (feat Kennzo) (2:11)
  9. Still Surviving (feat Herbal T & Elliott Cole) (3:44)
  10. Speakers Erupt (feat Alyssa Marie & Milez Grimez) (3:14)
 in stock $20.66
The Other Fantasy (reissue)
The Other Fantasy (reissue) (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: EAS 020. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Love On The Line (6:22)
  2. Arcadian Dream (5:46)
  3. New Life (5:50)
  4. A Palm In The Closet (5:04)
  5. Trouble In Paradise (3:09)
Review: Applied Arts party promoter and Cashmere Radio co-founder Ed Longo has spent much of the last 12 months criss-crossing Europe for recording sessions with a wide array of jazz-leaning musicians. The result is "The Other Fantasy", a debut mini-album that's said to be, "conceptualized around the quest for otherness in the schizophrenia of the digital age". Regardless of the concept, the resultant music is rarely less than magical, with Longo and his collaborators effortlessly joining the dots between jazz-funk, fusion, boogie and '80s soul. Highlights are plentiful, from the Dayton style early '80s jazz-funk perfection of "Love On The Line" and drowsy new age ambient/jazz fusion of "Arcadian Dream", to the synthesizer-powered '80s smoothness of "A Palm In The Closet" and horizontal bliss of "Trouble In Paradise".
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 in stock $18.77
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
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 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 $9.78
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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 in stock $8.98
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) (1 per customer)
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: The tireless team at Mukatsuku are back with another of their carefully curated volumes of Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics. This is another monster offering that this time focusses on two legends of the scene. ''What Is Life'' from Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu's 1980 album ''Conflict Nkru!" has next level brass and flute playing and afro rhythms driving you onwards. It has earworms a plenty and stays long in the memory. The fipside is a first ever appearance for ''Gyae Su'' from Pat Thomas - who was also on Volume 1. His version is jangly, full of licks and feel good afro grooves.
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 in stock $7.61
The Notorious JB's: The BIG Payback
The Notorious JB's: The BIG Payback (LP repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: NOTORIOUS JBS. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. Intro Theme (0:42)
  2. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:56)
  3. Sex Machine Gun Funk (4:04)
  4. Ten Crack Commandments (feat Fela Kuti) (3:28)
  5. Don't Do Drugs PSA (interlude) (0:43)
  6. The BIG Payback (5:47)
  7. Kick In The Door (4:03)
  8. Say It Loud (I'm Black & Proud) (3:15)
  9. Everyday Struggle (3:29)
  10. Stay In School PSA (outro) (0:19)
  11. Think BIG (bonus track) (2:29)
Review: Amerigo's The Big Payback series finds him bring together some fantasy all stars for his "J.B. and The Soul Mates" tribute concept. Here, James Brown's music is reworked, edited and chopped together with the work of hip hop giant Notorious BIG. It results in speaker blasting, floor filling, ass wiggling jams that mash up all the most iconic verses and choruses from each singer with their most recognisable guitar riffs, drum breaks and samples. It's a colourful collage that is as fun as it is funky.
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 in stock $22.03
Cracker Beats 2000
Cracker Beats 2000 (limited LP)
Cat: UB 90771-1. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Can U Dig It (2:45)
  2. Crack Drums 1 (1:43)
  3. Los Crackers (2:17)
  4. Hobo Crack (2:11)
  5. Sexy Cracker (2:18)
  6. To Dope To Name (2:12)
  7. Ain't No Sunshine In My Cracker (2:10)
  8. I Feel Hoeish (2:04)
  9. Crackers In My Bed (2:05)
  10. Buckwild Style (2:13)
 in stock $15.22
Zodyaco (reissue)
Zodyaco (reissue) (12" + insert repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: EAS 019. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Astri & Riflessi (3:49)
  2. Zodyaco (5:02)
  3. Libra Position (5:34)
  4. Genti Del Mediterraneo (6:16)
  5. Libra Position (reprise) (3:49)
Review: Two years ago, Early Sounds Recordings co-founder Pellegrino S. Snichelotto dished up a debut mini-album that brilliantly joined the dots between Daniele Baldelli style Afro-cosmic grooves and jazz-funk. This is his first outing since and explores similarly sunny and meandering sonic territory, beginning with the languid guitar solos, jaunty electric piano riffs and Tullio de Piscopo style percussion of "Astri & Riflessi". Smoother and deeper dancefloor jazz-funk flavours are provided by "Zodyaco", "Libra Position" is a dub-driven affair rich in spacey synth solos and heavy bass, and "Genti Del Mediterraneo" is a riotous dancefloor workout rich in crunchy Clavinets, elastic slap bass and wild electric piano solos. It is, then, every bit as essential as its fine predecessor.
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 in stock $19.56
Periplo (reissue)
Periplo (reissue) (12" repress)
Cat: EAS 011. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. At The Mercy Of Inertia (3:50)
  2. In Deriva (5:17)
  3. Sinergie (4:45)
  4. Ad Libitum (5:23)
  5. Southwind (4:57)
  6. Notturno Distopico (2:11)
Review: Periplo marks the solo debut of Early Sounds Recordings co-founder Pellegrino S. Snichelotto, following occasional contributions to other material from the label's extended family of artists. Interestingly, the six-track set shares some stylistic similarities with friends' Nu Guinea's Tony Allen Experiments mini-album, chiefly the producer's delay and reverb-laden fusion of live instruments and vintage analogue hardware. Stylistically, most of the tracks sit somewhere between jazz-funk, cosmic funk, and the kind of melodious Afro-Cosmic fare that was once a staple of Northern Italy's eccentric club scene. There's plenty of hazy musical humidity to enoy, too, with the impeccable "Ad Libitum" standing out.
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 in stock $17.14
How Superstitious
R/M M vs S W
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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 in stock $10.87
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
Let's Talk (reissue)
Cat: NA 5204CD. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. Let’s Talk (vocal)
  2. Let’s Talk (instrumental)
  3. My Special One
  4. Taking The Long Way Home
  5. I’m In Love With You
  6. My World
  7. I Don’t Bite
  8. Wiser & Deeper
  9. Save Me
  10. I Wonder Why
  11. Let’s Talk (mix One)
  12. Let’s Talk (mix Two)
  13. My Special One (mix One)
  14. My Special One (mix Two)
  15. My Special One (mix Three)
  16. Wiser & Deeper (mix One)
  17. Wiser & Deeper (mix Two)
  18. Wiser & Deeper (mix Three)
  19. I Don’t Bite (alternate Master Tape mix)
 in stock $12.24
Time Is Rocksteady Tight
Time Is Rocksteady Tight (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 797. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Time Is Rocksteady Tight (feat PK Brown - take 2) (3:41)
  2. Rocksteady Lockdown (2:35)
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Sittin' On It
Cat: AOTNLP 034D. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Sha-Na-Na (5:16)
  2. All My Love For You (4:47)
  3. I Need Your Love (5:20)
  4. Waiting For A Sign (4:39)
  5. Sitttin' On It (6:51)
  6. Strung Out On Your Love (7:00)
  7. I Need You Baby (4:16)
  8. Answer (3:12)
Review: Floridian modern soul band Rivage recorded just one single and a sole album during their early '80s heyday, and both are apparently amongst Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer's favourite records of all time. It makes sense then that he has decided to reissue their album, "Sittin' On It" - an ultra-rare affair from 1981 that is here presented for the first time with an alternative photo cover (apparently the band hated the original cover). There's plenty to get the juices flowing across the eight tracks, with our highlights including "Sha Na Na", a punchy call for "soul for the people" blessed with brilliant horn arrangements, the Clavinet-sporting disco-funk cheeriness of "I Need Your Love", the deliciously celebratory title track and sweet, flute-laden closer "Strung Out On Your Love".
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Supertonic: Mixes
Supertonic: Mixes (clear vinyl LP)
UMC
Cat: 873116. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. I'm Coming Out/Upside Down (3:05)
  2. Love Hangover (3:46)
  3. The Boss (3:38)
  4. Surrender (3:06)
  5. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (4:03)
  6. No One Gets The Prize (5:18)
  7. It's My House (4:38)
  8. Touch Me In The Morning (4:17)
  9. Remember Me (3:40)
Review: Here's something we didn't expect but, in hindsight, makes perfect sonic sense: a fresh set of remixes of Diana Ross disco-era classics that update the Motown legend's many mirrorball anthems for the 21st century. Although Ross produced it, the man at the controls of the mixing is NYC scene stalwart (and Frankie Knuckles' regular collaborator) Eric Kupper. He does a great job in beefing up the medley of "I'm Coming Out/Upside Down" whilst retaining elements of the Chic-produced original, before giving "Love Hangover", "The Boss" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" classic house-meets-orchestral disco makeovers. Our pick of a well remade bunch is undoubtedly "It's My House", which Ross and Kupper re-invent as a soaring, string-laden chunk of loved-up mid-tempo nu-disco.
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Supertonic: Mixes
UMC
Cat: 873122. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. I'm Coming Out/Upside Down
  2. Love Hangover
  3. The Boss
  4. Surrender
  5. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  6. No One Gets The Prize
  7. It's My House
  8. Touch Me In The Morning
  9. Remember Me
Review: Here's something we didn't expect but, in hindsight, makes perfect sonic sense: a fresh set of remixes of Diana Ross disco-era classics that update the Motown legend's many mirrorball anthems for the 21st century. Although Ross produced it, the man at the controls of the mixing is NYC scene stalwart (and Frankie Knuckles' regular collaborator) Eric Kupper. He does a great job in beefing up the medley of "I'm Coming Out/Upside Down" whilst retaining elements of the Chic-produced original, before giving "Love Hangover", "The Boss" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" classic house-meets-orchestral disco makeovers. Our pick of a well remade bunch is undoubtedly "It's My House", which Ross and Kupper re-invent as a soaring, string-laden chunk of loved-up mid-tempo nu-disco.
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Essential Diana Ross & The Supremes
  1. Baby Love
  2. Where Did Our Love Go?
  3. You Can't Hurry Love
  4. Come See About Me
  5. Back In My Arms Again
  6. Nothing But Heartaches
  7. Your Heart Belongs To Me
  8. Let Me Go The Right Way
  9. A Breathtaking Guy
  10. Buttered Popcorn
  11. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
  12. You Can't Do That
  13. Baby Doll
  14. Chain Gang
  15. Beach Ball
  16. The Boy From Ipanema
  17. Unchained Melody
  18. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
  19. Baby, I Need Your Loving
  20. Heatwave
  21. You Keep Me Hangin' On
  22. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
  23. Reflections
  24. The Happening
  25. I'm Livin' In Shame
  26. Love Child
  27. Someday, We'll Be Together
  28. Stormy
  29. Forever Came Today
  30. Heaven Must Have Sent You
  31. Don't Let It Rain On My Parade
  32. Going Down For The Third Time
  33. Does Your Mama Know About Me
  34. Honey Bee (Keep On Stinging Me)
  35. Everyday People
  36. No Matter What Sign You Are
  37. This Old Heart Of Mine
  38. Ode To Billie Joe
  39. The Young Folks
  40. Stoned Love
  41. Nathan Jones
  42. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
  43. Up The Ladder To The Roof
  44. Floy Joy
  45. Bad Weather
  46. Over & Over
  47. Johnny Raven
  48. I Got Hurt (Trying To Be The Only Girl In Your Life)
  49. I Keep It Hid
  50. 5:30 Plane
  51. The Shoop Shoop Song
  52. Where Do I Go From Here
  53. Early Morning Love
  54. He's My Man
  55. I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking
  56. High Energy
  57. You're My Driving Wheel
  58. Let Yourself Go
  59. Love, I Never Knew You Would Feel So Good
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Apache (reissue)
Apache (reissue) (7" repress)
Cat: UR 73807. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Apache (4:56)
  2. Bongo Rock (2:38)
Review: Back in 2011, Shawn Lee recorded an album in tribute to the legendary Incredible Bongo Band - whose extra-percussive cuts and cover versions played a key role in the early development of hip-hop - under the name the Incredible Tabla Band. Here, two of the more sought-after cuts from the hard-to-find set appear on seven-inch for the first time. Lee's take on "Apache", in which Indian instrumentation, Hammond organ licks and a touch of psych-rock fuzziness are thrown into the mix with incendiary results - is a guaranteed dancefloor hit. That said, his "Tabla Rock" take on "Bongo Rock" is arguably even better, and certainly a little more revolutionary in terms of the sounds you hear. It's naturally rooted in bongo and tabla-powered funk, but attractively veers off script at key moments.
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Livyatan
Livyatan (12")
Cat: SG 070. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Livyatan (6:50)
  2. Grapple (6:40)
  3. African Rhythms (feat Ten) (6:03)
  4. Grapple (Yoich takeuch - Night Howl remix) (6:08)
 in stock $29.64
Giant Shirley
Giant Shirley (180 gram vinyl 2xLP with obi-strip)
Cat: TWM 53RSD. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Ain't No Reason (0:18)
  2. Green & Yellow Daughter (4:26)
  3. Cry & Show Me (6:27)
  4. Hussein (I'm Lucky) (5:36)
  5. Forget Her (6:31)
  6. Get So Mad (5:06)
  7. Keep On Trying (5:28)
  8. Feelin' Good (6:29)
  9. Forever (My Darling Don't Cry) (5:29)
  10. All Over The World (Ain't That Lovin'?) (3:38)
  11. Angry Fire (Intestical Swing) (4:33)
  12. Feeling Like Ahh Lover Should (4:16)
  13. Lovin' Toll Man Suite (5:53)
  14. It Was (Wars Of Armageddon) (7:26)
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Tarika Blue (reissue)
Tarika Blue (reissue) (180 gram vinyl repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: AAR-444. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Love It (3:55)
  2. Truth Is The Key (6:46)
  3. Dreamflower (4:12)
  4. Things Spring (6:21)
  5. You'll Be With Me (7:01)
  6. My Love Is So Free (5:19)
  7. Charlie (4:41)
  8. Jimi (4:25)
 in stock $42.40
Hypocrisy (remastered ) (reissue)
Hypocrisy (remastered ) (reissue) (purple vinyl LP limited to 100 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: REG 001PURPLE. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. My Woman Is Calling (3:45)
  2. Hypocrisy (3:04)
  3. What Is The Meaning (3:52)
  4. She Loves Me (3:59)
  5. You Dont Know Me (3:52)
  6. The Lover (2:48)
  7. Are You For Real (2:57)
  8. Man Oh Man (3:27)
  9. Love (3:03)
  10. Getting Old (4:45)
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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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Getting Nasty
Cat: OTS 218. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Getting Nasty (3:09)
  2. Getting Nasty (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) (4:23)
Review: A Black Man's Soul is an instrumental album by Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm from 1969. Turner wrote the songs with a host of other musicians and it showed off a side to him that hadn't been heard before. It was packed with traditional and simple funk that was as raw and lo-fi as you like, and one of the bigger tracks from it was "Getting Nasty" which has been synced to a number of films and adverts over the years. It's an authentic cut that bristles with gauzy textures and realness. On the flip, "Getting Nasty" (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) is more playful and funky.
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Thinking Black
Cat: OTS 217. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Thinking Black (2:42)
  2. Thinking Black (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) (4:30)
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Explosive Rock Steady: Greatest Hits
VARIOUS
Cat: JGM 152. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. Pioneers - "I'm Moving On" (2:20)
  2. Pioneers - "Miss Tourist" (2:27)
  3. Hugh Malcolm - "Come Brothers" (2:33)
  4. Mellotones - "Feel Good" (2:44)
  5. Ansel Collins - "Secret Weapon" (2:47)
  6. Stranger Cole - "What Moma No Wants She Get" (2:53)
  7. Pioneers - "Catch The Beat" (2:40)
  8. Hugh Malcolm - "Good Time Rock" (2:58)
  9. Crashers - "Hurry Come Up" (2:53)
  10. Versatiles - "Just Can't Win" (2:48)
  11. Stranger Cole & Gladstone Anderson - "Seeing Is Knowing" (2:20)
  12. Creations - "Holding Out" (2:34)
 in stock $19.03
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