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Deux (CD)
Cat: FVR 179CD. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Fenetres Sur Le Temps
  2. Vortex Des Possibles
  3. La Pierre Des Mondes
  4. Oracle
  5. La Promesse Au Soleil
  6. Arcane 17
  7. Prometheus Asylum
 in stock $16.26
Aldorande (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 152LP. Rel: 14 Jun 19
  1. Beauty Island (5:21)
  2. Sir Boastful (7:28)
  3. Praia Do Destino (6:57)
  4. Sous La Lune (4:15)
  5. Petite Cherie (6:25)
  6. Straight To The Point (4:08)
  7. Because Of You (4:06)
  8. Rayon Vert (4:57)
  9. La Fin Est Un Commencement (6:30)
 in stock $32.26
Deux (LP)
Cat: FVR 179LP. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Fenetres Sur Le Temps (5:45)
  2. Vortex Des Possibles (7:00)
  3. La Pierre Des Mondes (5:03)
  4. Oracle (8:07)
  5. La Promesse Au Soleil (5:22)
  6. Arcane 17 (5:12)
Review: Aldorande is a slick band with a positive sound. They impressed us last summer with their Summer Body EP and now the crew finds its way back to the acclaimed Favorite label in France once more. On this full length they casts free from planet earth and head off to explore interplanetary landscapes with their usual and distinctive jazz-funk outlook. Opener 'Fenetres Sur Le Temps' immediately has your head amongst the twinkling stars, while your rump is tied to the funky bassline. There is lush and loose drum work on 'Vortex Des Possibles' as well as splashy cymbals and upbeat funky riffs that melt the heart, 'Oracle' is a tight number with lush Rhodes and prickly perc tumbling free. A fine album.
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Arian (reissue)
Cat: FVR 128LP. Rel: 15 Jun 17
  1. Your Love Makes Me A Winner (4:59)
  2. Can't Say Goodbye (3:38)
  3. Sure It's Funky (5:36)
  4. Still Together (3:41)
  5. Lutas Velikim Gradom (4:26)
  6. Nisam Taj (3:23)
  7. Luduj Sa Mnom (5:14)
  8. Novi Susret (3:32)
Review: In 1981, Macedonian singer Arian Krliu headed over to New York to record a bilingual album of disco and boogie treats. The resultant set was self-released in relatively limited qualities and has since gone in to become an in-demand item amongst collectors of global disco and synth-pop sounds. This officially licensed reissue stretches the album's original eight tracks over two slabs of wax to allow for a louder, DJ-friendly pressing. Record one boasts Arian's English language recordings; the sumptuous AOR disco of "Your Love Makes Me A Winner", the punchy, horn-heavy disco-bogie brilliance of "Can't Say Goodbye", the K.I.D style dancefloor badness of "Sure It's Funky" and blue-eyed soul of "Still Together". Over on disc two, you'll find Croatian language versions of the same tracks.
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Sambadi (7'')
Cat: FVR 077. Rel: 12 Feb 13
  1. Sambadi (main mix)
  2. Sambadi (Pathworks remix clean)
 in stock $8.27
Mizik Bel
Mizik Bel (12")
Cat: FVR 156. Rel: 16 Sep 19
  1. Mizik Bel (5:13)
  2. Mizik Bel (Africaine 808 remix) (8:17)
Review: A while back, Africaine 808's DJ Nomad contacted Favorite Recordings' chief Pascal Rioux about a killer track he'd been given some years back - an obscure, previously CD-R only fusion of modern Gwo-ka and Zouk by Esnard Boisdur entitled "Mizik Bel". Rioux was excited by what he heard and agreed that the track should come out on vinyl, accompanied by a fresh rework by Nomad and Dirk Leyers as Africaine 808. Boisdur's original version (side A) is rhythmically dense but also cheery and life affirming, with celebratory chorus vocals and 80s zouk style synth lines subtly rising above a busy, all-action groove. Arguably even better is the sub-heavy Africaine 808 mix, which brilliantly re-imagines the track as a tasty chunk of tropical house/disco-zouk fusion.
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 in stock $17.92
Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina (LP + 7'')
Cat: FVR 045LP. Rel: 26 Jan 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Deus Ex Machina
  2. The Pilgrim
  3. Indica (Reel-Time Process) (with Onra)
  4. Piece Of Nature (interlude)
  5. Marejeo Ya Bakari
  6. Piece Of Art
  7. Amphitecna Latifolia (Theme For A Black Calabash)
  8. Goodbye Lullaby
  9. Waltz For The Leaving Souls
  10. Mystic Voyage
  11. Una Peripecia
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An Eye For An Eye (remastered)
Cat: FVR 118LP. Rel: 21 Jun 16
  1. Never Gonna Stop Lovin' You (3:30)
  2. One More Try For Love (3:57)
  3. Love You Out Of Your Mind (3:16)
  4. I'll Try A Little Every Day For You (3:18)
  5. Crack The Whip (3:20)
  6. Standby Lover (4:07)
  7. Keep On Running (3:17)
  8. Making Love For The First Time (2:56)
  9. Be My Baby (2:53)
  10. An Eye For An Eye (3:52)
  11. Right Through The Heart (3:55)
Review: 1981's An Eye For An Eye is, to this day, the only LP produced by Byrne & Barnes together, and it's as playful and fresh as the first day it came out. While it's a little more on the synth side of things, it reminds us of other blue-eyed soul artists such as Ned Doheny, and throughout its eleven tunes, there's plenty of romance, mystique and soul-ridden funk. Think of it as the prototypical bridge between a 70's jazz-funk LP and the beginning of pop music as we know it today. Blue-eyed soul at its finest!
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Sunshine (remastered)
Cat: FVR 136LP. Rel: 12 Sep 17
  1. Galaxy (6:59)
  2. Inch By Inch (6:22)
  3. Sunshine (4:04)
  4. Space Cowboy (6:09)
  5. Too Much Tonight (3:28)
  6. Heart To Heart Sensation (3:48)
  7. Scream & Holler (3:33)
Review: Favorite Records take us direct to the source: a disco gem of holy grail proportions, Sunshine is Byron's only album, OG copies go for over L500 and it's chock-a-block with dancefloor gold. From the in-your-face physicality of "Galaxy" or the planet-kicking line dance feels of "Space Cowboy" by way of the ultimate 80s sleaze synth boogie of "Heart To Heart Sensation", this was Byron in his prime with so much promise and latent funk, and led to one of disco's ultimate bombs "Dance To The Music". Essential.
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 in stock $21.50
Nacao Africa
Cat: FVR 162. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Canto Da Bahia (6:05)
  2. Dia De Verao (5:26)
  3. Guerreiro Yoruba (6:38)
  4. Nacao Africa (4:49)
  5. Copacabana (4:02)
  6. Canto De Iemanja (5:40)
  7. Nacao Africa (part 2) (4:03)
Review: Eagle eyed diggers might have spotted Camarao Orkestra's excellent Nacao Africa 12" single dropping last year on Favorite Recordings. Now the promise of that single has been followed up with this wonderful album - a scintillating blend of Latin jazz, funk, samba, Afrobeat and much more besides. The playing is second to none, not least the gorgeous Rhodes on "Dia De Verao", and the energy pivots nimbly across these seven tracks to make for a varied but cohesive listen. Uptempo "Guerreiro Yoruba" is an infectious stomper, while "Copacabana" captures a cool 70s funk vibe that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rufus & Chaka Khan record. With the title track bringing the perfect laid back party flavour too, there's a lot to savour on this album, not least while the sun is shining.
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AEIOU (12")
Cat: FVR 151. Rel: 25 Apr 19
  1. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris remix) (7:44)
  2. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco dub) (7:01)
Review: First released last summer, Cotonete and Roberto Di Melo's "AEIOU" is a deliciously warm and woozy chunk of jazz-funk/revivalist Latin disco fusion that sounds like it was recorded in 1978 rather than 2018. This time round, Dimitri From Paris is at the controls, offering up two arguably superior "Special Disco Mixes" that not only boasts more audio clarity around key instrumental parts (particularly the horns, walking bassline and previously buried Clavinet lines) but also add some fizzing new electrofunk synths. As a result, the A-side vocal version sounds like a disco scene anthem in waiting, while the high-octane flipside dub is percussive, sweaty and full throttle in the best possible way.
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Cat: FVR 148CD. Rel: 30 May 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Papos Desconexos (part 1)
  2. Papos Desconexos (part 2)
  3. AEIOU (album mix)
  4. Muhler Instrumento (part 1 & 2)
  5. Canto Da Yara
  6. Kilario (2019 version)
  7. Linhas De Alinhar
  8. Verso E Prosa
Review: This time last year, French combo Cotonete joined forces with Brazilian singer Di Melo to deliver what became one of the sleeper hits of last summer - the Latin disco/jazz-funk fusion of "A.E.I.O.U.". Here they continue their partnership with a first collaborative full length. It's a quietly impressive outing, with Di Melo's distinctive vocals rising above cuts that variously doff a cap to sultry Brazilian disco-funk, Azymuth-esque jazz-funk, soundtrack-friendly cinematic soundscapes, Astrud Gilberto style sweetness and humid salsa-funk (standout "Kilario (2019 Version)". It's a warm, loose and hazy set that feels authentically South American despite its Parisian roots.
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Music Life
Music Life (limited LP)
Cat: FVR 199LP. Rel: 05 May 16
  1. Music Life (6:47)
  2. Nostalgie (4:57)
  3. Ti Gacon (5:09)
  4. Santo Domingo (6:28)
  5. Lan Mise (5:30)
  6. Fantastic Girl (5:45)
Review: Led by zouk music hero, Franck Donatien, Crystal was an eight-piece combo from the French West-Indies. They originally released two albums back in the mid-'80s, and now Favorite Recordings have proudly acquired the rights to reissue the first one, 1984's Music Life. Boasting bass, guitars, synthersizers, two drummers and a whole brass section, to name but a few, this ain't no minimalist jam. Instead there are six examples of high-end musicianship, songs and grooves. Highlights include the strutting clavinet-heavy boogie of "Music Life", the proggy Cuban jazz freak out "Santo Domingo" and the Latin cocktail lounge seducer "Lan Mise".
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A La French 1987-1992: The Balearic Sessions Part 3
  1. Claudia Phillips - "Donne-Moi Du Feu" (Summer Nights Disco mix) (9:35)
  2. Roe - "Soledad" (Philly mix) (5:57)
  3. Atlantique - "Poussee Par Le Vent" (remix Maxi) (7:27)
  4. Art Mengo - "Ou Trover Les Violons" (Mr Jazzy mix) (7:12)
Review:  The legendary disco master Dimitri From Paris made the lead a-side remix here back in 1992. His version of Claudia Philips's 'Donne Moi Du Feu' makes use of a sample from Carl Bean's 'I Was Born This Way' and is a gloriously sunny tune with New York house drums, finger clicks and s silky vocal as well as rap bass and rich organ sounds. Three other perfectly Balearic house tunes also make the cut with a super cool, jazz laced Philly mix of 'Soledad', slow and sun kissed vibes from Atlantique and more jazz stylings on the downtempo disco bliss of 'Ou Trover Les Violons.'
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A La French 1987-1992: The Balearic Sessions Part 2
  1. Marc Lavoine - "Rue Fontaine" (Jazzy Vibes mix) (7:35)
  2. Midi V - "Belle Comme Isabelle" (remix Dimitri) (7:16)
  3. Kaoma - "Danca Tago Mago" (Latine Soul remix) (7:45)
  4. Kassav - "Ou Le" (Metropolys mix) (7:08)
Review: The Balearic Sessions is a new series of releases from disco and house king Dimitri From Paris. Each one finds the legendary French artist dig into his vaults to turn out some of his most Balearic edits and remixes. This second instalment opens with a smoky Chicago house groove run through with steamy French vocals. Midi V's 'Belle Comme Isabelle' is brilliantly old school with more great French vocals sounding superbly libidinous and some fine key solos, then there's Latin deep house on 'Kaoma' and wonderfully native melodies on the Afro-tinged 'Kassav.'
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Tanger (LP)
Cat: FVR 158LP. Rel: 01 Oct 19
  1. Voudou (3:59)
  2. Tanger (4:39)
  3. Un Seul Visage (3:46)
  4. Ouvre Tes Yeux (3:37)
  5. Quand Tu Te Laisses Aller (3:55)
  6. Georgy Porgy (5:47)
  7. Pour L'amour De Toi (3:23)
  8. Prends Ton Temps (3:35)
 in stock $21.78
Tanger (CD)
Cat: FVR 158CD. Rel: 01 Nov 19
  1. Voudou
  2. Tanger
  3. Un Seul Visage
  4. Ouvre Tes Yeux
  5. Quand Tu Te Laisses Aller
  6. Georgy Porgy
  7. Pour L'amour De Toi
  8. Prends Ton Temps
  9. Georgy Porgy
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Esperanto (gatefold LP)
Cat: FVR 172LP. Rel: 26 Aug 21
  1. Cosa Suave (5:04)
  2. Hermoso Dia (4:26)
  3. Alegria (7:07)
  4. Vereda Tropical (2:56)
  5. Caucaguita (4:26)
  6. Angela La Espanola (8:55)
  7. Ticket To Ride (4:44)
  8. Cancion Para Un Osito De Peluche (0:52)
Review: Esperanto is widely heralded as a Venezuelan jazz-Ffsion masterpiece. It was first released in 1980 and is a real collector's item that is hard to find an expensive. French label Favourite now presents a first ever reissue of the eponymous LP that was recorded in Caracas by a number of talented musicians. It has strong Latin and funk overtones. Squelchy synth sounds and is a must-have for anyone interested in this fine fusion sound. The band started off playing jam sessions that grew ever more refined to the point that they eventually lay down this enduring masterclass.
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Vegas (LP)
Cat: FVR 181LP. Rel: 31 Jan 22
  1. Tell Me This Is Love
  2. Kailua
  3. Love Crusader
  4. Wishful Thinkin'
  5. Hollywood
  6. Kenny's Place
  7. Elle Est Tres Ellegant
  8. Theme From Vegas
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State Of Emmergency (reissue)
Cat: FVR 146LP. Rel: 21 Jun 18
  1. Trouble In Mind (3:37)
  2. Sweet Mood (3:30)
  3. Mr Phone (3:03)
  4. State Of Emmergency (4:11)
  5. Wind's Too Cold (4:06)
  6. Rumours (4:22)
  7. A So Called Being (4:26)
  8. Last Word (4:03)
  9. Restless (4:43)
Intérprete: Charles Maurice
 in stock $21.23
Jongler (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 144LP. Rel: 26 Nov 18
  1. African Disco (4:32)
  2. Ballade De Nuit (4:36)
  3. La Terre (4:04)
  4. Ca Va Aller (4:57)
  5. Le Peuple (4:33)
  6. Jongler (Mathematiques) (5:36)
  7. Lady Angola (5:31)
  8. Ancien Combattant (5:38)
  9. Laissez Moi Danser (3:24)
  10. Madiba (6:10)
  11. Chaud Maria (4:59)
  12. Pygmee (3:28)
Review: Bruno Hovart, Favorite Recordings' man of many talents, is at it again here. He's the man at the controls on this debut album from Pat Kalla, a French vocalist of Cameroonian heritage who has previously contributed to Hovart's Voilaaa records. Backed by Lyon band Le Super Mojo and with Hovart conjuring up his authentic '70s style production, Kalla lays down a string of superb songs that variously touch on Afro-disco, soul, Highlife, Juju, accordion-fired Cameroonian dance music of old and the kind of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tropical fusion so popular in former French colonies in the Caribbean. It's a wonderfully joyous and breezy set, and certainly worthy of your attention.
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Cat: FVR 141. Rel: 09 Mar 18
  1. Lady Angola (5:32)
  2. African Disco (4:31)
  3. Ballade De Nuit (4:36)
  4. Madiba (Voilaaa remix) (6:10)
  5. Ancien Combattant (5:40)
 in stock $14.89
Work It Out
Cat: FVR 161. Rel: 22 Oct 19
  1. Work It Out (7:21)
  2. Work It Out (dub) (6:12)
  3. Til I Found You (6:10)
  4. Til I Found You (dub) (5:40)
Review: For the last 18 months disco and boogie legend Leroy Burgess - owner of the most distinctive voice in the game - has been touring Europe with a band of Lyon-based musicians known as Saving Coco. It makes sense, then, that he would eventually go into the studio with them to record some new material. The results are impressive. The jaunty, Clavinet-heavy brilliance of "Work It Out" is reminiscent of some of Burgess' best boogie-era work with The Fantastic Aleems and fittingly comes accompanied by a Dub mix rich in piano and synth solos. "Til I Found You" is a slap bass-propelled exercise in good grooves and even better vocals. It, too, is backed by a stripped back but musically expansive Dub mix.
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 in stock $14.87
Life Force
Life Force (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: FVR 086LP. Rel: 14 Nov 13
  1. Robeson (Future Man)
  2. Prove Me Wrong
  3. Hard Time Man
  4. Funky Mama
  5. Come On Let's Do It
  6. Slow Dancer
  7. New York City Streets (instrumental)
  8. Shango
 in stock $32.26
AOR Global Sounds 1977-1982
Cat: FVR 108CD. Rel: 03 Nov 15
  1. Erik Tagg - "Got To Be Lovin' You"
  2. Nohelani Cypriano - "Lihue"
  3. Diane Tell - "Je Suis En Amour"
  4. Junior Mendes - "Rio Sinal Verde"
  5. Loredana Berte - "In Alto Mar"
  6. Ulla - "Space Lady"
  7. Placa Luminosa - "Neon"
  8. Paul Hart - "Peppermint Park"
 in stock $15.43
French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2: 1978-1985
Cat: FVR 122CD. Rel: 12 Oct 16
  1. Crystal - "Funky Biguine"
  2. Charms - "Givin' It Up"
  3. Neilo Feel - "Havana"
  4. Jackie Esam - "Movin'"
  5. Ideku Dynasty - "Funk Force Leader"
  6. Black Bells Group - "Talk Me Mam's"
  7. Claude Morgan - "Le Sherif Qui Danse"
  8. Roots - "Sheriff's Horse"
  9. Marc Ashy - "Bye Cocotiers"
  10. Nel Oliver - "You Are My Dream"
  11. Greg Smaha - "Sunshine"
  12. Messan - "Keep Cool"
Review: During its late '70s and early '80s heyday, France's disco-boogie scene tended towards the eccentric. Yet despite the camp, tongue-in-cheek feel adopted by many French bands and producers, much of the music was of an impressively high standard. That much is clear from Charles Maurice's second French Disco Boogie Sounds compilation. Packed full of slick, synthesizer-driven material and punchy, horn-heavy disco-funk thrillers (see the Teena Marie style "Movin" by Jackie Esam), it's a fine collection of Gallic dancefloor treats. You're unlikely to find a better example of jazz-funk positivity than Black Bells Group's "Talk Me Mam's", while Messan's "Keep Cool" is a lesson in thrusting, up-tempo disco sweatiness.
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AOR Global Sounds Vol 4: 1977-1986
Cat: FVR 145LP. Rel: 22 Jan 19
  1. Arlana - "When You Call My Name" (3:24)
  2. Omega Sunrise - "Too Hip" (4:35)
  3. Jonathan Jr - "Hangin' On To You" (12" version) (5:33)
  4. Isabelle Mayereau - "Orange Bleue" (2:27)
  5. Oro - "Sasa" (3:42)
  6. Fernando Toussaint - "Recuerdos Del Abuelo" (3:04)
  7. Todd Mcclenathan - "High From Our Love" (5:08)
  8. Mario Acquaviva - "Notturno Italiano" (4:22)
  9. Special Occasion - "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" (12" version) (6:36)
  10. Parenthese - "Come Back" (4:03)
  11. Russ Long - "Never Was Love" (4:35)
  12. Pacific Dreams - "Mellow Out" (4:19)
  13. Miller Miller Miller & Sloan - "Key To My Heart" (2:39)
  14. Scott Cunningham - "Blues Take You Over" (3:31)
Review: On his fourth exploration of the world of global "Adult Oriented Rock", French crate-digger Charles Maurice focuses on the period between 1977 and '86. That means a greater emphasis on synthesizers, dusty drum machines and the kind of sparkling melodies that would once have drifted from daytime radio at an alarming rate. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the dewy-eyed synth-soul of Arlana's "When You Call My Name" and the breezy boogie of Omega Sunrise's "Too Hip", to the sparse Balearic bliss of Isabelle Mayereau's "Orange Bleue", the flute-laden easy listening hum of Fernando Toussaint, the sax-happy '80s sleaze of Special Occasion's brilliant "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" and the jaunty Latino jazz-funk of "Mellow Out" by Pacific Dreams.
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AOR Global Sounds Volume 5: 1977-1984
Cat: FVR 171CD. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Rhapsody - "You Never Know"
  2. Jonathon Hansen - "What Its Meant To Me"
  3. Mark Williamson - "I Need You"
  4. The Ferry Brothers - "'Til Mornin' Comes"
  5. Didier Makaga - "J'Irai Squatter Ton Couer"
  6. Esperanto - "Kailua"
  7. Sugar Cane - "What You Do To Me"
  8. Westside - "Don't Take It Away From Me"
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French Disco Boogie Sounds 1975-1984
Cat: FVR 101LP. Rel: 15 Jun 20
  1. Beckie Bell - "Music Madness" (extended Charles Maurice version) (6:58)
  2. Over Drive - "Lady Jones" (5:44)
  3. Kelly - "Drole D'Historie D'Amour" (extended Charles Maurice version) (6:31)
  4. Marche Noir - "Y'a Du Blues (Tant Pis C'est La Vie)" (5:29)
  5. Contessa - "Super Star" (4:45)
  6. Toulouse - "C'est Toujour Comme Ca L'amour" (4:11)
  7. Didier Makaga - "Minuit L'heure Du Swing" (4:46)
  8. France Lise - "Pour Moi Ca Va" (Charles Maurice version) (4:05)
  9. Le Club - "Un Fait Divers & Rien De Plus" (Re-remix) (5:35)
  10. Bernard Guyvan - "Polar (T'aurais Du T' Tirer)" (Charles Maurice version) (5:00)
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AOR Global Sounds Vol 5: 1977-1984
Cat: FVR 171LP. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Rhapsody - "You Never Know" (4:55)
  2. Jonathon Hansen - "What Its Meant To Me" (4:14)
  3. Mark Williamson - "I Need You" (5:00)
  4. The Ferry Brothers - "'Til Mornin' Comes" (2:50)
  5. Didier Makaga - "J'Irai Squatter Ton Couer" (3:39)
  6. Esperanto - "Kailua" (5:36)
  7. Sugar Cane - "What You Do To Me" (3:05)
  8. Westside - "Don't Take It Away" (3:56)
Review: Charles Maurice shows off his digging skills once again with a collection of tunes that does exactly what it says on the tin. He delves into the album oriented rock archives of countries as far and wide as France, the United Kingdom and Venezuela to come up eight rare and hidden gems. The series started back in 2015 and still makes for essential listening now with gems like 'Don't Take It Away' by Westside - a love song about a new relationship, recorded in Minnesota and mastered on Sunset Bld. Sugar Cane's 'What You Do To Me' is another loved up gem with real romance in the chords.
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 in stock $18.74
Livin In The City
Cat: FVR 55LP. Rel: 06 Jul 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Operator
  2. Willingtown
  3. Money
  4. No Regrets
  5. Living In The City
  6. Sail Away
  7. I'll Take You There
  8. The Kong Song
  9. Calypso
 in stock $26.74
Tears Of Joy
Cat: FVR 018. Rel: 14 Jan 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mr Day - "Tears Of Joy"
  2. The Dynamics - "Tears Of Joy"
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 in stock $5.99
One Night
Cat: FVR 165LP. Rel: 08 Sep 20
  1. One Night (feat Cindy Pooch & Celia Kameni) (7:15)
  2. Teasing Me So Bad (feat Sabba MG) (5:51)
  3. Tears Keep On Falling (feat Sabba MG) (4:10)
  4. Gabriel (feat Hawa) (6:02)
  5. Plenty Loads Of Loving (feat Cindy Pooch & Celia Kameni) (6:17)
  6. The Time Is Now (feat Hawa) (4:54)
Review: A new one from Paris' Favorite Recordings. After two acclaimed LP's as Mr President released over the last decade, Bruno Hovart is back. One Night is soul and disco with a modern touch, fitting all the criteria to become an instant club classic. With special guest vocalists like Jennifer Zonou (Hawa), Cindy Pooch, Celia Kameni (Saving Coco) and Sabba MG - who you may recognise from previous releases. The title track is a sexy, loungey and jazzy deep house joint reminiscent of early noughties grooves on Naked Music or Hed Kandi. Plus, there's also a wonderful rendition of Roy Davis Jr and Peven Everett's classic 'Gabriel'.
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Blue Benz
Cat: FVR 168. Rel: 09 Nov 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Blue Benz (3:17)
  2. Jazzy Blue Benz (4:06)
Review: French label Favourite have put together an exclusive collab here. French producer Bruno 'Patchworks' Hovart and Australian born, NYC-based rapper and poet Nelson Dialect both met years ago and after long discussing plans to work together, they finally made it happen. Their metal love of early 90s hip hop brought them together and sure shines through here with a luxuriant sound that rolls deep. 'Blue Benz' has festive tambourines and nice bendy leads with golden string sounds and smooth rhymes as well as sublet Rhdoes work. 'Jazzy Blue Benz' rides a more loopy beat to perfection as electric guitar slides and sweet horns flesh things out.
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George Sauma Jr
Cat: FVR 174LP. Rel: 11 Mar 21
  1. Ceu Azul (3:34)
  2. Voce O Tempo Todo Para Mim (2:36)
  3. Vou Mostrar Que Sei Viver (3:31)
  4. Tudo Terminou (2:18)
  5. Possivel Utopia (3:13)
  6. Presente Ausente (3:18)
  7. Ideal De Carnaval (3:55)
  8. Nao Vai Dar (2:07)
  9. Dancar Ou Se Render (3:37)
  10. Por Voce Sou Capaz De Morrer (3:58)
 in stock $55.13
Le Polaroid: Original Scandinavian Grooves Series Vol 2
  1. Teasing You
  2. Last Day At Home/Melancolie
  3. Paraphraser ('Teasing You')
  4. Living In A Paper House
  5. Le Polaroid
  6. Afternoon (with Stiina)
  7. Epilogue
 in stock $32.26
Le Deltaplane
Cat: FVR 142CD. Rel: 18 May 18
  1. Le Deltaplane
  2. Moonbeach Disco
  3. Paraphraser (Le Deltaplane)
  4. Aquaplane
  5. Summer 79
  6. Le Deltaplane (instrumental version)
  7. Le Premier Disco Sans Toi
  8. Moonbeach Disco (dub version)
  9. Le Premier Disco Sans Toi (dub version)
 in stock $16.82
Recalling You
Cat: FVR 163. Rel: 24 Jan 20
  1. Recalling You (extended Disco version) (8:41)
  2. Recalling You (Charles Maurice dub version) (8:49)
 in stock $12.41
Planets (LP)
Cat: FVR 159LP. Rel: 15 Nov 19
  1. How Does It Feel (4:16)
  2. If Your Heart (3:40)
  3. You & I (4:25)
  4. Should I (5:09)
  5. A Million Miles Away (4:55)
  6. If You Lose Me (3:36)
  7. Colored Smile (4:20)
  8. Planets (4:31)
 in stock $22.88
Planets (CD)
Cat: FVR 159CD. Rel: 18 Nov 19
  1. How Does It Feel
  2. If Your Heart
  3. You & I
  4. Should I
  5. A Million Miles Away
  6. If You Lose Me
  7. Colored Smile
  8. Planets
  9. Song For Two (bonus track)
 in stock $22.34
Feel So Good Inside
Cat: FVR 099. Rel: 19 Feb 21
  1. Feel So Good Inside (extended Waxist edit mix) (6:51)
  2. Feel So Good Inside (4:19)
  3. Take Me To (New York City) (4:18)
Review: The result of a diligent digging quest since he heard DJ Klas drop it many years ago, Lyonaisse editor Waxist has finally track down his own copy of Lamar's 1980 disco soul love gem and given it some serious treatment. Extending the unfettered positivity of the original by almost two minutes (with special attention paid to that immense organ solo), it lives up to its name in every possible way. For authenticity's sake he's also included the original B-side "Take Me To New York". Still standing the test of time impeccably after 35 years, one tickle from the lolloping bassline and swooning keys and your dancefloor will be hooked.
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Clap 'N' Hustle
Cat: FVR 075LP. Rel: 15 Feb 13
  1. Intro
  2. The Night Of The Wolf
  3. Dope On Plastic (feat Raashan Ahmad)
  4. Skit Twister
  5. Soundshake
  6. Theme Of Trevor & Lisa
  7. My Friend (feat Jehro)
  8. Time
  9. Soul Clap (feat Rita J & Clyde Kingrap)
  10. Tango Hustle
  11. Until Vibes
  12. Dance To The Drummer's Beat (feat The Real Fake Mc)
 in stock $17.10
Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds 1977-1984 Volume 2
Cat: FVR 109CD. Rel: 04 Dec 15
  1. Marcia Maria - "Amigo Branco"
  2. Miss Lene - "Sinal De Desejo"
  3. Brenda - "Natureza Viva"
  4. Cristina Camargo - "Minas Do Rei Salomao"
  5. Lady Zu - "Valeu A Pena"
  6. Almir Ricardi - "To Parado Na Tua"
  7. Rosana - "Alegria No Ar."
  8. Kaito - "Cara Feia"
  9. Adriana - "Contigo"
Review: Favorite Recordings' superb Disco Boogie Sounds series continues. Following Waxist's recent exploration of French productions from the period, they've decided to drop a second collection of high-grade Brazilian material. Renowned crate-digger Charles Maurice has done a terrific job of gathering together dusty, obscure cuts that perfectly encapsulate Brazilian musicians' sun-kissed, soulful approach to disco and boogie. Highlights are naturally plentiful, and include the starry, jazz-funk tinged warmth of Christina Camargo's "Minas Do Rei Salomao", the Chic style brilliance of Almir Ricardi's "To Parado Na Tua", and the cosmic, horn-heavy leftfield disco thrills of Kaito's "Cara Feia".
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French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 4: 1977-1991
Cat: FVR150 LP. Rel: 21 Nov 19
  1. Dwight Druick - "Georgy Porgy" (Disco version) (5:44)
  2. Marco Attali - "J'ai Pris Une Claque" (unreleased) (3:24)
  3. Serge Delisle - "Germaine" (remix) (6:28)
  4. Wai Kop - "Lola" (3:51)
  5. Chris O'Hara - "Sur Les Coussins De La Discotheque" (5:27)
  6. Acayouman - "Funk Around" (6:21)
  7. Djeneba - "Better Day" (Hard Soul mix) (5:28)
  8. David Simon - "Transistor" (instrumental) (5:14)
  9. Marco Attali - "La Releve Du Matin" (instrumental) (4:27)
  10. Shen Et Les Shendys - "Je Ne Suis Que Musique" (3:50)
  11. Eric Chotteau - "Affirmatif-Negatif" (4:20)
  12. Cyrill - "Night Ghetto" (2:57)
  13. Aries - "Braziliana" (3:54)
Review: As he has done three times before, Gallic crate digger Charles Maurice has dipped into his vast record collection and offered up a killer selection of French disco-boogie sounds. The 13 assembled tracks are mostly obscure and uniformly superb, making picking individual highlights an infuriatingly tricky task. Our favourites change daily, but we're currently enjoying the tropical disco brilliance of Dwight Druick's cover of "Georgy Peorgy (Disco Version)", the synth-sporting electrofunk cheeriness of Serge Delisle's "Germaine (Remix)", the thrusting P-funk hustle of Acayouman's "Funk Around" and the near Balearic warmth of "Braziliana" by Aries. As the old expression (sort of) goes, Maurice has once again delivered all killer and no filler.
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Voiciii (CD)
Cat: FVR 170CD. Rel: 11 Feb 21
  1. Assia (feat Pat Kalla)
  2. Ben Bene La (feat Lass)
  3. Women Can Do (feat Ayuune Sule)
  4. Mbaal Mu Teer (feat Lass)
  5. Water No Get Enemy (feat Pat Kalla)
  6. Tu Mens Devant Moi (feat Rama Traore)
  7. Faut Pas (dub 2000)
  8. Fighting Slowly (feat Ayuune Sule)
  9. Faut Pas Dire Des Choses Comme Ca (feat Pat Kalla)
  10. LYMYE-A (feat David Walters, Pat Kalla & Lass)
  11. Manu Ecoute Ca (feat Pat Kalla)
  12. Ku La Foon (feat Lass)
  13. Francois, Va Te Laver (feat Pat Kalla)
  14. Tenor Jam For Manu (feat Boris Pokora)
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Voiciii (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 170. Rel: 09 Feb 21
  1. Assia (feat Pat Kalla) (3:54)
  2. Ben Bene La (feat Lass) (4:51)
  3. Women Can Do (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:39)
  4. Mbaal Mu Teer (feat Lass) (3:18)
  5. Water Get No Enemy (feat Pat Kalla) (5:05)
  6. Tu Mens Devant Moi (feat Rama Traore) (4:10)
  7. Faut Pas (dub 2000) (3:32)
  8. Fighting Slowly (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:26)
  9. Faut Pas Dire Des Choses Comme Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:38)
  10. LYMYE-A (feat David Walters, Pat Kalla & Lass) (5:25)
  11. Manu Ecoute Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:33)
  12. Ku La Foon (feat Lass) (4:15)
  13. Francois, Va Te Laver (feat Pat Kalla) (3:59)
  14. Tenor Jam For Manu (feat Boris Pokora) (3:37)
Review: Favorite Recordings presents Voiciii, the third album by Voilaaa - the nom de plume of Bruno 'Patchworks' Hovart. It features guest vocalists such as Pat Kalla and Lass who he has worked with previously, but also new ones such as David Walters, Rama Traore and Ayuune Suule. There's also the addition of saxophonist Boris Pokora. The LP is a tribute to major artists of influential African sounds, such as Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango: from the empowering groove of 'Women Can Do', the late night boogie-down antics with a message on 'Water Get No Enemy' to the spiritual life music of LYMYE-A' - a delightful album from start to finish.
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Spies Are Watching Me
Cat: FVR 106. Rel: 24 Nov 17
  1. Spies Are Watching Me (7:15)
  2. Le Disco Des Capitales (6:45)
Review: Sounds like it came out of Lagos in 1971, actually written and recorded in Lyon in 2015: Voilaaa is the brainchild of Bruno Hovart whose long relationship with Favorite goes way back to his days as Patchworks, Mr President and The Dynamics. Recording on a whole host of vintage machines and calling upon local African singers both cuts have a real authentic sense of realness; "Spies Are Watching Me" drives with big horns and swooning strings which isn't dissimilar to the work of The Movers, while the TY Boys-esque "Le Disco Des Capitales" is a heavier, more concentrated slab of floor-minded disco where the groove takes more of a forefront role. Apparently there's a whole album of this cooking... We can't wait to hear it.
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African Music
Cat: FVR 131. Rel: 23 Feb 17
  1. African Music (feat Lass) (7:03)
  2. Decalement (instrumental) (3:43)
  3. Problems (feat Sir Jean) (6:01)
  4. Decalement (feat Pat Kalla) (4:52)
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Des Promesses
Des Promesses (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 132LP. Rel: 29 Mar 17
  1. People (4:07)
  2. African Music (feat Doctor Lass) (7:02)
  3. Pour La Vie (feat Pat Kalla) (4:49)
  4. Problems (feat Sir Jean) (6:00)
  5. Kemtane (feat Doctor Lass) (6:31)
  6. Mambo Football (5:05)
  7. Des Promesses (feat. Pat Kalla) (7:08)
  8. Mandjou (feat Doctor Lass) (5:25)
  9. Mbele (5:01)
  10. Tu N'as Pas De Voiture (feat Pat Kalla) (4:39)
  11. Et Toi Tu Crois (feat Hawa & Fouley Badiaga) (4:39)
  12. Decalement (feat Pat Kalla) (4:32)
  13. La France (feat Tout Le Monde) (4:30)
Review: Despite Bruno 'Patchworks' Hovart boasting a discography packed to the rafters with successful forays into all sorts of vintage dancefloor styles, many were still surprised at the brilliance of the first Voilaaa album, On Te L'avait Dit. This follow-up is equally as impressive, and features 13 more trips into classic Afro-disco and tropical disco territory. With Clavinets, punchy horns, live percussion and Afrobeat bass to the fore, Hovart and his many collaborators - including a number of French vocalists with African heritage - variously pay tribute to all sorts of late '70s and early '80s dancefloor fusion sounds. The album includes tons of club-ready excursions, including the righteous "Problems", disco-tastic "Kemtane" and sweaty, high octane "Mbele".
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Caribbean Disco Boogie Sounds 1977-1982
Cat: FVR 110CD. Rel: 18 Nov 15
  1. Beres Hammond - "Comin' At You"
  2. Ray Williams - "Cosmopolitan London"
  3. Oluko Imo - "Praise Jah"
  4. Musicism - "Bermuda Triangle"
  5. Paul Hurlock - "My African Religion"
  6. Barry Bryson - "Going To The Party"
  7. Eddie & The Movement - "Macho Man"
  8. Teddy Davis - "Let Me Love You"
Review: Having previously impressed with their Brazilian and French themed Disco Boogie Sounds compilations, Favorite turn their attention to the Caribbean. This time, the man at the controls is acclaimed crate digger Julien "Waxist" Minarro. Predictably, he does a fine job gathering together eight suitably obscure Caribbean disco, boogie and disco-funk killers. Highlights come thick and fast, from the winding synthesizer lines, swinging disco-funk grooves and intergalactic sound effects of Musicism's "Bermuda Triangle", to the Clavinet-laden shuffle of Eddie & The Movement's "Macho Man", and the hard-wired reggae-boogie business of Barry Bryson's "Going To The Party".
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