Review: TRAMP Records' latest must-have "45" is a reissue of a killer seven-inch single that regularly changes hands for hundreds of pounds online. There's little info available about the artist or record, besides the fact that it was recorded and released in Norfolk, Virginia way back in 1992. A-side "Don't Wake Me Up" is a delicious chunk of fuzzy, heartfelt soul rich in leisurely beats, glistening guitars and an impassioned female lead vocal. Flipside "The Jack Mod Kick" is a genuine dancefloor stomper - a hazy slab of heavyweight funk full of skittish drum breaks, razor-sharp guitar licks and high-octane bass guitar.
Review: Short-lived Pennsylvania funk troupe Maxwell might be recognisable from a few cheeky compilation cameos with their "Radiation Funk" track. A cult success in their local charts, it took decades for it too see beyond the Columbia city limits and become a secret weapon for diggers and collectors. Now reissued officially for the first time, it's fronted by the unreleased A-side "Meltdown". Another track written in response to an accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979, it packs a big vocal punch, tight playing, infectious hooks and blasts of percussive funk. This sure ain't no junk.