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DJ HARVEY/VARIOUS
Cat: PIKES 12001. Rel: 31 May 18
  1. Tony Esposito - "Danza Dell Acqua" (5:08)
  2. Tore - "She's A Lady" (4:04)
  3. Elkin & Nelson - "Abran Paso - Ahoa (Enrolle)" (4:08)
  4. Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - "Spanish Boogie" (3:33)
Review: Soon, DJ Harvey will release The Sound of Mercury Rising, a compilation themed around some of the music championed at his summer residency at Pikes Hotel, Ibiza. This four-track taster 12" not only acts as a sampler for the CD version, but also offers the chance to own four excellent and hard-to-find gems. You'll struggle to find a more Balearic disco cut than Danish outfit Tore's 1979 killer "She's a Lady" - think the Bee-Gees with Flamenco guitars - while Elkin & Nelson's "Abran Paso - Aboa (Enrole)" is a spiraling chunk of flamenco-psychedelia fusion. Elsewhere, Van McCoy & Soul City Symphony's "Spanish Boogie" is a jaunty disco number full of crunchy Clavinet lines and rising horn lines, while Tony Esposito's "Danza Dell'Acqua" is as eccentric and wide-eyed as they come.
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Cat: ATH 040. Rel: 23 Feb 17
  1. Since I Was A Little Girl (3:33)
  2. Straight Talk (3:28)
Review: For their latest dive into the depths of funk history, Athens of the North travels back to 1978 and the debut of John Hawes and Velma Bunch's obscure Hard Drivers project. The record initially appeared on Hawes' own short-lived imprint, and his since become a sought after 7" amongst serious collectors. "Since I Was A Little Girl" is a disco-era funk gem, with guest singer Vivian Lee providing a brilliantly confident vocal to compliment Hawes and Bunch's driving, horn-heavy backing track. On the flip you'll find original B-side "Straight Talk", a touching torch song full of harmony backing vocals, impassioned builds, and lyrics capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts.
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  1. Marcos Valle - "A Paraiba Nao E Chicago" (4:39)
  2. Don Beto - "Nao Quero Mais" (2:11)
Review: For the latest volume in their ongoing Brazil 45s series, Mr Bongo has decided to change tack. The two tracks showcased here are from the golden age of Brazilian boogie. On the A-side you'll find Marcos Valle's "A Paraiba Nao E Chicago", a largely overlooked cut from his 1981 full-length Vontade De Rever Voce. While not as instantly as infectious as some of his better-known singles, it's still superb; a breezy, blue-eyed soul cut full of rising horns and sweet Portuguese vocals. On the B-side, you'll find Don Beto's 1978 disco-funk jam "Nao Quero Mais", a superb track that was seemingly inspired by the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running".
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Mentira (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ 45017. Rel: 07 Aug 18
  1. Marcos Valle - "Mentira" (3:43)
  2. Toni Tornado - "Me Libertei" (3:39)
Review: Two premium Latin funk documents on one limited 45, Mr Bongo deliver once again: Marcos Valle needs no introduction to Brazilian music enthusiasts. "Mentira" is a self-cover as Valle takes his 69 classic "Mentira Carioca" and develops the dynamic with a vocal style that's highly reminiscent of Donovan. Flip for Toni Tornado's Black Rio anthem "Me Libertei". Fusing sleazy rock n roll with jazzy Latin soul, madly this is the first time it's ever graced a 45!
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Illegal Delivery (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: TR 1045. Rel: 01 Nov 18
  1. Illegal Delivery (3:04)
  2. Happy Lobster (2:11)
Review: As part of the label's 15th birthday celebrations, the Tramp Records crew has decided to serve up some seriously heavy deep funk. Given that the imprint first found fame championing similarly weight, B-Boy-friendly funk jams, it's rather fitting. The two showcased tracks come courtesy of St Petersburg band the Vicious Seeds, who have slowly been picking up plaudits since making their vinyl debut in 2016. A-side "Illegal Delivery" is something of a dancefloor beast, with razor-sharp guitars riding sweaty, all-action funk drums and a booming, metronomic bassline. "Happy Lobster", on the other hand, is a little more relaxed but no less potent, with the Russian combo wrapping jazzy guitar motifs around a bustling groove.
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Cat: SB 7029. Rel: 26 Jul 17
  1. Cashing In (2:19)
  2. Take A Stand (3:11)
Review: The Voices Of East Harlem were an ensemble of vocalists who for Just Sunshine Records recorded two albums under the direction of Leroy Hutson and Curtis Mayfield. "Cashing In" is one of their most classic songs, a highly sought after track on original 7" fetches a small fortune on the collectors market. First recorded and released in 1973, it has all the hallmarks of a Leroy Hutson composition and an established audience that crosses the boundaries of northern, crossover and modern soul. The song is coupled here with "Take A Stand', another highly regarded and sought after modern soul room dance floor tracks, never previously released on 7" single until now
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Cat: CYC 3201. Rel: 10 May 17
  1. Shower Me With Love (Lord) (5:31)
  2. Shower Me With Love (Lord) (Promo mix) (4:18)
Review: Those who watch the X-Factor may remember Voices With Soul; the trio, which is made up of three female members of the Campbell family (Grace, Hilda and Corene) reached the last six of the TV talent competition back in the late noughties. Here, they're in full-on contemporary gospel mode, layering their impassioned, righteous vocals over a lushly produced, slow-burning backing track full of chiming synthesizer melodies, bustling synth bass and tumbling electronic sax solos. Arguably even better is the flipside "Promo Mix", which doffs a cap to classic British street soul - a homegrown 1980s variant that is constantly overlooked by dance music scholars - via tactile hip-hop beats and Soul II Soul style production.
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Intérprete: I Love 45's!
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Álbumes
Alex ATTIAS/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 449CLP. Rel: 08 May 18
  1. Freeez - "Stay" (6:14)
  2. Cro-Magnon - "Midnight Magic" (feat Roy Ayers) (6:10)
  3. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks - "Cascade" (5:20)
  4. Root Soul - "My Dream Came True" (6:12)
  5. Grooveman Spot - "Do The Dance" (6:27)
  6. Material - "Over & Over" (with Nona Hendryx) (5:30)
  7. Nicole Willis - "Curiosity" (Zanzibar remix) (5:56)
  8. Sunaga T Experience - "It's You" (Disco Alert mix) (6:38)
Review: Capturing the essence and feels of the long-standing event he runs in his Swiss hometown of Lausanne, veteran digger and selector Attias presents a brand new compendium of sweet compositions that sum up he's at creatively and spiritually. Gems on gems on gems: highlights that we guarantee will appeal to your good tastes and dancefloor include the hypnotic vibraphone wash of Cro-Magnon's "Midnight Magic", the slept-on jittering funk of Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks's "Cascade" and Material and Nona Hendrix's ludicrously funky, ultimately sleazy slinker "Over & Over". We suspect you'll be playing this record over and over, too...
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  1. Roy Haines - "Quiet Fire" (8:13)
  2. Don Rader - "Don't Touch" (7:49)
  3. John Lee & Gerry Brown - "Infinite Jones" (6:41)
  4. John Thomas & Lifeforce - "Maryke" (5:52)
  5. Banda Metalurgia - "La Em Guayaquil" (2:54)
  6. Belair - "Samba For A Cold Warrior" (8:25)
  7. Francisco Mara Catlett - "Samba De Amor" (7:05)
  8. Louis Hayes Group - "Little Sunflower" (feat Leon Thomas) (6:41)
  9. Lee Willhite - "The World Is A Ghetto" (5:21)
  10. Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton - "No Other Love But You" (3:26)
  11. Ronald Snijders - "Latinetta" (4:02)
  12. Finn Savery Trio - "Misturada" (3:24)
  13. Ira Sullivan - "The Kingdom Within You" (6:11)
  14. Webster Lewis - "Do You Believe" (alternate version) (17:22)
Review: Three years on from the release of his last Private Collection compilation, British jazz survivor Kev Beadle returns with a third selection of little-known "independent jazz" from the 1970s and '80s. As usual, it's a pleasingly varied affair with a clear dancefloor focus. Beadle, a man with an enviable record collection, variously showcases South American jazz-funk fusion (see Banda Metalurgia's fantastic "La Em Guayaquil" and Francisco Mara Catlett's thrillingly upbeat, "Brazilian Love Affair" style smasher "Samba De Amor"), Nat King Cole style smoothness (the Leon Thomas voiced "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes Group), dazzlingly positive extended workouts (Clarice Lebbe and Charlie Hampton), heavy percussion jams (Finn Savery Trio) and confirmed jazz-dance classics (the soul-jazz stomp of Webster Lewis).
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La Familia (limited gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SBESTLP 84. Rel: 21 Aug 18
  1. The Cuban Brothers - "I Hate Hate" (3:58)
  2. Two Tons O' Fun - "Just Us" (4:37)
  3. Bill Withers - "Use Me" (3:37)
  4. Children Of Zeus - "I Can't Wait" (3:18)
  5. A Tribe Called Quest - "Check The Rhime" (3:40)
  6. RA The Rugged Man - "Definition Of A Rap Flow" (3:33)
  7. Roy Ayers - "Poo Poo La La" (4:16)
  8. Herbie Hancock - "I Thought It Was You" (3:40)
  9. Toto - "Waiting For Your Love" (4:10)
  10. Omar - "I Want It To Be" (3:48)
  11. Shalamar - "Take That To The Bank" (3:24)
  12. Teddy Pendergrass - "Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose" (5:19)
  13. The Incredible Bongo Band - "Apache" (4:52)
  14. The Mighty Ryeders - "Evil Vibrations" (3:45)
  15. D'Angelo - "Sugah Daddy" (5:04)
  16. The Mad Lads - "No Strings Attached" (2:30)
  17. The Emotions - "Blind Alley" (3:01)
  18. Erykah Badu - "Next Lifetime" (4:01)
Review: The Cuban Brothers drop some heat of their own with this surprising compilation that blurs the lines between original music and DJ composition. La Familia does have some odd their sounds on it, namely the opening "I Hate Hate", a funky-ass pop tune that kicks this thing off on the right foot, but the majority of it is made from the very artists who launched funk and pop onto the world stage. Inside, you'll fid some absolute classics from legends like Herbie Hancock, Teddy Pendergrass, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, and many more hot shots.
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Intérprete: Juno Recommends Funk
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DAM FUNK/VARIOUS
DJ Kicks (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + CD)
K7
Cat: K7 332LP. Rel: 24 May 16
  1. Gaussian Curve - "Broken Clouds" (5:08)
  2. Index - "Starlight" (6:32)
  3. Gemini - "Log In" (5:47)
  4. Randell & Schippers - "Love Jam" (3:49)
  5. Moon B - "Oof" (5:20)
  6. Tony Palkovic - "True To Yourself" (10:42)
  7. Nexus - "Stand Up" (instrumental) (5:51)
  8. Nicci Gable - "Close To Who?" (5:34)
  9. Take Three - "Tonite's The Night (All Right)" (7:22)
  10. Brandon - "Suzy Hijack" (6:37)
  11. Henning - "Arrival/Departure" (4:22)
  12. Dam Funk - "Believer" (7:51)
  13. Moon Moon B - "Oof"
  14. Nicci Gable - "Close To Who?"
  15. Randell & Schippers - "Love Jam"
  16. Verticle Lines - "Theme From Beach Boy"
  17. Brandon - "Suzy Hijack"
  18. Take Three - "Tonite’s The Night (All Right)"
  19. Index - "Starlight"
  20. Uncle Jams Army - "Dial-A-Freak"
  21. Gemini - "Log In"
  22. Nexus - "Stand Up" (instrumental)
  23. Reggie B - "Poison Candy"
  24. L33 - "Keepin It Tight"
  25. Gaussian Curve - "Broken Clouds"
  26. Tony Palkovic - "True To Yourself"
  27. Henning - "Arrival/Departure"
  28. Nite-Funk - "Can U Read Me?"
  29. Dam Funk - "Believer"
  30. True Design - "I Wanna Break"
  31. Crystal Winds - "Funk Ain’t Easy"
Review: Dam Funk has been foundational in crystallising Stones Throw's undisputed leadership in the nu-school funk and boogie scene, and he's up there with the great J Dilla in our books. Naturally, he's been asked to mix up the latest series of DJ Kicks and, ladies and gentlemen, it's a real masterclass - one of those comps you can safely leave on and let it do its thing on you. The mood is personified by a fine blend of electronics and tougher, funkier rhythms by artists such as Index, Moon B, and Dam himself. There are also a few rare cuts by Chicago house legend Gemini that fit in perfectly, and a whole heap of wavy, Cali-inspired electronic funk. Badass.
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Keb DARGE/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 370CLP. Rel: 26 Oct 16
  1. King Tutt - "You've Got Me Hung Up" (5:22)
  2. Carey Harris & Michael Orr - "Spread Love" (3:58)
  3. Cross Bronx Expressway - "Cross Bronx Expressway" (3:47)
  4. Soul Drifter - "Funky Soul Brother" (re-edit) (2:40)
  5. Zebra - "Simple Song" (3:17)
  6. Record Player - "Free Your Mind" (3:52)
  7. The Chefs - "Mr Machine" (re-edit) (5:18)
  8. The Fabulous Mark 3 - "Psycho" (4:03)
  9. Dee Edwards - "(I Can) Deal With That" (3:22)
  10. Leon Gardner - "Natural" (2:36)
  11. Family Of Eve - "I Wanna Be Loved By You" (Kenny Dope edit) (5:26)
  12. Total Experience - "Contradiction" (3:56)
  13. Joe Washington - "Blueberry Hill" (3:25)
  14. Ronnie Keaton - "Going Down For The Last Time" (2:54)
  15. The Fabulous Originals - "It Ain't Fun" (re-edit) (3:52)
  16. Sons Of The Kingdom - "Modernization" (5:02)
  17. Ramsey & Company - "Love Call" (4:26)
  18. Rickey Calloway - "Tell Me" (2:47)
  19. The Golden Toadstools - "Silly Savage" (2:19)
  20. Sandi & Matues - "The World" (2:26)
  21. Carleen & The Groovers - "Can We Rap" (2:14)
Review: Like deep funk? Then you'd surely know of the legendary Keb Darge: the Scottish DJ who invented the term. Known as a leading authority on funk and soul music of the 1960s and beyond, he went from modest beginnings in Wigan, before moving to London in the '70s, bringing the sounds of Northern Soul to punters in the capital. Namely His 'Legendary Deep Funk' night at Soho's seminal strip club turned music venue Madame Jojo's. Following up his last compilation put together with Paul Weller; 2009's Lost & Found (Real R'N'B & Soul) LP, Darge presents hits from the 'Deep Funk' series to celebrate BBE's 20th year. Diggers will most certainly appreciate appearances on here such as Soul Drifter's "Funky Brother", Kenny Dope's edit of Family Of Eve's much sampled "I Wanna Be Loved By You", Joe Washington's "Blueberry Hill" and the classic "Love Call" by Ramsay and Company amongst many others.
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The Legacy Of Funk: The Finest & Rarest Masters (gatefold red vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 88875143211. Rel: 23 Sep 16
  1. The Jacksons - "That's What You Get (For Being Polite)" (DJ Reverend P edit) (9:00)
  2. Harvey Mason - "Till You Take My Love" (original 12" mix) (3:16)
  3. Marvin Gaye - "Rockin' After Midnight" (DJ Reverend P edit) (6:16)
  4. Michael Wycoff - "Looking Up to You" (DJ Reverend P edit) (6:14)
  5. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Love Is Always on Your Mind" (9:08)
  6. George Duke - "Brazilian Love Affair" (7:20)
  7. The Isley Brothers - "So You Wanna Stay Down" (DJ Reverend P edit) (4:45)
Review: Sony BMG is, as one would expect, a pretty reliable source of all things music-related. This becomes especially true if we're talking edits, seeing as there is just so much of the stuff coming out at all times. The empirical label have recruited the fast-growing DJ Reverend P, one of those producers who manages to find little nuggets of greatness in every track he touches. There's plenty of party-ready hits being given a makeover here; The Jacksons' "That's What You Get (For Being Polite)" is tuned up for the dance floor, "Rockin' After Midnight" by Marvin Gaye is made even sexier, but the special moment lies in "Love Is Always On Your Mind" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. Big up, Reverend P. Hot soul edits comin' at ya!
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 in stock $13.90
  1. Little Eva Harris - "Get Ready/Uptight"
  2. The Ikettes - "Don't Feel Sorry For Me"
  3. Etta James - "Can't Shake It"
  4. The Dynamics - "Misery"
  5. Sue Ann Jones - "I'll Give You My Love"
  6. The Brownettes - "Baby, Don't You Know"
  7. Jimmy Norman - "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)"
  8. Dorothy Berry - "I Say You're Driving Me Crazy"
  9. Chester Randle's Soul Senders - "Soul Brothers Testify" (part 2)
  10. Luther Ingram - "Oh Baby Don't You Weep"
  11. Little Willie John - "Don't Play With Love"
  12. The Barrino Brothers - "Just A Mistake"
  13. James Carr - "Coming Back To Me Baby"
  14. The Shirelles - "Boys"
  15. James Brown - "Bring It Up"
  16. Aretha Franklin - "Rough Lover"
  17. ZZ Hill - "You Don't Love Me"
  18. Little Johnny Taylor - "Looking At The Future"
  19. Hank Marr - "The Watusi-Roll"
  20. Mongo Santamaria - "Sweet 'Tater Pie"
  21. The Contours - "Do The See Saw"
  22. Mark Murphy - "Why Don't You Do Right?"
  23. Willis Jackson - "Nuther'N Like Thuther'N"
Review: Selector, percussionist, producer and all-round legend Snowboy represents his weekly Madame JoJo's showcase in album form. Digging deep across two 12"s, Snowboy treats us to 23 undiluted funk and soul cuts. From well-known (James Brown's "Bring It Up" and Etta James' "Can't Shake It") to lesser-known (The Shirelles' "Boys", Dorothy Berry's "I Say You're Driving Me Crazy"), the whole curation rolls with emphatic consistency and attention to detail. With gems hidden around every corner, even the most ardent of collectors will find many things to love right here.
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DJ SPINNA/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 358CLP. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Jackson 5 - "Buttercup" (3:54)
  2. East St. Louis Gospelettes - "Have A Talk With God" (3:22)
  3. Betty Everett - "Just A Little Piece Of You" (3:35)
  4. The Foreign Exchange - "If She Breaks Your Heart" (5:23)
  5. Sunlightsquare - "Pastime Paradise" (4:40)
  6. US Atlantic First Navy Show Band - "Birds Of Beauty" (3:50)
  7. Billy Preston - "It's My Pleasure" (3:49)
  8. John Minnis' Big Bone Band - "Love's In Need Of Love Today" (4:48)
  9. Tony Sherman - "As" (3:44)
  10. David Porter - "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (2:59)
  11. David Rufn - "Make My Water Boil (Loving You Has Been So Wonderful)" (3:50)
  12. Reel People - "Golden Lady" (feat Tony Momrelle) (4:56)
  13. Quincy Jones - "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me" (5:20)
  14. GC Cameron - "If You Don't Love Me" (2:30)
  15. Jrod Indigo - "Go Home" (5:17)
  16. Black Sugar - "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" (2:50)
Review:  DJ Spinna is known for many things; his productions, sublime DJ mixes and many a hip hop classic as half of Jigmastas. He's also a complete Stevie Wonder obsessive who runs a popular Stevie-themed club night called Wonderful. A series of albums that expand on the party's concept was a logical next step and The Wonder Of Stevie now arrives at a third volume. This edition has clearly been painstakingly curated by Spinna and BBE, consisting of other people's covers of the man's work. Highlights include sweet and sugary 'Buttercup" by The Jackson 5, the bluesy honky tonk jam "It's My Pleasure" by Billy Preston and Quincy Jones' pure liquid funk version of "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me".
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We Know How To Boogie (gatefold 2xLP) (1 per customer)
BBE
Cat: BBE 333CLP. Rel: 30 Aug 16
  1. Sharon Johnson - "A Better Day" (3:22)
  2. TB Funk - "Free Blow" (the dub version - G&D edit) (5:01)
  3. Kenny Pierce - "Done Been" (5:13)
  4. Those Good Intentions - "We Know How To Boogie" (6:50)
  5. Sherman Hunter - "Dance To Freedom" (8:12)
  6. Gospel Keepers - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (5:38)
  7. Living Color - "Plastic People" (G&D edit) (4:57)
  8. Roller Disco - "Stone Luv" (4:15)
  9. Carol Meriwether - "Love Ain't Just (A Physical Thing)" (9:35)
  10. William Barlak - "Ain't No Doubt About It" (3:42)
Review: The Grasso is greener in Bologna: home to two of the most well-connected collectors in Italy. Suppliers to the likes of Kenny Dope, Phil Asher and Dimitri, Gino and Federico have carved their crate craft to insane levels over the last 30+ years... As shown on this detailed, widescreen boogie, funk and disco collection for BBC. Splattering the vibrant collection with a handful of their own edits (TB Funk's salubrious struts on "Free Blow", fly-by boogie falsettos on Living Color's "Plastic People"), the Grasso bro's have put together a package that's eye-opening, enlightening and damn fine to party to. See you on the other side.
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Al KENT/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 144CLP. Rel: 01 Feb 10
  1. Sweet Daddy Floyd - "Just Can't Help Myself" (5:44)
  2. The Third World Connection - "Hot Seat" (5:14)
  3. Patricia White - "Cosmic Disco" (5:43)
  4. The Midas Touch - "The Nightlife (Let's Get It On)" (5:49)
  5. Smile Street People - "Lypso Disco" (5:54)
  6. Bob Williams - "I'm Alright" (6:09)
  7. JNB - "I'll Be The One" (4:57)
  8. Quinn Harris - "I Will Always Love You" (3:25)
Review: As someone who briefly escaped 70's Glasgow and got a taste of the golden age of NYC Disco, Al Kent is a perfect choice to lead you through a classy selection of some choice and rare Disco treats. Having used his huge collection in the past for re-edits and originals, he also took the bold step of forming his own band in 2007 under the name The Million Dollar Orchestra.

The selections here reflect the point at which Funk and Soul mutated into Disco, with most of the tracks capturing that pre-Moroder organic sound. Lee Alfred's Rockin-Poppin Full Tilting for example has a laid back vibe similar to Curtis Mayfield's more uptempo tunes. New Ghetto Express's version of Standing On The Verge of Getting It On (originally by Funkadelic) up's the tempo on the wigged-out classic, again combing the Funk with a Disco groove.

Lypso Disco by Smile Street People, as you'd guess from the title, has a playful Calypso lilt and bounce to it. Cosmic Disco by Patricia White on the other hand doesn't sound like something that Todd Terje or Lindstrom got their cues from, but it is a fun song with some brilliantly random thumb-piano playing in the background!

Anyone looking for samples will have a field day among these tracks, Sweet Daddy Floyd's I Just Can't Help Myself for example has a break in the middle to die for. You could loop up 4 bars practically anywhere and have something pretty damn funky to work with. For that reason alone, it's well worth having a listen and broadening your horizons.
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KON & AMIR/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 130CLP. Rel: 28 Feb 19
  1. SFB - "Burnin' Up" (Kon's edit) (4:42)
  2. Donny McCullough - "From The Heart" (Kon's Multi remix) (6:33)
  3. Taxie - "Rock Don't Stop" (3:32)
  4. The Mazyck Project - "More Power To You" (4:39)
  5. The Edge Of Daybreak - "EOB (Edge Of Daybreak)" (4:01)
  6. Shake - "Lost In Space" (5:12)
  7. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" (6:18)
  8. Bomp - "Disco Power" (4:57)
  9. Christy Essien Igbokwe - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:57)
  10. Harry Mosco - "Sexy Dancer" (6:37)
  11. Goddy Oku - "Dont' Ask Me" (5:37)
Review: BBE unearth another batch of rare and underexposed disco cuts on Off Track Vol 3. Compiled by the crate digging New York/Boston based duo Kon & Amir, the release gives an authentic representation of Brooklyn’s ghetto, funk and afro music scenes. Sophisticated tracks for real music heads
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MAMBO/GUTS/VARIOUS
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: 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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MR THING/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBELP 096. Rel: 07 Feb 08
  1. Sky King - "Why Don't You Take Us" (3:54)
  2. The Heads Of The Family - "Troubled People" (2:21)
  3. The Discoettes - "Yes We Can Can" (3:46)
  4. Bergendy - "Tramp-Reszlet" (0:56)
  5. Blackbuster - "Shack Up" (3:02)
  6. Leaf - "Food Stamps" (5:42)
  7. Soulful Illusion - "Soulful Illusion" (3:05)
  8. Bob Ascroft - "Percumatics #11" (0:47)
  9. Brothers Lloyd's All Stars - "The Tramp" (2:20)
  10. Lloyd Charmers - "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More" (3:03)
  11. Original Tropicana Steel Band - "Calypso Rock" (3:36)
  12. Emphasis - "Rocking Bird" (2:49)
  13. Chain Reaction - "Hogtied" (6:08)
  14. The Honey Drippers - "Streakin'" (3:01)
  15. David Batiste & The Gladiators - "Funky Soul" (part 1) (1:58)
  16. Society Of Seven - "Superstar (Remember How You Got To Where You Are)" (3:57)
  17. Daniel J White - "Boxe Et Violence" (1:54)
  18. YanTregger - "Black & Blue" (2:33)
  19. The Crystal Mansion - "Boogie Man" (5:15)
  20. New Hope - "Godofallotus" (6:20)
  21. Josef Vobruba Se Svym Orchestrem - "Preludium Cis Moll" (3:03)
  22. Steve Smith - "Tighten Up" (0:31)
Review: BBE Records have teamed up with DJ/Producer Mr Thing, to dig deep into his extensive collection to compile a series of albums of rare and sought after breaks. This series reflects brilliantly on his dedication to digging for those untouched and unrivalled samples and breaks as you hear him use in his DJ sets. As a DJ, Mr Thing never fails to engage the crowd with his winning combination of hip-hop and funk breaks spiced up with his legendary mixing and scratching skills. "Strange Breaks & Mr Thing" is a crazy good release.
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  1. Dynamic Concept - "La Da Da"
  2. Internationals - "Give A Damn"
  3. Nu-Sounds Express - "One More Time Y'all"
  4. David T Walker - "Lay Lady Lay"
  5. James Asher - "Oriental Workload"
  6. Dum Dum - "Art The Grass"
  7. Disco Orchestral - "Do It Again"
  8. Graham Walker Sound - "Crossroads"
  9. Zulema - "Give It Up"
  10. Harry Beckett - "Rings Withing Rings"
  11. Smiling Hard - "Fire To The Galleon"
  12. Caprells - "Close Your Eyes"
  13. Woolwich Polytechnic - "The Sweeney"
  14. Chuck Jackson - "Candy"
  15. John Fitch - "Romantic Attitude"
  16. Sharon Cash - "Natural Boy"
  17. Dynamic Concept - "La Da Da"
  18. Internationals - "Give A Damn"
  19. Nu-Sounds Express - "One More Time Y'all"
  20. David T Walker - "Lay Lady Lay"
  21. James Asher - "Oriental Workload"
  22. Dum Dum - "Art The Grass"
  23. Disco Orchestral - "Do It Again"
  24. Graham Walker Sound - "Crossroads"
  25. Zulema - "Give It Up"
  26. Harry Beckett - "Rings Withing Rings"
  27. Smiling Hard - "Fire To The Galleon"
  28. Caprells - "Close Your Eyes"
  29. Woolwich Polytechnic - "The Sweeney"
  30. Chuck Jackson - "Candy"
  31. John Fitch - "Romantic Attitude"
  32. Sharon Cash - "Natural Boy"
Review: It doesn't seem like five years since BBE last invited London crate digger and turntablist Mr Thing to get his fingers dusty by picking out gems from his record collection for the Strange Breaks & Mr Thing series. Predictably, this belated third installment is full of killer selections that lives up to it's subtitled billing as More Rock Funk Soul Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living. Favourites come thick and fast though the low down funk of Dynamic Concept's "La Da Da" and the jazz-funk goodness of Harry Beckett's "Ring Within Rings" stand out upon first listen. The cats at BBE spare no expense either with this vinyl edition that features fifteen cuts spread across the two slabs, and there's also Mr Thing's peerless mix available on a CD that's slipped in too.
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MR THING/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 135CLP RE. Rel: 10 Nov 16
  1. Ruby Andrews - "You Made A Believer (Out Of Me)" (2:39)
  2. Kalyanji Anandji - "Back Ground Music" (2:29)
  3. Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - "Searching For Soul" (part 1) (2:40)
  4. Hot Butter & Soul - "ABC" (4:43)
  5. Dick Walter - "Spooky Do" (1:33)
  6. Roy Head - "She's About A Mover" (3:13)
  7. Hot City Bump Band - "It's Just Begun" (2:53)
  8. Val Merrall's Orchestra - "The Horse" (3:45)
  9. Frank Pleyer Big Band - "Sally" (3:24)
  10. Art & Ron - "Can't Stop Talkin" (2:55)
  11. Johnny Griffith Inc - "Love Is Just A Word" (3:23)
  12. The Generation Gap - "Family Affair" (2:40)
  13. Tinga Stewart - "The Message" (2:55)
  14. Jerzy Milian Orkiestra - "Gacek" (2:19)
  15. John L Watson - "Rockin' Chair" (with White Mouse) (3:19)
  16. The Alan Tew Orchestra - "Pink Panther" (3:39)
  17. The Rias Orchestra Conducted By Helmuth Brandenburg - "Pru Urebu" (4:55)
  18. Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars - "Twinkle Stars Boo Galoo" (live) (3:54)
Review: Magic happens when Mr Thing hits the crates. His ability to unearth recordings you're guaranteed to never have heard before, and join the dots in ways you'd never have thought before, his "Strange Breaks" series is legendary. Long since off-press, to celebrate their 20th anniversary BBE have repressed this seminal 2009 sophomore. From the turbo blues fusion of Roy Head and the speeding Mancini feels of Val Marrall's Orchestra to the more sedate, slinky funk of Johnny Griffith and sunny-side roots of Tinga Stewart, Mr Thing's odyssey remains as inciteful, intriguing and as full of treasure as it did seven years ago.
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Intérprete: Rowed Out Records
 in stock $20.03
PSYCHEMAGIK/VARIOUS
Cat: LENGLP 005. Rel: 31 May 13
  1. Iasos - "Formentera Sunset Clouds"
  2. Daniel Mathieu - "C'Etait Un Beau Dimanche"
  3. Fox - "The Juggler"
  4. Walter Hawkins - "Metropolis"
  5. Steve & Teresa - "Catching A Wave"
  6. Cherubin - "Sunrise"
  7. Yves Simon - "Raconte-Toi"
  8. Susana Estrada - "Gozame Ya!"
  9. Joey Newman - "The One You Love"
  10. Rob Mehl - "House On The Rock"
  11. George Oban - "Basshoven"
  12. Rioland & Goldfeder - "Tension"
  13. Jeff Liberman - "Transformation"
  14. David Astri - "Safe & Sound"
  15. Max Adioa - "Toubab Bile" (instrumental version)
Review: The Magic Forest dwelling record collectors better known as Psychemagik return to Claremont56 offshoot Leng with a new compilation Magik Sunrise which is essentially a vinyl shaped sequel to last year's well received Magik Cyrkles. Though equally well presented as that compilation, Psychemagik refreshingly adopt a different sonic direction here, trading in the obscure Balearica and funk in favour of a wonderfully enlightening blend of African reggae, jazz-funk, prog rock, folk and New Age curios. Think David Holmes classic Essential Mix then crank up the weird factor to eleven and you'll have a good idea of what to expect from this fifteen track selection. The sensual twilight boogie of "The Juggler" by Fox is a particular highlight.
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SAINT JAMES/VARIOUS
Cat: CHUWANAGA 005LP. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Stikki Stuff - "School" (6:37)
  2. Cruzial - "Send Me Your Love" (4:55)
  3. Potion - "City Girls" (5:05)
  4. The Breakfast Band - "Funksters" (7:35)
  5. Yeow Band - "Energy" (3:38)
  6. Scratch (Gonzalez) - "Keep On Searching For Love" (6:10)
Review: In recent years, more and more crate diggers have been exploring "Brit-funk" - a previously largely overlooked British variant of jazz-funk popular in underground UK clubs between the late 1970s and mid '80s. One such digger is Parisian producer and DJ Saint-James, who here presents his second deep dive into the obscure genre. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the percussive, synth-heavy soul brilliance of Stikki Stuff's "School" and the pre-Lover's Rock, reggae-influenced electrofunk smoothness of Cruzial's "Send Me Your Love", to the killer slap bass of The Breakfast Band's club-rocker "Funksters" and the sparkling boogie badness of "Keep On Searching For Love" by Scratch (Gonzalez).
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SAINT JAMES/VARIOUS
In The Red (LP + insert)
Cat: CHUWANAGA 001. Rel: 07 Nov 17
  1. Equa - "In The Red" (5:24)
  2. Congress - "Something That You Got (Real Hot)" (5:04)
  3. Potion - "Catch The Feelin' (Showstopper)" (6:50)
  4. Inch By Inch - "If It's Magic (We Don't Want It)" (6:42)
  5. Index - "Starlight (The Break)" (6:02)
  6. Spookey - "Friends" (4:36)
Review: Discomatin co-founder and all-round Parisian selector don Saint James co-launches his new Chuwanaga label with this expertly curated compilation. In The Red is a deep dive into the exciting funk fusion coming out of London between 1980-83 as a new movement of black British musicians honed a sound that owes as much to soundsystem culture as it does disco. From the glistening instrumental flare of Index to the lavish synths and slap bass of Equa, this captures a unique and currently under-documented moment in groove history. Complete with detailed liner notes, this is a fantastic way to launch a new label. Not to be slept on.
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Andy SMITH/VARIOUS
BBE
Cat: BBE 386CLP. Rel: 13 Nov 17
  1. Don Laka - "I Wanna Be Myself" (5:47)
  2. Freedom - "Get Up & Dance" (3:35)
  3. Advance - "Take Me To The Top" (6:19)
  4. Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Andy Smith & Nick Halkes Reach Up re-edit) (6:37)
  5. Sure Thing - "Holding You Tight" (extended DJ mix) (5:43)
  6. Joanne Wilson - "Got To Have You" (Whiskey Barons re-edit) (6:15)
  7. Neddy Smith - "Give It Up" (5:10)
  8. T Connection - "Groove To Get Down" (4:10)
  9. Jimmy Young - "Times Are Tight" (7:12)
  10. World Premiere - "Share The Night" (7:17)
  11. Jimmy Bo Horne - "Is It In" (5:23)
  12. Tamiko Jones - "Let It Flow" (6:51)
  13. Cloud 1 - "Patty Duke" (5:23)
  14. Shot - "Main Thing" (feat Kim Marsh) (5:45)
  15. Disco Dub Band - "For The Love Of Money" (4:10)
Review: In recent times, crate-digging hero Andy Smith has turned his attention to the world of disco and boogie, showcasing the depth of his collection as part of the Reach Up collective. It seems fitting, then, that his latest compilation - a triple-vinyl epic - should explore the disco and electrofunk gems lurking in his vast vault of records. There are a few well-known gems (Disco Dub Band, World Premiere, Freedom and Sure Thing's modern electrofunk anthem "Holding Me Tight", for starters), but far more overlooked or slept-on gems (Advance's boogie killer "Take Me To The Top" and Jimmy Bo Horne's "Is It In" being great examples). The collection also boasts a couple of tasty re-edits, including an unheard one by Smith and pal Nick Halkes of Jimmy Ross's Paradise Garage anthem "First True Love Affair".
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Crown Ruler Sound (gatefold 2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: STKLP 002. Rel: 17 Jul 17
  1. Ezy & Isaac - "Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)" (4:07)
  2. Stimela - "I Love You" (6:53)
  3. Kosmik 3 - "I'm Gonna Pack" (Jeremy Spellacey edit) (4:09)
  4. Mike Fabulous - "Wang East" (instrumental) (4:01)
  5. Feladey - "Forest Music (Anambra Na-imo)" (5:51)
  6. Larry Maluma & Kalimba - "Kamusale" (4:14)
  7. Acayouman - "Funk Around" (6:19)
  8. JK Mandengue - "Afrika" (3:22)
  9. The Staple Singers - "Slippery People" (club version) (6:31)
  10. Brother Resistance - "Can I Get A Witness" (5:56)
  11. Legacy - "Monday Blues" (4:02)
  12. La Banda De Martin - "Mi Dueno" (3:29)
  13. Devon Russell - "Move On Up" (3:53)
  14. Costa & Chyps - "Detroit City Cats" (instrumental long version) (7:30)
  15. Wilfred Percussion - "Andei" (3:01)
Review: Crown Ruler Records co-founder Jeremy Spellacey is highly regarded within the crate-digging community, primarily for his ability to sniff out copies of obscure - but, naturally, high quality - boogie-era disco records from Africa and the Caribbean. On this fine compilation, Spacetalk has offered the New Zealander the opportunity to showcase some of those finds, alongside a smattering of better-known favourites and more recent cuts (see Mike Fabulous's overlooked modern boogie gem "Wang East"). Predictably, Spellacey has delivered the goods, serving up humid, exotic and loved-up gems galore, including the fluttering brilliance of Stimela's "I Love You", the marimba-laden Balearic boogie of Feladey's "Forest Music" and Devon Russell's impeccable reggae-soul cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up".
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VARIOUS
Criminale Vol 2: Ossessione (140 gram vinyl LP + CD)
Cat: PNY 4507LPC. Rel: 23 Aug 13
  1. Gerardo Iacoucci - "From Tokyo To Las Vegas"
  2. Remigio Ducros - "Ritmica" (previously unreleased)
  3. Roberto Conrado - "Hills"
  4. Sandro Brugnolini - "Psichefreelico" (ballad)
  5. Ugo Busoni, Paolo Ferrara, Massimo Di Cicco - "Motrcross"
  6. Enzo Scoppa - "Contatto" (previously unreleased)
  7. Alessandro Alessandroni - "Hovercraft"
  8. Paolo Ferrara - "Marker"
  9. Alessandro Alessandroni E I Cantori Moderni - "Una Storia"
  10. Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini - "Perquisizione"
  11. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Ossessione Notturna"
  12. Daniela Casa - "Black Sabbath" (previously unreleased)
  13. Umberto Santucci - "Violenza In Beat"
  14. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Citta Del Capo"
  15. Paolo Ferrara - "Percussion Blues"
  16. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Riccione"
  17. Piero Montanari & Roberto Conrado - "Properly"
  18. Alessandro Alessandroni E I Cantori Moderni - "Nella Balera"
  19. Gerardo Iacoucci - "From Tokyo To Las Vegas"
  20. Remigio Ducros - "Ritmica" (previously unreleased)
  21. Roberto Conrado - "Hills"
  22. Sandro Brugnolini - "Psichefreelico" (ballad)
  23. Ugo Busoni, Paolo Ferrara, Massimo Di Cicco - "Motrcross"
  24. Enzo Scoppa - "Contatto" (previously unreleased)
  25. Alessandro Alessandroni - "Hovercraft"
  26. Paolo Ferrara - "Marker"
  27. Alessandro Alessandroni E I Cantori Moderni - "Una Storia"
  28. Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini - "Perquisizione"
  29. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Ossessione Notturna"
  30. Daniela Casa - "Black Sabbath" (previously unreleased)
  31. Umberto Santucci - "Violenza In Beat"
  32. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Citta Del Capo"
  33. Paolo Ferrara - "Percussion Blues"
  34. Gerardo Iacoucci - "Riccione"
  35. Piero Montanari & Roberto Conrado - "Properly"
  36. Alessandro Alessandroni E I Cantori Moderni - "Nella Balera"
Review: Welcome to 70s Italy. A time of serious cultural flux, while the country suffered extended periods of military presence and austere pressures, a create counter culture was wafting psychedelically through the family TV sets. Funk-fusion, blues bangers and cosmic sensations were commissioned by the country's leading channels, only to be released in limited amounts (if released at all) before being lost in the annals of musical history. Here's a 35-track flavour of what we missed. From vocal harmonised guitar-weeping dreaminess ("Una Storia") to sleazy, tripped out blues ("Motocross") via pristine jazz boogie ("Contatto"), it's a side to Italy's rich musical history that demands repeat revisits. It would be criminale not to...
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 044LP. Rel: 21 Feb 13
  1. Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders - "Alo Mi Alo" (parts 1 & 2)
  2. Segun Bucknor & His Revolution - "La La La"
  3. Lijadu Sisters - "Orere Elejigbo"
  4. Peter King - "Shango"
  5. Sahara All Stars Band Jos - "Enjoy Yourself"
  6. Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - "Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'N' Quench)"
  7. Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - "Ifa"
  8. Ofo The Black Company - "Allah Wakbarr"
  9. The Funkees - "Dancing Time"
  10. Monomono - "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin"
  11. Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika - "Ikon Allah"
  12. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes - "Akayan Ekassa"
  13. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - "Agboju Logun"
  14. Gasper Lawal - "Kita Kita"
  15. Sunny Ade & His African Beats - "Ja Fun Mi" (instrumental)
Review: Originally released back in 2001, there's a reason why Strut have reissued Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story Of 1970's Funky Lagos so many times; it's superb and totally lives up to the title! if you've not yet indulged in the compilation, this 2012 triple vinyl pressing is the even more definitive edition, slipping in the 2CD version along with the Nigeria 70 audio documentary that Strut originally included in the 2001 CD issue but has been absent since. With the vinyl now pressed on heavyweight 180g wax, this makes for the perfect introduction into the vivid story of 1970s West African funk. Well done Strut!
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VARIOUS
Cat: AALP 074. Rel: 17 Sep 13
  1. Uppers International - "Aja Wondo" (3:55)
  2. Ebo Taylor Jnr - "Children Don't Cry" (6:41)
  3. De Frank's Band - "Do Your Own Thing" (5:41)
  4. The Cutlass Band - "Obriara Wondo" (2:37)
  5. De Frank & His Professionals - "Waiting For My Baby" (4:26)
  6. The African Brothers - "Wope Me A Ka" (5:57)
  7. Los Issifu & His Moslems - "Kana Soro" (2:47)
  8. Waza-Afriko 76 - "Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika" (4:41)
  9. Rob - "Loose Up Yourself" (3:24)
  10. Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi - "I Beg" (5:45)
  11. K Frimpong - "Abrabo" (7:10)
  12. Pierre Antoine & Vis-a-Vis - "Say Min Sy Soh" (5:03)
  13. Complex Soundz - "God Is Love" (6:25)
Review: Following 2010's inaugural compilation, Analog Africa dig deeper to expand our Ghanaian funk collections: featuring an exciting range of well-known names (K Frimpong, Ebo Taylor, The African Brothers) and more obscure rarities, it's an insightful schooling in the highlife sound and its deeply rooted funk and soul tendrils. Every track is a highlight, but stand-out jams come from De Frank's Band (thanks to their attention to western rhythm detail), Los Issifu & His Moslems' sedate organ meanders on "Kana Soro" and Complex Soundz' sermon-like horn blaster "God Is Love". Complete with a well compiled and research booklet that tells the full Ghanaian funk story, this is a fine addition to any collection.
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 093. Rel: 23 Jan 14
  1. Ibo Combo - "Ti Garcon"
  2. Les Vikings - "Choc Vikings"
  3. Les Animateurs - "Ti Machine"
  4. Trio Select - "Ensemble Select En Acition"
  5. Les Loups Noirs - "Pile Ou Face"
  6. Tabou Combo - "Ce Pas"
  7. Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour - "Panno Caye Nan Bois D Chene"
  8. Ti Paris - "Cochon St Antoine"
  9. Super Jazz Des Jeunes - "Cote Moune Yo"
  10. Les Ambassadeurs - "Homenaje A Los Ambajadores"
  11. Les Freres Dejean - "L'Artibonite"
  12. Caribbean Sextet - "Suspan'n"
  13. Les Pachas De Canape Vert - "Desordre Musical"
  14. Bossa Combo - "Line"
  15. Scorpio Universal - "Ti Lu Lu Lu Pe"
  16. Ibo Combo - "Ti Garcon"
  17. Les Vikings - "Choc Vikings"
  18. Les Animateurs - "Ti Machine"
  19. Les Loups Noirs - "Pile Ou Face"
  20. Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole - "6eme Lecon"
  21. Bossa Combo - "Line"
  22. Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour - "Panno Caye Nan Bois D Chene"
  23. Ti Paris - "Cochon St Antoine"
  24. Ra Ra De Logane - "Gade Moune Yo"
  25. Les Difficles De Petion-Ville - "An Septieme"
  26. Tabou Combo - "Ce Pas"
  27. Les Pachas De Canape Vert - "Desordre Musical"
  28. Scorpio Universal - "Ti Lu Lu Lu Pe"
  29. Raoul Guillaume - "Mal Lev"
  30. Super Jazz Des Jeunes - "Cote Moune Yo"
  31. Pierre Blain Et Orchestre Murat Pierre - "Jouc Li Jou"
  32. Ensemble Meridional Des Cayes - "Calma P Lerin"
  33. Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Messe Quatre Heures"
  34. Nemours Jean-Baptiste - "Ti Carole"
  35. Orchestre Septentrional - "Bapteme Ratt"
  36. Trio Select - "Ensemble Select En Acition"
  37. Les Ambassadeurs - "Homenaje A Los Ambajadores"
  38. Les Freres Dejean - "L'Artibonite"
  39. Caribbean Sextet - "Suspan'n"
  40. Djet-X - "Jive Turkey"
  41. Webert Sicot - "Ambiance Cadence"
  42. Orchestre Tropicana D Haiti - "Poun Paciance"
Review: By now a well-oiled machine, the Strut compilation programme switches attentions to the Caribbean and Haiti in particular with Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960-1978. The double LP package (which comes with 2CD edition too) was compiled by Hugo Mendez, the Paris-based DJ whose work as part of the Sofrito collective ensures him the perfect position to curate this release in a manner few can match. This impressive collection of tracks documents the country's overlooked musical legacy from the '60s and '70s , going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean. The exploratory package also includes in-depth liner notes and interviews with some of the musicians of the era, with part of the release's profits donated to the Partners In Health charity.
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VARIOUS
Cat: OSTLP 002. Rel: 13 Dec 17
  1. Nhu De Ped Bia - "Nos Criola" (5:14)
  2. Pedrinho - "Nanda" (4:52)
  3. Tulipa Negra - "Corpo Limpo" (6:23)
  4. Manuel Gomes - "Jelivra Bo Situacon" (3:00)
  5. Val Xalino - "Danca Danca T'Manche" (5:29)
  6. Jovino Dos Santos - "Bo Ta Cool" (3:39)
  7. Abel Lima - "Farmacia" (4:12)
  8. Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela - "Chuma Lopes" (5:29)
  9. Tchiss Lopes - "E Bo Problema" (3:27)
  10. Americo Brito - "Babylon 79" (3:31)
  11. Jose Casimiro - "Djozinho Cabral" (5:06)
  12. Nho Balta - "Posse Bronck" (2:25)
  13. Kola - "Lameirao" (5:18)
  14. Cabo Verde Show - "Nova Coladeira" (3:29)
  15. Tam Tam 2000 - "Melhor Futuro" (3:48)
  16. Pedrinho - "Chema" (3:11)
  17. Dionisio Maio - "Mie Fogo" (3:45)
  18. Bana - "Canta Cu Alma Sem Ser Magoado" (3:34)
Review: After that magnificent compilation from Analog Africa from summer 2016, we have become increasingly obsessed with the sound of the Cape Verde islands, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa. Until recently, its musical culture hadn't quite permeated the Western world, but things have changed. Thanks to that aforementioned compilation, and now this new collection of stupendous tunes compiled by the young Ostinato Records, we have realised just how amazing the island's music tradition really is, particularly in the 70s and 80s. These guys were ahead, using a mixture of local Creole singing and visionary synth experimentation, the have constructed a sound of their own, utterly inimitable and instantly recognisable. The same familiar names appear on this new comp, including Abel Lima, Tchiss Lopes, Jose Casimiro, and a whole slew of previously untapped artists. To us, this is the best form of outernational on the market at the moment, and we couldn't recommend this enough. KILLER.
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Fallin Off The Reel Vol III & IV (2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: TS 022. Rel: 16 Jan 15
  1. Lee Fields & The Expressions - "You're The Kind Of Girl" (3:53)
  2. Liam Bailey - "Please Love Me" (2:51)
  3. The Olympians - "The Rain Song" (3:51)
  4. Lady - "Money" (3:34)
  5. Bacao Rhythm &Steel Band - "PIMP" (3:08)
  6. Qunestine Strong - "One Hundred Years From Now" (2:33)
  7. Beau Williams - "I'll Be Home Soon" (3:34)
  8. The Ghetto Brothers - "Girl From The Mountain" (4:21)
  9. El Michels Affair - "Run Fay Run" (3:20)
  10. The Original Brothers - "Blackout" (2:10)
  11. Liam Bailey - "When Will They Learn" (3:01)
  12. The Fabulous 3 - "Nightbird" (2:05)
  13. Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Just Can't Win" (radio edit) (3:04)
  14. The Olympians - "Stand Tall" (3:06)
  15. Zafari - "King Masuru" (3:37)
  16. Shirley Nanette - "All Of Your Life" (3:57)
  17. Lady - "Good Lovin" (Hlic remix) (3:03)
  18. Quincy Bright - "Stay The Night" (1:18)
  19. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - "Laventille Road March" (3:07)
  20. Lee Fields & His Band - "Fought For Survival" (3:06)
  21. El Michels Affair - "Blind Love" (2:46)
  22. Lady - "Get Ready" (Ticklah remix instrumental) (4:51)
  23. Liam Bailey - "On My Mind" (3:25)
  24. Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Faithful Man" (Bare Bones version) (3:43)
  25. The Olympians - "How Can I Love (Now That You're Gone)" (3:42)
  26. JD & The Evil's Dynamite Band - "Sunday Kind Of Love" (2:43)
Review: Williamsburg-based Truth & Soul Records is fast becoming one of the most reliable sources of modern soul and revivalist deep funk. Should you be unfamiliar with their output - and you should be, given that they set up shop in 2003 - this double LP trawl through the label's bulging back catalogue should be an essential purchase. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the Cuban and Caribbean influenced instrumental brilliance of Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band's "Pimp", and the stripped-back deep soul of Beau Williams' "I'll Be Home Soon", to the raw, Hammond-heavy 60s jazz-funk of The Fabulous 3's "Night Bird" and fuzzy analogue afro-funk of Zafari's "King Masuru".
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Cat: FSRLP 111. Rel: 19 Apr 18
  1. Mkali Bahari Orchestra - "Black Rite" (4:33)
  2. Sonny Benton & The Typhoons - "Brothers On The slide" (5:27)
  3. Nova Catalina Octet - "Sao Paulo" (5:17)
  4. The Cuba Libre Allstars - "Valdez In The Country" (4:39)
  5. The Sentinels - "Razor Blade" (3:32)
  6. Antipodelica - "Life On Mars" (5:14)
  7. Toshio Asukatei - "Rotation" (5:58)
  8. Coconut '74 - "The Gold Coast" (3:41)
  9. The Glenn Eden Set - "Buckingham Palace" (5:03)
Review: Freestyle continue this delicious collection of deeply dug and fastidiously curated covers, versions and private presses. Highlights include a really sprightly take on "Brothers On The Slide" by a Texan organist Sonny Benton, an epic fully orchestrated college band take on Hathaway's "Valdex In The Country" and a heady Ozric Tentacles-level trippy jazz funk twist on Dexter Wansel's "Life On Mars". You'll know the tracks but we guarantee you've never heard most (or all) of these interpretations. Serious feelings.
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Cat: OSTLP 005. Rel: 13 Sep 18
  1. Emad Youssef - "Al Bareedo Ana (The One I Love)" (6:43)
  2. Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak - "Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known)" (7:57)
  3. Kamal Tarbas - "Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us)" (6:31)
  4. Madjzoub Ounsa - "Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love Love Family)" (4:50)
  5. Khojali Osman - "Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?)" (5:06)
  6. Zaidan Ibrahim - "Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don't Care About My Suffering)" (live) (4:47)
  7. Saied Khalifa - "Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)" (4:27)
  8. Taj Makki - "Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What To Say!)" (5:31)
  9. Hanan Bulu Bulu - "Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain & Suffering)" (live) (3:32)
  10. Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)" (5:27)
  11. Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)" (4:33)
  12. Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)" (9:01)
  13. Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)" (6:12)
  14. Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)" (7:46)
  15. Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)" (1:55)
  16. Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)" (11:36)
Review: Ostinato Records is still in its infancy but the label has well and truly impressed us since they first launched last year. That initial string of reissue material from Cape Verde was sensational to say the least, and we're doubly impressed to see that the label heads have now sprawled out to Sudan, a corner of Africa that is comparatively less known in terms of music. With 16 tunes that have been selected for this essential double album, there is so much to explore and take in, especially given that this music is not something to be consumed superficially; let's the rhythms take you, revel in them, learn your surroundings. This is you being launched in Sudan. Hotly tipped!
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Cat: MRBLP 165. Rel: 03 Jun 19
  1. JB De Carvalho E Seu Terreiro - "Fui A Umbanda" (2:33)
  2. Trio Ternura - "A Gira" (3:04)
  3. Alcione - "Figa De Guine" (2:19)
  4. Impacto 5 - "Longe Daqui Aqui Mesmo" (3:23)
  5. Abaete - "Pisa No Taboado" (2:34)
  6. Tobias - "Coisa Sentimental" (4:00)
  7. Os Flippers - "Estrelar" (2:02)
  8. SpaceArk - "Don't Stop" (unreleased long version) (4:09)
  9. Pure Release - "I'll Know It's Love For Sure" (3:37)
  10. Luther Davis Group - "You Can Be A Star" (4:39)
  11. Kaleidoscope - "Let Me Try" (3:26)
  12. Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?" (3:43)
  13. Splash - "Peacock" (4:51)
  14. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (5:00)
  15. Harari - "Senyamo" (4:44)
  16. Tokyo Academy Philharmonic Chorus Group - "Taharazaka" (2:57)
  17. Cesar Roldão Vieira - "Ze Do Trem" (2:14)
  18. Elias Rahbani - "I Want To Be" (3:21)
  19. Elias Rahbani - "Dance Of Maria" (2:45)
  20. Galt MacDermot - "Coffee Cold" (3:22)
Review: The crate-diggers behind the Mr Bongo label can usually be relied upon to showcase some seriously good tunes old and new. That's certainly the case on this third volume in their occasional "Record Club" series of compilations. Spanning sunshine soul, obscure samba, spacey jazz-funk experimentation, wide-eyed underground disco, fiery funk, weirdo rock, cheery South African bubblegum, synth-laden early '80s highlife, Ramsay Lewis style workouts and the psychedelic Middle Eastern disco-funk of Elias Rahbani, the compilation's 20 tracks are not only near faultless, but genuinely surprising and eye-opening. To quote a cliche, this collection genuinely is all killer and no filler.
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Cat: STH 2038. Rel: 01 Jan 90
  1. Intro
  2. James Reese & The Progressions - "Let's Go (It's Summertime)"
  3. Bad Medicine - "trespasser"
  4. Spider Harrison - "Beautiful Day"
  5. The Highlighters Band - "The Funky 16 Corners"
  6. The Rhythm Machine - "The Kick"
  7. Kashmere Stage Band - "Kashmere"
  8. Carleen & The Groovers - "Can We Rap"
  9. Co Real Artists - "What About You (In The World Today)"
  10. Soul Vibrations - "The Dump"
  11. Slim & The Soulful Saints - "Fish Head"
  12. Billy Ball & The Upsetters - "Tighten Up Tighter" (feat Roosevelt Matthews)
  13. Soul Seven - "Southside Funk"
  14. Revolution Compared To What - "Go To Work" (Alternate version)
  15. Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One - "The Phantom"
  16. The Wooden Glass - "In The Rain" (feat Billy Wooten)
  17. Outro
  18. James Bell & The Turner Brothers - "The Funky Buzzard"
Review: Stones Throw and funk music don't seem like an unlikely pair these days, but when "The Funky 16 Corners" came out no one knew what was going on. This compilation is an infamous one, with stories of Egon crawling through old ladies' attics in search of lost funk reels. Check it out.
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Intérprete: Stones Throw Records
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Cat: ADC 003LP. Rel: 16 Jan 18
  1. Marian Conde - "Tomame Que Tomame" (2:57)
  2. Juan Bautista - "Naino Naino" (2:29)
  3. Los Maravilla - "Ven, Ven, Vente" (3:10)
  4. Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto" - "Dejalo" (2:28)
  5. Paca Y Manuela - "Dimelo" (2:45)
  6. Chele - "Libre Como El Viento" (3:38)
  7. Lola Flores - "Como Me Las Maravillaria Yo" (2:53)
  8. Perlita De Huelva - "Mi Almohada" (2:44)
  9. Morena Y Clara - "Para Vivir Asi" (4:02)
  10. Trigal - "Vente Conmigo" (3:05)
  11. Las Deblas - "Zorongo" (3:01)
  12. Rumba Tres - "Buscaremos Un Rincon" (2:55)
  13. Tobago - "Toquiliquiton" (2:48)
  14. Chipen - "Volao" (4:08)
Review: The Adarce imprint has, so far, made quite the impression on us. Their 2017 was marked by three stupendous reissue compilations, with all of them offering insights into the most niche corners of Spain's musical heritage; the third of which has dropped a little bit later, kicking off 2018 with a Gypsy bang! Naino uncovers a rare and overlooked corner of the country, the Gypsy rumba sounds spanning the years 1974 to 1984. Every track on this beast is a keeper, making the so-called Gypsy 'Kings' sound a little frail by comparison. So, we dont know the majority of these artists, but it's safe to say that they influenced one of Spain's greatest bands, and have probably had an effect on the rest of the country's cultural heritage. This is a sublime collection of rhythmic dance and non-dance songs that'll leave you humming endlessly. Even the techno heads around here have copped a copy!
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Intérprete: Afro Beat Foundation
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Cat: ASVN 030. Rel: 08 Dec 16
  1. Afro National - "Push Am Forward" (3:36)
  2. Ifang Bondi & The Afro Mandingue Sounds - "Atis-A-Tis" (4:38)
  3. Sory Bamba - "Kanaga 78" (4:55)
  4. African Black - "Nzango" (7:02)
  5. Bunzu Soundz - "Zinabu" (3:21)
  6. Messi Jacques & Les Dissoumbas De Libreville - "Onga Ben Ma Na Mene Mebua" (6:18)
  7. Ofo & The Black Company - "Allah Wakbarr" (3:26)
  8. Damas Swing Orchestra - "Odylife" (2:20)
  9. AKA - "Shake Me" (5:32)
  10. Manu Dibango - "Ceddo" (5:06)
Review: The Africa Seven label might not have been around for very long, but the London-Paris dynasty has certainly established itself as a no.1 outlet for rare, unhinged world music. This is Africa Airways Volume 3: The Afro-Psych Excursion, a gorgeous compilation spanning the years 1972 to 1984, and it clearly offers some of the most magnetic tunes that they label has put out thus far. There isn't a mediocre song in here and, as the saying goes, it's all-killer-no-filler; take African Black's "Nzango", for example, a twisted, FX-heavy tribal experiment, or the more soulful highs and lows of tunes like "Zinabu" by Bunzu Soundz. Rough, dusty, completely psyched-out, and inimitable the whole way through; if you're looking for something that'll get the heads turning, and the diggers jealous, then this is your LP. Highly recommended.
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Cat: COS 021LP. Rel: 18 Dec 17
  1. Hitomi Tohyama - "Exotic Yokogao" (4:30)
  2. Hitomi Tohyama - "Wanna Kiss" (4:29)
  3. Mizuki Koyama - "Kareniwa-Kanawanai" (4:30)
  4. Junko Ohashi - "Dancin'" (4:23)
  5. Junko Ohashi - "Sensual Night" (3:24)
  6. Kaoru Akimoto - "Dress Down" (4:28)
  7. Aru Takamura - "I'm In Love" (4:26)
  8. Mariko Tone - "Broken Eyes" (4:47)
  9. Rie Murakami - "TNT" (4:22)
  10. RA MU - "Love Is The Work Of Mind" (4:52)
  11. Kikuchi Momoko - "Mystical Composer" (4:58)
  12. Yumi Seino - "Sky Restaurant" (3:42)
Review: When it comes to shining a light on obscure regional disco and boogie scenes, the crate diggers behind Cultures of Soul are rarely beaten. Their latest killer compilation gathers together little known boogie, electrofunk and J-pop released in Japan between 1981 and 1988. It's predictably brilliant from start to finish, with the squelchy synth bounce and bi-lingual vocals of Hitomi Tohyama's "Wanna Kiss" and the mid-'80s Madonna vibes of Kaoru Akimoti's "Dress Down" amongst the highlights. What's perhaps most impressive is the comparative quality of the tunes; aside from Japanese language vocals, most sound like they could have been recorded and released by New York or Los Angeles-based artists, rather than Tokyo ones. As the old cliche goes, this is "all killer, no filler".
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Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher (heavyweight vinyl 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SJRLP 423. Rel: 23 Nov 18
  1. Art Ensemble Of Chicago - "Theme De Yoyo" (with Fontella Bass) (9:00)
  2. The Har-You Percussion Group - "Welcome To The Party" (4:03)
  3. The Pharaohs - "Damballa" (7:56)
  4. Baby Huey - "Hard Times" (3:21)
  5. James Mason - "Sweet Power, Your Embrace" (5:18)
  6. Byron Morris & Unity - "Kitty Bey" (12:23)
  7. Funkadelic - "Nappy Dugout" (4:33)
  8. Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe - "Exchange" (part 2) (6:14)
  9. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - "Celestial Blues" (7:28)
  10. Oneness Of Juju - "Space Jungle Funk" (9:49)
  11. Sarah Webster Fabio - "Work It Out" (2:44)
  12. Tribe (Wendell Harrison & Phillip Ranelin) - "Beneficent" (6:59)
  13. Gil Scott-Heron - "Whitey On The Moon" (2:01)
  14. Don Cherry - "Brown Rice" (5:15)
Review: Last year, Soul Jazz Records began to examine the relationship between protest, politics and music in the "black power era" via a fine compilation released in celebration of Tate Modern's "The Soul of a Nation" exhibition. This follow-up, released to mark the exhibition's move to Brooklyn, continues the story, gathering together another essential selection of jazz and street-funk cuts by African-American artists - both well-known and obscure - who were inspired by the politics of the black power movement and a growing interest in what the label describes as "Afro-centric, polyrhythmical styles of music". The included music is, in some cases, mind-blowing, with highlights including cuts from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Byron Morris & Unity, Oneness of Juju, Tribe and Don Cherry.
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Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics (Record Store Day 2017) (heavyweight coloured vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
UMC
Cat: 537548 9. Rel: 02 May 17
  1. Frank Wilson - "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" (2:24)
  2. Dusty Springfield - "Live It Up" (2:27)
  3. Eddie Holman - "I Surrender" (2:07)
  4. R Dean Taylor - "There's A Ghost In My House" (2:25)
  5. Gloria Jones - "Tainted Love" (2:12)
  6. The Flirtations - "Nothing But A Heartache" (2:41)
  7. Diana Ross & The Supremes - "Stormy" (3:03)
  8. The Dells - "It's All Up To You" (4:01)
  9. The Carstairs - "It Really Hurts Me Girl" (3:31)
  10. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - "The Night" (3:22)
  11. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "No One Could Love You More" (3:18)
  12. The Impressions - "Can't Satisfy" (2:37)
  13. The Originals - "Suspicion" (3:06)
  14. Mill Evans - "Why, Why, Why" (2:47)
  15. Willie Hutch - "Love Runs Out" (2:41)
  16. Chris Clark - "Love's Gone Bad" (2:22)
  17. Tony Clarke - "Landslide" (2:15)
  18. The Prophets - "I Got The Fever" (2:55)
  19. Marlena Shaw - "Let's Wade In The Water" (3:34)
  20. Earl Jackson - "Soul Self Satisfaction" (2:24)
Review: Record Store Day reissue of the highest order: respected 2010 compendium Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics enjoys a full repress on clear 180g vinyl. Hit after hit after hit after hit; across the four sides we're bombarded with some of the biggest soul jams to ever rock the globe. Diana Ross's "Stormy", Dusty Springfield's "Live It Up", Fankie Valli's "The Night", The Flirations' "Nothing But A Heartache", the list really does go on. Stone cold classics.
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Cat: SPARK 628. Rel: 04 Jan 18
  1. Ananda Shankar - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (3:35)
  2. Bill Ravi Harris & The Prophets - "Cissy Strutt" (3:03)
  3. Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - "The Party" (3:09)
  4. The Savages - "Born To Be Wild" (3:13)
  5. The Bombay Royale - "You Me Bullets Love" (4:37)
  6. Blossom Dearie - "I Like London In The Rain" (2:39)
  7. BB Davis & The Red Orchidstra - "Get Carter" (5:41)
  8. Peter Ivers Group - "Ain't That Peculiar" (feat Asha Puthli) (2:42)
  9. Mohammed Rafi - "Jaan Pehchan Ho" (5:29)
  10. Gabor Szabor - "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (2:28)
Review: This tidy compilation from Dishoom shines a light on the largely overlooked cultural crossover between Bombay and London in the mid to late 1960s. While it is widely acknowledged that Western rock musicians looked to India for inspiration during this period, little has previously been made of how British and American rock, pop, funk and soul inspired Indian musicians. Musically, there are some real gems to be found throughout, from the sitar-laden "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Cissy Strut" covers (by Ananda Shankar and Bill Ravi Harris and the Comets respectively) and psychedelic rock thrust of The Bombay Royale's "You Me Bullets Love", to the Merseybeat-goes-Bollywood brilliance of Mohammad Rafi's "Jaan Pechlan Ho".
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Cat: BBE 350CLP. Rel: 22 Jun 16
  1. The Quests - "Hava Nagila" (2:51)
  2. The Tijuana Brats - "Karate Chop" (2:29)
  3. Rainbow Family - "Travellin' Lady" (2:51)
  4. The CT Four Plus - "Exodus II" (2:52)
  5. 49th Blue Streak - "Foxy Lady" (3:02)
  6. Bana Pop Band - "Jet Pop" (4:33)
  7. Koncz Zsuzsa - "Visz A Vonat" (3:19)
  8. La Logia Sarabanda - "Todos O Ninguno" (3:55)
  9. Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar - "Louis, Louis" (3:18)
  10. Flamengo - "Tyden V Elektrickem Meste" (4:06)
  11. Sergio Ferraresi - "Time Of Machines" (2:14)
  12. Krzysztof Klenczon - "Nie Przejdziemy Do Historii" (3:18)
  13. Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin - "The Shaman's Dance" (2:45)
  14. Pro Arte - "Stari Dvorac" (2:53)
Review: Perhaps a lurch into the direction of head-spinning psychedelic guitar-driven groove wasn't where fans of DJ Format expected him to go next, but this compilation is proof positive that this man will doggedly pursue the funkiest of sound to the ends of the earth and the very edge of sanity. Collecting together gems from all over the globe, including such far-flung quarters as Uruguay and Yugoslavia, he creates a dizzying and ecstatically fuzzed-out melange that has no problem with jumping off the audial deep end in the pursuit of oblivion and ecstasy. Both a heady triumph and a cleansing experience for the third eye.
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Cat: NUMERO 018V. Rel: 03 Apr 08
  1. Dana Westover - "Beginning"
  2. Ted Lucas - "Raga In D"
  3. Scott Witte - "Sailor's Dream"
  4. George Cromarty - "Flight"
  5. Richard Crandell - "Diagonal"
  6. Daniel Hecht - "Baba Dream Songs"
  7. Jim Ohlschmidt - "The Delta Freeze"
  8. Stephen Cohen - "No More School"
  9. William Eaton - "Track 9"
  10. Mark Lang - "Strawberry Man"
  11. Tom Smith - "Quidate Quierda"
  12. Dan Lambert - "Charley Town"
  13. William Eaton - "Track 13"
  14. Brad Chequer - "Warm River"
  15. Scott White - "Grow"
  16. Dwayne Cannan - "One Forty Eight"
Review: 'Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli' explores the private side of the solo guitar movement from 1966-81, bridging the gap between American Primitive
pioneers & the California modernists. Includes a 40-page booklet, digipack, and a limited edition NUMERO guitar pick.
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Cat: SNDWLP 046. Rel: 15 Mar 17
  1. The Loi-Toki-Tok - "Ware-Wa"
  2. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - "Watoto Nyara"
  3. Orchestre Baba National - "Sweet Sweet Mbombo"
  4. Gatanga Boys Band - "Wendo Ti Mbia"
  5. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - "Sina Raha"
  6. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - "Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo"
  7. Nairobi Matata Jazz - "Tamba Tamba"
  8. The Lulus Band - "Ngwendeire Guita"
  9. Mbiri Young Stars - "Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe"
  10. The Lulus Band - "Nana"
  11. Afro 70 - "Weekend"
  12. The Rift Valley Brothers - "Mu-Africa"
  13. DO 7 Band - "HO Ochiri"
  14. Afro '70 - "Cha-Umheja"
  15. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - "Kajo Golo-Weka"
  16. New Gatanga Sound - "Thonia Ni Caki"
  17. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - "See Serere"
  18. Kalambya Boys - "Kivelenge"
  19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - "Leta Ngoma"
  20. Huruma Boys Band - "Theresia"
  21. Orchestre Veve Star - "Nitarudia"
  22. The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya"
  23. The Lulus Band - "Mutumia Muriu"
  24. Ndalani 77 Brothers - "Nzaumi"
Review: Having explored the rich heritage of Nigeria and Ghana with well researched vigour, Soundway turn to Kenya for their next adventure... A rare insight: while Lagos was churning out seminal Afrobeat compositions, Kenya took to western influences in a much subtler fashion. With heavy emphasis on the Kenyan benga and Afro-Cuban rumba there's a much deeper, local folk presentation and format throughout most of the selection. Complete with detailed notes and beautiful presentation (like all Soundway compendiums) this won't look out of place in any collection.
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Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
  1. Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
  2. Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
  3. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
  4. Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
  5. Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
  6. Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
  7. Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
  8. JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
  9. Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
  10. Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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James Brown's Funky People Part 2 (gatefold 2xLP with obi-strip)
Cat: GET 54084LP. Rel: 22 Mar 17
  1. Bobby Byrd - "I Know You Got Soul" (long version) (4:43)
  2. Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters - "From The Love Side" (3:15)
  3. Marva Whitney - "What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You" (2:28)
  4. Maceo & The Macks - "Soul Power" (4:08)
  5. Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher) - "Put It On The Line" (3:33)
  6. Fred Wesley & The JB's - "You Can Have Watergate But Give Me Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight" (part 1 & 2) (6:18)
  7. Maceo & The Macks - "Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)" (3:19)
  8. Myra Barnes (Vicki Anderson) - "Super Good" (part 1 & 2) (5:36)
  9. Myra Barnes (Vicki Anderson) - "The Message From The Soul Sisters" (part 1 & 2) (4:14)
  10. Bobby Byrd - "Hot Pants... I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" (2:29)
  11. Lyn Collins - "Do Your Thing" (4:00)
  12. Fred Wesley & The JB's - "I'm Paying Taxes, What Am I Buying" (9:48)
  13. Fred Wesley & The JB's - "Blow Your Head" (4:45)
Review: The James Brown's Funky People series first appeared back in the 1980s, and gathered together tracks by artists associated with the Godfather of Soul, many of which he wrote and produced himself. This second edition - here reissued on vinyl for the first time since 1988 - contains a wealth of high quality funk and soul material. While some are naturally very well known - Bobby Byrd's "I Know You Got Soul" being the best-loved of the lot - what sets the album apart is the sublime tracks by Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins, Myra Barnes and Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lovers. Throw in some storming covers of Brown classics from Fred Wesley & The J.Bs and you have an essential collection of tried-and-tested dancefloor dynamite.
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Cat: OSTLP 003. Rel: 11 Dec 17
  1. Nimco Jamaac - "Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)" (5:49)
  2. Aamina Camaari - "Rag Waa Nacab Iyo Nasteexo (Men Are Cruel & Kind)" (6:00)
  3. Ali Nuur - "Unknown" (5:20)
  4. Hibo Nuura - "Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If The Artist Let's You Down)" (4:33)
  5. Gacaltooyo Band - "Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know)" (feat Faduumina Hilowle) (4:07)
  6. Iftiin Band - "Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries)" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen & Maryan Naasir) (7:13)
  7. Xasan Diiriye - "Qaraami (Love)" (6:42)
  8. Dur Dur Band - "Gorof (Elixir)" (feat Sahra Dawo) (5:42)
  9. Sharaf Band - "Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life Is Full Of Tribulations)" (feat Xaawo Hiiraan) (5:32)
  10. 4 Mars - "Na Daadihi (Guide Us)" (4:33)
  11. Danan Hargeysa - "Uur Hooyo (Mother's Womb)" (feat Mohamed "Huro" Abdihashi) (6:06)
  12. Sharero Band - "Qays Iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet)" (feat Faadumo Qaasim) (3:47)
  13. Waaberi Band - "Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What's October? It's Ours)" (4:44)
  14. Danan Hargeysa - "Mama" (feat Mohamed "Huro" Abdihashi) (6:11)
  15. Dur Dur Band - "Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)" (feat Muqtar Idi Ramadan) (4:22)
  16. Iftiin Band - "Anaa Qaylodhaankaan" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen) (5:23)
Review: In 1988, on the eve of the civil war that began to tear apart Somalia in the early 1990s, an intrepid band of broadcasters and journalists secretly salvaged some 10,000 cassettes of homegrown music from the archives of Radio Hargeissa in Somaliland. Almost 30 years on, those tapes have finally been mined for Sweet as Broken Dates, a brilliant compilation that finally showcases some of the multitude of gems that were recorded and released in the country between the late '60s and early '90s. It's a brilliant collection, all told, full of exotic music that combines Western styles - soul, funk, disco, pop, reggae, boogie, psychedelic rock and even early hip-hop- with musical influences from the wider region (most notably Arabic and tropical music from islands in the Indian Ocean). In other words, it should be an essential purchase.
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