Programming/Unauthorized Procedure/Criminal Drug Evasion
Soul Control/Quarter Run (feat Alena Waters)
Flotation Device/Fear Or Laziness?
Laziness (feat Amp Fiddler)
Usually Suspected/The Quest (feat Amp Fiddler)
Second Chances (feat Monica Blaire)
Space Cowboys & The Interplanetary Gangster Edit
Review: Theo Parrish's masterful Sound Sculptures Vol 1 on triple LP format gets a timely repressing!! In total here there are 9 of the 27 tracks from the full double CD version but these still run the gamut of Theo's inimitable talents, from rough and tumble disco edits to saccharine soul, raw beatdown and leftfield esoterica. Be sure to check the Omar S- featuring "Synthetic Flemm" and long time Juno favourite "Flotation Device". If ever there was a selection of tracks that fully showcased the incredible breadth of production talent this man has, this is it. Not to be missed!
The Durutti Column - "For Belgian Friends" (Valuable Passages version)
Royal Family & The Poor - "Art On 45"
A Certain Ratio - "Knife Slits Water" (12" version)
Section 25 - "Dirty Disco"
Blurt - "Puppeteer"
X-O-Dus - "See Them-A-Come"
New Order - "Confusion" (original 12" mix)
Shark Vegas - "Pretenders Of Love"
52nd Street - "Cool As Ice" (Jellybean mix)
Streetlife - "Act On Instinct" (Hot Swedish mix)
The Hood - "Salvation!" (Nitromix)
Abecedarians - "Smiling Monarchs"
Quando Quango - "Atom Rock" (Mark Kamins mix)
Marcel King - "Reach For Love" (New York remix)
52nd Street - "Look Into My Eyes"
Quando Quango - "Genius"
Swamp Children - "You've Got Me Beat"
The Durutti Column - "Madeleine"
Review: Factory Records has always been a source of fascination for music historians and reissue merchants, though their focus has usually been on the label's indie credentials. Here crate-digging experts Strut take a different approach, shining a light on the label's contribution to dancefloor culture in the post-punk years. Largely steering clear of the biggest anthems, FAC Dance offers a good mix of familiar tunes ("Love Tempo", "Confusion", "Cold As Ice" etc), long-forgotten gems (see the alt electro-funk of A Certain Ratio and Marcel King's E'd-up Hacienda anthem "Reach For Love") and genuine curiosities (check The Duratti Column's dubbed-out proto Balearica, the piano-laden Latino vibes of Quando Quango's "Genius" and Biting Tongues oddball post-punk Afro-fusion). A fitting tribute to a truly visionary label.
Nadie La Fond - "Three Way Situation" (James Glass edit)
Sweet Talks - "Do The Beat"
The Impossible Dreamers - "Spin"
Electric Chairs - "So Many Ways"
Energy Crisis - "Energy" (instrumental)
Jimmy Roma - "Beyond The Galaxy"
Attitude - "Pretty Little Girl"
Rexy - "Nervoso"
Expansives - "Life With You" (instrumental)
Prophet - "You Really Turn Me On"
Popcorn - "Song For You"
Jady Kurrent Band - "Standing There"
Ben - "I Would Have To Be A Fool"
Magnum - "Squivatch"
Eleanore Mills - "Same Routine"
TCB Band - "Children Of The Future"
Sapphire - "Come & Dance With Me"
Robbie Cee - "Beautiful People" (instrumental)
SPG - "Loveland"
Batiste Brothers Band - "Never Leave You Baby"
Review: San Francisco-based crate digger, DJ and producer James Glass is the latest disco nerd to take up Joey Negro's invitation to show off about the depth of his record collection. Predictably, his two-disc selection is packed full of unknown and unheralded gems, from the post-disco weirdness of Electric Chairs' " So Many Ways" to the shuffling, Wurlitzer organ-boasting "Nervoso" by Rexy, and Expansives' quirky electrofunk jam "Life With You (Instrumental)". A word, too, for the "Cocaine in My Brain"-inspired reggae disco goodness of Harold Butler's "Do It Anyday", which is a summer anthem in waiting.
Review: Tribal, physical, psychedelic: Joe Claussell's Bolla project is one of his finest creative accomplishments for many fans, and his album Afrikan Basement: Makussa is the gift that keeps on giving. Having previously leaked limited 12"s, Joe's label Sacred Rhythm does it again with another super-limited, one-sided press. Hooky, insistent and far-out for the full 10 minutes, this is shaman material right here. Do not sleep.
Review: Previously, Philadelphia outfit Heem The Music Monsters was most famous for the sought-after 1976 psych-funk 7" "Wake Up People". It turns out, though, that the Hubert Willis-produced band recorded tons of other material in the same period, almost all of which has never seen the light of day before. The two tracks featured here are two such examples. "Keep God On Your Side" is a pleasingly sweet and dreamy chunk of life-affirming warmth that sits somewhere between classic Philly Soul and the more conscious vibes of the Mighty Ryeders. B-side instrumental "Going Down (Incognito)" is arguably even better, mixing as it does the inspired fusion of Brit-funk combo Cymande with heavy Clavinet lines, breathy backing vocals and dueling horn solos.
Funky Flavor (feat Emcee Originate & Sam I Am) (4:13)
Do Better (feat Feevah) (4:37)
Dunk Of Funk (1:23)
Review: Funk professor and beat provider to the likes of Xzibit, Kokane, Big Sono, Supafly and many more, the big Mofeezy slides into our souls this season with his first full debut LP of solo work. A total dedication and homage to the talkbox flexing, floor zapping heritage of Longbeach and everything that's riffed off it, Drunk Of Funk pays homage to all things G-funk, P-funk and every-other-letter-in-the-alphabet-funk. From the deep yearning sleaze of the opening track "Playa" to the last Moog squiggles and jitters of the finale title track, Mofak has created an authentic and timeless body of work that pops back in time just as effectively as it pops on the floor. Proof you can never be too drunk on funk.
Magic (Spell On Me) (Guri Guri Boys & Fuminori Kagajo remix) (4:54)
Review: Remix time! Tom's Terisa Griffin-fronted smoocher "Magic (Spell On Me) from his 2017 album "Divas Got Soul" gets a surprise remix treatment from some of Japan's finest groove craftsmen. First up is the legendary Yuki "T-Groove" Takahashi, picking up where his remix of Tom's "Soul Life" left us, it's a full-on feel-good explosion that refuses to quit. Meanwhile on the flip, two King Street affiliates Guri Guri Boys and Fuminori Kagajo collide for more of a fusion-style piece where the live instrumentation is celebrated in lavish style. Stunning.
Review: For anyone with even the smallest interest in gospel music and its relationship with black American dance music, Joaquin 'Joe' Clausell's "Praise" series of mix CDs should be essential listening. Volume six, subtitled "A Prayer For Peace, Love & Wisdom", is every bit as inspired as its predecessor, with Clausell moving between traditional choral gospel music, gospel soul, and soul-jazz, deep house and disco (including Crown Heights Affair's incredible "Say A Prayer") featuring suitably righteous lyrics. To tie the whole thing together, Clausell has also included a number of inspirational and thought-provoking spoken word samples taken from recordings of preachers and black community leaders. It's a brilliant touch.