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Eight Weeks: Funk Soul & Jazz

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Singles
All I Do
All I Do (7")
Cat: AHS 019. Rel: 02 Jul 20
  1. All I Do (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit vocal) (4:05)
  2. All I Do (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit instrumental) (4:05)
Review: Japanese live outfit, A Hundred Birds has a thing for creating classic covers. Over the course of their career, they've recorded countless covers, including organic, string-laden interpretations of techno scene staples such as "Blackwater" (originally recorded by Octave 8) and "Knights of the Jaguar" (The Aztec Mystic). Last year they offered up another warm and wonderous cover, this time of Stevie Wonder classic "All I Do". Here it gets a new lease of life courtesy of scalpel fiend Ryu The Man, who has delivered tightened-up, floor-friendly vocal and instrumental edits of the warm, rich, soulful and undeniably summery cover version. Both are rather good, though it's the vocal version that will win over dancers.
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 in stock $18.47
Grown In Captivity
Grown In Captivity (limited 7")
Cat: DTWS 004. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Abeng - "Grown In Captivity" (feat Med Tone Allstar) (4:22)
  2. Manasseh - "Dub In Captivity" (4:21)
Gespielt von: Afro Beat Foundation
 in stock $15.21
Turn It Up
Turn It Up (12")
Cat: AFS 038. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Turn It Up (7:48)
  2. Turn It Up (instrumental Disco mix) (7:49)
Review: Afrosynth Records has become renowned for its deep dives into the colourful, synth-heavy world of original South African disco, boogie and bubblegum. They're at it again here, offering up a fresh pressing of "Turn It Up" by Adaye, a one-off studio project featuring members of legendary South African 'supergroup' Stimela. This edition replicates the track listing of the original 1983 release, beginning with the A-side vocal version - a driving slab of bubblegum boogie laden with James Brown style lead vocals, colourful synth sounds and delay-laden drum machine beats. The flipside "Instrumental Disco Mix" naturally strips out all but the backing vocals, instead showcasing the intricacy of the studio outfit's Prince-style guitar riffs, jaunty bass and kaleidoscopic synthesizer flourishes.
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 in stock $14.13
Time Is A Gift Which We Share All The Time
  1. Acid Attack (4:58)
  2. Ndeko Solo (4:22)
  3. Bayeke (4:17)
  4. Sam Sam (5:19)
  5. Ndeko Solo (Voilaaa remix) (4:55)
Review: This is a musical celebration of life, good times and the blessings of planet earth from the Afriquoi collective. It is the first time the band have ever gone into the studio to record a full live-band sound, playing together at Octagon Studios. The material they played is finely honed and tuned music that has been perfected on the live stage over the years. There is kora, Congolese guitar, uplifting vocal work, crisp percussion and gorgeous chords all making this a truly African experience that brims with invention and vitality. For sunny times, there are few better albums.
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Watermelon Man
Cat: 890924. Rel: 17 Jul 20
  1. Poppy Ajudha - "Watermelon Man" (4:23)
  2. Skinny Pelembe - "Illusion" (4:11)
Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Jazz
 in stock $11.69
A Tribute To Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Cat: 574439 4. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Moanin' (4:59)
  2. Night In Tunisia (6:03)
  3. Politely (6:38)
  4. The Drum Thunder Suite (6:43)
Review: Those who've studied Tony Allen's distinctive drumming style often cite Art Blakey as an influence, so it's little surprise to find him paying tribute to the legendary jazz drummer on this superb album. Joined by his regular band, Allen covers a quartet of tracks written and recorded by Blakey and his band, the Jazz Messengers. The results are predictably impressive, with Allen's loose and polyrhythmic percussion providing a rock solid foundation for the horns, piano and double bass that sits atop. It's naturally closer to all-out jazz than to Afrobeat, but still bristles with the kind of punchy horns and life-affirming playing that characterizes Allen's work. "Thunder Suite", in which Allen drops a number of sweaty drum solos, is particularly potent.
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Let Them Know
Cat: JAL 341V. Rel: 18 Jun 20
  1. Let Them Know (feat The Cuban Brothers) (3:37)
  2. Lightning In A Bottle (feat Andy Cooper) (3:22)
Review: If pure party-starting pleasure is your thing, you'll find plenty of instant gratification within the bulging catalogue of Bristol boys The Allergies. Alternatively, you could start with the pair's new seven-inch single, which boasts two steaming summer anthems in the making. Their old pals the Cuban Boys guest on A-side "Let Them Know", adding their distinctive rapped and sung vocals to a hip-swinging mambo-influenced backing track full to bursting with Cuban rhythms, jaunty guitar licks and barrio horns. Over on the flip, regular collaborator Andy Cooper raps his way through a fiery funk-rock-meets hip-hop bomb that will have hands shooting skywards faster than you can say, "Mine's a Tequila shooter!"
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 in stock $10.06
Tune Up Ska
Tune Up Ska (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 796. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. Tune Up Ska (3:17)
  2. Time Is Ska Tight (alternate take) (3:54)
 in stock $11.41
Allegria De Vino Vol 2
Cat: MCWR 007. Rel: 29 Jul 20
  1. Sangiovese Sonata (3:02)
  2. Night Harvest (3:29)
  3. Rock Juice (4:11)
Review: Andres (aka DJ Dez) steps up to join the MotorCity Wine family in fine style with the Allegria de Vino series. For this 2 volume series Andres flexes his blunted downtempo beat-driven side, complete with his primo cut skills celebrating our favorite red, white, and pink libations. Both volumes feature 3 instrumental hip-hop beats, cut loud at 33.3 rpm, pressed with love at Archer on Detroit's east side, and housed in the MotorCity Wine company 7" jacket.
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Allegria De Vino Vol 1
Cat: MCWR 006. Rel: 29 Jul 20
  1. Allegria De Vino (3:35)
  2. Bordeaux (part 1) (3:34)
  3. Gamay All Day (4:39)
Review: Andres (aka DJ Dez) steps up to join the MotorCity Wine family in fine style with the Allegria de Vino series. For this 2 volume series Andres flexes his blunted downtempo beat-driven side, complete with his primo cut skills celebrating our favorite red, white, and pink libations. Both volumes feature 3 instrumental hip-hop beats, cut loud at 33.3 rpm, pressed with love at Archer on Detroit's east side, and housed in the MotorCity Wine company 7" jacket.
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Community Service Announcement
Cat: 0039 0025. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. Community Service Announcement (4:17)
  2. Community Service Announcement (instrumental) (4:18)
 in stock $13.32
Cosmic Mind EP
Cat: BJD 44. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Atomic Bounce (4:58)
  2. Please, Oh Please (3:54)
  3. Two 2 Tango (3:55)
  4. Come Thru On Tha One (5:00)
Gespielt von: Dynamite Cuts
 in stock $12.77
Sufi Hispano Pakistani
Cat: DEATH 036. Rel: 09 Jul 20
  1. Granadina Arabe Del Siglo IX (2:45)
  2. Fandangos (2:54)
  3. Seguiriya (3:20)
  4. Serrana (3:04)
 in stock $10.87
It's Not Fair To Me
Cat: CBLL 030. Rel: 31 Jul 20
  1. It's Not Fair To Me (Acetate version Restored & remastered Atlantic Recording Sessions New York 12/26/1967) (2:16)
  2. It's Not Fair To Me (version) (2:18)
  3. It's Not Fair To Me (instrumental) (2:19)
Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $21.20
Fanm
Fanm (7" limited to 50 copies)
Cat: ATV 702. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Fanm (3:28)
  2. Woman (5:07)
Gespielt von: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $12.77
If These Walls Could Talk
  1. If These Walls Could Talk (4:03)
  2. Bbq In Paris (3:33)
 in stock $10.60
Make It Alright
Cat: BBR 23. Rel: 20 Jul 20
  1. Make It Alright (4:14)
  2. Reach Out (3:28)
Review: After a 14-year absence, early '90s jazz-funk and street soul label Boogie Back Records returned to action last year which a superb slab of revivalist boogie from Cheri Maree. Here the London-based imprint continues in a similar vein via a fresh two-track "45" from in-house crew BB Soul and honey-voiced vocalist Laura Jackson. A-side "Make It Out" is superb: a wholehearted musical tribute to the smooth, synth-heavy sounds of 1980s soul rich in D-Train style synth bass, wild synth squiggles, warm Rhodes chords and authentic electric guitar flourishes - all topped off with a sublime Jackson vocal. Flipside "Reach Out" is a smoother, arguably even more soulful number that sits somewhere between early '80s electrofunk, mid-80s synth-soul and simmering British street soul. It, too, is impeccably performed and produced.
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Check It Out People
Check It Out People (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 218. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Beastie Boys Vs MFSB - "Check It Out People" (4:19)
  2. MFSB - "People All Over The World" (dub) (4:08)
Review: The latest edition in DJ Soopasoul's "Soopastole Edits" series looks like it may fly off the shelves, and with good reason. The lead cut is not an edit per se, but rather a crafty, clever and expertly produced mash-up that places selected rap flows from the acapella version of Beastie Boys classic "Ch-Check It Out" over a tightened up and fattened up rearrangement of MFSB's disco-era jam "People All Over The World". Sometimes these kinds of mash-ups can be messy, but this genuinely isn't, with the Beasties' vocals fitting the backing track like a glove. Over on side B Soopasoul shares his tweak of the MFSB track, which is entirely instrumental bar periodic use of the band's female backing vocals. In a word: ace!
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EWF & MJ Reworks
EWF & MJ Reworks (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: FANTAZY 9. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. Earth Wind & Fire - "Fantazy" (Beatconductor rework) (8:22)
  2. Michael Jackson - "Human" (Beatconductor rework) (8:23)
 in stock $14.67
I Know You Care (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
I Know You Care (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: EX 7014WHITE. Rel: 14 Jul 20
  1. I Know You Care (Arranged & Produced By Roy Ayers) (5:18)
  2. It's Your Love (Arranged & Produced By Roy Ayers) (4:01)
Review: In soul connoisseur circles, Ethel Beatty will forever be remembered for her sole single on Roy Ayers' Uno Melodic label, which first slipped out in 1981. This Expansion Records reissue - pressed on white vinyl in a Juno exclusive - proves why it is still so well thought of. A-side "I Know You Care" is super-sweet, with Roy Ayers' immaculate production wisely focusing on Beatty's lovelorn vocal, and a disco era deep soul groove that's effortlessly warm and tactile. Also impressive is flipside "It's Your Love", Beatty's sugary but emotive rendition of a Dee Dee Bridgwater and Ayers composition that features some skittish, jazz-dance friendly drums and all-round soothing and seductive vibe.
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Mamezala
Mamezala (12")
Cat: CASA 1202. Rel: 25 Jun 20
  1. Mamezala (4:19)
  2. Never Give Up (4:58)
Review: The Bees were a product of the late 80s South African music scene. They were an unknown band even in their homeland but its hard to see why given their happy kwaito sound. Now, 30 years later, international diggers are bringing the outfit the acclaim they deserve after the band was rather forgotten because they never had a big crossover hit in their early years. Here two of their best tracks are served up by Dutch label La Casa Tropical. They're lit up with pixelated synths and retro-future vibes that European party people love to get down to. "Mamezala" is the more considered of the two, while "Never Give Up" is a strident and rousing proto-house anthem with plenty of boogie in the bass.
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Love Is The Only Way
Cat: MOED 002. Rel: 17 Jun 20
  1. Epomuyen (6:08)
  2. Eruobodo (4:52)
  3. Ijotiya (5:12)
  4. Love Is The Only Way (5:56)
Review: Given that Pedro Vian's Modern Obscure Music is renowned for its' off-kilter, unusual and often inspired releases, we shouldn't be surprised that this EP's take on West African music is far from traditional. It comes courtesy of Bep Kororoti (best known for his work as Kresy) and Akin, who adds vocals and saxophone parts. Check first the rubbery Afrobeat/heep house/metallic electrofunk fusion of brilliant opener "Epomuyen", before moving on to "Eruododo", a more bass-heavy affair which pushes Akin's Fela-style vocal and sax parts higher in the mix. Over on side B, "Ijotiya" is a more low-slung fusion of dub disco and Afrobeat, while "Love Is The Only Way" cloaks the pair's West African vocals and horn sounds in woozy deep house electronics.
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Funk Family
Funk Family (limited 7")
Cat: LGF 705. Rel: 25 Jun 20
  1. Get Up Sex Machine (Robby Bergmann remix) (5:13)
  2. Me & My Baby (Lego re-edit) (4:41)
 in stock $10.87
Sex Machine Gun Funk/BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag
Sex Machine Gun Funk/BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (silver vinyl double 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BIGSEXPACK. Rel: 22 Jun 20
  1. Sex Machine Gun Funk (4:05)
  2. Sex Machine Gun Funk (instrumental) (4:21)
  3. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:58)
  4. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (instrumental) (3:59)
Review: When it comes to mash-ups and unofficial reworks, sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that make for the most effective versions. That's certainly the case here, as Soul Mates main man Amerigo Gazaway crafts four slabs of funk/hip-hop fusion fusing funky beats with hip hop accapellas plus the all essential instrumental versions...only 300 copies. Don't sleep !
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 in stock $27.17
Heart's Desire (reissue) (Juno Exclusive)
Heart's Desire (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: DB1 2010WHITE. Rel: 14 Jul 20
  1. Heart's Desire (4:29)
  2. Holding You Loving You (4:12)
Review: You may have noticed a fair few limited-edition white vinyl releases popping up on Juno in recent times. Here's another, this time from Expansion Records. What's on offer is certainly tempting: two much-sampled gems from 1980s electrofunk and jazz-funk maestro Don Blackman. On the A-side you'll find "Heart's Desire", a jaunty slab of jazz-funk-soul rich in multi-tracked scat style vocalizations, rubbery slap-bass, deep chords and jazzy solos. It's a stone-cold classic all told and really deserves to be in every soul head's collection. Turn to the flip for "Holding You, Loving You", a sumptuous slow jam that's as languid, loved-up and subtly summery as they come.
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Synthetic Substitution (reissue)
Synthetic Substitution (reissue) (clear vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 001 CLEAR. Rel: 13 Jul 20
  1. Melvin Bliss - "Synthetic Substitution" (3:50)
  2. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (4:17)
Review: The popular Breaks & Beats series of light-touch, DJ-friendly re-edits of soul and funk classics has decided to reissue some of its most sought-after seven-inch singles on clear vinyl pressings. Fittingly, the first to get the reissue treatment is the label's first ever release from 2017. On the A-side you'll find a tasty extension of Melvin Bliss's warm, heartfelt, piano-heavy 1983 cut "Synthetic Substitution". While Bliss's brilliant original is largely kept in-tact, the mystery re-editor naturally makes more of the opening breakbeat. Flip for a similarly tasty rearrangement of Sweet Daddy Floyd's 1978 Blaxploitation style disco-funk shuffler "I Just Can't Help Myself", a cut rich in rolling breaks, densely layered percussion, punchy orchestration and "Shaft"-style guitar licks.
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Synthetic Substitution
Synthetic Substitution (7" Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 001RP. Rel: 13 Jul 20
  1. Melvin Bliss - "Syntheic Substitution" (extended Break edit) (3:50)
  2. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (extended Break edit) (4:17)
Review: This tasty, DJ-friendly 7" single boasts two extended, break-heavy reworks of obscure and in-demand soul workouts. On the A-side you'll find a tasty extension of Melvin Bliss's superb, piano-heavy 1983 cut "Synthetic Substitution". While Bliss's brilliant original - all heartfelt vocals, jaunty keys and warm bass - is largely kept in tact, the mystery re-editor naturally makes more of the opening breakbeat, which was sampled several times during hip-hop's "golden era". Flip for a similarly tasty rearrangement of Sweet Daddy Floyd's 1978 Blaxploitation style disco-funk shuffler "I Just Can't Help Myself", a cut rich in rolling breaks, densely layered percussion, punchy orchestration and "Shaft"-style guitar licks.
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Party Rockers
Party Rockers (hand-numbered purple vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207005. Rel: 05 Aug 20
  1. Party Rockers (feat Ash The Author) (3:06)
  2. Batucada Battlebox (3:27)
Review: On the fifth volume in his 2020 Donuts series of party-starting "45s", Bristolian break-digger and beat-maker Boca 45 joins forces with Ash the Author, a Reading-based mic man who has been tipped for great things by a number of more experienced MCs. He makes his presence felt on "Party Rockers", delivering distinctive lyrics over a rock-solid beat peppered with tight scratches and moody, horn style stabs. Boca 45 ups the tempo on heavyweight flipside "Batacuda Battlebox", a riotous cut-and-paste affair crafted from Latin style drum samples, booming bass and the West Country producer's usual sneaky and inventive instrumental snippets.
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Take You Higher
Take You Higher (hand-numbered green vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: 20207004. Rel: 05 Aug 20
  1. Take You Higher (2:49)
  2. Hummingbird (feat Alison Garner) (3:20)
Review: Bristol beat-maker, break-digger and turntablist Boca 45 has released some pretty special material this year, most of it on the 2020 Donuts imprint he inaugurated back in January. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing on the series fourth instalment, a highly limited green vinyl affair that we think will simply fly out of stores. A-side "Take You Higher" is a bustling instrumental hip-hop number based around slack-tuned breakbeats, heavyweight bass, cut-up guitar riffs and all manner of cheeky spoken word snippets. Vocalist Alison Garner guests on superb flipside "Hummingbird", a hybrid hip-hop/bossa-nova number blessed with mazy Hammond organ solos, bold piano stabs and extra-special percussion.
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Gespielt von: Originals, I Love Hip Hop
 in stock $13.87
Afrikan Basement: Makkusa Part 3
Afrikan Basement: Makkusa Part 3 (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: SOIL 00007. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Makkusa (main Seven Inch edit) (6:01)
  2. Makkusa (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm dub) (5:48)
Review: Bolla's Afrikan Basement debuted with a warm welcome in 2008 as a limited 7" and is one of the many essential projects Joe Clasusell has been involved with over the years. Now it gets revisited on this tasty 7". The a-side is a special edit of "Makkusa", a steamy, spiritual, deeply layered and emotional house track that is lead by a standout sax line. Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm dub is just that on the flip-side, a punchy rework with groaning vocals and a tribal feel, marching drums and plenty of the steam and sweat that makes his music so unique and powerful.
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 in stock $19.29
No No No
No No No (limited 7" Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAS 1006. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. No No No (3:52)
  2. Evil Ways (instrumental) (2:58)
Review: Originally pressed (on a limited run) in 2013, LA Latin funk troupe Boogaloo Assassins have reissued these two spellbinding cover versions again due to public demand. Still on a highly limited run, both cuts need to be in your collection: Dawn Penn's "No No No" gets a strict samba switch with lavish percussion and consistent vocal harmonies throughout while Sonny Henry's "Evil Ways" (best known from its Santana cover) gets the dreamy instrumental treatment where the horns and glocks do the narrating over a tight bed of wood blocks, shakers and liquid Rhodes. Killer stuff and Juno is one of the few stores outside of USA which is carrying the 45. Don't Sleep !
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Edits (reissue)
Edits (reissue) (7" Nachpressung)
Cat: MSR 016. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Think (Retro Roland Riso Perfecto rework) (4:27)
  2. Get Out Of My Way (Retro Roland Riso Eterno Regroove) (3:47)
Review: Earlier in the year, Matasuna Records reissued two rare and exceedingly hard to find tracks by Peruvian band Bossa 70. They'll soon be offering up more original cuts from the band's sought-after debut album, but before then they're treating us to two dancefloor-focused re-edits of Bossa 70 classics by American DJ/producer Retro Roland Riso. On the A-side he delivers a DJ-friendly "Perfecto Edit" of Think, a horn-heavy slab of Peruvian funk rich in rubbery beats and hazy bass. Just as cheery and life affirming is his interpretation of "Get Out Of My Way". This is an altogether heavier, faster and more stomping revision, though it's the vibrancy of the psychedelic era Latin funk backing track that really sets the pulse racing.
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Funky President (reissue)
Funky President (reissue) (clear vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 004CLEAR. Rel: 14 Jul 20
  1. James Brown - "Funky President" (extended Breaks Special edition) (4:25)
  2. The Vibrettes - "Humpty Dump" (part 1 - extended Breaks Special edition) (3:16)
Review: For the second in their series of clear vinyl reissues of some of their most sought-after "sevens", the mysterious Breaks & Beats crew have chosen to revisit their fourth 45, which originally landed in early 2018. It's well worth picking up, if only for the version of James Brown classic "Funky Presisdent", which features extended grooves and breakbeats for added DJ pleasure and double-up opportunities. That said, we're also big fans of the mystery scalpel fiends' light-touch revision of the Vibrettes' brilliant, voodoo funk favourite "Humpty Dump (Part 1)". This, too, makes more of the original's short drum breaks and strutting instrumental grooves, before unleashing the female vocal group's great vocals.
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Funky President (reissue)
Funky President (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies Nachpressung)
Cat: BAB 004. Rel: 13 Jul 20
  1. James Brown - "Funky President" (extended breaks special edition) (4:25)
  2. The Vibrettes - "Humpty Dump" (part 1 - extended breaks special edition) (3:16)
Review: New 7" label Beats & Breaks present "Funky President" which is a funk song originally released as a single in 1974, by the hardest working man in show business at the time - the Godfather of Soul - James Brown. It appeared on his 4nd (!) album entitled 'Reality' released that same year. According to Brown, the song's title referred to U.S. President Gerald Ford - who succeeded Richard Nixon in the White House shortly before it was recorded. It is one of Brown's most frequently sampled recordings. The rhythmic portions of the song have been used on dozens of hip hop tracks. On the flip, The Vibrettes' "Humpty Dump" is another killer funk number that was recorded by one Roscoe Porter and originally released by Lujon back in 1973. The sample source for many a respected beat by such legends as J. Dilla, Four Tet, 2 Bad Mice and even Aphex Twin.
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Sex CREAM (reissue)
Sex CREAM (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies Nachpressung) (1 per customer)
Cat: SSR 216RE. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. James Brown & The Wu Tang Clan - "Sex CREAM" (3:33)
  2. James Brown - "Sex Machine" (dub edit) (3:02)
Review: It would be fair to say that the latest edition in DJ Soopasoul's "Soopastole" edits series is one of the producer's biggest yet. A-side "Sex C.R.E.A.M" is particularly potent, with the mash-up maestro layering the vocals from Wu-Tang Clan classic "C.R.E.A.M" over a chunky beat crafted out of classic James Brown samples. To our ears, it's arguably better than the Wu-Tang original, or at least a little more dancefloor-friendly. Fittingly, Brown gets the treatment on the flip with Soopasoul getting busy with the EQs on a suitably heavy but stripped back "dub edit" of all-time-classic "Sex Machine". While it probably didn't need tampering with, he's done a very good job of delivering a version that successfully takes the track in a different direction.
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Moody Woman
Cat: SEV 004. Rel: 02 Jul 20
  1. Moody Woman (2:22)
  2. Stop Steppin' On My Dreams (3:49)
Gespielt von: Soul Music, Dynamite Cuts
 in stock $12.50
Reworks
Reworks (12")
Cat: HYR 7218. Rel: 28 Jul 20
  1. Kenkou - "Everlasting Dreams" (Calm Still Dreaming mix) (11:08)
  2. Deadbundy - "Lorenz" (Calm extended mix) (7:06)
Review: When it comes to sumptuous, sunrise-ready ambient, deep house and downtempo jams, there are few finer exponents of the art forms than Fukagawa Kivotaka AKA Calm - a Japanese producer whose work has been sound-tracking stunning sunsets since the turn of the '90s. Here Hell Yeah Recordings shine a light on two of his numerous killer remixes. On side A he delivers a stunning re-imagining of Kenkou's 2004 track "Everlasting Dreams", slowly building up from a lengthy Spanish guitar-sporting ambient intro to gentle, Latin-tinged deep house bliss over 11 atmospheric and evocative minutes. Over on the flip, he delivers his interpretation of Deadbundy's "Lorenz", serving up a chugging, mid-tempo cosmic disco-meets-deep house take flecked with jazzy guitar licks and propelled forwards by a suitably druggy electronic bassline.
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Sunset Tapes
Cat: JCKBRWN 006. Rel: 21 Jul 20
  1. Welcome (4:48)
  2. Shark (6:37)
  3. Malo Pivo (5:00)
  4. Brooklyn (4:03)
  5. Chilly (4:41)
Review: This is a red hot new funk 12" for the super cool Jackie Brown label. It features Marcello linking up with Antonio Rapa on drums and Blake C.S. Franchetto on the bass and they are all on fire across these high speed cuts. "Welcome" is tight and driving as you like, with cosmic keys taking flight, "Shark" is more playful and lush with eve more astral vibes and then things take a turn into late night sounds on the golden "Malo Pivo". "Brooklyn" expires the sort of broken beat you'd find in London's underground and "Chilly" closes with rich jazz stylings. Overall, this is an excellent 12".
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 in stock $13.03
Dirt Music
  1. Dirt Music (3:55)
  2. Dirt Music (What's In This Pipe mix) (3:55)
 in stock $10.06
Go
Go (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: NHS 002. Rel: 23 Jun 20
  1. Go (3:29)
  2. A Remixed Introduction To Cuttin (3:22)
 in stock $7.88
A Journey To Noi: It All Began In The East
Cat: SRMNOI 12 1. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. It All Began In The East (The Sacred Rhythm version) (11:48)
  2. It All Began In The East (The Cosmic Arts Koto version) (3:39)
  3. A Dance For Gratitude (Joaquin's Congo Arts Drum version) (7:15)
  4. It All Began In The East (The Cosmic Arts Meditational mix) (3:18)
Review: Two years ago, Joaquin "Joe" Clausell donned his occasional Mental Remedy alias and offered up "A Journey To Noi", a decidedly spiritual album that mixed Japanese instrumentation with his usual ambient and deep house sounds. On this 12", Clausell offers up some heady new interpretations that - like much of his work over the last decade - are built around the percussive power of African rhythms. The opening "Sacred Rhythm Version" of "It All Began In The East" is particularly potent, with Clausell cloaking a warm, organic and percussive Afro-house beat in distinctive Japanese Koto melodies and jazzy piano flourishes. We'd also recommend the formidably heavy, drum-laden rework of "Dance For Gratitude", whose Latin American bassline and simmering synth-strings are almost as addictive as the weighty groove they sit upon.
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The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs Special Extended Versions Part Three
  1. Tears Of Joy (10:44)
  2. Al's Razerblade (3:50)
  3. Morning (7:22)
  4. Life On Earth (5:25)
Review: The third part of Joe Claussell's Joaquin Unofficial Edits & Overdubs series is as strong as the first two with four Special Extended Versions making for some joyous listening. "Tears Of Joy" is rapturous house music with gospel overtones that canto fail to bring the soul. "Al's Razerblade" is a lo-fi funk mash up with a strident rhythm section and "Morning" is golden soul with soaring strings that brings some 60s magic to the dance floor. "Life On Earth" is the steamiest of the lot, with tropical sounds and mad jazzy chords all laced with wild percussion that bristles with energy.
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The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs: Disc 3 Of 4
The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs: Disc 3 Of 4 (7" + MP3 download code) (1 per customer)
Cat: CIRCUIT 7 3. Rel: 15 Jun 20
  1. Kontraband (6:49)
  2. Little By Little (7:00)
 in stock $19.55
Confident
Confident (red vinyl 7")
Cat: FFSPT 1016. Rel: 14 Jul 20
  1. Confident (3:19)
  2. Penny Candy (3:49)
 in stock $10.87
Just One Kiss Away
Cat: ZP 38. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. Ronn Colbert - "Just One Kiss Away" (3:56)
  2. Ronn & Selah - "Tell Me What I Wanna Hear" (4:42)
Review: Stand by for the much anticipated follow up to the unreleased Ronn Colbert 7" on this label earlier in the year. "Just One Kiss Away" is an ultra rare soul stepper from 1981. It finds Ronn and Selah Colbert go up against one another, and both serve up super sultry, seductive vocals that tease and please. Add in steamy chords and soaring strings and you have one helluva smoocher. "Tell Me What I Wanna Hear" is another romantic to and fro between the pair, with a little more tension and build in the rhythm edition that adds an extra element of spice. Both are sure to become re-found classics.
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 in stock $13.03
It's You
It's You (7")
Cat: 7DOS 4. Rel: 19 Jun 20
  1. It's You (4:16)
  2. Dori (4:46)
 in stock $11.69
Candace Of Meroe
Candace Of Meroe (limited 12")
Cat: SJR 45512. Rel: 24 Jul 20
  1. Theon Cross - "Candace Of Meroe" (5:50)
  2. Pokus - "Pokus One" (4:17)
Review: Soul Jazz Records' new must-have compilation "Kaleidoscope" does a great job in celebrating the vibrancy of the UK's fast-growing contemporary jazz scene. For some reason the vinyl version of the release omits the two tracks featured here, hence the label offering them up on a limited-edition 12" single that they say will never be repressed or reissued. The A-side features Sons of Kemet member (and renowned tubist/trombonist) Theon Cross's "Candace of Meroe", a bustling affair that riffs on the polyrhythmic Afrobeat sound of Tony Allen and Fela Kuti whilst taking it in a decidedly jazzier new direction. Over on the flip psychedelically inclined duo Pokus delivers "Pokus 1", a wonderfully low-slung and spaced-out affair that adds mind-altering, mutilated electric piano motifs to a deliciously weighty, low-slung groove.
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 in stock $14.40
Express 76
Cat: FVLM 040. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. Crowd Company - "Express 76" (2:56)
  2. AE3 - "Black Rider" (3:59)
 in stock $8.43
Teardrops
Teardrops (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: ATV 703. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Teardrops (3:39)
  2. Teardrops (Charlie Flat dub mix) (4:09)
Review: In recent times we've been treated to plenty of reissues of classic lover's rock gems, including an Athens of the North-released collection of lover's rock covers. It's therefore rather exciting to hear some brand-new lover's rock in a similar vein from Crucial Rockers, a studio band formed by producer Jamie Searle. The track given the cover treatment is Womack & Womack classic "Teardrops". While that was fiendishly uptempo, this version is sweet, slow and effortlessly soulful, with Searle's warming riddim offering a perfect match for the un-credited vocalist's fine delivery of the Womacks' weary and emotional lyrics. The flipside dub is rather tasty, too. Sadly there aren't many of these around, so act fast if you want to secure a copy!
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 in stock $19.02
Good Thang
Good Thang (limited 7")
Cat: FVLM 041. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Good Thang (feat Kim Dawson) (3:16)
  2. Good Thang (instrumental) (3:15)
Gespielt von: I Love 45's!
 in stock $9.24
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