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Funk / Reissue Recommendations November 2012

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Funk/Reissue Recommendations November 2012
2 Nov 2012
Cat: MUKAT 026. Rel: 05 Nov 12
  1. Wganda Kenya - "Bayesa"
  2. M' Bamina - "Atide O Sika" (Nik Weston edit)
Review: Gems? Diamonds, more like. Sparkling funky diamonds that shine from every guitar, horn, bass and deep belly-driven chants. First up is a 1976 number from Wganda Kenya who actually come from Colombia. You'd never tell; with vast harmonies and a sonic span that's as wide as the Serengeti plains, its heart beats to a strict Kenyan rhythm. M'Bamina add a French African touch to the B on a specially edited version of "Atide O Sika" by label boss Nik Weston under his MUKAT edit guise. Watch out for the deconstructed percussion and bass break. A finer example of an edit you will not find. The Juno edition of the single comes in exclusive packaging of kraft paper hand stamped inner sleeve,additional branded card sleeve,signed insert,sticker and plastic protective outer sleeve
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out of stock $6.01
Cat: POPC 115. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Ronnie Love - "Chills & Fever"
  2. Knockouts - "Fever"
out of stock $7.99
  1. CSC Funk Band - "Catchers Mitt"
  2. Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - "Ogun" (feat Franck Biyong, Nicolas Baudino & Zakari Frantz)
out of stock $8.57
  1. Chameleon (part 1) (2:31)
  2. Chameleon (part 2) (3:19)
Review: Italian pianist and composer Paolo first came to light during the acid jazz explosion in the early 90s. Largely overlooked by his UK counterparts, his Trio's albums Do It and Ombre are both well worthy investments for any funk fans. As is "Chameleon". Delivered in two parts, both jams are tighter than a bouncer's crotch squeeze and about a million times funkier. "Part 2" pips it for a highlight thank to its leniency towards sultry wig out territory. Lovely stuff.
out of stock $6.01
Cat: HBR 014. Rel: 08 Oct 12
  1. El Loco
  2. Boogaloo Tormenta
Review: Effectively a Renegades Of Jazz offshoot, Mankoora is a brand new act with fire in their belly and a scorching Latin spirit in their lungs. Both cuts here are true salsa slayers with shin-splitting stomps and horns so vibrant you could light a pipe from them. "El Loco" teases with a plucked guitar intro before dropping into a classic big beat that conjures up memories of Bentley Rhythm Ace. "Boogaloo Tormenta" is far more explosive with some fantastic vocal adornments and a percussive spirit that smacks of a thousand carnivals.
out of stock $9.13
Cat: BR 001. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Favela B-Boy Funk
  2. Drumapella
out of stock $13.42
Cat: DAP 1068. Rel: 22 Oct 12
  1. Lights Out
  2. Keep Coming Back
out of stock $7.72
  1. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone (original)
  2. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit)
out of stock $13.42
Cat: LPEXP 42. Rel: 08 Oct 12
  1. Big Brooklyn Red - "Taking It Too Far"
  2. Soulpersona & Princess Freesia - "You Did It Again"
  3. Aaries - "Don't Give Up"
  4. R Kelly - "Share My Love"
  5. Kenny Thomas - "Turn It Up"
  6. Glen Goldsmith - "Jammin' In The Place"
  7. Maurissa Rose - "Thinking About You"
  8. Anthony Hamilton - "Woo"
  9. Sunlightsquare - "Heart's Desire"
  10. Jazzanova - "Let It Go"
  11. Jarrard Anthony - "I Love You" (feat Lonnie Liston Smith, Patrice Covington & Monet)
  12. Lew Kirton - "Don't Wanna Wait"
  13. Bah Samba - "Save Our Freedom"
  14. Cool Million - "Running Around" (feat Gary B Poole)
  15. Gregory Porter - "1960 What?" (Opolopo Kick & Bass rerub)
out of stock $14.85
Cat: GAMM 082. Rel: 02 Jul 12
  1. I Wish
  2. Higher Ground
  3. Sir Duke
Review: Gamm is an established re-edit and mash-up label that's managed to repeatedly dig up new-old gems since the early Noughties. Having previously tackled Marvin Gaye's back catalogue, The Reflex return with a new EP and this time they've gone Stevie Wonder crazy; providing re-workings of three of the great man's tunes. First up is "I Wish", a nine minute elaboration of the one people think is called 'Sneakin' Out The Back Door...' and one which does a lot to reverse the damage done by Will Smith on his "Wild Wild West" tune. "Higher Ground" is teased out and into a more DJ-friendly format and finally things on high with "Sir Duke" (the one everyone thinks is called 'You Can Feel It All Over'), which gets embellished with a subtle 4/4 beat and big, splashy and celebratory cymbals.

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out of stock $9.13
Cat: SC 703. Rel: 08 Oct 12
  1. Black Orgasm
  2. Naughty Girls At The Wild Party
Review: From the man who gave us the album The Golden Age Of Danish Pornography earlier this year come two instro funklets that are screaming for all discerning dancefloors. "Black Orgasm" carries a really groovy 60s organ motif while occasional lady moans can be heard deep in the background. "Naughty Girls At The Wild Party" is racier again with a stomping snare pattern, fuzzy guitars and an overall sleazy riff. Puddu is clearly a rather horny gentleman. Ladies keep away from him; as long as he stays this horny, his music will remain this steamy.
out of stock $9.25
Cat: SOUL 7030. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Suddenly
  2. It Hurst Me More
Review: A dusty old classic originally released on the legendary Brunswick, both sides originally saw the dancefloor at the peak of Motown's soul explosion. With such a powerful delivery and distinctive talk-like flow that drags oh-so-coolly behind the beats, you wonder why Tony didn't score so many hits. "Suddenly" is the real power house with a middle eighth that's been sampled in several genres. "It Hurts me More" is more your trad soul with a big chorus and softer sentiment.
out of stock $10.00
Cat: IS 053. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Sunshine Day 1
  2. Sunshine Day 2
out of stock $12.56
Cat: POPC 116. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Betty O'Brien - "She'll Be Gone"
  2. Kitty Ford - "Blue Diamond Ring"
out of stock $7.99
Cat: CH 002. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. The Funk
  2. Back To The Mitten
Review: It's been three years since his debut album "Aural Penetration". Since then he's formed a band - The DooDoo Funk All Stars - and produced for various hip-hop heads including members of Pharcyde. Here we can hear why he's in high demand; both instrumental cuts ooze street soul smarts and enough sexiness to carry themselves with or without a vocal. With two totally different shades of synth-soul covered (wonky, LA-style and a more European jazz) Tony's got something for everyone.
out of stock $9.13
Cat: OE 011JAPANONLY. Rel: 05 Nov 12
  1. Brentford All Stars - "Greedy G"
  2. BDP - "Jack Of Spades"
Review: What a groove! Brentford Allstars embody that sweet spacious soul Studio One was best at. Early dub with more emphasis on the instruments and groove than the mixing desk, every member of the band fits the hook perfectly. KRS-1 knew this better than anyone else when he pinched it for a Boogie Down Productions jam in 88. A textbook example of golden day hip-hop samplery, both sides on this are impeccable.
out of stock $10.27
Cat: JBJ 1037. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Fiesta In Old Mexico
  2. Within This Heart Of Mine
out of stock $7.99
Cat: LBOP 5022. Rel: 05 Nov 12
  1. Ouer Ourira Ouer Nao Oueira
  2. Lets Have A Ball Tonight
  3. Oue Beleza
  4. Ela Partiu
  5. Over Again
out of stock $18.28
Cat: DR 45001. Rel: 22 Oct 12
  1. The Ghetto, There's No Way Out
  2. Sunk Without The Funk
Review: We wouldn't blame you if you thought this was a rare re-release from the late 60s, but no, this is classic funk done by a band who are very much alive, kicking and major league gigging. Tight, slightly lo-fi and seriously funky, both cuts on this cheeky 7" showcase the band's extensive repertoire. "The Ghetto: There's No Way Out" comes at you like a speedy Booker T & The MGs while "Sunk Without The Funk" isn't a far cry from Sharon Jones and her band of merry Dap Kings. Both absolutely rule.
out of stock $4.57
Cat: FSRLP 096. Rel: 29 Oct 12
  1. No More Heartaches
  2. Trouble Man
  3. Never Never Love A Married Man
  4. I'd Rather Go Blind
  5. No Man Worries
  6. Sunny
  7. You Got It
  8. Save Me
  9. You Got Me Started
  10. Mama Feelgood
  11. Dragging Me Down
out of stock $14.57
Cat: HEAT 1001. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. It Really Hurts Me Girl (previously unreleased mix)
  2. It Really Hurts Me Girl (original released mix)
out of stock $8.86
Cat: MTI 12506. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Sunny
  2. Hippopotamus
out of stock $12.00
  1. Work It Out
  2. Tell Me Something (Liberties)
  3. Do Whatever Makes You Feel Hot
  4. Don't Tell Me
  5. The Kitchen Strut
  6. Washed Up
  7. (When Are You Gonna) Say You're Mine
  8. Get It (part 1)
  9. I'm A Good Woman
  10. Things To Come
out of stock $15.99
Cat: BNB 073. Rel: 15 Oct 12
  1. Suga Mama
  2. Straight From The Hob
out of stock $6.84
Cat: NA 5092LP. Rel: 08 Oct 12
  1. Darling Dears - "I Don't Think I'll Ever Love Another"
  2. Eddie Finley & The Cincinnati Show Band - "Treat Me Right Or Leave Me Alone"
  3. Thomas East - "Slippin' Around"
  4. Hot Chocolate - "We Had True Love"
  5. The Equatics - "Merry Go Round"
  6. Black Conspirators - "Love"
  7. Jazzie Cazzie & The Eight Sounds - "Young Girl"
  8. Rhythm Machine - "Whatcha Gonna Do?"
  9. Ed Nelson - "I'll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)"
  10. Darling Dears - "And I Love You"
  11. Symphonic Four - "Who Do You Think You're Fooling" (part I)
  12. Lee Bonds - "I'll Find A True Love"
  13. Black Exotics - "What Am I Waiting For"
  14. Black Velvet - "Is It Me You Really Love"
  15. The Conspiracy - "I Believe (Our Love Has Gone Away)"
  16. Little Janice - "Since You've Been Gone"
  17. Primitive - "You Are Everything To Me"
  18. Eunice Collins - "At The Hotel"
  19. Hunts Determination Band - "Are We Through"
  20. Disciples Of Soul - "Together"
  21. Symphonic Four - "Who Do You Think You're Fooling" (part II)
out of stock $33.99
Cat: AUDI 004. Rel: 22 Oct 12
  1. Universal Robot Band - "Dance And Shake Your Tamborine"
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  18. Track 18
  19. Track 19
  20. Track 20
  21. Track 21
Review: Although he started his career back in the early 2000s and has links with Moodymann's Mahogani Music label, Andres' profile has increased of late thanks to a string of brilliant EPs for M1 Sessions and his own La Vida . The time is surely right, then, to drop his first commercially available mix CD. As you'd expect, it's firmly rooted in soul, effortlessly joining the dots between disco-funk, jazz, slow jams, global beats and summery Latin flavas. Opening with the Universal Robot Band's impeccable "Dance and Shake Your Tambourine", Culture Shock sits somewhere between a particularly good radio show and a dancefloor-bating mix-up, making it perfect for home listening. It also includes Gilberto Gil's disco era samba classic "Toda Menina Baiana", which is never a bad thing.
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out of stock $19.41
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