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Atomic Kenny
Cat: FF45 009. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Atomic Kenny (3:19)
  2. Atomic Stezo (4:03)
 in stock $11.71
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Fatbackin'
Fatbackin' (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7081. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. The Fatback Band - "Fatbackin'" (3:31)
  2. Dizzy Gillespie - "Matrix" (4:06)
Review: The Dynamite Cuts crew serve up another scorching 45 here with two legends taking one side a piece. Both of these tracks are making their first ever appearance on vinyl here, the first being by the funk pioneers The Fatback Band. Their 'Fatbackin' is a rare groove classic that has long got b-boy's excited and brims with energy. Flip it over and you'll find 'Matrix' by jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie - famous for his humungous cheeks once he starts playing. It's a massive tune that has been sampled endlessly by the hip-hop world and has a sweet jazz-funk groove that'll make you move.
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 in stock $13.10
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Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: PARK 1033. Rel: 06 Nov 20
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (3:16)
  2. Summer Madness (4:01)
Review: Sometimes known as Inokasira Rangers, Park Rangers are a Japanese band who have spent much of the last decade releasing inspired but unlikely instrumental reggae covers of massive rock, pop and disco hits. This 7" single boasts two of their most popular covers, starting with a ridiculously cheery and almost hilariously cheeky version of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Built around a 1960s style rocksteady riddim, it's instantly recognisable thanks to the band's choice to track the tune of Cobain's lead vocal (which naturally isn't present) with a Hammond organ solo. On the flip you'll find a deep reggae-disco cover of Kool & The Gang classic 'Summer Madness'; it's good, but nowhere near as fine as the surprising A-side.
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 in stock $12.82
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We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love
  1. We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love (3:08)
  2. Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right (3:24)
Review: Since establishing their dusty-fingered Pressure Makes Diamonds imprint last year, Gary Johnson and Graham Luckhurst have yet to put a foot wrong. Having previously reissued two ultra-obscure records by Azwon and Babalu & His Headhunters, they've now turned their attention to a slightly better-known single from Freda Payne. Her version of Holland-Dozier-Holland number 'We've Got To Make a Way Back To Love' was initially released back in 1973 and sees her brilliantly delivering the trio's lovelorn lyrics over a bongo-rich two-step soul backing track that's as musically detailed and emotive as they come. As it did back in the 1970s, the track comes backed by the sweeter, more orchestrated 'Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right' - another sublime Holland-Dozier production influenced by the slick Philly Soul sound.
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 in stock $10.03
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Soul Junction (reissue)
Soul Junction (reissue) (LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: PLP 6984. Rel: 19 Nov 20
  1. I'll Be Around (4:00)
  2. Love Is Gone (3:26)
  3. What About Love (3:39)
  4. The Real Thing (3:29)
  5. All Men Can't Be Wrong (2:37)
  6. Freedom For The Stallion (2:45)
  7. Mary Green (4:04)
  8. Don't Take Her For Granted (3:53)
  9. Out Law (5:14)
  10. Gemini Lady (4:25)
  11. Goodbye My Love (4:02)
 in stock $40.14
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Montpelier/Rumex
Montpelier/Rumex (100 gram vinyl 10")
Cat: TIO S3. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Montpelier (5:47)
  2. Rumex (6:19)
Review: Fresh from delving into his ambient side on the pastorally-enhanced "Loom Dream" album for Whities, Leif revives his self-manned Tio Series with another double-shot of delicate but impactful cuts outside the conventional slipstream of modern techno. The rhythms fall crooked, the synths trickle, bubble and cascade around the groove and the atmosphere remains humid and heady, especially on ear-snagging B-side "Rumex". "Montpelier" sports more explicit dubby flourishes and a spread of sonic flora and fauna in the middle distance that truly brings the track to life.
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 in stock $1.11
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Hard 2 Handle (reissue)
Hard 2 Handle (reissue) (white vinyl 7" limited to 100 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: MM 04WHITE. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. Hard 2 Handle (DJ Suro Refix) (2:29)
  2. Por Eso (DJ Suro Refix) (3:15)
Review: Marsh Mellow first put out this tidy funk 7" in 2011 and now reissue 100 copies of it on white vinyl. Side A is DJ Suro a re-work of Patti Drew's 1968 version of 'Hard to Handle' that has big brass sounds, low slung bass and a fine soul vocal scoring to real heights. The flip is a distinctly Latin take on 'Por Eso' that swaggers between wooden hits and Spanish vocals. It's pure sunshine on 7" and though the water might be closing in, this one keeps the good time open air party vibes well and truly alive.
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 in stock $8.37
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Dirty Decibels
Dirty Decibels (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: 5BB 024. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. The High & Mighty - "Dirty Decibels" (3:57)
  2. Simon Haseley - "Hammerhead" (4:33)
Review: Another 5 Boroughs Breaks release means another gold standard hip-hop banger. This one is from
The High & Mighty duo who hailed from Phillie and were active in the nineties. Their 'Dirty Decibels' is a sleazy joint with prying bass and sliding drums that get under your skin. The rhymes flow smooth and the samples are sweet. Flip it over and you'll find where they come from - a rare library music tune by Simon Haseley called 'Hammerhead.' It's a 60s gem with harps, horns and serene strings that make for a luxuriant sound.
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 in stock $12.26
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Me Guesta Boogalo
Cat: HR7 S 160. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Me Guesta Boogaloo (3:10)
  2. Pastime Paradise (4:13)
Review: It's all about the cover version of Stevie Wonders anthem on the flip from this Japanese based latin centric outfit. Killer !
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 in stock $20.36
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Pop Corn
Pop Corn (7")
Cat: HR7S 187. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Pop Corn (2:53)
  2. Granny Scratch Scratch (3:58)
 in stock $22.30
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12x7: The Singles Collection
12x7: The Singles Collection (12x7" box set (side 24 etched) + booklet + art cards in spot-varnished box)
UMC
Cat: 727248. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Stronger Than Me (3:36)
  2. What It Is (4:46)
  3. Take The Box (3:22)
  4. 'Round Midnight (3:48)
  5. In My Bed (4:02)
  6. You Sent Me Flying (3:50)
  7. Pumps (3:16)
  8. Help Yourself (3:58)
  9. Rehab (3:36)
  10. Do Me Good (4:18)
  11. You Know I'm No Good (3:39)
  12. Monkey Man (2:53)
  13. Back To Black (4:03)
  14. Valerie (3:52)
  15. Tears Dry On Their Own (3:08)
  16. You're Wondering Now (2:34)
  17. Love Is A Losing Game (2:37)
  18. Love Is A Losing Game (Kardinal beats remix) (3:24)
  19. Body & Soul (with Tony Bennett) (3:22)
  20. A Song For You (4:25)
  21. Our Day Will Come (2:56)
  22. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (4:23)
  23. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2:12)
Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $108.19
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Vapour
Vapour (12")
Cat: HVN 570. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Vapour (4:24)
  2. Vapour (JD Twitch remix) (7:24)
  3. Vapour (Cosmodelica remix) (7:15)
  4. Vapour (Cosmodelica instrumental) (6:57)
Review: Australian multi-instrumentalist four-piece Mildlife is all set to unleash its new album Automatic any time soon. Before that though they keep us happy with a new single that comes backed with some pretty big remixes. Adam Halliwell's flute on 'Vapour' is the standout feature on a lush broken beat tune that also makes great use of a vocoder. The first to add their own spin is Scottish legend and one half of Optimo, JD Twitch. Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy aka Cosmodelica is the second remixer and the Worldwide FM host and assured music aficionado comes correct with two versions, one of which is a nice instrumental.
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 in stock $10.88
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Quatermass Seven
Cat: MMS 043LP. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Rest In Blue (4:18)
  2. You're Only You (3:23)
  3. Repeater #2 (4:01)
  4. TRABS (3:55)
  5. Steel Drum (2:46)
  6. After After (8:08)
  7. Repeater #1 (4:00)
Review: These seven tracks of scuzzy, lo-fi indie are ingrained with the sound of London streets. The trio of musicians behind it - guitarist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Malcolm Catto - draw on all their 25-year plus experiences of working in multiple genres to serve up blues and rock collisions, psyched-out indie trips, gauzy, summer of love sonics and breakbeat and jazz fusions. The tracks were recorded with minimal overdubs making for an expansive and all consuming sound where the driving rhythm sections do the heavy lifting while the swirling sonics up top take things to a higher level. It might be deeper and darker than you'd expect of this band, but what else would you expect of a record made during this most weird of years.
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 in stock $25.38
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Stone Born Country Boy
Cat: PT 9910. Rel: 19 Nov 20
  1. Big Jim Cartwright - "Stone Born Country Boy" (2:49)
  2. Big Jim - "Stone Born Country Boy" (3:02)
Review: There's not an awful lot of information about Perfect Toy's latest killer funk reissue, which appears to gather together two different recordings of 'Big' Jim Cartwright's sole single, 'Stone Born Country Boy'. At least two original pressings of the obscure, extremely hard-to-find single exist, with Cartwright recording slightly different versions each time. On this essential reissue, the (probably later) A-side version is the superior recording; tighter, heavier and blessed with female backing vocals, it's a fiery chunk of country funk from the point when the style was starting to diverge from rhythm and blues. The marginally longer flipside take is most likely an earlier recording; fuzzier and more raucous, it is closer in tone to purist rhythm and blues.
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 in stock $9.21
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Samurai
Samurai (limited 180 gram vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: 20660. Rel: 17 Nov 20
  1. Samurai (11:57)
  2. Samurai (beats) (5:15)
  3. Samurai (Piano) (4:35)
Review: Jazztronik is the free-form music project headed up by Japanese artist Ryota Nozaki. He has put out no fewer than 24 albums since his first in 1999, and in 2005 he put out Samurai. The lead single from that record now gets its own pressing treatment on hi son label and comes with two alternate versions. The original is a shiny, glossy and uplifting nu jazz tune with big broken beats and even big piano solos layered over the top. Some vocal ad libs add a contemporary edge and ensure the whole thing takes off. A more striped back Beats version will be perfect for more serous dancing and the Piano version does what it says on the tin.
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 in stock $19.80
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Rep Pop Du Benin/Segla (reissue)
  1. Mi Kple Mi De (16:29)
  2. Dodji Lo (9:30)
  3. Segla (6:55)
Review: Gold standard compilers and archivists Acid Jazz have another winner on their hands with this reissue of TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou's Rep op Du Benin. It is part of an exclusive licensing agreement with legendary record label Albarika Store, which was responsible for defining the sound of Benin, West Africa and beyond. This super rare 7" from 1978 kicks off with a sizzling sixteen minute epic, filled with organic percussion and lively poly-rhythms. Dynamic, fresh and impossible not to dance to, it's backed with two more gems on the flip.
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 in stock $22.03
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Nowhere (mono)
Nowhere (mono) (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: SELVA 004. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Nowhere (3:50)
  2. Nowhere (instrumental) (3:50)
Review: Having made a name for himself around the world, DJ Will Holland aka Quantic finally launches his own record label. Entitled Selva Records it kicks off with a new and steamy 7" featuring Denitia. Her vocals are the butter on top of the sweet production, which is late night neo-soul and jazzy. The track has plenty of room for emotions to sink in, and a golden sound that is superbly lush and luxuriant. Says the artist on his latest link with Denitia, "I think Denitia and I both had a new confidence about working together and were excited about the new sounds we were building." Too right.
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 in stock $9.48
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DNA Edits Volume 5
DNA Edits Volume 5 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DNA 012. Rel: 04 Nov 20
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (DNA edit) (4:17)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (DNA edit) (4:30)
Review: DJ DSK is back with volume 5 of his DNA Edits series i the same month that he links with his All Stars for another red hot 7". This one kick off with a 90s style rework of 'That's the Way Love Goes' by J Jackson which has replayed bass and drums straight from the golden era. The whole thing has been reworked from the original stems and sounds and on the reverse is a DJ friendly edit of BB K's 'Thrill Is Gone' which has been beefed up for modern systems with a handy intro and outdo to make mixing easier.
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! low stock $12.26
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Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Four
VARIOUS
Cat: MRBLP 217. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. The Modern Tropical Quintet - "Midnight In Moscow" (4:28)
  2. James Reese & The Progressions - "Throwing Stones" (Kenny Dope mix) (5:21)
  3. Cindy & The Playmates - "Don't Stop This Train" (3:14)
  4. Carnival - "Eyes Growing Wider" (4:20)
  5. Azwon - "Paradise Island" (5:25)
  6. Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez & Pedro Sosa - "Sun Sun Damba E" (3:50)
  7. Pepe Sanchez Y Su Rock-Band - "Sentimiento" (5:00)
  8. DJ Format & The Simonsound - "The Peruvian" (3:42)
  9. Hamlet Minassian - "Al Elnim" (6:10)
  10. Idrissa Soumaoro & L'Eclipse De L' IJA - "Nissodia" (Mike D remix) (4:04)
  11. Teaspoon Ndelu - "Sputla" (7:01)
  12. The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya" (3:35)
  13. Lincoln - "Amanha O Tempo Muda" (3:04)
  14. Don Ricardo - "Sonho Lindo" (2:33)
  15. Ze Roberto - "Lotus 72 D" (fast) (3:03)
  16. Wax Machine - "Extralude" (Wyndham Earl More-Than-An interlude remix) (4:27)
  17. Matty - "Selfportrait" (7:15)
Review: Since launching in 2016, Mr Bongo's Record Club compilation series has provided three essential volumes of personal favourites - many obscure and hard-to-find - selected by the label's in-house team of crate-digging DJs. Volume four is naturally every bit as essential as its' predecessors, offering an enticing mixture of Brazilian, African, soul, funk and disco with not a suspect selection in sight. This time round, they've chosen to include contemporary music as well as dusty old gems, with highlights including Kenny Dope's delicious rework of the soul-jazz positivity of 'Throwing Stones' by James Reese and the Progressions, the fast version of Ze Roberto's 1973 MPB classic 'Lotus 72D' and the samba-folk wonder that is Matthew Tavares' 2019 gem 'Self Portrait'.
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 in stock $20.36
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Midnight In Peckham
Midnight In Peckham (12" repress)
Cat: RS 008. Rel: 28 Oct 20
  1. Trust Is Key (5:40)
  2. Observe (4:50)
  3. Midnight In Peckham (7:02)
  4. Luxury Motivation (5:51)
Review: Chaos In The CBD have quietly been building an impressive reputation for some time, with releases on Hot Haus, Amadeus and Needwant all hitting the spot. Here they transfer to Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International with what's arguably their most mature and musically expansive EP to date. There's a decidedly dusty, eyes-closed deep house feel throughout, with hypnotic grooves laden with all manner of neat, often jazz inspired touches. This is perhaps most obvious on the St Germain style jazz-house goodness of "Observe" - all skipping cymbals, bouncy grooves and killer pianos - but can also be found on the deeper "Observe". It's there, too, on the lilting brilliance of "Midnight In Peckham" - think yearning trumpets and twinkling piano motifs - and the blissful "Luxury Motivation".
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 in stock $11.71
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Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Four
VARIOUS
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Four (limited pink vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 217P. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. The Modern Tropical Quintet - "Midnight In Moscow" (4:28)
  2. James Reese & The Progressions - "Throwing Stones" (Kenny Dope mix) (5:20)
  3. Cindy & The Playmates - "Don’t Stop This Train" (3:14)
  4. Carnival - "Eyes Growing Wider" (4:20)
  5. Azwon - "Paradise Island" (5:25)
  6. Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez & Pedro Sosa - "Sun Sun Damba E" (3:50)
  7. Pepe Sanchez Y Su Rock-Band - "Sentimiento" (5:01)
  8. DJ Format & The Simonsound - "The Peruvian" (3:43)
  9. Hamlet Minassian - "Al Elnim" (4:28)
  10. Idrissa Soumaoro & L'Eclipse De L' IJA - "Nissodia" (Mike D remix) (5:20)
  11. Teaspoon Ndelu - "Sputla" (3:15)
  12. The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya" (4:20)
  13. Lincoln - "Amanha O Tempo Muda" (5:23)
  14. Don Ricardo - "Sonho Lindo" (2:36)
  15. Ze Roberto - "Lotus 72 D" (fast) (1:13)
  16. Wax Machine - "Extralude" (Wyndham Earl More-Than-An interlude remix) (5:01)
  17. Matty - "Selfportrait" (3:41)
 in stock $24.53
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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 $13.37
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Come Back Breaker
Cat: JAL 338V. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Come Back Breaker (3:44)
  2. Beats Working (2:45)
  3. Drums Working (bonus Beat) (0:50)
Review: Dr Rubberfunk's sound has become more reliant on organic instrumentation over the years, but at heart he's still a turntablist with a love of Steinski and Coldcut style cut-and-paste productions. So while his recent My Life in 45 album was a kaleidoscopic musical smorgasbord of sounds, this follow-up single is a much more back-to-basics banger tailor-made for excitable DJs and even more excited breakdancers. 'Come Back Breaker' is a rolling, fun-fuelled number in which a plethora of quirky spoken word snippets and cut-up, energy-packed drum-breaks vie for attention with warm bass and guitar sounds seemingly lifted from old funk and soul jams. He continues this approach on the more jazz-funk influenced workout 'Beats Working', before showcasing his sweaty breaks on the short, DJ-friendly rhythm track 'Drums Working'.
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 in stock $8.37
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Hot & Cold
Hot & Cold (7" repress)
Cat: JAL 73. Rel: 30 Oct 20
  1. Hot & Cold (feat Dionne Charles)
  2. Hustlin'
Review: In recent times, funk breaks maestro DJ Soopasoul has devoted much of his time to creating and releasing reworks and mash-ups as part of his top-selling Soopastole Edits series. Now he's decided the time is right to unveil some new original music via Jalepeno Records, an imprint he's been associated with since the dawn of time (well, 2008). 'Hot & Cold', featuring the strong and sassy lead vocals of Dionne Charles, is a prize chunk of shuffling sixties soul action built around crunchy drum-breaks, insanely heavy bass, clipped guitars, punchy horn lines and some suitably sustained Hammond organ stabs. He doffs a cap to the B-Boys and B-Girls on flipside 'Hustlin', a break-dance friendly instrumental number that sits somewhere between the Incredible Bongo Band and 21st century soul revivalists the Dap-Kings.
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 in stock $8.37
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This Is A Song (reissue)
  1. This Is A Song (3:02)
  2. Ease It To Me (2:21)
Review: TRAMP Records' continual quest to unearth and reissue seriously rare slabs of funk continues via a fresh pressing of the sole single from Shirlean Williams and the Tempo's Band, a South Carolina outfit who were briefly active in the mid 1970s. Licensed directly from Tempo's Band main man Nolla Mainor, 'This is The Song' is a heavyweight slab of deep funk brilliance laden with punchy horns, energetic drums, heady Hammond organ chords and a fine lead vocal from Williams. Almost as good is flipside 'Ease it to Me', a similarly styled number notable for some seriously good extended funk breaks, drum solos and sweat-soaked solos. Both cuts are fine examples of raw, mid-'70s funk of the kind that usually detonates dancefloors when dropped at the right time.
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 in stock $10.88
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Fulton County Line
Fulton County Line (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: ZP 53BLACK. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Fulton County Line (4:48)
  2. Riding High (5:16)
Review: This is the first time this particular disco gem has ever been on a 7" vinyl. It comes from Tommy Stewart's self-titled 1976 album, one of the most revered and in demand disco records ever. It was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia and became such a hit because of how far musical legends Marlin McNichols, Bill Wright and Tommy Stewart managed to take the super funky disco production (clue - way ahead of its time.) 'Fulton County Line' and 'Riding High' and two fo the glorious album highlights, with lush arrangements, soaring strings and funky bass all getting the emotions flowing as well now as they did first time around.

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 in stock $12.26
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Let It Go
Let It Go (7")
Cat: BBR 017. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Let It Go (vocal) (3:30)
  2. Let It Go (instrumental) (3:30)
Review: A Lord Funk and Samm Culley collaboration is always going to be something to get excited about and so it proves on this one from French label Boogie Butt. Each of these artists has oodles of experience spanning multiple decades, with Culley being an R&B, soul and funk keyboard player who has been in various key bands. Here he harks back to the 70s with super tight drum funk and rugged instrumentals recalling the likes of The Fatback Band and Hot Chocolate. The breaks are killer for the dancers, too, and on the flip, Lord Funk serves up his rework while Samm jumps on bass to do his inimitable thing.
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 in stock $13.67
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Metropolitan (mono)
Metropolitan (mono) (7" limited to 180 copies)
Cat: SELVA 002. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Metropolitan (3:41)
  2. Assorted Dub Sirens (2:51)
 in stock $9.48
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Boogie
Boogie (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DYNAM 7082. Rel: 16 Nov 20
  1. Boogie (4:52)
  2. You've Just Been Bitten (5:23)
Review: Dynamite Cuts is in a real purple patch right now and keeping that up for the London label is John Barelt. Here, two cuts of his previously released on the Perception label get a first ever 7" vinyl pressing. They come from his hard to find and eponymously entitled album from 1971 and are packed with classic and unknown drum samples. First up is 'Boogie', a steamy number with fantastic Rhodes chords in the background while busy guitar riffs vie for attention up front. The rhythm section flows as smooth as silk and make this a seductive number indeed. On the reverse, 'You've Just Been Bitten' is a vocal cut that teases and pleases.
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 in stock $13.10
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Black Caesar: 45s Collection
Black Caesar: 45s Collection (double 7" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: DYNAM 7085/86. Rel: 12 Oct 20
  1. The Boss (3:12)
  2. Blind Man Can See It (2:37)
  3. Make It Good To Yourself (3:15)
  4. White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine) (2:38)
Review: Dynamite Cuts latest double seven-inch presentation takes us back to 1973, and James Brown's often-overlooked soundtrack to Blaxploitation crime movie "Black Ceasar", a set previously described by one critic as "a full-frontal funk attack". What we get is four of the soundtrack's strongest cuts: electric piano solo-laden funk shuffler "Blind Man Can See", one of Brown's most celebrated and best-loved songs, "The Boss" (sample lyric: "look at me, what do you see? A bad mother!"), the softly sweet, strings-and-solo laden breeziness of "White Lightning", and the crunchy heavy funk strut of "Make It Good To Yourself". As the old saying goes: all killer, no filler.
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 in stock $18.95
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Paradise Island (reissue)
Paradise Island (reissue) (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: PMD 01. Rel: 18 Nov 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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 in stock $11.15
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1995
1995 (CD)
Cat: 1016831 REJ. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Johnson
  2. Love Hope Change
  3. Swallowed The Moon
  4. Spring
  5. Dope
  6. King Size
  7. Holmes
  8. Don Gil Dub
  9. Stop Screaming
  10. Morning
  11. White Widow
  12. In Bed With K&d
  13. Ambiente
  14. One Break
  15. Love Talk
 in stock $18.69
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Untitled (Rise)
Cat: FL 00006CD. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Strong
  2. Fearless
  3. Rise
  4. I Just Want To Dance
  5. Street Fighter
  6. Son Shine
  7. Rise Intently
  8. The Beginning & The End
  9. Free
  10. You Know It Ain't
  11. Uncomfortable
  12. No Black Violins In London
  13. Scary Times
  14. The Black & Gold
  15. Little Boy
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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 in stock $18.12
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It Ain't Hard To Tell
It Ain't Hard To Tell (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 221. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. It Ain't Hard To Tell (mix 1) (3:48)
  2. It Ain't Hard To Tell (mix 2) (3:46)
Review: Currently in the throes of a serious reissue mission, bringing many of his old funklets back to life on wax, Jalapeno mainstay Danny Soopasoul lets these very cheeky takes on Mr Illmatic out into the ether. Side-A is pure laid back west coast vibery while the B lays Nas's famous bars down over a Bill Conti-style horn arrangement where the feel of a montage and a triumphant stair-run is imminent. Limited to 300 copies, it ain't hard to tell you how quickly this will fly.
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Clavinet Discourse
Clavinet Discourse (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: UZURI 029. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Clavinet Discourse (5:09)
  2. Talking Song (6:33)
  3. Talking Song (dub version) (6:34)
  4. Thousands Of Chimes Together (5:45)
Review: Luca Murgia is Two Thou - an alias which has seen him land intriguing releases on Burek, Fields & Forests and his own Gifted Culture label. Now he's been snapped up by Uzuri with some star-gazing cuts that straddle broken beat, deep house and something more altogether cosmic. "Clavinet Discourse" is the consummate lead track, a true showstopper with astral synth flex and a sharp, snappy beat. "Talking Song" has a more pronounced deep house bump and leads that wouldn't sound out of place on Strictly Jaz Unit - the dub version does away with the leads if you want something subtler. "Thousands Of Chimes Together" completes the set with a spiritual throwdown to invigorate any open-minded dancefloor.
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 in stock $7.80
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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)
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Walrus
Walrus (12")
Cat: MVMTT 03. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Baro Bop (4:05)
  2. Interlude #1 (1:19)
  3. Walrus (2:50)
  4. Interlude #2 (1:03)
  5. Birthday Cake (2:57)
  6. Interlude #3 (0:41)
  7. Morley Bottoms (1:49)
  8. Wet Nose (1:25)
Review: Emma-Jean Thackray is often heralded as one of the currently booming jazz scene's most vital artists. Her Walrus EP came back in 2016 and immediately sold out. It was a unique experimental jazz and beat mixture alive with the spirit of South London, filled with off key percussion and plenty of the award-winning artist's own jazz trumpet and flugel playing. Opener 'Baro Bop' is a worldly number, the title track has a heavy, swaggering groove and 'Birthday Cake' is a trip to the clouds. That this is back in print should please plenty of fans old and new.
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Iron Leg (Record Store Day 2020)
Iron Leg (Record Store Day 2020) (7") (1 per customer)
GCP
Cat: GC 5002. Rel: 10 Nov 20
  1. Iron Leg (2:14)
  2. Chocolate (2:22)
Review: Given that the last time this prime slab of Texan funk appeared on wax was way back in 1969, we'd say this special Record Store Day 2020 reissue is long overdue. A-side 'Iron Leg' is a bona-fide bomb: a fuzzy, low-slung, psychedelic-era instrumental funk smasher rich in hazy Hammond stabs, mazy solos, crunchy breakbeats, rising horn riffs and insanely weighty bass. It comes backed with 'Chocolate', a similarly bass-heavy but slightly jazzier instrumental funk workout that's well worth dancefloor spins. Original copies regularly change hands for three figure sums, so copping this essential reissue will save your bank balance (or leave plenty spare to buy other killer funk records!).
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 in stock $12.26
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Take Me With You
Cat: HR7S 154. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Take Me With You (3:25)
  2. Take Me With You (version) (3:30)
Review: With sunshine becoming a regular occurrence again just in time for summer, two of France's more soulful producers have decided to join forces and offer up something suitably warm and relaxing. With the assistance of vocalist Kahina Ouali, Blundetto and Booker Gee have recorded a killer, Hammond-laden version of Lyn Christopher classic "Take Me With You" that sits somewhere between the organs-and-lo-fi-drum machines flex of Timmy Thomas' "We Can't We Live Together" and the soulful reggae grooves of 1980s lovers rock. The fine A-side original mix, which boasts Ouali's full vocal, is our pick of the pair, though the flipside instrumental "Version" mix, in which Booker Gee gets busy on the organ, is also superb.
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Harina De Maiz
Harina De Maiz (7" repress)
Cat: MSR 013. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Harina De Maiz (2:57)
  2. Corned Beef Hash (3:03)
Review: Founded in 1967 by singer/producer Carlos Oliva and other Cuban immigrants to the United States, Los Sobrinos del Juez were briefly one of the leading protagonists of the turn-of-the-'70s "Miami Sound" - a humid and intoxicating fusion of blues, rock, funk and dancefloor-focused Latin sounds. Their 1974 debut single "Harina De Maiz" - here reissued for the first time since - is a perfect example of that short lived style, offering up a mixture of wah-wah-guitar and psychedelic organ-powered Latin funk grooves and righteous Cuban vocals. On this edition it comes backed by the previously unheard "Corned Beef Hash", a swinging Latin-jazz number rich in vibraphone solos, jaunty piano riffs and plenty of hip-wiggling percussion.
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On Top
On Top (7")
Cat: WJ 0711. Rel: 05 Nov 20
  1. On Top (Guitar & Flute) (3:45)
  2. On Top (Organ & Vibes) (3:45)
Review: Since some of We Jazz's most impressive seven-inch singles so far have come from drummer Teppo Makynen under his Teddy Rok and Stance Brothers aliases, there's a fair chance that 'On Top' will also be a must-check beast. It is, of course, with Makynen following his successful blueprint by delivering two contrasting versions of the same self-played and self-produced track. The A-side 'Guitar and Flute' version is a smoky, late-night treat, with Makynen providing jazz guitar flourishes and Timo Lassy flowery flute parts atop a head-nodding, hip-hop style groove. The track's atmospheric feel is heightened on the flipside 'Organ & Vibes' version, which reminded us of some of the more blunted and stoned trip-hop cuts that Ninja Tune released in the late 1990s.
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Happy (Juno Exclusive)
Happy (Juno Exclusive) (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: PARK 1032. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Happy
  2. Kiss
Review: More from the bulging back catalogue of Park Rangers, an obscure Japanese reggae band who have spent the last decade delivering surprising cover versions of well-known pop, rock and disco songs. On side A there's another chance to wonder at their 1960s rocksteady style re-make of Pharrell Williams' mega-hit happy, in which the Neptunes star's lead vocal is replaces with a cheery Hammond organ solo. It's the kind of cover that can't help but put a smile on your face. The same could be said about their similarly minded flipside cover of Prince classic 'Kiss'. While it's not as instantly recognisable, it has a similar feel thanks to the band's canny fusion of tuneful Hammond organ solos and retro-futurist reggae riddims.
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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (reissue)
Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (reissue) (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 194398 06741. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Just The Two Of Us (3:58)
  2. Use Me (3:43)
  3. Ain't No Sunshine (2:06)
  4. Lovely Day (4:14)
  5. I Want To Spend The Night (3:43)
  6. Soul Shadows (3:33)
  7. Lean On Me (4:21)
  8. Grandma's Hands (2:02)
  9. Hello Like Before (5:25)
  10. Who Is He What Is He To You (3:11)
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Wind Parade
Wind Parade (limited 7")
Cat: 890926. Rel: 11 Sep 20
  1. Jordan Rakei - "Wind Parade" (4:50)
  2. Alfa Mist - "Galaxy" (6:03)
Review: Blue Note Re:imagined is a carefully curated collection of brand-new covers of classic material from the legendary label as served up by a selection of the UK scene's most exciting young talents including Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith. For this latest 7" it's Jordan Rakei, who actually hails from Aus, but let's not get mad about that because the super smooth soul singer reaches new heights on the free flowing, heart opening 'Wind Parade'. Jazz pianist Alfa Mist takes care of the flip with a suitably cosmic exploration on 'Galaxy' that pairs live, busy drums and soaring synths with rich chords.
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The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs Special Extended Versions Part Four Of Six
  1. Cowell - "Come Sunday" (9:59)
  2. Pheeroan Aklaff - "L" (6:04)
  3. The Kay-gees - "Tango In Space" (6:46)
  4. Hutson - "Unforgettable" (part 1) (6:49)
Review: Joaquin Joe Claussell's Unofficial Edits & Overdubs Special Extended Versions series rolls on with a fourth of six parts. It's proven a real gold mine so far, with endless amounts of gospel tinged house and super spiritual grooves getting all who hear it to a high state of consciousness. There are plenty of jazzy overtones to the opener here, 'Come Sunday', which is laden with afro percussion and big horns. It's a steel drum affair on Pheeroan Aklaff 's 'L' that is brilliantly tropical, then there's trident funk from The Kay-gees and a lush bit of fusion from the ever excellent Leroy Hutson.
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 in stock $20.06
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Wamono A To Z Vol 1: Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968-1980 (reissue)
Cat: 180GWALP 01RE. Rel: 05 Nov 20
  1. Toshiko Yonekawa - "Soran Bushi" (2:45)
  2. Takeo Yamashita - "A Touch Of Japanese Tone" (4:21)
  3. Tadaaki Misago & Tokyo Cuban Boys - "Jongara Reggae" (3:38)
  4. Chikara Ueda & The Power Station - "Cloudy" (6:08)
  5. Chumei Watanabe - "Downtown Blues" (3:38)
  6. Kifu Mitsuhashi - "Hanagasa Ondo" (2:51)
  7. Monica Lassen & The Sounds - "Incitation" (5:29)
  8. Norio Maeda, Jiro Inagaki & The All-Stars - "Go Go A Go Go" (3:19)
  9. Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band - "The Sidewinder" (2:41)
  10. Masahiko Sato, Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media - "Sniper's Snooze" (6:42)
Review: Some compilations manage to both educate, inform and educate in equal measure; this fine collection from Japanese crate diggers DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite and Chintam is one such set. Comprising mostly little-known tracks recorded by Japanese artists between 1968 and '70, it offers up a wealth of cuts inspired by American jazz-funk "rare groove". There's much to admire across the ten tracks, from the mazy Rhodes solos, fizzing big band jazz grooves and traditional Eastern instrumentation of Toshiko Yonekawa's "Soran Bushi", and the languidly-slung brilliance of Tadaki Misago and Tokyo Cuban Boys' multi-faceted musical fusion "Jongara Reggae", to the Jimi Hendrix-goes-funk heaviness of "Incitation" by Monica Lassen & The Sounds, and the drums-driven dancefloor madness of Masahiko Sato Jiro Inagaki & Big Soul Media's "Sniper's Snooze". Recommended.
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Soul Supreme
Soul Supreme (LP repress)
Cat: SSRLP 001. Rel: 04 Nov 20
  1. Easy Breezy (1:54)
  2. Rich In Soul (4:29)
  3. Snakes (3:03)
  4. Keep Moving (4:18)
  5. Mellow Thompson (1:19)
  6. Huit Octobre 1971 (3:54)
  7. Born With A Desire (5:07)
  8. Summertime On Mars (2:10)
  9. Orbit (2:02)
Review: Dutch digger, DJ and beat-maker Naom Offir first tickled our fancy when he was recording as Love's High on Star Creature back in 2018. Since then, he's released a couple of decent - if fairly low-key - seven-inch singles as Soul Supreme, fusing his retro-futurist boogie and synth-funk sounds with dusty, homemade hip-hop beats, deeper instrumentation and nods towards jazz-funk. It's that blueprint that he works from on this self-titled debut album, throwing in additional tracks inspired by slow house, G-funk and wonky instrumental hip-hop to keep things varied. The result is an impressively vibrant, listenable and far-sighted album that looks set to be one of the breakthrough records of 2020.
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Ley Lines
Ley Lines (12")
Cat: MVMTT 02. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Make Do (4:19)
  2. Howley (1:59)
  3. Red Bush (4:11)
  4. Catford Bridge (1:28)
  5. Ley Lines (4:47)
  6. Rain Dance (0:40)
  7. The End (2:12)
  8. Outro (1:15)
 in stock $12.82
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Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics Vol 2
Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics Vol 2 (limited hand-numbered 7" in gold ink hand-stamped inner sleeve + Juno exclusive branded card sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 073. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu - "What Is Life?" (4:40)
  2. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (Mpaebo LP version) (5:02)
Review: Mukatsuku presents the second volume of killer Ghanaian highlife/afrofunk monsters this time focusing on two artists legendary in the genre. First up first time on a 45 from 1980 is '' What Is Life '' from the Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu album ''Conflict Nkru! ''. Amazing brass,flute and afrocentric rhythms lay the path for the track once heard never forgotten. On the flip first time ever on a 45 Pat Thomas who features on volume 1 of the series comes correct with possibly the best version (and there are a few ) of ''Gyae Su'' . With its jangly african guitar licks and infectious chorus lines the feel good factor is set to maximum. Another dope afro burner on Mukatsuku and sure to sell out fast. 500 hand numbered copies and no repress. As supported by DJ Koco from Japan and Jonathon Moore (Coldcut )
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Check It Out People
Check It Out People (white vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: SSR 218WHITE. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. Beastie Boys vs MFSB - "Check It Out People" (4:19)
  2. MFSB - "People All Over The World" (dub) (4:11)
Review: On his last two singles on Soopastole, mash-up maestro DJ Soopasoul smashed together elements of Stevie Wonder and Redman/Method Man, and James Brown and Crooklyn Dodgers. For his latest trick he's decided to pepper an edited version of "People All Over The World" by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB, with raps from a stone cold classic Beastie Boys tune. It's the sort of thing that shouldn't work, but the Beasties' flows work perfectly over the flanged guitars, undulating bass and unfussy 4-to-the-floor Philly Soul grooves of the MFSB track. You can hear his instrumental rework of that track on the flip; it's so good that it's arguably worth the entrance price on its own.
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 in stock $11.15
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