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Last One Standing
Last One Standing (clear vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 208C1. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Last One Standing (part 1) (3:26)
  2. Last One Standing (part 2) (3:49)
Review: This retro-modern split 7" proves Monophonics' reputation as incredible replica artists. 'Last One Standing' comes in two parts, effortlessly emulating the 70s funk and soul styles of Curtis Mayfield and Al Green - albeit with a purer, warmer feel. This seven minute cut of funk euphoria is full of fat bass licks and false endings, pigeonholing the pimpin' drama that was soul in Mayfield's time. "I will be the last one standing" is the mantra, lending the whole song an extra cinematic mood, with a climaxxing faux-instrumental ensuing towards its second half.
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Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $8.55
The Big Bonus Beats
Cat: SRW 023. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. The Big Bonus Beats (A Jorun Bombay edit) (2:26)
  2. Jamaican Funk (A Jorun Bombay edit) (4:40)
Review: Jorun Bombay is back once again with more of his masterful beat mash ups and beat juggling 7"s. This is his second this week - well, it's a black wax version of the same EP where the other is bright pink, both on Soundweight. He opens up with 'The Big Bonus Beats' (A Jorun Bombay edit) which has crashing drum hits and an iconic vocal mashed together with some funky guitar riffs and plenty of big, oversized and splashing cymbals. 'Jamaican Funk (A Jorun Bombay edit)' is a super sweet jam with a plunging synth bassline and more classic vocal samples that lend it a neo-soul feel.
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Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $16.26
Inner City
Inner City (limited 7")
Cat: FF45 015. Rel: 08 Dec 21
  1. Jim Sharp - "Inner City" (3:46)
  2. Nick Bike - "Inner City" (Power mix) (4:54)
Review: Jim Sharp & Nick Bike are two of Canada's finest beat makers and here they turn their attention to the legendary Marvin Gaye. His 'Inner City' from the timeless What's Going On album gets a modern update from Jim Sharp that retains the soulful vocal of the original but with new drums. They're crisp and tight but funky, and the bendy chords and melodic motifs flesh it out. On the reverse is a Power Mix by Nick Bike that ups the weight and stomp of the drums and layers in the wordless ad libs from the original to bring the soul.

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Played by: The Allergies
! low stock $12.12
Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House
Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 093. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Ernest Honny - "Kofi Psych" (interlude 1) (4:28)
  2. Joe Meah - "Dee Mmaa Pe" (6:14)
  3. CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Yeaba" (4:27)
  4. Santrofi-Ansa - "Shakabula" (4:13)
  5. Seaboy & Nyame Bekyere - "Tinitini" (4:17)
  6. Joe Meah - "Ahwene Pa Nkasa" (7:00)
  7. Ernest Honny - "Ernest Special" (interlude 2) (4:02)
  8. Seaboy - "Africa" (6:27)
  9. Nyame Bekyere - "Broken Heart/Aunty Yaa/Omo Yaba (Nzema)" (Medley) (10:43)
  10. Ernest Honny - "Say The Truth" (interlude 3) (6:09)
  11. Black Masters Band - "Wonnin A Bisa" (5:31)
  12. Sawaaba Soundz - "Egye Tu Gbe" (3:46)
  13. CK Mann Big Band - "Fa W'akoma Ma Me" (4:11)
  14. Ernest Honny - "Odo Mframa" (interlude 4) (6:12)
Review: We are truly honored to announce our 33rd compilation from our regular series, "Essiebons Special 1973 - 1983 // Ghana Music Power House", celebrating legendary producer Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's many achievements within Ghanaian music which coincides with Analog Africa's 15th Anniversary.
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 in stock $23.71
Promises (limited gatefold marbled vinyl LP + insert in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: LB 0097LPMARB. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Promises (Movement 1) (6:24)
  2. Promises (Movement 2) (2:31)
  3. Promises (Movement 3) (2:31)
  4. Promises (Movement 4) (2:31)
  5. Promises (Movement 5) (4:27)
  6. Promises (Movement 6) (8:50)
  7. Promises (Movement 7) (9:28)
  8. Promises (Movement 8) (7:22)
  9. Promises (Movement 9) (2:30)
Review: Last October, acclaimed saxophonist Pharoah Sanders turned 80 years young, and his input on this album is testimony to the fact he has clearly aged like a fine wine. Not that this is to suggest preceding outings were anything less worthy than this collaborative project, which sees Sam Shepherd, the British electronic artist better known to most as Floating Points, write nine spectacular arrangements which are then performed by said brass legend, alongside The London Symphony Orchestra.

The results are spectacular, and wildly far-reaching, albeit firmly rooted in jazz with classical undertones. From the movements that made this final cut, some are whisper quiet and delicate to the point of risking breaking off if you were handling haphazardly. Others are booming loud, musical jumbo jets landing at the end of another great crescendo. Whether hushed or monumental, though, we can feel every note and bar of this masterpiece.
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 in stock $28.40
Greatest Treasure
Cat: PHI 19. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Random Escapade (1:46)
  2. Greatest Treasure (5:16)
  3. Falling Star (5:56)
  4. Columbo De Domingo (3:37)
  5. Mirror To Water (4:49)
  6. Wobble In The Pool (4:42)
  7. Mystery Of Zambio (5:12)
Review: A relatively new duo consisting of Zurich musicians Schweizer and Shiller, Fuga Ronto's original music is the epitome of what new music heads know as 'balearic chuggers' - or 'bluggers', as we like to call them. With elements of synthfunk, dub and new wave, standouts from this sweat-glazed, beachside-worthy mini-album include 'Falling Star' and 'Wobble In The Pool', throwing all manner of domestic samples and adventure film quotes into the mix for good measure. Nailing fusions between song and film - resulting in the sonic equivalent to an exotic voodoo voyage - each track title reads like the name of a forgotten B-movie. Now you can snaffle up the first press of this slap-bassing, multilingual dance project on limited black vinyl.
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 in stock $28.95
Multitrack Reworks Vol 1
Multitrack Reworks Vol 1 (hand-stamped 12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MT 001. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Clouds (7:11)
  2. Slave (6:08)
Review: Multitrack Reworks is a new label that will be putting out limited edition, hand-stamped white label 12"s that are made from reworked tunes that have been constructed from the original multitracks. Kicking off the first one is the queen of soul that is Chaka Khan and a version of 'Clouds' with nice loose drums, big string builds and a silky vocal. Flip it over and you will find a brilliantly dynamic and funky new take on the most classic Grace Jones jam, 'Slave To The Rhythm.' It's packed with plenty of rich instrumental licks, a flamboyant sense of melody and of course Grace's own seductive voice.
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 in stock $29.50
The Sound Of Mercury Rising: Volumen Tres
Cat: PIKESLP 003. Rel: 25 Nov 21
  1. Mode - "Lo-Fi Odyssey" (Stallions remix) (7:48)
  2. Georgie Red - "We'll Work It Out" (5:11)
  3. Peter Jacques Band - "Mighty Fine" (5:15)
  4. Mozaika - "Never See You Again" (6:57)
  5. Pino Presti - "You Know Why" (feat Roxy Robinson - Disco version) (4:58)
  6. Twice Of Love - "24 Hours From Culture" (5:58)
  7. Backbeat Convention - "Love & Happiness" (Quartz Ddub All Over mix) (7:47)
  8. Chris & Cosey - "Exotika" (12" mix) (5:59)
  9. Tavares - "I Wanna See You Soon" (3:47)
  10. Brass Construction - "Now Is Tomorrow (Anticipation)" (5:58)
Review: Despite the universal imposition of lockdown, DJ Harvey's Mercury Rising nights have made a lasting impression on one particular Ibizan hideaway - the world-renowned rock n' roll themed hotel, Pikes, a favourite of Ibiza titans Fatboy Slim and Patrick Topping. To keep the spark of this monthly party alive, Harvey launched his 'Mercury Rising' compilations, putting only the best of Ibiza's balearic talents on display. The third and final volume is now finally in our mitts, and what an impressive array: odysseys of aquatic, twanging sound come courtesy of choice cuts by local mainstays Kraak & Smaak, Project Sandro and MODE.
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 in stock $25.09
In The Fast Lane
Cat: VLM 004. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Jean-Luc Ponty - "In The Fast Lane" (4:09)
  2. Opolopo - "In The Fast Lane" (6:13)
Review: French jazz-funk experimentalist Jean-Luc Ponty was already a quarter of a century into his career when he recorded 'In The Fast Lane', a genuinely brilliant synth-heavy workout that added trademark violin refrains to a staccato drum machine rhythm and bold, bubbly waves of synthesizer. The record became something of an anthem in the techno clubs of Detroit on its 1989 release, while also inspiring jazz-dancers at Gilles Peterson's legendary Dingwalls sessions. Here the track gets a deserved re-release as a 12" single, with extensive sleeve notes courtesy of the man himself. This time round, there's also an inspired cover version from Opolopo, who re-creates Ponty's famous synthesizer riffs, jams out colourful new solos and adds them all to a non-stop house beat that's as infectious as they come. Simply superb.
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! low stock $12.12
Send The Rain
Cat: ATA 024. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. Send The Rain (7:27)
  2. Send The Rain (instrumental) (7:25)
  3. Funky Thing (6:43)
  4. Funky Thing (instrumental) (6:33)
Review: United Disco Organisation have been tapped up by the ATA label for its first voyage into the world of disco. The band is made up of producer and bassist Neil Innes and guitarist and singer Chris Dawkins and here they head off to the cosmos with a classically inclined sound that comes with lashings of Philly soul influences. 'Send The Rain' opens things up and features a fine flute lead from label-mate Tony Burkill. Dawkins's vocals then take the lead over a nice woody, organic groove and an instrumental is also featured. 'Funky Thing' is a glossy, vibes-heavy tune with big melodies and chunky drum funk.
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 in stock $10.20
A New Day (Is Here At Last)
  1. JC Davis - "A New Day (Is Here At Last)" (3:10)
  2. Hell Razah - "Project Jazz" (feat Talib Kweli & MF Doom) (3:47)
Review: The Originals label always does a grand job of pairing the sweetest source material with its famous sampling counterpart, and most importantly they put the originators up front on the A side. This time around they're celebrating the ascendant jazz funk masterpiece 'A New Day (Is Here At Least)' by legendary saxophonist JC Davis, originally released in 1969 and sounding fresh to this day. On the flip comes an open-hearted approach to the iconic brass licks courtesy of Hell Razah, with none other than Talib Kweli and MF Doom in full flow over the top for the impeccable 'Project Jazz' from 2007. Two absolutely golden sides on a perfect little 45, what's not to love?
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Played by: The Allergies
! low stock $12.12
Good For Dance
Good For Dance (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CMR 003. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Scruscru & Aman Po-Kaifu - "Acid Salam" (5:36)
  2. Skitcut - "Zaletaet Na Acid" (5:17)
  3. Funkyjaws - "Acid Circus" (6:22)
  4. Eddie C - "Dysk Dzokej On Acid" (3:54)
Review: Craft Music's taste in sizzling hot party music is absolutely confirmed as razor sharp with this third instalment of edits and re-rubs with a twist. Far from vanilla re-arrangements, these re-versions get fruity with the source material and on Good For Dance there's a particular emphasis on acid. First up Scruscru & Aman Po-Kaifu get right down and dirty with Nigerian classic 'Salem' by The Funkees, whipping up a veritable storm with 'Acid Salam'. Next up Skitcut gets into a serious stomp laden with wriggling 303 action on 'Zaletaet Na Acid', and Funkyjaws has some fun weaving slamming claps and nimble bleeps into the brassy source material for 'Acid Circus'. Eddie C rounds things off with a proper rubbery acid tweaker which slips in smooth on 'Dysk Dzokej On Acid'. Classy stuff, and whole heaps of fun for those who love acid, those who love disco, and those who love both.
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 in stock $11.02
Salute To The Sun Live: Live At Halle St Peter's
Salute To The Sun Live: Live At Halle St Peter's (2xLP (side 4 etched) + MP3 download code)
Cat: GONDLP 047. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. Harmony With Nature (8:28)
  2. Joyful Spirits Of The Universe (10:10)
  3. Canopy & Stars (6:56)
  4. Mindfulness Meditations (2:46)
  5. Tropical Landscapes (7:25)
  6. Salute To The Sun (9:41)
Review: The Alt label hits its second record with a sterling cast of wayward techno bods in tow. Things fire up in a tough and trippy manner as Delta wrings all kinds of tricky noises out of his gear and keeps the bass brooding in the low end, but hold tight for a perfectly 90s chord progression in that pad line. Cabanelas has a bleepy mission on 'Sambu Y Los Morsas' which flits between creepy passages of tension and acid tweaking drops. Z@p keeps things melancholic while adhering to the record's over-arching old-skoool outboard vibe, and then Justin Drake and Quinn Whalley sign the record off with a slice of proto trance for the deepest of 90s-tinted dancefloor reveries.
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 in stock $27.30
Mr Clean
Cat: DYNAM 7103. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Mr Clean (5:16)
  2. Homey (4:16)
Review: Mr. Weldon Johnathan Irvine is one of the many great artists who were part of the 80s funk, jazz, and soul scene. He is said to have been a super clam and gentle soul and that is clear from the music, which is superbly laidback and welcoming. This 45rpm takes a nice breezy jaunt through his jazzy world with innovative keyboard work and warm double bass and horns. There is a more smoky sound on the b-side which is a chill groove with lovely melodica and guitar sounds to nod along to. This is the first time this music has been available on 7".
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 in stock $14.07
Fat Mouth
Cat: DYNAM 7105. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Fat Mouth (7:14)
  2. Turkish Bath (6:55)
Review: Back in the 80s, Weldon Johnathan Irvine was a core part of the sul, jazz and funk scene. He was an amiable man who put out plenty of records that reflected that and now some of them are making their way onto 45rpm for the first time ever. This latest 7" opens with 'Fat Mouth' which is a busy and dynamic cut with mad keys work, crashing drums and a real sense of urgency as it hurries along. There is a more reflective and thoughtful mood to the gorgeous flip side, which encourages the mind to wander on the heart chords and breezy grooves.
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 in stock $14.07
You Got Me Thinkin'
You Got Me Thinkin' (hand-numbered 7'' limited to 500 copies in Juno exclusive sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 080. Rel: 08 Nov 21
  1. You Got Me Thinkin' (3:32)
  2. You Got Me Thinkin' (Exclusive unreleased instrumental version) (3:33)
Review: As played by DJ Koco, J Rocc,The Allergies, Smoove.... Big b boy drums, punchy brass,twangy guitar and a timeless killer vocal workout from Tyra Hammond. Irresistable soul drenched funk fodder !! Initially out on New Zealand imprint On The Crate Records back in 2006 and later featured as a 12'' EP on Mukatsuku in 2007 but long since deleted the label re visits again this bonefide monster classic yet again this time in 7 inch format with a never heard before unreleased instrumental version on flipside.
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 in stock $7.71
Natura Morta
Cat: PP 1003. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. En Plein Air (2:43)
  2. Impasto (3:12)
  3. Prussian Blue (4:04)
  4. Natura Morta (3:04)
  5. Panorama (3:39)
  6. Alla Prima (3:07)
  7. Umber (2:57)
  8. Barocco, Ma Non Troppo (2:36)
  9. Memento Mori (2:41)
  10. Pentimento (2:10)
  11. Natura Morta (reprise) (2:09)
Review: Sven Wunder's new album Natura Morta (which translates as dead nature) finds him joining the dots between nature and "the human ability to judge and observe in eleven musical compositions." The Swedish artist really excels on his mission here with serene and sophisticated strings on grandiose and sweeping opening track 'En Plein Air.' From there, the airy sounds continue with melancholic chords and exquisite strings all soothing the soul as they take you on a journey through the great outdoors. The lush title track is a particular standout with its widescreen feel and romantic acoustic sounds.
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Played by: DJ Kobayashi
 in stock $29.50
Take Them In Prayer
Cat: ATH 109. Rel: 25 Nov 21
  1. Take Them In Prayer (4:04)
  2. Let Him Be Your Everything (3:43)
Review: Another week brings another monster new 45 from the incomparable Athens of the North. This time out it is an early 80s bit of irresistible gospel, disco and boogie from Earl Young. 'Take Them In Prayer' is pure gold thanks to its tight and funky rhythm section, the delicate thinking on the keys and the heart aching vocals of earl Young that soar up top. Flip it over and on the reverse of this one and you will find 'Let Him Be Your Everything,' a quiet love song with only melancholic keys for company. It's the complete opposite of the a-side but is just as devastating for different reasons.
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 in stock $14.89
Sexy Lady
Sexy Lady (12")
Cat: BK 040. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Sexy Lady (5:14)
  2. Keep Dancing (4:13)
Review: Having recently delivered a string of must-have Brit-funk reissues, the crate diggers at Backatcha Records are now treating us to some seriously obscure tropical disco. Both tracks originally appeared on the flipside of a self-released, 1982 EP from St Kitts and Nevis percussionist and vocalist Gerard PJ Brown. Both cuts were recorded in Puerto Rico, but the sound is undeniably Caribbean in flavour. 'Sexy Lady' is a killer boogie-era disco number laden with spacey synth sounds, rubbery bass and punchy brass, with Brown's vocals sat atop. Over on the flip, 'Keep Dancing' is a superb dub disco number in which Brown's percussion skills come to the fore atop a synth-sporting reggae groove. In a word: essential!
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 in stock $13.22
Let's Stay Together
Let's Stay Together (hand-stamped 7")
Cat: BNG 004. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Let's Stay Together (3:50)
  2. Let's Dub Together (3:46)
Review: There's a pleasing "going back to his roots" feel about this release from Bristol luminary Rob Smith AKA RSD. Unlike much of the material he's released under the alias, which draws on dub, hip-hop and dubstep for inspiration, this seven-inch recalls the early days of the "Bristol sound", where Smith and Ray Mighty were responsible for producing tons of classic street soul-informed fare. Denise Morgan delivers a superbly soulful, glassy-eyed rendition of Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' atop an attractive, turn-of-the-90s style street soul beat rich in classic hip-hop breaks, fluid piano and stirring synth strings. The accompanying 'Let's Dub Together' version, a more stripped-back and sub-heavy affair rich in reverb-laden vocal snippets, is equally as inspired.
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 in stock $11.02
Idol Eyes
Idol Eyes (12" repress)
Cat: STARSON 001EP. Rel: 30 Nov 21
  1. Idol Eyes (4:45)
  2. Letting Go (3:43)
  3. Summer Sun (4:44)
  4. Lovesong (9:10)
  5. Secret Song (5:24)
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Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti (Soundtrack)
  1. John Dalton Street (2:25)
  2. Manchester M2 6LD (2:26)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of cult Italian horror movies should be aware of the work of Giulliano Sorgini, and in particular his soundtrack to Non Si Deve Profanre Il Sonno Dei Mortie (a movie known in English as both The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie). This Four Flies Records' "45" boasts two of the most potent recordings from the soundtrack. On the A-side you'll find the movie's main theme, 'John Dalton Theme', a superb slab of zombified psych-funk laden with simmering horror strings, loose-limbed percussion solos, crunchy drum-breaks and toasty bass. Over o the flip you'll find 'Manchester M2 6LD', a stripped-back reprise version that replaces Sorgini's cut-glass strings with sustained Hammond organ chords. Happily, the killer groove and righteous drum solos remain in-tact.
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Todo En Su Medida Y Armoniosamente (reissue)
  1. La Perichita Hace Lo Que Puede (6:08)
  2. Albarraseis (3:13)
  3. Quien Se Llevo A Mi Negra? (3:11)
  4. Todo En Su Medida Y Armoniosamente (4:55)
  5. Contextos Oblicuos (4:36)
  6. Milonga'n Roll (2:52)
  7. Se Acabo El Recreo (4:46)
  8. Haceme Shaft (1:19)
Review: El Trio was Pocho Lapouble, Ricardo Lew and Adalberto Cevasco, a collective of seventies jazz musicians from Argentina. Their Todo En Su Medida Y Armoniosamente album is a cult classic from 1974 which marked them out as some of South America's most important artists and an original copy will cost you upwards of L350. It is a fusion of soul, jazz, a little folk and plenty of funk. Tracks like 'Albarraseis' are earthy and organic affairs that take you to the Argentine countryside, while 'Quien Se Llevo A Mi Negra?' is a more funky and rocking beat for the clubs. The record has aged well and still sounds fresh all these years later.
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West Coast Revival
Cat: SVVRCH 046. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. It's Gonna Be Hard (2:55)
  2. So Far Away (3:41)
  3. Feelin' Alright (3:50)
  4. Love Of My Life (3:11)
  5. Talkin' 'Bout Love (3:39)
  6. The Family Was Right (3:12)
  7. Free (3:05)
  8. My Mind Is At Ease (3:55)
  9. Familiar Places (5:45)
  10. Beautiful Girl (3:39)
Review: West Coast Revival, as the name suggests, was a band of male soul vocalists from California. They put out just three singles and one album, West Coast Revival, in 1977, which is a breezy and heart-swelling collection of upbeat surf-funk gems. It is one of those that will cost you a pretty penny on the second-hand market if you can find a copy, and the sort of easy to listen to album that never grows old. The vocal harmonies are buttery sweet, the grooves and tight and smooth, and the overall sound is polished but never overly so.
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Deja Vu
Deja Vu (7")
Cat: DYNAM 7104. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Deja Vu (Exclusive 7" version) (3:42)
  2. I Am (1:25)
  3. Bananas (2:18)
Review: Weldon Johnathan Irvine is enjoying a return to the spot light this month as Dynamite Cuts serve up a trio of reissues of some of his best work. He recorded it all during the 80s, when the British funk, soul and jazz scene was at its most vibrant best and this is a fine expand of that. As always with this famously relaxed and easy going artist work, the music reflects his warm spirit in sound. This limited 45rpm opens with a special 7" cut of 'Deja Vu' which is mellifluous and glowing thanks to the molten Rhodes chords. On the flip is 'I Am' and then 'Bananas' gets you shaking your limbs with its off-grid beats and busy chord work.
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More Than A Memory
More Than A Memory (white label 7")
Cat: CLMN 191C1. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. More Than A Memory (3:48)
  2. Solitary Me (4:09)
 in stock $6.89
Prime Choice (Deluxe Edition)
Prime Choice (Deluxe Edition) (180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: MAR 043. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Prime Choice (6:04)
  2. Until The End (4:50)
  3. Popcorn Funk (3:51)
  4. Handyman (4:30)
  5. That Girl (3:37)
  6. Song For You (4:34)
  7. Prime Choice (3:30)
Review: Calvin "Popcorn" Ward is one of those legendary musical figures form time gone by. He put out just one album and a couple of Eps, but they were good enough to secure him an enduring elegy with funk and soul fans. His Prime Choice album came on Shanell in 1983 and the one copy currently for sale on second-hand sites is over 630 quid. Thankfully Mad About has assembled this heavyweight reissue. Sentimental soul, analogue disco and lo-fi funk all characterise each tune, as does Calvin's own vocals which range from upbeat and positive to heartbroken and raw. A real gem.
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Fancy Dancer (reissue)
Fancy Dancer (reissue) (limited 180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: 359680 3. Rel: 19 Nov 21
  1. Uno Esta (6:49)
  2. The Trip (5:42)
  3. You Make Me Feel So Good (6:13)
  4. Fancy Dancer (5:35)
  5. Mestizo Eyes (4:46)
  6. Sweeter Than Sugar (4:22)
  7. Please Set Me At Ease (5:50)
Review: American Bobbi Humphrey is one of the most well loved jazz flautists. She turned out plenty of vibrant albums, none less so than this, Fancy Dancer, which was her fifth. It came on Blue Note in 1975 and is full of all killer no filler gold. It also saw her, along with producers the Mizell Brothers aka Larry and Fonce, come up with a fresh new largely instrumental funk sound. Weaving in everything from world music to soul-jazz to club music to pop, it's a widescreen sound that is packed with uplifting flute from Humphrey and lush production that reveals something new with each listen.
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 in stock $22.05
Hip Drop (reissue)
Hip Drop (reissue) (limited 7")
Cat: SJR 2847. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. Hip Drop (part 1) (2:44)
  2. Hip Drop (part 2) (2:37)
Review: Soul Jazz Records are focusing on the fertile New Orleans scene right and and are reissuing a load of out of print, hard to find or eye watering expensive 45rpms. Most of them have been written and produced by the legendary funk machine that is Eddie Bo and this one features in the pocket drum playing from New Orleans's great James Black. His super tight rhythms power along both parts of these big, party start funk tunes. Expressive and guttural vocals light up each one with plenty of horns for good measure.
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Through It All
Cat: BCR 099. Rel: 19 Nov 21
  1. Through It All (3:29)
  2. Under The Sun (3:24)
Review: Five years after her last album on the Big Crown label, Lady Wray is soon to serve up a follow up in the form of Piece of Me. That arrives in January next year and is proceeded by this taster 7" featuring two singles from it. They showcase Wray's take on classic soul: her vocals do plenty of heavy lifting, and the instrumental funk all around her is steeped in the classic traditions, but it all comes with an extra raw edge, an urgency and crispness that brings it right up to date. 'Through It All' is a confessional that is powered by tight drums, where 'Under The Sun' is a more blissed out vibe.
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Wheel Spin
Cat: FLEX 7002. Rel: 19 Oct 21
  1. Wheel Spin (Revision) (4:50)
  2. Giv It Up (Revision) (4:58)
Review: Acclaimed French producer The Reflex is back on his Flex7 imprint. The Reflex moniker is part tribute to Nile Rodgers' remix of Duran Duran's 1984 song of the same name and a nod to the Logic Pro production software's Flextime tool, which allows users to alter and sync audio files. It's business as usual on this one, with two remixes direct from the master tapes combining creativity and functionality for maximum dancefloor impact. On the A side you've got the low slung yet elevating soul power of 'Wheel Spin' (Revision), while over on the flip there's the downtown vocal funk of 'Giv It Up' (Revision).
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Time & Space
  1. Time & Space (4:24)
  2. Time & Space (instrumental) (3:46)
  3. Time & Space (alternative) (4:07)
  4. Time & Space (alternative instrumental) (4:06)
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Whats Good For The Goose
Cat: AOS 313. Rel: 15 Oct 21
  1. Whats Good For The Goose (2:26)
  2. Whats Good For The Goose (dub Out mix) (3:00)
Review: Proper future classic Omar S!
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What Good Am I Without You
  1. What Good Am I Without You (2:24)
  2. That Certain Little Something (2:35)
Review: Michigan soul singer Darrow Fletcher has a fine discography and golden nuggets and now two classic cuts make it to this tidy 45 rpm. An original copy of 'What Good Am I Without You,' which was recorded in 1967 on Jacklyn Records, will cost you well over L200 and it's easy to see why when you hear it. The heart-wrenching vocal is irresistible while the flying strings and lively drums carry you away. On the flip is a tune taken from the Groovy label that was recorded a year earlier. 'That Certain Little Something' is a big, brass lead and funky tune with a drop chorus and some powerful drums. A real must-have 7" here.
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Tigre (reissue)
  1. Tigre (3:36)
  2. Tigre (Leo Mas & Fabrice vocal dub mix) (6:30)
  3. Gennarino 'O Sioux (3:20)
  4. Gennarino 'O Sioux (Leo Mas & Fabrice vocal dub mix) (7:13)
Review: Archeo know how to hunt down a rare jam and give it the kind of reissue it deserves, so who better to handle this job? Tonica & Dominante was a studio project conceived by Antonio Iglio and Antonio Moxedano, which yielded a couple of singles and an album at the end of the 70s. It's a warm, organic sound before Italo disco swerved hard towards synthesisers and drum machines, and you can see why anyone digging for the rarest grooves would go crazy for the two tracks on this previously rare-as-hell 7". This new Archeo version ports the original tracks onto 12" and folds in two tasteful, clubbed-up dub mixes from Leo Mas & Fabrice.
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Love Has Found Its Way
Love Has Found Its Way (transparent blue vinyl 7")
Cat: VR 06. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Love Has Found Its Way (guitar instrumental version) (4:38)
  2. Love Has Found Its Way (dub guitar) (4:38)
Review: Earlier in the year, Robert 'Dubwise' Browne followed up his superb, soft-focus reggae-soul cover of 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' with 'Love Has Found Its Way', a fine hook-up with vocalist Maya Hatch that effortlessly joined the dots between samba, lovers rock and sultry downtempo soul. On this "45" he delivers two instrumental revisions of the cut, both of which make superb use of the glistening, fluid jazz guitar solos that only made a brief appearance on the original release. The A-side 'Guitar Instrumental Version' sounds like a future Balearic classic, with his Peter Green-esque solos tumbling down across a shuffling samba rhythm. The flipside 'Dub Guitar' version explores similar sonic territory, amplifying the bass a little while making good use of reverb and delay effects. In a word: gorgeous.
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Ritmo Matizon
Cat: DSC 005. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Ritmo Martizon (3:28)
  2. Pa Gozar (5:56)
Review: If you're into little-known South American gems from the dim and distant past, Mexico City's Discodelic label has got you covered. This limited-edition "45" marks the second instalment of their ongoing "Nicaraguan Afro-Latin" series and offers-up two deep cuts from the catalogue of tropical Afro-rock kings Bwama. Both tracks were originally featured on the band's second self-titled album in 1972. Our pick of the pair is A-side 'Ritmo Martizon', a richly percussive fusion of Guajira rhythms, salsa style pianos, gravelly funk-rock guitars and life-affirming vocals. That said, flipside 'Pa Goza' - a funky, shoulder-swinging affair featuring duelling organ and guitar lines atop a locked-in Latin beat - is also superb. In a word: essential!
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Space Walkin
Cat: CORD 7030. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. Space Walking (4:23)
  2. Down At The Disco (3:13)
Played by: Roual Galloway
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Deciphering The Message
Deciphering The Message (limited LP + insert)
Cat: 381447 3. Rel: 19 Nov 21
  1. A Slice Of The Top (3:12)
  2. Sunset (3:48)
  3. When Your Lover Has Gone (2:07)
  4. Ecaroh (3:01)
  5. Tranquility (3:37)
  6. Wail Bait (2:08)
  7. Coppin' The Haven (2:30)
  8. Frank's Tune (3:38)
  9. Autumn In New York (5:55)
  10. Monaco (2:23)
  11. Mr Jin (2:58)
  12. CFD (3:17)
  13. Black Rhythm Happening (3:25)
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Battlestar (limited 7")
Cat: ATS 02. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Battlestar (3:44)
  2. Countdown (dub) (3:00)
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5 (LP)
Cat: FL 00002. Rel: 17 Feb 20
  1. Up All Night (4:20)
  2. Don't Waste My Time (3:15)
  3. Foot On Necks (3:14)
  4. Why Why Why Why Why (4:02)
  5. Pink Sands (1:52)
  6. Let Me Go (3:18)
  7. Masterpiece (5:45)
  8. Add A Little Bit Of SAULT (0:20)
  9. Something's In The Air (3:12)
  10. Think About It (2:49)
  11. Wild Hundreds (part 5) (0:50)
  12. We Are The Sun (3:58)
  13. Wild Hundreds (part 55) (1:28)
  14. BABE (3:41)
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I'm Here
Cat: ZP 71. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. I'm Here (4:03)
  2. The Moment (4:35)
Review: 'I'm Here' is the glorious second single from Cornell CC Carter's album, Next Life. It is a superbly seductive and go-slow stepper with neat bass riffs spaciously drawn out beneath acoustic guitar motifs and lumpy drums. The vocal is butter sweet and as the track rolls on the chords grow ever more lush. After that memorising a-side comes a modern take on Curtis Mayfield style soul complete with the steamy spoken vocals, screen string sweeps and pillowy chords. Finishing it off in style is a bassline to die for.
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Tempos Futuros
Cat: FARO 228LP. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. The Razor's Edge (3:30)
  2. Prece (feat Sabrina Malheiros) (3:57)
  3. Telegramas Para Arp (6:01)
  4. Retrato (feat Sean Khan) (5:46)
  5. Requiem For A Storm (1:35)
  6. Alto Verao (High Summer) (feat Sabrina Malheiros) (5:36)
  7. O Temporal (6:38)
  8. Marcinha (5:08)
  9. Kuarup (4:29)
Review: Here's something special: a luscious, far-sighted solo album from Azymuth bassist Alex Malheiros, produced by rising star (and son of Brit-funk/acid jazz legend Bluey) Daniel Maunick. It's a predictably warming, slick and summery affair whose tracks casually - and successfully - join the dots between Azymuth style jazz-funk, samba, Brit-funk, Weather Report and rubbery, sun-soaked deepness. As you'd expect, the musicianship is impeccable (Malheiros' own bass parts are stunning and as fluid as you'd expect), while Maunick's production is polished without being overtly clinical. The result is a hugely enjoyable set that may well become regarded as a contemporary jazz-funk classic.
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Keep In Touch (reissue)
Keep In Touch (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: PINKY 1. Rel: 19 Nov 21
  1. Keep In Touch (6:50)
  2. Keep In Touch (edit) (5:43)
Review: The well-regarded Far Out label starts a new catalogue number series for this first reissue from Brit-funk band Freeze. They are of course best known for lighting up the charts and dance floors of the 1908s with their super hit 'Southern Freeez' but also penned plenty of other gems. 'Keep In Touch' is right up there amongst them and now comes as an original and edited version on heavyweight vinyl. It is a joyful track packed with busy jazz-funk keys that cannot fail to amp up the party, especially in unison with a busy and tight bass riff and hip-swinging claps and drums. The edit shortness things up t make for an even more potent gem.
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The Summer House Sessions
Cat: BF 024LP. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. The Summer House Sessions (part 1) (23:59)
  2. The Summer House Sessions (part 2) (23:26)
Review: Don Cherry made many inspired, impossible-to-pigeonhole albums in his time, though few are quite as unusual - in the best possible way -as his previously unissued 1968 recording The Summer House Sessions. Recently re-discovered in the Swedish Jazz Archive, the recording featured the legendary trumpeter jamming with jazz players from umpteen Swedish bands and a Turkish percussionist. The resultant recording, which is split in two on this vinyl version, is an inspired, otherworldly mixture of improvised free-jazz jazz, Middle Eastern rhythms, intoxicating Indian style ragas, plentiful special effects and tons of heady spirituality. It's extremely hard to pigeonhole, undeniably psychedelic and genuinely brilliant.
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Pyramid Pieces 2: Modern Jazz Australia 1969-1980
  1. Bob Bertles Moontrane - "Valley Of The Tweed" (7:01)
  2. The Bruce Cale Quartet - "Kuri Monga Nui" (9:17)
  3. The Charlie Munro Trio - "Whirlpool" (4:32)
  4. Allan Zavod - "Circles" (4:02)
  5. The Ted Vining Trio - "Number One" (7:58)
  6. Out To Lunch - "What The Thunder Said" (8:04)
Review: As a continued outpost for intriguing reissue material from the 70s and 80s in Australia, The Roundtable have struck gold with this archival series of Antipodean jazz. The first volume in 2020 dealt with modal forms, while this second presentation from the Jazznote and 44 Records archives heads out into free jazz and post-bop territory too. Just check the swirling, delay soaked delights of The Charlie Muntro Trio's 'Whirlpool' and marvel at the ingenuity, or pirouette through the ascendant playing of Allan Zavod's 'Circles'. There's marvellous discoveries to be made around every corner, shining a light on an under-represented corner of global jazz culture.
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Untitled (Rise)
Untitled (Rise) (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FL 00006LP. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Strong (6:20)
  2. Fearless (4:10)
  3. Rise (1:04)
  4. I Just Want To Dance (4:24)
  5. Street Fighter (3:10)
  6. Son Shine (3:14)
  7. Rise Intently (0:48)
  8. The Beginning & The End (3:41)
  9. Free (5:07)
  10. You Know It Ain't (3:35)
  11. Uncomfortable (3:22)
  12. No Black Violins In London (1:33)
  13. Scary Times (3:35)
  14. The Black & Gold (3:12)
  15. Little Boy (3:58)
Review: Very little is known about the collective of musicians behind the SAULT project, but their music in many ways speaks for itself. Earlier in the year they delivered Untitled (Black Is), a heartfelt, angry and righteous set of soul, funk, drill and spoken word tracks that provided a brilliant commentary on what it means to be black in 2020. It's a contender for album of the year, for sure, and the good news is that this speedy follow-up is every bit as essential. It's undoubtedly more celebratory than its predecessor, but every bit as musically detailed, combining cutting-edge electronics and all manner of infectious rhythms with enlightening vocals and all manner of live jazz, soul, punk-funk and jazz-funk instrumentation (as well as some seriously evocative orchestration).
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Ptah The El Daoud
  1. Ptah The El Daoud (13:53)
  2. Turiya & Ramakrishna (8:14)
  3. Blue Nile (6:58)
  4. Mantra (16:27)
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Magic Touch
Magic Touch (hand-numbered 7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: OUR 45018. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. Magic Touch (feat Alexia Coley) (3:36)
  2. Magic Touch (instrumental) (3:36)
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Like Sugar (re-edit)
Like Sugar (re-edit) (cherry vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: CK 001. Rel: 25 Aug 21
  1. Like Sugar (re-edit) (6:01)
Played by: De Gama
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