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Reggae Soul Tribute To Curtis Mayfield
Reggae Soul Tribute To Curtis Mayfield (7" in hand-stamped sleeve + sticker) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 071. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Move On Up (3:48)
  2. Give Me Your Love (3:32)
Review: Devon Russell originally recorded his sublime version of the Curtis Mayfield club anthem back in 1984 ultilising his own falsetto vocals to a fantastic soul reggae rendition . Years later in 1993 he subsequently record a whole album of Curtis Mayfield versions for the Darker Than Blue album from which his lesser known version of the killer 'Give Me Your Love' is taken from and incidently first time on a 45. Both tracks here are lovingly remastered for this special Mukatsuku dinked 45 as played /supported by DJ Koco & DJ Muro from Japan...
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Seven Minutes Of Funk
Cat: VNG 001. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Seven Minutes Of Funk (part 1)
  2. Seven Minutes Of Funk (part 2)
Review: Those heavyweight funksters at West Loop Chicago are back again with more crucial heat for your boogie bag. This time the mysterious international cabal of edit heads have slipped from City Volts over to Vong45 - a label that may or may not also be under their control. The name tells you all you need to know - seven sweet minutes of luxurious grooves edited with a soft touch to keep the musicality smooth and flowing across both sides of this 7". Anyone who takes the classic '70s sound seriously will be jamming to this - buttery smooth and hot as hell, just how we like it.





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 in stock $8.83
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I Called You Back Baby
I Called You Back Baby (coloured vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 183C1. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. I Called You Back Baby (3:03)
  2. Impressions Of You (3:54)
Review: Last year Kelly Finnigan - son of storied Hammond organist Mike Finnigan - released his debut album, "The Tales People Tell", a gloriously authentic and wholehearted tribute to 1960s soul and funk. It's from that set that these two tracks are taken. A-side "I Called You Baby" is an unflinchingly heavy deep funk workout rich in bustling breakbeats, memorable guitar riffs, sustained organ chords and fiery horn riffs, all topped off with a brilliant lead vocal from Finnigan. On flipside "Impressions of You", Finnigan switches mood, adding another heartfelt, passionate vocal to a slow, loved-up backing track that's every bit as impressive as the club-ready A-side.
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 in stock $8.06
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Baila Chibiquiban
Baila Chibiquiban (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 019. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Baila Chibiquiban (3:08)
  2. Baila Chibiquiban (Tonton Boom edit) (4:15)
Review: Late last month, Matasuna Records successfully mined "Ritual", the sought-after 1971 album by Nico Gomez and his Afro-Percussion Inc (a studio combo helmed by Belgian composer Joseph van het Groenewoud), and reissued one of the standout tracks, "Lupita". Here they serve up another gem from the album, "Baila Chibiquiban", an Incredible Bongo Band-esque fusion of psychedelic rock, heavy funk and even heavier Afro-Cuban percussion. The fine original version is given the re-edit treatment on the flip, with Tonton Boom extending some percussive passages and emphasizing the killer groove before introducing some of the track's headier musical elements. It's the kind of rework that should find favour with proper break-dancers.
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 in stock $9.88
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Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics (limited hand-numbered 7" in gold hand-stamped inner sleeve) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 070. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. I Can Say (4:49)
  2. Let's Think It Over (3:55)
Review: Two raw afro dance floor bombs from Pat Thomas & Marijjata both taken from the Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981 issued on Strur Records in 2016 and now presented on one killer hand-numbered 45 on the singles only imprint Mukatsuku .The a side ''I Can Say'' is issued for the very first time on a 45 & is a raucous trip into highlife-funk fusion territory where Thomas' urgent lead vocals and rousing horns rise above a suitably heavyweight groove .On the flip from 76 the powerful brass section of ''Lets Think It Over '' kicks off kicks off the tune with great impact before what essentially is simply an afro soul masterpiece.Pat Thomas shows us once again what a great song writer he is not only with his lyrics but also the dynamic arrangements of the funky groove.Hand -numbered to just 500 units. Once it's gone then its gone !
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 in stock $6.23
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I Believe In Miracles (reissue)
I Believe In Miracles (reissue) (red vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: SUN 7001RED. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. I Believe In Miracles (3:56)
  2. I Believe In Miracles (instrumental) (3:58)
Review: Back in 2010 composer and Latin jazz specialist Claudio Passavanti put together a scaled-down ensemble of Latin musicians and percussionists to record a salsa cover version of the Jackson Sisters disco classic "I Believe In Miracles". The seven-inch single was a riproaring success, with jazz and Afro-Latin DJs around the world turning it into a bona fide scene anthem. Happily, Passavanti has decided to reissue it on red vinyl to celebrate the track's tenth birthday. It's a superb cover all told and, somewhat surprisingly, "I Believe In Miracles" actually works really well as a Salsa record. Full of fiery horns, sing-along, Boogaloo style vocals and infectious percussion, we actually prefer it to the over-played Jackson Sisters take. Recommended!
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The Rainbow Children (reissue)
The Rainbow Children (reissue) (limited gatefold clear vinyl 2xLP + booklet + slipmat)
Cat: 190759 18041. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. Rainbow Children (10:05)
  2. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (4:21)
  3. Digital Garden (4:13)
  4. The Work (part 1) (4:30)
  5. Everywhere (2:55)
  6. The Sensual Everafter (2:54)
  7. Mellow (4:37)
  8. 1+1+1 Is 3 (5:21)
  9. Deconstruction (1:56)
  10. Wedding Feast (0:51)
  11. She Loves Me 4 Me (2:47)
  12. Family Name (8:20)
  13. The Everlasting Now (8:08)
  14. Last December (8:06)
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Marvin's Mood
Cat: SCM 7011. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Marvin's Mood (part 1) (4:21)
  2. Marvin's Mood (part 2) (2:57)
Review: You don't have to look far to find a Marvin Gaye edit or sample but few are as tasteful as this new 7" from Roots member Stro Elliot who is a master of chopping up and sampling sounds. He proves that again here as "Marvin's Mood (Part 1)" feels like a wholly new beat, with lush instrumental, lo-fi drums and carefully deployed vocal coos from the master of soul himself. "Marvin's Mood "Part 2)" makes use of similar samples but layers them over a more rolling and crisp boom-bap beat. Both are full of heart and will have early evening floors keen to get moving.
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 in stock $20.01
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On Another Planet
On Another Planet (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: JB45 001. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Jorun Bombay & The Espressolites - "Peas In An Alternate Universe" (4:22)
  2. Jorun Bombay - "Mister Magic" (A Jorun Bombay edit - alternate version) (3:19)
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Flute Thing
Flute Thing (limited 7")
Cat: GSC 4523. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Flute Thing (edit W/Breaks) (4:30)
  2. Do What You Gotta Do (edit) (4:20)
Review: With no less than nine releases on the label to their name already, Black Cash & Theo AKA Thelonious Beats are Galaxy Sound Co's most experienced editors. Here they deliver another fantastic "45" packed with righteous grooves and life-affirming jazz moves. It's the latter that comes to the fore on side A's "Flute Thing", a sweet and seductive drift through picturesque jazz territory with some additional loose-limbed drum solos edited in halfway through. "Do What You Gotta Do" on the other hand is a simmering, string-laden soul treat rich in killer instrumentation, sumptuous orchestration, chunky grooves and hazy vocals. It's a fine edit of a superb cut and easily the record's standout cut.
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Dreams (reissue)
Dreams (reissue) (limited gatefold LP)
Cat: EBL 003LP. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Galatea's Guitar (5:36)
  2. Half The Day Is Night (4:26)
  3. Song Of Injured Love (4:02)
  4. The Fortune Teller (4:35)
  5. Fire Dance (5:40)
  6. The Lady In The Moon (5:19)
  7. Ferris Wheel (5:21)
  8. Fire Dance (single edit) (2:49)
  9. Ferris Wheel (single edit) (2:38)
Review: Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo released some mighty fine music during his lifetime, including a string of brilliant albums on Impulse in the mid 1960s. By 1968 he'd left the legendary jazz imprint, but the quality of his releases just kept improving - as this reissue of key album "Dreams" proves. Naturally his fluid, partially improvised, often bluesy electric and acoustic guitar solos feature prominently throughout, bobbing and weaving around atmospheric backing tracks that variously mix and match elements of jazz, folk, South American rhythms, folk-rock, flamenco and gypsy-jazz. It's a brilliant, often awe-inspiring musical blend.
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 in stock $27.30
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Volume 4: Ugly Funk Breaks
Volume 4: Ugly Funk Breaks (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBB 004. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Wot I Want (vocal version) (4:02)
  2. Ugly Funk Breaks (instrumental version) (4:13)
Review: Peak time dancefloor action with this 45 with the familiar classic b-boy sampling fodder coupled with an infectious r & b vocal club monster. It's never had a physical release till now. On the flip it's instrumental breaks galore for B-Boy/B-Girl back flips action from a sought after uk trio release now in handy 45 form with tuff breakbeats and smattering of electro vibe...Only 200 copies..
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 in stock $9.87
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I'm A Stranger
I'm A Stranger (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: NUM 76LP. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. Come On (2:38)
  2. It’s You (4:15)
  3. We Ought To Be Together (2:46)
  4. To Make You Happy (2:58)
  5. Guilty (5:05)
  6. Take Me Home (4:35)
  7. Make Sure (2:47)
  8. Takes A Little Time (3:05)
  9. What Can I Do (3:45)
  10. The Hatch (3:27)
  11. Aggravation (1:51)
  12. Takes A Little Time (3:09)
  13. Give & Take (3:05)
  14. Now That I Have You (5:34)
  15. Stay With Me (2:52)
  16. She’s Got Me In The Pocket (6:33)
  17. Dancin’ To Ma Music (3:58)
  18. I'm A Stranger (part 1) (3:29)
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Slacking Off (reissue)
Cat: BK 014RE. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. The Nassauvians - "Slacking Off" (3:05)
  2. Tommy Goodwin - "The Time Is Now" (feat Don Lepage) (4:16)
Review: "Slacking Off" came from a Nassauvians session that found the band coming back together in the studio for the first time after a little break, but totally unprepared. Despite this, they struck real aloha gold, with Hawaiian soul, gently lilting funk and Balearic guitars all making it as summery as you could wish for. Flipside "The Time Is Now" is a previously unreleased AOR island recording with Nassauvians man Tommy Goodwin on guitar and pal Don Lepage on harmonica, and will make you nostalgic for a time and a place never known.
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 in stock $11.70
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We Rollin' For You
We Rollin' For You (blue vinyl 7")
Cat: FCM 089. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. We Rollin' For You (5:06)
  2. We Rollin' For You (Max I Million & Ion Zaar remix Medley) (5:01)
Review: Terrel Wallace AKA Tall Black Guy's previous release was a delicious deep house rework of a classic Chaka Khan cut. Here he returns to his hip-hop roots with a track dedicated to the memory of legendary Swedish beat-maker DJ Devastate. In its original form, "We Rollin' For You" is a sparkling chunk of rolling, loose-limbed instrumental hip-hop rich in crunchy, off-kilter MPC drums, stirring stream samples, and brilliantly chopped and re-arranged heavenly vocals. On the flip you'll find a more experimental, sharply edited "remix medley" - in effect a series of short takes with barely time to breathe in between, which together form a coherent suite - from Max I Million and Ion Zaar.
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 in stock $15.34
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Mer
Mer (7")
Cat: LYSK 45004. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. Mer (5:37)
  2. Holder Rytme (4:07)
 in stock $10.14
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I Called You Back Baby
Cat: CLMN 183. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. I Called You Back Baby (3:03)
  2. Impressions Of You (3:53)
 in stock $7.27
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Silvestre Mendez Presenta
  1. Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Matancera - "Mi Bomba Sono" (2:37)
  2. Joey Pastrana Y Su Orquesta - "A Bailar Oriza" (2:54)
Review: In a bid to celebrate the widespread influence of Afro-Cuban music - and in particular the work of one of Cuba's most storied songwriters, Silvestre Mendez - the Rocafort Records crew has decided to dig into the archives and offer up two stone cold classics from the golden age of Cuban music. On side A you'll find Celia Cruz and La Sonora Matancera's 1963 version of "Mi Bomba Sono", an infectious dancefloor number in which Cruz's fantastic vocals rise above a Tito Puente style rhythm, squealing horns and cheeky pianos. Over on the flip you'll find the killer salsa vibes of Joey Pastrana and his Latin orchestra's superb version of "A Bailar Oriza". Even more percussive than the A-side, it's absolutely essential.
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Volume 3: Show Me The Funk Breaks
Volume 3: Show Me The Funk Breaks (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBB 003. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Show Me The Funk Breaks (instrumental) (3:47)
  2. Harder Breaks (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: The Atlanta based B Boy Breaks series continues with another drop of serious cuts to get beat jugglers, sample diggers and just straight up funk lovers going hog wild over the lashings of drum breaks. First up on the A side there's some widescreen, expansive beatdowns taking place with the massive "Show Me The Funk Breaks" - a fela esque sax screaching ,hammond organ swirling classic you already know from the many times it's been lifted for its treasured sonic ingredients. "Harder Breaks" on the flip is another monumental jam, presented here in instrumental form most recently used for the theme tune of a UK TV show . The evergreen groove is just crying out for someone with the skills to drop some serious turntablism all over this one.

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Back To Black
Cat: 1734128. Rel: 24 May 07
  1. Rehab
  2. You Know I'm No Good
  3. Me & Mr Jones
  4. Just Friends
  5. Back To Black
  6. Love Is A Losing Game
  7. Tears Dry On Their Own
  8. Wake Up Alone
  9. Some Unholy War
  10. He Can Only Hold Her
  11. Addicted
Played by: Juno Classics, Aliwud
 in stock $13.26
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Three/Four/Five
Three/Four/Five (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BLACKTONGUE 02. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Three (7:59)
  2. Four (4:48)
  3. Five (5:29)
Review: Late last year Italian artist and self-proclaimed "black belt ninja" Black Tongue debuted with a two-tracker that genuinely set our pulses racing. Here the man or woman of mystery returns with an even more expansive EP, which we can happily report is full to bursting with tasty treats. A-side workout "Three" offers a fine balance between jazz-funk-fired musicality, quietly impressive musicianship and infectious grooves that make the most of some deliciously loose-limbed drumming. The producer's love of classic house is explored on "Four", where the action revolves around snappy, Chicago house style machine drums, warehouse-ready stabs and an undulating keyboard bassline, while "Five" is a colourful take on jazz-funk/electrofunk fusion that reminded us of the combined output of Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
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 in stock $11.18
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For The Love Of You
Sam DON/VARIOUS
For The Love Of You (gatefold 2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: AOTNLP 031. Rel: 26 Mar 20
  1. Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally" (3:40)
  2. Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit" (3:56)
  3. Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (4:24)
  4. Al Charles - "Outstanding" (5:51)
  5. Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free" (6:06)
  6. George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale) (4:24)
  7. Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On" (8:39)
  8. Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes" (4:48)
  9. Family Love - "Do Me Baby" (5:20)
  10. Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion" (3:43)
  11. Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love" (4:52)
  12. Simplicity - "For The Love Of You" (5:35)
Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North label is endlessly flawless and this time around they pull together the special lovers rock covers they put out at the end of last year onto a superbly strong 12 track compilation. It arrives just in time for the warmer months and has been curated by Sam Don and overseen by label boss Euan Fryer. Standouts include Christine Lewin's lush take on the heavily sampled "Juicy Fruit" while the lo-fi bliss of Al Charles's "Outstanding" is another one to swell the heart and sooth the soul. For more sentimental moments check Family Love's "Do Me Baby." Overall, though, this is a must buy.
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Wake Up
Wake Up (12")
Cat: BAC 003. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Wake Up (feat Kaleta) (5:35)
  2. Omo Iya (feat Kaleta) (5:21)
  3. Mambue (feat Justo Valdez & Evan Laflamme) (6:07)
  4. El Carriqui (4:22)
Review: When it comes to blending contemporary dancefloor sounds with aspects of vintage funk, soul and Afro-Latin music, there are few more adept producers than former Whiskey Barons man BOSQ. He's at it again here on his first 12" of 2020. Afro-funk star Kaleta provides vocals on both A-side tracks, the Afrobeat-influenced disco-funk cheeriness of "Wake Up" (an infectious chunk of sun-soaked goodness) and the Afro-Cuban percussive shuffle of horn-heavy delight "Omo Iya". Elsewhere, Justo Valdez and Evan Laflamme guest on the Afro-Latin breeziness of "Mambue" (all dancing woodwind, Fela sax and layered drums), while "El Carriqi" sees BOSQ add Tito Puente style percussion and tight Fela Kuti style sax blasts to a club-ready Afro-house groove.
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 in stock $11.18
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Pharoah
Pharoah (LP)
Cat: IN 1027. Rel: 13 Jan 17
  1. Harvest Time (20:13)
  2. Love Will Find A Way (14:25)
  3. Memories Of Edith Johnson (5:44)
Played by: ISOUL8 (Volcov)
 in stock $22.10
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Soul Flip Edits Volume 10
  1. Ella Fitzgerald - "Get Ready" (Soul Flip edit) (3:53)
  2. Tammi Terrell - "Two Can Have A Party" (Soul Flip edit) (3:44)
 in stock $9.62
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Ene Nyame A Mensuro
Ene Nyame A Mensuro (12" repress)
Cat: STRUT 126S. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. Ene Nyame A Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz blend) (9:23)
  2. Ene Nyame A Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz dub) (7:30)
 in stock $10.14
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A Love Supreme (reissue)
A Love Supreme (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: ACL 0001. Rel: 24 Apr 17
  1. A Love Supreme (part I - Acknowledgement) (7:43)
  2. A Love Supreme (part II - Resolution) (7:27)
  3. A Love Supreme (part III - Pursuance) (10:42)
  4. A Love Supreme (part IV - Psalm) (7:07)
 in stock $10.39
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Black Focus
Cat: BWOOD 0157LP. Rel: 04 Nov 16
  1. Black Focus (4:29)
  2. Strings Of Light (8:31)
  3. Remembrance (8:56)
  4. Yo Chavez (3:59)
  5. Ayla (0:45)
  6. OG (0:47)
  7. Lowrider (4:26)
  8. Mansur's Message (2:08)
  9. Wing Tai Drums (1:18)
  10. Joint 17 (8:10)
Review: Brownswood Recordings has high hopes for this debut album from the previously unheralded Yussef Kamaal, which brings together hyped producer Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and fast-rising Afrobeat drummer Yussef Dayes. With such talent to draw on, you'd expect Black Focus to be rather good. Happily, it is, with the duo delivering a typically London-centric take on jazz funk. That means that they take as much inspiration from the work of Kaidi Tatham as, say, Herbie Hancock. The key to the album's success - and, yes, it is generally as special as Gilles Peterson suggests - is the fluid combination of Dayes' brilliant drumming and Williams' superb synth solos and effortlessly groovy Rhodes playing.
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 in stock $14.82
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Funky President Edits Vol 7
Funky President Edits Vol 7 (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: JRC 7007. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. Flight #2 (4:03)
  2. Greddy Foot (3:19)
Review: Nearly five years after the first seven-inch appeared, the seventh volume in J Rocc's on-point "Funky President Edits" series lands. As with the tracks contained on previous volumes, the showcased cuts have long been staples in his DJ sets and should be considered "tried and tested bombs". First up on side A is "Flight #2", a shuffling, ear-pleasing affair that combines jangling elements from a semi-acoustic Afro-Soul cut with borrowed chorus vocals and languid, laidback percussion. "Greddy Foot", on the other hand, is a low-slung funk bomb -a slightly dubbed-out revision of a James Brown original with additional vocal samples from other Godfather of Soul workouts.
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Sexy Coffee Pot (Special Edition)
Sexy Coffee Pot (Special Edition) (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 015. Rel: 24 Mar 20
  1. Tony Alvon & Belairs - "Sexy Coffee Pot" (3:50)
  2. Stanley Turrentine - "Sister Sanctified" (4:03)
Review: We've run out of ways to describe the Breaks & Beats series of functional, floor-friendly re-edits, though by now everyone should know what to expect, namely light-touch reworks of classic funk and soul jams that extend the drum breaks for easier mixing. The series latest missive begins with a must-have rework of Tony Alvon & The Belairs' "Sexy Coffee Pot", a rare-as-hen's-teeth 1969 B-side that wraps rhythm and blues guitars and firing horn lines around one of the greatest drum breaks of all time. Over on side B it's all about Stanley Turrentine's 1972 jazz-funk gem "Sister Sanctified" (a track that has never before appeared on a seven-inch single, even unofficially) and its attractive fusion of snappy breakbeats, hazy sax riffs and liquid electric piano lines.
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Oh Linda (reissue)
Cat: TR 280. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Oh Linda (2:45)
  2. Track 2 (2:42)
Review: In 1977, Atlanta fusionists Starfoxx had a big hit in the US Billboard chart with "Disco Rock", a cut that -as the title suggests - added a rock and rhythm & blues edge to the then dominant disco sound. It was something of a novelty, but much of their earlier work is pretty darn hot. "Oh Linda", which first appeared in stores in 1973, could well be the hottest of the lot. Sitting somewhere between the rasping blues-rock of Cream and more extravagant American funk and soul, the track is full to bursting with crunchy Clavinet riffs, throaty vocals and mazy electric piano solos. This reissue from TRAMP contains just the one track (pressed to both sides for some reason), but don't let that put you off: it really is a must-have.
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 in stock $6.76
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Nuova Napoli
Nuova Napoli (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: NG 01. Rel: 23 Jul 19
  1. Nuova Napoli (3:35)
  2. Je Vulesse (4:47)
  3. Ddoje Facce (4:19)
  4. Disco Sole (4:25)
  5. Stann Fore (4:10)
  6. A Voce E Napule (3:32)
  7. Parev' Ajere (4:33)
Review: On their debut album, 2016's the Tony Allen Experiments, Naples twosome Nu Guinea re-invented tracks by the legendary Afro-beat drummer as synth-heavy chunks of deep jazz-funk and nu-Balearica. For this follow-up - their first full length entirely made up of their own compositions - the duo serves up a set of jazz-funk, disco and boogie cuts rich in both their trademark colourful analogue synthesizer sounds and live instrumentation. It's a formula that guarantees a string of memorable highlights, from the sun-kissed peak-time brilliance of "Disco Sole" and rubbery, funk-fuelled "Je Vulesse" (a killer vocal number), to the wobbly downtempo trip of "A Voce E Napule" and Mizell Brothers fizz of closer "Parev Ajare", the album's most synthesizer-heavy cut.
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 in stock $16.11
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Paradise Island (reissue)
Paradise Island (reissue) (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: PMD 01. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Paradise Island (5:24)
  2. Paradise Island (Revisited) (6:22)
  3. Fair Weather Friend (3:04)
Review: You'll struggle to find many cosmic boogie/jazz-funk records rarer than Azwon's 1980 debut single, a private press gem from Florida that has long been in demand amongst collectors. Here the finest track from that double A-side seven-inch, "Paradise Island", is given the reissue treatment. It's worth picking up, not only for the swirling, spaced-out brilliance of the original version of "Paradise Island", but also the slightly bolder, Latin-tinged "Revisited" version the band re-recorded last year for this very release. The production is very similar, sound wise, meaning it's every bit as spaced out as the cut they made 40 years ago. Bonus cut "Fair Weather Friend", a dancefloor-focused jazz-funk workout recorded but not released in 1980, is also rather good.
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RESENSE 048
Cat: RESENSE 048. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Help (edit) (3:45)
  2. Love U Baby (3:11)
Review: Some 13 years after setting up shop, Agogo offshoot Resense has almost notched up a half century of releases. "45" number 48 comes courtesy of Soulbrigada, a German duo who were last seen frolicking on Matasuna Records back in 2016. They hit the ground running with A-side workout "Help (Edit)", a deliciously dancefloor-focused re-edit of a righteous Northern Soul staple by a relatively obscure Midwestern band. Low-slung, weighty, sweaty and horn-heavy with a Wilson Pickett style lead vocal, it's the kind of cut that causes pandemonium when dropped at the right time. If anything, flipside "Love U Baby" is even heavier. It's a formidably funky affair, with Soulbrigada toughening it up via the use of additional drums and floor-friendly loops of key instrumental passages.
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 in stock $8.58
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1 Thing Breaks
1 Thing Breaks (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: BBB 002WHITE. Rel: 18 Mar 20
  1. 1 Thing Breaks (instrumental Funk Breaks version) (3:57)
  2. Gotta Work The Funk Breaks (instrumental Breaks version) (3:14)
Review: Super limited colour wax issue with a 45 on a relatively new Stateside label that does what it says on the tin. Big drum breaks that work in their own right in instrumental form for these two massive dancefloor funk breaks soul classics with the debut release for both tracks in a single 7" vinyl format (albeit here in a small run on white wax). Heavy on the drums, heavy on the brass with driving instrumentation to take your dancefloor to B-Boy moves heaven.
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Libations & Movement EP
Cat: DR 003. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Catch My Breath (feat Wilf Petherbridge) (5:03)
  2. Malaika (feat MA. MOYO) (5:21)
  3. Head Down (feat Jaisal & Slam The Poet) (4:07)
  4. Guidance (interlude) (1:46)
  5. Lay (feat Natty Wylah) (3:17)
  6. Fwd Movement (feat Will Petherbridge) (4:08)
  7. Slipped Back (feat Izzy Risk) (5:44)
 in stock $10.14
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No Requests
No Requests (coloured vinyl 5x7" box set)
Cat: FSAB 01. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Nas (Interlude)/Anna From Woohside (Beat Suite)/Nas (Interlude) (4:33)
  2. Voices Inside My Head (4:16)
  3. Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (4:44)
  4. Festival Song (BAM BAM) (3:53)
  5. Magnificent Dance (feat Rich Medina) (3:57)
  6. Que Se Sepa (feat Jose Parla Y Mireya Ramos) (3:11)
  7. The Mexican (feat Mireya Ramos) (4:32)
  8. I Know You I Live You (feat Maimouna Youssef) (4:27)
  9. Stevie Wonder Interview (Inserlude)/If You Really Love Me/Stevie Wonder Interview (Inserlude) (feat Maimouna Youssef) (5:00)
  10. Baby I'm Scared Of You (4:19)
Review: Some 30 years after rising to prominence via a now legendary NYC radio show, veteran hip-hop DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia have finally made a debut album. It sees them join forces with specially created nine-piece combo The M19s Band to serve up fresh covers of a range of well-known and obscure "dance floor bangers" (as the accompanying press release puts it). There are some superb interpretations, with the Police's dub disco jam "Voices Inside My Head" becoming a sweet soul-jazz treat, the Clash's "Magnificent Dance" reborn as a Latin jazz number (complete with Rich Medina spoken word vocal) and Womack & Womack's "Baby I'm Scared of You" a seductive, shuffling Afro-Cuban jazz standard. In a word: brilliant.
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All Out
All Out (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 5BB 022. Rel: 20 Dec 19
  1. Mass Influence - "All Out" (3:41)
  2. Bill Evans Orchestra - "55 Days At Peking" (2:38)
Review: Another massive and rare hip hop monster classic from 5BB with the huge 'All Out' from Mass Influence backed by the rare original sample source. Only 300 copies dont sleep !
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 in stock $10.39
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Popcorn
Popcorn (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: HSRSS 002. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. The Upsetters - "Popcorn" (2:08)
  2. Dave Barker & The Upsetters - "Tight Spot" (2:41)
Review: For the second salvo in their "loud cut series", the Harlem Shuffle label has raided the vaults of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's legendary studio band, "The Upsetters". On the A-side you'll find "Popcorn" from 1970's "Eastwood Rides Again" album, a hard-edged, Ska-era rhythm & blues rump-shaker that sounds like a Jamaican take on James Brown. The flipside plays host to "Tight Spot", a dubbed-out reggae riddim over which tight saxophone riffs ascend impressively while deejay/singer/mic man attempts to get the dance going with some choice words and phrases. Like the A-side, it's a genuine dancefloor workout.
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Baduizm (reissue)
Baduizm (reissue) (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
UMC
Cat: 602557 018066. Rel: 25 Nov 16
  1. Rim Shot (intro) (1:56)
  2. On & On (3:46)
  3. Appletree (4:25)
  4. Otherside Of The Game (6:36)
  5. Sometimes (mix #9) (0:45)
  6. Next Lifetime (6:27)
  7. Afro (freestyle skit) (2:26)
  8. Certainly (4:27)
  9. 4 Leaf Clover (4:34)
  10. No Love (5:08)
  11. Drama (6:02)
  12. Sometimes... (4:08)
  13. Certainly (Flipped It) (5:27)
  14. Rim Shot (outro) (2:19)
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Calling Out
Calling Out (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: CMC 288. Rel: 26 Feb 20
  1. Calling Out (5:39)
  2. Calling Out (instrumental) (5:35)
Review: Former Paper Recordings artist Sophie Lloyd apparently started working on "Calling Out" whilst gripped by the January blues. Her intention was simply to make "happy music". To that end, she turned to her gospel roots. The results, shared here on 7" single for the first time, are little less than spectacular. With collaborator Dames Brown in tow, Lloyd's vocals - accompanied by a gospel choir, of course - simply soar above a jaunty, piano-heavy track rich in live instrumentation. It sits somewhere between traditional gospel, house and disco, with a flipside instrumental brilliantly showcasing the quality of the instrumentation throughout. The piano solos, in particular, are breathlessly good.
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Nacao Africa
Cat: FVR 162. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Canto Da Bahia (6:05)
  2. Dia De Verao (5:26)
  3. Guerreiro Yoruba (6:38)
  4. Nacao Africa (4:49)
  5. Copacabana (4:02)
  6. Canto De Iemanja (5:40)
  7. Nacao Africa (part 2) (4:03)
Review: Eagle eyed diggers might have spotted Camarao Orkestra's excellent Nacao Africa 12" single dropping last year on Favorite Recordings. Now the promise of that single has been followed up with this wonderful album - a scintillating blend of Latin jazz, funk, samba, Afrobeat and much more besides. The playing is second to none, not least the gorgeous Rhodes on "Dia De Verao", and the energy pivots nimbly across these seven tracks to make for a varied but cohesive listen. Uptempo "Guerreiro Yoruba" is an infectious stomper, while "Copacabana" captures a cool 70s funk vibe that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rufus & Chaka Khan record. With the title track bringing the perfect laid back party flavour too, there's a lot to savour on this album, not least while the sun is shining.
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 in stock $19.75
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You Made Your Bed
You Made Your Bed (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7049. Rel: 27 Feb 20
  1. Reuben Howell - "You Made Your Bed" (2:49)
  2. The Magic Disco Machine - "Scratchin'" (2:42)
 in stock $11.43
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All This Love That I'm Givin
Cat
Cat: CATX 2015. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. All This Love That I'm Givin' (3:53)
  2. Maybe I'll Find Somebody New (3:25)
Review: For those of a certain age, Gwen McRae's "All This Love That I'm Givin" will always evoke memories of Cassius' French Touch classic "Feeling For You", which sampled it heavily. It remains a killer record in its' own right, though, as this timely reissue proves. Originally released in 1979, it sees McRae at her powerful best, delivering a potent message to an errant lover over a killer, low-slung disco-funk groove. It's one of the tracks that should really be in any discerning funk, soul or disco DJ's collection. Flip for original B-side "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New", a breezier chunk of laidback soul with a slightly Southern lilt. It's good, but pales into insignificance compared to the brilliant 'A' side.
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 in stock $7.27
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Toxic Funk Vol 2
Cat: BBP 178. Rel: 07 May 20
  1. Sitting On The Bay Banger (4:17)
  2. Fire Cracker (3:33)
Review: Last year Breakbeat Paradise inaugurated the Toxic Funk series of mash-ups, reworks and party-starting sample jams via a tidy seven-inch single from BadboE and Tom Showtime. Here the series returns with a similarly fiery "45" from Edinburgh-based DJ/producer Gramophone Soul. On side A he smashes together elements from soul classic "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay", Beastie Boys raps and bombastic, loose-limbed breakbeats. The results are as effective as you'd expect (IE it sounds like a bona fide party-starter). Turn to the flip for "Fire Cracker", a tooled-up, stomping soul affair that stays closer to its soulful source material whilst also re-framing it a little for contemporary dancefloors.
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KEARL
KEARL (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: MEL 005. Rel: 14 Apr 20
  1. New Visions
  2. Propel Ahead
  3. Take Fight
Review: Earl Jeffers has been doing some sterling work over the last few years, pushing a soul-enriched house sound from his own drops to collaborations with the likes of Byron The Aquarius and Henry Wu. He's back on his own label Melange, this time alongside the mighty K15, and as you can expect it's a record bursting with musicality, spirituality and boundless broken beat delights. From effervescent lead track "New Visions" to the sultry downtempo lull of "Propel Ahead" and on to the club-ready bump of "Take Flight", this is an EP that places both artists at the forefront of contemporary funk-laced, soulful house music.


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Rescue Me
Rescue Me (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BH 115BLACK. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Rescue Me (3:28)
  2. Bar-B-Q (3:28)
Review: Rework merchant Djar One can usually be relied to deliver the goods, regardless of whether he's in re-edit, mash-up or full on remix mode. For his latest trick, he's taken his scalpel to Fontella Bass soul classic "Rescue Me", beefing up the beats a little and thickening up the bassline while keeping much of the original in-tact. It's undeniably floor-friendly and reverential enough not to annoy those who love the original (which, let's face it, is almost all of us). Over on the flipside, he fattens up another classic soul gem, once again making the beats flow in a way that suits modern dancefloors without particularly tampering with the track's infectiously stomping groove.
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 in stock $13.00
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Dummy
Dummy (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 828 5221. Rel: 13 Mar 18
  1. Mysterons (4:59)
  2. Sour Times (4:13)
  3. Strangers (3:58)
  4. It Could Be Sweet (4:12)
  5. Wandering Star (4:51)
  6. Numb (3:58)
  7. Roads (5:07)
  8. Pedestal (3:39)
  9. Biscuit (4:49)
  10. Glory Box (4:54)
 in stock $14.30
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Frank
Frank (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 1776241. Rel: 17 Aug 08
  1. Stronger Than Me
  2. You Sent Me Flying (Cherry)
  3. Know You Now
  4. F**k Me Pumps
  5. I Heard Love Is Blind
  6. Moody's Mood For Love (Teo Licks)
  7. (There Is) No Greater Love
  8. In My Bed
  9. Take The Box
  10. October Song
  11. What Is It About Men?
  12. Help Yourself
  13. Amy Amy Amy (outro)
 in stock $12.47
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Kokoroko
 in stock $9.10
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