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Afrodesia Episode One
Afrodesia Episode One (12" Nachpressung)
Cat: BSTX 067. Rel: 03 Dec 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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Who, What, Where, When & Why
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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Aqua Marina
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
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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Gespielt von: Eddie C
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You Don't Love Me
Cat: JU 12024. Rel: 12 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Don't Love Me (5:45)
  2. You Don't Love Me (American version) (5:38)
  3. You Don't Love Me (instrumental version) (4:06)
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Sweepin Off
Cat: SPQR 1115/R. Rel: 12 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Sweepin Off (extended version) (7:00)
  2. Sweepin Off (radio version) (4:51)
  3. Sweepin Off (instrumental) (5:17)
Gespielt von: Eddie C
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Baby Come On
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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I'm Ready
I'm Ready (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 073. Rel: 02 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm Ready (12" mix) (7:10)
  2. Holly Dolly (extended version) (6:35)
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Supercool
Supercool (12")
Cat: BSTX 077. Rel: 05 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Supercool (7:15)
  2. Percussion Sundance (5:59)
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Bicycle Song
Cat: SPQR 1122R. Rel: 12 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Bicycle Song (9:40)
  2. Bicycle Song (instrumental) (8:24)
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Nuts On Me
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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Medio Occidente (remastered) (reissue)
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
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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Stop Your Lies (remastered)
Cat: BSTX 011. Rel: 19 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Your Lies (vocal) (6:13)
  2. Stop Your Lies (instrumental) (6:23)
Review: Best Records' own luminary Claudio Casalini was at the helm for this one-shot studio project that captures Italo disco at its most exuberant and organic. Originally released in 1984, the bassline on "Stop Your Lies" is a quintessential slice of synthetic throb from a golden era, but the electronic elements are wonderfully offset by rich instrumentation and a brilliantly camp vocal performance from the unnamed boy-girl combo. The vocal mix on the A side is strong enough for a single-sided cut, but the instrumental on the flip widens out the reach of the record and really lets Casalini's superb production shine through.
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Let's Go Out
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
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
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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Party Freaks/Dance Together
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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Stop Bajon
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
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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Gespielt von: Osmose
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