Review: Curiously, jazz singer turned disco diva Dee Dee Bridgewater's debut album, 1974's "Afro Blue", was only ever released in Japan. It's from this set that these two tracks are taken. A-side "Little B's Poem" is a superb slab of soul-jazz brilliance that sits somewhere between Nina Simone, Billie Holliday and the kind of sun-kissed, life-affirming classic jazz that was once all the rage in underground jazz clubs. Over on side B you'll find Bridgewater's version of "People Make The World Go Round", with her impeccable vocal rising above fluid pianos, brushed drums and snaking trumpet solos.
Review: Here is the long awaited new single from Italian soul supergroup Change - some of you may recognise their classic "The Glow of Love" which featured the unmistakable vocals of then frontman Luther Vandross in 1980. After six successful albums throughout the 80's before disbanding and making a brief return in 2010, the group's new single "Hit Or Miss" will appear on their first album in 38 years: Love 4 Love which is produced by Change alumni Davide Romani Mauro Malavasi, it's got the same kind of life-affirming soul power you've come to love from the outfit, and they've still got the knack for a great tune - listen for yourself!
We Are Only Dancin' (previously unreleased version) (6:23)
Love Season (4:49)
Ambient Discotheque (6:25)
Night Paradise (3:54)
De To Re Mi (6:21)
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").
Review: Originally released in 1989, Retinae was the third album by experimental pop outfit Dip In The Pool. The duo was formed in 1983 by Tatsuji Kimura and Miyako Koda, who soon earned a reputation in their native Japan and in 1985 debuted in the U.K. on Rough Trade. More recently, their work gained a newfound interest after Amsterdam's Music From Memory reissued lead single "On Retinae" (West version) in 2016 as well as a collaboration on Visible Cloaks' acclaimed Reassemblage LP on RVNG Intl. last year. This is a collection of 10 gorgeously neon-lit pop ditties well worth a reissue.
Notes: Container for storing 12 inch records, featuring the original HMV logo. Quick and easy assembly and folding. Double structure means you can stack up to three vertically. Equipped with a rugged, easy-to-hold handle, it is lightweight and uses durable materials, so is convenient to carry.
Notes: Container for storing 7 inch records, featuring the original HMV logo. Quick and easy assembly and folding. Double structure means you can stack up to three vertically. Equipped with a rugged, easy-to-hold handle, it is lightweight and uses durable materials, so is convenient to carry.
Review: Late, great Japanese funk don Takehiro Honda's vaults get the treatment from HMV as two of his many famously fizzy jams enjoy a new lease of life. 1971's "Ain't It Funky Now" should be familiar by all as it subverts the good work of the greatest band leader of all time with mild jazz and funk fusion. "Greasy Spoon" on the B can be found a few years deeper into Takehiro's discography as part of his 1973 album "What's Going On". Another supreme, lucid fusion cut; not only does it still kick up a fuss on the dancefloor, it also salutes the best cooked breakfasts on the planet. Not to be slept on.