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If We Don't
Cat: CHARLY 633S. Rel: 17 May 24
If We Don't
I'll Always Love You
 in stock $17.56
Thema Maboneng (reissue)
Cat: JAZZR 034. Rel: 23 May 24
Thema Maboneng (6:24)
Khwezela Mkhwezeli (5:55)
Jika Sibongile (4:04)
Cothozani Bafana (3:23)
Igxababa Lembhadada (6:08)
Pho Usolani (4:35)
Review: Jazz Room reissue the infamous first mini-album by Abacothozi. Formed in 1973 by bassist Berthwel Maphumulo, Mac Mathunjwa on organ, Innocent Mathunjwa on drums, Joe Zikhali on guitar, Thema Maboneng was released in 1975, before being almost immediately forgotten. However, a recent rediscovery by diggers and curators Kon & Amir, for their lauded Off The Track Volume Two: Queens compilation, sparked a renewed interest; the South African four-piece shared equal responsibility in writing and arranging these six instrumentals, which are tight and full, and come replete with Hammonds, well-surrounded guitar, and cross-sticking snare hits.
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 in stock $26.08
Mirror Mirror
Cat: WJLP 75. Rel: 16 May 24
Mirror Mirror (5:59)
Paint It Blue (5:14)
For Dizzy & Lionel (4:49)
House In Montagnola (5:41)
The Opening Game (5:58)
Rhythm & Rhymes (5:00)
The Redwood Story (4:17)
Bedtime Snack (6:08)
Played by: DJ ROCCA
 in stock $24.47
Mirror Mirror
Cat: WJCD 75. Rel: 16 May 24
Mirror Mirror
Paint It Blue
For Dizzy & Lionel
A House In Montagnola
The Opening Game
Rhythm & Rhymes
The Redwood Story
Bedtime Snack
Review: Given that Olli Avhenlahti released his debut album way back in 1975, you'd forgive the Finnish pianist-composer slowing down a little in his old age. Mirror Mirror, his latest gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining full-length excursion, arrives some seven years after its' predecessor, Gilles Peterson favourite Thinking, Whistling. Beginning with the gorgeously warm and sun-kissed title track, Avhenlahti and his trusted band of players lay down a series of killer cuts that invariably join the dots between contemporary jazz, jazz-dance and jazz-funk. It's a format that offers the perfect platform for Avhenlahti to show his skills on Rhodes electric piano and his trusty Oberheim synthesiser. Naturally he does that, sparring with sax and trumpet soloists over some seriously sumptuous grooves.
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 in stock $12.23
Dala Toni
Cat: 180GLP 05. Rel: 16 May 24
Waya Yawa (6:47)
Iduchihemo (5:52)
Nagi Yoni (7:36)
Kopi Lakanka (8:23)
Roghinaware (9:13)
Review: Ajate's third album, Dala Toni, is a vibrant fusion of Afro groove and Japanese traditional Ohayashi music, showcasing the band's innovative approach to blending diverse musical traditions. Founded by Japanese musician Junichiro "John" Imaeda after a revelatory experience in West Africa, Ajate brings together ten passionate musicians to create music that transcends cultural boundaries. Utilizing a mix of traditional instruments like drums, flutes, and bells, as well as handmade bamboo instruments crafted by Imaeda himself, such as the unique 'Jaate' and 'Piechiku,' Ajate's sound is both powerful and distinctive. Their incorporation of Afrobeat rhythms and Japanese vocals adds further depth and richness to their music, reflecting themes of human connection, unity, and the joy of life.Having gained acclaim for their explosive live performances in Japan and beyond, including appearances at prestigious festivals like Sukiyaki Meets The World and WOMAD UK, Ajate's music resonates with audiences worldwide. With Dala Toni, they continue to push the boundaries of global music, solidifying their position as pioneers of the genre "made in Japan."
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 in stock $28.46
Baffone
Baffone (LP)
Cat: MD 33004. Rel: 17 May 24
Jesce Sole (4:44)
Amico Mio (4:39)
Miez' O' Mare (4:34)
Ciniglia (5:03)
Baffone (4:35)
Tato (4:35)
Miez' O' Mare (remix) (5:14)
 in stock $24.21
Theme
Theme (7")
Cat: MAR 099. Rel: 24 May 24
Theme (4:25)
Don't Go Away (4:07)
Played by: Osmose, Red Greg
 in stock $16.77
Boca 45 Tools Vol 2
Boca 45 Tools Vol 2 (limited 7")
Cat: COLDBEER 002. Rel: 13 May 24
Kick That (3:04)
Unwind Your 909 (3:02)
Review: Legendary Bristol-based funk and breaks master Boca 45 is back with more of his battle-ready DJ tools. This 7" takes the form of a second volume of Tools on the Cold Beer Music label and it offers a brilliant brace of cut n' paste, surefire party starters and floor fillers. 'Kick That' has old school feels with classic piano chords from a certain Fatboy Slim tune that really will get the floor going mad. 'Unwind Your 909' taps into another iconic sample, this time from a sax, with break-neck breaks and plenty of chopped-up energy.
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Played by: The Allergies
 in stock $15.69
Dreams For Sale
Cat: CER 002. Rel: 14 May 24
Dreams For Sale (4:30)
The Number For Groove (4:21)
Review: Celestial Echo's reissue of Brutal Force's 'Dreams For Sale' is a long-awaited treat for soul and electronic music aficionados. Originally released in 1979, this sought-after gem is finally available again, remastered and pressed on high-quality vinyl for an authentic listening experience. The limited edition 7" vinyl comes with a striking picture sleeve and redesigned labels, adding a contemporary flair to the classic. With support from renowned DJs like Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles, this is set to make waves in the music scene. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of soulful history revamped for modern audiences.
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Played by: Miche
 in stock $15.69
Night With You
Cat: MILF 003. Rel: 17 May 24
Night With You (4:32)
Brazil (4:13)
Review: Cee O Funk's latest double-sided release, 'Night With You,' is a brilliant example of the French touch in modern funk. The A-side features 'Night With You,' a sexy and electrifying track infused with electro funk vibes and highlighted by Mae Rojas's strong vocal performance. B-side 'Brazil,' offers a beachy electro funk experience that transports listeners to sun-soaked shores. Both tracks are masterfully crafted with analogue synths, adding a rich and authentic texture to the music. Cee O Funk continues to impress with their ability to blend classic disco funk elements with contemporary electrofunk influences.
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 in stock $13.57
Slapture
Cat: PSR 006. Rel: 13 May 24
Daniel Crawford/Amber Navran & Stro Elliot - "Slapture" (3:19)
King Most - "Kiss The Girls (& Make Them Cry" (4:24)
Review: This superb new 7" from Private Stock Records is both banging and sexy. The opening side has 'Slapture' and finds Daniel Crawford and Amber Navran flipping an iconic original hip-hop joint and smoothing it out into something that teases and pleases above plenty of slapping Stro Elliot with adds extra allure. On the flip, King Most's 'Kiss The Girls (& Make Them Cry) is a mix of digital synths and languid bass with a lute grove and hooky vocals all working to get you in the mood. Both sides are great additions to your shelves.
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 in stock $14.63
Promised Heights (50th Anniversary Edition)
Promised Heights (50th Anniversary Edition) (limited gatefold pink vinyl LP)
Cat: PTKF 30273. Rel: 16 May 24
Pon De Dungle (3:41)
Equatorial Forest (3:30)
Brothers On The Slide (4:09)
Changes (6:01)
Breezeman (2:57)
Promised Heights (5:58)
Losing Ground (4:12)
Leavert (3:17)
The Recluse (5:25)
Shesnamani (3:56)
Review: This is a lovely reissue on pink vinyl of Cymande's Promised Heights album, which is a famously warm blend of funk, soul, and reggae that showcases the band's distinctive sound and social consciousness. Released in 1974, this record continued their tradition of infectious grooves and thought-provoking lyrics. The uplifting rhythms of 'Brothers on the Slide' still resonate to this day while the laid-back vibes of 'Changes,' remain timeless. Each track has intricate instrumentation and soulful vocals that make this one so well-loved by new generations of record diggers and soul fans, all while delivering a powerful message of unity and hope.
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 in stock $23.94
Shaolin Series Vol 3: Shimmy Shimmy Ya (reissue)
Shimmy Shimmy Ya (2:26)
Incarcerated Scarfaces (1:39)
Review: El Michels Affair have made their name on their connection to Wu-Tang, kicking off with the essential Enter The 37th Chamber tribute back in 2009. Now Fat Beats are devoting a run of 7" releases to some of the strongest joints from that album, where iconic beats from the wider Wu-Tang universe get rendered as smoky, jazz-funk master pieces which sound so good rolling at 45 rpm on their own side of wax. On this particular entry, ODB's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya' gets the treatment, with a children's choir-rap evocation of the lead hook that will turn heads on its own. On the flip it's Raekwon's 'Incarcerated Scarfaces', which sounds utterly essential played out by a live band.
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Played by: The Allergies
 in stock $12.50
Shaolin Series Vol 1: CREAM (reissue)
Cat: FTS 008. Rel: 13 May 24
C.R.E.A.M
Glaciers Of Ice
Review: El Michels Affair are widely recognised in the hip-hop game now as a cinematic soul outfit worthy of collabs with the likes of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Black Thought and many more besides. It all kicked off when they toured with Raekwon and other Wu-Tang Clan members before recording their cool and deadly covers of the entire Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 2009, giving a smoky ensemble feel to the iconic, gritty beats. Two of the choicest cuts from that album are revived here on this Fat Beats 7", namely 'C.R.E.A.M' and 'Glaciers Of Ice', which sound as tough as the original versions while subtly sliding into the heavy funk sphere undetected.
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 in stock $12.23
Duel Of The Iron Mic
Cat: FTS 012. Rel: 13 May 24
Duel Of The Iron Mic (3:01)
Bring The Ruckus (3:09)
Review: El Michels Affair continues their reign of reimagined Wu-Tang Clan classics with 'Duel of the Iron Mics', which gets a dramatic makeover on the A-side, with hypnotic piano hooks complemented by stirring strings. The flip offers a fresh take on 'Bring Da Ruckus', transforming its raw energy with mind-bending bass notes and amplified organ hooks. These tracks foreshadow the brilliance of El Michels Affair's Enter the 37th Chamber, which marks its 15th anniversary in 2024, paying homage to the Wu-Tang legacy while carving out their own unique sound in the process. It's a testament to their mastery of musical reinvention and a must-listen for fans of both groups.
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 in stock $12.50
Enter The 37th Chamber (15th Anniversary Edition)
Enter The 37th Chamber (15th Anniversary Edition) (limited gatefold "lemon"yellow marbled vinyl LP)
Cat: LFB 512715YR. Rel: 13 May 24
Duel Of The Iron Mics (3:00)
CREAM (2:54)
Mystery Of Chessboxin' (1:47)
Can It All Be So Simple (3:17)
Uzi (Pinky Ring) (3:11)
Interlude (0:31)
Glaciers Of Ice (3:27)
Cherchez La Ghost (3:39)
Criminology (1:34)
Heaven & Hell (2:08)
Bring Da Ruckus (3:09)
Protect Ya Neck (3:32)
Incarcerated Scarfaces (1:40)
Shimmy Shimmy Ya (2:25)
Outro (0:37)
Review: El Michels Affair's Enter the 37th Chamber is a curious exploration of Wu-Tang Clan's iconic beats through live hip-hop instrumentation. While the reinterpretations offer unexpected detours and minor blasphemies, they maintain a sense of familiarity, the dynamic arrangements and hazy, psychedelic atmosphere capturing the sorrow and menace of classic Wu-Tang tracks from a different angle. Standouts like 'C.R.E.A.M.' and 'Criminology' reimagine the original compositions with new layers of instrumentation, while tracks like 'Protect Ya Neck' evoke the soulful vibes of Booker T. & the MGs. Although some interpretations may stray from the original spirit, Enter the 37th Chamber ultimately succeeds as a series of familiar touchstones filtered through El Michels Affair's unique sonic lens. It's a compelling listen for rap-geek curios and fans of sample-based music alike.
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 in stock $32.46
Graffito
Cat: SXC 000199. Rel: 13 May 24
Graffito (6:09)
Rabaniki (5:53)
Space Valley (5:39)
Modulator Funk (5:56)
Atlantic Star (5:00)
Kanfu (4:51)
Review: After their debut collab on this label back in 2020, Afro-Cosmic pioneer Daniele Baldelli and sometime FPI Project member Marco Fratty are back once again with a new album, Graffito that taps into all their many years of experience at the forefront of this sound as producers and influential DJs. It's a record packed with cosmic arps and dazzling synth lines that reach for the stars over heavy, churning drums that lock you in. The track titles give more than subtle hints as to the vibes of these pieces, all of which are utterly timeless and could be long-lost 70s classics or future gems.
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 in stock $24.21
Into You
Into You (gatefold translucent red & blue vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: SMPVN 5RB. Rel: 14 May 24
Keep Me In The Dark (4:58)
Into You (4:20)
Nothing Makes Me Feel Better (4:11)
Colourblind (6:53)
Keep On Dancing (2:56)
The Lowrider (6:23)
Reconcile The Pieces (4:39)
Stories Of Our Past (4:39)
Come To Me (4:14)
Days Like These (4:26)
Close To Midnight (5:20)
Make Me Change My Mind (4:52)
1993 (5:56)
One Step (5:44)
Tell Me Something (4:28)
Back On The Beach (4:18)
Review: Incognito stands tall as a global funk, jazz, soul and dance phenomenon as well as rightfully being hailed as pioneers of the 'acid jazz' movement. Their track record boasts top ten hits like their rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing' and numerous inspired originals, all of which helped them pick up millions of album sales worldwide. Their album Into You which now comes on blue and red vinyl radiates with vibrant, uplifting creativity, is backed by the expertise of longtime collaborators Mo Hausler and Richard Bull. With 15 dynamic originals including the silky-smooth lead single 'Back on the Beach,' the infectious 'Nothing Makes Me Feel Better,' and the seductive 'Into You,' Incognito sounds at their very best here,
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 in stock $37.52
Supercool
Supercool (12")
Cat: UVR 23523. Rel: 13 May 24
Supercool (7:16)
Percussion Sundance (6:00)
Review: Italo disco heads take note, here's a quintessential one-hit wonder from a mystery crew known only as Kash. Arriving in 1981, this particular release leans more towards the organic, band-led sound of the 70s with some choice synth flourishes on top, rather than the more driving sound which would catch hold further into the 80s. 'Supercool' is a bubbling, funky-as-hell joint which will loosen up any dancefloor with ease, but 'Percussion Sundance' might well be the popular pick here thanks to its outstanding drums and hazy ambience. It's an essential purchase for anyone who loves a proper disco curveball made the classic way.
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 in stock $14.63
Malik (reissue)
Malik (reissue) (translucent blue vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: STRUT 299JLP. Rel: 21 May 24
Djungi (5:38)
Raff (3:11)
Conga (4:54)
Avi-Vo (3:36)
Malik (5:06)
Darkest Light (6:18)
Baba Hya (5:32)
Review: Strut has managed to secure the rights to the first official remastered reissue of Lafayette Afro Rock Band's rare funk and Afro gem, 'Malik,' which originally dropped in 1974. In 1971, the Bobby Boyd Congress, an undocumented Afro-American septet, ventured from the US to France, seeking new horizons. They transformed into Ice upon Boyd's return and then connected with producer Pierre Jaubert who helped to shape their sound amid Paris's vibrant African scene. Then again later renamed, this time as Lafayette Afro Rock Band, they delved into instrumental Afro-funk, birthing classics like 'Soul Makossa' and 'Darkest Light.' Initially overlooked, 'Malik' gained hip-hop acclaim, with 'Conga' and 'Darkest Light' becoming iconic samples. This meticulously remastered reissue celebrates Lafayette Afro Rock Band's musical legacy.
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 in stock $55.33
Crime Of Passion
Cat: LTR 013. Rel: 13 May 24
Crime Of Passion (3:24)
Love Bug (3:45)
Review: MIA's latest single, Crime of Passion, picks up where her last hit left off, delivering another dose of sultry funk with producer Gil Masuda. With deep bass and a groovy vibe, MIA's silky voice weaves a tale of compassion and desire over an up-tempo 80s-tinged boogie beat. The track's infectious energy is sure to get listeners on the dance floor, with lyrics like "Am I your shining diamond, baby, kryptonite?" enticing them further. On the flip side, 'Love Bug' offers a chill roller skating jam with lush Rhodes chords and warm synth tones, perfect for anyone who's ever been in love. Released on Love Touch Records, this single hints at the possibility of a long-awaited debut album from MIA in the near future.
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 in stock $13.57
Cafunga
Cafunga (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 189. Rel: 17 May 24
Cafunga (4:11)
La Mariposa (3:40)
Tags: Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $14.89
Walk For Ground: Exclusive Instrumentals
Walk For Ground: Exclusive Instrumentals (hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl 12" limited to 300 copies in Juno exclusive branded sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 094. Rel: 27 May 24
Walk For Ground (instrumental version with Backing vocals - previously unreleased) (7:39)
I Get Myself To Blame (instrumental version - previously unreleased) (7:20)
Review: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a true legend of Ghanaian 'high life', responsible for bringing hip-hop influences to bear on the genre in a pioneering fusion which became known as hip life. On this release for Mukatsuku the focus is on instrumental versions of standout jams from his 2017 album Ketan, all the better for the funk DJs looking to hold down a groove without letting lyrics interfere. On the A-side it's 'Walk 4 Ground', an uptempo workout with some deadly organ flexing on top of the insistent rhythm section, while 'I Get Myself To Blame' settles into a smoother, but no less funky flow that just goes and goes, like the best high life should.
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Tags: Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $14.63
Good Thing
Cat: ATH 153. Rel: 23 May 24
Good Thing (2:31)
Look A Little Higher (2:44)
Review: Ike Noble & The Uptights deliver pure soul magic with their latest release. 'Good Thing' is a mid-tempo soul gem that oozes with irresistible charm, drawing comparisons to the likes of Syl Johnson and James Brown. It's a track that demands attention and leaves listeners craving more. On the flip side, 'Look a Little Higher' is a deep soul anthem of epic proportions. Despite its rarity, it's a track that resonates deeply with its emotive vocals and soul-stirring melodies. Together, these two songs showcase Ike Noble's talent and the timeless appeal of his music. With beautifully pressed 45s and original style silver ink overprinted labels, this release is a must-have for soul aficionados everywhere. Ike Noble & The Uptights prove once again that their music is solid gold.
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 in stock $14.37
Bar Mediterraneo
 in stock $26.08
Rug Burns
Cat: PT 001. Rel: 23 May 24
On Tap - "Rug Burns" (3:56)
Zackey Force Funk & XL Middleton - "Rug Burns" (part 2) (3:41)
Review: In 1985, Isy Martin Jr. released 'Rug Burns' and it became a low-key disco stepping classic. Now, Prime Time Records and Tapes has secured the rights and presents this official repress featuring that cut on the A-side so you no longer have to play high prices on the second-hand market. As well as that fresh bit of ass-shaking and funky dancefloor fun, the label has pressed a special re-do of 'Rug Burns' featuring XL Middleton and Zackey Force Funk on the B-side. It's a slightly more contemporary boogie-down sound with the same original vocal charms.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $18.62
Osmium (Deluxe Edition) (Record Store Day RSD 2024)
Cat: DEMREC 1188. Rel: 16 May 24
I Call My Baby Pussycat (4:22)
Put Love In Your Life (5:01)
Little Ole Country Boy (3:51)
Moonshine Heater (4:04)
Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer (4:51)
My Automobile (4:13)
Nothing Before Me But Thang (3:48)
Funky Woman (2:54)
Livin' The Life (5:48)
The Silent Boatman (5:42)
Breakdown (mono single version) (2:31)
Red Hot Mama (4:25)
Loose Booty (5:13)
Come In Out Of The Rain (7:50)
Breakdown (Stereo Unedited version) (3:49)
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Little Rocker
Cat: BK 06712. Rel: 13 May 24
Little Rocker (Sean P long version) (7:17)
Little Rocker (Ge Ology Block party remix) (8:22)
Review: One for the ages. UK label Backatcha does an impressive curatorial job on this reissue of Popsicle's timeless disco-funk instrumental mini-classic, 'Little Rocker', which was first released in 1983 and has gone down in time as an 'extremely scarce' one. Of course, most economists will tell you that scarcity is what lends this kind of thing its credo; indeed, while the original issue of this record barely surfaces on online marketplaces, Backatcha's efforts do just as well to propagate the furtive enjoyment of this gem, putting out a similarly limited quantity on 12" and yet injecting just enough wax into circulation to keep its snappy, impactful intromissions going strong.
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 in stock $16.50
Little Rocker
Cat: BK 062 7. Rel: 13 May 24
Little Rocker (4:26)
These Are The Good Times (4:14)
Review: Popsicles by Little Rocker, originally released in 1983 and now reissued in 2024, offers a delightful glimpse into the funk and disco sounds of its era. The A-side, 'Little Rocker' ,captivates with its spacey, sexy vibe, drawing listeners into its groove with infectious rhythms and irresistible melodies. The track exudes a sense of coolness and confidence, making it a standout piece for funk and disco enthusiasts. On the B-side, 'These Are The Good Times' continues the infectious energy with its upbeat tempo and funky instrumentation. It's a feelgood anthem that celebrates life and joy, inviting listeners to let loose and dance along to its infectious rhythm.
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Played by: Giovanni Damico
Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $14.63
Good For Dance II
Cat: CMR 006. Rel: 20 May 24
Schmoltz - "Luv The States" (6:38)
Bogdan Ra - "Italocombo" (4:53)
Tell Me Why (RFX edit) (5:37)
Colosso (Outra edit) (5:45)
Review: Craft Music's Good For Dance series continues with its second instalment and this one has been curated by none other than DJ Craft himself. Joining him are talented pals Schmoltz, Bogdan Ra, Romain FX, and Outra, also known as Joutro Mundo. These deep diggers are celebrated for their prowess in unearthing hidden gems and transforming them into dancefloor anthems and that's what they do here as each artist brings a unique flavour to the mix. Schmoltz's 'Luv The States' is a peak-time percussive disco jam, Bogdan Ra brings some slap-funk drums and glossy Italo synths and 'Tell Me Why' has crunchy drums and jagged synth stabs before a camp closer in 'Colosso'.
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 in stock $12.76
Love Can't Be Borrowed (reissue)
Love Can't Be Borrowed (reissue) (limited clear vinyl LP)
Cat: RKX 089T. Rel: 23 May 24
Daydreaming (3:49)
Without You (3:09)
Better Late Than Never (2:40)
Beck & Call (2:42)
This Could Last Forever (3:49)
Trouble On My Mind (3:08)
The Other Side (2:50)
Getaway Driver (3:29)
Your Love Shines Golden (2:49)
Love Can't Be Borrowed (3:45)
Review: Love Can't Be Borrowed by The Sextones, produced by Kelly Finnigan, captured the essence of classic soul and was one of the standout albums of 2023. Initially released to critical acclaim and quickly selling out, Record Kicks is reissuing this gem on limited edition clear vinyl, with only 500 copies available worldwide, ensuring its status as a collector's item. The album blends nostalgic soul vibes with modern sensibilities, channeling the warmth of 1960s and 1970s soul through lush, analog-rich soundscapes. Critics from Shindig Mag to Goldmine Magazine have lauded the album for its authentic lowrider soul style and exquisite songwriting that bridges past and present. Each track from the album, from the Delfonics-flavored 'Better Late Than Never' to the uplifting 'Your Love Shines Golden,' shows The Sextones' deep understanding and love for soul music. This release not only reaffirms the band's ability in crafting timeless music but also serves as an example to their evolution from covering classic tracks to mastering their unique sound.
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 in stock $25.00
Under Pompelmo
Under Pompelmo (CD with obi-strip)
Cat: IGM 003. Rel: 23 May 24
Under Pompelmo
Echos From Canyon
To Rebound
Wandering Man
When I See You
Honda
 in stock $29.79
Heartbreaker (reissue)
Heartbreaker (reissue) (red vinyl 7")
Cat: ABC 004. Rel: 20 May 24
Heartbreaker
Do It 4 U
Review: In 2016, Austin Boogie Crew Records and Bay-area duo Starship Connection aka Teeko & B. Bravo unveiled the modern funk gem 'Heartbreaker'. The 7" swiftly gained DJ acclaim and sold out its 1000-copy run. Notably, Jabbawockeez grooved to it during the 2016 NBA Finals and now, after years of increasing demand, the repress arrives. 'Heartbreaker' bumps along at a lovely 105 BPM and is a dynamic cover of Zapp & Roger's 1983 hit fuelled by talkbox harmonies, crisp drums, thumping bass, and slick halftime breaks. On the flip, 'Do It 4 U' is a sweet, sultry stepper, with Teeko & B. Bravo's love declarations over an addictive groove.
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 in stock $19.42
Stormy
Stormy (7")
Cat: FNR 227. Rel: 17 May 24
Stormy (3:23)
Bring Back That Sunny Day (3:23)
 in stock $15.43
Sock It To Me
Sock It To Me (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 114. Rel: 16 May 24
Sock It To Me (part 1) (3:45)
Sock It To Me (part 2) (3:57)
Review: Riveting, super-punchy uptempo funk from Japan's Mushi 45 imprint, the label home of the band The Mushi Players, and whose wily curatorial wits are put on full display with this incredible new release shared with Super Eagles Band. The Players' fourteenth release, 'Sock It To Me' welcomes the newly formed Super Eagles for an enthralling sonic spectacle; part one on the A signals an unmatched taste for unisons and tightness, prepending singeing axes with gnarly vocal yaps and an overall unmatched fonk; the instrumental B-sider, meanwhile, eschews the various voxes and solos for a full-frontal exposing of the nude groove, evincing a strong taste for on-beat hat-batterings and firmly-held sax notes in their place.
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Wish It Would Rain (reissue)
Cat: 620907. Rel: 15 May 24
I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) (3:33)
Cindy (3:06)
I Wish It Would Rain (2:42)
Please Return Your Love To Me (2:21)
Fan The Flame (2:42)
He Who Picks A Rose (2:23)
Why Did You Leave Me Darling (2:06)
I Truly, Truly Believe (2:42)
This Is My Beloved (2:10)
Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got (2:45)
I've Passed This Way Before (2:42)
No Man Can Love Her Like I Do (2:16)
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Claremont Editions Volume 4
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Claremont Editions Volume 4 (limited hand-numbered gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: C56LP 027. Rel: 21 May 24
Hillside - "Crossing" (feat Quinn Lamont Luke) (3:51)
Mudd - "Massimo's Steps" (5:15)
Bel - "Ready To Die" (Mudd extended mix - Blank & Jones edit) (7:07)
Fureby, Moscoso & Faber - "Halcyon" (5:19)
Smith & Mudd - "Journey Seven" (5:41)
Neumayer Station - "Bassrutscher" (4:36)
Yamp Kolt - "Saturate" (feat Yuzz) (4:23)
Ferdi Schuster - "Resonance" (7:23)
Hear & Now - "Chimaera" (6:29)
Review: Since launching in 2020, Claremont 56's Claremont Editions series of compilations has delivered a trio of must-check collections featuring a mixture of unheard gems from the label vaults and brand-new, previously unreleased tracks. The now fourth-in-total addition to the series hears a string of downtempo ditties and Balearic bass-drivers, all of which register as totally fresh productions. In true Balearic fashion, the V/A spans both originals and danceable edits, with Mudd's 'Massimo's Steps' and Fureby, Moscoso & Faber's 'Halcyon' standing out as the flute-laden highlights of the former camp and the Blank & Jones version of Bel's 'Ready To Die' sticking out in the latter. Sensitive, flute-laden and impeccably crisp, Claremont Editions do a fantastic job here of welcoming both new artists to the family as well as the talents of loyal roster members.
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The Mood Mosaic Vol 21: Take It Easy
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The Mood Mosaic Vol 21: Take It Easy (limited gatefold 2xLP + poster)
Cat: MMR 1224LP. Rel: 13 May 24
Yellow - "The Ghetto (Getto/Yellow In Kyoto)" (8:05)
Quincy Jones & Ray Brown Orchestra - "Fat Cat Strut" (6:07)
Miguel Angel Fuster - "Polvo Lunar" (8:50)
Michel Sardaby - "Welcome New Warmth" (4:14)
David Alexrod - "Mucho Chupar" (3:09)
Brute Force & His Drum - "Weird & Wonder" (2:55)
Johnny Frigo - "Thank You" (5:18)
John Sangster - "Hair" (2:49)
Boris Gardiner - "Ghetto Funk" (3:06)
Fred Wesley - "Blow Your Head" (4:44)
The Motherhood - "Back In The Dark" (2:34)
Leo Acosta - "Rencorosa" (3:22)
The Bridge - "Alles Klar" (3:29)
Review: Volume 21 in Mood Mosaic's eponymous funk and soul 'moods' series brings serious retrograde heaters onto yet another steamy double LP. Classics from the likes of Yellow, Quincy Jones, Miguel Angel Fuster, Michael Sardaby, David Axelrod, Brute Force, Johnny Frigo, John Sangster, Boris Gardiner, Fred Wesley, The Motherhood, Leo Acosta and The Bridge adorn this waxen beauty, making for a multifaceted foray into an alternate palm-leaved fantasy world.
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Harde Smart Volume 2: Flemish & Dutch Grooves From The 80's
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Cat: SDBANCD 18. Rel: 21 May 24
Mixtape (CD 1: mixtape)
Step By Step - "Ik Laat Me Niet Belazeren" (CD 2: bonus CD with Full Length tracks)
Monica Rypma - "Ik Hou Veel Van Jou"
Bloedgroep O - "Slow Motion"
Francis Verdoodt - "Tegelliedje & Herrie/Gevaarlijk" (Harde Smart edit)
Rob Glotzbach - "Hoofdstuk 1"
Noodweer - "De Toekomst Laat Me Koud"
Jan Hautekiet - "Nachttrafiek"
Peter Praet & Praters - "Enkel Proberen"
Omar & The New Sound - "Drugs"
Joost Belinfante - "Zonder Woorden"
De DIV - "Teken De Tijd"
MAM - "Ongelofelijk"
Cocododo - "Roekoe"
Kurt Van Eeghem - "Cool He, Jongen"
Nadagen - "Onder 4 Ogen"
Mensen Blaffen - "Braziliaanse Woud"
Wim De Craene - "Hoor"
Review: Five years ago, Sban Records unleashed Harde Smart, a fine collection of Flemish and Dutch records of the 1970s heavily influenced by Black American funk, soul, and dance music. This belated follow-up focuses on the 1980s, a decade in which the influence of American AOR, disco-rock, boogie, synth-pop and electro could be heard across plenty of releases by Dutch and Belgian bands. Highlights include the blue-eyed, synth-powered dreaminess of 'Drugs' by Omar & The New Sound, the P-funk-influenced flavours of Joost Belinfante's 'Zonder Woorden', the Zouk-splashed tropical boogie of De Div's 'Teken De Tijd', and the post-punk new-wave eccentricity of Nadagen's 'Onder 4 Ogen', which sounds like a Dutch take on Sheffield band Chakk.
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NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor: R&B & Funk
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Cat: LPDF 4. Rel: 16 May 24
Cameo - "Word Up!" (4:16)
Barry White - "Sho' You Right" (4:31)
James Brown - "Living In America" (4:11)
Maceo & The Macks - "Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back)" (3:17)
Jackson Sisters - "I Believe In Miracles" (2:58)
Jermaine Jackson - "Let's Get Serious" (3:35)
Kool & The Gang - "Get Down On It" (3:27)
The Gap Band - "I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up & Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)" (3:27)
Alexander O'Neal - "Fake" (3:49)
Aretha Franklin - "Freeway Of Love" (single mix) (4:03)
Sheila E - "A Love Bizarre" (part 1) (3:40)
Oliver Cheatham - "Get Down Saturday Night" (3:55)
Freeez - "Southern Freeez" (edit) (3:47)
The SOS Band - "The Finest" (4:42)
Mtume - "Juicy Fruit" (3:43)
Dazz Band - "Let It All Blow" (3:58)
Sly Fox - "Let's Go All The Way" (3:47)
Flash & The Pan - "Waiting For A Train" (3:43)
Rockwell - "Somebody's Watching Me" (3:55)
Rick James - "Super Freak" (3:23)
Sly & Robbie & Shinehead - - "Boops (Here To Go)" (edit) (3:35)
Level 42 - "Lessons In Love" (4:02)
Shakatak - "Down On The Street" (3:16)
Bobby Brown - "My Prerogative" (4:31)
Keith Sweat - "I Want Her" (3:38)
Pebbles - "Girlfriend" (4:13)
Natalie Cole - "Pink Cadillac" (4:05)
Jody Watley - "Looking For A New Love" (radio edit) (4:02)
Rene & Angela - "I'll Be Good" (4:09)
Vesta Williams - "Once Bitten Twice Shy" (3:55)
Review: The NOW Series remain a vital resource for anyone looking to own solid overview collections of entire genres and musical scenes many years after it started by releasing collections of the pop hits of the day. In this case, it is 80s Dancefloor: R&B & Funk that is in the spotlight across four sides of red and white vinyl. All the classics are present and correct from the electro of Cameo's 'Word Up ' to The Gap Band's magnificent 'I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up & Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)' via Maceo & The Macks's 'Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back). What's not to love?
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Eugene's Groove
Eugene's Groove (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 202. Rel: 17 May 24
Eugene's Groove (3:43)
Chop Shop (3:49)
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That's Life
Cat: EPS 030. Rel: 21 May 24
That's Life (3:25)
Rap On (3:13)
Review: The Williams Brothers, hailing from East Orange, New Jersey, burst onto the scene with a compelling blend of sweet soul and deep funk. Their standout double-sider featuring 'That's Life' and 'Rap On,' originally released in 1972 on Twain Record, showcases their exceptional musical abilities. This release, now a rare gem, captures the soulful depth and vibrant energy that defined the group, making it a collector's dream. Starting in gospel music, the brothers transitioned to R&B with their father's reluctant blessing, quickly becoming local sensations. Their journey took a significant turn when they won a competition by New Zealand Breweries, leading to international tours and increased fame. Despite facing early challenges, including a tragic car accident that paralyzed the youngest brother Anthony, the Williams Brothers have continued to evolve, recently venturing into EDM and gaining recognition as an electrifying opening act for major DJs. Their records, especially early releases like 'That's Life/Rap On', are highly sought after today, commanding thousands of dollars per copy, solidifying their status as an underground legend of music.
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