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The Serpent's Mouth (B-STOCK)
Review: ***B-STOCK: Outer sleeve corners creased, product unopened & in working order***


German funkateer Bjorn Wagner launched the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band in 2007 following months spent learning to play steel drums during an extended stay in Trinidad and Tobago. 11 years on, Wagner and his trusty backing band return with album number two, "The Serpent's Mouth". As usual, the set sees them gleefully combine killer grooves - a mix-and-match fusion of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz-funk - with a hint of humid tropical music and the distinctive melodies of oil barrel steel drums. There are, of course, nods to reggae and calypso (see "Real Hot") and a few eyebrow-raising cover versions, of which their rendition of Jan Hammer's "Crockett's Theme" from "Miami Vice" stands out.
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 in stock $18.14
My Jamaican Dub
Cat: BCR 097. Rel: 12 Jun 20
Funk
  1. My Jamaican Dub (2:34)
  2. The Healer (2:55)
Review: The always excellently go slow and tropical sounds of Big Crown now look to Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band for covers of two classics. Up first is Grace Jones' nightclub classic "My Jamaican Guy" while on the flip is Erykah Badu's tribute to the legendary J Dilla, "The Healer". Both retain the essence of the original but come with loose hand claps, shimmering steel drums that bring coastal breezes, sand and sun into the equation and leave you laying horizontal. These are fine interpretations of top notch source material.
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 in stock $9.97
Ekundayo
Ekundayo (limited translucent red vinyl LP)
Cat: BCR 091LPC2. Rel: 13 Nov 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Awkward (3:07)
  2. Champion (2:56)
  3. White Light (3:23)
  4. Don't Blame NY (2:41)
  5. Cold & Clear (3:18)
  6. Angel Dust (3:51)
  7. Fight (3:00)
  8. Vixit (3:34)
  9. Ugly Truth (2:34)
  10. Young In Love (3:35)
  11. She Hates This Life (4:00)
  12. Where Do I Start? (1:53)
  13. Paper Tiger (1:17)
Review: Nine years after first working together on The Dynamic Set's 'When Will They Learn' single, Liam Bailey and Big Crown boss Leon Michaels have finally recorded an album together. While that song was a retro reggae-soul treat, Ekundayo builds on the Nottingham singer-songwriter's penchant for recording lo-fi soul, in which his evocative and effortlessly soulful vocals rise above fuzzy, often homemade backing tracks that variously mix and match elements of roots reggae, digi-dub, dancehall, classic '70s soul and folk (see the 'Redemption Song'-esque 'Vixit'). The result is a vibrant, colourful and highly entertaining set that could well push Bailey's career to even higher heights.
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Ekundayo
Ekundayo (LP)
Cat: BCR 091LP. Rel: 13 Nov 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Awkward (3:07)
  2. Champion (2:56)
  3. White Light (3:23)
  4. Don't Blame NY (2:41)
  5. Cold & Clear (3:18)
  6. Angel Dust (3:51)
  7. Fight (3:00)
  8. Vixit (3:34)
  9. Ugly Truth (2:34)
  10. Young In Love (3:35)
  11. She Hates This Life (4:00)
  12. Where Do I Start? (1:53)
  13. Paper Tiger (1:17)
Review: We're big fans of London vocalist Liam Bailey here at Juno HQ. He's turned out some timeless 7"s in the last few years and so this full length work is long overdue. Ekundayo translates from the West African Yoruba dialect as 'sorrow becomes joy' which is a perfect sentiment for the qualities of his own voice. Form experimental sounding openers to classic reggae via roots material, downtempo lullabies and fresh and contemporary R&B, it covers a wide range but is all tied together by his buttery smooth vocals. The record was recorded with long time mentor Leon Michels.
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White Light
Cat: BCR 094. Rel: 18 Sep 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. White Light (3:18)
  2. Cold & Clear (3:16)
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 in stock $9.97
Ekundayo
Ekundayo (CD)
Cat: BCR 091CD. Rel: 13 Nov 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Awkward
  2. Champion
  3. White Light
  4. Don't Blame NY
  5. Cold & Clear
  6. Angel Dust
  7. Fight
  8. Vixit
  9. Ugly Truth
  10. Young In Love
  11. She Hates This Life
  12. Where Do I Start?
  13. Paper Tiger
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Breathe
Breathe (7")
Cat: BCR 085. Rel: 09 Aug 19
Soul
  1. Breathe (3:37)
  2. Sorry (2:58)
 in stock $6.49
Buck
Buck (limited splattered vinyl LP)
Cat: BCR 079LPC2. Rel: 15 Nov 19
Soul
  1. Breathe (3:35)
  2. Mnemophobia (2:47)
  3. Sorry (2:57)
  4. Dead End (3:42)
  5. Peter Pan (3:05)
  6. Beautyful Beauti (4:27)
  7. Lucid Dream (4:31)
  8. Cover It Up (3:22)
  9. Reclaim (4:25)
  10. Thank You (3:27)
 in stock $19.40
Buck
Buck (CD)
Cat: BCR 079CD. Rel: 15 Nov 19
Soul
  1. Breathe
  2. Mnemophobia
  3. Sorry
  4. Dead End
  5. Peter Pan
  6. Beautyful Beauti
  7. Lucid Dream
  8. Cover It Up
  9. Reclaim
  10. Thank You
 in stock $9.43
Reasons
Reasons (7")
Cat: BCR 096. Rel: 12 Jun 20
Soul
  1. Reasons (feat Bobby Oroza) (3:18)
  2. Hipps (3:34)
Review: Big Crown are releasing El Michels Affair's latest and possibly greater album this month, but also this tidy new 7". The A side "Reasons" is a collaboration with Bobby Oroza that follows on from their last well received work together in fine style. The results is a deep and existential trip with lush guitar notes and Oroza's voice musing on the struggles of life. "Hipps" is pulled from El Michels Affair's aforementioned album Adult Themes and has a crushing beat and standout horn arrangements that have made the leader of this band so well acclaimed.
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Adult Themes
Adult Themes (limited white vinyl LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: BCR 090LPC2. Rel: 12 Jun 20
Soul
  1. Enfant (3:41)
  2. Adult Theme No 1 (0:38)
  3. Kill The Lights (2:17)
  4. Villa (2:45)
  5. Adult Theme No 2 (1:49)
  6. Life Of Pablo (3:52)
  7. Adult Theme No 3 (1:20)
  8. Rubix (3:37)
  9. A Swift Nap (1:53)
  10. Hipps (3:17)
  11. Munecas (3:37)
  12. Adult Theme No 4 (2:17)
Review: Leon Michels's El Michels Affair band spearheaded and instrumental funk movement when it emerged 15 year ago and now their famous cinematic soul sound gives rise to another gorgeous album of golden sounds on Big Crown. Swirling moods and romantic vibes, plaintive piano playing and sombre horns all add to a rich tapestry of sound that ebbs and flows through moments of passion, lust and love. Form the more densely orchestrated "Rubix" and "Villa" via "Life of Pablo", which features a debut from Leon's son, there's subtle narrative tot he album which keeps you locked through harder drum grooves on "Hipps" and sophisticated soothers like "Kill the Lights."
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Adult Themes
Cat: BCR 090CD. Rel: 05 Jun 20
Soul
  1. Enfant
  2. Adult Theme No 1
  3. Kill The Lights
  4. Villa
  5. Adult Theme No 2
  6. Life Of Pablo
  7. Adult Theme No 3
  8. Rubix
  9. A Swift Nap
  10. Hipps
  11. Munecas
  12. Adult Theme No 4
Review: Interestingly, the roots of the latest El Michels Affair lie in a 2017 collection of cinematic soul interludes he created as a kind of showreel-for-sampling. As that was a successful exercise - some of the minute-long tracks became the basis of songs Beyonce & Jay-Z and Travis Scott, amongst others - Michels decided to gather together his band-mates and create an imaginary 1960s movie soundtrack along the same lines, or as he puts it, "a kind of musical Choose Your Own Adventure". Combining loose, languid and lazy soul grooves with atmospheric orchestration, eyes-closed female vocals, jazz style arrangements and quirky instrumental choices, "Adult Themes" is a hugely evocative, atmospheric and entertaining affair that contains numerous subtle nods to Harold Budd, David Axelrod and Francous de Robaix.
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Adult Themes
Cat: BCR 090LP. Rel: 31 Jul 20
Soul
  1. Enfant (3:41)
  2. Adult Theme No 1 (0:38)
  3. Kill The Lights (2:17)
  4. Villa (2:45)
  5. Adult Theme No 2 (1:49)
  6. Life Of Pablo (3:52)
  7. Adult Theme No 3 (1:20)
  8. Rubix (3:37)
  9. A Swift Nap (1:53)
  10. Hipps (3:17)
  11. Munecas (3:37)
  12. Adult Theme No 4 (2:17)
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 in stock $18.58
FORTHCOMING
Big Crown Vaults Vol 1
Big Crown Vaults Vol 1 (limited coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: BCR 104LPC2. Rel: 04 Dec 20
 
Soul
coming soon $22.17
FORTHCOMING
Big Crown Vaults Vol 1
Cat: BCR 104LP. Rel: 04 Dec 20
 
Soul
coming soon $20.52
FORTHCOMING
Big Crown Vaults Vol 1
Cat: BCR 104CD. Rel: 04 Dec 20
 
Soul
coming soon $12.48
Wake Up
Wake Up (7")
Cat: BCR 072. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Soul
  1. Wake Up (3:47)
  2. You're What's Needed In My Life (3:38)
 in stock $6.49
It Rains Love
It Rains Love (limited 2xCD)
Cat: BCR 067CDX. Rel: 05 Apr 19
Soul
  1. It Rains Love
  2. Blessed With The Best
  3. Two Faces
  4. You're What's Needed In My Life
  5. Wake Up
  6. Will I Get Off Easy
  7. Love Prisoner
  8. A Promise Is A Promise
  9. God Is Real
  10. Love Is The Answer
  11. Don't Give Up (bonus track)
  12. It Rains Love (instrumental)
  13. Blessed With The Best (instrumental)
  14. Two Faces (instrumental)
  15. You're What's Needed In My Life (instrumental)
  16. Wake Up (instrumental)
  17. Will I Get Off Easy (instrumental)
  18. Love Prisoner (instrumental)
  19. A Promise Is A Promise (instrumental)
  20. God Is Real (instrumental)
  21. Love Is The Answer (instrumental)
  22. Don't Give Up (bonus track - instrumental)
Review: North Carolina's Lee Fields has had a long career with some dramatic pauses, but the last few years have seen him stronger than ever with LPs on Truth & Soul and now Big Crown Records. "It Rains Love" is his second LP with The Expressions, and it strikes a classic Motown note that sounds utterly timeless in its execution. The production definitely has some of the warmth and grit of Motor City classics from back in the day, but Fields' conviction and power in his delivery sounds bang up to date. For fans of Mayfield, Redding et al, this is an unmissable set of rough-edged soul.
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Hypnosis
Hypnosis (7")
Cat: BCR 083. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Soul
  1. Hypnosis (3:51)
  2. Broom (2:16)
Review: This is the first single from Holy Hive's forthcoming debut album Float Back To You, and it suggests it's going to be a real cracker. "Hypnosis" is a heart achingly sweet tune with tight drum work and celestial keys lighting up a slow walk home during a warm summer's night. The vocal harmonies are the icing on the cake. "Broom" is beautifully downbeat and introspective, with gorgeous falsetto and star-gazing grooves all topped off by some joyful sax work from guest player Leon Michels. Fantastic stuff that cannot fail to find its way into your affections, and will certainly keep you warm through winter.

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Grow Forever
Cat: BCR 102. Rel: 27 Mar 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Grow Forever (3:14)
  2. Now It's Your Turn To Sing (3:14)
 in stock $8.86
Strange Girl
Cat: BCR 092. Rel: 08 Nov 19
Soul
  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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The Little Bit Of Sunshine
Cat: BC 018. Rel: 08 Jul 16
Folk/Americana
  1. The Little Bit Of Sunshine (2:21)
  2. Once In A While (3:32)
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Smile Now Cry Later
Cat: BCR 070. Rel: 22 May 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. The Shacks - "Smile Now, Cry Later" (3:00)
  2. Brainstory - "Runaway" (3:00)
 in stock $8.04
Put Me In Jail
Cat: BC 04845. Rel: 23 Oct 17
Funk
  1. Put Me In Jail (2:52)
  2. Open Up Your Love Door (2:40)
Review: Taken from Big Crown's recent homage compendium Mr Brown Eyed Soul, "Put Me In Jail" and "Open Up Your Love Door" are two quintessential examples of Sunny Ozuna's powerful Latin soul allure and ability to stop your heart at 20 paces. The former is a real swooner with crisp plucked bluesy guitars and full band harmonies while the latter takes more of a ballad tact with sincerity dripping off every word Sunny confides. Backed with sublime Sunliner harmonies once more, this is an exceptional taster from the Big Crown's detail-rich collection.
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 in stock $11.64
Little Brown Eyed Soul
Cat: BC 044CD. Rel: 27 Jul 18
Soul
  1. Cross My Heart
  2. Outside Looking In
  3. I'll Be There
  4. Together
  5. Boogaloo Down Broadway
  6. Best Of Both Worlds
  7. Hip-Huggin-Minnie
  8. Baby I'm So Lonely
  9. Only Have Eyes For You
  10. Soul Power
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Smile Now Cry Later
Cat: BC 026CD. Rel: 30 Jan 18
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Smile Now, Cry Later
  2. Baby, I Apologize
  3. I Want To Make It Up To You
  4. Forever
  5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  6. Everybody Knows
  7. Hopeless Case
  8. Stop That Thief
  9. Hold On I'm Comin'
  10. Just A Gigolo
  11. Put Me In Jail
  12. Side Winder (part 1 & 2)
 in stock $14.04
Smile Now Cry Later
Cat: BCR 0827. Rel: 07 Jun 19
Soul
  1. Smile Now, Cry Later (2:01)
  2. I Only Have Eyes For You (3:05)
 in stock $8.86
The Missing Link
Cat: BCRLP 38. Rel: 17 Jan 20
Soul
  1. Soul Pride (2:36)
  2. Duffy (3:59)
  3. Cissy Strut (2:40)
  4. Rosita Bonita (2:31)
  5. Madrid (2:39)
  6. Boo Boo (3:30)
  7. La Pollera Colorada (2:14)
  8. Pressure Cooker (3:00)
  9. Uno (2:35)
  10. La Pecosita (2:11)
 in stock $16.91
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