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Hook Me (7")
Cat: PPU 065. Rel: 01 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Hook Me
  2. Sneak Previews
Review: PPU shine the light on Leroy Ace Miller, a funk musician hailing from Macon, Georgia, which is where Otis Redding, Little Richard and James Brown all cut their teeth. The label notes Miller got his breakthrough in 1985 with Teacher, released on the indie California label Marina Sound overseen by Ron Patton. The pair would later work together with Ace Miller delivering two dusty lo fi funk cuts for the Baywest label set up by Patton in 1986. Original copies of "Hook Me/Sneak Previews" are fetching upwards of several hundred pounds on the collectors market so a round of applause to PPU for facilitating this official reissue. Miller is now apparently an attorney in Macon, but still dedicates his spare time to recording in his home studio!
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Teacher (12'')
Cat: PPU 085. Rel: 24 Feb 17
Soul
  1. Leroy "Ace" Miller - "The Teacher" (original Marina Sound version) (4:51)
  2. ACELOVEACE - "The Teacher" (1990 version) (5:44)
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Cat: PPU 086. Rel: 25 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. She's Just That Type Of Girl (3:15)
  2. Track 2 (3:18)
  3. Under Pressure (4:18)
Review: Electro Wayne's mid 80s-focused Circuitry project get busy on Peoples Potential Unlimited with two starlit synth boogie originals; "She's Just That Type Of Girl" is a playful east coast funk flex with a slight freestyle touch to it. Harmonies, light touches on the keys and exceptional drum production, it's a sassy slice that will warm-up any floor. "Under Pressure" lowers the tempo but thrusts up the sensual urgency with great percussion and come-to-bed spoken word. Authentically done.
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Played by: Manu•Archeo
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Maskeraad (LP)
Cat: PPU 082. Rel: 24 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Dreamboy (Reserva 9th version) (5:08)
  2. I Don't Have To Cry (6:14)
  3. Emotion (First English Tune) (3:49)
  4. Dream A Little Dream (feat Jonnyboy) (4:18)
  5. Living Love (demo) (1:40)
  6. Wild Men (video version) (4:20)
  7. Maskeraad (instrumental Commercial Beat) (2:22)
  8. One Who Care (6:22)
  9. New Day (Added A Guitar) (2:42)
  10. Dreamboy (1st version) (3:31)
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Cat: PPU 092. Rel: 18 May 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Floral Place (2:43)
  2. Leo (feat Taliah Lin) (2:45)
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Cat: PPU 083. Rel: 01 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Liquid Deep (3:49)
  2. Summer Love (3:09)
Review: More quality grooves from Washington DC label specializing in reissuing obscure and unknown 70s and 80s dance music. This time around is Dreamcast who are Davon Bryant in conjunction with Swedish guy Sasac aka King Al. "Liquid Deep" is sexy late night deep funk the way it was always intended and Bryant's smooth as silk vocals are just like... Wow! So with Dreamcast on the vocals and Sasac on the beat, we are hoping there's more things on the way from this trans coastal duo in 2017.
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Suicide Squeeze (1-sided 12")
Cat: PPU 089. Rel: 26 Sep 18
Soul
  1. Suicide Squeeze (3:57)
  2. Track 2 (5:04)
Review: Washington DC's Peoples Potential Unlimited are back, following up some great reissues of Circuitry, Dreamcast and Incredible Rock City Band. Now back into swing with obscure act Fool Bros. said to be from the Baltimore area. The group comprised of bandleader and veteran producer Victor Giordano with David Lewis. Other Members included Sam Kirckhoff, Geoff Royce, Richard Armiger, Ralph Tucker and Guy (Yug) Phillips. Said to be recorded in 1983, we have the original private release that is the awesome, low-slung soul rock of "Suicide Squeeze", which is backed by Giordano's updated 2018 recording.
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Be My Girl (1-sided 12")
Cat: PPU 073. Rel: 30 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Be My Girl (2:54)
  2. Thinking About You (4:46)
Review: Washington DC's Peoples Potential Unlimited come up trumps once more, excavating some prime mid-'80s funk from G.G. & Company. Under the name, local artist Gerald Ward was responsible for one sole release in the shape of the four-track Thinking About You 12" issued on his own GWP Productions in 1984. PPU tell us Ward recorded the 12" fresh from spending time in the studio of Quincy Jones whilst he was producing the James Ingram smasher "Yah Mo B There" and he was clearly inspired. Two tracks from that Thinking About You 12" feature on this PPU presentation, remastered from the OG tapes and sounding wholly fresh. The squiggly P-funk boogie stylings of the title track are complemented well by "Be My Girl" which could easily be mistaken for an early Prince cut.
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Cat: PPU 070. Rel: 14 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Eternal Love (4:28)
  2. Talking On A Funky Note (3:41)
  3. Ove The Hump (3:49)
Review: Long standing soul man Willie (or Hill as he usually operates on PPU) returns with three more timeless soul joints. "Eternal Love" is a soul monolith of Vandross proportions as Willie belts his guts up over a slippery synth boogie groove, classic 80s falsetto harmonies and brick-melting synth-toms. "Talking On A Funky Note" takes us to the early 90s with a Bobby Brown-style new-jack sound while "Over The Hump" brings us to an inspiring climax with lyrics of intestinal fortitude so heavy they'd make a world champion life coach blush. Perfect for all training/chips down montages.
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  1. Invasion Of The Rock-O-Mites (3:54)
  2. I Got My Eye's On You (7:02)
  3. She Turn's Me Out (4:49)
  4. Swinger's Hot Line (3:57)
  5. Life Without You (6:00)
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Let's Ride (12'')
Cat: PPU 072. Rel: 17 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Ride (4:07)
  2. You Must Go On (4:00)
Review: It's well known that People's Potential Unlimited boss Andrew Morgan has some serious crate digging skills. Even so, he continues to amaze with the obscurity and quality of the releases he chooses to reissue. Serious collectors have long sought out "Let's Ride" by guitarist Willie Lee Jnr under his occasional Junei alias. Originally released on 7" back in 1987, it's a killer chunk of synthesizer-heavy electrofunk blessed with some serious eyes-closed guitar solo action. Flipside "You Must Go On" - originally the A-side of the '87 release - is fantastic, too, offering a near perfect blend of sun-kissed Balearic attitude and smooth '80s soul grooves.
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Cat: BF 1005. Rel: 20 Sep 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Low Altitude (4:29)
  2. Rumble Strip (3:29)
  3. Kyoto Haza (3:44)
Review: Excellent and much needed 12" pressing of Low Altitude from Australian boogie don Mike Kay! Originally surfacing on a limited 7" release through Melbourne imprint This Thing, it's given a wider release thanks to the dons at People's Potential Unlimited with the addition of a further cut from Kay. A Side track "Low Altitude" is a lot more DJ friendly now (ever tried beatmatching 45s?) and has been extended with more handclaps and disco noises from the funkateer Kay himself! If you're a rabid consumer of Tom Noble and Inskwel stuff or digged the Moon B issue on PPU earlier this year then you'll love this 808 boogie bumper. Face down, "Rumble Strip" eases up the tempo a nudge for some slick and sweet analogue disco and the wonderfully smudgy bonus cut "Kyoto Haze" really shows off Kay's melodic chops.
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Cat: PPU 059. Rel: 03 Apr 14
Deep House
  1. Puzzles In Life
  2. Videophone To Space
  3. Cruise Till The Sun Shines
  4. Los Alamos Motel
Review: If you've ever got a few hours to spare, check out Legowelt's discography - the Dutch analogue fetishist is astonishingly productive (and, of course Legowelt is simply one of Danny Wolfers' many pseudonyms). Here, he adds another label to the growing list with a surprise appearance on Andrew Morgan's Washington D.C-based Peoples Potential Unlimited imprint. Unsurprisingly, Wolfers explores many of his favourite themes on Puzzles in Life, merrily skipping between melodic, bubbling deep house (the excellent title track), slo-mo Detroit futurism ("Video Phone To Space"), super-slo stargazing boogie (the superb "Cruise Till The Sun Shines") and woozy, intergalactic ambience ("Los Alamos Motel"). In many ways, this is an unusual turn from PPU, but it's a calculated gamble that's more than paid off.
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Cat: DJBLAK 203 LP. Rel: 15 Jan 18
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Busting Off (4:13)
  2. Eyes Of A Key (4:15)
  3. Writing With A Pen (4:37)
  4. Can You Represent (3:17)
  5. Breaking Off (4:15)
  6. I Get Paid (4:11)
  7. I Am The DMR (3:35)
  8. Spitting Game (4:24)
  9. I Don't Play (4:04)
  10. Stop Sweating Me (4:31)
  11. Leaving Scars (3:53)
  12. I Got That Fire (3:43)
Played by: Dj soFa
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Cat: PPU 056. Rel: 12 Feb 14
Deep House
  1. Openin' Up
  2. M Flight
Review: Pressing issues may have delayed the Pender Street Steppers' debut on Mood Hut Recordings, but this fresh single on PPU should more than plug the gap. Those who may have heard the Mood Hut outfit's Life In The Zone cassette last year will know what to expect: "Openin' Up" combines jittery conga percussion with rubbery bass and a positively uplifting sense of melody that nevertheless errs on the grubbier side of the spectrum, while "M Flight" is even more summery in it outlook, as a humorous '80s-inspired piece of melodic sampling propels its blissful chords and carefree bassline. As with all Mood Hut-affiliated releases, this won't last long...
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Shot Out (12")
Cat: PPU 016. Rel: 16 Mar 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Shot Out (vocal)
  2. Shot Out (instrumental)
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Charlene (12")
Cat: PPU 055. Rel: 07 Dec 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Charlene (4:43)
  2. Midnight Mirrors (5:07)
Review: Having come to the fore with a pair of boogie slammers on the Cosmic Chronic label, Mickey De Grand IV's Psychic Mirrors outfit ascend to parent operation People's Potential Unlimited with the excellent Charlene. Allegedly recorded with the help of a ten piece live band, both the title track and "Midnight Mirrors" are evocative of the sort of modern lo-fi funk that PPU corners the market in these days. Bringing the Miami heat, "Charlene" is a veritable dancefloor bomb, with a rugged boogie bassline the sort of flirtatious element that hips can't say no to. B Side cut "Midnight Mirrors" is more of a late night number with some exquisite synth work. Props to PPU!
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Cat: PPU 071TP. Rel: 11 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. Track 1 (4:04)
  2. Track 2 (5:14)
  3. Track 3 (5:57)
  4. Track 4 (6:11)
  5. Track 5 (4:38)
  6. Track 6 (4:18)
Review: It is safe to say PPU boss Andrew Morgan is a fan of Atlanta-based producer Rekchampa, with this limited test pressing edition of his Dream Sequence album arriving the same week as the killer Fried Chicken Skin 12". After a few days rotation on the Juno office stereo, we're the latest converts to the Rekchampa cause! First surfacing on our radar via a NDATL 12" in late 2014, Stefan Ringer has been popping up in a few interesting places ever since; sharing sides with Eliphino on A Love Below 12", appearing under the Black Suede name on the CGI label. This album finds PPU compiling Rekchampa cuts that first appeared on a Harsh Riddims cassette in 2014, complemented by a few bonus cuts from the Ringer studio. These six tracks brandish a style of vocal, soulful house comparable to Moodymann, Peven Everett and Seven Davis Jr but Rekchampa definitely has his own rough-edged vibe going on.
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Fried Chicken Skin (limited 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: PPU 074. Rel: 11 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. REKchampa - "Fried Chicken Skin" (5:46)
  2. REKchampa & Personal Trainer - "Ride" (4:42)
Review: Andrew Morgan's Peoples Potential Unlimited label may well have been founded to document the lost and forgotten funk, disco and boogie that peppered the DIY and private press labels of 1980s USA, but their contemporary releases are just as good. See 12"s from the likes of Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers and Pender Street Steppers for evidence. Fried Chicken Skin adds to this small but deadly canon of contemporary PPU releases, presenting one of two records on the label from Stefan "Rekchampa" Ringer, a Stockbridge, Atlanta-based producer who got his break in late 2014 thanks to Kai Alce's NDATL label. "Fried Chicken Skin" is a bumping, rough US house delight replete with ad-libbing vocals from Ringer himself, whilst "Ride" sees him collaborate with Personal Trainer for a more reduced, deeper cut that will appeal to Sound Signature fans.
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Cat: PPU 090. Rel: 19 Mar 18
Soul
  1. Dance With Me (5:09)
  2. I'm The One Who Loves You (3:58)
  3. Round & Round (4:50)
  4. Night Without You (5:01)
  5. Left & Right (3:24)
  6. Love Me Right (4:07)
  7. Rock Me (3:56)
  8. How Much Do You Love Me? (4:26)
  9. Rock Town (4:25)
  10. Let The Music Play (4:55)
Review: Midnight Express legend Robbie M dusts off the machines once again struts forth with his third solo album Dance With Me. Taking off where Friend left us in 2014, Robbie lays down a set of timeless west coast soul gold. Dynamic as always; at moment you might be blazing a hot shoe shuffle to the slippery ripples and keytar thrills of "I'm The One Who Loves You", the next we're being eased into the boudoir with his warm harmonies on "Night Without You", the next we're ringing Daft Punk and playing them their new favourite song, the tenderly touched vocoder dual "Rock Me", the next we're putting the needle back at the start and listening to it all over again. Dance with Robbie.
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Cat: PPU 062. Rel: 11 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Know I Love You
  2. You Know I Love You (dub)
Review: PPU may have expanded its remit to issue contemporary acts like Pender Street Steppers and, soon, Beautiful Swimmers but the label is still digging through the soul and boogie archives of forgotten US acts. The work of George Franklin Smallwood has provided a source of much inspiration for Peoples Potential Unlimited over the years with the archivally minded label issuing several singles, a DVD and a Christmas album from the local Washington DC artist. Here PPU grant Smallwood's soul gem "You Know I Love" it's first 12" release having first surfaced at some unspecified time in the early '80s and is worth investigating for the drum machine heavy dub version on the flip!
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Cat: PPU 024. Rel: 18 Jan 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Super Breaker (feat Margarita Thompson)
  2. Super Breaker (instrumental)
Review: Another essential history lesson here from the Peoples Potential Unlimited camp. "Super Breaker" is an early production by Miami bass legend James McCauley, better known as Maggotron,DJX or Basstech. It was originally released by the super obscure Bound Sound label in 1984, but was quickly forgotten. As one of McCauley's earliest works, it arguably marks the point where electro began to morph into Miami bass. There are vocal and instrumental versions on this must have 7", both featuring a mix of long synth chords, oh-so thick synth bass and a healthy dose of vintage drum machine breaks.
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Waiting For Your Love (limited 1-sided 12")
Cat: PPU 027. Rel: 26 Mar 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Waiting For Your Love (4:26)
Review: Even by the dusty-fingered standards of arch crate diggers People's Potential Unlimited, this is something of an obscurity. During the late 1970s, Surinamese musician Usje Sukatma recorded a number of groovy, disco-influenced stoner rock gems most of which barely registered outside of his home country. Back in 2011, PPU rescued the superb "Waiting For Your Love" - his only song in English - from obscurity, sticking it out on an in-demand 7". Here they press it up again, this time on a single-sided 12".
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Go Bananas (12")
Cat: PPU 033. Rel: 02 Jun 16
Electro
  1. Go Bananas (vocal) (6:36)
  2. Go Bananas (instrumental) (4:46)
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Cat: PPU 044. Rel: 11 Apr 13
Funk
  1. Where Ever You Are
  2. The Good Times
  3. That's The Way Love Is
  4. Bye
  5. You That I Need
  6. After Midnight
  7. In The Life Zone
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Cat: PPU 080. Rel: 18 Jul 17
Soul
  1. If You Want Me (3:49)
  2. You're Exactly (4:24)
  3. Hypnotized (5:06)
  4. Best Of My Love (4:27)
  5. Mystical Lady (4:56)
  6. Walk With Me (5:25)
  7. Togetherness (4:37)
  8. Baby Talk (3:50)
  9. Sometimes (5:02)
Review: Sporty Cat sykes delivers the album he always wanted to in the 80s. Laid down the traditional Tascam way, the talented Michigan multi-instrumentalist digs deep into soul palette with equal measures of organic and electronic instrumentation. Expect heavy waves of atmospheres, rich layers of funk and consistent levels of emotion as we glide and stumbled between each touching moment; the drifting sunset ballad "The Best Of My Love", the weeping keys and fluttering slap bass of "Togetherness", the cloud surfing dream boogie of "Sometimes", the rude synth bass and sultry R&B vocals of "If You Want Me", the list goes on...
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  1. If You Want My Love
  2. You That I Need (3:24)
Review: Sporty Cat Dwight Sykes lets loose with a brand new original and super spacy track from last year's album Songs Volume One for the ever excellent Peoples Potential Unlimited!! "If You Want My Love" is straight out of the '80s playbook thanks to its gossamer synths and on-point female rap (that's delivered by his daughter Valerie Sykes). Flip for the filmic synth boogie introspection of "You That I Need". Another must grip 7" from the PPU crew.
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Suggestive EP (limited 12")
Cat: PPU 061. Rel: 06 Oct 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mayday
  2. Suggestive
  3. Ao
  4. Dreamboy 84
Review: The archives of Estonian artist Uku Kuut continue to prove fertile stomping ground for the PPU label, with this latest transmission drawing from unreleased material he recorded with his mother Maryn Coote. Coote is quite an established musician in her own right, recording a couple of albums as Marju Kuut, as well as collaborating with compatriot Uno Loop and it's clear her musical background helped shape Uku's formative direction. If you've partaken in any previous Kuut retrospectives from PPU, the four tracks here will be a real delight, with "Mayday" and "Dreamboy 84" particular highlights. The former is an alternate tape mix of a track from the Vision Of Estonia LP issued by the label back in 2012, whilst the latter features Marju's vocals in full swing.
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Cat: UQ 001. Rel: 04 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Don't Have To Cry Anymore
  2. Vision Of Estonia
Review: Originally out in 1985, Peoples Potential Unlimited reissue this soul boogie jam from Uku Kuut (who was born In the Soviet Union, raised in Sweden and now lives in Estonia) featuring Marju Kuut on vocals. On the flip is a mellow instrumental in homage to Uku's home for the past 20 years, now available for the first time on cute 7" vinyl. Top release!
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Funky (1-sided 7")
Cat: PPU 078. Rel: 25 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Funky (3:17)
Review: Tallinn-born, Swedish-bred, America-based Uku is largely known for his production work and his records as Zuke with his sister Marju but "Funky" predates that to the early 80s with one of his earliest recordings in the boy band We Are. Living up to its name with a synth boogie groove (already entrenched in the soft jazz he later made his stomping ground) and a Sugarhill style playground rap, this is a bonafide piece of Swedish pop history.
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Cat: PPU 025. Rel: 23 Feb 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Psycho For Your Love
  2. Work Those Joints
Review: Amidst recent praise from a variety of individuals including Ben UFO, Legowelt and the Juno review team, the Peoples Potential Unlimited label keep up the brilliant work with yet another killer disco boogie oddity from the early 80s. This Westwood / Cash twelve is the first of two twelve's from the Washington imprint to switch the focus to the career of Detroit producer Danaan Potts who can count on studying alongside a young Juan Atkins as well as spending close to 100 hours a week studio time alongside George Clinton as influences. Here he adopts the anonymous Westwood tag to add some bizarre P Funk to the delightful Orlando Cash jams "Psycho For Your Love" and "Work Those Joints". Additional PPU tweaks of both make this one of the labels best twelve's to date!
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