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Singles
Cat: SC 717. Rel: 18 May 17
  1. Daddy's Groove (4:52)
  2. Let Me Be Your Lover (4:40)
Review: Alex Puddu's Afro Soul Prophecy project continues to blaze into the year with pure molten lava grooves. "Daddy's Groove" is a perfect summer heater with its laid back horns that ooze over the wah wah licks and strutting rim-shots. "Let Me Be Your Lover" takes more of a Latin approach with its upbeat rhythm and bossa tendencies. Listen out for those cosmic guitars in the background... Dreamy business.
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Cat: SC 716. Rel: 18 May 17
  1. Red Light District (3:28)
  2. The Game Of Love (4:02)
Review: Building on the heat of last year's "Devil Made Me Do It", Alex Puddu's Afro Soul Prophecy returns with more smoking jazz fusions. "Red Light District" is as hot and illicit as the title suggests thanks to its prominent drums and heated horn work. "The Game Of Love" plays the perfect counter with its much softer, sentimental swoons and loungey dynamics. Instant summer soul soothers.
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Dance Now (7")
Cat: JAL 283V. Rel: 06 Sep 18
  1. Dance Now (3:43)
  2. Fade Away (feat Andy Cooper From Ugly Duckling) (2:59)
Review: Aside from releasing 2 albums for the imprint, Bristol's The Allergies have been a pillar of the Jalapeno label's success over the years, helping the label find its feet amid the ever-growing broken beat scene. The duo return to the catalogue with a classic helping of their very own breakbeat science, first up with the vocal-led charm of "Dance Now", a commercially-minded dancehall anthem that strays into pop and r&b with utter ease. On the flip, Andy Cooper features on the rap-pop hybrid vocals of "Fade Away", a feel-good party tune that is solely focused on getting you to move!
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Cat: JAL 278V. Rel: 26 Jul 18
  1. Can't Keep Working This Hard (3:34)
  2. Run It Back (feat Andy Cooper) (3:07)
Review: Brand new funk from Bristol-based duo The Allergies, these two pant-swinging numbers mark the build up to their third album Steal The Show. As always, it's an all-out funkathon with full eyes on the party prize. "Can't Keep Working This Hard" jumps with a classic JB style break with some gutsy, raw soul vocal chops while "Run It Back" sees them tagging up with Andy Cooper once again with another classic spitfire rap jam that you know you'll be air rapping to within two or three listens. Yeah you will.
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Cat: JAL 255V. Rel: 21 Sep 17
  1. Main Event (3:37)
  2. Buzzsaw (3:57)
Review: What a trip it's been for The Allergies; rolling from one killer album to the next, funk is flying from their HQ at a rate of knots. Here are two fine examples from their last LP Push On, both featuring their long-time friend and MC from Andy Cooper. Best known for his witty wordplay and character on Ugly Duckling records, here Andy gets to show off both sides to his expansive flow; "Main Event" is a chubby disco groove laced with mountains of funk, creating space for Andy's laidback-but-hypey charm. In perfect contrast "Buzzsaw" is a much sweatier funk jam allowing Cooper to get rapid and tongue-twisty in a way that only he knows how. Keep on pushing...
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Cat: BJR 456. Rel: 07 Aug 18
  1. Tatli Dile Guler Yuze (2:41)
  2. Hababam (2:13)
Review: Altin Gun are the hottest property to come out of Istanbul in the last ten years. Fact. Led by Jacco Gardner, the 7-piece outfit specialise in the deepest, most wild-eyed psych funk available at the moment and this was clearly visible from their recent debut LP, On. A similar narrative continues here, one which resonates so well with the traditional sound of 70s Turku-funk from pioneers such as Erkin Koray or Baris Manco, and there is, quite simply, something very honest about this band. O this new 7" from the banging Bongo Joe we have "Tatli Dile Guler Yuze", a seductive vocal groove filled with aptly trippy guitar funk and Merve Dasdemir's sublime voice waving in the distance, and the quirky sounds of the instrumental cut "Hababam" - making this one of Bongo Joe's best EPs to date, and another proof-point for Altin Gun's quality. Highly recommended.
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Freedom (7")
Cat: CR 7004. Rel: 12 Jan 17
  1. Freedom (Unchained mix) (3:55)
  2. Freedom (Mr. Confuse remix) (3:42)
Review: It's been almost four years since we last heard from Anatoly Ice and Dariya, and we were beginning to miss the duo's magnetic waves of seductive nu-soul. Backed by a gentle sway of breakbeats, "Freedom (Unchained)" is the sort of tune that will have cross-cultural appeal, drawing in influences from pop, r&b, and even a little country love. On the flip, Mr Confuse twists the groove up to transform the original into more of a light-hearted house swelter, backed by the original's suave vocals.
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Inner City Blues (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: CBLL 020. Rel: 04 Jun 18
  1. John Anderson - "Inner City Blues" (3:29)
  2. Angel Sound-Broadway - "Inner City Blues" (Acetate demo) (3:04)
Review: Cannonball celebrate the big two-oh with this delightful find of an original take of Gaye's seminal "Inner City Blues". Famously covered by Gil Scott Heron and Grover Washington Jr, here the legacy continues as the Italian collective rebooted John's recording with their own subtle instrumentation. With a full studio version on the Take side and rawer, floor-hitting funk finish on the Acetate side, we guarantee this will make you want to holler...
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Cat: SJR 43412. Rel: 08 Nov 19
  1. Horace Andy - "Fever" (3:47)
  2. Im & The Agg - "The Flue" (2:04)
Review: "Fever" is one of Horace Andy's biggest hits. Amazingly, it has never been given its own release so Studio One has done the right thing and put it out on a super loud 12" for the first time. It first landed way back in 1973 before Andy rose to contemporary fame appearing with Massive Attack on five of their albums, but still hits hard. The lush vocals sit well in the swinging drums and bass, and makes it a sure fire dance floor destroyer that won't hang around. Comes accompanied with a Cedric "Im" Brooks instrumental version on the flip.
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Cat: S4R 03. Rel: 22 Jun 18
  1. Broke Down Piece Of Man (2:55)
  2. Four Walls Of Gloom (2:12)
Review: Soul4Real has gotten 'soulful for real' with this third outing, coming through in the form of 2 previously unreleased gems from US band The Anglos. This is some pretty niche gear, what with the band having only put out a handful of 7s back in the 60, so it feels like a special occasion to have some new material from them on our shelves. These tunes were apparently destined to land on the Botanic imprint back in the day, and are famously produced and engineered by the great Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, which is why they have a certain roughness that is rarely heard on other soul records. "Broke Down Piece Of Man" is a fast, beat-heavy number with a psychedelic edge that reflects the state of mind back then, while "Four Walls Of Gloom" takes the gospel tradition as its main ingredient, offering a wonderfully uplifting midtempo rocker for the heart and soul.
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Making Way (12")
Cat: BARBARA 04. Rel: 17 Apr 18
  1. Get On With The Looking (5:24)
  2. Do You Know (11:17)
  3. Becoming Welcome (17:13)
Review: From his early releases for the mythical Greta Cottage Workshop, outsider house specialist Arnheim has come a long way, and his own Barbara Recordings is now on its way to ruling the downtempo game! In fact, Arnheim's sound are more on the inside than the outside, if this new EP is anything to go by; "Get On With The Looking" is on a Mahogani Music tip, while "Do You Know" stutters its off-kilter groove with magnificent elegance, and "Becoming Welcome" breaks out some fine jazz melodies in what sounds like a truly well-balanced piece of music that sits outside of the generic 'club' atmosphere. Quality assured.
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Flowers EP (12")
Cat: SS 048. Rel: 08 Sep 18
  1. Andrew Ashong & Theo Parrish - "Flowers"
  2. Andrew Ashong - "Take It Slow"
  3. Andrew Ashong - "The Way She Moves" (short version)
Review: At first glance, the pairing of Forest Hill resident Andrew Ashong and Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish would seem strange. But the duo have worked together previously with the Ghanaian born vocalist (and supposed owner of a vinyl collection that would make most record shops look like a car boot sale) lending his soulful tones to Parrish's excellent nine minute plus translation of the Hot Chip and Spiritualised affiliated About Group. Whereas that collaboration was more about Ashong's voice being just one element of a production that was undoubtedly Parrish, the three tracks present on the Flowers EP look to showcase what a talent the Londoner is. Those trademark dust filled stacatto rhythms are present in the opening title track, but they never swamp Ashong's killer vocal delivery, while "Take It Slow" is bonafide D funk of the highest order. After the brutal, divisive nature of Theo's kung fu experimentalism on the Any Other Styles EP, these three tracks show him in a wholly new light and hopefully Parrish and Ashong will be making much more music together.
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Cat: AFR 45013. Rel: 18 Mar 16
  1. Mulatu Astatke - "Assiyo Bellema" (feat Frank Holder & Niaaza Alsherif) (2:53)
  2. Teshome Meteku - "Hasabe" (3:55)
Review: Another weighty slab of Ethiopian music history from Mr Bongo... First up is the hugely influential fusionist Mulatu Astatke with the Latin-meets-Afro jam "Assiyo Bellema". Loaded with frenetic guitars and mesmerising drum work from Frank Holder, this was actually recorded during Mulatu's time in London. Flip for an equally influential force in Ethiopian music: Soul Ekos Band affiliate Teshome Meteku with a more traditional local sound, Teshome's yearning insistent vocals wrap around the horns and tight drums like fog around a mountain. Captivating.
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Obaa Sima (limited 12")
Cat: ATFA 015. Rel: 27 Oct 15
  1. Obaa Sima (5:37)
  2. Adagya (4:55)
Review: Awesome Tapes From Africa surely scored one of the best reissues this year with the vinyl and CD edition of Obaa Sima, a quite startling album from Ghanaian musician Ata Kak that covered highlife, rap, pop, and more. The fact the discovery of the original tape was ATFA founder's Brian Shimkovitz original reason for starting the label made it all the more special. With copies of that album no longer in press, Awesome Tapes From Africa have tempered demand with a series of 12" releases featuring cuts from Obaa Sima. Here the title track makes the transition, pressed nice and loud at 45rpm (do try it at 33 too for a different vibe), whilst the slower electro funk-edged bliss of "Adagya" lines the B-side.
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Cat: AGS 7008. Rel: 10 Apr 18
  1. Let Me Say Dis About Dat (3:29)
  2. No Beginning, No End (3:49)
Review: A self-titled opus, the OG presses of Aura's one and only album have been known to fetch over L100 while the 2016 Aloha Got Soul reissue was supported across the board from Theo Parrish to Giles Peterson. Here are two of the most delectable highlights in bright white 45" form; "Let Me Say Dis About Dat" is all about the crunchy riffs and rock funk fusion while "No Beginning, No End" is a thrilling disco funk cut that has aged to perfection. Limited and likely to fly.
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ZIP
Cat: ZP 01. Rel: 02 Aug 16
  1. What Would Marvin Say? (4:38)
  2. Sunday (4:52)
Review: Pat Biggerstaff's ZIP catapults itself into the modern soul game with an arresting statement of intent; St Louie-born, Kansas-based Bryan Austin takes time off his calling as a missionary to lay down two soft, dreamy, string and piano based ballads. "What Would Marvin Say?" is rich in references and respect while "Sunday" takes The Moments' classic to slower, deeper, emotive pastures. Both establish ZIP as a new label with promise.
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Tessassategn Eko (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45016. Rel: 14 Jun 16
  1. Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Tessassategn Eko" (4:04)
  2. Alemayehu Eshete - "Ayalqem Tedqem" (3:22)
Review: Afro 45's / Mr Bongo show no signs of stopping their tireless run of form and, 7" after 7", they just keep on producing the goods. There's yet more '70s goodness with this new little scorcher: the A-side is 1973's "Tessassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre Hiwot, a pensive Ethiopian pop hit for all sorts of music fans to enjoy, but "Ayalqem Tedqem" by Alemayehu Eshete on the B-side is where it's at... just listen to that bass and you'll instantly recognize this wonderful little cover.
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In Loving Memory (hand-numbered 7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: FNR 063. Rel: 10 Nov 16
  1. The Disciples - "In Loving Memory" (3:03)
  2. All Nations Quartet - "He Spoke" (3:02)
Review: Serial alias addict, Kris Holmes returns with a double side of split personality: The Disciples is a rough, bluesy layered piece of slo-mo surf rock where the drums only just keep up and the organs provide heavy soul salvation. "He Spoke" shows Kris on much more of an African inspired trip. Similarly hefty organs power the main groove but there's more uplift in the riff and instrumentation. Insatiable.
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New Day (7")
Cat: JAZZ 45001. Rel: 31 May 18
  1. New Day (feat Ahu) (3:55)
  2. New Day (instrumental) (3:56)
Review: Ever since their first record launched on Futuristica Music, back in 2008, Emanative have been quietly shaping the contemporary jazz-dance landscape - an achievement for which they are rarely accredited to. Hopefully, we can change some of those misconceptions by telling you just how special this new EP for Jazz45 is sounding! The opening "New Day" features the soulful vocals of Ahu over a rolling, breaks-centric groove with plenty of melodic quirks and, of course, the unstoppable euphoric power of the flute; the flipside's instrumental allows you to get even closer to the music constructed by Emanative, which is undoubtedly the outfit's long-running forte.
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Tan To Setsu (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 103. Rel: 13 Mar 19
  1. Tan To Setsu (2:08)
  2. Jongara Bushi (3:04)
Review: The Mushi 45 label doesn't release all that much, but what it does put out is invariably insanely good. For the avoidance of doubt, this two-track missive sits in that category. It serves up two rare, sought-after 1970s gems from Rinsyoe Kida, Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes, who made some of the tidiest Japanese funk, jazz-rock and jazz-funk of the period. A-side "Tan To Setsu" is superb, with the assembled players brilliantly blending traditional Japanese style melodic motifs - played on traditional instruments - with a riotous, high octane funk backing track rich in heavy bass and fiery horn lines. "Jongara Bushi" is similarly inclined and every bit as raucous.
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Cat: AR 108VL. Rel: 12 Oct 17
  1. I Got Hope (4:15)
  2. Cold Cold People (3:48)
Review: German bandleader Lutz Krajenski has enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with Agogo. The Austrian label has previously released countless singles and albums from his Hidden Jazz Quartett [sic] combo and here allows him a chance to go solo on a fine 7" single. Taken from an album of Agogo catalogue covers due to see the light of day in early 2018, A-side "I Got Hope" (originally recorded by the Hi-Fly Orchestra) is a sumptuous, slow-burning jazz ballad featuring superb vocals from Alana Alexander. She reprises her role on the flipside, where Krajenski and his collected musicians lay down a killer, Clavinet-heavy version of Timmy Thomas classic "Cold, Cold People".
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Cat: EXC 009. Rel: 29 Nov 18
  1. Shrunken Heads (5:34)
  2. Bebop (5:20)
Review: Former Bugz In The Attic crewmember Alex Phountzi first joined forces with fellow broken beat pioneer IG Culture four years ago. Together, they launched the NameBrandSound project with a tidy EP of bass-weight business on Ninja Tune's Technicolour offshoot. Here the experienced twosome return with their first - and presumably only - missive of 2018. A-side "Shrunken Heads" is something of a percussive, off-kilter dancefloor beast, as the duo re-imagines Talking Heads classic "Once In A Lifetime" as a rolling, bruk-up floor-filler. Over on side B, "Bebop" sees them pepper another swinging, house-influenced bruk-up rhythm with lashings of synth-sax and some suitably shimmering chords.
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  1. Henry Wu - "Substance" (IG Culture & Alex Phountzi remix) (4:36)
  2. Son Of Scientist - "Spartan Riddim" (4:52)
  3. NameBrandSound & Sonar's Ghost - "Can't Hold It" (4:43)
  4. Alex Phountzi - "2nd Intention" (feat IG Culture & Henry Wu) (4:39)
  5. IG Culture & Seiji - "Gangz" (4:26)
Review: Bruk bastions, the CoOp collective were one of the brightest, most exciting musical movements in the early to mid 2000s with their barbed, broken soul take on bass music emanating from Plastic People playing a heavy role in the forms of contemporary house music, dubstep and all things in between. Freshly reformed since a Boiler Room comeback in 2015 and loaded with new affiliates, the ensemble, First Word proudly present their first collective EP. Ranging from the jittering soundclash bashment of "Spartan Riddim" to the sensual Bias-like harp heaven of "Can't Hold It" via the technoid stutters of "2nd Intention", this marks the start of a very exciting new chapter for the CoOp crew.
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Álbumes
Dilla (limited LP)
ATA
Cat: ATALP 006. Rel: 26 Jun 18
  1. Welcome To Detroit/The Diary (3:55)
  2. Workinonit (2:18)
  3. Stop (2:29)
  4. Dilla (mix 1) (6:46)
  5. Dilla (mix 2) (6:03)
  6. Raw Shit (2:57)
  7. Official/Fall In Love (3:32)
  8. Love (2:33)
  9. So Far To Go (3:49)
  10. ANGEL (6:17)
  11. King (2:29)
  12. Two Can Win (2:33)
Review: Leeds' Abstract Orchestra came through in 2017 with their debut album, Dilla, and it was clear form the start that the ATA imprint knew what they were doing. Led by Rob Mitchell (the saxophonist of The Haggis Horns), the hip-hop ensemble are poised to strike a chord among the house heads and the jazz-dance fanatics, tapping into the core of sample-based music and percussive rhythm. This LP, as the name implies, is a live, orchestral rendition of J Dilla's best and most coveted work; the tracks chosen come from a variety of the legend's recordings, such as Welcome 2 Detroit, Donuts, and the multitude of successive releases that have been released since his untimely passing, back in 2006. For an artist who dedicated so much of his life and passion to live music and organic percussion, this is the perfect ode and a touching way to get closer to the ideas that made these tunes so special in the first place. A collector's delight.
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Ragapadani (limited hand-numbered 2xLP)
Cat: AR 011. Rel: 27 Nov 17
  1. Il Sogno Di Ghilli Du
  2. In Chiostro
  3. Danza N.1
  4. Dies Irae
  5. Notturno
  6. Aria
  7. Made In
  8. Marcia Dei Folletti
  9. Danza N 1# 2
  10. Made In Terraneo #2
  11. Ticino Parte 2 (Il Sole E La Neve)
  12. Sogno Di Mezzogiorno
  13. Il Volo
  14. Protoraga
  15. Ticino Parte 3 (Le Rane)
  16. Twin Piece
Review: Roberto Aglieri is a noted Italian flutist and composer, and his 1987 album Ragapadani stands as one of his finest achievements. Archeo Recordings are ever hip to the finest treasures hidden away in the folds of esoteric music, Italian or otherwise, and have done a great service in reissuing the album so that it might reach a wider audience. Aglieri's flute sounds haunting and evocative over the range of delicate synth treatments, largely orbiting the minimal realm but with a naive charm that makes the music wholly accessible at the same time. Soothing, thoughtfully crafted music for tender times.
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  1. Katakata (15:51)
  2. Soyoyo (17:12)
Review: Following Hot Casa's reissue of his second album The Black Isaiah Of Africa in 2017, here comes the long awaited repress of Kingsley Aigbologa Bucknor's incredible debut album. Rarer than hen's teeth, known to pass hands for triple figures and so vibrantly freeform and longform; both extensive 15+ minute tracks take up a side each as Kings and his 16 player / 10 backing singer Afrodisk Beat 79 troupe lay down two crisp Afrofunk trips. Singular.
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La'Ila (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PMG 016LP. Rel: 26 May 16
  1. Funky Girl (4:48)
  2. Be Yourself (And Don't Let Nobody Be You) (5:18)
  3. Feel Alone (6:59)
  4. Orule (6:18)
  5. La'Ila (Poor Man's Cry) (4:32)
  6. Tell Me (4:29)
  7. I Don't Want No-Body (To Tell Me What To Do) (4:49)
Review: Also known as the Heads Funk Band, Akwassa were a Nigerian afrobeat ensemble who only produced a few LPs under that particular moniker, but they're ones that have lasted well in the memories of collectors worldwide. La'lla was their 1975 debut, originally out on the Afrodisia label, and we have it here once again in reissue format by PMG out of Austria. "Funky Girl" kicks the party off with a groove that is might difficult not to like - upbeat vocals meet funky synth lines and quirky organs to make a true summer blazer - but the rest of the album follows in a similarly excellent style. "Orule", for example, is one of the best undiscovered afro bombs we've heard in time, those sweet soulful vocals riding high amid a fast-paced percussion rhythm, while others are deeper still and evoke the true spirit of African soul. Very highly recommended.
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Intérprete: Dj soFa
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Contrails (LP)
Cat: CHURCH 016. Rel: 13 Sep 18
  1. Before, After (4:25)
  2. Gone Swimming (7:06)
  3. Reveries (3:09)
  4. Between Summers (6:37)
  5. Contrails (6:09)
  6. Cloudwatching (4:22)
Review: With previous releases on Blind Jack's Journey and Tessellate, London via Istanbul's Aleksandir returns with this great new six tracker courtesy of Seb Wildblood's Church imprint. Shades of jazz, soul, broken beat and house linger throughout these lush and dusty downbeat selections. Take for instance the smooth opener "Before, After" with its seductive leads, airy pads and reduced polyrhythms, the late night deepness of "Gone Swimming" (which is so sensual) or the simply evocative mood lighting of "Between Summers" which respectfully recreates the vibe of UK greats such as 4hero or At jazz's classic nu-jazz antics.
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Cat: ROMA 112LP. Rel: 16 May 19
  1. Galleria Di Immagini (3:56)
  2. Personale (3:20)
  3. Congetture Melodiche (3:00)
  4. Aspetti Musicali (3:23)
  5. Breve Dialettica (3:23)
  6. Punti Di Vista (3:55)
  7. Vocali Sul Pentagramma (3:27)
  8. Evocazioni D'amore (3:22)
  9. Dialoghi D'amore (3:43)
Review: Unlike much of Ennio Morricone collaborator Alessandro Alessandroni's work, 1974 set "Prisma Sonoro" was not the soundtrack to a well-known film or TV show, but rather a collection of instrumental pieces composed for a music library. It's long been regarded as one of the finest examples of Italian library music around, so it's great seeing it get the reissue treatment. Much of it is pleasingly cheery, sunny and laidback, with Alessandroni doffing a cap to folk, samba and MPB as much as easy listening, classical and soundtrack style jazz. It's typical of his versatility, of course, with the intricacy of the arrangements and subtle musical details making it a set that you can return to time and time again.
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Intérprete: Juno Recommends Jazz
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In The Orbit Of Ra (gatefold 2xLP + 2xCD)
Cat: STRUT 109LP. Rel: 17 Sep 14
  1. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  2. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  3. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  4. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  5. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  6. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  7. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  8. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  9. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  10. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
  11. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  12. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  13. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  14. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "Somewhere In Space"
  15. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "The Lady With The Golden Stockings"
  16. Sun Ra & His Afro Infinity Arkestra - "Somebody Else's World"
  17. Sun Ra - "Spontaneous Simplicity"
  18. Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra - "Plutonian Nights"
  19. The Sun Ra Arkestra - "Angels & Demons At Play"
  20. Sun Ra - "Island In The Sun"
  21. Sun Ra - "Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus"
  22. Sun Ra - "Solar Differentials"
  23. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Afro Black"
  24. Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune"
  25. Sun Ra - "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens"
  26. Sun Ra - "Trying To Put The Blame On Me" (live in Rome 1977, previously unreleased)
  27. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Planet Earth"
  28. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "The Nile"
  29. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 1 previously unreleased)
  30. Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra - "Reflects Motion" (part 2)
  31. Sun Ra - "Ancient Ethiopia"
  32. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - "Interplanetary Music"
  33. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra - "We Travel The Spaceways"
Review: There have been plenty of retrospectives on the absolutely essential work of Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years, but trust Strut to go that bit deeper when they elected to focus on the Sun God himself. As the extensive title suggests, this collection places the focus on proceedings in the hands of Marshall Allen, the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current band leader. The results mean In The Orbit Of Ra feels a whole lot more personal and indepth, with over 25 years worth of Sun Ra-lead music documented. It's all been fully remastered from the original tapes and is pretty much the most conclusive introduction to the work of this pioneer one could hope for. In addition to the 13 track double vinyl set, this release also includes the double CD edition which includes a further 7 Ra gems!
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Cat: COMET 082LP. Rel: 10 Jan 18
  1. Asiko (7:55)
  2. Get Together (5:55)
  3. Black Voices (7:34)
  4. The Same Blood (8:12)
  5. Asiko (In A Silent mix) (9:29)
  6. Black Voices (We Are We Play mix) (5:51)
  7. ARIYA (Psychedelic Juju mix) (7:02)
Review: Since its release in 1999, Tony Allen's Black Voices album has earned a reputation as an overlooked modern classic. While a scaled-down reissue appeared on Kindred Spirits in 2014, this edition marks the first "full repress" of the original double-album version. The Doctor L-produced set remains hugely alluring, thanks largely to the warm and attractive mixture of Allen's loose and languid Afrobeat rhythms, fluid jazz and jazz-funk instrumentation and vocals that recall the legendary drummer's work with Fela Kuti. Like the original set, you'll find a number of tasty dancefloor reworks nestled on the second disc, with the fuzzy and disco-fied PsychojujuMix of "Ariya" - complete with rubbery bass and sweaty drum solos - standing out.
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Push On (LP)
Cat: JAL 248V. Rel: 19 Jun 18
  1. Intro (1:08)
  2. Love That I'm In (feat Andy Cooper) (3:58)
  3. Since You've Been Gone (3:21)
  4. Entitled To That (3:43)
  5. Get Down On You (3:35)
  6. Push On (4:05)
  7. Main Event (feat Andy Cooper) (3:37)
  8. Hold You Close (3:43)
  9. Buzzsaw (feat Andy Cooper) (3:54)
  10. Allergic Interlude (1:23)
  11. It Won't Be Me (feat Andy Cooper) (4:35)
  12. Funky Feeling (3:03)
  13. Remedy (feat Dr Syntax) (3:33)
  14. Get On The Floor (3:05)
Review: The Allergies' debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping them for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn't taken long for them to deliver more of the goods on their second full-length album. As well as taking the successful formula of the first record and expanding on their sound, the band enlisted two giants of underground hip-hop to bless mics on the album as well. After a hugely successful collaboration on their debut LP, once again the dynamic lyricism and production skills of the inimitable Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) are present and correct in this new collection.
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Cat: JAL 280V. Rel: 18 Oct 18
  1. Fade Away (feat Andy Cooper) (2:58)
  2. Can't Keep Working This Hard (3:34)
  3. When The Heat Comes Down (feat ASM) (3:11)
  4. Dance Now (3:40)
  5. Big Bad Woman (3:10)
  6. Steal The Show (feat Andy Cooper) (3:58)
  7. Let's Drive (feat Izo FitzRoy) (4:30)
  8. Keep It Moving (feat Skunkadelic) (3:12)
  9. No Look Pass Bop (feat Uncle Frank) (3:22)
  10. I Don't Know (feat Andy Cooper) (3:57)
  11. Countdown (feat Dr Syntax) (3:03)
  12. Run It Back (feat Andy Cooper) (3:03)
  13. Samba Fox (2:52)
Review: Boom: three years, three albums. No biggie for Bristol duo The Allergies, Jalapeno's biggest success story since Kraak & Smaak. Each album shows them getting deeper into the groove, creeping away from the cheeky samples and sculpting their own pedigree funk originals. With Ugly Ducking Andy Cooper onside through the mix from the wild ride vibing "Fade Away" to the white knuckle lyrical fire of "Run It Back", there's a real band feeling to the whole album as familiar voices thread throughout the jams... including that of UK hip hop legend Dr Syntax.
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Cat: PMG 049LP. Rel: 29 Nov 16
  1. Children (3:31)
  2. Fire & Rain (4:37)
  3. Ereyon (3:59)
  4. Slow Down (5:04)
  5. For You (4:14)
  6. Politician (4:10)
  7. Listen (3:32)
  8. Spending My Life (3:16)
Review: Gbubemi Amas is hardly Nigeria's most famous musical export. He began his career at the dawn of the 1980s, enjoying a certain level of success with debut album Grill. That set, reissued here for the first time since, was in many ways typical of developments in Nigerian popular music at the time. Amas was one of a new generation of artists moving away from the Afrobeat and Highlife styles that had dominated Lagos in the 1970s, instead laying down punchy, pop-tinged cuts heavily influenced by both American dance music (and in particular disco and boogie), and AOR rock. Highlights include the tasty disco-boogie of "Slow Down", the horn-heavy dancefloor sweetness of "For You", and the atmospheric synth-pop of closer "Listen".
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Cat: MRBLP 205. Rel: 18 Jun 19
  1. It's High Life (5:00)
  2. Walking Down The Street (5:30)
  3. 'Cos I Love You (4:54)
  4. Cut Your Coat (5:18)
  5. Adwoa (4:08)
  6. Simigwa (2:02)
  7. Franfranta (5:00)
Review: Initially released in South Africa in 1982, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley's sophomore set is now regarded as a boogie-era Highlife classic. Here issued on CD for the very first time via Mr Bongo, the album features the Ghanaian star brilliantly joining the dots between driving disco-funk, jazz-funk, intoxicating slow jams, calypso, dub reggae and his beloved highlife. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, with standouts including heavy percussion jam "Simigwa", the boogie-dub skank of "Adwoa", the down-low grooves of "Walking Down The Street" and the killer disco highlife anthem "It's High Life". Simply essential.
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Radio Verde (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: CW 003. Rel: 10 Oct 19
  1. Cabo Verde Band - "Bo Terra Cabo Verde" (3:12)
  2. Americo Brito & Djarama - "Rapaz Novo E Malandro" (7:32)
  3. Cabo Verde Show - "Terra Longe" (3:30)
  4. Elisio Vieira - "Tchon Di Somada" (4:20)
  5. Vlu - "Rua D'Lisboa" (5:45)
  6. Galaxia 2000 - "Coracao Dum Criola" (3:55)
  7. Mendes & Mendes - "Mitamiyo" (5:24)
  8. Danny Carvalho - "Roncanbai" (4:37)
  9. Mendes & Mendes - "Walkman" (4:50)
  10. Jose Casimiro - "La Mamai Ta Bem" (5:01)
  11. Elisio Vieira - "Bem Di Fora" (5:35)
  12. Zeca & Zeze Di Nha Reinalda - "Mocinhos" (4:24)
Review: Rotterdam is one of the many big port cities around the world that welcomed a high number of Cape Verdean immigrants. In the 1970s, Americo Brito was one of them and he soon got involved with the local music scene and found an ever larger community of likeminded talents. He took to the stage with his band and made for a buzzy little scene that found them tour with their own sound system. Here he works with Rotterdam local Arp Frique to serve up Cape Verdean music old and new with plenty of traditional Funana and Coladeira sounds next to jams influenced by wave, disco and funk, jazz, reggae and Latin pop.
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Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (limited 180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: FARO 195LP. Rel: 07 Mar 17
  1. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce (4:01)
  2. Wave (9:49)
  3. Bonita (6:41)
  4. Dindi (5:04)
Review: While names like Azymuth or Marcos Valle have become synonymous with Brazil's infamous 'jazz-dance' scene, it's really thanks to artists like Victor Assis Brasil that the genre has become such a staple of the enlarged jazz and funk movement. Brasil was a saxophonist in primis, and the best out out there at the time; Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim was one of his earlier albums, and it's striking to hear just how fluid and at the cutting-edge of jazz this man was in 1970. The opener "So Tinha De Sir Com Voce" is a delightfully subtle number, backed by intricate guitars and gentle pianos, while "Wave" heads down a deeper, more pensive tone with the man's sax on the front lines. "Bonita" is sweet, seductive but still full of zest and Brasil's inimitable charm on his preferred instrument, and "Dindi" winds the momentum down to a peaceful tempo that bursts with the South American continent's unmistakable glow. Excellent.
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Obaa Sima (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 23 Feb 15
  1. Obaa Sima
  2. Moma Yendodo
  3. Adagya
  4. Medofo
  5. Daa Nyinaa
  6. Yemmpa Aba
  7. Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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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. Love For Sale (3:44)
  2. Poinciana (3:41)
  3. Work Song (3:06)
  4. Misty (1:47)
  5. MG Blues (4:05)
  6. In & Out (3:04)
  7. Maiden Voyage (5:01)
  8. Funky Mama (5:55)
  9. Moanin' (7:31)
  10. Sister Sadie (4:24)
  11. Straight Ahead (5:07)
  12. Light On The Path (4:51)
  13. Inner City Blues (4:30)
  14. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend (6:32)
  15. Brain Damage (8:02)
  16. Foolish Girl (6:03)
  17. Freedom Jazz Dance (live In Germany) (6:34)
Review: Commonly referred to as a "Hammond pioneer", jazz legend Brian Auger is an endlessly surprising artist. He's been revolutionising the jazz scene since the late 1970's, and it is indeed his technical skills and visionary use of the organ which stand him apart. This is loud and clear throughout the entire length of this second chapter of Anthology by the Freestyle label but, in fact, you get a bit of everything Auger-related. The schizophrenic organ playing is definitely there, but tunes like "MG Blues" or "Misty" also portray a deep musicality around all the other instruments within the arrangement, and it's his layering of grooves which is also constantly fascinating. Put it this way, if you want a jazz album that wanders a little further out into the ether, then this is what you need.
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Earth Rot (gatefold heavyweight LP)
Cat: 456-1. Rel: 01 Jan 90
  1. The Warnings (part I)
  2. The Warnings (part II)
  3. The Warnings (part III)
  4. The Warnings (part IV)
  5. The Signs (part I)
  6. The Signs (part II)
  7. The Signs (part III)
Review: Musically it's cinematic rock funk with a bit of old testament too. One for the collection.
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Cat: FORDIS 02 AZ. Rel: 11 Jun 18
  1. Nega Brecho (3:34)
  2. Ao Bililico (3:07)
  3. Tema Do Azambuja (4:22)
  4. Monologo No 1 (11:20)
  5. Maristela (2:56)
  6. O Poste Da Rua (2:32)
  7. Verde (1:48)
  8. A Turma (2:17)
  9. Monologo No 2 (6:34)
Review: Not that it's any surprise to us, but London's Far Out imprint is really smashing it at the moment, putting out some Brazilian fire left, right and centre. This week, along with an excellent reissue from Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos, we have 1975's Azambuja & Cia, another unforgettable gem from the Golden Era of South American funkin'! Although there are plenty of moments worth a dance on here, this album is a much gentler, more soulful number which often spans into the livelier end of the jazz spectrum. In fact, this is the vibe right here, with fat basslines coming meandering amid mild-mannered beats and the group's inimitable vocal swagger. It's another Brazilian gem, and one worth copping as a reissue. Magnificent stuff.
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Demos (1973-75) Volume 1 (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: FARO 210LP1. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Prefacio (4:17)
  2. Castelo (version 1) (3:40)
  3. Melo Da Cuica (3:51)
  4. Xingo (version 1) (4:54)
  5. Laranjeiras (7:30)
  6. Equipe 68 (5:36)
  7. Unknown Jam (1:55)
  8. Unknown Song For Mario Telles (3:49)
Review: Before they found fame with their 1975 debut album, Azymuth divided their time between working as backing musicians (attending recording sessions with some of Brazil's top talent) and recording experimental home demos. Recently rediscovered, these demos are finally being given a release thanks to the efforts of Far Out chief Joe Davis. There's much to admire on this first batch (a second volume is also available) of previously unheard early recordings, from the high-octane Brazilian funk insanity of "Prefacio" and Jimmy Smith-esque "Melo De Cuica", to the spacey samba/jazz-funk fusion of "Xingo (Version One)" and the relaxed, slow-burn brilliance of seven minute B-side opener "Laranjeiras".
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Fenix (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: FARO 194LP. Rel: 06 Dec 16
  1. Batucada Em Marte (6:15)
  2. Papa Samba (3:56)
  3. Neptunians (Short version) (2:50)
  4. Rio Doce (3:44)
  5. Corumba (3:02)
  6. Fenix (6:43)
  7. Villa Mariana (De Tarde) (6:30)
  8. Orange Clouds (7:47)
  9. O Matagal (0:34)
Review: Joe Davis' Far Out Recordings has always been at the top of our list. Without this fundamental imprint, we wouldn't have discovered a lot of Brazilian funk, soul and disco material from the 70s, and the likes of Gilles Peterson have much to thank Davis for. This particular release is even more special because, unlike the plethora of reissues on Far Out, it's a brand new album from the legendary Azymuth group, leaders in jazz-fusion and disco since their first album back in '73! Sadly, the original keyboardist, Jose Roberto Bertrami, passed away in 2012 but the younger Kiko Continentino has done a fantastic job at accompanying Ivan Conti and Alex Malheiros on this new LP. Fenix is an album of energy and magnetism, leading with the jazzy, wonked-out disco of Batucada Em Marte", and continuing into the myriad of tropical flavours that span the entirety of this excellent LP. It's disco for those that don't like to dance, or jazz for those that do - warmly recommended, of course.
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Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: HS 161VL. Rel: 14 Feb 17
  1. Tewedjign Endehu (Ahun Negerign) (3:33)
  2. Ene Negn Bay Manesh (4:23)
  3. Muziqawi Silt (6:26)
  4. Enken Yelelebesh (4:00)
  5. Bemelkesh Aydelem (9:29)
  6. Feqer Ende Krar (Yebeqagnal) (3:54)
  7. Meslogn Neber (3:31)
  8. Fetsum Fetsum (Tirulegn Tolo) (2:51)
  9. For Amha (5:55)
  10. Set Alamenem (5:15)
  11. Wub Nat (3:57)
  12. Melewetesh Menew (6:20)
  13. Tsegereda (3:52)
  14. (Malus Track) Tewedjign Endehu (Ahun Negerign) (3:15)
Review: Paris' Heavenly Sweetness label is rightly proud of this 30th volume in the Ethiopiques series. It's a cross-generational collaboration between legendary Ethiopian singer and keyboardist Girma Beyene - best known for his jazz work in the late 1960s - and contemporary Parisian band Akala Wube. Given that the latter is dedicated to creating music inspired by Ethiopian music of the '60s and '70s, it's little surprise to find that Mistakes On Purpose is a hugely enjoyable and authentic-sounding set (think funk, soul and jazz with an East African twist). To add an extra level of authenticity, Ethiopiques founder and East African music specialist Francis Falceto acted as producer.
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Seu Jorge & Almaz (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: NA 5068. Rel: 29 Jul 10
  1. Errare Humanum Est
  2. The Model
  3. Cristina
  4. Saudosa Bahia
  5. Cirandar
  6. Tempo De Amor
  7. Everybody Loves The Sunshine
  8. Pai Joao
  9. Rock With You
  10. Cala Boca, Menino
  11. Girl You Move Me
  12. Juizo Final
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  1. Do You Hear Me Talking To You? (4:04)
  2. Dreaming Our Live Away (3:36)
  3. Lonely People (4:11)
  4. Heavenly Feeling (5:23)
  5. World Full Of People (3:06)
  6. I'd Like To Stay (5:36)
  7. A Feeling Inside (4:54)
  8. A Thank You Song (4:39)
  9. Fantasies & Dreams (4:04)
Review: Some dusty-fingered diggers may be familiar with "World Full Of People", an insanely rare and suitably sought-after 1976 7" by a little-known band called Everyday People. Most thought that was their only release; in fact, they also released a full-length the same year under the People's Pleasure alias. That album is apparently even harder to find, making this first ever vinyl reissue a must-have for fans of quality funk and soul. Much of the material sits somewhere between rubbery funk, jaunty jazz-funk and storming soul, with highlights including the laidback bliss of "Heavenly Feeling" (very Idris Muhammad), the righteous, horn-heavy "World Full of People" and the seductive, synth-laden slow jam "Fantasies and Dreams".
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