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Funk / Reissue Recommendations May 2015

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Funk/Reissue Recommendations May 2015
8 May 2015
Cat: MUKAT 026. Rel: 05 Nov 12
  1. Wganda Kenya - "Bayesa"
  2. M' Bamina - "Atide O Sika" (Nik Weston edit)
Review: Gems? Diamonds, more like. Sparkling funky diamonds that shine from every guitar, horn, bass and deep belly-driven chants. First up is a 1976 number from Wganda Kenya who actually come from Colombia. You'd never tell; with vast harmonies and a sonic span that's as wide as the Serengeti plains, its heart beats to a strict Kenyan rhythm. M'Bamina add a French African touch to the B on a specially edited version of "Atide O Sika" by label boss Nik Weston under his MUKAT edit guise. Watch out for the deconstructed percussion and bass break. A finer example of an edit you will not find. The Juno edition of the single comes in exclusive packaging of kraft paper hand stamped inner sleeve,additional branded card sleeve,signed insert,sticker and plastic protective outer sleeve
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out of stock $5.98
Cat: CS 001. Rel: 19 Jun 15
  1. Take The Weight
  2. Sexy Coffeey Pot Funk
  3. Bonus Spokes
  4. The Beat
Review: DJ Nick Bike, one of Vancouver's finest and 2013 Vancouver Red Bull Thre3style Champion, adds his distinctive spin to two soul/funk classics, Kool & The Gang's "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" and Lou Johnson's "The Beat" with a few bonus goodies thrown in for good measure - look out for Volume 2 coming very soon....

out of stock $8.24
Cat: KPT 107. Rel: 03 Sep 18
  1. Monmouth (3:03)
  2. Next Episode (2:10)
out of stock $7.68
Cat: AOE 003. Rel: 02 Feb 15
  1. Tell Her (2:22)
  2. The Dance Got Old (2:41)
Review: This is the first time Fred & The Jewels have been repressed legitimately on a 45. "Tell Her" is straight out of the emotional playbook; big sentiments and an even bigger swing. "The Dance Got Old" is a timeless jive that will still slay a floor well over 40 years later. Boogaloo brilliance.
out of stock $11.65
Cat: SOUL7 043. Rel: 04 May 15
  1. Without Your Love (2:53)
  2. Giving Up Your Love (1:45)
Review: Straight from 68; Diane Lewis's Wand double-A has passed hands for well over L300 in the past, and it's really not hard to understand why... Northern soul anthem "Without Your Love" comes with gutsy vocals, full spectrum backing vocals and drums so lively and crisp they sound like they're marching out of the speakers. "Giving Up Your Love" plays the consummate soother; a raw soul ballad with strings and delicate harmonies, it's the ultimate antidote to the emotional frenzy on the A. Highly limited.
 in stock $8.24
  1. Sandy Gaye - "Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone" (2:12)
  2. Franciene Thomas - "I'll Be There" (2:00)
Review: Sandy Gaye's version of Inez Foxx's 1972 funk classic "Watch The Dog (That Bring The Bone)" is suitably obscure; to date, its' only previous appearance on wax came via Jazzman's 2007 Sister Funk 2 compilation, which focused on material from "unknown soul sisters". Here Athens of the North make it available to all on 7" for the first time, allowing those who missed out to revel in its' blistering drum breaks, powerful vocals and overall dancefloor-friendly appeal. It's backed by Franciene Thomas' similarly obscure and hard-to-find "I'll Be There", a deep funk classic of the sort that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings has been trying to recreate for the best part of the last two decades.
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out of stock $9.66
Cat: BD 184. Rel: 04 May 15
  1. You Better Stop (3:13)
  2. Exchange Our Love (3:23)
Review: Self-released on his Bay-Del imprint during the mid-70s, and consequently languishing in the realms of the super-rare, Billy Bailey tells two wholly different tales over these two sweet sides; "You Better Stop" is an energetic funk workout with squiggling guitars, heavy-handed piano slaps and Bailey's ballsy vocals. "Exchange Our Love", meanwhile, is a yearning bluesy soul ballad laced with dreamy harmonies and subtle instrumentation. Don't stop.
out of stock $8.82
Cat: TR 188. Rel: 20 Apr 15
  1. I Gotta Get Back (2:38)
  2. A Pity A Fool (3:02)
Review: Coming from the Tramp camp, you already know this has been expertly curated; Jesse Morgan's relatively unknown charms are given a new lease of life on this beautiful two-sider... "I Gotta Be Back" is a straight-up deep funk bomb with all the hallmarks of tight band leading and a super-sweaty crescendo. Flip for the ultimate bluesy soul soother as "I Pity A Fool" sees Morgan playing the consummate Hathaway. Until we reach another wild crescendo where his gutsy wails are more akin to Robert Plant. We pity the fool who sleeps on this one.
out of stock $7.40
Cat: DAP 1088. Rel: 20 Apr 15
  1. Magus Mountain (4:46)
  2. Vertigo (2:56)
 in stock $9.09
Cat: CR 189. Rel: 14 Jul 14
  1. Sweet Power Your Embrace
  2. Good Thing
  3. Free
  4. Mbewe
  5. Funny Girl
  6. Slick City
  7. Rhythm Of Life
  8. Hey Hey Hey
  9. I've Got My Eyes On You
  10. Dreams
out of stock $16.77
  1. Civilisation In The World (6:15)
  2. Free Me Now (7:00)
  3. Tolambo Funk (5:46)
  4. Let Me Near Them Say (5:59)
  5. Get Together (4:55)
  6. Shifty Hand Woman (4:57)
Review: Destination Lagos, 1978: Cameroon bass player and lead singer Brigth Engelberts laid down this widescreen funk adventure which consequently suffered a criminally low pressing and faded to obscurity until 2009 when Hot Case did the honourable thing. Now repressed for those who missed out, it's an experience that's hard to forget; from the US funk homage "Civilisation In The World" to the heart-tugging yearns of "Free Me Now" via the vibrant Afrobeat horn refrains on "Let Me Near Them Say", it's stood the test of time with real clarity and relevance. Climaxing with the psychedelic folky charms of the brilliantly titled "Shifty Hand Woman", Brigth's adventure should be enjoyed by all.
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out of stock $21.89
  1. Mango Season (3:32)
  2. Snake Bite (3:21)
out of stock $5.40
Cat: SG 028. Rel: 20 Apr 15
  1. You're My Music (4:20)
  2. Jennifer (instrumental) (3:44)
Review: Fans of QASB, Tokyo's foremost classic funk act, are in for a treat this week with two 7" hunks of high octane brass and drums business from the band issued through their regular home Soul Garden. By know you know QASB worship at the altar of prime '70s funk and what makes the band so special is the clear mastery of their art and the way their cuts are so damn danceable. Lead singer Amy A is key to horn heavy A Side "You're the Music" which has some killer breaks whilst the flipside instrumental cut sees her take a break to let the players lay down some heat.
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out of stock $11.10
  1. The Devils - "The X-sorcist" (3:15)
  2. The Devils - "Hip Hug-Her" (3:10)
  3. Lyn Collins - "Think (About It)" (3:21)
  4. Lyn Collins - "Ain't No Sunshine" (2:47)
  5. Maceo & The Macks - "Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)" (3:19)
  6. Maceo & The Macks - "Boogie 'N' Twist" (3:51)
  7. Fred Wesley & The JB's - "Same Beat" (part 1) (3:21)
  8. Fred Wesley & The JB's - "Same Beat" (part 2 & 3) (5:04)
  9. James Brown - "Escape-ism" (part 1) (3:15)
  10. James Brown - "Escape-ism" (part 2 & 3) (4:05)
out of stock $83.01
Cat: HNB 001. Rel: 27 Apr 15
  1. Forward & Back (3:39)
  2. Zigga Zigga 1 (skipless) (2:49)
  3. Wicky Wicky 2 (skipless) (1:00)
out of stock $9.09
Cat: GET 54072 LP. Rel: 27 Apr 15
  1. Soul Power 74 (4:07)
  2. Parrty (5:49)
  3. Show & Tell (3:08)
  4. Drowning In The Sea Of Love (4:19)
  5. I Can Play For (Just You & Me) (3:36)
  6. Doing It To Death (4:30)
  7. The Soul Of A Black Man (10:40)
out of stock $26.72
Cat: SPLP 10126. Rel: 27 Apr 15
  1. Spitting Image - "JB's Latin" (2:25)
  2. TJ &The Group - "Blues For The B's" (2:31)
  3. The Originals Orchestra - "Who Dun It" (2:49)
  4. Monica - "I Don't Know Nothing Else To Tell You But I Love You" (2:39)
  5. New Directions - "Trolley" (3:56)
  6. The Concepts - "Introduction" (2:46)
  7. The Darling Dears & Funky Heavy Production - "And I Love You" (3:34)
  8. Funk Machine - "Soul Santa" (part 2) (2:29)
  9. Sam Jacobs - "Foxy" (2:41)
  10. Cool Creations Of St Maarten - "Nightime On The Beach Island" (5:08)
out of stock $22.46
Cat: SG 029. Rel: 20 Apr 15
  1. Fly (3:51)
  2. Jaguar (instrumental) (3:23)
Review: Amy A and her QASB cohorts come through with the second of two Soul Garden 7"s that really reaffirm their status as Tokyo's foremost exponents of the funk. QASB may be well schooled in the art of '70s funk but the lead cut here, "Fly", has a markedly more contemporary edge to it, and features some of Amy A's most powerful singing yet! As with most 45s from the band, the flip sees QASB flexing their instrumental muscles to the max on "Jaguar" a swift three minute exercise in how to rule on the horns!
out of stock $11.94
Cat: LPBUSTEDINCHES 23. Rel: 13 Apr 15
  1. Sofia's Street Lights (3:31)
  2. Freedom (4:11)
  3. Hey Girl (3:35)
  4. Smile (4:34)
  5. Keep The Groove (3:50)
  6. Mr DJ (4:32)
  7. All I Want Is All You Want (3:37)
  8. Be Bop Alien (3:20)
  9. No More (5:23)
  10. Rhythm By Rhythm (3:03)
  11. By Myself (3:59)
  12. You Will Be Done (4:16)
out of stock $18.48
Cat: HRS 0003. Rel: 13 Apr 15
  1. Nothin' Girl (3:38)
  2. Apple Gravitate Toward Core Of Star (4:32)
out of stock $25.01
Cat: DELLP 0084. Rel: 06 Apr 15
  1. The High-Maester - "I Feel Like Funky Music" (3:32)
  2. Superior Elevation - "Superior Funk" (3:28)
  3. Mel Sheppard - "Can I Take You Home" (5:46)
  4. Carl Marshall - "Let's Go Humpin'" (3:48)
  5. Jimmi - "El Funky" (4:06)
  6. Eleaine & Ellen - "Fill Me Up" (7:11)
  7. Slapback - "Party Hardy" (3:59)
  8. Connie Mackey - "I Found A Love" (2:41)
  9. The High-Maester - "I Like Funky Music" (instrumental) (3:48)
out of stock $17.05
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