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Afrodesia Episode One (12" Nachpressung)
Cat: BSTX 067. Rel: 11 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Deep Down In Zanzibar (6:42)
  2. Desert Storm (6:32)
  3. Meet In Tunis (5:28)
  4. Orion Beat (6:17)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Afrodesia may come on like another dusted down gem from those dedicated detectives at Best, but it is in fact a modern construction from the talented studio trysts of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny from the Periodica camp. These Italian producers have more than proved their knack for crafting sublime, honey-smooth jams with a nod to the golden studio era of the 70s and 80s, and they're more than up to the task on this killer 12" of heavy funking jams with a dose of boogie and a nod to Ivory Coast disco. It's quite simply perfection, rendered with love and attention to detail, but utterly natural in its feel and flavour.
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Cat: BST X057. Rel: 13 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Who, What, Where, When & Why (Disco version) (5:10)
  2. No Promises (Disco version) (6:46)
Review: Best Records do it again, dusting down a searing slice of robo-funk from the early 80s that will pop your lock every which way. B Funk was a one-off project from Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco, best known for their incredible work as Klein & MBO. They released the "Magic Spell" album in 1983, and it was loaded with richly produced Italo disco and proto house sounds - there's a good reason the original release has been fetching such crazy prices on the second hand market. Now Best have cherry picked two of the finest cuts from the album, sought out the extended disco versions from Carrasco's vaults, and given them a glorious new pressing.
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Music Colours (limited 12")
Cat: BST X066. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Music Colours (part 1, 2, Break, reprise) (6:49)
  2. Music Colours (part 3) (7:56)
Review: Cellophane was a cult project from Alessandro Novaga, an Italo producer who created tracks with a huge influence on the development of Chicago house. Besides his other production credits, Cellophane is an especially visionary venture that favours expansive, psychedelic suites of electronic disco over traditional song structures - just the kind of rare, oddball curiosity Best do such a good job of reissuing. While the A side is excellent in its own right, "Music Colours (Part 3)" on the B-side is the bomb here. Stomping, trippy and utterly addictive - from the Music Box to your record bag this kind of music just doesn't age.
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Aqua Marina (limited 12")
Cat: BST X053. Rel: 11 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Aqua Marina (club version) (5:08)
  2. Aqua Marina (Sweet Dream version) (4:27)
  3. Aqua Marine (Paradise version) (5:12)
  4. Aqua Marine (original Studio version) (5:30)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Best may be best known for jazz and disco reissues, but they're also dab hands at unearthing forgotten gems from the annals of Italian deep house too. The Countach were last seen in active service back in 1990, dropping just two singles but making sure they were bona fide classics. "Aqua Marina" has plenty of lashings of jazz funk rubbed into its loins, not least on the "Sweet Dream Version". The "Paradise Version" nudges the key of the club mixes and ramps up the reverb, and then the "Original Studio Version" switches up the mood with an organic, live band groove on this crucial 12".
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Be Free (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 075. Rel: 14 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Be Free (12" mix) (6:23)
  2. Be Free (instrumental version) (6:27)
Review: First released on the obscure Derby label way back in 1982, Dr Togo's debut single "Be Free" has long been an in-demand Italo-disco rarity. It was co-produced by Louis Figino, who had previously produced Kano's legendary single "I'm Ready", and featured that band's lead vocalist, Glenn White, as the headline-grabbing Dr Togo. This much-needed reissue boasts both versions from the original 12: the deep disco warmth of the A-side vocal version, in which White's invitation to come dance rides rich chords, rubbery slap-bass and spacey synthesizers, and the dub style flipside "Instrumental" mix. In keeping with the style of the time it was recorded, this includes additional layered percussion and selected snippets of the original's female backing vocals.
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Almendra (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTXLP 003. Rel: 12 Dec 16
International
  1. Dudas (5:04)
  2. Samba Del Cuarto Plateado (3:56)
  3. Amanecen (4:23)
  4. Sientelo (3:18)
  5. Tu Y Yo (4:30)
  6. Dulce Pensamiento (4:58)
  7. Tutti Frutti (4:35)
  8. Carapa (2:15)
Review: Claudio Casalini's Best Record label does a fine job of reissuing funk, disco and other curios from the mists of time, and so it goes with this wonderful slice of loose and live soul jazz. Grupo Almendra hailed from Venezuela, and they released their sole album Almendra in 1978 in a whirlwind of Latin American musicality and it had been consigned to relative obscurity. Whichever digger was lucky enough to discover this gem must have been very pleased indeed, for the quality of the music and the production is nothing short of remarkable, while the remastering has respectfully revived the sweet, soulful sound of Grupo Almendra.
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Baby Come On (limited 12")
Cat: BST X059. Rel: 17 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Baby Come On (extended version)
  2. Baby Come On (instrumental dub version)
Review: Scorchio: Best return in time for the summer with one of the funkiest productions Maurizio 'Sangy' Sangineto has ever conjured. Sleazy electro boogie with just the right balance of Italo and soul in the mix, "Baby Come On" was a solo expedition by Armed Gang's James Otis White Jr. who hits the juiced-up bass-led groove in consummate syrup-toned style but gives the groove all the room it needs to let loose. Spacious, sun-kissed and profoundly funky, this couldn't have landed at a better time.
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The MBO Theme (limited 12")
Cat: BST X039. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The MBO Theme (long version) (6:01)
  2. The MBO Theme (Italian version) (6:02)
Review: Best Records fire up a surefire classic from the annals of Italian dance music, crafted courtesy of Italo-disco heavyweight Klein & MBO. "The MBO Theme" was originally a hit in the nascent Chicago house scene, spun by the likes of Ron Hardy thanks to its punchy synth bass and hooky Euro-vocals. This sought-after dancefloor gem has been given a faithful remastering touch, as is the Best Records way, and they've also dug out a previously unheard edit of the track named as the "Italian Version," which stretches out the club qualities of the jam for maximum party impact.
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Cat: BSTX 078. Rel: 05 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love & Magic (mix version) (9:42)
  2. Love & Magic (dub version) (8:26)
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Nuts On Me (limited 12")
Cat: BST X042. Rel: 01 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Nuts On Me (vocal) (6:08)
  2. Nuts On Me (instrumental) (6:00)
  3. Aphrodisiac (vocal) (5:53)
  4. Aphrodisiac (instrumental) (4:29)
Review: From the team responsible for Kano and the evergreen Italo hit "I'm Ready," Matakena was a one-off release back in 1983 that has since gone on to attain true cult status (i.e. monstrous second hand prices). Thankfully, the trusted bastion of reissued Italian grooves Best Records is on hand to bring the music back to the people, digging the irrepressible funk of "Nuts On Me" and "Aphrodisiac" out of the vaults and pressing it up for a new generation to get down to. This is sleazy boogie par excellence, full of liquid synth bass, steamy vocals and grooves to die for.
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Cat: BST X069. Rel: 18 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Marcia Di Kioto (4:26)
  2. Harem (3:53)
  3. Uffici Del 126 Piano (4:31)
  4. Russian Tea Room (4:10)
  5. Plaza Tonal (3:21)
  6. Fine Novecento (3:47)
  7. Club Mediterranee (3:48)
  8. Comunicazioni Interne (4:13)
Review: Best present Francesco Messina's 1983 debut LP, produced by Franco Battiato. It's a serious listen steeped in high drama and bombast, rendered in plush studio veneer and the era's finest electronic technology. At the heart is classic Italian songwriting, all melodramatic opera interjections and swooning instrumental refrains, but you can hear the magic touch given by epoch-defining tools like the Fairlight CMI and EMU Emulator, sending these bold compositions into celestial spaces. It's very much of its time, and that's precisely why we love it.
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Miss Manhattan (limited 12")
Cat: BST X047. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Miss Manhattan (vocal) (8:53)
  2. Miss Manhattan (instrumental) (8:36)
  3. Manhattan's Piano Reprise (1:04)
Review: Best Records get busy with this absolutely classic slice of early Italian disco from 1981, put together in the one-off-studio-project stylee by Al Festa, Claudio Giusti and Francesco Puccioni. The full vocal mix on the A side nearly hits the nine minute mark, and it's all gold from the chirpy horn section to the scintillating vocal turn by Sharon Russell. The influence from the Nile Rodgers school of funk is plain to hear, not least on the instrumental take on the B side, but also watch out for the gorgeous soliloquy of the "Manhattan's Piano Reprise" which is snuck on as an added extra from the archives.
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Jayeche (remastered) (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTXLP 002. Rel: 10 Oct 16
Progressive Rock
  1. Cariacho
  2. Sancocho De Medula
  3. La Restinga
  4. Playa De Agua
  5. Canchunchu Florido
  6. 6 Por Electron
  7. Jayeche
  8. Catatumbo
  9. Caracas Para Locos
  10. Avila
Review: The rare and sought-after third album by this Venezualan keyboard legend, first released in 1975 under the band name Ofrenda, stands as arguably his crowning achievement in a career in which he successfully managed to build a bridge between his homeland's traditional music, jazz fusion of a distinctly Weather Report/Return To Forever stripe, and a generous helping of kosmische stargazing. The result is a groove-driven, exotic and richly psychedelic confection that has weathered the storm of 41 years alarmingly well, making for a particularly foot-tapping trip across the cosmos.

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Cat: BSTX 074. Rel: 02 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Go Out (original vocal version) (5:27)
  2. Let's Go Out (instrumental) (5:37)
  3. Let's Go Out (The MB Roller Disco edit) (6:11)
  4. Let's Go Out (original radio version) (5:54)
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Mare (limited pink vinyl 12")
Cat: BSTXJU 4500412. Rel: 12 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mare (3:23)
  2. Un Nodo All'anima (3:41)
  3. Un Nodo All'anima (long version) (5:18)
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You Know Why (12" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: BST X027. Rel: 05 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Know Why (Disco version)
  2. Nice & Easy/Hungry For Love (Disco version)
  3. Come On (Disco version)
Review: Best Records previously mined Pino Presti's illustrious back catalogue for the To Africa / Soul Makossa, You Know The Way and Funky Bump 12"s, and they're back with the Italian arranger's finest disco delicacies straight outta 1977. "You Know Why" is a swooning, romantic groover featuring the sultry vocals of Roxy Robinson. "Nice & Easy / Hungry For Love" is a bold, dramatic cut with striking brass stabs and a slinky bassline that wraps itself around Robinson's classic vocal. "Come On" is a deeper, Philly string laden affair of the heart, rounding out this most passionate of disco 12"s.
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Cat: BST X048. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Computer Communications (10:50)
  2. Computer Communications (remix) (7:24)
Review: Best Records get right to the heart of true Italo disco with this body-poppin' killer from 1983. REM were made up of Paolo Alfani and Nicola Serena, both based in Florence and well ahead of the curve with their experimental electronic disco sound. Making fantastic use of the Mattel Speak & Spell for their vocal hooks, this enterprising duo cooked up a veritable club bomb with their fusion of sleek drum machine rhythms, throbbing acid basslines and romantic synth tones that would come to be widely used in Detroit techno some years later. There's a full original take of the track on the A side, while the flip features a tweaked "remix" version to give you even more of that robo-vocoder action.
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Cat: BSTX 076. Rel: 20 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love N Music (Flemming Dalum remix) (6:07)
  2. Love N Music (vocal) (6:53)
  3. Love N Music (instrumental) (6:00)
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Party Freaks/Dance Together (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X031. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Party Freaks (4:35)
  2. Dance Together (4:05)
Review: Alan Shelly was an intermittent feature in the late 60s and early 70s soul and funk scene, but his one-off 7" Party Freaks / Dance Together released in Italy in 1975 remains a treasured gem for those who crave the most potent secret weapons for their record crates. Of course, Best Italy are no slouches when it comes to such records and they have dutifully snapped up the original masters of these sought after jams and given the full, uncut mixes a proper, beautifully remastered airing on 12". "Party Freaks" has a raucous, West African flavour to it that can't fail to set the crowd alight, while "Dance Together" takes things in a looser, jammed out direction - both tracks are pure fire, and it's a damn good thing Best have dusted them down.
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More... I Like It (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 017. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. More... I Like It (4:48)
  2. Twenty Seven (4:03)
  3. More... I Like It (instrumental) (5:01)
Review: REPRESS ALERT! Best Record Italy take the time machine all the way back to 1979 to revisit the wonderful Italo-Disco delights of Adolf Stern, whose "More... I Like It" represents the strangest end of the genre as it was taking shape. With heavily processed vocals injecting some serious strangeness into the chirpy disco backdrop, it's the kind of track to turn heads without a doubt. "Twenty Seven" on the B-side is equally magical in its capturing of the era, with the more obvious surface elements underpinned by a truly intoxicating line in synth arpeggios. Once again Best comes up trumps refreshing the history of Italian music of all shapes and sizes.
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Stop Bajon (12")
Cat: BST X035. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Bajon (vocal)
  2. Stop Bajon (acappella)
  3. Stadera
  4. Stop Bajon (instrumental)
Review: Best Italy have dug out a serious gem here, tapping up Italian percussionist and composer Tullio De Piscopo and his much-coveted simmering Balearic jam "Stop Bajon," which was as big in Ibiza (and still is) as it was in its native Italy. With its insistent rhythmic thump, chanting vocals and delicate keys it's little wonder the likes of DJ Harvey love spinning it. As well as the instrumental and acappella cuts of this wonderful mid 80s gem, you also get to sample the ranging downtempo funk of "Stadera," which could almost belong to Talking Heads with its mysterious tones and limber production.
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Vibrations (limited 12")
Cat: BST X025. Rel: 22 Jan 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Vibrations (Disco version)
  2. Baobab (Disco version)
Review: Having reissued Body, Body Love last year, Best Records come back for more of Billy Woost's late 70s grooves, all lifted from his sole self-titled album and presented here in their true 'Disco Version' format. This time around it's "Vibrations" that takes centre stage, and it sounds resplendent in its widescreen vision of disco funk production at its highest possible standard. On the flip "Baobab" sounds even more potent with its killer bassline groove, dream-pop vocal trills and all round feel-good mood. Now if Best can just do the same job with the rest of the album we'll be laughing.
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