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Notes: Mukatsuku branded high-quality stainless steel 45 adapter to improve the stability/durability of dinked vinyl 7'' records.

This version features the Mukatsuku brand as a straight logo on top of the adapter

Weight: 160g
Hight: 25mm
Diameter: 38mm
Material: Stainless steel
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 2 in stock $14.18
Notes: This 45 rpm adapter is made of high-quality stainless steel precision milled on a CNC machine and features a rubber O-ring around the spindle.
This rubber O-ring provide additional stability during the DJ set and is perfect for scratching/beat juggling aswell as standard dj play for dinked 7 inch records

This 45 centre is much heavier than the standard aluminium or plastic equivalent.

Specifications:

Weight: 110g
Hight: 19,4mm
Diameter: 38mm with O-ring: 43mm
Material: Stainless steel
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 9 in stock $15.75
Singles
Cat: BEWITH 012TWELVE. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Look Into My Eyes (6:49)
  2. Express (4:55)
Review: Brit-funk combo 52nd Street are undeniably best-known for their 1983 single on Factory Records, "Look Into My Eyes", which came accompanied by some killer remixes from John "Jellybean" Benitez and sailed closed to the NYC electro sound. The Manchester outfit's roots were in jazz-funk though, as this essential reissue of their 1982 debut single proves. "Look Into My Eyes" is simply superb: a warm, woozy and gently groovy affair full of attractive lead vocals, elastic slap bass, colourful synthesizer lines and dreamy chords. If you're after some more up-tempo dancefloor pressure, check out flipside "Express" - a riotous affair rich in hammered-out Clavinet lines, jaunty lead lines and energetic percussion.
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 in stock $12.34
Paradise Island (reissue) (12" reeditado) (1 per customer)
Cat: PMD 01. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Paradise Island (5:24)
  2. Paradise Island (Revisited) (6:22)
  3. Fair Weather Friend (3:04)
Review: You'll struggle to find many cosmic boogie/jazz-funk records rarer than Azwon's 1980 debut single, a private press gem from Florida that has long been in demand amongst collectors. Here the finest track from that double A-side seven-inch, "Paradise Island", is given the reissue treatment. It's worth picking up, not only for the swirling, spaced-out brilliance of the original version of "Paradise Island", but also the slightly bolder, Latin-tinged "Revisited" version the band re-recorded last year for this very release. The production is very similar, sound wise, meaning it's every bit as spaced out as the cut they made 40 years ago. Bonus cut "Fair Weather Friend", a dancefloor-focused jazz-funk workout recorded but not released in 1980, is also rather good.
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Volume 4: Ugly Funk Breaks (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBB 004. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Wot I Want (vocal version) (4:02)
  2. Ugly Funk Breaks (instrumental version) (4:13)
Review: Peak time dancefloor action with this 45 with the familiar classic b-boy sampling fodder coupled with an infectious r & b vocal club monster. It's never had a physical release till now. On the flip it's instrumental breaks galore for B-Boy/B-Girl back flips action from a sought after uk trio release now in handy 45 form with tuff breakbeats and smattering of electro vibe...Only 200 copies..
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Volume 3: Show Me The Funk Breaks (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBB 003. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Show Me The Funk Breaks (instrumental) (3:47)
  2. Harder Breaks (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: The Atlanta based B Boy Breaks series continues with another drop of serious cuts to get beat jugglers, sample diggers and just straight up funk lovers going hog wild over the lashings of drum breaks. First up on the A side there's some widescreen, expansive beatdowns taking place with the massive "Show Me The Funk Breaks" - a fela esque sax screaching ,hammond organ swirling classic you already know from the many times it's been lifted for its treasured sonic ingredients. "Harder Breaks" on the flip is another monumental jam, presented here in instrumental form most recently used for the theme tune of a UK TV show . The evergreen groove is just crying out for someone with the skills to drop some serious turntablism all over this one.

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Cat: LITA 45039. Rel: 06 Apr 20
  1. BADBADNOTGOOD - "Key To Love (Is Understanding)" (feat Jonah Yano) (5:53)
  2. The Majestics - "Key To Love" (3:53)
 in stock $12.34
Pepe: A Tale Of Love & Passion (gatefold double 7")
Cat: P9SD 275. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. Penetration (1:58)
  2. I Screwed Your Girlfriend & You Still Hate Me? (2:11)
  3. The Slaves Of Nunki (3:14)
  4. Tungurahua (2:12)
 in stock $20.75
  1. Moerarie Morei Atjara (version) (3:59)
  2. Moerarie Morei Atjara (instrumental) (3:33)
Review: While it may look and sound decidedly vintage, this collaboration between veteran Surinamese musician A Bechan and Music With Soul founder Alex Figueira is in fact brand spanking new. In its' A-side "Version" mix form, "Moerarie Morei Atjara" brilliantly joins the dots between Surinamese "Hindostan" music (a style developed by the country's Indian community over decades) and the sweaty tropical rhythms of Cumbia. It's terrific stuff all told, with Bechan's ear-catching Hindu language vocals riding killer South American rhythms, jaunty bass and equally jumpy accordion motifs. Those accordions come to the fore on the flipside instrumental take, which also includes some seriously spacey Juno-60 synthesizer lines. Recommended.
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Cat: MCWR 005. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. As The Sun (feat John Arnold & James Simonson) (5:06)
  2. Entardecer (feat John Arnold) (5:18)
Review: John Beltran is welcomed into the MotorCity Wine Recordings family with his sun-drenched and soulful debut entitled "Back To Bahia". Titled after his MCW residency of the same name, the release combines Deep House, Jazz, Boogie, and, of course, musica popular Brasileira flavors to welcome the sunshine into your life. Housed in the MotorCity Wine 7" company jacket.
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Three/Four/Five (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BLACKTONGUE 02. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Three (7:59)
  2. Four (4:48)
  3. Five (5:29)
Review: Late last year Italian artist and self-proclaimed "black belt ninja" Black Tongue debuted with a two-tracker that genuinely set our pulses racing. Here the man or woman of mystery returns with an even more expansive EP, which we can happily report is full to bursting with tasty treats. A-side workout "Three" offers a fine balance between jazz-funk-fired musicality, quietly impressive musicianship and infectious grooves that make the most of some deliciously loose-limbed drumming. The producer's love of classic house is explored on "Four", where the action revolves around snappy, Chicago house style machine drums, warehouse-ready stabs and an undulating keyboard bassline, while "Five" is a colourful take on jazz-funk/electrofunk fusion that reminded us of the combined output of Dego and Kaidi Tatham.
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Always There (7" reeditado)
Cat: EXS 006. Rel: 04 Jun 20
  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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On Another Planet (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: JB45 001. Rel: 01 Jun 20
  1. Jorun Bombay & The Espressolites - "Peas In An Alternate Universe" (4:22)
  2. Jorun Bombay - "Mister Magic" (A Jorun Bombay edit - alternate version) (3:19)
Review: When it comes to delivering party-starting funk and soul 45s, Jorun Bombay has an impressive track record. His latest seven-inch is rather fine, too. On the A-side he joins forces with a trio of musicians to offer up "Peas In An Alternate Universe": a riff on JBs classic "Pass The Peas" that layers extended organ and trombone solos over a groove dominated by crunchy breakbeats and virtuoso bass guitar. Flipside "Mister Magic" is a deeper, warmer and more laidback affair, with tidy electric piano parts, toe-tapping drums, occasional string-laden disco samples and warm bass being joined by a simply wonderful new vibraphone solo.
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Off Topic (7")
Cat: F CB 117. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Off Topic (2:51)
  2. Zoned Out (1:55)
  3. Coffee Lounge (2:00)
  4. Back & Forth (3:05)
Review: Missouri-based beatsmith Bonus Points has been casually slinging out his homebrewed blend of laid back funk-laced skits for five years now, but this 7" drop on Cold Busted marks the first time his music has graced wax (bar the odd moonlight on a compilation here and there). Whatever the case, the vibe on this modest record is impeccable, capturing a kind of easygoing, feel good strain of dusty samples that channels a touch of Quantic. If you've been missing that brand of mellow groove in your life, this 7" should have you setting adrift on memory bliss from the moment the needle drops.
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Wake Up (12")
Cat: BAC 003. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Wake Up (feat Kaleta) (5:35)
  2. Omo Iya (feat Kaleta) (5:21)
  3. Mambue (feat Justo Valdez & Evan Laflamme) (6:07)
  4. El Carriqui (4:22)
Review: When it comes to blending contemporary dancefloor sounds with aspects of vintage funk, soul and Afro-Latin music, there are few more adept producers than former Whiskey Barons man BOSQ. He's at it again here on his first 12" of 2020. Afro-funk star Kaleta provides vocals on both A-side tracks, the Afrobeat-influenced disco-funk cheeriness of "Wake Up" (an infectious chunk of sun-soaked goodness) and the Afro-Cuban percussive shuffle of horn-heavy delight "Omo Iya". Elsewhere, Justo Valdez and Evan Laflamme guest on the Afro-Latin breeziness of "Mambue" (all dancing woodwind, Fela sax and layered drums), while "El Carriqi" sees BOSQ add Tito Puente style percussion and tight Fela Kuti style sax blasts to a club-ready Afro-house groove.
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Rolla (7")
Cat: FTS 001. Rel: 13 May 20
  1. Rolla (2:41)
  2. Someday (feat Marja Kaiser) (3:45)
 in stock $7.61
  1. I've Got Plenty Of Nothin' (2:47)
  2. Think Love (2:18)
Review: Blue-eyed soul singer Mickey Carroll made his name in the late 1970s, offering up a handful of singles and a couple of rock-solid albums. His musical journey began much earlier though, as "I've Got Plenty Of Nothing" proves. It was recorded in 1969 but never officially released, presumably because Carroll couldn't find a label to put it out on. This then is the track's first release. It's well worth picking up, not least because it fixes his country-tinged, crooner style vocals to a stomping, Northern Soul style backing track with added big band horns. Flipside "Think Love" swings more than it stomps, with an arrangement and vocal delivery that reminded us a little of Terry Callier's "Ordinary Joe".
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Diana (7" reeditado)
Cat: BB 45003RP. Rel: 05 May 20
  1. Diana (Caserta 7 The long Way mix) (6:00)
  2. Diana (Caserta Sing-A-long dub) (5:17)
Review: Bridge Boots main man Caserta has previously proved to be one of the most talented re-editors around, up there with higher profile artists such as the Reflex and Joey Negro. His latest offering, a red seven-inch single featuring new rearrangements of Diana Ross hit "I'm Coming Out", is another beauty. On the A-side he offers up a "Long Way Mix" that gives more prominence to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' killer backing track (partly via stripping it back to the groove at key points) while retaining most of Ross' vocals. On the flip you'll find a "Sing-A-Long Dub" that strips it back further during key instrumental passages to allow the Motown legend's vocals to shine.
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Attraction (12")
Cat: RM 068. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. You Came In Time (feat Phabo & Jordan Lee) (3:28)
  2. Beyonce (3:10)
  3. The Answer (feat Ayelle) (3:32)
  4. The West Coast (interlude) (1:04)
  5. Je Plane (feat Crenoka) (3:35)
Review: If smooth, synth-powered soul is your bag, we'd suggest checking out this EP from French future R&B star Jean Janin AKA Cezaire. It begins with a sumptuous slice of '80s soul revivalism featuring guests Phabo and Jordan Lee (the really rather good "You Came In Time") and ends with a bubbly chunk of deep electro-soul ("Je Plane", featuring Crenoka). In between, Janin treats us to some sparse, drowsy and distant lo-fi soul ("Beyonce"), a spacey slown jam featuring immaculate lead vocals by Ayelle (the synth-bass-propelled goodness of "The Answer"), and an all-to-short tribute to talkbox-sporting Los Angeles synth-funk jams of the 1980s ("The West Coast").
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Intérprete: Juno Recommends Soul
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Cat: WTJRCS 075. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Santa Monica (4:57)
  2. Rock City Man (4:35)
  3. Music Lovers (DJ SCM dance mix) (7:51)
 in stock $11.30
East Coast (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: FLRS 130. Rel: 15 Apr 20
  1. East Coast (4:55)
  2. West Coast (4:49)
Review: Last year long time Flower Records associates Masanori Ikeda and Takumi Kanedo (best known for his work as part of Cro-Magnon) released their debut album as Coastlines, a stunningly sunny, laidback affair that touched on everything from nu-jazz and nu-disco to dub, Latin rhythms and Balearic beats. Here they offer up a fresh double-header on a must-check 7" single. A-side "East Coast" is particularly alluring, with the duo joining the dots between Nils Frahm piano pieces, gentle nu-jazz grooves and wide-eyed Balearic ambience. The synths come to the fore on flipside "West Coast", an arguably even sunnier affair with slo-mo Latin beats, mazy solos and glistening guitars to the fore.
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  1. Layla (Alex Attias remix) (9:31)
  2. Layla (DJ Deep & Romain Poncet dub mix) (5:39)
  3. Last Drink (Aleq Notal remix) (7:01)
Review: This second set of remixes from Paris-based eight-piece Cotonete's "Super-Vilains" album is another heavyweight selection with Alex Attias, DJ Deep and Romain Poncet and Aleq Notal all coming correct. For his part, Attias keeps the jazz-tinged Latin vibes front and centre with a sunny, sweaty jam laced with house goodness. DJ Deep & Romain Poncet dub things out for those more subtle moments in the night, when a slick rolling groove is enough to hypnotise a crowd, and then it's pure bumping and jazzy deep house from Aleq Notal. Elements of 90s deepness, lounge vibes and funk all colour in the airwaves as you bask in the goodness of his work.
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  1. Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Matancera - "Mi Bomba Sono" (2:37)
  2. Joey Pastrana Y Su Orquesta - "A Bailar Oriza" (2:54)
Review: In a bid to celebrate the widespread influence of Afro-Cuban music - and in particular the work of one of Cuba's most storied songwriters, Silvestre Mendez - the Rocafort Records crew has decided to dig into the archives and offer up two stone cold classics from the golden age of Cuban music. On side A you'll find Celia Cruz and La Sonora Matancera's 1963 version of "Mi Bomba Sono", an infectious dancefloor number in which Cruz's fantastic vocals rise above a Tito Puente style rhythm, squealing horns and cheeky pianos. Over on the flip you'll find the killer salsa vibes of Joey Pastrana and his Latin orchestra's superb version of "A Bailar Oriza". Even more percussive than the A-side, it's absolutely essential.
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Cat: FMG 8011. Rel: 01 May 20
  1. Face Of Love (Johnny Juice remix) (4:25)
  2. Face Of Love (DJ Spinna Refreak) (7:19)
  3. Face Of Love (Mell Starr remix - UB 7" edit) (5:05)
  4. Indiscreet (Johnny Juice remix) (5:43)
  5. Indiscreet (DJ Spinna Refreak) (7:56)
  6. Indiscreet (Mell Starr remix - UB 7" edit) (4:44)
Intérprete: I Love Hip Hop
 in stock $14.45
Mattiasdecraene (hand-numbered clear vinyl 12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: WERF 168EP. Rel: 04 Jun 20
  1. The Machine (9:00)
  2. Lady Dady (4:32)
  3. Richman's Tale (4:32)
  4. Richman's Tale (Vectrex remix) (11:43)
 in stock $16.02
Rescue Me (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BH 115BLACK. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Rescue Me (3:28)
  2. Bar-B-Q (3:28)
Review: Rework merchant Djar One can usually be relied to deliver the goods, regardless of whether he's in re-edit, mash-up or full on remix mode. For his latest trick, he's taken his scalpel to Fontella Bass soul classic "Rescue Me", beefing up the beats a little and thickening up the bassline while keeping much of the original in-tact. It's undeniably floor-friendly and reverential enough not to annoy those who love the original (which, let's face it, is almost all of us). Over on the flipside, he fattens up another classic soul gem, once again making the beats flow in a way that suits modern dancefloors without particularly tampering with the track's infectiously stomping groove.
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 in stock $13.14
The Question (7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: BS 013BLACK. Rel: 13 Apr 20
  1. The Question (3:04)
  2. For Thor (3:34)
Review: As debut singles go, this missive from Hamburg combo The Drawbars is pretty special. The trio manages to get a mighty sound out of a sparse line up of bass guitar, drums and Hammond organ, with A-side "The Question" offering a near perfect mix of sweaty, energetic deep funk breaks, driving bass and the kind of wild keys-work that would make The Meters blush. The fun continues on the flip, where more fast-fingered Hammond organ riffs and solos ride a darker, moodier groove that just intensifies as the track progresses. They may only be in their infancy, but we predict big things to come from The Drawbars.
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Chicken Burrito (hand-numbered 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: STAC 707. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Chicken Burrito (instrumental) (2:06)
  2. Lollypot (instrumental) (1:05)
 in stock $16.29
Gold Dust (limited hand-numbered 7")
Cat: STAC 705. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Gold Dust (instrumental) (3:31)
  2. Fever Is High (instrumental) (4:04)
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Too Late (limited hand-numbered 7")
Cat: STAC 704. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Too Late (instrumental) (3:25)
  2. Tough Love (instrumental) (3:26)
Review: Anyone getting approval from Ill Considered has got to be worth a pop, dip and spin. In the cradle of one of the UK's leading exponents of improvised, modernist jazz funk, Leroy Duncann comes correct with a new hand-stamped 7" weighted down by some seriously heavy grooves. "Too Late" is an instrumental beast with a tough drop on the one and ample dynamic shifts to keep your ears attentive to the sound. "Tough Love" on the flip is a tight affair too, worming its way through some deadly key shifts and a hefty dose of psych-rock to keep things freaky and far from formal.
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Intérprete: I Love 45's!
 in stock $16.29
Cat: MOCR 004. Rel: 24 Apr 20
  1. Inner Vision (5:37)
  2. Revelation (Ibo) (6:08)
  3. Let's Make A Memory (4:45)
 in stock $10.50
Cat: MWS 011. Rel: 20 Apr 20
  1. Quando Sera (3:50)
  2. Quando Sera (Flute version) (3:51)
 in stock $9.98
I Called You Back Baby (coloured vinyl 7")
Cat: CLMN 183C1. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. I Called You Back Baby (3:03)
  2. Impressions Of You (3:54)
Review: Last year Kelly Finnigan - son of storied Hammond organist Mike Finnigan - released his debut album, "The Tales People Tell", a gloriously authentic and wholehearted tribute to 1960s soul and funk. It's from that set that these two tracks are taken. A-side "I Called You Baby" is an unflinchingly heavy deep funk workout rich in bustling breakbeats, memorable guitar riffs, sustained organ chords and fiery horn riffs, all topped off with a brilliant lead vocal from Finnigan. On flipside "Impressions of You", Finnigan switches mood, adding another heartfelt, passionate vocal to a slow, loved-up backing track that's every bit as impressive as the club-ready A-side.
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Cat: CLMN 183. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. I Called You Back Baby (3:03)
  2. Impressions Of You (3:53)
Intérprete: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $8.14
  1. Ella Fitzgerald - "Get Ready" (Soul Flip edit) (3:53)
  2. Tammi Terrell - "Two Can Have A Party" (Soul Flip edit) (3:44)
Review: The Soul Flip crew are back to rework and carefully tweak more classic cuts to get those dance floors in a spin. This time they turn their attention to the evergreen classic "Get Ready" from jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. The already student and empowering single is beefed up with drums that have extra kick, crisp hits and fills and string stabs that are as bright as the sun. Things get a little more soulful and sun kissed with Tammi Terrell - "Two Can Have A Party" and its hip swinging finger clicks and gorgeously soaring strings.
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 in stock $9.72
Mer (7")
Cat: LYSK 45004. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. Mer (5:37)
  2. Holder Rytme (4:07)
 in stock $10.25
Bias (limited 12")
Cat: ZEN 12538. Rel: 10 Apr 20
  1. Bias (Mayfield Depot mix) (10:31)
  2. Bias (extended) (6:41)
 in stock $9.44
Cat: DR 003. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Catch My Breath (feat Wilf Petherbridge) (5:03)
  2. Malaika (feat MA. MOYO) (5:21)
  3. Head Down (feat Jaisal & Slam The Poet) (4:07)
  4. Guidance (interlude) (1:46)
  5. Lay (feat Natty Wylah) (3:17)
  6. Fwd Movement (feat Will Petherbridge) (4:08)
  7. Slipped Back (feat Izzy Risk) (5:44)
 in stock $10.25
Cat: OSV 061. Rel: 12 May 20
  1. Erma Franklin - "I Get The Sweetest Feeling" (3:02)
  2. Laverne Baker - "I'm The One To Do It" (2:21)
 in stock $8.14
Cat: ATH 084. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. What About The Child (2:44)
  2. Now I Know (4:17)
Review: "What About The Child" by Avelino Pitts' obscure band GOLD has long been a sought-after deep funk rarity, with copies of the 1977 seven-inch single being extremely hard to come by these days. Helpfully Athens of the North's Euan Fryer knows the score and has decided to offer-up a much-needed reissue. The track is a fine slab of psychedelic soul in the vein of leading San Francisco groups of the period - Vehicle, Tower of Power and so on - with plenty of rhythmic shuffle and fine group vocals. Fryer has unearthed a gem for the flip, too: a previously unreleased cut that's on a similar sonic tip to Rotary Connection. It's worth the entrance price on its own.
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 in stock $8.67
  1. Drums & Steel Song (4:58)
  2. Sunshine Steel (4:48)
Review: The Kalakutasoul label launches with something rather special: a must-have"45" featuring two of the standout tracks from Montego Bay outfit the Golden Sunshine Steel Drum Band's self-titled 1980 reggae-calypso fusion album, a set which now changes hands for vast sums online. A-side "Drum & Steel Song" is superb, with the band layering hand percussion and ear-catching steel pan melodies atop a sturdy, dub-wise reggae groove. Flip-side "Sunshine Steel" explores similar sonic territory, peppering a weighty, dub-style rhythm track with waves of attractive style pan melodies. It's not quite as celebratory as the A-side, but it's still very, very good.
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 in stock $10.50
Baila Chibiquiban (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 019. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Baila Chibiquiban (3:08)
  2. Baila Chibiquiban (Tonton Boom edit) (4:15)
Review: Late last month, Matasuna Records successfully mined "Ritual", the sought-after 1971 album by Nico Gomez and his Afro-Percussion Inc (a studio combo helmed by Belgian composer Joseph van het Groenewoud), and reissued one of the standout tracks, "Lupita". Here they serve up another gem from the album, "Baila Chibiquiban", an Incredible Bongo Band-esque fusion of psychedelic rock, heavy funk and even heavier Afro-Cuban percussion. The fine original version is given the re-edit treatment on the flip, with Tonton Boom extending some percussive passages and emphasizing the killer groove before introducing some of the track's headier musical elements. It's the kind of rework that should find favour with proper break-dancers.
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Cat: BBP 178. Rel: 07 May 20
  1. Sitting On The Bay Banger (4:17)
  2. Fire Cracker (3:33)
Review: Last year Breakbeat Paradise inaugurated the Toxic Funk series of mash-ups, reworks and party-starting sample jams via a tidy seven-inch single from BadboE and Tom Showtime. Here the series returns with a similarly fiery "45" from Edinburgh-based DJ/producer Gramophone Soul. On side A he smashes together elements from soul classic "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay", Beastie Boys raps and bombastic, loose-limbed breakbeats. The results are as effective as you'd expect (IE it sounds like a bona fide party-starter). Turn to the flip for "Fire Cracker", a tooled-up, stomping soul affair that stays closer to its soulful source material whilst also re-framing it a little for contemporary dancefloors.
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The Shark (12" reeditado)
Cat: FTC 02. Rel: 04 Jun 20
  1. Shark (3:30)
  2. Vexed (5:45)
  3. Distant (5:04)
  4. Slam Deep (6:14)
  5. Channel & Transmission (2:00)
Review: For his first outing of 2020, Kyle Hall returns to the label he founded last year, Forget The Clock, with a suitably strong five-track missive. Check first languid opener "Shark", a splash around in crystal clear waters where simmering chords, luscious pads and glassy-eyed melodic motifs stretch out over bubbly, Latin-tinged drum machine beats and a dubby bassline. Hall makes bolder strides towards the dancefloor on lo-fi house cut "Vexed", before doffing a cap to Larry Heard and Ron Trent on the gorgeous deep house positivity of "Distant". Elsewhere, "Slam Deep" joins the dots between Steve Poindexter and the 2000 Black style of jazzy broken beat, while "Channel & Transmission" is a skewed skip through wonky deep house/jazz-funk fusion.
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 in stock $17.33
Cat: FNAC 002. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Johnny Hernandez - "Ain't No Big Thing" (3:56)
  2. Black Pumas - "Look At My Soul" (feat Kam Franklin) (3:27)
Review: Two years ago, Nacional Records released "Look at My Soul", an album from funk-soul multi-instrumentalist and producer Adrian Quesada that featured a wealth of guest performers. Here the LA label revisits the project, offering up two of the album's most potent cuts on "45" for the very first time. Veteran Latin American Texan Johnny Hernandez stars on superb A-side "Ain't No Big Thing", adding his gravelly but emotion-rich voice to a languid chunk of jaunty, horn-heavy 1960s style soul. On B-side cut "Look At My Soul", Quesada's psychedelic soul band Black Pumas are accompanied by righteous soul diva Kam Franklin on an even more emotive, organ-heavy chunk of end-of-night soul. By the end, we guarantee you'll be holding a lighter aloft and singing along with your eyes closed.
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Cat: LCT 004. Rel: 23 Apr 20
  1. Game Of Love (7:16)
  2. Love & Happiness (8:15)
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Little Sunflower (reissue) (12" reeditado) (1 per customer)
Cat: AS 671AB. Rel: 14 Apr 20
  1. Little Sunflower (9:11)
Review: Best known amongst house heads for being the source of the lilting orchestral sample in Pepe Bradock's "Deep Burnt", Freddie Hubbard's 1979 version of "Little Sunflower" is a soul-jazz classic and a half. Since the full version of Hubbard's vocal re-make (the trumpeter first recorded an instrumental take in 1968) only ever appeared on a hard-to-find promo 12", this Record Store Day reissue should be an essential purchase. It remains a gentle, breezy and sunset-ready jazz-dance gem, with Hubbard's emotion-rich vocals and mazy trumpet solos riding Latin-tinged percussion, elastic double bass and some suitably jammed-out jazz pianos. In other words, it's the kind of life-affirming treat that's capable of spreading sunshine on even the cloudiest day.
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Funky President Edits Vol 7 (7" reeditado) (1 per customer)
Cat: JRC 7007. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. Flight #2 (4:03)
  2. Greddy Foot (3:19)
Review: Nearly five years after the first seven-inch appeared, the seventh volume in J Rocc's on-point "Funky President Edits" series lands. As with the tracks contained on previous volumes, the showcased cuts have long been staples in his DJ sets and should be considered "tried and tested bombs". First up on side A is "Flight #2", a shuffling, ear-pleasing affair that combines jangling elements from a semi-acoustic Afro-Soul cut with borrowed chorus vocals and languid, laidback percussion. "Greddy Foot", on the other hand, is a low-slung funk bomb -a slightly dubbed-out revision of a James Brown original with additional vocal samples from other Godfather of Soul workouts.
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Cat: MC 040. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Friendly Pressure (From Midnight mix) (6:05)
  2. Friendly Pressure (Into The Sunshine mix) (5:49)
Review: In 1998, fast-rising UK garage star Ceri Evans AKA Sunship was enlisted by the Dorado label to remix Jhelisa's sun-kissed 1994 samba-soul/trip-hop anthem "Friendly Pressure". His versions were hugely popular at the time and are here given the reissue treatment courtesy of the always on-point Mint Condition. The A-side boasts Evans' much-played "From Midnight Mix", which brilliantly cuts up and loops Jhelisa Anderson's vocal over a weighty bassline, skipping two-step beats, short slap-bass samples, darting synth sounds and more summery positivity than your average Croatia-based music festival. Over on the flip the "Into The Sunshine Mix" is a 4/4 garage affair that takes the Grant Nelson UKG template and smothers it in feelgood sounds, classic organ riffs and reggae style synth stabs.
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Daydream (7")
Cat: ZP 44. Rel: 15 May 20
  1. Daydream (4:46)
  2. Soakin' In The Sunshine (4:01)
Intérprete: Juno Recommends Soul
 in stock $11.55
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