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Tchero Adari Negn (limited 7")
Cat: AFRO 45 004. Rel: 31 Jul 15
  1. Alemayehu Eshete - "Tchero Adari Negn" (4:27)
  2. Mahmoud Ahmed - "Bemin Sebeb Litlash" (4:26)
Review: The UK's Mr Bongo has been reissuing old music and putting out new tunes since the late 1980's, and the label is still going strong in 2015. This latest 7" features two of Ethiopia's greatest musicians, Alemayehu Eshete and Mahmoud Ahmed, in a head to head, split EP. On the A-side, Mr Bongo has resurfaced Eshete's "Tchero Adari Negn", a supremely funky piece with the man's own voice gliding effortlessly over hard drums and fuzy guitar riffs; "Bemim Sebeb Litlash" goes deeper and more psychedelic on the flip, and Ahmed's voice is a pleasure as always. Check their other material on Mississippi for a broader introspective.
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Cat: BRZ 45055. Rel: 24 Oct 16
  1. Banda Black Rio - "Miss Cheryl" (3:47)
  2. Miele - "Melo Do Tagarela (Rapper's Delight)" (instrumental) (4:10)
Review: Although Brazil's Banda Black Rio remain infamous for the albums that they recorded in the late 1970s, two beautiful LPs that rode that singular wave of samba-ridden jazz dance, 1980's "Miss Cheryl" is an outstanding tune, and we can hear why RCA picked it up back in the day. Mr Bongo provides us with the reissue here and, if you haven't heard it, it's an absolute delight which switches between disco, psych, and something inherently Brazilian - there's even a wacky synth in there, for good measure. Compatriot Miele appears on the flip with "Melo Do Tagarela (Rappers Delight)", a sublime slice of early, electronic boogie that sounds as fresh today as it did back at the tail end of the 70s. A devious little reissue that you should own...
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  1. Soul Strut (2:43)
  2. Electrifying Woman (3:54)
Review: Two of Funk Night Records' most distinctive and innovative acts join forces for two outstanding pieces of psychedelic fiery funk fusion. Estonian duo Misha Panfilov Sound Combo set the bedrock on "Soul Strut". All fuzzy, unkempt and energetic, it sets the scene for Detroit's Coco Buttafli to lay her scorched heart on the line in an almost metal-like style. "Electrifying Woman" takes us even deeper into the psychedelic mindset as the groove is given a swampy, dizzying feeling while Coco spits spoken word with such a savage honesty you can't helped but get sucked into the story. Two of a kind.
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  1. Charaunitsy aka Sorceress - "Ya Zhdu Tebya" (Fulgeance edit) (5:10)
  2. Mirdza Zivere - "Vienmer But" (Fulgeance edit) (5:02)
  3. Tatyana Kochergina - "Igray Skripka Igray" (DJ Scientist edit) (6:53)
Review: The love of all things Soviet and disco has been established by French/German duo Fulgeance and Scientist for several years now, having reached a peak last year with their album The Soviet Tape on First Word. Now they return with their own edit series on brand new label Excursions. With eyes squared fully on the floor, each obscurity is given some serious groove muscle for the floor... Charaunitsy's soulful croons and yearning horns are given an additional kick/snare swing, Latvia's Mirdza gets a deliciously camp turbo charge while Ukraine's Tatyana Kochergina gets a full-on Philly treatment with lavish strings and a bassline that won't say nyet.
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Sakla Beni (limited 7")
Cat: SYL 006. Rel: 11 Jun 19
  1. Sakla Beni (4:42)
  2. Sakla Beni (Karaoke) (4:40)
Review: Earlier in the year, Kutiman took his brand of psychedelic fusion to Wah Wah 45s for the very first time. Here he returns home to Siyal Music with Turkish vocalist Melike Sahin in tow. "Sakla Beni" is wonderfully odd and exotic - a spaced-out psych-funk affair that wraps mazy, Moog style motifs, mind-altering orchestration and Sahin's wide-eyed vocal around a skewed, low-slung groove. It's brilliantly hallucinatory, as is the accompanying "Karaoke Version" - a superb instrumental take that allows listeners a chance to revel in the intricacy of Kutiman's arrangements. In this context, "Sakla Beni" sounds like it should be gracing the soundtrack of a particularly odd late 1960s Turkish film
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Cat: LAT45 013. Rel: 25 May 16
  1. Los Africanos - "It's Your Thing" (3:44)
  2. Machito - "Knock On Wood" (2:18)
Review: Wanna hear the Isley Brothers classic "It's Your Thing" given a Latin shakedown? Mr Bongos have got you covered on the latest 7" in their splendid Latin 45s series! Originally issued back in 1974 on TR Records, this Los Africanos cover is a rum heavy Nu Yorican funk-soul instrumental featuring screaming Hammond organ and FX. It's very expensive in original form now, so shout outs to Mr Bongos for pressing it up here along with an equally good 1968 cover of instrumental, boogaloo version of Eddie Floyd's all-time classic "Knock On Wood" from Machito & His Afro-Cubans.
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BGP
Cat: BGPS 049. Rel: 24 Mar 16
  1. Harold Mabern - "I Want You Back" (5:24)
  2. Funk Inc - "Sister Janie" (5:14)
Review: Tennessee's legendary jazz pianist, Harold Mabern, is surely one of the kings of the mighty Prestige label, and his material helped bridge the gap between jazz and funk back in the 1970s, alongside the likes of Idris Muhammad, The Jimmy Castor Bunch and all those geniuses. "I Want You Back" is a stone-cold classic and contains one of the most hummable trumpet lines ever, and if you hear closely it's been reworked and sampled by none other than the King of pop when he was only a little one. Funk Inc's sublime "Sister Janie" resides on the flip, a more lo-fi funk bullett for the diggers, and complete with a dusty organ!
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Abidjan (12")
Cat: HC 55. Rel: 25 Apr 18
  1. Nan Ye Li Kan (Afro Beat) (4:49)
  2. Abidjan (Biguine) (5:48)
Review: DJ Hunee afro monster gets an official repress for Hot Casa in France. Calling it massive would bit an understatement.
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  1. Beatin' Tha Breaks (Fouk remix) (5:21)
  2. Beatin' Tha Breaks (Freddie Joachim remix) (4:08)
  3. Beatin' Tha Breaks (original mix) (3:45)
Review: Brooklyn label Razor-N-Tape get in on the Record Store Day action with this 10" edition of Beatin Tha Breaks from Nashville-based Magic In Threes. It's the remixes that come first, with Dutch artist Fouk going into similar house territory to Kenny Dope with plenty of live instrumental touches blessing the bristling percussion. It's a totally different vibe on the Freddie Joachem remix, with the Californian opting for some midtempo funk breaks that stay closer to the sound of Magic In Threes' original version . This closes out the RSD release on the B-side and is an easy-breezy affair dripping with soulful guitars and harmonies.
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Cat: MRB 7145. Rel: 20 Nov 18
  1. What You Want To Be? (O Que Voce Que Apostar?) (2:09)
  2. These Are The Songs (Esta E A Cancao) (2:59)
Review: Tim Maia's 1968 debut single, "What You Want To Be", has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered Latin music enthusiasts. Original copies, though, have long been out of the price range of most DJs and collectors. Happily, Mr Bongo has struck a deal to reissue it. The title track is something of a scorching dancefloor-treat - a boogaloo-era slab of Latin funk in which Maia and chums sing in English atop a bustling rhythm track and some seriously heavy horns. B-side "These Are The Songs" is a much more relaxed and laidback, samba-soaked affair, closer in tone to early 1960s U.S soul songs of the sort regularly covered by the Beatles early in the career.
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Cat: HC 53. Rel: 25 Jan 18
  1. Koyma Hondo (4:05)
  2. Zourou (4:22)
  3. Yala M'Le (4:33)
  4. Petroci (intro) (2:26)
Review: Born in Mali, Boncana Maiga is one of the most talented and popular producers of west african music since the 60's. He studied flute and latin arrangements in Cuba during the 60's & became orchestra leader for the national ivorian tv in Abidjan in the mid seventies, toured all over the world with the famous Africando band.
In the 80's he also recorded few rare Funky tracks with heavy breaks and this 4 track collection features rare tracks from 1978 to 1982 dedicated to dancefloor .Remastered by Frank at The Carvery this is solid ammunition for your dancefloor.
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RCA
Cat: PR 65007P. Rel: 01 May 18
  1. Work To Do (3:13)
  2. Instant Love (long version) (4:12)
Review: Previously only available on US promo 45 - these 1973 Afrodisiac-era cuts from The Main Ingredients are well overdue. First up is a beautiful take on the Isley Brothers 1972 classic "Work To Do" (also famed for its Average White Band cover in 1974) while the B is draped in the powerful vocal harmonies and lavish strings of "Instant Love". Proof that sometimes all you need are two ingredients to cook a beautiful feast for the soul.
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Back Into Your Heart (7" + poster)
Cat: MEL 010. Rel: 06 Apr 18
  1. Back Into Your Heart (3:49)
  2. Dance, Dance, Dance (3:26)
Review: Sam Shepherd's Melodies International imprint has barely put a foot wrong to date, serving up a string of must-have reissues. Predictably, the label's latest offering - a facsimile reissue of a thoroughly obscure but in-demand disco 7" from 1979 - is another belter. A-side "Back Into Your Heart" is particularly potent, offering a rich, cheery and pleasingly fuzzy dance through horn-heavy disco-funk pastures, with a loved-up lead vocal joined by cascading strings, intergalactic synth solos and energy-packed drums. Turn to the flip for "Dance, Dance, Dance", an urgent chunk of funk-fuelled disco-rock that's almost as essential as the majestic A-side.
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Cat: BBP 163. Rel: 02 May 19
  1. Stax Dawg (2:13)
  2. Love Book (2:33)
  3. Funky Jive (3:03)
Review: A welcome return to action for Stank Soul scalpel fiends Mako and Mr Bristow, whose last collaborative re-edit release dropped back in 2017. This time round they offer up a slimmed down seven-inch selection boasting two hot-to-trot revisions. On the A-side you'll find "Stax Dawg", a loving tribute to the legendary US label that sees the pair wrap 1960s horns, vocals and instrumentation around their own rubbery, floor-friendly groove. "Love Book", meanwhile, is arguably even better: a low-down revision of a horn-heavy funk-rock affair rich in addictive guitar riffs, bustling drums, heavy horns and gravelly blues style vocals. They round things off via flipside "Funky Jive", a tooled-up version of rhythm and blues standard "Willie and the Hand Jive" that should have everyone singing along in the club.
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Cat: BRZ 45041. Rel: 24 Mar 16
  1. Deixa Nao Deixa (2:32)
  2. Avenida Atlantica (2:57)
Review: Two powerful bossa nova workouts from 1972: Brazilian chanteuse Rose Maria delivered two incredible funk jams on Tapecar which escaped her prolific album releases and never enjoyed a repress. Until now... The Afro-Latin soul of "Deixa Nao Deixa" is all about the sudden dynamic from purring verses to emphatic, harmonic chorus while "Avenida Atlantica" takes a more straight-up funk route with its dominant horns and heavy boss break. Instant party material.
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Chains Of Love (limited 7")
BGP
Cat: BGPS 043. Rel: 27 Mar 15
  1. Chains Of Love (3:00)
  2. Walk Tall (3:40)
Review: Never pressed to 45 before, both firing sides are taken from Esther's debut album from 1969; Newport News, Virginia. Both cover versions, JJ Barnes' "Chains Of Love" is given gospel-funk muscle as Esther belts out her heart over an impeccably frenetic band while Joe Zawinul's instantly recognisable jazz standard "Walk Tall" gets a powerful spoken word flex. Gutsy business to the very core, this is a snapshot of Esther at her most ambitious, energetic and creative.
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Cat: SB 7012. Rel: 16 May 14
  1. World In Crisis
  2. Give Me Your Love
Review: Legendary singer songwriter Barbara Mason is represented in the finest fettle on this 1974 reissue. "World In Crisis" first appeared on her Transition album. Complete with warm harmonies and soft cinematic orchestration, her honey-toned sermons cut through the mix with a cool sense of dreaminess. "Give Me Your Love", meanwhile, is a fantastic cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic where here surging emphasis coats the groove with silky come-to-bed whispers. Stunning.
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Sweet Power Collection (double 7" reeditado)
Cat: DYNAM 7001/DYNAM7002. Rel: 26 Jul 19
  1. Sweet Power Your Embrace (4:02)
  2. Free (3:46)
  3. I've Got My Eyes On You (3:40)
  4. Slick City (3:02)
Review: Released 40 years ago in 1977 ''Rhythm Of Life '' by James Mason was possibly one of the greatest vocal Jazz fusion releases of all time . New vinyl imprint Dynamite releases a quality limited edition double pack release showcasing the highlights from that album plus some additional rare versions of the tracks. The version of 'Sweet Power Your Embrace'' is taken from the incredibly rare 7 inch promo only issue. On the flipside is a different version of the club floor dancer ''Free'' which features a heavy bongo workout . The 45 second slab on this package features two tracks featuring the vocals from Clarice Taylor on ' I've Got My Eyes On You'' and the superb 'Slick City' which were both never commercially released as a 45 before.
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Bounce Rock Skate Roll (7" limited to 300 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAB 010. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Vaughn Mason - "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" (4:23)
  2. Bad Bascomb - "Black Grass" (3:16)
Review: More from the matter-or-fact Breaks & Beats seven-inch series, which offers up DJ-friendly "slight edits" of funk, soul and disco classics built around extending the drum breaks in sometimes hard-to-mix classic cuts. The tenth volume in the series kicks off with a mix-friendly tweak of Vaughan Mason's roller-boogie anthem "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" that expertly stretches out the previously all-too-short instrumental intro. Over on side B, Bad Bascomb's odd but brilliant country-funk hoedown "Black Grass" gets a similar treatment, with Breaks & Beats' un-named re-editor sneakily extending sweaty drum breaks here and there throughout the track. Given the quality of those breaks, this is a very good thing indeed.
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Cat: SNDW 12029. Rel: 16 Mar 18
  1. Down In The Basement (5:04)
  2. The Opposite (3:15)
  3. Continue The Fun (Space version) (4:40)
  4. Tuto Bay (3:32)
Review: After two 45s on Les Disques Bongo Joe, Dutch Afrofunk space cadets make their debut on Soundway with their first full EP. Hurling all their roots and inspirations into a heady, bewitching brew of west African, Columbian, Caribbean, Latin and all-round cosmic fusion, the results are four slabs of world funk gold. "Down In The Basement" updates highlife styles with a salubrious big-bottomed disco twist, "The Opposite" ups the tempo with a little more cumbia charm while "Continue The Fun" adds a dub mentality to the mix as we're chugged to oblivion with heads down introspection. Finally "Tuto Bay" closes somewhere on a Cuban beach with rum-warmed harmonies. Beautiful.
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Cat: SNDW 10003. Rel: 25 Oct 13
  1. Black Dialogue
  2. I Want Get Up
  3. Black Star Blues
  4. Let Me Keep Away From You
Review: Destination mid 70s Nairobi where Madagascan guitarist Jimmy Mawi was laying down some serious vibes... Signed to EMI's Pathe imprint, he released three singles during his career which have all since faded to obscurity. Until now. Dusty, garagey and steaming with raw blues fusion, it's hard to deny any parallels to Hendrix as Mawi expresses himself with a rough heartfelt frenzy. Highlights include the Zep-level smoked out soul of "Blue Star Blues" and the insistent drive and reverbed out faraway vocals on "Black Dialogue". Another exemplary Afro-funk find from Soundway.
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Slick Maneuver (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: JCKBRWN 005. Rel: 27 Nov 17
  1. Shocked
  2. Run Sally Run!
  3. Slick Maneuver
  4. Perfection Valley
Review: After four volumes of smoking hot disco house business from El Nino, Jackie Brown turn their attention to debutant producer MB22, who understands the party-starting manifesto of the label intrinsically. "Shocked" kicks the record off in a flurry of heated chops and licks, all driven by a nagging hat, and then "Run Sally Run" switches stance to a winsome 80s tinged electro jam, tape-hiss included. "Slick Maneuver" takes things into smooth, boogie-indebted territory and then "Perfection Valley" rounds the record off with the kind of dusty electro funk that Moon B made his name with.
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Cat: GSC45 001. Rel: 20 Nov 17
  1. Summer Time (edit) (3:36)
  2. Punk Funk (edit) (4:01)
Review: BlackCash & Theo dust off two pairs of gloves... First their crate digging gloves to unearth Thrust, the one-off album Ohio duo McNeal & Niles recorded in 1979, then they dust off their editing gloves for two immaculate extensions. If you enjoy anything on Claremont (especially Paqua) then you'll be all over these cosmic instrumentals - notably the soft harmonies on "Summer Time" and the endless, star-gazing guitar twangs of "Punk Funk. You may recognise a few samples here, too... Madlib and Motor City Drum Ensemble are two of many who've enjoyed the fine hooks of Mc Neal & Niles.
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Cat: WQJP 122. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. Jagger The Dagger (5:58)
  2. Cherrystones (3:15)
Review: Even though it appeared on his fine 1971 album "Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse" - a suitably dystopian set in which our hero rails against the ills of godless society - "Jagger The Dagger" is not one of Eugene McDaniels better known tracks. Yet as this Japanese seven-inch reissue proves, it remains a superb chunk of bizarre-but-brilliant jazz/rock/soul fusion full of delay-laden country style guitar solos, weirdo backing vocals, sumptuously laidback grooves and vocals that take aim at Mick Jagger and his "devil's dance". Flipside "Cherrystones" is a Vietnam War-era civil rights cry built around good old-fashioned fuzz-toned grooves, Chuck Berry style rock 'n' roll guitar solos and a pretty crazy lead vocal.
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Cat: F CLMN 152. Rel: 29 Jan 18
  1. Featherbed Lane (3:46)
  2. Handcuffed To The Shovel (3:45)
Review: Please welcome new LA Afrofunk troupe Mestizo Beat. Previously known as Soulfire Collective, this debut 45 marks a clear line in the sand and an exciting future. Sweaty, energetic, tightly woven instrumentals we kick off with "Featherbed Lane", a boogie-based jam with spiralling sax leads and a guitar solo so hot you could cook a banquet on it. "Handcuffed To The Shovel", meanwhile, gets to work with a rawness, persistence and infectious rhythmic motion. We know you're going to dig this!
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  1. Michael The Lion - "Keep On Hangin' On" (7:11)
  2. Michael The Lion - "Finally" (7:01)
  3. Jay Airiness - "Funky Situation" (6:35)
  4. Jay Airiness - "Two Of Us" (5:40)
Review: DJ Apt-One dons his hairiest mane for more roaring Lion edits. And this time he's brought company. Fresh from collaborating with Soul Clap, here we find him in fine funk fettle with two more precision dug obscurities: "Keep On Hangin' On" is classic loopy filtered disco house finesse while "Finally" takes us deep into electro boogie heaven. Supamomo Jay Airiness takes the B for two equally XL party-sized joints: "Funky Situation" is a total carnival of percussion and slapbass magic while "Two Of Us" is all about the bumper-busting disco funk. Divine.
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Cat: EF 64. Rel: 28 Mar 17
  1. Escuela De Calor (3:12)
  2. Zumo De Pina (3:07)
Review: Madrid four-piece come correct with another sweet and sweaty 45". "Escuela De Calor" does well to share the spotlight between the incredible talent of the pressure cooker horns and arsonist organs that fire up feelings you didn't even know you had. "Zumo De Pina" struts with bigger jazzy flourishes as the sax grabs full lead, taking us to places we didn't even know existed. Precision-timed for summer fun.
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The Champ (Record Store Day 2018) (limited gold vinyl 7")
Cat: MOV 7046. Rel: 01 May 18
  1. The Champ (2:40)
  2. Sound Of The Witch Doctors (2:51)
Review: Champion sound! Sampled over 500 times but still funkier than a sleepover at Kanye's, The Mohawks "The Champ" enjoys gold status for this limited Record Store Day special. Flip for the instant horn-heaved call to arms "Sound Of The Witchdoctor". Fresh from 68, and still as bewitching... You might call this a magnificent 7" (not sorry)
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Mombasa Roots (12" + MP3 download code in silk-screened sleeve)
Cat: AFR7 1205. Rel: 09 Apr 18
  1. Karibishe (4:25)
  2. Mezea Tu (Lele Mama) (4:20)
  3. Kasha Langu (4:33)
  4. What Is It That You Want (3:30)
  5. My Everything (3:01)
Review: Tamrat Kebede's Mombasa Roots is a project with a timeless edge and an inimitable Afro-roots vibe that is simply irreplaceable and downright irrefutable by any sort of music lover. Whether you are or are not into this delightful blend of tropical disco, tunes like "Karibishe" and "Mezea Tu" are almost impossible not to dance to, or at least appreciate. "Kasha Langu" is more appropriate to the true lovers of Afrobeat, thanks to its slow, seductive sway, while "What Is It That You Want" unleashes some fiery disco-boogie, and "My Everything" showers the room with yet more disco glitter, the sexiest of sorts.
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Cat: SOLPS 007. Rel: 06 Jun 18
  1. Eugene Mona - "Lizo" (4:18)
  2. Eugene Mona - "Lizo" (Kiko Navarro Afroterraneo mix) (7:29)
  3. Max Ransay - "Ti Kanno" (4:10)
  4. Max Ransay - "Ti Kanno" (Sol Power All-Stars edit) (5:18)
Review: Sol Power Sound's latest must-have 12" serves of some obscure 1980s zouk and Beguine flavours from the French Caribbean territory of Martinique. Side A is dedicated to the wonderfully percussive but surprisingly sparse (think drums, fretless bass, synths and vocals) sunshine dance that is "Lizo" by Eugene Mona. The fine original version is accompanied by a fresh take from Kiko Navarro, who subtly combines all of Mona and company's original elements with a jaunty Caribbean house rhythm. Turn to the flipside for the tropical disco-era Beguine brilliance of Max Ransay's "Ti Kanno" - think dense tropical drums, disco horns, celebratory chorus vocals and meandering synthesizer lines - and a suitably beefed up contemporary tweak from the Sol Power All-Stars.
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Cat: RK 45005. Rel: 21 Sep 06
  1. Everything's Gonna' Be All Right
  2. Can't Help Myself
Review: Straight from Miami this time we are really proud to present the reissue of one of the most in-demand and, according to everybody, probably best funk 45s ever cut: "Everything's Gonna Be All Right/I Can't Help Myself" by funk 45 legend Robert Moore. This 45 is one of the first releases from Robert Moore who later on became the lead singer of TK Records' family of labels house band 'Miami'. Miami released 3 albums including the seminal hit "Party Freaks" and played on sessions for Little Beaver, Gwen McCrae, and Betty Wright. "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" and "I Can't Help Myself" were originally released on Henry Stone's Sadia Records. The original 45 is very rare and one of the most collectible on the funk 45 scene. Both sides are massive and that's probably why it's still a big spin on all deep funk dancefloors.
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Cat: SS 2016. Rel: 22 Jul 16
  1. Airto Moreira - "Celebration Suite" (4:22)
  2. Gilberto Gil - "Maracatu Atomico" (4:22)
Review: Timed to coincide with the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio, the $tateside label comes through with a 7"-shaped celebration of Brazilian music featuring two classic cuts from the archives of Airto Moreira and Gilberto Gil. Even if you don't know it by name, Moreira's "Celebration Suite" should be instantly familiar, a jazz-fusion/samba batucada anthem that truly lives up its joyous name!! Flip it over and Gilberto Gil is on hand for a more mellow accompaniment in the shape of bossa samba standard "Maracatu Atomico," lifted from his 1975 album Viramundo. Comes as a yellow and green samba seven special!
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  1. Frank Motley & The Hitchikers - "Mr Fortune" (feat The Mighty Pope) (2:43)
  2. King Herbert & The Knights - "Sissy Strut" (3:43)
Review: Described by Austrian retroverted Record Shack as one of the funkiest pieces of wax to come off of Canadian label Heart back in 1970, "Mr Fortune" features ex-Jamaican talent Earle Heeedram aka 'The Mighty Pope' providing vocals alongside esteemed American trumpet player Frank Motley. With no industry or promotional support, the disc disappeared into obscurity, but has now become one of the most in demand 'northern funk' tunes on the rare soul scene and available here on a great sounding 45" reissue with original B side "I May Have Been A Fool" replaced by the obscure but infectious, groovy "Sissy Strut".
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Cat: OSV 168. Rel: 02 Oct 17
  1. Mr Floods Party - "Compared To What" (3:48)
  2. Fork In The Road - "Can't Turn Around Now" (2:27)
Review: The latest 7" missive from the Outta Sight camp features two more impossible-to-find rarities. On the A-side you'll find a storming chunk of horn-heavy, Hammond-rich funk from obscure US psychedelic band Mr Floods Party. Originally released on GM Records in 1971, the cut has long been an in-demand amongst Northern Soul collectors thanks to its stomping beat and impassioned vocals. Speaking of Northern Soul favourites, flip to the B-side for the greatest moment from short-lived Detroit soul group Fork In The Road. Originally released in 1970, "Can't Turn Around Now" is a thrillingly energetic workout full of heavy instrumentation, surging vocals and an even heavier backbeat.
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Take It Personally Featuring Desmond Foster (hand-numbered 7" limited to 300 copies housed in hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded card outer sleeve + sticker) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 060LTD300. Rel: 19 Nov 18
  1. Take It Personally (feat Desmond Foster) (1:30)
  2. Take It Personally (Exclusive unreleased instrumental) (1:30)
Review: Mukatsuku's latest must-have release offers another opportunity to own early Freddie Cruger AKA Red Astaire favourite "Take It Personally". The wonderfully dusty, smoky and life-affirming hip-hop-soul cut first appeared as a Swedish only CD single in 2001, before later being included on the Stockholm stalwart's 2006 debut album "Soul Search". This time round, the inspired original - all head-nodding beats, sumptuous strings and sugary-sweet vocals from guest Desmond Foster - comes accompanied by a previously unreleased instrumental take. This vocal-free version is superb, offering listeners a chance to wallow in the quality of the Swedish veteran's bumpin' beats and intoxicating, head-in-the-clouds production. In the record box of Danny Krivit,DJ Spinna, Kid Koala and more! Only 300 hand-numbered copies and strictly no repress. Juno copies come exclusively in additional hand stamped kraft paper inner sleeve and branded card outer sleeve. Don't sleep !
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Afro Funk & Disco Gems Volume Ten (limited 7" in juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded card outer sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 064. Rel: 01 Apr 19
  1. Peter Yamson - "Everybody Dance" (3:51)
  2. Tala Am - "Get Up Tchamassi" (3:11)
Review: Mukatsuku's long running "Afro Funk & Disco Gems" series has always been a reliable source of obscure, high-quality dancefloor material from the African continent. This tenth edition is another must-have - on the A-side you'll find the synth-laden, boogie-era sunshine of "Everybody Dance", one of the undisputed highlights of Peter Yamson's in-demand (and notably hard to find) "Son Of Africa" LP. With wonderful vocals, glistening guitars, lolloping drum machine beats and some stellar synth work, the track ticks all the right boxes. Over on the flip there's a chance to own Cameroon legend Tala Andre Marie's 1981 classic "Get Up Tchamassi", whose snaking sax lines, elastic slap bass and dreamy chords are nothing less than sensational.As played by The Allergies,Joe Claussell,Smoov,Kalita, Faze Action,DJ Moar etc
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The Triassic Tusk EP: Afro Disco Club Favourites (180 gram vinyl 12" with Juno exclusive obi strip sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 063. Rel: 04 Feb 19
  1. Tecumsay Roberts - "It Makes Me Dance & Sing" (5:44)
  2. Commy Bassey - "We Want Togetherness" (4:37)
Review: Triassic Tusk's "Screamers, Bangers & Cosmic Synths" series of crate digging comps has seen the Scottish crew showcase some seriously hot, little-known music. Mukatsuku have joined forces with the imprint to give a 12" release to two potent Afro-disco smashers that recently featured on volume two of the ongoing compilation series ,now remastered and sounding better than ever. On side A you'll find Liberian artist Tecumsay Roberts' bouncy 1979 Afro-soul/Afro-boogie number "It Makes Me Dance & Sing", where spacey Moog solos rice above a funk-influenced dancefloor groove. On the flip, the fun continues via Commy Bassey's Clav-happy, Nigerian sounding Afro-boogie roller "We Want Togetherness", a positive plea for unity that's as relevant now as it was way back in 1980.Juno copies come in an exclusive branded card sleeve with an additional obi strip not available at other retailers .As played/charted by Red Greg,Joe Claussell,Marcel Vogel, Craig Charles,Faze Action,Kalita,Cedric Woo,JKriv,Prins Thomas,Floating Points and Dom Servini so far.
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A Blast Of Funk! (limited 7" in juno exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded card outer sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 065. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Get Lucky
  2. Louie Louie
Review: Although well known on the funk circuit for their incendiary live performances, the Soul Grenades have yet to translate their hard-hitting, horn-heavy sound to wax. It's for this reason that "A Blast Of Funk!", their debut single, has caused such a commotion. It boasts fresh recordings of two of the most popular cover versions in their armoury. The pick of the pair is undoubtedly their riotous rendition of "Get Lucky", which is re-imagined as a tasty funk-soul work out smothered in headline-grabbing, New Orleans style brass. That said, their version of "Louie Louie" is rather good, too, especially the addition of Meters style Hammond organ licks. As played by Craig Charles on BBC 6,The Allergies, Snowboy, Smoov,Boca 45 , Voodoo Cuts, Aldo Vanucci, Daytoner,Dom Servini, Jack & Wayne Hemingway. Don't sleep!
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Apron EP (12")
Cat: APRON 36. Rel: 08 May 19
  1. Piercing (2:10)
  2. Gidi (4:48)
  3. Modal (5:09)
  4. Believe In Something (6:53)
  5. Corner Club (3:41)
  6. Fingers (1:49)
Review: Brazilian duo My Girlfriend managed to get more than a few people hot under the collar with their eponymous 2018 debut EP, which delivered a dizzying array of wild, analogue-fired dancefloor workouts with an unashamedly retro-futurist feel. This follow-up is similarly impressive, even if it does draw far more influence from '80s synth-funk and lo-fi electronic jazz-funk. Highlights are plentiful, from the warm and spacey ambient sparkle of "Piercing" and the dusty '80s electrofunk of "Modal", to the freestyle synthesizer solos of "Gidi" and the restless, sample-heavy heat of closing set "Fingers". In other words, it's another fine collection of high-grade lo-fi jams.
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  1. Super Breaker (feat Margarita Thompson)
  2. Super Breaker (instrumental)
Review: Another essential history lesson here from the Peoples Potential Unlimited camp. "Super Breaker" is an early production by Miami bass legend James McCauley, better known as Maggotron,DJX or Basstech. It was originally released by the super obscure Bound Sound label in 1984, but was quickly forgotten. As one of McCauley's earliest works, it arguably marks the point where electro began to morph into Miami bass. There are vocal and instrumental versions on this must have 7", both featuring a mix of long synth chords, oh-so thick synth bass and a healthy dose of vintage drum machine breaks.
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  1. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) From My Love (part 1) (3:34)
  2. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) From My Love (part 2) (2:07)
Review: Russian funk crew The Soul Surfers return to Ubiquity with the first single from their forthcoming debut album. Hooking up with Stones Throw vocalist Myron & E, the band provide a rigid Rhodes-based groove that builds momentum along with the horns but is spacious enough for Myron to do his business. Flip for the second side of the tale as the keys are elements are switched out in sequence, giving a cross-section view of how The Soul Surfers construct their compositions. We can't wait for the album.
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Cat: FSR 7072. Rel: 16 Feb 12
  1. The Shakedown (Say Yeah)
  2. Dragging Me Down
Review: After releases on a dozen labels, one of Britain's finest funk groups Speedometer unleash their new single "The Shakedown(Say Yeah)" on Freestyle. Their current vocalist is none other than the legendary Martha High, a long time vocalist with James Brown until 1995 when she left to tour globally with James's sax player Maceo Parker. Does it hit all the right spots? Does it tick all the boxes? Hell yeah! Martha is firing on all four cylinders, ably assisted by UK soul man Myles Sanko whilst a killer guitar licked, punchy brass groove carries things on at a furious pace. "Dragging Me Down" on the flip sports a crystal clear performance from Martha as the band cook the bubbling organ tempo on gas mark 10; oven gloves at the ready people.
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Cat: BRZ 45038. Rel: 25 Jan 16
  1. Taiguara - "Aquarela De Um Pais Na Lua" (3:30)
  2. Marisa Rossi - "Deixa Eu Te Amar" (2:47)
Review: Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series continues its consistently rich vein of form with two more beautifully contrasting - and previously difficult to track down - Brazilian soul jazz fusions from the 70s. Side A is inhabited by one of the era's most interesting individuals. Infamously censored and eventually exiled, Taiguara's chaotic flute, guitar and piano arrangement is a tight weave of melodies, counter melodies and start dynamics. Flip for the classically soul-oriented "Deixa Eu Te Amar" will bright horns, brash drums and a bold vocal from Marisa Rossi. Pow.
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Álbumes
  1. Aegean Fantasy (6:37)
  2. Atlantis (3:01)
  3. Reggae Aegean Woman (3:56)
  4. Mykonos Bride (3:51)
  5. Image (6:49)
  6. The Rose Between Waves (5:21)
  7. Day Break (4:17)
  8. Aphrodite's Mourning (3:49)
Review: In 1979, a year after he co-founded Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono joined forces with acoustic guitarist Takahiko Ishikawa and keyboardist Masataka Matsutoya to record "The Aegean Sea", a gloriously sunny set of jazz-fusion, disco and jazz-funk cuts shot through with Mediterranean musical influences. It's the kind of thing that would now be considered "Balearic", so it's little surprise to see the set getting a European reissue for the very first time. There's much to admire throughout, from the funk-fuelled dancefloor cheeriness of "Reggae Aegean Woman" and Bob James/Jimmy Smith-influenced bliss of "Image", to the sun-baked gorgeousness of "Day Break" and thrillingly jaunty "Atlantis".
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Nepa Oh Nepa (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: HC 41. Rel: 21 Apr 16
  1. Nepa (5:23)
  2. Talk To Me (4:07)
  3. Stay On Me (4:41)
  4. Wake Up (5:24)
  5. No One Can Rule The World (5:21)
  6. Talk To Me (1980 version) (5:33)
  7. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo (5:06)
Review: Nigeria's Tee Mac has been a digger's favourite ever since his tunes came out in the 1980s, and alongside the likes of Willian Onyeabor, he has been one of the driving forces behind his country's afro-rock and afro-beat mania. France's Hot Casa have masterfully put together a compilation containing his best tunes, originally out on the Party Fever LP. This is all quality, but just to give you a little taster, you have the inimitable funk destroyer that is "Nepa",Tee Mac's notorious "Talk To Me" bombshell - a tune that verges closely to proto-house - the sublimely washed-out "Stay On Me", and the painfully hummable swings of "Wake Up". Recommended.
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Beach Diggin Volume 5 (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: HS 168VL. Rel: 04 Aug 17
  1. Yasuko Agawa - "LA Nights" (5:19)
  2. Stephen Colebrooke - "Stay Away From Music" (4:28)
  3. Andre Marie Tala - "Sweet Dole" (4:32)
  4. Tyna Onwudiwe - "Lite Low" (4:04)
  5. Rebles - "Sweetest Taboo" (Soca version) (3:26)
  6. Ricardo Marrero & The Group - "And We'll Make Love" (2:31)
  7. Koko Ateba - "Si T'es Mal Dans Ta Peau" (4:03)
  8. Sookie - "Tonight" (feat Jeannine Otis) (4:58)
  9. Raphael Toine - "Femmes Pays Douces" (5:40)
  10. Eboni Band - "Desire" (5:09)
  11. Robert J Riggins - "I Need You Now" (4:06)
  12. Salero - "Teardrops & Wine" (3:07)
  13. Momo Joseph - "War For Ground" (4:13)
  14. Claude Genteuil - "Dreams Of Love" (3:00)
  15. Gatot Soedarto - "Sayangilah Daku Kasih" (1:46)
  16. Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language - "Pasto" (5:51)
Review: Since the Beach Diggin' compilation series launched a few years back, a number of its obscure, Balearic-minded selections have been given full length reissues of their own. We can probably expect a number of the tracks from this brilliant fifth volume to get the same treatment. As usual, the wide-ranging track list is thick with highlights, from the synth-heavy, French language reggae of Raphael Toine's 1986 bubbler "Femmes Pays Douces" (taken from the artist's frustratingly hard to find Ce Ta Ou album) and vibraphone-laden jazz-funk smoothness of Yasuko Agwa's sought-after "L.A Night", to the barely-known brilliance of Andre Maria Tole's Cameroonian gem "Sweet Dole". In other words, it's another essential selection.
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Cat: MRBLP 183. Rel: 29 Nov 18
  1. Metropole (5:49)
  2. Estacao Do Norte (4:03)
  3. Fabrica (4:17)
  4. Poluicao (5:52)
  5. Imigrantes (3:59)
  6. Metro (3:16)
  7. Litoral (5:25)
  8. Futebol De Bar (2:32)
Review: Over the years, Cesar Mariano and Cia's 1977 set "Sao Paolo Brasil" has achieved cult status, with dusty-fingered diggers regularly proclaiming it one of the finest jazz-funk/fusion albums of the period (a fact confirmed by the high prices that original vinyl copies often change hands for online). Remarkably, this timely Mr Bongo reissue marks the first time the set has been released outside of its native South America. Rich in glistening jazz guitars, fizzing, Azymuth-style organ riffs, spacey synths, warm bass and skittish drums, the album's eight tracks bristle with breeziness, subtle samba motifs, sumptuous dancefloor grooves, sunny downtempo workouts and effervescent arrangements. In a word: essential.
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Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
  1. I Walk Alone (10:56)
  2. We Live In Peace (4:08)
  3. No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
  4. Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Signs Of A Dying Love (LP limited to 500 copies)
Cat: CORDLP 001. Rel: 10 May 18
  1. I Got Everything (4:10)
  2. Give Me Just A Little (3:43)
  3. I Knew It Wouldn't Last (3:34)
  4. All My Friends (3:44)
  5. How I Feel For You (instrumental) (5:05)
  6. Signs Of A Dying Love (4:03)
  7. Another Day, Another Dollar (2:01)
  8. How I Feel For You (5:05)
  9. I've Been Lucky (3:00)
  10. Hang Ups (3:15)
  11. Give Me Just A Little (instrumental) (4:10)
Review: Following the release of their eponymous debut album on Mercury in 1973, sugary-sweet soul quartet Mark IV headed into the studio with Donald Shaw and Otis Brown Jr to record a sequel. The album never materialized, and until recently was considered one of soul's long-lost gems. In fact, Shaw and Brown Jr simply put the master tapes in storage. Now, thanks to Cordial Recordings, Mark IV's near mythical second album is finally appearing in stores. Signs of a Dying Love is typically beautiful and heart-felt, with the quartet's harmony vocals soaring above impeccably played and produced backing tracks that variously touch on sun-kissed soul-jazz, horn-fuelled dancefloor funk, Philadelphia soul and saucer-eyed slow jams. If you dig soul, it should be an essential purchase.
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Cat: FVR 140LP. Rel: 15 Feb 18
  1. Maya - "Lait De Coco" (dub) (3:55)
  2. NST Cophies - "Segregation" (4:37)
  3. Paul Fathy - "Funky Baby Love" (4:12)
  4. Judy Carter - "Listen To The Music" (12" version) (5:57)
  5. Janet N'Diaye Lokamba - "Funky & Fire" (4:53)
  6. KKE - "Money" (4:03)
  7. Caramel - "L'amour Toujours L'amour" (12" version) (5:56)
  8. Yannick Chevalier - "Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil" (instrumental) (4:06)
  9. JEKYS - "Looking For You" (4:26)
  10. Silence - "Un Peu D'amour" (3:40)
  11. Wally & Shane - "Give Back My Song" (3:47)
  12. Zorgus - "Flash" (3:36)
  13. Joel Dayde - "Qu'est Ce Que Tu Fais Par Amour" (3:29)
Review: For those intrigued by the distinctively Gallic but authentically American-sounding world of French disco-boogie, Charles Maurice's ongoing compilation series should be essential listening. Here he serves up a third instalment that's every bit as good as its' acclaimed predecessors. Highlights naturally come thick and fast throughout, from the mid-80s dreaminess of Maya's undeniably Balearic "Lait De Coco (Dub)" and the Brenda Taylor-ish bounce of Judy Carter's brilliant "Listen to the Music", to the Leroy Burgess style piano stabs and Patrick Adams-ish disco production of Caramel's "L'Amour Toujours L'Amour". Oh, and the late night radio warmth of NST Cophies' "Segregation", a sweet, undulating workout that will no doubt find favour with Balearic selectors.
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