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When You Go (That's When You'll Know)
When You Go (That's When You'll Know) (7" Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: PRS 1004. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. When You Go (That's When You'll Know) (3:34)
  2. Over & Over (3:47)
Review: Some seriously dewy-eyed revivalist southern soul here from Daptone's superb Penrose sub-label. It comes courtesy of The Altons, a blue-eyed soul band from Maryland whose debut album on Mango Hill, In The Meantime, is well worth your attention. Neither of these two slow and emotive songs are featured on that set, but they'd fit right in. A-side 'When You Go (That's When You Know)' is impressively heartfelt and languid, with jazzy guitars, sustained Hammond organ chords and a laidback, early '6-s style soul groove underpinning sugary group harmony and lead vocals. Flipside 'Over & Over' is a slow and heart-wrenching break up song that's arguably even more impactful. Impressive stuff.
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Gespielt von: Soul Music
 in stock $7.24
Paradise Island (reissue)
Paradise Island (reissue) (12" Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: PMD 01. Rel: 18 Nov 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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 in stock $11.12
Hard Times
Cat: SB 7031. Rel: 20 Feb 18
  1. Hard Times (0:30)
  2. Listen To Me (0:30)
Review: Powerful belters from soul supernova Baby Huey. The only solo 45s he cut for Curtom Records before he passed away aged only 26, this was released posthumously and OG copies regularly go for over 200 pounds. Now reissued on Soul Brother, the two sides give you the full fat Huey; "Hard Times" hits with a raw Lee Fields style gravelly, story-telling delivery while "Listen To Me" shows Huey's deft ability to band-lead an all-out rock jam. Raw and emotional, Huey left this world far too soon.
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 in stock $10.57
I'm Gonna Miss Ya
  1. Aaron Broomfield - "I'm Gonna Miss Ya" (4:32)
  2. Broomfield Corporate Jam - "Does Anybody Really Know" (4:01)
Review: For their latest trip into "in-demand collector cuts" territory, Edinburgh's Athens of the North shines a light on the work of obscure Miami artist Aaron Broomfield. "I'm Gonna Miss You" originally appeared on Mountain Records in 1981 and has become something of a sought-after record in recent years. It's a brilliant chunk of rubbery Miami synth-funk rich in mazy synthesizer solos, elastic slap bass and the urgent hustle of P-funk. Over on side B you'll find the cosmic soul bump of "Does Anybody Really Know", which appears to a previously unreleased vocal workout featuring some deliciously fuzzy electric guitar solos.
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 in stock $11.40
Alech
Alech (12" + booklet)
Cat: HABIBI 004. Rel: 08 Dec 16
  1. Alech (3:25)
  2. Hanen (4:56)
  3. Alech (instrumental) (3:24)
  4. Hanen (instrumental) (4:53)
Review: Late 70s funk fusion from Tunisia: capturing the moment leading Tunis bands Dalton and Marhaba Band joined forces for some legendary disco fusion. "Alech" ignites with a Doobie Brothers style shiny guitar, big slap bass and soaring synth work while "Hanen" is a little more introspective and soulful with its honeyed harmonies and cascading chord sequence. Complete with instrumentals.
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 in stock $15.86
Individual Beauty
Individual Beauty (2xLP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: HR12S 011. Rel: 20 Jun 18
  1. Astral Winter (3:34)
  2. Heartbeat (previously unreleased version) (6:44)
  3. We Are Only Dancin' (previously unreleased version) (6:23)
  4. Love Season (4:49)
  5. Ambient Discotheque (6:25)
  6. Night Paradise (3:54)
  7. De To Re Mi (6:21)
  8. Kitsune (5:40)
Review: For a brief period in the early 1980s, Colored Music - the duo of Atsuo Fujimoto and Ichiko Hashimoto - burned brightly. They released one critically acclaimed album on Japanese avant-pop label Better Days before vanishing into obscurity. Individual Beauty draws together previously unheard of alternate versions of the duo's eponymous 1981 EP, unreleased tracks and a handful of archival solo productions. It's an eclectic and hugely enjoyable affair, with the Japanese duo flitting between experimental ambient soundscapes, heavy no-wave proto-techno ("Heartbeat (Unreleased Version)"), mutant funk ("We Are Only Dancing"), head-in-the-clouds hypnotism ("Ambient Discotheque") and more raucous, post-punk disco insanity (the decidedly crunchy "De To Ri Mi").
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 in stock $51.17
Muscle Up
Muscle Up (2xLP)
Cat: DE 106LP. Rel: 07 Dec 15
  1. Cat's Eye (5:31)
  2. The Jungle Dream (13:12)
  3. Deep Inside You (8:53)
  4. Somebody To Love Tonight (7:36)
  5. Pigfoot (2:13)
  6. 5oz Of Funk (4:17)
  7. Don't Ask (7:00)
  8. Uhura (4:49)
  9. Timelink (11:00)
  10. Mockingbird Dream 2 (8:15)
Review: Having previously impressed with their reissue of Patrick Cowley's brilliant, all-synthesizer soundtrack to obscure '70s gay porn flick School Daze, Dark Entries and Honey Sound System once again join forces to shine a light on the high energy disco pioneer's work for San Francisco's Fox Studios. Unsurprisingly, it's another impressive collection, and features material recorded for a number of different pornographic films. There are naturally more up-tempo moments - see "Somebody To Love Tonight", which would later be re-recorded with Sylvester, and the synth-weirdness-meets-jazz-funk brilliance of "5oz of Funk" - but it's the impressively cosmic and exotic ambient moments, such as the stand-out "Timelink" and "Jungle Magic", that really stand out.
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 in stock $24.75
Just You & Me
Cat: ATH 058. Rel: 22 Feb 18
  1. Just You & Me (4:26)
  2. Blame It On Me (5:47)
Review: Another tape extracted from the Sony vault for the first time since the record was released in 1980. A floaty disco masterpiece by an American group that has been on the soul scene for time, but deserves a broader appreciation. Edinburgh's Athens Of The North (premium licensed rare music done right!) present this in a rare issue format, with the emotive and uplifting soul power of "Just You & Me" on the A side and the beautiful ballad "Blame It On Me" on the flip - apparently most original copies are missing this track. How the band never made it past one single is a complete mystery, as both of the tracks are incredible.
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We Need Love
We Need Love (7" + insert)
Cat: SOLID 26. Rel: 13 Nov 17
  1. We Need Love (3:47)
  2. I Want To Be Your Special Man (4:23)
Review: Ultra Vybe remain deep in their Brunswick excavations with these two sublime cuts from the label's super troupe of session players Directions and their one and only album. Released 1976, OG copies fetch almost L200 and just these two tracks alone hint at why. Shimmering with a strong Faze-O feel with an evocative contrast of falsetto and deep baritone and twinkling instrumentation, both tracks swoon with everything that was so smooth and emotional about the label who gave the world Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites and Gene Chandler. Show some love.
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 in stock $27.26
Basa Basa
Basa Basa (7")
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
  1. Basa Basa (4:08)
  2. Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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I Like Your Style
Cat: CORD 7014. Rel: 20 Nov 18
  1. I Like Your Style (3:24)
  2. The Love I Found In You (feat Chuck Edwards) (4:15)
Review: During the 1970s, San Francisco-based family band The Edwards Generation released a handful of obscure singles that are now sought by funk and soul collectors the world over. These very same collectors should enjoy this tidy seven-inch on Cordial, which offers up two previously unheard recordings from the Chuck Edwards-helmed outfit. A-side "I Like Your Style" is a breezy and laidback dancefloor mover, with a sweet lead vocal, rubbery slap bass, jangling guitars, fuzzy horns and unfussy but floor-ready drums. Chuck Edwards sings lead on the loved-up, West Coast style goodness of "The Love I Found In You", a sunshine-ready number that's arguably the stronger of two killer cuts.
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Gespielt von: Roual Galloway, Soul Music
 in stock $12.52
Completion Of A Miracle
Cat: RSR 005. Rel: 23 Jan 19
  1. Crying (6:03)
  2. Easy Come (instrumental) (4:26)
  3. Wake Up (3:55)
  4. Let's Make Love (5:16)
  5. Completion Of A Miracle (3:37)
  6. You Touched Me (3:38)
  7. Next Time (instrumental) (4:20)
  8. Certain People (5:01)
Review: Originally released in 1992, Completion Of A Miracle was American R&B and gospel musician Steve Elliott's second LP. New Zealand-based reissue imprint Rain & Shine continue their love for Elliott's self-produced music by giving the album another lease of life. Remastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes, it includes the dancefloor cut "Wake Up". Another essential release set to become a future collector's item. Rain & Shine was established in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017 and only pursues music previously unreleased or never re-issued, and when certain that artists or their families can be directly involved to benefit financially.
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 in stock $20.30
A La Memoria Del Muerto (reissue)
A La Memoria Del Muerto (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: VAMPI 174. Rel: 28 Mar 17
  1. A La Memoria Del Muerto (4:23)
  2. Mi Verdadero Son (3:31)
  3. Payaso (4:51)
  4. Los Niches (2:54)
  5. La Fruta Bomba (3:29)
  6. Achilipu (3:50)
  7. A Bailar Oriza (3:49)
  8. Descarga Fruko (3:58)
  9. Bomba Africana (3:05)
  10. Baho Kende (4:01)
  11. Rumbo A La Ciudad (4:43)
  12. Tihuanaco (3:19)
Review: Julio Ernesto Estrada, simply known as Fruko, is a Colombian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and orchestra leader who pretty much gave salsa its name from the early 1970s. You go ask any serious DJ who is into South American music, and the name Fruko will no doubt get dropped on a regular basis. In fact, up until now, this man's records have made themselves scarce on the second-hand market, and there is a very particular sort of crowd whose willing to spend big money on them. A La Memoria Del Muerto is his second LP, from 1972, and what is perhaps the man's most definitive work. It's just one of those albums that runs fluidly from start to finish, showcasing all of its native beauty with effortless skill and furore. Rampant trumpets, seductive piano keys, kinetic percussion, and a sense of tropicality make this into a spectacular piece of work.
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 in stock $22.80
Traveling Through The Land
  1. Traveling Through The Land (3:51)
  2. Stop This Fussing & Fighting (3:25)
Review: Cordial Recordings has dug deep for this third release. It comes from the Arthur Goodjoin-helmed Singing Tornados, a band that emanated in the 1950s and are still performing locally in South Carolina today. The two songs showcased here naturally come from their most hard-to-find 7" (an original copy would set you back a four-figure sum). "Travelling Through The Land" is an impassioned soul number that sits somewhere between the stomping sound of Detroit and the more orchestral Philadelphia International sound. Typically, B-side "Stop This Fussing & Fighting" is a more laidback - if no less impassioned - affair, with Goodjoin pleading for World peace over a sumptuous, slow and groovy backing track.
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 in stock $12.52
Protect Me From Myself (reissue)
Protect Me From Myself (reissue) (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: DE 004TWM7INCH05. Rel: 30 Oct 20
  1. Protect Me From Myself (2:44)
  2. I'll Always Love You (3:01)
Review: Standby for some read hot early 70s North Soul goodness on this vital Quentin Harris reissue. The 7" was first put out as a private press and its two tracks were recorded after Harris released his Statements album. This is the first ever vinyl reissue and is super limited to just 250 copies. 'Protect Me From Myself' rides a deep cut groove with silky bass and has big horn stabs next to some soul stirring vocal work. 'I'll Always Love You' on the flip then strips things further back to a heartbreaking soul sound with twirling stings and warm horns, lush backing vocals a sing along chords that will melt even the blackest of characters.
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Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Funk
 in stock $20.86
Impacto
Impacto (LP)
Cat: MRSSS 558. Rel: 18 Jul 18
  1. Le Roi (3:50)
  2. Insensatez (3:10)
  3. Ela E Carioca (4:13)
  4. Vivo Sonhando (3:30)
  5. Tokio (4:00)
  6. Impacto (4:06)
  7. Tanganica (2:49)
  8. Gabriela (5:52)
  9. Primavera (2:23)
  10. Tem Do (3:19)
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** Hector "Costita" Bisignani had arrived in Brazil from his native Argentina, where he started to play saxophone influenced by local legend Lalo Schifrin. During his first years in Brazil he would play with artists such as Joao Donato, Manfredo Fest and Sergio Mendes (as part of Sexteto Bossa Rio) and also released a solo album: O Fabuloso Hector. In 1964, Costita and his sextet recorded Impacto in Sao Paulo - an explosive mix of tough jazz and Brazilian samba in equal measure, widely considered his best work. Costita would later stop recording music for quite a few years, working as a sideman for many artists such as Elis Regina and Wilson Simonal and as a music teacher at CLAM: a Brazilian Music School founded by Zimbo Trio. Thankfully he would return to the studio in 1981 to continue his brilliant solo career.
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Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Jazz
 in stock $26.42
Summertime
Cat: FMG 45. Rel: 23 Jul 20
  1. Summertime (vocal) (5:38)
  2. Summertime (instrumental) (4:11)
Review: It's been a weird summer for sure in 2020, but you can improve yours by a guaranteed 100% with the addition of this hard to fine and often expensive 1980 great. High Frequency was a disco offshoot of Aleem, a boogie-funk, r&b and dance music trio formed in New York City. "Summertime" is the sort of bristling and infectious disco cut even the stony hearted can enjoy. The funky bassline, the feel good vocals, the lush chords - it's a real pearl of a track. The instrumental is just as feel good and uplifting. What a 7" this is.
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 in stock $12.23
Jazz Meets Europe: European Jazz Disc Guide (by Mitsuru Ogawa) (Japanese text)
Cat: 728522 Rel: 30 Apr 19
 
Definitive European Jazz catalogue book with full colour guide & obi-strip
Notes: This new book by Mitsuru Ogawa - author of the Jazz Next Standard series and Club Jazz Definitive - is a comprehensive guide to jazz in Europe, featuring 981 releases.
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 1 in stock $33.09
Jazz N Palms 01
Jazz N Palms 01 (12" Nachpressung)
Cat: JNP 01. Rel: 20 Nov 20
  1. Coastal Highways (5:32)
  2. Going East (5:13)
  3. Chica (5:31)
  4. 1492 (4:05)
  5. St Martin (4:20)
  6. Strings Of Spring (3:56)
Review: DJ crew Jazz 'N' Palms are probably best known for their association with Ronnie Scott's in London, where they can regularly be heard warming up for bands. Their new vinyl venture explores the more Balearic side of their musical personality, with EP one featuring re-edits of tracks often played poolside at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. That means a mixture of languid, Pat Metheny-ish Mediterranean jazz-fusion ("Coastal Highway"), Latin-fired jazz-funk ("Going East"), sumptuous Rhodes-laden soundscapes ("Chica"), humid Afro-Cuban jazz ("1492"), afternoon-fresh Flamenco-jazz fusion ("St Martin"), and the kind of relaxed, louche fare that Bob James would probably enjoy ("Strings of Spring").
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What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?
Cat: DAP 1019. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? (4:40)
  2. This Land Is Your Land (4:28)
Review: Daptone recently released a killer collection of archival cover versions by in-house band the Dap-Kings and their sadly departed lead singer Sharon Jones. One of the headline attractions on that set, the band's righteous, call-to-arms soul version of Woody Guthrie's folk anthem 'This Land Is Our Land', is also featured on this must-have reissue of a "45" that first dropped in 2004. It's superb, but even better is A-side 'What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?', a floor-friendly conscious soul/funk crossover written and recorded at the height of the second Gulf War with Iraq. As usual, Jones' impeccable lead vocal is supported brilliantly by the band's fiery instrumentation and Bosco Mann's fuzzy, sixties-style production.
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 in stock $6.39
Language Of Love
Language Of Love (7" Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: PRS 1003. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. Language Of Love (3:09)
  2. La Vida Es Fria (3:21)
Review: Miami soul man Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez was last seen (and heard) lending his slick, emotive vocals to local "organ funk" combo Scone Cash Players' 2019 album "As The Screw Turns". Here he joins forces with producer Bosco Mann and a specially assembled group of Florida-based backing musicians for a first single on Daptone's "Southern Soul" offshoot Penrose. "Language of Love" is a pleasingly heavy but jaunty affair where headline-grabbing horns and Hernandez-Rodriguez's impassioned lead vocal ride a bustling Latin soul groove. The Floridian artist takes a different approach on the flip, doffing a cap to Joe Bataan on a heart-aching, mid-tempo torch song full of tumbling violin lines, and sumptuous soul grooves.
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Gespielt von: Soul Music
 in stock $7.24
He Does It Better
Cat: TR 279. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. He Does It Better (3:30)
  2. Scarborough Fair (3:40)
Review: When compiling the most recent edition of their "Praise Poems" compilation series, the dusty-fingered diggers at TRAMP Records decided to include a cut from Marva Josie's 1973 album-length collaboration with the Earl "Fatha" Hines Orchestra, "This Is Marva Josie". That track, the brilliant soul-jazz breeze that is "He Does It Better", is here reissued on "45" for the first time. It features Josie's sweetly sassy lead vocal sitting atop a sparse but swinging jazz groove and some seriously good piano playing. You'll find another gem from that album on side B: Josie's orchestral jazz rendition of English folk standard - and Simon & Garfunkel favourite - "Scarborough Fair". If anything, that's even better than the A-side - and that's saying something.
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 in stock $9.45
Jagger The Dagger
Cat: WQJP 122. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. Jagger The Dagger (5:58)
  2. Cherrystones (3:15)
Review: Even though it appeared on his fine 1971 album "Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse" - a suitably dystopian set in which our hero rails against the ills of godless society - "Jagger The Dagger" is not one of Eugene McDaniels better known tracks. Yet as this Japanese seven-inch reissue proves, it remains a superb chunk of bizarre-but-brilliant jazz/rock/soul fusion full of delay-laden country style guitar solos, weirdo backing vocals, sumptuously laidback grooves and vocals that take aim at Mick Jagger and his "devil's dance". Flipside "Cherrystones" is a Vietnam War-era civil rights cry built around good old-fashioned fuzz-toned grooves, Chuck Berry style rock 'n' roll guitar solos and a pretty crazy lead vocal.
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 in stock $28.09
Mukatsuku Records Are Our Friends Dark Green 12'' Slipmat (single) *Juno Exclusive*
Cat: 696824 Rel: 17 Jul 18
 
1 x high quality 12" felt slipmat with Mukatsuku "Records Are Our Friends" logo design print - dark green
Notes: Single 12" felt slipmat in dark green with Mukatsuku "Records Are Our Friends" design print.

- Single slipmat
- Includes free sticker
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 1 in stock $6.66
Guerrilla
Guerrilla (CD)
Cat: HDBCD 046. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Retaliation
  2. Diverted
  3. Bunker (feat Shannen SP)
  4. UN Sanctions
  5. FIM-92 Stinger
  6. Immortal
  7. Mother
  8. Arms Deal
  9. Why
  10. Intercept
  11. End Of Guerrilla
Review: From Angola via Belgium and Manchester, Nazar follows 2018's Hyperdub rough kuduro debut "Enclave" with this immense multi-faceted body of work that analyses the Angolan war of independence, its atrocities and effects on its displaced people and his family. From the portrait on the cover of his rebel general father to many of the samples and stories, Nazar paints an unnerving picture that ranges from the militant drum shots fired on "Diverted" to the eerie juxtaposition of "FIM-92 Stinger" where a surface-to-air missile launcher gives it name to one of the album's most soulful, touching moments. Elsewhere we hear voices of his family on "Mother", we're fired up with gritty, unapologetic universal question "Why" and left asking more questions on the fractured finale "End Of Guerrilla". Much deeper than an album, this is a document, musically, politically, emotionally. Nazar and Hyperdub have created something truly unique.
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 in stock $13.07
Without Your Love
Cat: NIHJGTFEELINGS 001LP. Rel: 21 Jun 13
  1. Sirens
  2. Stay Here
  3. 3:51 AM
  4. Without Your Love
  5. On It
  6. Crossed Wires
  7. Mouchette
  8. The South
  9. Misunderstood
  10. 5:51 AM
  11. Across A Sea
Review: Some three years after he emerged in the misty heights (or depths) of Witch House's short lived notoriety, the amusingly spectral named oOoOO delivers his debut album Without Your Love. Evidently no longer aligned with the Tri Angle aesthetic, this eleven track set comes via the Nihgt Feelings label the San Franciscan producer runs with a "couple of local gravediggers" and expands on the approach shown on his two EPs for Robin Carolan's label. No longer called Witch House, oOoOO is now embraced as the point where post modern R&B song writing meets queasy, spacious musical arrangements, so expect auto tuned vocals floating over ethereal ivory blessed soundscapes and crust laden MPC beats. The stuttering detuned Atlanta hip hop of "The South" and the suite of Burial-esque cuts that follow are standout tracks.
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Strange Girl
Cat: BCR 092. Rel: 08 Nov 19
  1. Strange Girl (4:16)
  2. Down On My Knees (4:21)
Review: Bobby Oroza has long been a key sideman in the Finnish Music Scene but now he's stepping out on his own and is a welcome voice indeed. Straddling a divide be-tween blue eyed soul and rock balladry once again on this latest single, he does a convincing job indeed. His own dreamy flute lines and gentle percussion tumble lie next to churning drums, but it's that super sweet vocal that makes "Strange Girl" so strong. "Down on My Knees" is more tender and introspective but just as good and sounds more like the work of someone from Southern California than the Nordic countries.
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 in stock $10.00
Take Me To The Alley
Take Me To The Alley (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: 4781445. Rel: 06 May 16
  1. Holding On (4:45)
  2. Don't Lose Your Steam (3:17)
  3. Take Me To The Alley (5:11)
  4. Day Dream (3:50)
  5. Consequence Of Love (3:20)
  6. In Fashion (4:34)
  7. More Than A Woman (3:29)
  8. In Heaven (4:18)
  9. Insanity (5:37)
  10. Don't Be A Fool (4:32)
  11. Fan The Flames (4:11)
  12. French African Queen (3:46)
Review: It would be fair to say that Gregory Porter is a man on the rise. In the four years since he made his debut, the jazz singer-songwriter has become one of the most name-checked soul men on the planet. Take Me To The Alley, his first album for three years, sees him flexing his musical muscles more impressively than ever before. After opening with the beautiful Marvin Gaye style "Holding On", and Curtis Mayfield-goes jazz thrills of "Don't Lose Your Steam", the singer-songwriter runs through a series of up-tempo and down-tempo compositions that sit somewhere between classic soul and evocative jazz.
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Positive Force (reissue)
Positive Force (reissue) (LP with obi-strip)
Cat: PLP 6955. Rel: 25 Nov 19
  1. You Told Me You Loved Me (4:30)
  2. Take Some Time Out (4:09)
  3. Everything You Do (5:02)
  4. You Gotta Know (4:02)
  5. Give Me A Sign (3:59)
  6. Too Much Love (4:01)
  7. The One I Love (3:30)
  8. Put It In The Groove (3:51)
  9. Now Is Not The Time (3:54)
  10. I Think Of You (3:39)
Review: Japanese P-Vine re-issue of the rare Positive Force and Denise Vallin's AOR/Soul album which was originally released on small private press label and can fetch up to $500 for the first pressing.
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 in stock $40.03
Abu Ali (Record Store Day 2019)
Abu Ali (Record Store Day 2019) (limited yellow vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: WWSLP 021LP. Rel: 30 Apr 19
  1. Abu Ali (13:12)
  2. Prelude (Theme From Mais El Rim) (12:49)
Review: Wewantsounds' 2019 Record Store Day release takes us back to 1978 and a hard-to-find 12" single from Lebanese composer, pianist, playwright and political commentator Ziad Rahbani. "Abu Ali" is perhaps not Rahbani's best known work - in the Arab world his various albums are far more celebrated - but it is one that has chimed with Western audiences thanks to its assimilation of elements of American disco, soul and funk. The title track is something of a beast: a 10-minute epic that wraps Arabic orchestration, mazy horn refrains and prominent piano motifs around an atmospheric disco groove and intergalactic synthesizer lines. It's bonkers but brilliant, making this reissue more than welcome. On the flipside there's a chance to enjoy "Prelude (Theme from Mais El Rim)", an epic example of Rahbani's 1970s soundtrack work.
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! low stock $32.25
When The Well Runs Dry
Cat: TR 244. Rel: 22 Feb 18
  1. When The Well Runs Dry (alternate version) (3:49)
  2. A Brighter Day (2:58)
Review: Oh lord - another Tramp gem incoming hard! This rare-as-hens-teeth reissue of Reunion's impossibly hard-to-find boogie monster "When The Well Runs Dry" is like gold dust being sprinkled all over our charts, seeing as this goes for BIG bucks up on Discogs, and this alternative mix is sounding even badder than the original one we're used to - that early boogie magic shines through with every new strum of that funky guitar. Even the flip, "A Brighter Day", is nothing but good vibes, and signs off an EP which will undoubtedly leave our shelves just as fast as it came in.
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Rob (reissue)
Rob (reissue) (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: MRBLP 166. Rel: 19 Feb 19
  1. Funky Rob Way (6:14)
  2. Forgive Us All (8:00)
  3. Boogie On (4:10)
  4. Just One More Time (7:39)
  5. Your Kiss Stole Me Away (5:22)
  6. More (5:19)
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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Stand Up For What You Want
Cat: CORD 7009. Rel: 09 Jul 18
  1. Stand Up For What You Want (unreleased mix) (4:25)
  2. Stand Up For What You Want (with Les Brown - 7" mix) (4:26)
Review: TMS-released 1984 modern soul cut "Stand Up For What You Want" enjoys its first reissue courtesy of Cordial. The original, loaded with an urgent Les Brown leading the charge, is known across rare groove and funk circles but the unreleased A-side is a lesser spotted animal... Produced by Miami studio genius Willie Clarke, this version fixes our focus plainly on the raw honesty of Kat Roberts solo and sounds all the better for it. Leaner and more emotive, it adds a whole new chapter to a cult classic.
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Music Is Message
Cat: CORD 7015. Rel: 29 Oct 18
  1. Music Is Message (4:21)
  2. Show Me Tell Me (4:32)
Review: Cordial Recordings continues to unearth previously unheard gems from the past and make them available to the public for the very first time. Soon, the London-based label will be releasing a previously unheard album from former Stax and Gamma act Sons of Slum, who were once said to be Chicago's finest live act of the 1970s. The seven-piece ensemble are in blistering form on "Music Is Message", a life-affirming anthem built around thrilling horn lines, great group vocals and the kind of driving, bass-heavy disco-funk groove that makes you want to throw some serious shapes. In contrast, "Show Me Tell Me" is an altogether more relaxed affair, with the group singing a song of love over a deeper and groovier backing track.
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Quantum Connection
Cat: PH 45015. Rel: 26 Apr 18
  1. Quantum Connection (4:32)
  2. My Mind Will Travel (Teen party edit) (4:25)
Review: Finnish vibe artisan Jimi Tenor returns to Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon with two more contemporary dreamboat affairs... "Quantum Connection" springs with a bruk-like energy but chats in fluent jazz via the eastern horns and spiralling hook narrative. "My Mind Will Travel" maintains the spring but with much more of a loungey feel and a molten vocal that flops over the tightly plucked strings with humour and syrupy ease. One of a kind.
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Ride The Gospel Train
  1. The Tolbert Family Singers - "Ride The Gospel Train" (feat Brother O C Tolbert) (3:36)
  2. O C Tolbert - "Give It To Glory" (5:46)
Review: With Cordial Recordings, LoveVinyl's Roual Galloway is doing a terrific job in making rare, sought-after tracks available to a wider audience. In truth, you'll struggle to find a more rare and expensive gospel killer than The Tolbert Family Singers' "Ride The Gospel Train", a drum machine driven chunk of gospel-boogie with crunchy funk guitars that's been changing hands for hundreds of pounds online. Andrew Weatherall is a fan and it's easy to see why. Flipside "Give it Glory", a solo cut by Tolbert Family patriarch Brother OC Tolbert, is a sweeter and breezier slab of gospel-soul that has never before been released on vinyl. Two killer cuts for the price of one: nice one, Roual!
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Vontade De Rever Voce (reissue) (Record Store Day 2017)
Cat: MRSSS 546LP. Rel: 02 May 17
  1. A Paraiba Nao E Chicago (4:38)
  2. Bicho No Cio (4:23)
  3. Velhos Surfistas Querendo Voar (4:35)
  4. Campina Grande (3:24)
  5. Sei La (4:40)
  6. Pecados De Amor (3:40)
  7. Garimpando (3:59)
  8. Nao Pode Ser Qualquer Mulher (4:13)
Review: The 11th in his 27 album strong career, Vontade de Rever Voce is regarded as Marcos' funkiest return to form. Having spent a lot of the 70s writing for TV (including Sesame St) and writing with the likes of Chicago and Leon Ware, this 1981 re-engaged his legacy as a solo artist and did so with a strong emphasis on boogie as tracks such as the synth-pimped uptempo bossa "Pecados De Amor" and the hip-flaring strutter "A Paraiba Nao E Chicago". Meanwhile his sunkissed Latin soul shines on hazy jazz explorations such as "Campina Grande" and the more sunset styled "Nao Pode Ser Qualquer Mulher". One of Marcos's most comprehensive and captivating LPs, grab this while you can.
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Tell The Truth
Tell The Truth (7" + insert) (1 per customer)
Cat: TR 262. Rel: 21 Feb 19
  1. Tell The Truth (2:28)
  2. Because I Love You (2:29)
Review: Absolute scorching stuff from one of the most dominant gospel voices in 60s funk. Originally released on Giant and Calla respectively (and licenced, remastered and released with Shirley's total blessing), "Tell The Truth" is a raw bluesy workout with fired up harmonies and brazen horns squeezing every bit of honesty from our souls, "Because I Love You" hits with a little more soul thanks to the big backing vocals and added melodic layers but strip it down to the bare bones and it's nothing but raw, unapologetic funk... And that's the truth!
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I Wanna Be Where You Are
Cat: PROT 7020. Rel: 04 Apr 18
  1. I Wanna Be Where You Are (3:34)
  2. Instant Love (with Minnie Riperton) (3:29)
Review: "I Wanna Be Where You Are" was a song written by Arthur Ross for Michael Jackson in 1972 and covered here by co-writer Leon Ware. It appeared on his 1976 album Musical Massage, released on Motown. The album featured guests such as Minnie Riperton (vocals on "Instant Love" the B-side cut featured here), Bobby Womack and of course Marvin Gaye - who ended up doing a cover also. Not to mention the likes of Zulema, Willie Hutch, Jason Weaver and later The Fugees. Ware and Ross also penned the classic Marvin Gaye hit, "I Want You" several years afterwards, in addition to working with Quincy Jones and Maxwell. Ware passed away in 2017, at the age of 77.
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Let Me Do My Thing (reissue)
Cat: MSR 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  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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