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Cat: TRA 035. Rel: 01 Feb 19
  1. Jos Vois (Crossroads) (3:17)
  2. Taikausko (Superstition) (3:52)
 in stock $11.60
Cat: APDLT 011. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. King Lunp Theme (2:59)
  2. Into The Light (2:41)
Gespielt von: Dr Rubberfunk
 in stock $9.66
Cola Bottle Baby (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: PR 65017P. Rel: 23 Jan 19
  1. Cola Bottle Baby (4:52)
  2. Freaky Deaky Sities (4:51)
Review: Marking 40 years since the release of Edwin Birdsong's self-titled and fourth studio album, this Philly reissue couldn't have landed at a more poignant time as the LA funkateer sadly passed away on week of release. "Cola Bottle Baby" is known to absolutely everyone thanks to Daft Punk and that refreshing fizzy groove sounds even better, freer, looser, cooler in its natural state. The lesser spotted "Freaky Deaky Sities" kicks like a loose limbed mule, too. Perhaps a riposte to Roy Ayers "Freaky Deaky" hit the year before, or just another fine trope LA's funk continuum, once again it's the cult fusioneer at his most vibrant. Rest in peace.
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Kenya 1980s: CBS EP (limited 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: AFR7 1206. Rel: 28 Feb 19
  1. Black Savage - "Fire" (5:13)
  2. S & D Majek - "Got The Feelin'" (3:11)
  3. Ovid - "Karibuni" (4:31)
  4. Ovid - "Operator" (4:35)
 in stock $16.84
Next Episode (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FMR 008BLACK. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. Next Episode (2:11)
  2. Monmouth (3:04)
Review: It's a while since we last heard from Breakdown Brass, an ensemble whose epic line-up includes members of almost every major contemporary Brooklyn-based soul and funk act. "Next Episode" isn't a new jam, but rather a timely reissue of their sought-after 2015 cover of Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg's 1999 hip-hop anthem of the same name. It's an absolutely killer cover, all told, with the band replacing all of the original's distinctive sampled loops with heavy brass parts and a range of dizzying instrumental solos. B-side "Monmouth" - an original composition by bandleader Nadav Nirenberg - is almost as good, offering a ballsy bland of fuzzy brass parts and chunky, hip-hop style beats.
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Movin' On (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLH 7084. Rel: 15 Mar 19
  1. Ray Camacho - "Movin' On" (3:00)
  2. The Ray Camacho Band - "Si Si Puede " (3:40)
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Cat: FF45 006. Rel: 11 Mar 19
  1. Feel Like Jumping (4:12)
  2. Perfidious (3:43)
Review: A decade has passed since Daytoner released his first record. Since then, the Cornwall-based party-starter has delivered countless heavyweight slabs of sample-laden funk breaks and hip-hop-fired mash-ups. For his latest trick, he's decided to tool-up Marcia Griffiths' rocksteady classic "Feel Like Jumping". His revision is very much a "light touch" affair, despite the presence of some punchy new hip-hop drums and a sprinkling of spoken word samples. Flipside "Perfidious" is another loved-up, hip-hop ready reggae revision. It, too, hits the spot, suggesting that both cuts will go down a storm on a variety of party-hearty dancefloors.
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You Keep Me Hangin' On (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BH 109. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. You Keep Me Hangin' On (4:28)
  2. I Can Feel Your Love (4:46)
 in stock $12.14
Jesus Boogie (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 010. Rel: 21 Feb 19
  1. Jesus Boogie (2:29)
  2. Cachaca (4:32)
Review: Matasuna's latest must-have release comes courtesy of Dubben, an artist whose tasty, dub-fired mid-2000s reworks of Afro-Cuban and Latin tracks remain some of G.A.M.M.'s most potent moments. This is the producer's first release of any sort for nearly five years and continues in a similar vein. Check first A-side "Jesus Boogie", a samba-soaked, dub-funk fuelled revision of what sounds like a mid-1970s Brazilian MPB workout. Sweatier flavours are provided on B-side cut "Cachaca", where he dubs out and tools up a punchy affair that boasts a killer horn part reminiscent of The Champs classic "Tequila".
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Nola Breaks Volume 9 (limited gold vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: SJ 116. Rel: 06 Mar 19
  1. Enticers - "Thief" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:16)
  2. Warren Lee - "Underdog Backstreet" (DJ Platurn remix) (3:53)
Review: Five years have passed since Superjock launched the Nola Breaks series of DJ-focused funk reworks. Here the New Orleans-based imprint offers up installment number nine, handing over the reins to local legend Professor Shorthair and Bay Area scratcher DJ Platurn. The former handles the A-side, wrapping the Enticers' fuzzy funk gem "Thief" - as sampled by Mos' Def - in fat new breaks and tight scratches. On the flip, DJ Platurn has his wicked way with Warren Lee classic "Underdog Backstreet", wisely extending the intro and outro breaks while also adding some tasty new samples.
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Gespielt von: The Allergies, I Love 45's!
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Cat: FAROUL 003. Rel: 12 Mar 19
  1. Leave The City (6:09)
  2. Better Ask The Moon (2:51)
  3. Not For The Cash (5:12)
  4. People We Know (3:45)
  5. Family (4:26)
  6. Dreams & Future (4:09)
 in stock $24.02
Run For My Honey (7" + poster limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: PHI 12. Rel: 20 Feb 19
  1. Run For My Honey (4:00)
  2. Run For My Honey (Lexx & Kejeblos remix) (3:08)
Review: For their latest trip into musical paradise, Zurich's Phantom Island crew has turned to debutants The Gagosians, a trio made up of former Soulphiction guest vocalist Suzana Rozkosny, A.C. Kupper (Guitar) and Kay-Zee (Synths). In its original form "Run For My Honey" is a slightly creepy but hugely enjoyable 4-minute chunk of no-wave wonkiness, with Rozkosny's strutting, post punk style vocals rising above lo-fi drum machine beats, surf-rock style guitar loops and elongated organ chords. On the B-side, Label co-founders Lexx and Kejeblos provide a stellar remix that drags the track further towards skewed, Balearic-minded electrofunk territory. While many of the original instrumentation remains, their body-popping beats and thickset synth bassline give the cut a whole new dancefloor dimension.
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Cat: ATH 076. Rel: 21 Feb 19
  1. We Are Here To Party (4:33)
  2. Loving You (4:25)
Review: Athens Of The North return to the disco motherland by way of this scorching groove doublet from Canadian troupe Gratitude. "We Are Here To Party" lives up to its name with vibrant horns and a thumping deep funk focus. Flip for "Loving You", as the name suggests there's a smoother tone and message at play as the band ease us into something a little comfier. Less of a B, more of an AA. Show some gratitude for the tireless AOTN crew!
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I Believe It's Alright (7" + booklet)
Cat: MEL 14. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. I Believe It's Alright (3:16)
  2. I Believe It's Alright (extended) (4:11)
 in stock $13.81
Cat: FMH 007BLACK. Rel: 11 Feb 19
  1. Rosegold (5:07)
  2. Are You Ready? (3:20)
Review: JJ and The Beholders blast the doors off with their debut single "Rosegold". A powerful bluesy lament, everything from the spacious production to the hammonds that croon behind Joshua ooze soul and sentiment. Meanwhile on the B we hit northern soul territory with a thumping beat, minimal instrumentation and stacks of room for Joshua's tones to shine through. Behold that that horn led middle-eighth. Pow!
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Cat: MS 1010. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Sliced Tomatoes (2:24)
  2. You've Got The Love To Make Me Over (3:29)
 in stock $9.66
Tan To Setsu (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 103. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Tan To Setsu (2:08)
  2. Jongara Bushi (3:04)
Review: The Mushi 45 label doesn't release all that much, but what it does put out is invariably insanely good. For the avoidance of doubt, this two-track missive sits in that category. It serves up two rare, sought-after 1970s gems from Rinsyoe Kida, Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes, who made some of the tidiest Japanese funk, jazz-rock and jazz-funk of the period. A-side "Tan To Setsu" is superb, with the assembled players brilliantly blending traditional Japanese style melodic motifs - played on traditional instruments - with a riotous, high octane funk backing track rich in heavy bass and fiery horn lines. "Jongara Bushi" is similarly inclined and every bit as raucous.
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Cat: FNR 107. Rel: 08 Feb 19
  1. Mic Wallace (3:05)
  2. Miraggio (3:29)
 in stock $8.56
Southside 2K Live (limited coloured vinyl 7")
Cat: SSTX 1004VL. Rel: 22 Jan 19
  1. Southside 2K (live) (5:10)
  2. Southside 2K (live - acappella) (5:05)
 in stock $14.91
Tip Tip Tip (Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa ) (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MMR 001. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Tip, Tip, Tip (Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa ) (2:45)
  2. Stvor Zenu Z Mych Prani (It's A Man's Man's Man's World) (2:21)
Review: Few outside of the Czech Republic are familiar with the work of Jaromir Loffler, a vocalist who made and released a handful of obscure - but largely brilliant - funk and soul singles at the tail end of the 1960s. The two tracks featured on this release have apparently been gathering dust in the artist's archives since they were recorded in "1967 or '68". A-side "Tip, Tip, Tip (Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa)" sees Loffler doing his best impression of Joe Cocker (albeit in Czech) over a backing track that sits somewhere between glossy, late-'60s British pop and Motown style soul. Arguably even better is the flipside Czech language cover of James Brown favourite "It's A Man's Man's Man's World", which is every bit as impassioned and seductive as the original version.
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Gespielt von: I Love 45's!, Soul Music
 in stock $15.45
Cat: SC 7035. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. Give It 2 Me (5:09)
  2. She's So Freaky (3:14)
Gespielt von: JKriv (Razor-N-Tape)
 in stock $10.49
Cat: FNR 113. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Gotta Be With You (4:00)
  2. Shades Of Joy (4:01)
 in stock $8.82
The Rays (hand-numbered 7" + insert limited to 250 copies)
Cat: EZ 6. Rel: 08 Feb 19
  1. The Rays (2:36)
  2. Fisherman's Day (3:33)
 in stock $16.02
Bounce Rock Skate Roll (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 010. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Vaughn Mason - "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" (4:23)
  2. Bad Bascomb - "Black Grass" (3:16)
Review: More from the matter-or-fact Breaks & Beats seven-inch series, which offers up DJ-friendly "slight edits" of funk, soul and disco classics built around extending the drum breaks in sometimes hard-to-mix classic cuts. The tenth volume in the series kicks off with a mix-friendly tweak of Vaughan Mason's roller-boogie anthem "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" that expertly stretches out the previously all-too-short instrumental intro. Over on side B, Bad Bascomb's odd but brilliant country-funk hoedown "Black Grass" gets a similar treatment, with Breaks & Beats' un-named re-editor sneakily extending sweaty drum breaks here and there throughout the track. Given the quality of those breaks, this is a very good thing indeed.
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Cat: SC 7036. Rel: 31 Jan 19
  1. I'm Just Sayin' (3:44)
  2. Angelica (part 2) (4:13)
 in stock $10.77
Don't Ask Me (7" + insert)
Cat: OTS 144. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Don't Ask Me (Funky Soul Brother edit) (3:09)
  2. Don't Ask Me (3:59)
 in stock $22.08
Afro Funk & Disco Gems Volume Nine (7" in juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded card outer sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 061. Rel: 04 Mar 19
  1. Eko - "M'Ongele M'Am"
  2. Georges Ouedraogo - "Deni"
Review: Mukatsuku's ongoing "Afro Series" continues with a fine limited edition 45 containing two funk-fuelled floor-fillers. In fact, you'll struggle to find a more celebratory and life-affirming workout than Eko's "M'Ongele M'Am" licensed from Nubiphone & Africa Seven, a Makossa-fired Afro-disco gem rich in punchy horns, driving Afro-boogie bass, lilting synthesizer lines, Mariachi style trumpet solos and the kind of chant-along vocals that should put a smile on the face of even the most miserable of dancers. Over on side B, Georges Ouedraogo's "Deni" is an essential Clavinet-happy killer chunk of Afro-funk/Afro-Disco fusion from Burkina Faso.
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The Triassic Tusk EP: Afro Disco Club Favourites (180 gram vinyl 12" + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 063. Rel: 04 Feb 19
  1. Tecumsay Roberts - "It Makes Me Dance & Sing" (5:44)
  2. Commy Bassey - "We Want Togetherness" (4:37)
Review: Triassic Tusk's "Screamers, Bangers & Cosmic Synths" series of crate digging comps has seen the Scottish crew showcase some seriously hot, little-known music. Mukatsuku have joined forces with the imprint to give a 12" release to two potent Afro-disco smashers that recently featured on volume two of the ongoing compilation series ,now remastered and sounding better than ever. On side A you'll find Liberian artist Tecumsay Roberts' bouncy 1979 Afro-soul/Afro-boogie number "It Makes Me Dance & Sing", where spacey Moog solos rice above a funk-influenced dancefloor groove. On the flip, the fun continues via Commy Bassey's Clav-happy, Nigerian sounding Afro-boogie roller "We Want Togetherness", a positive plea for unity that's as relevant now as it was way back in 1980.Juno copies come in an exclusive branded card sleeve .As played/charted by Red Greg,Marcel Vogel, Craig Charles,Faze Action,Kalita,Cedric Woo,JKriv,Prins Thomas and Dom Servini so far
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Cat: 850643 P. Rel: 20 Feb 19
  1. Spirit Of Love (4:41)
  2. Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo (3:26)
Review: Given the vastness of his back catalogue, you'd think there would be plenty of re-issue-friendly gold buried in Eddie Palmieri's discography. "Spirit of Love", first released as a single in 1978, certainly ticks a lot of boxes: the spiraling, disco-era chunk of boogaloo/jazz-funk fusion remains popular on specialist dancefloors - especially jazz-dance ones - and original copies frequently change hands online for well over 50 quid. Like the original 7", this edition of the singles also comes backed with the sweaty Brazilian style jazz brilliance of "Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo", which also happens to be the title track of the LP that "Spirit of Love" was plucked from.
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Cat: SC 17001. Rel: 01 Feb 19
  1. And That Is Why (5:17)
  2. Where Were You Born Before That? (4:06)
  3. Where Were You Born Before That? (Buscrates remix) (3:11)
  4. And That Is Why (Waajeed Detroit Disco instrumental) (6:29)
  5. And That Is Why (Waajeed Detroit disco deconstruction) (6:29)
 in stock $10.49
  1. Alemayehu Eshete & The Polyversal Souls - "Addis Abeba Bete" (live) (4:12)
  2. The Polyversal Souls - "Portrait Of Alemayehu (Night-Time)" (3:33)
 in stock $9.39
Bus Blues (limited 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7025. Rel: 01 Mar 19
  1. Bus Blues (part 1) (2:26)
  2. Bus Blues (part 2) (2:50)
 in stock $11.03
Cat: GAMM 132. Rel: 12 Feb 19
  1. Follow Me (4:42)
  2. The Wildstyle (4:36)
Review: Repress! GAMM flex back sixteen years to the very beginning with a rerun of their first ever release. Cue label mainstay and firm friend, Fredrik Lager AKA Stockholm groove monster Red Astaire who launched the label in style with these two cult edits; "Follow Me" takes D'Angelo to some pretty psychedelic places while "The Wildstyle" struts with serious sentiments of 'unity' and some of the strongest JB chops available on 45. A timeless record that sparked the tales of both Red Astaire and GAMM. Not to be slept on.
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 in stock $10.49
Up All Night (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: SC 1216. Rel: 14 Feb 19
  1. Up All Night (6:10)
  2. Up All Night (BusCrates 16-bit Ensemble remix) (6:26)
  3. Up All Night (Liquid Pegasus remix) (6:36)
  4. Up All Night (5:35)
  5. Up All Night (Liquid Pegasus dub mix) (6:15)
  6. Up All Night (JKriv remix) (6:59)
Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $16.29
That's On You (7" + sticker)
Cat: FNR 114. Rel: 12 Mar 19
  1. That's On You (feat Rickey Calloway) (3:09)
  2. That's On You (instrumental) (3:31)
Review: Last spotted whipping up groove magic with Amp Fiddler, highly respected Detroit funk collective Will Sessions tag up with another old friend, funk king Rickey Calloway. First spotted with the band on Funk Night Records on "Shake It Up, Shake It Down", they instantly rekindle their vibe with this deep groove JB style excursion. Led by Rickey's commanding spoken world, driven by the band's fluid like motion and just a touch of cosmicity in the production, it's another stone-cold gem from some of the tightest cats in D Town.
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 in stock $8.56
Lover's Flame (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: HOBO 012. Rel: 28 Feb 19
  1. Lover's Flame (6:05)
  2. Lover's Flame (instrumental) (6:06)
  3. The Light (7:49)
  4. The Light (Keypella) (5:23)
 in stock $18.22
Tribute To JB's (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: UR 73717. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Popcorn With A Feeling (2:49)
  2. Givin' Up Food For Funk (3:29)
 in stock $12.43
Cat: MRB 7146. Rel: 28 Jan 19
  1. Don't Stop (2:26)
  2. Don't Stop (instrumental) (2:17)
Review: Mr Bongo recently reissued the obscure - but also thoroughly brilliant - 1975 debut album by Los Angles soul/rock fusionists Spaceark. Here they continue to mine the band's slim body of work by offering up a new edition of 1976 single "Don't Stop". Available in vocal and instrumental variations, the track is a wonderfully warm and inviting affair, with sweet male and female vocals rising above a grandiose backing track rich in sustained Hammond organ chords, soaring instrumentation, snaking saxophone solos and an unfussy but tight groove. While the vocal version is undeniably great, there's something extra special about the thrusting solos and urgent backing vocals that surge from the speakers during the Instrumental mix.
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 in stock $8.28
Cat: KALITA 12008. Rel: 08 Mar 19
  1. Steel City Disco (4:08)
  2. Dansation (unreleased extended version) (5:11)
Review: Steel City Connection were not, as the name might suggest, an unlikely disco act from Sheffield, but rather a heavyweight combo from the American equivalent, Pittsburgh, who released a sole, now highly sought-after private-press single way back in 1978. "Steel City Disco" has long been regarded as a "holy grail" amongst collectors of rare disco, hence this essential reissue from Kalita Records. The title track is certainly something of a beast - an inspired fusion of disco-funk tropes, spiraling Latino horns, jazz-funk style male harmony vocals and sustained organ chords that will wind their way through your subconscious. Excitingly, the flipside boasts a previously unreleased extended version of the similarly fine workout "Dansation".
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 in stock $12.70
Cat: SDE 42. Rel: 12 Mar 19
  1. Jazz Dancin' (4:26)
  2. Jazz Funkin' (4:48)
Review: Super Disco Edits add more fire to their Grand Union series with two never-before-released brit funk cuts recorded in Birmingham in 1980. One four-hour session, and nary a rehearsal beforehand, this is the sound of a young Midlands four piece just jamming and pulling the vibe together effortlessly. Vocals on "Jazz Dancin'" come courtesy of Jaki Graham, who was previously in the Paul Hardcastle produced act Kiss The Sky. With her late entering vocals and that sublime flute line, it's criminal this release never saw the light of day at the time.
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Gespielt von: I Love Disco!, I Love 45's!
 in stock $11.03
Soul Flip Edits 6 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLIP 006. Rel: 21 Jan 19
  1. The Temptations - "I Can't Get Next To You" (Wonderlove re-edit) (3:54)
  2. Jack Hammer - "Swim" (Wonderlove short re-edit) (3:55)
Review: Wonderlove is the re-editor at the controls for the latest edition of the Soul Flip reworks series, which this time boasts tidy rearrangements of killer cuts from the Temptations and Jack Hammer. It's the former's 1969 single "I Can't Get Next To You" that gets the rework treatment first, with Wonderlove making merry with the track's jangling piano riffs, hybrid rock/soul groove, insatiable vocals and much-sampled drum breaks (which get extended for added dancefloor pleasure). If you're in the mood for something heavier and fuzzier, the "Short Re-Edit" of Jack Hammer's insatiable, spiraling funk workout "Swim" will have you dancing like you've got ants in your pants.
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 in stock $8.01
Miss Uncertainty (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: TWR 007. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Miss Uncertainity (3:14)
  2. Soul Caesar (3:25)
Gespielt von: Mako & The Hawk
 in stock $14.35
Uphill Peace Of Mind (limited 7")
Cat: FMG 14. Rel: 25 Jan 19
  1. Uphill Peace Of Mind (UB instrumental mix) (4:25)
  2. Impeach The President (UB instrumental mix) (4:19)
Review: Nubian Crackers member The Undercover Brother (AKA veteran Queens, New York-based beat-maker Victor Piagneri) fires up his U.B.'s project and delivers another taster for the forthcoming "Ultimate Covers w/Breaks" LP. On the A-side you'll find his instrumental interpretation of Frederick Knight cut "Uphill Peace Of Mind", a heavy, stripped-back revision rich in killer drum breaks, Red Hot Chili Peppers style funk-rock guitars and life-affirming piano solos. Turn to the flip for Piagneri's vocal-free version of The Honey Drippers' 1973 anti-Nixon anthem "Impeach The President". He allows the track's much-sampled opening drum break a little more room to breathe, before carefully layering up Hammond organ riffs and a snaking saxophone solo that effectively replaces the original vocals.
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 in stock $13.24
Baby Girl (7")
Cat: FNR 116. Rel: 12 Mar 19
  1. Baby Girl (4:01)
  2. Stomp The World (feat McKinley Jackson) (4:20)
Gespielt von: I Love 45's!
 in stock $8.82
Let Me Be The One (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: LR 9. Rel: 30 Jan 19
  1. Jaye Williams - "Let Me Be The One" (vocal) (4:52)
  2. Semi Automatic - "Let Me Be The One" (instrumental) (4:36)
Review: The rebirth of 1980s UK soul and reggae imprint Local Records continues apace with the reissue of another John Collins-produced gem from 1984. In signature Collins fashion, the A-side Jaye Williams version of "Let Me Be The One" portrays many of his reggae influences - think liberal use of delay and reverb, as well as a distinctive lilt to the super-sweet vocals - while basing the musical action around a sharp, rubbery backing track rich in fizzing electronics, spacey synths and post-boogie, electro-influenced drums. The flipside Semi-Automatic version is basically Collins' intergalactic soul rhythm track smothered in snaking saxophone solos, which is no bad thing.
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Cat: 7PR 65003. Rel: 23 Jan 19
  1. Elevate Our Minds (4:33)
  2. City Living (3:06)
Review: During the "rare groove" boom in London during the 1980s, Linda Williams' 1979 album track "Elevate Our Minds" became something of an anthem. Curiously, it was never released as a single at the time, making this surprise 7" edition something of a bonus for those still searching for the track. It remains a fine song, with Williams' brilliant vocals rising above bossa-influenced beats, warm bass, luscious boogie orchestration and gentle Latin style horn lines. The flipside features "City Living", the title track from the very same 1979 LP that "Elevate Our Minds" was taken. It's far funkier and more elastic in feel, with horn arrangements and a chunky groove reminiscent of some Teena Marie tracks from the same period.
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Cat: PPR 010. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Out On The Coast (4:31)
  2. Inner Crisis (4:43)
Review: Japanese imprint Ultra Vybe is midway through a seven-inch series focusing on some of the many gems tucked away on albums released by legendary U.S "funky jazz" label Groove Merchant in their early 1970s. Their latest picks are taken from pianist Larry Willis's 1973 set "Inner Crisis". You'll find the album's title track - a warm, mesmerizing and surprisingly melancholic fusion of restless organ lines, jammed-out electric piano solos, classic jazz horns and fussy grooves - on side B, with "Out On The Coast" on the A. This jaunty jazz-funk affair is far more hard-hitting, thanks in no small part to some rousing sax lines, blistering funk drums, razor-sharp jazz guitars and a seriously heavy bassline.
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Inner City Blues (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PPR 011. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Inner City Blues (4:43)
  2. Never Can Say Goodbye (4:15)
Review: American jazz-funk organist Reuben Wilson is probably best known for his 1976, Chess-released slammer "Got To Get Your Own". He released plenty more tasty treats before and after that, including a raft of fine albums. It's on one of those sets (1972's "The Sweet Life", fact fans) that these songs first featured. Wilson's version of Marvin Gaye classic "Inner City Blues" is particularly potent. It features the organist playing a jazzy lead melody that replaces Gaye's original vocal, note for note. It's brilliantly done, with his backing band providing stellar support via a heavy, low-slung take on the song's familiar groove. Over on the flip Wilson layers up organ and sax lines on a suitably soft focus cover of Clifton Davis's teary-eyed soul favourite "Never Can Say Goodbye".
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Cat: DYNAM 7024. Rel: 25 Feb 19
  1. Got To Get Your Own (7" edit) (3:18)
  2. Tight Money (3:45)
Review: For their latest on-point reissue, the Dynamite Cuts crew has raided the bulging back catalogue of soul organist Reuben Wilson. Or, to be more specific, the Cadet-released 1975 set "Got To Get Your Own". Sadly, there's not enough space for the full version of the album's celebrated title track, so Dynamite Cuts has prompted for the no less essential seven-inch edit instead. It remains a stone cold killer that no soul or funk DJ should be without, even in its shortened form. The lesser-known "Tight Money" is no less essential - or heavy, for that matter - with Wilson and pals strutting through a heavyweight Blaxploitation funk cut whose lyrics riff on poverty and Black America's mid-'70s financial crisis.
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 in stock $11.03
Cat: CRR 0017. Rel: 01 Feb 19
  1. Happy Hour (1:48)
  2. Corner Pocket (2:57)
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