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Cat: SOUTH 007. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Want You In My Soul (club mix) (8:18)
  2. Want You In My Soul (Summer In London edit) (4:51)
Review: Stee Downes is one of contemporary house music's most prominent vocalists and here he lends his silky tones to Freerange, Defected and OM Records associate, Lovebirds for this new one on South Street. "Want You In My Soul" is a mix of old and new, where disco percussion and cosmic synths nestle alongside a mid tempo house groove with plenty of warmth. Downes' vocals are the loved up icing on the romantic groove cake. Flip over for the "Summer In London Edit" - a more stripped back and direct version, perfect for outdoor stages as the sun beats down.
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 in stock $11.57
Metaphors For Things (limited gatefold transparent smokey vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ASIPV 022. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Motionless (7:40)
  2. Constant Uncertainty (4:45)
  3. Manifestation Of The Unconscious (3:45)
  4. Metaphors For Things (6:05)
  5. Disconnection From Reality (7:02)
  6. Suffering & Delight (4:13)
  7. Awakening (6:56)
  8. Other Days (5:30)
Review: While you'll find plenty of experienced composers and producers on A Strangely Isolated Place's quietly impressive roster of artists, the Californian label is also excellent at showcasing new talents. They're at it again here, offering up a debut from previously unheard Sardinian artist Blinkar Fran Norr. The eight tracks tend towards the more becalmed, meditative and immersive end of the ambient spectrum, with Norr prioritizing swelling, stretched-out chords, hushed aural textures, atmospheric field recordings, ghostly strings and unearthly instrumental sounds that invite you in for dinner and then persuade you to stay for the weekend. It's beautiful and beguiling, for sure, but also touched with a hint of sadness. As debuts go, it's really rather impressive.
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NSR 006 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: NSR 006. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
  1. I Heard You Like To Squelch (6:40)
  2. My Function (7:00)
  3. Slick Rick (6:07)
  4. Second Face (6:48)
Review: Henry Hyde is back for his fourth outing on his own NorthSouth label, but this time marks a shift as he holds court over the full run of the wax with a selection of refined floor tweakers draped in illustrious swathes of synths. Things kick off in dazzling style with the bright white chords and crafty fills of "I Heard You Like To Squelch" before the snappy electro flair of "My Function" keeps the uplifting vibe but swaps out the rhythm. "Slick Rick" is a freaky minimal cut with some wobbly bass wielded with deadly precision, and then the record rounds off on the shuffling micro funk of "Second Face".
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Crush 100 (limited 7")
Cat: CRUSH 100. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Lil Kim - "Crush" (Jazz mix) (4:42)
  2. Jeff Lorber - "Raindance" (re-edit) (4:14)
Review: Galaxy Sound give this 1997 hip hop classic a new twist with some slick jazz stylings. Lil Kim's "Crush On You", is known by all but here it becomes something completely different: a forgotten jazz funk gem, colourful trumpet leads awash with lush drums and timeless soul. The flipside houses a re-edit of Jeff Lorber's "Rain Dance", which is in fact the original source of the samples on Lil Kim's track, and one that has been used on more than 20 other big time tunes. Here it's subtly tweaked but still remains a classic bit of jazz-flecked hip hop with some proper rude vocals.
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Dancefloor Funk (limited transparent yellow vinyl 7")
Cat: LGF 704C. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Afro Funky Now (3:33)
  2. Booker (5:18)
Review: On this sizzling seven-inch, two of Italy's most productive disco talents - Lego Edit and Vito Lalinga - join forces to energetically sprint through two righteous slabs of "Dancefloor Funk". First up on side A is "Afro Funky Now", a loose-limbed, bass-heavy Afro-funk workout rich in addictive organ stabs, delay-laden saxophone solos, Fela Kuti-esque horn blasts, beefy bass guitar and infectious drum breaks. Over on side B, "Booker" is a driving force of nature: a saxophone, trumpet and harmonica laden romp through swamp funk territory with more energetic instrumental flourishes than you can shake a stick at. We're unsure whether they're edits or original tracks (most likely the former), but either way they're ace.
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 in stock $11.30
Funky Drummer (reissue) (orange vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 014ORANGE. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Funk
  1. James Brown - "Funky Drummer" (extended Breaks Special edition) (4:49)
  2. Jimmy Smith - "Root Down" (extended Breaks Special edition) (3:40)
Review: This one came our back in January but sold out in quick fashion, so a limited edition repress is now here but likely to be gone just as quick. And it's easy to see why as this latest Breaks & Beats offering takes on edits of two massive James Brown classics. Extended with DJ friendly breaks and elongated grooves, the Godfather of Soul's fine original is made into a much more useable tool. Jimmy Smith classic "Root Down" gets similar treatment on the flip as it starts and ends with some very workable drum loops that will liven up any set and party.
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Nola Breaks Volume 10 (purple marbled vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FSJ 120. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Funk
  1. The Unemployed - "Funky Thing" (part 1 - Professor Shorthair remix) (4:24)
  2. Lee Dorsey - "Occapella" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:26)
Review: Somewhat predictably, this double-dose of party-hearty Professor Shorthair remixes is as colourful and vibrant as the purple marbled vinyl seven-inch onto which the tracks are pressed. On side A he does his thing with The Unemployed's rugged 1970 funk-rock jam "Funky Thing", beefing up the beats for modern dancefloors while adding a choice selection of scratched-in samples. Arguably even better is his rework of Lee Dorsey's "Occapella", a sweet, lo-slung groover that gets re-cast as a dubbed-out chunk of hazy, bass-heavy hip-hop soul rich in echo-laden vocal snippets, snatches of rap and hazy horns. As Dorsey's vocal says, it's "finger-snapping good"!
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Cat: ELECTRIX 014. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Electro
  1. Concerning Irregular Figures (4:41)
  2. Exit Strategy (4:58)
  3. Glove Box (4:19)
  4. Glove Box (Assembler Code Rewind remix) (4:43)
Review: The 20th year of Billy Nasty's Electrix label kicks off in style with this essential slab of mutant electro from the mighty London Modular Alliance. There's a razor-sharp focus to the drums on "Concerning Irregular Figures", but it's offset by the warmth of bass synth to capture a mood somewhere between early Radioactive Man and Skanfrom. "Exit Strategy" takes things in a freakier direction with plenty of errant blips and squiggles from the group's vast array of gear. "Glove Box" has a darker tone that nods to vintage Dopplereffekt, which Assembler Code's "Rewind Remix" twist things up into a pacey workout that maintains the dread-filled atmosphere perfectly.
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Russian Banya EP (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: PRIVATEPERSONS 015. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Russian Banya (5:22)
  2. WC (5:10)
  3. Bird Up (5:42)
  4. Whisper (4:56)
  5. Sooooo Funky (5:18)
Review: Since debuting on Private Persons in 2017, Russian duo Locked Club has gone on to release well received material on TRAM Planet and, more recently, Boys Noize. Here they return to the Private Persons fold with their first EP for the imprint in two years. Fans of no-holds-barred, industrial strength electro/techno fusion should check the brain-melting insanity of funk-fuelled opener "Russian Banya" and "WC", a buzzing, lo-fi electro cut that's as urgent and energetic as a panicked commuter legging it to catch the last train home. Elsewhere, "Whisper" is a strobe-lit chunk of electroclash revivalism and "So Funky" is a serviceable slab of electronic body music.
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Dark Matter (splattered vinyl LP)
Cat: XOLP 001X. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Jazz
  1. Stranger Than Fiction (4:58)
  2. Hard Food (interlude) (5:59)
  3. BTB (6:00)
  4. YOYO (5:31)
  5. Shades Of You (4:22)
  6. Dancing In The Dark (4:48)
  7. Only You (4:47)
  8. 2 Far Gone (5:44)
  9. Nommos Descent (4:34)
  10. What Now (8:40)
Review: Since being touted as jazz's next big thing back in 2014, Moses Boyd has released very little music, though the few EPs he has put out have been uniformly superb. We'd expect plenty of hype around this debut album, but we can assure you it will be deserved. Boyd is a drummer by trade and it's the variety and quality of the rhythms - some framed by traditional jazz, others hip-hop, grime, dubstep, dancehall and Tony Allen style Afrobeat grooves - that really stand out, despite the presence of fuzzy, Fela Kuti style horn motifs, booming basslines, Juju guitar solos, liquid jazz-funk flourishes, dark trip-hop tropes and some suitably inspiring vocals. Boyd may have taken his time, but it was definitely worth the wait.
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Played by: Dr Rubberfunk
 in stock $22.88
Into Dark Water (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 080. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Ascension (5:56)
  2. Rite Of Passage (2:30)
  3. Raindance (7:11)
  4. Ba-makala (4:41)
  5. Cloud Cover (5:54)
  6. Musica Ficta (3:31)
  7. Out Of Nothing (6:14)
  8. Steppe Land (6:42)
Review: Following on from the excellent "Scene In Mirage" reissue that broke O Yuki Conjugate to a whole new crowd, Emotional Rescue return to the archives of the over-looked Nottingham "dirty ambient" outfit. Their second LP "Into Dark Water", originally released in 1987, is just as powerful as the first - a hypnagogic journey fuelled by a global stew of sound, feeding into elegant, evocative pieces. Fans of classic Jon Hassell will find much to enjoy here, but equally those appreciating the exotic post punk undercurrents of 23 Skidoo et al will easily find themselves drawn to the likes of "Ba-makala". Stunning, borderless musings from a hidden treasure of the UK's post-industrial heritage.
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Played by: Jane FItz
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Cat: BRZ 45077. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Marcia Maria - "Amigo Branco" (3:30)
  2. Simone - "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser" (2:16)
 in stock $8.34
Walk (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BBR 015. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Walk (3:29)
  2. Walk (Lord Funk & Moar remix) (4:07)
Review: The latest must-have release from the Boogie Butt camp boasts a suitable obscure chunk of boogie/jazz-funk fusion from 1982. "Walk" was the sole release from the Sam Culley Band and has become something of a collector's item owing to its warming fusion of slap-bass, dreamy synth chords, soulful vocal phrases, jazzy guitars and rich horns. This time round the sought-after original version is accompanied by a remix by Boogie Butt members Lord Funk & Moar. Their revision is a little tighter rhythmically, with extra contemporary weight, but otherwise sticks closely to the Sam Culley Band's excellent original version.
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Flashlight (12")
Cat: RHSTOREJAMS 013. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Flashlight (6:52)
  2. Flashlight (Masalo remix) (8:11)
Review: For the 13th volume in their occasional "Store Jams" series, Amsterdam's Rush Hour crew has turned to Superior Elevation Records chief Tom Noble, a producer best known for his re-edits and remixes. "Flashlight" is not a cover of the famous Parliament/Funkadelic jam of the same name, but rather a similarly and colourful revivalist disco jam rich in low-slung grooves, flanged guitars and kaleidoscopic synth lines. Sometime Jamie 3:26 collaborator Masalo handles remix duties on side B, brilliantly re-imagining the track as a muscular slab of starry-eyed late night Italo-disco. Whisper it quietly, but it could well be even better than Noble's original version.
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 in stock $8.89
Cat: CLMN 182C1. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Soul
  1. Since I Don't Have You Anymore (3:54)
  2. Since I Don't Have You Anymore (instrumental) (3:54)
Review: Bay Area-based singer, songwriter, engineer, and producer Kelly Finnigan is a new artist but one who be easily mistaken for some cult soul favourite from yesteryear. His debut album is on the way but before that comes a teaser single "Since I Don't Have You Anymore" that is pure quality. Buttery vocals are drawn out over edgy soul beats, with strings softening the groove and rolling rhythm sections getting under your skin. The instrumental on the flip is perfect for those peak time hours while the original is best enjoyed in the comforts of your own home. Win!
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Played by: I Love 45's!
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Cat: REDUXINC 002. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ten Per Cent (9:30)
  2. Feel So Reel (6:28)
  3. U Got Me Lovin' U (6:28)
Review: All the stops have been pulled out for this big new remix package on Redux Inc. First up is a new multi-track rework of Double Exposure's 1976 "Ten Percent" that was first mixed by Walter Gibbons. With a new keyboard solo by the talented Johnny Tomlinson (best known for working with Bonobo) and a boost by the elusive Robbie Casa Blanco, the result is a real contemporary disco banger with lush strings and a soul train groove that never lets up. Dr Packer then tackles Steve Arrington's 1985 classic, "Feel So Real", adding layers of rugged arps and rooted drums that work it up into a grooving dancefloor favourite. Melba Moore's previously album only "You Got Me Loving You" then gets an extended Dr Packer rework with some marching drums, funky bass and sumptuous strings.
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 in stock $11.57
Teddy (7")
Cat: BB 45005. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Teddy (Caserta's Rooftop mix) (4:50)
  2. Teddy (Caserta's Basement dub) (4:53)
Review: With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Caserta and the rest of the Bridge Boots crew have decided to offer-up something decidedly glassy-eyed and loved-up - specifically two fresh bootleg re-makes of Teddy Pendergass's 1978 Philadelphia Soul classic "When Somebody Loves You Back". The seven-inch singles boasts two distinctively different versions. On the A-side you'll find the "Rooftop Mix", a striped-back blend of dub disco and boogie in which Pendergrass's fine vocals rise above a rubbery bassline, colourful '80s soul synths and toe-tapping beats. Over on the B-side Caserta flips the script, layering selected snippets of Pendergrass's vocal over a deep, dark and bass-heavy house groove. It's sub-titled the "Basement Dub" and that's exactly what it is.
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Played by: JimmyTheTwin
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La Diferencia Edits (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: LL 003A. Rel: 10 Feb 20
International
  1. Carnaval Soca (Antal edit) (5:14)
  2. La Musique (Palms Trax edit) (5:20)
Review: Although not widely known, Daniel Dimbas's 1985 album "La Diferencia" is regarded in some circles as one of the greatest Caribbean zouk records of all time, and certainly the heaviest. Rush Hour co-founder Antal is a fan, and here heads-up a double A-side of fresh edits of key cuts from the sought-after set. First up Antal expertly rearranges "Carnaval Soca", delivering a warm, humid and sweaty interpretation rich in driving soca-disco grooves, punchy horns, heady harmony vocals and mazy, Zouk style analogue synthesizer solos. Palms Trax takes a similarly light-touch approach on his edit of the breezier and more sun-kissed "La Musique", occasionally opting for filter trickery on an otherwise traditional style scalpel edit.
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 in stock $9.15
DEADBEAT/VARIOUS
LNOE In Dub (2xLP)
Cat: LNOE 117. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Vonda7 - "Together" (5:59)
  2. Hunter/Game - "Island" (6:19)
  3. Ejeca - "Octiv" (6:21)
  4. Jody Barr - "Carson" (7:34)
  5. Dubspeeka - "Sk4" (7:17)
  6. Sasha - "Float Collapse" (7:56)
  7. Alex Niggemann - "Virgo" (7:17)
  8. Jon Gurd - "After It All" (6:55)
Review: Last Night On Earth's latest release is something rather special: a fresh set of dancefloor dubs of catalogue tracks by prolific producer, remixer and friend of the family Deadbeat. His interpretations are largely loopy, hazy, hypnotic and trippy, joining the dots between traditional dub techno and a more bass-heavy, out-of-this-world version of 21st century tech-house. Perhaps the most eye and ear-catching track is "Float Collapse Dub" - a version of a previously unreleased Sasha cut - but the ethereal and otherworldly dubs of tracks by Ejeca, Alex Niggemann, Hunter/Game and John Gurd - a dreamy and picturesque affair - are also especially good.
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 in stock $21.80
Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine EP (hand-stamped white vinyl 12")
Cat: REALITY 20191. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. The River Experiment II (5:36)
  2. Back Home (5:08)
  3. Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine (5:14)
  4. The River Experiment I (5:32)
  5. Feel What I Feel (5:49)
  6. Poem (6:02)
Review: Rising Sun Psyche aka Berlin's hugely prolific but somehow rather lowkey Steffen Laschinski hits an amazingly bittersweet spot on his latest offering. It combines post-rave ambient, breakbeats, IDM and deep house into a real trip. "The River Experiment II" is a dreamy opener with gorgeous synths while "Back Home" is backlit with a celestial glow of melody and spoken word snippets that add to the reverie. There's gentle minimalism in "The River Experiment I" and followed by punchy and emotive number "Feel What I Feel" amongst many other highlights.
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No 70007 (hand-stamped 12" repress)
Cat: WAX 70007. Rel: 11 Feb 20
Techno
  1. No 70007 (part 1) (7:19)
  2. No 70007 (part 2) (7:30)
Review: Man of many aliases Rene Pawlowitz has recorded under many pseudonyms over the years, though it's his Shed and Head High monikers that tend to get the most interest. Here he delivers a rare outing as Wax, a nom-de-plume he first used 11 years ago. A-side "No. 70007 (Part 1)" is a bona-fide techno club cut built around a rubbery rhythm track that boasts far more swing than your average Berlin production, with Pawlowitz's selected musical elements - drowsy, almost ghostly chords and slowly rising strings - only coming to the fore as the track progresses. The flipside "Part 2" version expertly re-arranges the same elements, breaking up the beats further while adding a druggy, almost metallic stab to add a frisson of intensity.
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Lost In X (12")
Cat: EPZ 002. Rel: 11 Feb 20
Electro
  1. Lost In X (8:30)
  2. Ur So Fkn Good (6:49)
  3. Tears & Bleeps (7:54)
  4. Rays (6:17)
Review: Given that Gnork contributed a track to Earth Plates' debut release - a multi-artist EP that didn't take long to sell out - it's little surprise to see him flying solo on the label's delayed second 12". Title track "Lost In X" is typical of his dreamy, bustling, breakbeat-driven retro-futurist sound, with stabbing electro bass, fluttering synthesizer sounds and swelling chords clustering around a snappy groove. He flips the script on deep, sugary and melodious electro cut "Ur So Fkn Good", before fusing vintage Orbital, LFO and Joey Beltram style sounds on "Tears & Bleeps". Arguably best of all though is "Rays", which sounds like Larry Heard jamming with the Irresistible Force at sunrise.
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Cat: GDRLP 614PT3. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. The Cimmerian (7:39)
  2. Basic Lytes (6:16)
  3. Junkle II (6:12)
  4. Bongette (6:12)
  5. Bounce (8:38)
  6. Ambent II (8:38)
  7. Meta (6:35)
  8. Need Ur Love (Stalagtite mix) (8:12)
Review: Guidance Is Internal 3 is the third and final instalment of a three part compilation series that has pulled together the best music from Callisto's golden period on legendary Chicago label Guidance Recordings. Everything you would expect of a real visionary is here - depth, spirituality and cosmic vibes aplenty. Super sweet kick drums that just keep on pulling you in define the opener, while things are cast more free on the intergalactic "Basic Lytes." "Ambent II" sounds like an early Omar S tune and "Meta" is gorgeously dreamy. House doesn't get any better.
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Love EP (12")
Cat: SIREE 01. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love Me Right (version) (6:56)
  2. SASA (6:59)
  3. Never Was Love (6:48)
  4. What Does It Take (7:15)
Review: Apparently DJ Harvey and Lovebirds have been hammering these "personal edits" from the Sirsounds crew in recent DJ sets. Listening to the clips, it's easy to work out why: they're a cut above the rest, edit-wise. There's a good variety of sounds and styles on show, from the stuttering drums, blissful guitars, dewy-eyed vocal snippets and rich boogie synths of "Love Me Right (Version)", to the eyes-closed synth solos and driving disco-funk grooves of quirky closing cut "What Does It Take". Our pick of the bunch though has to be the effortlessly eccentric Italian electro-funk insanity of "SASA", which sounds a little like it could be a lesser-known outing by Tullio De Piscopo (though don't quote us on that).
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Played by: Kenneth bager, Osmose, Rayko
 in stock $10.50
Powerful (hand-numbered pink vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: 2020 7001. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Powerful (feat Hannah Williams) (3:43)
  2. Sparky Evans (3:18)
Review: To celebrate the dawn of a new decade, Bristolian cut-and-paste maestro Boca 45 has decided to serve up a series of seven-inch singles under a new label, 2020 Donuts (his previous imprint was just called Donuts). A-side "Powerful" is a real treat: an inventive chunk of low-slung, horn-sporting spy-funk goodness topped off with wayward electronic flourishes and a powerful soul vocal by Hannah Williams. Flip-side "Sparky Evans" is a sample-heavy club rocker in the traditional Boca 45 style - all heavy bass, even heavier breakbeats, Sly and the Family Stone style fuck-rock guitars and hip-hop vocal snippets.
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Cat: PHS 001. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Respect & Belief (6:55)
  2. Sex Appeal (5:06)
  3. Liberty (4:59)
  4. House Of Chorge (bonus track) (6:31)
 in stock $10.50
Cat: TR 277. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Little Sister (part 1) (3:02)
  2. Little Sister (part 2 - instrumental) (2:58)
Review: Some sizzling deep funk business here from TRAMP Records, as the venerable German reissue imprint offers a fresh pressing of an obscure 1975 single from Walt Maddox's Super M label. It was Maddox who produced "Little Sister", though little is known about the band that recorded it. The A-side "Part 1" vocal version is superb. It features addictive group vocals, prominent flute solos and the kind of wah-wah-heavy, flash-fried deep funk grooves that were all the rage at the time. The flipside "Part 2 (Instrumental)" mix strips away the lead vocal, emphasizes the groove further and gives greater prominence to the flute and organ parts. It's great, too, though we still prefer the A-side.
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Cat: VR 191. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Funky/Club House
  1. Stand On The Word (Lost Souls Of Saturn Colossians 3.16 mix) (8:33)
  2. Stand On The Word (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins remix) (7:10)
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Daylight (12" + booklet)
Cat: MEL 19. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Daylight (4:45)
  2. 900th Lifetime (5:01)
Review: The much loved Melodies International label takes another step away from its usual remit here by reissuing a second bit of classic house music following on from the excellent Hanna 12" late last year. It comes from cult London pair Synchrojack aka Dean Slydell and Greg Wheeler who first put it out on Ferox in 1995. "Daylight" is high speed, high class house with bubbling drums, bass and synths all making for a powerful yet fluid groove that is underpinned with punchy kicks that won't fail to make you move. Flipside "900th Lifetime" is similar in its full flavour grooves and tightly knotted bass. Both cuts are sure to be everywhere this summer.
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Orbit Dub (limited 7" in screen-printed sleeve)
Cat: ZAMZAM 76. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Deep Dubstep
  1. Orbit Dub (4:11)
  2. Theory Dub (4:14)
Review: Since launching in 2014, Portland's ZamZam Sounds imprint has offered up a string of beautifully packaged seven-inch singles from a mixture of big hitters and rising stars from the global bass music scene. Their latest missive comes from Dayzero, a Japanese dubstep producer best known for his outings on Wheel & Deal, Sentry and, most recently, Vomitspit. The two tracks here are weighty, intergalactic and otherworldly, mixing dub style rhythms with the kind of angular, razor-sharp sub-bass motifs more often associated with dancefloor dubstep. Both cuts are quality, though it's rolling A-side "Orbit Dub" - all lolloping dub beats, wobble bass, metallic effects and paranoid aural textures - that really stands out.
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Cat: TSL 005. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Funk
  1. You The Glory (3:06)
  2. You The Glory (instrumental) (3:06)
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Cat: OYSTER 21. Rel: 14 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Synesthesia (6:02)
  2. Synesthesia (Anthony Naples remix) (7:59)
  3. Synesthesia (Pariah remix) (7:31)
Review: French producer Nathan Melja has amassed a spotless discography on the likes of Mister Saturday Night, Antinote and Opal Tapes, and now debuts on Kalahari Oyster Cult with another terrific offering. "Synesthesia" is futuristic sci-fi techno with shiny synth lines and a hurried kick pattern that gets you on your toes while the bassline burrows deep. TTT affiliate and Incienso co-founder Anthony Naples steps up with the first remix. His version is more dreamy thanks to the array of background pads, then closing things out is Pariah with a punch groove that leaves the original's prying lead intact. Essential stuff.
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Cat: TKD 13067. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Jo Bisso - "Love Somebody" (DK edit part 3) (8:21)
  2. Amant - "Hazy Shades Of Love" (DK edit) (9:09)
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Cat: DC 216. Rel: 12 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Destination Mars (7:07)
  2. Destination Mars (Raxon remix) (6:28)
  3. Destination Mars (Shall Ocin remix) (7:05)
Review: While most Drumcode releases are suitably sizable, this EP is particularly large - and not just because it features two huge names in Maceo Plex and Josh Wink. Their original version (A1) is predictably robust and rugged with foreboding low register stabs, metallic clangs, druggy vocal snippets and creepy melodies rising above stomping techno beats. It's a genuinely all-action affair that sounds like a massive room anthem in waiting. Over on side B you'll find two re-rubs: a more melodious Raxon remix that sounds like tech-house on steroids and a deeper, darker, trance-inducing techno take by Shall Ocin.
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Cat: SRTX 029. Rel: 11 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Nine Oh (4:48)
  2. Yih (5:09)
  3. Eye Feel (dance System remix) (5:29)
  4. WKP (5:37)
 in stock $9.96
Curved (hand-stamped 12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FRINGEWHITE 003. Rel: 11 Feb 20
Bass
  1. Curved (4:04)
  2. Curved (Bambounou Hyper Street remix) (4:09)
Review: Bristol bestie badmen Batu and Lurka clash up once again for another Fringe excursion. One track, one remix, "Curved" gets straight to the point with its loosely broken house beats, grumbling bass bubbles and drunken synth scribbles. If you recall the dubby delights of Craig Richards & Lee Burridge's Tyrant project years ago, you're in the right area. Need things a little spicier? Flip for Bambounou's up-tempo twist where the drums are fully broken, the tension is higher and there's a trippy-assed breakdown that will bend your dancefloor's minds. Limited to 300, this won't hang around.
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 in stock $11.30
I Get Juiced (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DD 017JIM. Rel: 03 Feb 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. I Get Juiced (Doc Flex & NMX mix) (3:56)
  2. How We Do The Show (Doc Flex & NMX Westside mix) (4:14)
Review: They make you wait 15 months for a new release, then put out two in the same few weeks. Dusty Donuts, now five years into their mission to serve up the biggest party breaks and funkiest funk, this time offer the low riding Cali g-funk of "I Get Juiced (Doc Flex & NMX Mix)" which will be familiar to anyone who has heard "I Get Lifted" by Gwen McCrae. The flip is even more smooth and seductive, with the boom-bap grooves and early r&b flow of "How We Do The Show (Westside Mix)" making it a superbly sweet set.
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Ancient Brothel EP (12" + sticker)
Cat: V&T 002. Rel: 07 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Ancient Pleasure (7:01)
  2. Primary Lust (6:07)
  3. Wrong Behavior (5:53)
  4. Temple Of Desire (4:50)
 in stock $12.37
Farandole (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: OG 038. Rel: 06 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Bob James - "Farandole" (DNA edit) (4:07)
  2. DJ Muggs & Planet Asia - "Lions In The Forest" (feat B Real) (3:48)
Review: The Originals crew kick off their new decade with more red hot funk heat they've got us accustomed to. This time it is jazz-funk great Bob James on the a-side with "Farandole", a classic that has been chopped down the size for this 45 by the crack crew behind DNA. Flip-side "Lions In The Forest" finds DJ Muggs sampling that one and reworking it into a big b-boy tune with rhythms from Planet Asia and a guest spot from B-Real. This is proper heat for the floor that oozes quality.
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 in stock $11.83
Straight Jacket (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: OC 006. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Straight Jacket (4:10)
  2. Get Funky (3:52)
Review: When it comes to classic hip-hop cuts, the Old Chillin' series of seven-inch singles has you covered. The mysterious crew behind the series has previously offered up gems by Big Daddy Kane, Nas and Cyprus Hill. Here they turn their attention to the bulging back catalogue of New York twosome the Beatnuts. Both tracks are taken from the pair's fine 1994 debut album. A-side "Straight Jacket" is a bona fide NYC hip-hop club classic, with the duo adding tight raps to a drowsy but dancefloor-friendly "Golden era" beat. Flipside "Get Funky" is a little more densely layered and laidback in tone, though it's still lively enough to suggest that it's worthy of regular club spins again.
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Cat: BRZ45 076. Rel: 07 Feb 20
International
  1. Neno Exporta Som - "Deixa A Tristeza" (3:29)
  2. Agnaldo Rayol - "Sumauma" (3:38)
Review: After delivering some killer reissues over the last few years, Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45s series has reached "buy on sight" status. It goes without saying that the label's latest double-header of hard-to-find Brazilian gems is white hot. A-side Neno Exporta Som's impossible-to-find 1971 gem "Deixa A Tristeza", a wild and life-affirming fusion of samba and funk full of fuzzy sax solos, glassy-eyed vocals and heavyweight grooves. Over on the flip you'll find another killer cut from '71: "Sumauma" by MPB star Agnaldo Rayol. Blessed with a great groove and incredible arrangement, it sounds like a Brazilian take on the sort of over-the-top songs used to open James Bond movies in the 1970s (albeit with a bit of samba sunshine thrown in).
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 in stock $8.07
Cat: KALITA 12013. Rel: 07 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. East Of The Apple (The 'Just A Little Different' mix) (5:10)
  2. Wave (Al Kent remix) (9:57)
  3. East Of The Apple (Al Kent remix) (8:17)
Review: Kalita's latest must-have 12" mines a notoriously obscure and hard-to-find private press seven-inch single, NYC outfit Cross Island's 1978 45 "East of the Apple". It's that record's alternative "Just a Little Different" mix that everyone's after, so that takes pride of place on side A. It's a percussive, low-slung affair - all heavy bass, Kong style Latin hand percussion and deep electric piano motifs - topped off by vocals espousing the virtues of Long Island. Glaswegian re-edit king Al Kent offers up an extended, more celebratory revision of the track on the flip, stretching out the intro drums before unleashing the song's more celebratory, life-affirming musical elements. He also delivers a remix of previously unreleased cut "Wave", a bustling disco-funk number full of crunchy Clavinet lines and soaring disco orchestration.
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  1. Special Tribute (Broken Home) (part 1) (0:40)
  2. I'm New Here (4:10)
  3. Running (2:08)
  4. Blessed Parents (1:06)
  5. New York Is Killing Me (5:16)
  6. The Patch (Broken Home) (part 2) (1:13)
  7. People Of The Light (2:53)
  8. Being Blessed (0:16)
  9. Where Did The Night Go (2:35)
  10. Lily Scott (Broken Home) (part 3) (1:02)
  11. I'll Take Care Of You (3:25)
  12. I've Been Me (0:38)
  13. This Can't Be Real (1:26)
  14. Piano Player (0:35)
  15. The Crutch (2:32)
  16. Guided (Broken Home) (part 4) (1:57)
  17. Certain Bad Things (0:14)
  18. Me & The Devil (4:52)
Review: February 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album "I'm New Here", a set that was later brilliantly reworked by Jamie XX in 2011 ("We're New Here"). To celebrate the album's tenth birthday, XL Recordings has decided to offer up "We're New Again", a fresh "reinterpretation" of the Richard Russell produced set by contemporary jazz hero and beat-maker Maya McCraven. His vision is loose, languid, deep and jazzy, with languid jazz drumming, tight hip-hop beats, soft-touch instrumentation, liquid jazz solos and funk-fuelled basslines combining beneath Scott-Heron's gravelly spoken word vocals. It's an inspired re-invention all told and one fully in keeping with the essence of Scott-Heron's own work. In other words, it's a must-have.
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Cat: DYNAM 7063. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Funk
  1. Lovely Lady (3:00)
  2. Joy & Pain (Special Dynamite cuts DJ edit) (4:27)
Review: Dynamite excel with this rare bit of superb soul from Vernon Burch. "Lovely Lady" is set to be huge on the more heartfelt dance floors out there - the rolling bass loops sweep you off your feet, hip singing claps bring the joy and the vocal is as feel good and heartwarming as you can imagine. It's a tune that just keeps on going before a special dynamite cuts DJ edit on "Joy & Pain" ups the ante with a more driving disco groove. This one is powered by big horns and funk bass riffs, big backing singers and lead guitars that reach for the heavens. Utterly irresistible.
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122 BPM (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: EM 003. Rel: 06 Feb 20
Electro
  1. 122 BPM (4:22)
  2. 130 BPM (4:02)
Review: Electric Mojo is on a mission to delve into the history of electronic music and serve up some of its best moments. This new one is just that - a classic b-boy DJ tool that's linked to the first wave of breakdancing, and will likely turn all who hear it into aspiring body-poppers. First up, "122BPM" is a crisp future-retro electro tune with bubbling leads and warm, smeared chords that oozes essential feels. "130BPM" has wobbly toms and crashing hits that make for perfect body music. In the right hands, these tasteful tunes will easily become weapons of mass dance floor destruction.
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Cat: GLITS 036. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Got Something Special (Dr Packer edit) (7:23)
  2. You Got Something Special (6:30)
  3. You Got Something Special (KON edit) (7:41)
  4. You Got Something Special (instrumental) (5:43)
Review: Glitterbox and Defected big cheese Simon Dunmore has long been a fan of Lemelle's 1982 boogie killer "You Got Something Special", and it was reportedly his idea to reissue the track. It was - as ever from Dunmore - a smart move. In its original form (track two), the cut is a near perfect example of soulful, club-ready boogie - all sparkling electronic melodies, loose drum machine beats, eyes-closed guitar motifs, synth-bass and sing-along vocals. This time round, it comes accompanied by the original flipside Instrumental Mix and two fresh revisions. On the A-side you'll find a sweaty, tooled-up edit from Aussie scalpel scene stalwart Dr Packer that drags the track further towards boogie-house territory, while the B-side boasts a more traditional (and reverential) re-edit from KON.
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Cat: SBTP 1001. Rel: 03 Feb 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Funky Dopeman (Jim Sharp edit) (3:37)
  2. I Chose You (Jim Sharp edit) (4:04)
Review: Jim Sharp slows things down a little with a pair of edits from the American South. Early West Coast gangsta hit "Dopeman" is the subject of side a with original drums but extended breaks designed to get the floor pumping. On the flip is a dirty south classic with prickling 808 kicks and hi hats that hit hard. It's super sweet soul music with raw grooves that can get any party started topped with vocals from Willie Hutch finishing things off in real style.
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You Want (4xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: AOS 9900. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. You Want The Best (5:29)
  2. A Toast To Momma Rose (Crowd Claps Jacked By Norm Talley) (5:38)
  3. That's Lil 'Boy (feat Ian Finkelstein) (10:57)
  4. Second Life (feat John FM) (5:58)
  5. The Sound Of Neptune (5:32)
  6. Don't Get In My Way (4:32)
  7. This Love Is 4 Real (6:06)
  8. Oops (5:59)
  9. Mandela's Gold (5:18)
  10. Hear Me Out (feat John FM) (10:08)
  11. Ambiance (feat John Cloud TM & L'renee) (4:47)
  12. Coming Home Mum (5:52)
  13. 1993 (7:20)
Review: Those who've been paying close attention will know that Alex 'Omar' Smith has been mixing things up musically of late, veering away from the deep Detroit house he's famed for in order to explore a wider range of influences. New album "You Want" doesn't exactly reverse this trend, but it is far more rooted in his particular brand of seductive, off-kilter deepness and techno-tinged hypnotism than recent singles. That's undeniably a good thing, because nobody does crunchy, machine driven club jams better than the Motor City producer. There are nods towards Italian style piano house, disco, broken beat, jazz funk, Masters at Work and - more surprisingly - industrial techno (see the filthy closing cut) - but the resultant cuts don't sound like anything other than tried-and-tested Omar-S club jams.
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Cat: RSRSIMS 001. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rev Ray L Weaver - "We Are Family" (4:31)
  2. Pink Family - "Don't Give Your Life Away" (AI-Tone extended mix) (5:00)
Review: Rain & Shine's "Soul Is My Salvation" project is something of an epic: an eight-part series of "dancefloor friendly gospel songs" curated by veteran Chicagoan DJ Tone B Nimble (real name Anthony Fields). This first part - "Chapter 1" - opens with a sublime, gospel style sing-along cover of Sister Sledge classic "We Are Family" that sounds like it was actually recorded in church. It's brilliant, life-affirming stuff. Over on side B, scalpel fiend Al-Tone offers up an extended version of obscure New Zealand group The Pink Family's 1979 cut "Don't Give Your Life Away" - a warm-hearted - some would say righteous - disco workout that's almost as good as the A-side. We await the next volume in the series with baited breath.
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Gin & Juice (reissue) (blue vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: IMP 001BLUE. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Gin & Juice" (4:08)
  2. DJ Quik - "Just Lyke Compton" (4:13)
Review: The self-explanatory "Pimpala West Coast Classics" series does exactly what it says on the label, delivering tidy seven-inch singles featuring subtle new edits of much-loved 1990s West Coast hip-hop gems by DJ/[producer Ronnie Frazzle. This time round he turns his attention to Snoop's Dr Dre-produced mega-hit "Gin & Juice", a delightfully laidback 1993 number that's often cited as one of the finest moments of hip-hop's "golden era". Over on the flip it's all about DJ Quik's 1992 Profile Records single "Just Lyke Compton", an even more laidback and groovy affair that pays tribute to the notorious LA neighbourhood that became the focal point of the enormous "gangsta" hip-hop scene of the 1990s.
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 in stock $10.76
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