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Life's A Bitch
Cat: FF45 012. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Life's A Bitch (3:45)
  2. (It Ain't) All Good (4:03)
Review: Cornish funkateer Daytoner rarely fails to deliver the goods, with his semi-regular seven-inch missives being amongst his most potent releases. He's at it again here, delierving two confirmed party-starting workouts that combine live funk and soul style instrumentation topped off with classic hip-hop acapellas. He begins with 'Life's a Bitch', where fast crew rap flows lifted from a much-loved hip-hop cut ride undulating bass guitar, laidback funk breaks and glistening guitars. He flips the script a little on flipside '(It Ain't) No Good', delivering hip-hop tempo beats, deep bass, luscious electric piano motifs and smart use of one of the most celebrated R&B vocals of the 1990s.
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I Ain't Got The Love
Cat: BLKG 2. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. I Aint Got The Love (remastered edit) (2:41)
  2. Ghettos Of The Mind (intro re-edit) (1:01)
  3. Hurts So Bad (remastered edit) (3:41)
Review: Black Hole's second release in the Sample Series finds Black Cash & Theo link up for a trio of heart breaking blue-eyed soul sounds, all served up as special remastered edits. 'I Ain't Got The Love' opens with the pained and yearning vocals over aching drum breaks with melancholic strings adding to the emotional turmoil. It's a beautiful tune where 'Ghettos Of The Mind' is a freaky interlude of looped vocals that are haunting and paranoid. 'Hurts So Bad' is a well loved soul gem that emerges on a rousing, heart bleeding vocal from slow, pensive moods to empowering highs and back again.
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Devil's Workshop
Cat: PBBLP 003. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Time To Listen (4:23)
  2. The Light (2:50)
  3. Brainstorm (3:50)
  4. Warm Dust (4:18)
  5. Peace (3:50)
  6. Disaster Time (3:48)
  7. The Curse (3:24)
  8. Blind Man (3:44)
  9. Mountains Of Madness (4:01)
  10. Strange Sensations (3:35)
Review: DJ Format has long been a master of cut-and-paste production, most frequently crafting barnstorming funk and hip-hop fuelled club cuts made almost entirely out of samples lifted from dusty old records. He's applied the same techniques on Devil's Workshop, his new instrumental album, but this time he's opted for a stranger selection of source material and an undeniably cinematic feel. While calling it "DJ Shadow's Endtroducing for the 21st century" would be a bit of a stretch, the producer's combination of eccentric musical snippets (you'll find elements repurposed from folk, psychedelic, jazz, rock, spoken word, easy listening, Mod and weird soundtrack records), low-slung basslines and head-nodding hip-hop beats is certainly in the same sonic ballpark. As a result, it's Format's most detailed, considered and impressive work to date.
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Listen To The Sound
Cat: RR 01. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Listen To The Sound (4:04)
  2. That Beat (3:28)
Review: 
The first release from Regulate Recordings sets out its stall in fine fashion. The tidy 7" brings together elements of funk, hip hop, party breaks and plenty more into a pair of authentic old school sounds. They come from a Manchester DJ, T2Funk, who used the extra time he had during lockdown to explore his record collection and link up with producers and turntablists to form a collective and release their own jams on 45s. 'Listen To The Sound' has a real 80s swagger with plenty of great mic work and scratching, then 'That Beat' is a more rolling bit of boom bap with big horns.
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Sing A Simple Song
Sing A Simple Song (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 027. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. The Meters - "Sing A Simple Song" (2:59)
  2. The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - "Giggin' Down 103rd" (2:59)
Review: Matasuna Records' reissue-focused releases tend towards the obscure, though their picks are always nigh on essential. Here they branch out from South American, Caribbean and African funk and soul to pay tribute to two hugely important American outfits of the sixties and seventies: The Meters and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. You'll find the latter's sought after 1968 single 'Giggin' Down 103rd' - a fiery, horn-heavy chunk of righteous, club-ready funk - residing on the flipside, marking the first time it's been available since the band initially released it. The headline attraction though is undoubtedly the Meters' cover of Sly & The Family Stone's 'Sing a Simple Song', with the celebrated combo delivering a typically crunchy, organ-rich instrumental take full of punchy drum-breaks and heavyweight guitar licks.
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Chemical Plant Zone
Cat: CLMN 186. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Chemical Plant Zone (4:19)
  2. Sagat Theme (3:03)
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Burning Spear
Burning Spear (7" reeditado)
Cat: DYNAM 7089. Rel: 28 Apr 21
  1. Burning Spear (LP version) (4:02)
  2. Burning Spear (7' version) (3:31)
Review: Now this is a benchmark for proper low slung funk. London's Dynamite Cuts present this classic by legendary funk/soul outfit S.O.U.L. The acronym stands for Sounds Of Unity and Love, and consisted of four gentlemen from Cleveland, OH USA that formed in the early 1970s. 'Burning Spear' has a groove you'll recognise from the first beat, as it has been sampled in many hip-hop tracks over the years. The A side version is taken from their What it is? LP. On the flipside is the rare and more collectable version; a variation with more focus on the percussion which was originally released on 7' in 1971. Essential for those in the know.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Parliament Edits (reissue) (limited sky blue vinyl 7" reeditado)
Cat: BBR 024SKYBLUE. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:54)
Review: Jorun Bombay likes to muck about with all sorts of different beats, but he always does it with real skill and personality. That's made him one Canada's most revered hip hop stars and here he tackles the one and only Parliament. His version of "Knee Deep" with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. "Mothership Bonus Beats" on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue) (brown vinyl 7" reeditado)
Cat: BBR 019BROWN. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: One of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists Jorun Bombay returns to local Halifax label Black Buffalo, an imprint that launched in 2005 with a white vinyl limited 45 issue....Following his recent edit series comes this fantastic cover of RA in the form of "Revisiting The Sunshine". Authentic to its soulful core, the release is perfectly timed as we're all beginning to miss the summer moving into the colder months. It's backed by an equally sunny shakedown version of "Funky Sensation" getting a precision Bombay treatment. Sensational.
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Atmosphere Strut
Cat: P 111. Rel: 02 Oct 20
  1. Atmosphere Strut (12" club mix) (9:21)
  2. Atmosphere Strut (Kon's Fly Away edit) (8:38)
Review: Patrick Adams was responsible for producing tons of terrific disco records during the late 1970s and early '80s, but few are quite as dizzyingly good as Cloud One's 1976 cut 'Atmosphere Strut'. Created by Adams with the assistance of regular collaborator Peter Brown, the 9-minute plus track is notable for the extensive use of superbly spacey synthesizer lines, an infectious deep disco groove and a typically head-in-the-clouds lead vocal from Margo Williams. This reissue naturally offers-up Adams' original, must-have 12" club mix, but also a brand-new re-edit from disco rework specialist KON. He lengthens the intro, beefs up the bass and makes crafty use of some improvised vocals from Adams and Williams that were previously buried on the multi-track master tapes.
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Always There
Always There (7" reeditado)
Cat: EXS 006. Rel: 06 May 21
  1. Always There (3:51)
  2. Comin' Over Me (3:47)
Review: Destination 78/79: Expansion take us deep into the illustrious back cat of revered boogaloo fusionist Willie Bobo for two of his many fiery delights. Side A is his feel-heavy cult instrumental take on Ronnie Laws' disco classic "Always There" while Side B throws us into the heart of his 1979 album Bobo with gutsy raw soul power (and just a few cheeky funk slap bass twangs for good measure) Two stone cold classics together for the first time on 45.
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Damn Right I Hit Em Up
Damn Right I Hit Em Up (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 225. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (vocal version) (4:09)
  2. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (instrumental) (4:20)
Review: DJ Soopasoul is back on his own Soopastole Edits label, this time paying tribute to the more great funk sounds and killer drum breaks. The artist is well versed in subtly reworking the classics, bringing them up to date and adding his own unique flavour. He opens this limited 7" with 'Damn Right I Hit Em Up' which rides rough over a tight bass riff, with biggie's raps up top and a big beat pumping the vibe. Flip it over for the instrumental version, which strips it right back to the bare essentials.
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Chameleon
Chameleon (180 gram transparent violet vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 075982 1598073. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Same Page Different Book (4:39)
  2. Da Bourgeoise (3:16)
  3. Ain't Gonna Miss U When U're Gone (6:00)
  4. Boyfriend (3:11)
  5. If I Could Get Ur Attention (2:42)
  6. What If (4:55)
  7. Free Urself (3:48)
  8. Ruffenuff (5:43)
  9. Paisley Park Rehearsal (10:04)
  10. Way Back Home (extended version) (6:51)
  11. Menstrual Cycle (10:23)
  12. Clouds (Mr Nelson Suite) (14:16)
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ACR:EPA
ACR:EPA (limited red vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: 12MUTE 631. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Wonderland (Jam 6) (5:07)
  2. Keep It Together (Jam 5) (3:42)
  3. Down & Dirty (Jam 2) (5:40)
  4. Feel No Fear (Jam 1) (5:21)
Review: Soon to be followed by two more from the mighty Ratio - ACR:EPC and ACR:EPR - EPA is the opening chapter in a triptych born from nothing. Or at least no fixed plan or specific agenda. A day spent jamming in the studio with close friend of the band and regular vocal collaborator, Denise Johnson, the recordings here and on the pair still to come represent the work they did that day, shortly before the world lost the woman in question forever.

Passing away in July 2020, well before her time, this is ACR paying tribute to another integral part of the Manchester music Factory. From the hypnotic and woozy 'Wonderland', where Donna Summer meets acid jazz, to the more straight-laced disco material - delivered with an edge you'd expect in terms of instrumentation and vocals - EPA is a fitting way to honour her legacy.
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September
September (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ASX 591S. Rel: 21 Apr 21
  1. September (3:02)
  2. I Love Without A Love (2:15)
Review: Jo Ann Hamilton hailed from Georgia and was brought up on a diet of soul, Motown and r&b. At the tender age of seven she joined the Gospel Choir from the Melton Chappel church and then got into the disco scene. Five decades later she has linked with Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this fantastic new 7" that is imbued with classic funk, soul and swing. Opener 'September' is a massive Northern Soul gem that would have slayed back then and still does now. On the flip is the more obscure 'I love Without A Love' which is funky, tropical and infectious.
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Jika Jika
Jika Jika (7")
Cat: VLM 003. Rel: 09 Mar 21
  1. Jika Jika (4:17)
  2. Jika Jika (The Odd Bits) (3:38)
Review: 'Jika Jika' is s super sassy version of Grandmaster Flash's iconic 'The Message'. This holy grail reissue from Vive La Musique has had a full remaster and features late, great South African artist Sipho Gumede in his 'Boogie Man' guise. For this one he worked alongside prolific 70s and 80s producer Greg Cutler with a Linn drum and Jupiter 4 synth recreating the famous basslines. Add in a mysterious rap vocal and you have a stone cold classic that will surely be well received in any setting. Flip it over for an extra jazzy synth version.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 1
Cat: DNA 015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Love Thang (4:06)
  2. Just An Illusion (3:51)
Review: DJ DSK kicks off another series of Edits Instrumentals volumes here with another pair of his vital cut up and reworked classics. The key to it is the source material - he always knows how to find just the right sort of disco tune or 80s classic to tease apart and rebuild in more robust and dance floor friendly fashion, all with a modern edge. 'Love Thang' is a sultry, low slung disco tune with big strings and funky riffs, while on the reverse, 'Just An Illusion' offers a more squelchy and late night groove for dancing to under a setting sun, maybe.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 2
Cat: DNA 016. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Bad Girls (4:02)
  2. Need You Tonight (4:14)
Review: The relentless edit surgeon that is DJ DSK must have spent the whole of lockdown digging for beats, then taking them to his operating table and setting to work, boucle he has a glut of new Eps out in close proximity. He kicks off here with a huge disco classic in 'Bad Girls' and strips out the vocals, turns up the fun and allows the beats to roll on uninterrupted. On the flip he takes the classic, jittery, 80s INXS gem 'Need You Tonight' and strips out the vocals, makes the beats that bit more crisp and sharp and adds some reverb for extra weight.
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The Stone Killer (Soundtrack) (Expanded Edition)
The Stone Killer (Soundtrack) (Expanded Edition) (gatefold 180 gram audiophile translucent red vinyl 2xLP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: BEAT 82C. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. The Stone Killer (main titles) (3:15)
  2. Under Surveillance (2:05)
  3. The Plot (3:14)
  4. On The Trail (3:05)
  5. The Graveyard (2:33)
  6. In The Shadows (3:37)
  7. Too Late (2:13)
  8. The Old Precinct (1:28)
  9. Down Town (1:45)
  10. On The Move (1:57)
  11. Down Uptown (3:51)
  12. From Vietnam (2:04)
  13. The Chase (2:45)
  14. The Assassination (4:01)
  15. Final Capture (1:38)
  16. The Stone Killer (main title - alt mix) (3:23)
  17. M5 SK6: The Old Precinct (2:44)
  18. M5 SK7: On The Move (2:55)
  19. M1 SK10: The Chase (3:05)
  20. Black Is Beautiful (4:42)
  21. M4 SK10 (1:45)
  22. M7 SK10: The Assassination (1:40)
  23. M5 SK2 (1:45)
  24. The Graveyard (alt mix) (2:38)
  25. The Stone Killer (main theme - film mix - mono) (3:23)
  26. Too Late (2:47)
  27. M1 SK10 (film mix - mono) (2:46)
  28. The Stone Killer (7" mix) (2:38)
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Move On Up
Move On Up (7" reeditado)
Cat: URDC 14. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Nautilus - "Move On Up" (feat Mizuki Kamata) (4:22)
  2. Mizuki Kamata - "Track 2" (feat Nautilus) (4:18)
Review: Nautilus are a Japanese band named after the iconic Bob James song, which also tells you a lot about their style - which is a mix of modern rare groove that also embodies elements of jazz, funk, disco, soul and hip hop. In just five years they have built up a solid global fan base and this new single explains why. 'Move On Up' (feat Mizuki Kamata) is both filled with golden era acid jazz goodness, but also slick modern jazz tinged grooves that fit right in with the contemporary landscape. ON the flip, 'Track 2' is more slow and late night, a tender basement jam for cuddly dancing.
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Intérprete: I Love 45's!
 in stock $20.03
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In The Rain
In The Rain (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PSLP 04. Rel: 10 May 21
  1. In The Rain (4:11)
  2. Humpty Dumpty (5:03)
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Vol 2: The Colombia Years
Vol 2: The Colombia Years (triple 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ROC 041. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Boogaloo Girl (2:49)
  2. Ponte En Onda (3:54)
  3. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Ritmo Caliente" (3:39)
  4. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Soul & Feeling (Alma Y Sentimiento)" (3:08)
  5. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Tiahuanaco (Puerta Del Sol)" (3:38)
  6. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Mi Nuevo Ritmo" (3:26)
Review: Last year Rocafort Records delivered a rather good retrospective of the early works of Peruvian band-leader Alfredito Linares, an unheralded star of Latin jazz and later salsa and boogaloo who made some seriously good music in the late 1960s and '70s. This sequel, which features six scintillating tracks stretched across three seven-inch singles, tells the next chapter of the story, following Linares' relocation to Cali, Colombia in the early '70s. What's an offer is a heavy, club-ready mixture of righteous boogaloo - all infectious grooves, loose-limbed South American percussion, breathless group vocals and rising, big band style horns - and breezy salsa workouts, all of which hits the spot and then some.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3
Cat: DNA 017. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (4:16)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (4:31)
Review: A-grade edit specialists DJ DSK is having a hugely prolific year. He has already put put a wealth of 7"s this year and now comes on strong with yet another. DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3 finds him hunt down some killer source material and cut it and rework it with his surgeons sonic scalpel. 'That's The Way Love Goes' has a hard hitting boom-bap break with a bouncy bassline bringing some air. A neat and funk guitar riff acts as the main hook with synth strings bring expansive feels. On the back side is 'The Thrill Is Gone', a more laid back but still funky break for those earlier or even later night hours.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Cat: BBR 024BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:56)
Review: If you dig a decent cover or an essential edit, then you will be more than familiar with Jorun Bombay. The Canadian artist is a leader in his field and a prolific one, too, who puts out plenty of material in a constant stream. Here he takes on Parliament classics. His version of 'Knee Deep' with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. 'Mothership Bonus Beats' on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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Afro Sega
Afro Sega (7" reeditado) (1 per customer)
Cat: AT 701. Rel: 06 May 21
  1. Afro-Sega (Tony Allen remix) (4:35)
  2. Fatige (4:31)
Review: Second time around for Afro-Kreole artist Grace Barbe's surprise collaboration with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, which was first released on seven-inch way back in 2016. Allen handled production and remixing duties on "Afro-Sega", a wonderfully humid and tropical number in which the late drummer's distinctive polyrhythms provide a killer base for Barbe's superb lead vocals and all manner of accompanying musical heat (think undulating funk bass, effects-laden Clavinet riffs and punchy sax). Just as good is flipside "Fatige", an even more colourful and vibrant affair in which the Seychelles Islander explores the tropical sounds of her home archipelago in serious sonic style. Only 160 of these have been pressed in total, so act fast if you want to secure a copy.
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She's On The Money
Cat: AOTN 12015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. She Is On The Money (unreleased 14.43 Disco mix) (14:44)
  2. Holiday (4:31)
  3. She Is On The Money (alternate) (4:37)
  4. She Is On The Money (7' version) (4:06)
  5. She Is On The Money (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: Once again Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer has dug deep for inspiration. Even within disco and boogie collector circles, few know the self-released early '80 singles of sometime Sister Sledge backing bandmember Doug Payne. As Fryer has proved on this compilation style EP, Payne's boogie-era jams were genuinely brilliant. The killer cut is 'She's On The Money', a P-funk style wriggler - think squelchy, undulating synth-bass, soulful vocals, sparkling synth lines and bustling machine drums - that's available in a variety of versions. Our pick of the bunch is the previously unreleased extended mix, which stretches out to almost 15 minutes and includes some superb, DJ-friendly stripped-back sections. Also worth a listen is the slap-bass-propelled boogie-funk of 'Holiday', which was originally Payne's debut solo single way back in 1983.
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Reggae Music (reissue)
Cat: KALITA 12016. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Reggae Music (4:53)
  2. Reggae Music (instrumental) (5:55)
Review: This 12" on Kalita marks first ever official reissue of the highly sought after Michael Paul reggae-soul-disco gem 'Reggae Music.' It is something of a megabit that never was after first coming on the New York-based Revolver Records. Since then it has been hard to find, and even if you do find a copy, many are said to have some real sound quality issues. Either way it is now a bit of a grail for a certain sort of DJ so to have it here, remastered and nice and loud, is big news. As well as the languid and steamy original, there is a killer dub version on the flip.
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The Notorious JB's: The BIG Payback
Cat: NOTORIOUS JBS. Rel: 25 Feb 21
  1. Intro Theme (0:42)
  2. BIG Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:56)
  3. Sex Machine Gun Funk (4:04)
  4. Ten Crack Commandments (feat Fela Kuti) (3:28)
  5. Don't Do Drugs PSA (interlude) (0:43)
  6. The BIG Payback (5:47)
  7. Kick In The Door (4:03)
  8. Say It Loud (I'm Black & Proud) (3:15)
  9. Everyday Struggle (3:29)
  10. Stay In School PSA (outro) (0:19)
  11. Think BIG (bonus track) (2:29)
Review: Amerigo's The Big Payback series finds him bring together some fantasy all stars for his "J.B. and The Soul Mates" tribute concept. Here, James Brown's music is reworked, edited and chopped together with the work of hip hop giant Notorious BIG. It results in speaker blasting, floor filling, ass wiggling jams that mash up all the most iconic verses and choruses from each singer with their most recognisable guitar riffs, drum breaks and samples. It's a colourful collage that is as fun as it is funky.
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Nathan Bartell
Cat: AOTNLP 035. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up (3:19)
  2. I Feel It Coming (feat Chuck Robinson) (3:41)
  3. Sitting Alone (3:46)
  4. Jody & John (2:54)
  5. Some One Like You (2:47)
  6. Moving On (2:47)
  7. I Want Your Love (4:16)
  8. Mystery Lady (4:23)
  9. See Me Cry (4:03)
  10. Ooh Baby, I Love You (2:37)
  11. If I Could Win Your Love (2:40)
  12. If I Ever Fall In Love Again (2:52)
Review: Georgia-born soul singer Nathan Bartell cut a number of obscure deep funk, soul and disco singles in the 1970s and early '80s, most of which are on the wants-list of some of the world's most enthusiastic and knowledgeable record collectors. Athens of the North is therefore doing a good deed by collecting these sought-after "sides" together on an album for the very first time. The self-titled set does a great job of introducing us to Bartell's soulful world via a mixture of righteous funk floor-burners, emotional slow jams, Southern soul numbers, slick boogie numbers and '80s soul treats. In other words, it's a much-needed retrospective of one of underground soul's genuine forgotten talents.
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Intérprete: I Love Disco!, Soul Music
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Bump & Hustle Music
Bump & Hustle Music (limited 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7093. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Bump & Hustle Music (4:59)
  2. Fulton County Line (4:46)
Review: If you've ever been to a rare groove party - or a soul and funk one, for that matter - there's a fair chance you'll have heard Tommy Stewart's 'Bump & Hustle Music'. The song first featured on the American artist's self-titled debut album in 1976, but later became an anthem on the London rare groove scene. It remains an infectious, feel-good, life-affirming treat, with addictive female vocals, twittering flute motifs and much-sampled horn riffs riding a languid, rolling groove. Over on the flip you'll find another fine track taken from the same album: the sweeping, string-laden disco sweetness that is 'Fulton County Line'.
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Sunny Juice
Cat: FF45 011. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. Sunny Juice (3:38)
  2. Skeelo Wonder (3:43)
Review: Smoove is back on Friday's Funky 45 with another of his irresistible mash ups. Larger than life, hard hitting and designed for maximum impact on inebriated dance floors, the opener marries vocals from 'Juice' with 'Sunny', adds some hefty drums played by label mate Dr Rubberfunk and the results are real, if not subtle. Reverse it for a collision of Skee-lo's perma-anthem, 'I Wish' chopped up with the funky keys and soul of Stevie Wonder's classic of the same name. These are bait tunes, but we all need a bit of that from time to time.
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Cat: BBR 019BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: Jorun Bombay is one of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists and his fantastic cover of the recently turned 80 year old Roy Ayers in the form of 'Revisiting The Sunshine' is one of his biggest tunes. A recent reissue on white vinyl sold out in quick time so now comes another chance to own it, this time on black wax. This one followed Jorun's recent edit series and is authentic to its soulful core. As summer fades away and autumn looms, keep the sunny vibes alive with this golden, heart warming version. On the flip is something just as sunny - a fine version of 'Funky Sensation' that gets a precision Bombay treatment.
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 in stock $21.20
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Hard Up
Hard Up (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PT 009. Rel: 02 Mar 21
  1. Hard Up (4:14)
  2. Ride On Time (4:21)
Review: 2020 marks two decades since the Bamboos, Australia's premier deep funk combo, first made an impression in their home city of Melbourne. The Lance Ferguson-helmed outfit have been busy in the studio this year cooking up some suitably celebratory music to mark their 20th birthday, with this must-check "45" the latest missive to hit the streets. A-side 'Hard Up' is a typically raw and heavy affair, with regular vocalist Kylie Audist excelling herself over a typically tight-but-loose blend of hazy horns, Hammond motifs, crunchy drums and flash-fried guitar licks. Just as impressive is B-side 'Ride on Time', a surprise - but genuinely killer - heavy funk translation of Black Box's 1989 piano house favourite of the same name.
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 in stock $8.84
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Heart's Desire
 in stock $9.14
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Chick A Boom
Chick A Boom (yellow vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies reeditado)
Cat: VAMPIC 45003. Rel: 27 Apr 21
  1. Chick-A-Boom
  2. Cycles Of You
Intérprete: I Love 45's!, Originals
 in stock $13.55
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Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: PARK 1033. Rel: 17 Dec 20
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (3:16)
  2. Summer Madness (4:01)
Review: Sometimes known as Inokasira Rangers, Park Rangers are a Japanese band who have spent much of the last decade releasing inspired but unlikely instrumental reggae covers of massive rock, pop and disco hits. This 7" single boasts two of their most popular covers, starting with a ridiculously cheery and almost hilariously cheeky version of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Built around a 1960s style rocksteady riddim, it's instantly recognisable thanks to the band's choice to track the tune of Cobain's lead vocal (which naturally isn't present) with a Hammond organ solo. On the flip you'll find a deep reggae-disco cover of Kool & The Gang classic 'Summer Madness'; it's good, but nowhere near as fine as the surprising A-side.
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 in stock $15.32
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DNA Edits Volume 6
DNA Edits Volume 6 (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: DNA 014. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. Remind Me (3:57)
  2. Knee Deep (4:20)
Review: Only a week after his last outing on this label, DJ DSK is making another return with more of his masterful edits. Volume 6 finds him open up with 'Remind Me,' which is a soulful and jazzy jam, with tumbling drums and nice wet claps. The vocal is the real winner, though, as it tugs at those heart strings. Flip it over and you'll find the much bigger anymore bumping 'Knee Deep' which has myriad recognisable samples all reworked into a party ready hip hop funk joint for the b-boys and girls out there.
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One Day
One Day (7")
Cat: DNSCR 013. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Kings Go Forth - "One Day" (4:15)
  2. Willie Tee - "First Taste Of Hurt" (2:39)
 in stock $14.13
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In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) Juno Exclusive 45 Adapter Edition
In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) Juno Exclusive 45 Adapter Edition (hand-numbered 7'' in Juno exclusive Mukatsuku card sleeve + 45 adapter)
Cat: MUKAT 074 ADAPTER. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. In One Piece (2:00)
  2. In One Piece (unreleased instrumental) (2:00)
Review: Juno exclusive with free additional wooden 45 adapter.This year, a number of labels - most notably Dynamite Cuts - have been digging in to the seemingly bottomless archives of much-sampled American-Trinidadian artist and producer George Semper, a man many consider to be "the Godfather of Bay Area soul". Here Mukatsuku gets in on the act by offering up a fresh pressing of Semper-produced funk band In One Piece's rare, self-titled debut the first time ever on a 45. The vocal version on side A is superb, and features Cindy Jones singing attractively over a bustling, loose-limbed, B-Boy friendly rhythm track and sweaty Hammond B3 solos from jazz organist Rodney Franklin. The latter's mazy, jazzy keys-work naturally comes to the fore on the flipside instrumental, which has never before been heard let alone released until now. A genuine must-have for funk fans and B-Boys searching for drum breaks alike....As played by Pete Rock...DJ Koco from Japan...DJ Spinna....DJ Muro...Mr Thing....Rob Life....Rob Manga....The Allergies....Smoove..Bobbito....Rich Medina... Evil Ed...etc
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 in stock $8.25
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Hard Up
Hard Up (coloured vinyl 2xLP + insert + MP3 downalod code)
BMG
Cat: 405053 8663815. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Hard Up (4:15)
  2. Power Without Greed (4:00)
  3. While You Sleep (feat Ev Jones) (4:22)
  4. Nothing I Wanna Know About (4:08)
  5. It's All Gonna Be OK (feat Joey Dosik) (3:58)
  6. Tomorrow (4:53)
  7. Upwey Funk (3:14)
  8. The Thing About You (3:19)
  9. If Not Now (Then When) (feat Durand Jones) (4:10)
  10. I Just Heard You Leaving (5:13)
  11. Ride On Time (4:19)
 in stock $28.59
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Asfalto Selvagem (Soundtrack) (reissue)
Cat: MAR 31. Rel: 05 Nov 20
  1. Asfalto Selvagem (1:58)
  2. Assanhadina (Samba) (2:14)
  3. Tema 1 (2:06)
  4. Porque Brigamos (2:34)
  5. Tema 2 (0:55)
  6. Cafe Samba (3:01)
  7. Tema 3 (1:03)
  8. Cha-Cha-Cha Pra Drois (3:47)
  9. Engracadinha (Samba) (2:00)
  10. Suicidio (Fantasia) (1:30)
  11. Meu Rio Maravilhoso (Samba) (3:01)
  12. Tema 4 (1:04)
  13. Leticia (Cha-Cha-Cha) (2:35)
  14. Tema 5 (1:08)
  15. Um Olhar Assim (Fox) (2:27)
  16. Tema 6 (2:21)
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 in stock $16.21
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Omega
Omega (7")
Cat: CLMN 184. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Omega (4:46)
  2. Maraka (3:55)
Intérprete: Dynamite Cuts
 in stock $6.48
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De La Smoove: Lesson 1
Cat: FF45 010. Rel: 26 Nov 20
  1. De La Smoove: Lesson 1 (4:30)
  2. Hall & Soul (4:24)
Review: Smoove returns to his hip-hop roots via a brilliantly simple but wonderfully crafted tribute to Del La Soul's "daisy age" era and cut-and-paste pioneers Double Dee & Steinski. 'De La Smoove' is a simple idea that has been expertly executed. Subtitled 'Lesson 1', it sees Smoove stitch together snatches of tracks sampled by De La Soul (or more specifically, Prince Paul) on the peerless Three Feet High and Rising album, throwing in all manner of well-known vocal snippets previously used by Steinski and others. He flips the script on B-side 'Hall & Soul', sneakily blending elements of De La Soul classic 'Say No Go' with one of the tracks that it sampled, blue-eyed soul favourite 'I Can't Go For That'.
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 in stock $11.78
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Movin On
Movin On (12")
Cat: EDITDUB 12. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Movin On" (unreleased re-edit) (7:07)
  2. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Express" (unreleased re-edit) (5:53)
  3. Biddu Orchestra - "Voodoo Man" (instrumental) (6:13)
  4. Suna Yildizoglu - "I´m Gonna Dance" (unreleased Disco dub) (7:47)
Review: Edit & Dub is an always on fire label that deals in serving up lost mixes of dancefloor classics. The latest helping of goodness kicks off with a pair of tunes from Gino Dentie & The Family. 'Movin On' is real smooth groove train business with noodling chords and big horns while 'Express' gets a little bit deeper. A meandering flute leads the way up top with flat footed kicks making you move. The flip has high speed cosmic disco funk in the form of 'Voodoo Man' and then more loose limbed sunshine on 'I'm Gonna Dance,' a heartwarming cut for sure.
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 in stock $14.44
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Soopastole Edits Vol 4
Cat: SSR 204. Rel: 10 Mar 21
  1. Labi Siffre - "I Got The" (4:26)
  2. Banbarra - "Shack Up" (3:27)
 in stock $11.78
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Street Player
Cat: MXMRK 2039. Rel: 15 Feb 21
  1. Street Player (Mr K Breakdown edit) (5:39)
  2. Get Up Get Into It Get Involved (Mr K Breakdown edit) (2:21)
Review: We know that there are tons of re-edits around and some tend towards the pointless, but it's always worth paying attention with the editor involved is Danny Krivit AKA Mr K. His edits are rarely less than brilliant, in part because the veteran New Yorker is usually able to breathe new life into classic cuts just through rearrangement and occasional use of additional instrumentation. 'Street Player', his latest rework of the Chicago classic of the same name, is a brilliant example of this. We all know and love the original, but Krivit's take is vastly different thanks to a lengthy, percussion-heavy build up and next to no chorus. It's a genuinely brilliant revision. Over on the flip he presents a short 'breakdown edit' of a sweaty old James Brown jam.
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 in stock $10.31
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I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (reissue)
  1. I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (2:29)
  2. My Heart (Needs A Break) (2:47)
Review: British reissue champions Soul Brother return to democratise a certified northern soul classic. Released 1969 (just three years before Linda died, aged 27), both sides hit hard with raw soul power. "I Just Can't Live My Life" stomps with Stax gutsiness while "My Heart" eases back off the tempo and gives the backing singers and soaring strings a chance to shine with Linda. Original pressings of this have previously passed for over 500 pounds Grab a double-sided slice of history.
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 in stock $10.91
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Xango
Xango (7")
Cat: BRZ 45084. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Magalhaes - "Xango" (3:21)
  2. Os Panteras - "Lambada Pauleira" (2:42)
Review: The previous instalment in Mr Bongo's ongoing Brazil 45s series offered up two sought-after cuts from Di Melo's 1975 self-titled debut album. This volume takes a slightly different approach, instead delivering killer cuts from two different artists, both of whom hail from the North of Brazil. On side A you'll find Magalhaes' 1986 gem 'Xangos', a cheery and energetic Lambada workout rich in jangling guitars, shuffling percussion, ear-catching vocals and restless bass. On the reverse Os Panteros takes over with 1987 jam 'Lambada Pauleira', a quirky chunk of Lambada full of fuzzy synths, infectious percussion and lo-fi guitar licks. The cut was famously re-edited some time back by Joutro Mondo, though this original version is - in our opinion - far superior.
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 in stock $10.31
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Sou Negro
  1. Toni Tornado - "Sou Negro" (2:21)
  2. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - "Coluna Do Meio" (2:58)
Review: Mr Bongo offers up an incredible 86th volume in the Brazil45 series, and this time it's Black Rio funk from two mainstays of the sound, Toni Tornado & Zeca Do Trombone. A-side 'Sou Negro' is from Tornado's 1970 EP on Odeon Records. It's a sought after number that despite lasting only just over two minutes still makes an indelible impression. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax join forces on the flip for 'Coluna Do Meio,' which is a more smooth, easy going jazz laced tune compared with the raw and direct a-side. This one has an acrobatic vocal and sunny riffs bringing pool-side vibes under clear blue skies.
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 in stock $10.31
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Song Of Innocence
Song Of Innocence (LP + booklet reeditado)
Cat: NA 5165LP. Rel: 26 Apr 21
  1. Urizen (4:01)
  2. Holy Thursday (5:28)
  3. The Smile (3:25)
  4. A Dream (2:25)
  5. Song Of Innocence (4:33)
  6. Merlin's Prophecy (2:46)
  7. The Mental Traveler (4:04)
Review: Celebrating 50 years of one of the most definitive fusion records ever made, Now Again present the most fitting remaster Axelrod's critically acclaimed debut album Song Of Innocence has ever had. An immense piece of work that pays homage to William Blake and brought together nodes and notions of rock, classical, funk, psychedelic and boogaloo, this reissue comes straight from the original masters with engineering and consultation from Axelrod's production partner H B Barnum, original keyboardist Don Randi, his widow Terri and producer T-Ray. Still as complex and cosmic and sounding better than ever.
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 in stock $30.64
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