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Paradise Island (reissue) (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: PMD 01. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Paradise Island (5:24)
  2. Paradise Island (Revisited) (6:22)
  3. Fair Weather Friend (3:04)
Review: You'll struggle to find many cosmic boogie/jazz-funk records rarer than Azwon's 1980 debut single, a private press gem from Florida that has long been in demand amongst collectors. Here the finest track from that double A-side seven-inch, "Paradise Island", is given the reissue treatment. It's worth picking up, not only for the swirling, spaced-out brilliance of the original version of "Paradise Island", but also the slightly bolder, Latin-tinged "Revisited" version the band re-recorded last year for this very release. The production is very similar, sound wise, meaning it's every bit as spaced out as the cut they made 40 years ago. Bonus cut "Fair Weather Friend", a dancefloor-focused jazz-funk workout recorded but not released in 1980, is also rather good.
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Volume 4: Ugly Funk Breaks (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBB 004. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Wot I Want (vocal version) (4:02)
  2. Ugly Funk Breaks (instrumental version) (4:13)
Review: Peak time dancefloor action with this 45 with the familiar classic b-boy sampling fodder coupled with an infectious r & b vocal club monster. It's never had a physical release till now. On the flip it's instrumental breaks galore for B-Boy/B-Girl back flips action from a sought after uk trio release now in handy 45 form with tuff breakbeats and smattering of electro vibe...Only 200 copies..
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  1. I've Got Plenty Of Nothin' (2:47)
  2. Think Love (2:18)
Review: Blue-eyed soul singer Mickey Carroll made his name in the late 1970s, offering up a handful of singles and a couple of rock-solid albums. His musical journey began much earlier though, as "I've Got Plenty Of Nothing" proves. It was recorded in 1969 but never officially released, presumably because Carroll couldn't find a label to put it out on. This then is the track's first release. It's well worth picking up, not least because it fixes his country-tinged, crooner style vocals to a stomping, Northern Soul style backing track with added big band horns. Flipside "Think Love" swings more than it stomps, with an arrangement and vocal delivery that reminded us a little of Terry Callier's "Ordinary Joe".
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Diana (7" repress)
Cat: BB 45003RP. Rel: 05 May 20
  1. Diana (Caserta 7 The long Way mix) (6:00)
  2. Diana (Caserta Sing-A-long dub) (5:17)
Review: Bridge Boots main man Caserta has previously proved to be one of the most talented re-editors around, up there with higher profile artists such as the Reflex and Joey Negro. His latest offering, a red seven-inch single featuring new rearrangements of Diana Ross hit "I'm Coming Out", is another beauty. On the A-side he offers up a "Long Way Mix" that gives more prominence to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' killer backing track (partly via stripping it back to the groove at key points) while retaining most of Ross' vocals. On the flip you'll find a "Sing-A-Long Dub" that strips it back further during key instrumental passages to allow the Motown legend's vocals to shine.
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Attraction (12")
Cat: RM 068. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. You Came In Time (feat Phabo & Jordan Lee) (3:28)
  2. Beyonce (3:10)
  3. The Answer (feat Ayelle) (3:32)
  4. The West Coast (interlude) (1:04)
  5. Je Plane (feat Crenoka) (3:35)
Review: If smooth, synth-powered soul is your bag, we'd suggest checking out this EP from French future R&B star Jean Janin AKA Cezaire. It begins with a sumptuous slice of '80s soul revivalism featuring guests Phabo and Jordan Lee (the really rather good "You Came In Time") and ends with a bubbly chunk of deep electro-soul ("Je Plane", featuring Crenoka). In between, Janin treats us to some sparse, drowsy and distant lo-fi soul ("Beyonce"), a spacey slown jam featuring immaculate lead vocals by Ayelle (the synth-bass-propelled goodness of "The Answer"), and an all-to-short tribute to talkbox-sporting Los Angeles synth-funk jams of the 1980s ("The West Coast").
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Cat: TR 274. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. Black Velvet Soul (part 1) (2:46)
  2. Black Velvet Soul (part 2) (2:31)
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  1. Lou Courtney - "Trying To Find My Woman" (2:27)
  2. Lee Dorsey - "Give It Up" (3:04)
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Cat: FMG 8011. Rel: 01 May 20
  1. Face Of Love (Johnny Juice remix) (4:25)
  2. Face Of Love (DJ Spinna Refreak) (7:19)
  3. Face Of Love (Mell Starr remix - UB 7" edit) (5:05)
  4. Indiscreet (Johnny Juice remix) (5:43)
  5. Indiscreet (DJ Spinna Refreak) (7:56)
  6. Indiscreet (Mell Starr remix - UB 7" edit) (4:44)
Played by: I Love Hip Hop
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Cat: DJSCH 03. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. Don't Wanna Wake Up
  2. Don't Wanna Wake Up (The Rebel remix) (2:58)
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Rescue Me (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BH 115BLACK. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Rescue Me (3:28)
  2. Bar-B-Q (3:28)
Review: Rework merchant Djar One can usually be relied to deliver the goods, regardless of whether he's in re-edit, mash-up or full on remix mode. For his latest trick, he's taken his scalpel to Fontella Bass soul classic "Rescue Me", beefing up the beats a little and thickening up the bassline while keeping much of the original in-tact. It's undeniably floor-friendly and reverential enough not to annoy those who love the original (which, let's face it, is almost all of us). Over on the flipside, he fattens up another classic soul gem, once again making the beats flow in a way that suits modern dancefloors without particularly tampering with the track's infectiously stomping groove.
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  1. Erma Franklin - "I Get The Sweetest Feeling" (3:02)
  2. Laverne Baker - "I'm The One To Do It" (2:21)
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Cat: ATH 084. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. What About The Child (2:44)
  2. Now I Know (4:17)
Review: "What About The Child" by Avelino Pitts' obscure band GOLD has long been a sought-after deep funk rarity, with copies of the 1977 seven-inch single being extremely hard to come by these days. Helpfully Athens of the North's Euan Fryer knows the score and has decided to offer-up a much-needed reissue. The track is a fine slab of psychedelic soul in the vein of leading San Francisco groups of the period - Vehicle, Tower of Power and so on - with plenty of rhythmic shuffle and fine group vocals. Fryer has unearthed a gem for the flip, too: a previously unreleased cut that's on a similar sonic tip to Rotary Connection. It's worth the entrance price on its own.
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Cat: OSV 202. Rel: 31 Mar 20
  1. Roy Hamilton - "Earthquake" (2:37)
  2. H B Barnum - "It Hurts Too Much To Cry" (2:16)
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Cat: FNAC 002. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Johnny Hernandez - "Ain't No Big Thing" (3:56)
  2. Black Pumas - "Look At My Soul" (feat Kam Franklin) (3:27)
Review: Two years ago, Nacional Records released "Look at My Soul", an album from funk-soul multi-instrumentalist and producer Adrian Quesada that featured a wealth of guest performers. Here the LA label revisits the project, offering up two of the album's most potent cuts on "45" for the very first time. Veteran Latin American Texan Johnny Hernandez stars on superb A-side "Ain't No Big Thing", adding his gravelly but emotion-rich voice to a languid chunk of jaunty, horn-heavy 1960s style soul. On B-side cut "Look At My Soul", Quesada's psychedelic soul band Black Pumas are accompanied by righteous soul diva Kam Franklin on an even more emotive, organ-heavy chunk of end-of-night soul. By the end, we guarantee you'll be holding a lighter aloft and singing along with your eyes closed.
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Little Sunflower (reissue) (12" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: AS 671AB. Rel: 14 Apr 20
  1. Little Sunflower (9:11)
Review: Best known amongst house heads for being the source of the lilting orchestral sample in Pepe Bradock's "Deep Burnt", Freddie Hubbard's 1979 version of "Little Sunflower" is a soul-jazz classic and a half. Since the full version of Hubbard's vocal re-make (the trumpeter first recorded an instrumental take in 1968) only ever appeared on a hard-to-find promo 12", this Record Store Day reissue should be an essential purchase. It remains a gentle, breezy and sunset-ready jazz-dance gem, with Hubbard's emotion-rich vocals and mazy trumpet solos riding Latin-tinged percussion, elastic double bass and some suitably jammed-out jazz pianos. In other words, it's the kind of life-affirming treat that's capable of spreading sunshine on even the cloudiest day.
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Cat: DAP 1131. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. Brother Or Other (3:18)
  2. Never (3:59)
Review: As you'd expect, the latest single from Daptone stalwarts and high-grade rhythm & blues/early soul revivalists James Hunter Six is something of a doozy. The British band are in fine form on "Brother Or Other", a mid-tempo, turn-of-the-1960s style soul workout in which the soulful lead vocal and group harmony backing vocals rise above hazy horns and a laidback (but still impactful) groove. B-side "Never" is a smooch-tastic slow jam of the kind that's used to set hearts-a-fluttering at the end of dance sessions circa 1960. We prefer the more up-beat A-side, but as with the rest of the band's output it's perfectly pitched, performed and produced.
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Cat: GLADES 1713. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Vanessa Kendrick - "90% Of Me Is You" (2:44)
  2. Gwen McCrae - "90% Of Me Is You" (2:45)
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Sorry If I Hurt You (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: KIM 005. Rel: 31 Mar 20
  1. Sorry If I Hurt You (2:57)
  2. Nothing Ever Changes (4:37)
Review: Kimberlite's latest release is not a reissue, but rather a fresh two-track missive from Aladean Kheroufi, an Algeria-born Canadian musician with a trademark sound all of his own. A-side "Sorry If I Hurt You" is a wonderfully warm and fuzzy affair - musically at least - with the artist singing of guilt, victimhood and failed relationships over a retro-futurist soul backing track rich in distorted guitar riffs, weighty bass, chiming melodies, semi-stomping beats and hazy electric piano. He heads into deeper, slower territory on flipside "Nothing Ever Changes", a delightfully melancholy affair in which his world-weary vocals and hazy horns gently rise above a relaxed but groovy backing track. Like the A-side, it boasts authentically old school soul production.
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  1. Woota (Feelin Good) (3:24)
  2. Crazy Mixed Up Girl (3:06)
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Cat: MS 02. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Let The Feelin' - Turn You Out (5:14)
  2. What Does It Take (4:16)
  3. I Like It (4:05)
  4. Try My Love (5:06)
Review: For the second release on their new joint venture Mixed Signals, Henry Jones and Seance Centre founder Brandon Hocura have decided to offer-up a selection of tracks from Harold Lucious' overlooked 1990 album "Connected". Lucious' far-sighted blend of soulful house, new jack swing and what us Brits would call street soul comes to the fore on opener "Let The Feelin' - Turn You Out", a stripped-back, synth-heavy chunk of deep house-soul, and on the much more upbeat club cut "What Does It Take". It can also be heard, too, on delicious flipside opener "I Like It", where Lucious' layered vocals ride a tactile, lo-fi deep house groove. Our pick of the bunch though is sumptuously slow closing cut "Try My Love", which is much closer in tone to street soul.
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Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics (limited hand-numbered 7" in gold hand-stamped inner sleeve) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 070. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. I Can Say (4:49)
  2. Let's Think It Over (3:55)
Review: Two raw afro dance floor bombs from Pat Thomas & Marijjata both taken from the Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981 issued on Strur Records in 2016 and now presented on one killer hand-numbered 45 on the singles only imprint Mukatsuku .The a side ''I Can Say'' is issued for the very first time on a 45 & is a raucous trip into highlife-funk fusion territory where Thomas' urgent lead vocals and rousing horns rise above a suitably heavyweight groove .On the flip from 76 the powerful brass section of ''Lets Think It Over '' kicks off kicks off the tune with great impact before what essentially is simply an afro soul masterpiece.Pat Thomas shows us once again what a great song writer he is not only with his lyrics but also the dynamic arrangements of the funky groove.Hand -numbered to just 500 units. Once it's gone then its gone !
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Cat: BK 014RE. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. The Nassauvians - "Slacking Off" (3:05)
  2. Tommy Goodwin - "The Time Is Now" (feat Don Lepage) (4:16)
Review: "Slacking Off" came from a Nassauvians session that found the band coming back together in the studio for the first time after a little break, but totally unprepared. Despite this, they struck real aloha gold, with Hawaiian soul, gently lilting funk and Balearic guitars all making it as summery as you could wish for. Flipside "The Time Is Now" is a previously unreleased AOR island recording with Nassauvians man Tommy Goodwin on guitar and pal Don Lepage on harmonica, and will make you nostalgic for a time and a place never known.
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Cat: ATH 083. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. Don't Act Like A Fool (4:25)
  2. In Love (3:47)
Review: Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer recently described Premonition as "the best obscure New York boogie act you've never heard of". He'll be releasing an entire album of their rare and unreleased material later in the year, but first he's treating us to a reissue of their best-known moment - impossible-to-find 1986 soulful boogie slammer "Don't Act Like A Fool". The track ticks all the right boxes -rubbery slap bass, mid-80s FM synth sounds, passionate male lead vocal, needless but delicious sax and electric guitar solos etc - and is little less than an overlooked dancefloor heater. On the flip you'll also find original B-side "In Love", which Fryer brilliantly (and accurately) describes as a "mid-tempo floater".
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Cat: FNSD 602. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Golden Oldies (3:36)
  2. It's Gone (feat Slug Of Atmosphere & Eamon) (4:09)
Review: Rawkus Records regular R.A The Rugged Man has received plenty of plaudits for his recent album "All My Heroes Are Dead", which marked his return to the full-length format after a gap of seven years. Here he delivers a limited-edition "45" featuring one of the album's most potent cuts, Slug and Eamon hook-up "Golden Oldies". Featuring a blend of crunchy beats, sweet '70s soul samples, loved-up chorus vocals and some tight, on-point raps from the man himself, the track lives up to the nostalgic promise of its title. Over on the flip there's a first vinyl airing for the previously cassette-only 2013 cut "It's Gone", a stuttering slab of 21st century boom-bap produced by former DMC World Champ DJ Noize.
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Cat: RSRLTD 007. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. I'll Call You Every Morning (2:54)
  2. I Can't Let Her Go (2:53)
Review: The latest missive from the must-check Rain & Shine label should appeal to serious soul collectors. It offers a new edition of a private press "45" by Illinois outfit Joel Ramirez Jr and Fantasy that's recently been changing hands for vast sums online. A-side "I'll Call You Every Morning" is a super-sweet modern soul number that combines a blue-eyed soul style lead vocal with a bright-and-breezy backing track rich in groovy bass, spacey synths, clipped guitars and seriously positive piano motifs. It's really rather good all told, and the kind of earworm that you'll be singing in the shower all week. Over on the flip you'll find the rhythm & blues/rock flex of "I Can't Let Her Go", which will probably appeal to AOR disco lovers.
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Played by: Soul Music
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Cat: ZP 36. Rel: 20 Apr 20
  1. Can't Say Goodbye (4:18)
  2. Ego (4:04)
Played by: I Love 45's!
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Cat: NP 22. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. That's The Way I Feel About You (4:48)
  2. Action (3:32)
Review: Skull Snaps are one of those cult groups from the heyday of funk and soul who have slowly bubbled away under the surface, getting due props from those in the know for one seminal LP, which came out in 1973. 43 years on, and the New York group are dropping a 7" on Six Nine Records with two tracks not found on that self-titled LP. "That's The Way I Feel About You" is a powerful boogie-soul number originally penned by Bobby Womack, Joe Hicks and John Grisby. The party jam is on the flip though, a Skull Snaps original entitled "Action" with a raw punch that should get the heads as hyped as the groove hounds when it drops in the dance.
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Key To My Heart (coloured 7")
Cat: ZP 41. Rel: 31 Mar 20
  1. Key To My Heart (The Tom Moulton mix) (4:19)
  2. Soft Words (4:22)
Review: First featured on Marc Staggers' 2011 album of the same name, "Key To My Heart" is a sumptuous R&B/modern soul slow jam that's as sweet, loved-up and huggable as they come. Here it gets a second life as disco remix legend Tom Moulton gives his twist on the track. His version is arguably even more polished and seductive, adding layers of luscious instrumentation while keeping Staggers' vocal centre stage. Over on side B you'll find the previously unreleased "Soft Words", another slick slow jam full of layered vocals, drowsy grooves and slinky saxophone solos.
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Marvin's Mood (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: SCM 7011. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Marvin's Mood (part 1) (4:21)
  2. Marvin's Mood (part 2) (2:57)
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  1. Cash Money - "Seeking" (3:56)
  2. Ricky Womack & The New Age Christian Ensemble - "New Day New Time" (4:40)
Review: If you have even the smallest interest in the worlds of gospel soul and gospel disco, there's a fair chance you've already picked up at least one volume in Tone B. Nimble's ongoing series of split 7" singles, "Soul Is My Salvation". If not, we'd recommend checking out this fourth volume. The A-side sports a superb slab of what sounds like late 1970s, disco-era jazz-funk/gospel soul fusion from obscure Michigan band Cash Money, which was previously featured on the B-side of an extremely rare, private press single. Arguably even better is B-side "New Day New Time", a 1990 chunk of synthesizer and slap-bass heavy gospel soul genius plucked from Ricky Womack and the New Age Christian Ensemble's similarly rare album "Something Within".
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Albums
Cat: AJXLP 502. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. Get Up & Praise The Lord (4:27)
  2. Brighter World (6:12)
  3. Thank You Lord (5:00)
  4. Love One Another (4:05)
  5. Time For A Change (4:09)
  6. Come Into God's World (3:51)
  7. Smile (5:06)
  8. Ungodly War (4:19)
Review: Since its creator pressed and released it himself in 1981, Louisville gospel musician Lamont Butler's sole album, "It's Time For A Change", has become something of an in-demand item amongst collectors. As this timely reissue proves, the album has aged rather well. Rich in infectious grooves, righteous lyrics, superb vocals (mostly provided by the man himself, with the occasional assistance of a gospel choir) and addictive instrumentation, the album's ten tracks range from funky church hall stompers ("Get Up And Praise The Lord") and deliciously jazzy slow jams ("Thank You Lord"), to summery soul songs ("Time For A Change") and the kind of hybrid folk-soul that was once associated with the late, great Terry Callier ("Smile"). In a word: superb.
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Cat: AJXCD 502. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. Get Up & Praise The Lord
  2. Brighter World
  3. Thank You Lord
  4. Love One Another
  5. Time For A Change
  6. Come Into God's World
  7. Smile
  8. Ungodly War
Review: Since its creator pressed and released it himself in 1981, Louisville gospel musician Lamont Butler's sole album, "It's Time For A Change", has become something of an in-demand item amongst collectors. As this timely reissue proves, the album has aged rather well. Rich in infectious grooves, righteous lyrics, superb vocals (mostly provided by the man himself, with the occasional assistance of a gospel choir) and addictive instrumentation, the album's ten tracks range from funky church hall stompers ("Get Up And Praise The Lord") and deliciously jazzy slow jams ("Thank You Lord"), to summery soul songs ("Time For A Change") and the kind of hybrid folk-soul that was once associated with the late, great Terry Callier ("Smile"). In a word: superb.
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Cat: JAL 321CD. Rel: 16 Apr 20
  1. Boom! (feat John Turrell)
  2. Pressure Cooker
  3. A Matter Of Time (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  4. How Beautiful
  5. Canvas Cathedral (feat Ben Castle)
  6. With Love (feat Stephanie Whitelock)
  7. Slim's Mood
  8. Hey!
  9. A Little Blahzay (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  10. Steppin' In
  11. Laid Bare (feat Stephanie Whitelock)
  12. Longshore Drift
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More Trouble (gatefold LP)
UMC
Cat: 848792. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Main Theme From Trouble Man (alternate take with Strings) (2:37)
  2. T Plays It Cool (Unedited) (6:37)
  3. Poor Abbey Walsh (part 2 - take 1) (2:02)
  4. Trouble Man (extended version) (4:10)
  5. Theme From Trouble Man (vocal version) (2:03)
  6. Main Theme From Trouble Man (vocal version) (4:18)
  7. T Stands For Trouble (Unedited vocal version) (5:16)
  8. T Stands For Trouble (alternate version) (6:02)
  9. Trouble Man (vocal version) (4:12)
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  1. Ice - "Reality" (3:35)
  2. Cloudburst - "I'm Loving You" (3:38)
  3. Popsicles - "These Are The Good Times" (4:23)
  4. Bileo - "You Can Win" (3:28)
  5. Mahana - "She Really Needs Love" (3:15)
  6. Jerry Blackshear - "Defected" (3:29)
  7. Mr Wigg & Co - "Lot Of Living To Do" (4:32)
  8. Benita - "Time For A Change" (3:25)
  9. Darrell Johnson - "Days Gone Past" (4:12)
  10. Bordeaux - "Paradise's Love" (3:24)
  11. Split Decision Band - "Watchin' Out" (3:15)
  12. Sequence - "Disco Thing" (3:00)
  13. Strivers Show Band - "Love Episode" (3:29)
  14. Love Company - "Love Tempo" (3:36)
  15. Gratitude - "We Are Here To Party" (7" version) (3:46)
  16. Jax Transit Authority - "Life Is A Miracle" (4:56)
Review: Many of the finest independent disco 45s that Athens of the North has reissued were licensed by crate digger David Haffner, so it's fitting that AOTN boss Euan Fryer has given him a compilation of his own. "Disco With A Feeling" contains some of those picks, alongside other obscure favourites from Haffner's sizable record collection. It's absolute fire from start to finish, with the little known private press and small-run cuts tending towards the more soulful and jazz-funk influenced end of the disco spectrum. Basically, it's a must-have for anyone who gravitates towards the rare end of the disco spectrum.
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Cat: ATO 0514CD. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. All These Changes
  2. Wtmmg
  3. Bouncing
  4. Let It Out
  5. Qadir
  6. All These Instruments
  7. Drum Thing
  8. Vincent Tyler
  9. Crumpy
  10. Gods Dirty Work
  11. Seeing Double
  12. Whoo
Review: It would be fair to say that Nick Hakim's new album - his third, following 2017's breakthrough set "Green Twins" - is not a barrel of laughs. It is, though, something of a stunner. So while the lyrics are thoughtful, weighty and heartfelt, mixing social and political commentary with the kind of care-worn personal introspection he does so well - the music is stirring and emotion-rich, offering a take on soul that fuses grandiose, wall-of-sound production (read: lots of reverb) with densely layered backing vocals, snare-heavy beats, and slightly psychedelic instrumentation that recalls both the glory days of conscious soul and the kind of lo-fi soul that revels in its stripped-back looseness. Highlights are plentiful throughout, with the epic "Qadir" and super-sweet "Crumpy" initially catching the ear.
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Cat: GLLN 17952. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Bet'cha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time) (CD 1: So Fine)
  2. Ain't Nobody's Business
  3. It Sho Ain't Me
  4. Too Hot To Hold
  5. A Fool In Love
  6. I Better Get Ta Steppin'
  7. Shake A Tail Feather
  8. So Fine
  9. We Need An Understanding
  10. You're So Fine
  11. Cussin' Cryin' & Carryin' On (CD 2: Cussin' Cryin' & Carryin' On)
  12. Poor Little Fool
  13. So Blue Over You
  14. Nothing You Can Do Boy (To Change My Way)
  15. I'm Fed Up
  16. You Got What You Wanted
  17. Make 'Em Wait
  18. Beauty Is Just Skin Deep
  19. Thinking Black
  20. Black Beauty
  21. I Better Get Ta Steppin'
  22. Thinking Black (CD 3: A Black Man's Soul)
  23. Black Beauty
  24. Ghetto Funk
  25. Blacks' Alley
  26. Black Angel
  27. Getting Nasty
  28. Funky Mule
  29. Philly Dog
  30. Scotty Souling
  31. Up Hard
  32. Nuttin' Up
  33. Freedom Sound
Played by: Soul Music
 in stock $22.21
Posh (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 220LP. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Never Gonna Give You Up (6:47)
  2. Don't Blame Me (6:25)
  3. Look Up! (3:44)
  4. I Need Your Love (4:32)
  5. Time Will Tell (5:06)
  6. The Dream (4:45)
  7. The Funk Won't Let You Down (7:34)
  8. This Is All I Really Know (4:43)
Review: Strut continues to mine the back catalogue of disco and boogie-era soul star Patrice Rushen with a much-needed reissue of her 1980 set "Posh". Produced by Rushen alongside Charles Mims Jr, the set not only contains a string of fine club cuts - think "Never Gonna Give You Up", the bustling and joyous "Look Up" (an extended version of which is tagged on to the end of the CD as a great bonus) and "The Funk Won't Let You Down") - but also boasts some of the most exciting and interesting arrangements in the legendary disco diva's discography. It's musically vibrant, too, with the assembled players delivering killer grooves (slap-bass abounds), punchy horns, seductive orchestration and heaps of rush-inducing solos.
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Posh (CD)
Cat: STRUT 220CD. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Never Gonna Give You Up
  2. Don't Blame Me
  3. Look Up!
  4. I Need Your Love
  5. Time Will Tell
  6. The Dream
  7. The Funk Won't Let You Down
  8. This Is All I Really Know
  9. Look Up! (extended version)
Review: Strut continues to mine the back catalogue of disco and boogie-era soul star Patrice Rushen with a much-needed reissue of her 1980 set "Posh". Produced by Rushen alongside Charles Mims Jr, the set not only contains a string of fine club cuts - think "Never Gonna Give You Up", the bustling and joyous "Look Up" (an extended version of which is tagged on to the end of the CD as a great bonus) and "The Funk Won't Let You Down") - but also boasts some of the most exciting and interesting arrangements in the legendary disco diva's discography. It's musically vibrant, too, with the assembled players delivering killer grooves (slap-bass abounds), punchy horns, seductive orchestration and heaps of rush-inducing solos.
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 in stock $9.96
Cat: LEGO 195VL. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. Midnight Driver (3:39)
  2. Indigo Night (3:11)
  3. King Of Clowns (4:08)
  4. I'm Still Winning (3:51)
  5. Sunshine Makes Me (4:23)
  6. Harmony (2:56)
  7. London Road (3:27)
  8. Reunion Island (4:02)
  9. Don't Give Up On Me (4:21)
  10. Game Of Spies (4:09)
 in stock $14.80
Cat: LEGO 195. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. Midnight Driver
  2. Indigo Night
  3. King Of Clowns
  4. I'm Still Winning
  5. Sunshine Makes Me
  6. Harmony
  7. London Road
  8. Reunion Island
  9. Don't Give Up On Me
  10. Game Of Spies
 in stock $10.72
Street Soul (LP + insert)
Cat: ICE 016. Rel: 20 Apr 20
  1. Change/Love (4:03)
  2. In & Out Of Love (4:18)
  3. It's All Over (3:32)
  4. R U Available (4:09)
  5. The Way Love Is (4:35)
  6. Waiting 4 Your Love (4:27)
Review: Between 1988 and '91, Earl Myers and Toyin Agbetu released a string of fine singles and albums as Soul Connection on the latter's Intrigue Records imprint. While under-appreciated in comparison to some other acts of the period, the pair released some of the finest street soul to come out of the UK in the period. This essential compilation from Invisible City Editions gathers together some of their finest moments, adding an insert with detailed liner notes that tells their story in full. Highlights are plentiful, from the bustling, breakbeat-driven dancefloor goodness of "Change/Love" and the bubby, Loose Ends/Maze influenced electro-soul of "It's All Over", to the soulful deep house richness of "The Way Love Is" and super-sweet "R U Available".
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Cat: FSRCD 130. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. We Gave Up Too Soon (feat Vanessa Jamie)
  2. Abuja Sunrise
  3. Kashmir
  4. Let's Start A Movement (feat James Jnr)
  5. Edge Of Fear
  6. Time To Slow It Down (feat Najwa Ezzaher)
  7. All In (feat Vanessa Jamie)
  8. Funky Amigo
  9. Mo' Crunch
  10. Look No Further (feat Najwa Ezzaher)
  11. Mind Escape
 in stock $8.68
Live At The Forum (limited gatefold blue vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 852805. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. So Caught Up (4:23)
  2. Carry You (4:35)
  3. Rain (4:23)
  4. Jealous Guy (4:02)
  5. San Francisco (5:23)
  6. Honeymoon (10:00)
  7. Paint My Heart (8:33)
  8. Louisa (4:01)
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Live At The Forum (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 875968. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. So Caught Up (4:23)
  2. Carry You (4:35)
  3. Rain (4:23)
  4. Jealous Guy (4:02)
  5. San Francisco (5:23)
  6. Honeymoon (10:00)
  7. Paint My Heart (8:33)
  8. Louisa (4:01)
 in stock $20.17
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Pass The Hatchet (cassette)
Cat: MRC 080. Rel: 28 Apr 20
  1. Charles Bradley - "Changes" (3:05)
  2. Little Bob - "I Got Loaded" (2:28)
  3. Mr Undertaker - "Here Lies Love" (2:14)
  4. The Monotones - "Zombi" (2:55)
  5. Richard Berry - "Louie Louie" (2:33)
  6. Slim Harpo - "I Got Love If You Want It" (2:21)
  7. Earl Gaines - "The Best Of Luck To You" (2:54)
  8. Benny Spellman - "You Don't Love Me No More" (3:10)
  9. Ernie K Doe - "T'aint It The Truth" (2:34)
  10. Bobby Bland - "St James Infirmary" (2:29)
  11. Lee Dorsey - "The Greatest Love" (2:45)
  12. Frankie Lee Sims - "Married Woman" (5:36)
  13. Albert Washington - "You Gonna Miss Me" (2:30)
  14. Nathaniel Mayer - "I Had A Dream" (2:33)
  15. Big Maybelle - "I've Got A Feeling" (2:33)
  16. Lanny Hunt - "I Can't Say I Love You" (2:13)
  17. Al Garris - "That's All" (2:47)
  18. Roger & The Gypsies - "Pass The Hatchet" (2:53)
  19. Them Two - "Am I Got A Man?" (2:36)
  20. Ohio Untouchables - "I'm Tiered" (2:31)
  21. The Valentinos - "Lookin' For Love" (2:25)
  22. Jesse Hill - "My Love" (2:19)
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Memory Lane (Japan Edition) (limited numbered unmixed SACD)
Cat: UNIP 3906996SACD. Rel: 12 May 20
  1. Elton John - "Your Song"
  2. The Mamas & The Papas - "Dream A Little Dream Of Me"
  3. Cat Stevens - "Father & Son"
  4. Rod Stewart - "Handbags & Gladrags"
  5. Tom Jones - "Green Green Grass Of Home"
  6. Diana Ross - "Reach Out & Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
  7. Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell - "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
  8. Dana - "All Kinds Of Everything"
  9. The Sandpipers - "Come Saturday Morning"
  10. Stevie Wonder - "My Cherie Amour"
  11. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
  12. Jackson 5 - "I'll Be There"
  13. Diana Ross & The Supremes - "What Becomes Of The Broke Hearted"
  14. Timi Yuro - "Interlude"
  15. Scott Walker - "If You Go Away"
  16. Engelbert Humperdinck - "The Last Waltz"
  17. Free - "All Right Now"
  18. Dusty Springfield - "The Look Of Love"
  19. Bobbie Gentry - "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
  20. Burt Bacharach - "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
 in stock $50.03
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Cat: LPBEAT 156. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. White Feather - "Freedom Train" (3:57)
  2. Cornucopia - "Just One Time" (6:03)
  3. Morning Reign - "Reach Out I'll Be There" (3:00)
  4. Crystal Teardrop - "Findin' My Own Kind Of Song" (1:57)
  5. Crystal Teardrop - "I Can't Understand" (2:14)
  6. Prince Charles & The Crusaders - "Mr Love" (2:18)
  7. DART - "Don't Cry No More" (3:13)
  8. Crystal Teardrop - "Dorchester Summer" (1:50)
  9. White Feather - "Any Day Now" (5:37)
  10. The Baldwin Brothers - "It's Alright" (2:36)
  11. DART - "Lead Me On" (2:54)
Review: Soul isn't necessarily the first sound you think of when you hear the words Pacific Northwest, but this comp looks to re-write that association. It packs a real punch across eleven rare and unissued Pacific Northwest floor fillers, all originally put out on Oregon's Garland Records. Hip shakes and deep move makers abound with the psyched out leads of Cornucopia's "Just One Time" providing an early highlight, while Crystal Teardrop's "I Can't Understand" slows down to a reggae tempo and eventually rebuilds with some raw soul swagger. It makes for an eye-opening selection of real soul treasures.
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Cat: GSGZ 200LP. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Fingertips (6:39)
  2. Soul Bongo (3:04)
  3. La La La La La (2:35)
  4. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (5:14)
  5. Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:50)
  6. Drown In My Own Tears (3:27)
  7. Don't You Know (3:18)
  8. Fingertips (bonus track) (2:57)
  9. The Square (bonus track) (3:00)
  10. Soul Bongo (bonus track) (2:19)
  11. Manhattan At Six (bonus track) (3:48)
 in stock $12.98
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