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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) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 073. Rel: 03 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu - "What Is Life?" (4:40)
  2. Pat Thomas - "Gyae Su" (Mpaebo LP version) (5:02)
Review: The tireless team at Mukatsuku are back with another of their carefully curated volumes of Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics. This is another monster offering that this time focusses on two legends of the scene. ''What Is Life'' from Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu's 1980 album ''Conflict Nkru!" has next level brass and flute playing and afro rhythms driving you onwards. It has earworms a plenty and stays long in the memory. The fipside is a first ever appearance for ''Gyae Su'' from Pat Thomas - who was also on Volume 1. His version is jangly, full of licks and feel good afro grooves.
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Give The Drummer Some
Cat: MRB 7166. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Give The Drummer Some (3:45)
  2. Moe Luv's Theme (2:21)
Review: American hip hop gang The Ultramagnetic MCs hail from the Bronx and bring that real rawness each and every time. Founded by Kool Keith in 1984, the group also included Ced Gee, TR Love and Moe Love and their 1989 classic "Give The Drummer Some" is a stone cold rhyme that is well worth reissuing. It has drums tighter than tennis racket strings and crisp wooden hits, tons of vinyl crackle and of course some slick verse work. "Moe Luv's Theme" brings the funky breaks and scratching, reversed stabs and lively rhymes. As far as pieces of early hip hop history go, they don't come much finer.
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 in stock $14.45
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
Brand New Girl (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (yellow vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 032YELLOW. Rel: 03 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Brand New Girl (3:39)
  2. I Got Some (part 1) (2:51)
Review: Juno colour vinyl exclusive ! Back in 1992, Billy Garner's "Brand New Girl" was unearthed in the vast vaults of New Day owner Dave Hamilton. He soon got it out there and it just as quickly became an instant deep funk classic. It was only a limited release, though, so it has since gone on to become much sought after and rather pricey little number. Now given a new lease of life, it sounds as vital and moving as it did back then, so is sure to remain a grail record for soul lovers everywhere. "I Got Some" (part 1) is less hard hitting, but strikes an equally impactful emotional note.
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 in stock $10.36
Stank Soul Edits Vol 6
Cat: BBP 174. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Stealin' Alright (4:45)
  2. Stolen Nolan (2:59)
Review: Five years on from the release of the first seven-inch, Mako and Mr Bristow's Soul Edits" series reaches volume six. On the A-side's "Stealin Alright" they get to work on a riotous slab of funk-rock heaviness from the golden age of the sound - albeit one whose sweaty drum breaks, weighty bass and gravelly guitars also come accompanied by steel pan melodies. It's an odd combination but one that works really well. Over on side B, "Stealin' Nolan" is a tidy edit of another rhythm and blues style dancefloor workout, this time rich in stomping drums, memorable guitar riffs and stomping, Northern Soul style drums.
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 in stock $9.00
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
What A Man (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 011WHITE. Rel: 03 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Linda Lyndell - "What A Man" (2:41)
  2. Billy Hawks - "(O Baby) I Do Believe I'm Losing You" (3:03)
Review: This Juno colour vinyl exclusive finds Linda Lyndell serve up her own majestic cover of the classic "What A Man." Her vocal is smooth and buttery but also laden with gravitas, while the sweeping horns and jazzy keys all around her help to lift the spirits. On the flip is an ice cold slice of funk from Billy Hawks in the form of his "(O Baby) I Do Believe I'm Losing You". It's raw soul that glides at high speed with plenty of hip swinging claps. This is a much sought after reissue that will shift quick, so make sure you do too.
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Remember Me
Remember Me (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: TR 739. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Soul
  1. Carlton Jumel Smith - "Remember Me" (feat Cold Diamond & Mink) (4:09)
  2. Cold Diamond & Mink - "Remember Me" (4:18)
Review: "Remember Me" was one of the most effervescent and up-tempo moments on Carlton Jumel Smith's 2019 album "1634 Lexington Avenue", so it's terrific to see Timmion giving the song a seven-inch single release. Backed by in-house Timmion band Cold Diamond & Mink, New York's modern "Mr Soul" delivers a scintillating lead vocal above a rousing 1960s soul instrumental laden with killer bass, sustained horns and bustling breakbeats. It comes accompanied by Cold Diamond and Mink's instrumental version, which as usual with Timmion is exclusive to this "45" release. If fresh, sixties-sounding soul is your thing, you need this in your life.
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Played by: Originals
 in stock $6.82
Ego Tripping (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7165. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Ego Tripping (5:15)
  2. Funky Potion (5:31)
Review: Although they would go on to become one of New York's most iconic hip-hop crews, the Ultramagnetic MC's were fresh-faced newcomers when they first popped up on Next Plateau Records - an imprint better-known for its proto-house and post-boogie releases - in 1986 with debut single "Ego Trippin". As this first ever seven-inch edition proves, it remains a stone cold classic: a heavy, stripped-back "golden era" gem in which the group's multiple MC's aim to get the party started over an iconic beat and weighty electronic bassline. As with the original version, it comes backed by flipside "Funky Potion", a scratch-happy, similarly constructed number full to bursting with effervescent rhymes, crunchy beats and distinctive bass.
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Strobelite Honey (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7169. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Strobelite Honey (Maybe We Did mix) (3:50)
  2. Strobelite Honey (3:08)
Review: There's been plenty of great "golden era" hip-hop reissued on wax lately, mostly via tidy and on-point seven-inch singles. Here's another, as Mr Bongo offers up a replica edition of the increasingly scarce "45" of Black Sheep's 1991 scene anthem "Strobelite Honey" - a playful and fun-packed affair that still gets feet moving 29 years after it first hit clubs. On the A-side you'll find the superior "Maybe We Did Remix", in which Dres's entertaining lyrics about courting a woman at a club ride crunchy drums, scratches, squally high pitched horn sounds and a wealth of killer samples. Turn to the flip for the far funkier original version, which lifts warm, squelchy and groovy elements from early '80s disco cuts by Change and Luther Vandross.
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Help Me (Save Me From Myself)
Help Me (Save Me From Myself) (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: TR 745. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Soul
  1. Carlton Jumel Smith - "Help Me (Save Me From Myself)" (feat Cold Diamond & Mink) (3:31)
  2. Cold Diamond & Mink - "Help Me (Save Me From Myself)" (instrumental) (3:34)
Review: Since first joining forces with Timmion's in-house band Cold Diamond & Mink two years ago, New York singer Carlton Jumel Smith has delivered a string of sublime singles and a must-check album, 2019's "1634 Lexington Avenue". It's from that set that his latest single is taken. "Help Me (Save Me From Myself)" is another emotive, 1960s soul style gem in which Smith passionately cries for help from a mystery woman over a typically on-point Cold Diamond & Mink backing track rich in hazy horns, wah-wah guitars and a laidback mid-tempo groove. The quality of the group's playing and production is laid bare in all its glory on the flipside instrumental version, which is naturally exclusive to this "45" release. Like the rest of Smith's singles, this is a must-have.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $7.09
Traveling At The Speed Of Thought (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7164. Rel: 07 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Traveling At The Speed Of Thought (5:01)
  2. MC's Ultra (part II) (5:13)
Review: This is the second reissue of godlier standard early rap and hip hop work from The Ultramagnetic MCs that is out this month. "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought" comes from their debut Critical Beatdown album in 1989 and is a real hard hitting tune stuffed with all sorts of punchy breaks that are easily recognisable and have since been heavily sampled by the likes of The Beastie Boys. The Ultramagnetic MC's were pioneers of hip hop in the late '80s and this shows why with its confident lyrical flow, big beats and brash vibes. Mr Bongo, of course, always do it right and that's the truth again here with this vital 7".
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Dance Your Blues Away
Dance Your Blues Away (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: CORD 7010. Rel: 04 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Dance Your Blues Away (4:15)
  2. Dance Your Blues Away (The Mighty Zaf edit) (4:32)
Review: Originally released in 1979 as a B-side to The Neville Brother's "Sweet Honey Dipper", "Dance Your Blues Away" saw Ivan go solo for the first time on this sultry modern soul jam. Laced with a plucky bass and just the right smattering of sleaze, it set the foundations for Ivan's extensive solo career. It also provides the perfect groove tools for The Mighty Zaf to work his editor craft and beef up the vibe with subtlety. Keep on dancing!
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Loving Explosion
Cat: OTS 223. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Loving Explosion (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (3:29)
  2. Loving Explosion (3:00)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.80
Party Rockers
Party Rockers (hand-numbered purple vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207005. Rel: 05 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Party Rockers (feat Ash The Author) (3:06)
  2. Batucada Battlebox (3:27)
Review: On the fifth volume in his 2020 Donuts series of party-starting "45s", Bristolian break-digger and beat-maker Boca 45 joins forces with Ash the Author, a Reading-based mic man who has been tipped for great things by a number of more experienced MCs. He makes his presence felt on "Party Rockers", delivering distinctive lyrics over a rock-solid beat peppered with tight scratches and moody, horn style stabs. Boca 45 ups the tempo on heavyweight flipside "Batacuda Battlebox", a riotous cut-and-paste affair crafted from Latin style drum samples, booming bass and the West Country producer's usual sneaky and inventive instrumental snippets.
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Latin Jazz Dance
Latin Jazz Dance (hand-stamped numbered 7" limited to 200 copies repress)
Cat: CUTMR 005. Rel: 03 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Latin Jazz Dance (Voodoo edit) (5:06)
  2. Electric Counterpoint (Dream edit) (4:30)
Review: Over the last few years, Gigi Testa has become renowned for delivering sun-kissed tracks and re-edits that variously draw influence from deep house, Afro-cosmic, Balearica, and jazz-funk. This edit-focused two-tracker continues on a similar theme. "Latin Jazz-Dance (Voodoo Edit)" is simply superb - an effervescent, rush-inducing re-model of a Latin jazz-funk number rich in layered percussion, breezy flute solos, bouncy piano riffs and suitably ambidextrous fretless bass. In contrast, "Electric Counterpoint (Dream Edit)" is a totally beat-free affair. It sees him go to work on the Steve Reich/Pat Metheny classic of the same name, adding dubbed-out effects and subtle vocal overdubs here and there. Like the original version, it's blissful, awe-inspiring stuff.
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Played by: Manu•Archeo
 in stock $13.07
EVA (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
EVA (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
BGP
Cat: BGPS 016WHITE. Rel: 10 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Jean Jacques Perrey - "EVA" (3:11)
  2. Camille Yarbrough - "Take Yo' Praise" (4:12)
Review: Exclusive Juno issue on white vinyl of 2 funk & heavily sampled classics repressed on white vinyl.
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 in stock $9.80
Take You Higher
Take You Higher (hand-numbered green vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207004. Rel: 05 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Take You Higher (2:49)
  2. Hummingbird (feat Alison Garner) (3:20)
Review: Bristol beat-maker, break-digger and turntablist Boca 45 has released some pretty special material this year, most of it on the 2020 Donuts imprint he inaugurated back in January. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing on the series fourth instalment, a highly limited green vinyl affair that we think will simply fly out of stores. A-side "Take You Higher" is a bustling instrumental hip-hop number based around slack-tuned breakbeats, heavyweight bass, cut-up guitar riffs and all manner of cheeky spoken word snippets. Vocalist Alison Garner guests on superb flipside "Hummingbird", a hybrid hip-hop/bossa-nova number blessed with mazy Hammond organ solos, bold piano stabs and extra-special percussion.
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Check The Rhime (reissue)
Check The Rhime (reissue) (limited 7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 45001. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Check The Rhime (3:35)
  2. Lyrics To Go (3:53)
Review: In 2019 sometime Star Creature producer Noam Ofir AKA Love's High adopted a new artistic alias, Soul Supreme, offering up a double header of boogie-fuelled hip-hop beats on Tugboat Edits' "Tugboat Editions" offshoot. This follow-up sees him successfully move further towards the jazzier end of the instrumental hip-hop spectrum. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Check The Rhime", a superb chunk of jazz-funk/instrumental hip-hop fusion rich in warm horn motifs, Roy Ayers style vibraphone riffs, deep Rhodes chords and bubbly electronic lead lines. That said, flip side "Lyrics To Go", where Offir utilises a well-known starry electric piano riff amongst his sonic arsenal, is also rather impressive and every bit as soul-soothing as its predecessor.
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Played by: Voodoocuts, Marc Hype
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Getting Nasty
Cat: OTS 218. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Getting Nasty (3:09)
  2. Getting Nasty (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) (4:23)
Review: A Black Man's Soul is an instrumental album by Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm from 1969. Turner wrote the songs with a host of other musicians and it showed off a side to him that hadn't been heard before. It was packed with traditional and simple funk that was as raw and lo-fi as you like, and one of the bigger tracks from it was "Getting Nasty" which has been synced to a number of films and adverts over the years. It's an authentic cut that bristles with gauzy textures and realness. On the flip, "Getting Nasty" (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) is more playful and funky.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.80
Fly
Fly (7")
Cat: OTS 221. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Fly (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:12)
  2. Fly (3:39)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.80
Get With The Program
Get With The Program (7" repress)
Cat: DAP 1122. Rel: 05 Aug 20
Soul
  1. Get With The Program (4:06)
  2. Heads Or Tails (3:33)
Review: The man with the Masterplan returns to Daptone after last year's "Casual Encounter". Once again it's a two-sides-two-vibes situation as the 30-year-standing funk veteran flexes his strengths. "Get With The Program" lives up to its name with total boogie badness, falsetto fire and a bassline so juicy Dapton's vaults have been flooded. "Heads Or Tails" flips to reveal Shorts' smoochier palette. Rich, honeyed vocals and a steamy message: everyone's a winner.
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 in stock $6.53
Wichita Lineman
Wichita Lineman (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: LEGO 206. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Soul
  1. Wichita Lineman (3:48)
  2. Joyland (3:44)
Review: Shawn Lee's country-soul album "Rides Again" was well received in late 2019 and saw him play it in full at shows across Europe. On one of the days off from the show, the band head to Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Studio and recorded this new single direct to tape, and it was mixed by studio owner Dennis Rux. Lee himself says the "Wichita Lineman" original by Jimmy Webb is a real masterpiece that means a lot to him and he has recorded a number of versions over the years. He adds his own unique spin to it here and backs it up with "Joyland," which is just ass magic.
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Played by: I Love 45's!, Originals
 in stock $9.26
Baby I Cried Cried Cried
Cat: ALSX 3751. Rel: 05 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Baby I Cried Cried Cried (4:09)
  2. Never Had A Love So Good (3:46)
Review: Dial into some super smooth soul vibes on this fine reissue of some classic 1980 action from Floridian artist Charles Jonson. It's a formidable offering that gets you on a glow slow mood on opener "Baby I Cried Cried Cried". The languid vocals are stretched over gently tumbling drums, chord stabs pick you up before then dropping you back down into a romantic late night vibe. "Never Had A Love So Good" is more upbeat but just as silky and seductive, with deft hi hats and student drums taking you home.
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Played by: I Love Disco!
 in stock $11.45
Thinking Black
Cat: OTS 217. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Funk
  1. Thinking Black (2:42)
  2. Thinking Black (Conomark & Hong Kong edit) (4:30)
Played by: I Love 45's!
 in stock $21.80
Rock The Kasbah
Rock The Kasbah (7" repress)
Cat: EDR 015. Rel: 17 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rock The Kasbah (Kasbah disco mix) (4:13)
  2. Rock The Kasbah (Kasbah dub mix) (4:13)
 in stock $7.63
The Bottle (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
The Bottle (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: SB7 006D WHITE. Rel: 15 Jul 20
Funk
  1. The Bottle (5:07)
  2. Johannesburg (4:38)
Review: If you don't already own a copty of Gil Scott-Heron classic "The Bottle", one of the many highlights from the pioneering spoken word artist and musician's 1974 collaboration with Brian Jackson, "Winter In America", then we'd heartily recommend picking up one of these limited-edition, white vinyl singles. For the uninitiated, the track features Scott-Heron musing on alcoholism and poverty over a killer flute-laden soul-funk groove. This time round it comes backed by another Scott-Heron/Jackson gem, "Johannesburg" - a more musically inventive and bluesy meditation on arpartheid first featured on the pair's 1975 album "From South Africa To South Carolina".
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 in stock $13.07
FORTHCOMING
Rose Rouge
Rose Rouge (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: 890923. Rel: 17 Aug 20
 
Jazz
  1. Jorja Smith - "Rose Rouge" (6:04)
  2. Ezra Collective - "Footprints" (6:23)
Review: We're rather excited by the prospect of Blue Note's forthcoming "Reimagined" compilation, which sees a variety of rising stars from the UK's jazz, soul and R&B scenes delivering new interpretations of classic cuts from the legendary jazz label's vast back catalogue. This teaser single features two of the more striking and talked-about covers. Jorja Smith takes on St Germain's early noughties jazz-house masterpiece "Rose Rouge", brilliantly re-imagining it as a deep, fluid and dreamy nu-jazz number rich in authentic instrumentation, shimmering electronics and effortlessly soulful vocals. It's genuinely brilliant. Over on the flip, the Ezra Project takes on Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", somehow mixing up hip-hop, post-bop jazz, funk and Afrobeat to create a stunning new interpretation. There aren't many of these around, so act fast to avoid disappointment.
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coming soon $12.27
45s Collection
45s Collection (double 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7070/7071. Rel: 24 Jul 20
Funk
  1. C'mon Children (3:09)
  2. Bad Tune (4:41)
  3. Help Somebody (4:05)
  4. Moment Of Truth (3:11)
Review: Dynamite Cuts' latest extra-special double "45" mines ones of the earliest albums from soul and funk legends Earth, Wind & Fire, a 1971 set that was notably more psychedelic in sound than many of their more celebrated later releases. Opener "C'mon Children" is fiery, weighty and driving in the style of San Francisco funk-rock heavyweights "Tower of Power", while "Bad Tune" more than lives up to its title in a "bad meaning good" way (it also includes some crazy solos, which is no bad thing). Over on disc two, "Help Somebody" is an insanely up-tempo, horn-heavy Boogaloo style romp, while "Momet of Truth" is a low-down funk number straight out of the top drawer.
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 in stock $17.99
Let It Go
Let It Go (7")
Cat: DYNAM 7072. Rel: 24 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Let It Go (part 1) (2:56)
  2. Let It Go (part 2) (2:03)
Review: Funk, soul and jazz-funk reissue specialists Dynamite Cuts are particularly good at offering up seven-inch singles featuring album tracks that have never previously appeared on "45". They're at it again here, delivering a killer seven-inch featuring the much-sampled two-part track that bookends K.C & The Sunshine Band's self-titled, 1975 sophomore LP. "Let It Go (Part 1)" is a low-down Miami funk treat featuring a hot-to-trot-mix of bustling drums, heavy percussion breaks, rousing vocals, fiery (and familiar) horn riffs and impassioned lead vocals. The slightly shorter "part two" mix is an even heavier, vocal-free take that deftly showcases the quality of the band's hip-shaking, rabble-rousing instrumentation.
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Amen Brother (reissue)
Amen Brother (reissue) (clear vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 002CLEAR. Rel: 14 Jul 20
Funk
  1. The Winstons - "Amen Brother" (3:32)
  2. The Chosen Few - "Candy I'm So Doggone Mixed Up" (3:25)
Review: The Beats & Breaks 7" series was founded to satisfy the desires of DJs, mainly by serving up re-edits that put some of the world's most recognizable drum breaks front and centre. This edition kicks off with a rearrangement of the Winstons' "Amen Brother", whose drum break not only became a staple of U.S hip-hop in the 1980s, but also the foundation of jungle and later drum and bass. This edit wisely gives plenty of air time to the infamous drum break, dropping into it at frequent intervals in between bouts of punchy, horn-heavy funk. Flip to the B-side for a tastefully chopped and rearranged version of The Chosen Few's super-sweet 1976 soul cut "Candy I'm So Doggone Mixed Up". This is the limited clear vinyl version and limited to just 200 copies !
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 in stock $11.18
Zulu War Chant
Zulu War Chant (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: 5BB 023. Rel: 31 Jul 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Timezone - "Zulu War Chant" (4:10)
  2. Betty Wright - "Clean Up Woman" (2:46)
Review: The 5 Borough Breaks series has long been a good way of acquiring killer cuts that have some way played a part in the ongoing evolution of hip-hop culture in New York City. The hush-hush label's latest release boasts the full version of Betty Wright's head-nodding soul classic "Clean Up Woman", which boasts a breakbeat that has been sampled on scores of killer rap jams. On the A-side you'll find something a little less well-known: "Zulu War Chant", a 1992 cut by the Afrika Bambaataa and Rusty Egan-helmed Time Zone crew. It samples the familiar groove from "Clean Up Woman", adding a swathe of well known rapped and sung vocal samples and a hard-spun hip-hop beat.
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Rhythm Rug
Rhythm Rug (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: HR 005. Rel: 23 Jun 20
Funk
  1. King Most - "Rhythm Rug" (My Favorite edit Ever) (3:29)
  2. Altered Tapes - "Ego Drip" (Outta This Horn remix) (4:20)
Review: If hot-to-trot and heavyweight funk re-fixes are your thing, you should already be familiar with the work of Chicago-based Heat Rock Records. Their latest limited seven-inch delivers two must-check workouts. On the A you'll find the "Rhythm Rug" edit by San Francisco scalpel fiends King Most, a cut-and-paste concoction that peppers a sunny, hip-hop tempo good-time soul-funk groove with excerpts from the acapella version of rap classic "Can I Kick It?" Over on the flip, label regulars and Windy City heroes Altered Tapes provide something even wilder: a hot-stepping fusion of Afro-jazz horns, dancehall style drums and what sound like occasional Q-Tip vocal snippets.
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 in stock $13.62
I Know You Care (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
I Know You Care (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: EX 7014WHITE. Rel: 14 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Know You Care (Arranged & Produced By Roy Ayers) (5:18)
  2. It's Your Love (Arranged & Produced By Roy Ayers) (4:01)
Review: In soul connoisseur circles, Ethel Beatty will forever be remembered for her sole single on Roy Ayers' Uno Melodic label, which first slipped out in 1981. This Expansion Records reissue - pressed on white vinyl in a Juno exclusive - proves why it is still so well thought of. A-side "I Know You Care" is super-sweet, with Roy Ayers' immaculate production wisely focusing on Beatty's lovelorn vocal, and a disco era deep soul groove that's effortlessly warm and tactile. Also impressive is flipside "It's Your Love", Beatty's sugary but emotive rendition of a Dee Dee Bridgwater and Ayers composition that features some skittish, jazz-dance friendly drums and all-round soothing and seductive vibe.
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All This Love That I'm Givin'
Cat
Cat: CATX 2015YELLOW. Rel: 10 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. All This Love That I'm Givin' (3:53)
  2. Maybe I'll Find Sombody New (3:25)
Review: Long time disco diva Gwen McCrae is an eternally in demand artist whose music reconnects with each new generation. "All This Love That I'm Givin'" is one of her biggest hits and for good reason. Now it gets a special 7" release on stunning yellow vinyl. The soaring vocals do most of the work but the tentative stabs help bring the funk. It's a totally different vibe on the flip with "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New", a much slower and more sensuous tune with luxurious strings and wind instruments complimenting her smooth and seductive vocal work.
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 in stock $11.45
Blow Your Whistle (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
Blow Your Whistle (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: SB7 005DWHITE. Rel: 14 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Blow Your Whistle (3:05)
  2. Ashley's Roachclip (4:20)
Review: More must-have reissue action here, as Soul Brother Records offers-up an ultra-limited, Juno exclusive white vinyl "45" featuring two revered gems from Washington D.C funk heavyweights The Soul Searchers. On the A-side you'll find "Blow Your Whistle", a deliciously weighty, energetic and infectious funk stomper laden with wah-wah guitars, punchy horns, bustling grooves and, as you'd expect from the title, whistles. Over on the B-side you'll find "Ashley's Roachclip", a more laidback chunk of breezy instrumental soul goodness from 1974 whose headline-grabbing attraction is a seriously good - and extensive - flute solo.
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Nuthin' But A G Thang
Nuthin' But A G Thang (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: IMP 004. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. DR DRE - "Nuthin' But A G Thang" (45 edit) (3:59)
  2. The Lady Of Rage - "Afro Puffs" (45 edit) (4:01)
Review: For those whose Californian hip-hop collection is missing a few gems, the West Coast Classics series should be a must-check. The latest edition in the series of the light-touch "45 Edits" by Ronnie Frazzle serves up two more essential cuts from the peerless Dr Dre and lesser-celebrated Death Row Records signee The Lady of Rage. Side A boasts the superb "Nuthin' But A G Thing" from Dre's iconic 1992 album "The Chronic", in which the main man and Snoop Dogg trade verses over a typically on-point G-funk style beat. The Lady of Rage's 1994 jam "Afro Puffs" is a darker, sleazier and tougher affair, with the Virginia-raised rapper's distinctive flow rising above punchy beats, creepy chords and a filthy analogue bassline.
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Caucciu (reissue)
Caucciu (reissue) (7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: EAS 0227. Rel: 23 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Caucciu (Migliera version) (4:31)
  2. Caucciu (Damecuta version) (4:21)
Review: The latest must-have missive from Naples' Early Sounds collective comes courtesy of founding member Pellegrino S. Snichelotto and his collaborative studio project Zodyaco. This time round keyboard player and fellow producer Daryo Bass joins him in the studio for a sun-kissed skip through hybrid jazz-funk/disco pastures. The A-side "Damecuta Version" of "Caucciu" is the kind of rich and opulent Balearic disco we dig, with the pair regularly flitting between dancefloor jazz-funk and arpeggio-driven, Italo-disco type sounds. The flipside "Migliera Version" is an altogether looser and more loved-up affair that sounds like a jam session between Tullio Di Piscopo and Pat Metheny.
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Boogie With Your Baby
  1. Willi J & Co - "Boogie With Your Baby" (3:43)
  2. Rare Function - "Disco Function" (4:27)
 in stock $11.45
The Model
The Model (limited 7")
Cat: EVER 109. Rel: 03 Jul 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. The Model (feat Shniece McMenamin & Horseman) (3:42)
  2. The Model (dub) (3:49)
Played by: Voodoocuts
 in stock $10.36
Allegria De Vino Vol 1
Cat: MCWR 006. Rel: 29 Jul 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Allegria De Vino (3:35)
  2. Bordeaux (part 1) (3:34)
  3. Gamay All Day (4:39)
Review: Andres (aka DJ Dez) steps up to join the MotorCity Wine family in fine style with the Allegria de Vino series. For this 2 volume series Andres flexes his blunted downtempo beat-driven side, complete with his primo cut skills celebrating our favorite red, white, and pink libations. Both volumes feature 3 instrumental hip-hop beats, cut loud at 33.3 rpm, pressed with love at Archer on Detroit's east side, and housed in the MotorCity Wine company 7" jacket.
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 in stock $9.26
The Mexican (reissue)
Cat: S71 3351. Rel: 27 Jul 20
Funk
  1. The Mexican (5:47)
  2. Theme From 'For A Few Dollars More' (2:17)
Review: Given the recent passing of Ennio Morricone, it seems fitting that we're being treated to a reissue of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican", a scorching funk-rock number based on the late, great Italian composer's theme from "For A Few Dollars More". The band's cover of that can be heard on the B-side, but it's the five-minute A-side, which boasts lyrics calling out the misleading narrative of John Wayne western "The Alamo", that you need in your life. Full of killer funk breaks that became staples during hip-hop's foundational block party era, plus driving musicality and some of rap music's best-known hooks, the track is still capable of slaying dancefloors 47 years after it was first recorded.
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Lupita (reissue)
Lupita (reissue) (7" repress)
Cat: MSR 018. Rel: 10 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Lupita (3:36)
  2. Lupita (Bosq rework) (4:24)
Review: Those who love classic Afro-Latin music should already know "Lupita", one of the standout tunes from the sole 1971 album by Belgian composer Nico Gomez (real name Joseph van het Groenewoud) and his Afro-Percussion Inc backing band. That album was reissued a few years back by Mr Bongo; here 'Lupita' is given a rare airing on 7" single by Matasuna. This time round, the deliciously percussive mambo workout - all punchy horns, wild organs and vocal breakdowns - comes backed by a fresh remix courtesy of Bosq. This version is arguably even better, with Bosq wisely choosing to focus on the drums, horns, bass and organs for added dancefloor pleasure.
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Synthetic Substitution (reissue)
Synthetic Substitution (reissue) (clear vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 001 CLEAR. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Melvin Bliss - "Synthetic Substitution" (3:50)
  2. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (4:17)
Review: The popular Breaks & Beats series of light-touch, DJ-friendly re-edits of soul and funk classics has decided to reissue some of its most sought-after seven-inch singles on clear vinyl pressings. Fittingly, the first to get the reissue treatment is the label's first ever release from 2017. On the A-side you'll find a tasty extension of Melvin Bliss's warm, heartfelt, piano-heavy 1983 cut "Synthetic Substitution". While Bliss's brilliant original is largely kept in-tact, the mystery re-editor naturally makes more of the opening breakbeat. Flip for a similarly tasty rearrangement of Sweet Daddy Floyd's 1978 Blaxploitation style disco-funk shuffler "I Just Can't Help Myself", a cut rich in rolling breaks, densely layered percussion, punchy orchestration and "Shaft"-style guitar licks.
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Allegria De Vino Vol 2
Cat: MCWR 007. Rel: 29 Jul 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Sangiovese Sonata (3:02)
  2. Night Harvest (3:29)
  3. Rock Juice (4:11)
Review: Andres (aka DJ Dez) steps up to join the MotorCity Wine family in fine style with the Allegria de Vino series. For this 2 volume series Andres flexes his blunted downtempo beat-driven side, complete with his primo cut skills celebrating our favorite red, white, and pink libations. Both volumes feature 3 instrumental hip-hop beats, cut loud at 33.3 rpm, pressed with love at Archer on Detroit's east side, and housed in the MotorCity Wine company 7" jacket.
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 in stock $9.26
Calling Out (reissue)
Calling Out (reissue) (red vinyl 7")
Cat: CMC 288RED. Rel: 16 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. Calling Out (7" edit) (5:39)
  2. Calling Out (7" edit instrumental) (5:35)
Review: Former Paper Recordings artist Sophie Lloyd apparently started working on "Calling Out" whilst gripped by the January blues. Her intention was simply to make "happy music". To that end, she turned to her gospel roots. The results, shared here on 7" single for the first time, are little less than spectacular. With collaborator Dames Brown in tow, Lloyd's vocals - accompanied by a gospel choir, of course - simply soar above a jaunty, piano-heavy track rich in live instrumentation. It sits somewhere between traditional gospel, house and disco, with a flipside instrumental brilliantly showcasing the quality of the instrumentation throughout. The piano solos, in particular, are breathlessly good.
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Check It Out People
Check It Out People (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 218. Rel: 10 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Beastie Boys Vs MFSB - "Check It Out People" (4:19)
  2. MFSB - "People All Over The World" (dub) (4:08)
Review: The latest edition in DJ Soopasoul's "Soopastole Edits" series looks like it may fly off the shelves, and with good reason. The lead cut is not an edit per se, but rather a crafty, clever and expertly produced mash-up that places selected rap flows from the acapella version of Beastie Boys classic "Ch-Check It Out" over a tightened up and fattened up rearrangement of MFSB's disco-era jam "People All Over The World". Sometimes these kinds of mash-ups can be messy, but this genuinely isn't, with the Beasties' vocals fitting the backing track like a glove. Over on side B Soopasoul shares his tweak of the MFSB track, which is entirely instrumental bar periodic use of the band's female backing vocals. In a word: ace!
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Let Me Do My Thing (reissue)
Cat: MSR 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Let Me Do My Thing (3:24)
  2. Let Me Do My Thing (Voodoocuts edit) (4:20)
Review: According to the South American music specialists at Matasuna Records, Ralph Weeks' 1971 single "Let Me Do My Thing" - recorded alongside backing Los Dinamicos Exciters - is arguably the most sought-after Panamanian soul record around. As this reissue proves, Weeks' original version is rubbery, heavy and rousing, with the singer's rasping lead vocal soaring above a weighty backing track that sounds like a breezier take on the New York boogaloo sound. On the flip, Voodoocuts tools it up for modern dancefloors, underpinning his club-ready edit with punchy new drums that give the cut more of a breakbeat style swing.
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Sex CREAM (reissue)
Sex CREAM (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 216RE. Rel: 10 Jul 20
Funk
  1. James Brown & The Wu Tang Clan - "Sex CREAM" (3:33)
  2. James Brown - "Sex Machine" (dub edit) (3:02)
Review: It would be fair to say that the latest edition in DJ Soopasoul's "Soopastole" edits series is one of the producer's biggest yet. A-side "Sex C.R.E.A.M" is particularly potent, with the mash-up maestro layering the vocals from Wu-Tang Clan classic "C.R.E.A.M" over a chunky beat crafted out of classic James Brown samples. To our ears, it's arguably better than the Wu-Tang original, or at least a little more dancefloor-friendly. Fittingly, Brown gets the treatment on the flip with Soopasoul getting busy with the EQs on a suitably heavy but stripped back "dub edit" of all-time-classic "Sex Machine". While it probably didn't need tampering with, he's done a very good job of delivering a version that successfully takes the track in a different direction.
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How Superstitious
R/M M vs S W
How Superstitious (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 217. Rel: 28 Jul 20
Funk
  1. How Superstitious (vocal mix) (4:14)
  2. How Superstitious (instrumental mix) (4:14)
Review: DJ Soopasoul's last mash-up was an inspired affair that saw him perfectly fuse tracks by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB and the Beastie Boys. Here he takes a similar approach, placing the rap vocals from the 1995 hip hop classic "How High" atop a suitably funky, lolloping beat crafted from Clavinet-heavy sections from Stevie party-starting floor-heater "Superstitioun". It works remarkably well on the A-side vocal mix, and those who'd not heard either track would be convinced that there was no mash-up antics going on. Over on side B you'll find an instrumental mix that showcases Soopasoul's editing skills; minus the Hip Hop vocals, is a fine re-edit of the Wonderful jam.
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Give Me Your Love (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
Give Me Your Love (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: SB 7 UMG1 WHITE. Rel: 15 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Give Me Your Love (4:17)
  2. Try It, You'll Like It (3:29)
Review: Soul Brother Records is doing the world a great service by reissuing Sisters of Love's 1973 proto-disco anthem "Give Me Your Love", which is here presented in a Juno exckusive white vinyl edition. The song has been re-edited, bootlegged and reworked countless times over the years, and newcomers should be able to tell why straight away: the combination of brilliant group vocals, Blaxploitation style gyutars, fluttering flutes and powerful horns is simply superb. This time round it's accompanied by a lesser-known gem, "Try It, You'll Like It", which first featured on the B-side of a 1973 single. It's a powerful chunk of conscious funk/soul fusion of the sort that was incredibly popular during the period it was recorded.
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Funky President (reissue)
Funky President (reissue) (clear vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 004CLEAR. Rel: 14 Jul 20
Funk
  1. James Brown - "Funky President" (extended Breaks Special edition) (4:25)
  2. The Vibrettes - "Humpty Dump" (part 1 - extended Breaks Special edition) (3:16)
Review: For the second in their series of clear vinyl reissues of some of their most sought-after "sevens", the mysterious Breaks & Beats crew have chosen to revisit their fourth 45, which originally landed in early 2018. It's well worth picking up, if only for the version of James Brown classic "Funky Presisdent", which features extended grooves and breakbeats for added DJ pleasure and double-up opportunities. That said, we're also big fans of the mystery scalpel fiends' light-touch revision of the Vibrettes' brilliant, voodoo funk favourite "Humpty Dump (Part 1)". This, too, makes more of the original's short drum breaks and strutting instrumental grooves, before unleashing the female vocal group's great vocals.
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