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ACR:EPA
ACR:EPA (limited red vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: 12MUTE 631. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Wonderland (Jam 6) (5:07)
  2. Keep It Together (Jam 5) (3:42)
  3. Down & Dirty (Jam 2) (5:40)
  4. Feel No Fear (Jam 1) (5:21)
Review: Soon to be followed by two more from the mighty Ratio - ACR:EPC and ACR:EPR - EPA is the opening chapter in a triptych born from nothing. Or at least no fixed plan or specific agenda. A day spent jamming in the studio with close friend of the band and regular vocal collaborator, Denise Johnson, the recordings here and on the pair still to come represent the work they did that day, shortly before the world lost the woman in question forever.

Passing away in July 2020, well before her time, this is ACR paying tribute to another integral part of the Manchester music Factory. From the hypnotic and woozy 'Wonderland', where Donna Summer meets acid jazz, to the more straight-laced disco material - delivered with an edge you'd expect in terms of instrumentation and vocals - EPA is a fitting way to honour her legacy.
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Cramp Your Style
Cat: OTS 203. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Cramp Your Style (2:13)
  2. Cramp Your Style (Conomark & Hong Kong edit (brew)) (3:41)
Review: All The People was a Florida-based soul act who joined vocalist Robert Moore Jr on this highly sought after '45. Moore was the master of a singing style known as 'soul scatting'. His career later took him to Miami, where in 1979 he joined a group headed by Herb Reed, one of the original Platters. He stayed with Reed until 1993. Originally released on Blue Candle back in 1972, this much sought after classic has been reissued thanks to Japan's Ultra Vybe with an edit on the flip by Conomark & Hong Kong, which retains the original's big band style of soul music in the tradition of the legendary James Brown.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
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Lean On You
Cat: JAL 352V. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. Lean On You (feat Dynamite MC) (2:54)
  2. Working On Me (3:21)
Review: Times may change and life may evolve, but the Allergies will always be unashamed party-starters whose records are both pleasingly heavy and instantly accessible. By now, you shouldn't need further proof og their skills in this department, but if you do, the Bristol combo's latest "45" is a lesson is dancefloor-igniting goodness. 'Lean on You' is a live and funk-fuelled as you'd expect, with distinctive flash-fried funk-rock guitar riffs, bustling, interestingly slung breakbeats and a fine lead vocal from Dynamite MC. Over on the flip, 'Working on Me' is a more bluesy, cut-and-paste funk breaks number that's guaranteed to get feet moving out on the dancefloor.

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Hard Times
Hard Times (7" 再出版)
Cat: SB 7031. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Hard Times (0:30)
  2. Listen To Me (0:30)
Review: Powerful belters from soul supernova Baby Huey. The only solo 45s he cut for Curtom Records before he passed away aged only 26, this was released posthumously and OG copies regularly go for over 200 pounds. Now reissued on Soul Brother, the two sides give you the full fat Huey; "Hard Times" hits with a raw Lee Fields style gravelly, story-telling delivery while "Listen To Me" shows Huey's deft ability to band-lead an all-out rock jam. Raw and emotional, Huey left this world far too soon.
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Afro Sega
Afro Sega (7" 再出版) (1 per customer)
Cat: AT 701. Rel: 06 May 21
  1. Afro-Sega (Tony Allen remix) (4:35)
  2. Fatige (4:31)
Review: Second time around for Afro-Kreole artist Grace Barbe's surprise collaboration with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, which was first released on seven-inch way back in 2016. Allen handled production and remixing duties on "Afro-Sega", a wonderfully humid and tropical number in which the late drummer's distinctive polyrhythms provide a killer base for Barbe's superb lead vocals and all manner of accompanying musical heat (think undulating funk bass, effects-laden Clavinet riffs and punchy sax). Just as good is flipside "Fatige", an even more colourful and vibrant affair in which the Seychelles Islander explores the tropical sounds of her home archipelago in serious sonic style. Only 160 of these have been pressed in total, so act fast if you want to secure a copy.
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Call Me Answer
  1. Birmingham Traveleers - "Call Me, Answer" (3:47)
  2. Gospel Ambassadors - "This Little Light Of Mine" (2:58)
Review: Having previously championed rare and little-known gospel disco, crate digger Greg Belson has now turned his attention to the world of gospel funk and gospel sound. This must-check "45" boasts two obscure, hard-to-find gems from the British DJ and re-editor's forthcoming compilation, Greg Belson's Divine Funk. The A-side offers a chance to cop Birmingham Traveleers' [sic] ultra-rare, private press cut 'Call Me Answer', where guest vocalist Henry Burton spars with the male harmony group over a flash-fried-mid-tempo funk groove. It's really rather good all told, as is the Gospel Ambassadors' flipside cover of gospel staple 'This Little Light of Mine' - a rolling, breakbeat funk interpretation that's as groovy, righteous and life-affirming as they come.
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I Ain't Got The Love
Cat: BLKG 2. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. I Aint Got The Love (remastered edit) (2:41)
  2. Ghettos Of The Mind (intro re-edit) (1:01)
  3. Hurts So Bad (remastered edit) (3:41)
Review: Black Hole's second release in the Sample Series finds Black Cash & Theo link up for a trio of heart breaking blue-eyed soul sounds, all served up as special remastered edits. 'I Ain't Got The Love' opens with the pained and yearning vocals over aching drum breaks with melancholic strings adding to the emotional turmoil. It's a beautiful tune where 'Ghettos Of The Mind' is a freaky interlude of looped vocals that are haunting and paranoid. 'Hurts So Bad' is a well loved soul gem that emerges on a rousing, heart bleeding vocal from slow, pensive moods to empowering highs and back again.
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Chemical Plant Zone
Cat: CLMN 186. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Chemical Plant Zone (4:19)
  2. Sagat Theme (3:03)
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Hey There Jim
Cat: OTS 201. Rel: 06 Apr 21
  1. Jimmy "Bo" Horne - "Hey There Jim" (2:34)
  2. Lynn Williams - "How Can You Call Love Fascination" (2:26)
Review: Jimmy Bo Horne brings his raw and expressive vocals to this new release on Japanese label Ultra Vybe. The oft-sampled America singer, writer and producer has been turning out such sounds since the mid 70s but remains on top of his game here. The big horns bring energy, the rolling rhythm section gets you up on your feet and the whole thing screams floor filler. On the flip is Lynn Williams with 'How Can You Call Love Fascination,' a much more slow and sensual soul tune with acrobatic vocals and nice piano fills next to a big horn section.
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Played by: I Love 45's!
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue) (brown vinyl 7" 再出版)
Cat: BBR 019BROWN. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: One of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists Jorun Bombay returns to local Halifax label Black Buffalo, an imprint that launched in 2005 with a white vinyl limited 45 issue....Following his recent edit series comes this fantastic cover of RA in the form of "Revisiting The Sunshine". Authentic to its soulful core, the release is perfectly timed as we're all beginning to miss the summer moving into the colder months. It's backed by an equally sunny shakedown version of "Funky Sensation" getting a precision Bombay treatment. Sensational.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Parliament Edits (reissue) (limited sky blue vinyl 7" 再出版)
Cat: BBR 024SKYBLUE. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:54)
Review: Jorun Bombay likes to muck about with all sorts of different beats, but he always does it with real skill and personality. That's made him one Canada's most revered hip hop stars and here he tackles the one and only Parliament. His version of "Knee Deep" with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. "Mothership Bonus Beats" on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Cat: BBR 019BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: Jorun Bombay is one of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists and his fantastic cover of the recently turned 80 year old Roy Ayers in the form of 'Revisiting The Sunshine' is one of his biggest tunes. A recent reissue on white vinyl sold out in quick time so now comes another chance to own it, this time on black wax. This one followed Jorun's recent edit series and is authentic to its soulful core. As summer fades away and autumn looms, keep the sunny vibes alive with this golden, heart warming version. On the flip is something just as sunny - a fine version of 'Funky Sensation' that gets a precision Bombay treatment.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Cat: BBR 024BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:56)
Review: If you dig a decent cover or an essential edit, then you will be more than familiar with Jorun Bombay. The Canadian artist is a leader in his field and a prolific one, too, who puts out plenty of material in a constant stream. Here he takes on Parliament classics. His version of 'Knee Deep' with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. 'Mothership Bonus Beats' on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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Never Too Much
Never Too Much (7" 再出版)
Cat: ATH 091. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Never Too Much (4:25)
  2. Never Too Much (instrumental) (4:18)
Review: Athens Of The North is unveiling a whole wealth of new 7"s this month and as usual, each and every one is an essential purchase. This one in particular will resonate with a wide audience thanks to the ubiquity of the source material - Luther Vandross's 'Never Too Much.' There have been many versions over the years but this reggae take from Derrick Cross is special indeed, and an OG will costs basically too much for any sane person. Now a fully legit repress makes it accessible to all once more, and hurrah for that.
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STFU
STFU (limited 12")
Cat: GZ 008. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. Rise (2:48)
  2. Make It (4:48)
  3. From A G Perspective (4:30)
  4. Free (8:10)
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Destination: Known
Destination: Known (limited 12")
Cat: GZ 009. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. Destination: Known (15:55)
  2. Paradise (17:58)
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Life's A Bitch
Cat: FF45 012. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Life's A Bitch (3:45)
  2. (It Ain't) All Good (4:03)
Review: Cornish funkateer Daytoner rarely fails to deliver the goods, with his semi-regular seven-inch missives being amongst his most potent releases. He's at it again here, delierving two confirmed party-starting workouts that combine live funk and soul style instrumentation topped off with classic hip-hop acapellas. He begins with 'Life's a Bitch', where fast crew rap flows lifted from a much-loved hip-hop cut ride undulating bass guitar, laidback funk breaks and glistening guitars. He flips the script a little on flipside '(It Ain't) No Good', delivering hip-hop tempo beats, deep bass, luscious electric piano motifs and smart use of one of the most celebrated R&B vocals of the 1990s.
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4 Really Tho
Cat: FNF 19. Rel: 24 Mar 21
  1. 4 Really Tho (3:39)
  2. 4 Really Tho (instrumental) (3:38)
Played by: Originals
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Ride On Fire
Ride On Fire (7" 再出版)
Cat: AHS 45. Rel: 22 Mar 21
  1. Ride On Fire (Muro's Love Break) (5:48)
  2. Gold Wave (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:50)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of contemporary Japanese disco culture may well be aware of Dinky-Di, a self-styled "modern groove orchestra" helmed by musician/arranger Waq Takahashi. This fine 45 offers up a taste of their swirling, string-laden, groove-driven disco sound via two tidy re-edits of previous singles. On the A-side you'll find "king of diggin'" DJ Muro at the controls, delivering a cracking rearrangement of 'Ride on Fire', a Salsoul Orchestra-esque affair that sounds like it was arranged and conducted by the great Tony Montana. Over on the flip Ryuhei The Man takes his scalpel to 2005 single 'Gold Wave', a delightfully swooping and over-the-top concoction full of warbling choral backing vocals, punchy horns, swooping strings and flash-fried funk guitars.
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DNA Edits Volume 5
DNA Edits Volume 5 (7" 再出版) (1 per customer)
Cat: DNA 012. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (DNA edit) (4:17)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (DNA edit) (4:30)
Review: DJ DSK is back with volume 5 of his DNA Edits series i the same month that he links with his All Stars for another red hot 7". This one kick off with a 90s style rework of 'That's the Way Love Goes' by J Jackson which has replayed bass and drums straight from the golden era. The whole thing has been reworked from the original stems and sounds and on the reverse is a DJ friendly edit of BB K's 'Thrill Is Gone' which has been beefed up for modern systems with a handy intro and outdo to make mixing easier.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 1
Cat: DNA 015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Love Thang (4:06)
  2. Just An Illusion (3:51)
Review: DJ DSK kicks off another series of Edits Instrumentals volumes here with another pair of his vital cut up and reworked classics. The key to it is the source material - he always knows how to find just the right sort of disco tune or 80s classic to tease apart and rebuild in more robust and dance floor friendly fashion, all with a modern edge. 'Love Thang' is a sultry, low slung disco tune with big strings and funky riffs, while on the reverse, 'Just An Illusion' offers a more squelchy and late night groove for dancing to under a setting sun, maybe.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 2
Cat: DNA 016. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Bad Girls (4:02)
  2. Need You Tonight (4:14)
Review: The relentless edit surgeon that is DJ DSK must have spent the whole of lockdown digging for beats, then taking them to his operating table and setting to work, boucle he has a glut of new Eps out in close proximity. He kicks off here with a huge disco classic in 'Bad Girls' and strips out the vocals, turns up the fun and allows the beats to roll on uninterrupted. On the flip he takes the classic, jittery, 80s INXS gem 'Need You Tonight' and strips out the vocals, makes the beats that bit more crisp and sharp and adds some reverb for extra weight.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3
Cat: DNA 017. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (4:16)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (4:31)
Review: A-grade edit specialists DJ DSK is having a hugely prolific year. He has already put put a wealth of 7"s this year and now comes on strong with yet another. DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3 finds him hunt down some killer source material and cut it and rework it with his surgeons sonic scalpel. 'That's The Way Love Goes' has a hard hitting boom-bap break with a bouncy bassline bringing some air. A neat and funk guitar riff acts as the main hook with synth strings bring expansive feels. On the back side is 'The Thrill Is Gone', a more laid back but still funky break for those earlier or even later night hours.
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That's The Way EP
That's The Way EP (7" limited to 200 copies + custom 7" adaptor)
Cat: RMSG 001. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. Bboy Thing (3:40)
  2. Thing Scratch (0:41)
  3. That's The Way (4:10)
  4. Way Synt (0:20)
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Damn Right I Hit Em Up
Damn Right I Hit Em Up (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SSR 225. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (vocal version) (4:09)
  2. Damn Right I Hit Em Up (instrumental) (4:20)
Review: DJ Soopasoul is back on his own Soopastole Edits label, this time paying tribute to the more great funk sounds and killer drum breaks. The artist is well versed in subtly reworking the classics, bringing them up to date and adding his own unique flavour. He opens this limited 7" with 'Damn Right I Hit Em Up' which rides rough over a tight bass riff, with biggie's raps up top and a big beat pumping the vibe. Flip it over for the instrumental version, which strips it right back to the bare essentials.
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Churn The Butter (reissue)
Cat: TR 289. Rel: 25 Mar 21
  1. Churn The Butter (2:47)
  2. Kitchen Cookin' (2:30)
Review: 'Churn The Butter', a mid-1960s single on the tiny (but back then surprisingly prolific) Chicagoan label M&M, is the undoubted highlight of pianist and bandleader Eddie Buster's all-too-brief recording career. It's something of rhythm & blues gem all told, and well worthy of this timely TRAMP Records reissue. Fronted by vocalist Jr Robinson, the track is rich in heavy organ lines (courtesy of Buster himself), heavy horns and guttural rhythm and blues grooves. Flipside 'Kitchen Cookin' is another riotous and raucous affair, with Buster and his band charging through a low-down rhythm-and-blues-goes-funk instrumental that will have all but the most sluggish punters up and dancing in no time at all.
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Movin On
Movin On (12")
Cat: EDITDUB 12. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Movin On" (unreleased re-edit) (7:07)
  2. Gino Dentie & The Family - "Express" (unreleased re-edit) (5:53)
  3. Biddu Orchestra - "Voodoo Man" (instrumental) (6:13)
  4. Suna Yildizoglu - "I´m Gonna Dance" (unreleased Disco dub) (7:47)
Review: Edit & Dub is an always on fire label that deals in serving up lost mixes of dancefloor classics. The latest helping of goodness kicks off with a pair of tunes from Gino Dentie & The Family. 'Movin On' is real smooth groove train business with noodling chords and big horns while 'Express' gets a little bit deeper. A meandering flute leads the way up top with flat footed kicks making you move. The flip has high speed cosmic disco funk in the form of 'Voodoo Man' and then more loose limbed sunshine on 'I'm Gonna Dance,' a heartwarming cut for sure.
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Who's Your Boss
  1. Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy - "Who's Your Boss" (2:53)
  2. Zella Jackson - "Days Are Just Like People" (2:19)
Review: Greg Belson is a world leading gospel collector and DJ who had great success with his Divine Disco series. He continued his vital work with Cultures of Soul on the Devin Funk compilations series and now the label are serving up the many highlights on 7". Here we have
Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy with 'Who's Your Boss', a high speed funk gem with in the pocket drum playing and energetic guitar riffs. The real star of course is the coarse vocal that cannot help but light your fires. On the flip, Zella Jackson's vocal soars next to summery flutes and raw, dense rhythm sections.
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Played by: I Love 45's!, Originals
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Estoy Brillando
Estoy Brillando (limited hand-numbered coloured vinyl 7" + insert + postcards)
Cat: MAD 029. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Estoy Brillando (3:29)
  2. Nunca Seas Triste (3:10)
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Funky Dollar Bill
BGP
Cat: BGPS 063. Rel: 30 Mar 21
  1. Funky Dollar Bill (3:04)
  2. Funky Dollar Bill (instrumental) (3:39)
Review: 51 years have now passed since Funkadelic dropped their first two albums, Funkadelic and Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow. The latter album's numerous highlights included 'Funky Dollar Bill', a flash-fried funk-rock masterpiece that's as bonkers as it is low-slung and floor friendly. This anniversary edition of the song, which was released as part of a double A-side single in 1971, combines the pioneering Detroit crew's original vocal version (side A), with a never-before-heard instrumental take from the original recording sessions (B). This is particularly revelatory, as it offers a chance to hear everything that was going on below George Clinton's singing - and trust us, that's a lot! It's genuinely refreshing to hear an alternate take on a such a fantastic funk-rock gem, so we'd recommend giving it a listen.
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Latin Freak
Latin Freak (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 160. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Latin Freak (4:07)
  2. Boogie With Your Baby (4:10)
Review: The irrepressible Funk Night come son stone girth another red hot wedge of the good stuff. There isn't much info out there about Funkool Orchestra but on this evidence it is a collection of high skilled musicians with plenty in their arsenal - funk, soul, Latin, bossa, jazz and soul. All of the feeds into the opener here: 'Funkool Orchestra' is lead by a magnificent horn section that powers ahead over glossy chords and silky funk bass riffs. The impassioned vocal is the icing on the cake. Things get a little deeper and more nuanced on the flip with the catchy 'Boogie With Your Baby.' The groove slides like a hot knife through butter and again the horns bring real energy but the boogie bass is hard to look past.
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Funky 424
Funky 424 (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 158. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Funky 424 (3:29)
  2. Lovely Lady (1:55)
  3. Lovely Lady (reprise) (0:28)
Review: More limited-edition instrumental funk action here from Funk Night Records, as the much-admired imprint welcomes back multi-instrumentalist and lo-fi recording specialist Jeffrey Scott Greer. In keeping with the warts-and-all sound explored on his series of straight-to-tape albums Schematics For a Blank Stare, Greer and his regular band of collaborators deliver left-of-centre funk compositions full of warming chords, loose-limbed grooves and all manner of energetic instrument solos. The most dancefloor-focused of the tracks is 'Funky 424', a low-slung affair smothered in fuzzy special effects and ethereal flute solos. 'Lovely Lady' sounds sparse in comparison, with a breezier and more picturesque tone. It comes accompanied by a short, beat-free 'Reprise' mix that focuses on the track's wonderful electric piano motifs.
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Gorilla Funk
Gorilla Funk (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 156. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Gorilla Funk (part 1) (2:03)
  2. Gorilla Funk (part 2) (2:22)
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G'on Use It
Cat: CLMN 195. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. G'on Use It (part 1) (4:31)
  2. G'on Use It (part 2) (1:51)
 in stock $6.48
September
September (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ASX 591S. Rel: 21 Apr 21
  1. September (3:02)
  2. I Love Without A Love (2:15)
Review: Jo Ann Hamilton hailed from Georgia and was brought up on a diet of soul, Motown and r&b. At the tender age of seven she joined the Gospel Choir from the Melton Chappel church and then got into the disco scene. Five decades later she has linked with Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this fantastic new 7" that is imbued with classic funk, soul and swing. Opener 'September' is a massive Northern Soul gem that would have slayed back then and still does now. On the flip is the more obscure 'I love Without A Love' which is funky, tropical and infectious.
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Early Bird
Early Bird (7" + insert 再出版)
Cat: AHS 47. Rel: 10 May 21
  1. Early Bird (Ryuhei The Man 45 re-edit) (5:15)
  2. Sonar (Ryuhei The Man 45 re-edit) (5:05)
Review: The late precision edit maestro Ryuhei The Man has taken his scalpel to a couple ,ore jams here and turned out typically high grade, sympathetic but essential edits that rework the tunes into dance floor dynamite. First up is Tusuke Hirdao's 'Early Bird' which is a driving, gliding, smooth as you like jazz-funk gem with knotted bass and expressive live drums. On the flip is the more cosmically minded 'Sonar' with its shimmering xylophone melodies, frenzied drum playing and heart warming chords. Amazing stuff.
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Get The Music Now
Cat: AJX 563S. Rel: 01 Apr 21
  1. Get The Music Now (short version) (4:24)
  2. Africa (short version) (3:42)
Review: Ipa-Boogie's self titled album is a super rare one that is super expensive even if you do manage to find a copy. Thankfully, for the first time ever on 7" vinyl, Acid Jazz kindly serve up short versions of 'Get The Music Now' and 'Africa', which both come from said full length. These are some of the only recordings known from this obscure band, and they first came in 1978 but still sound ahead of their time. This release, it is also worth noting, kicks off a new 45 series from Acid Jazz entitled Albarika 45, which will focus on many rare singles and unknown versions throughout the forthcoming year.
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Flip Sessions Volume 6: Impeach!
J ROCC/VARIOUS
Cat: FSCM 7013. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. IMPEACH! (5:52)
  2. Track 2 (6:13)
Review: Volume 6 of the SCM Flip Sessions is from the one and only J Rocc. It has been put together as a celebration of the end of the tenure of former President Trump, or "the most trash president in the history of the United States," as the label puts it. Across just two tunes, SCM brings you 14 flips of possibly the most sampled song in hip hop. They are Althea out together by the inimitable J Rocc with the hope being that this is a document of protest that will stand the test of time. One pressing only, 500 copies in all, do not sleep.
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Panama
Panama (7")
Cat: AHS 49. Rel: 07 May 21
  1. Panama (Ryuhei The Man Hot Vibes edit) (3:38)
  2. Panama (Ryuhei The Man Cool Vibes edit) (3:06)
Review: Killer Japanese cover versions of Roy Porter's Jazz Funk classic Panama with new versions by the late Ryuhei The Man
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Do The Doo (Part II)
Do The Doo (Part II) (7" + insert)
Cat: P745 13. Rel: 22 Mar 21
  1. Do The Doo (part 2) (4:40)
  2. What About The Music (part 2) (4:45)
Review: The J.B.'s was the name of James Brown's band from 1970 through the early 1980s and this Reunion outfit featuring original members pays homage to that era and to the sounds of the great funk legend. They were there of course, so this is as direct and real as its comes. First up here is 'Do The Doo' (part 2) which is all languid funk licks, loose bass and seductive drum playing with a big vocal over the top. 'What About The Music' (part 2) picks up the pace with some big horns, and a buttery and elastic vocal turn backed by funky rhythms.
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I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (reissue)
  1. I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (2:29)
  2. My Heart (Needs A Break) (2:47)
Review: British reissue champions Soul Brother return to democratise a certified northern soul classic. Released 1969 (just three years before Linda died, aged 27), both sides hit hard with raw soul power. "I Just Can't Live My Life" stomps with Stax gutsiness while "My Heart" eases back off the tempo and gives the backing singers and soaring strings a chance to shine with Linda. Original pressings of this have previously passed for over 500 pounds Grab a double-sided slice of history.
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 in stock $10.90
Kaymany & Asestar
Kaymany & Asestar (limited 12")
Cat: DSND 007. Rel: 07 Apr 21
  1. Effimera (3:47)
  2. Digressione (4:24)
  3. Capao (3:51)
Review: Kaymany & Asestar hail from Rome, a city where many musicians spend most of their days producing sounds for the television industry and even shopping malls. That's part of the reason the country has such a reparation for great jazz-funk sounds and now adding to that cannon are Kaymany & Asestar. 'Effimera' is glossy and feel good disco with retro future chords, while 'Digressione' has a Bob James style energy to it with its high speed funky bass and incidental chords. 'Capao' closes in Latin fashion with manic keys and more plucked and funky bass slaps making you shake every limb.
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Played by: I Love Disco!
 in stock $15.61
One Day
One Day (7")
Cat: DNSCR 013. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Kings Go Forth - "One Day" (4:15)
  2. Willie Tee - "First Taste Of Hurt" (2:39)
 in stock $14.13
Watch Out
Watch Out (7")
Cat: ESP 002. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Watch Out (3:24)
  2. Don't Put Offa Day (4:01)
 in stock $26.52
Satan In Love
Cat: GR 1277. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Satan In Love (3:31)
  2. Far L'amore Io Da Sola (3:43)
Review: Marina Bellini is credited with just the one release all the way back in 1978. But boy what an EP it is. It's reissued here, firstly with 'Satan In Love', which drips with sensuousness thanks to her airy vocal and the squelchy bass. The loose drum rotations also leave lots fo space for you to fall into and as she soundtracks moments of personal pleasure you can't help but be taken along for the ride. On the reverse is the less intimate and more expansive disco-funk groover 'Far L'amore Io Da Sola'. It's handy, but not as much so as that irresistible a-side.
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 in stock $15.03
Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (reissue)
Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (reissue) (limited green vinyl 7")
Cat: MRB 7181G. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua (2:53)
  2. Retrato Da Vida (3:32)
 in stock $15.03
Vol 2: The Colombia Years
Vol 2: The Colombia Years (triple 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ROC 041. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. Boogaloo Girl (2:49)
  2. Ponte En Onda (3:54)
  3. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Ritmo Caliente" (3:39)
  4. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Soul & Feeling (Alma Y Sentimiento)" (3:08)
  5. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Tiahuanaco (Puerta Del Sol)" (3:38)
  6. Alfredito Linares Y Su Salsa Star - "Mi Nuevo Ritmo" (3:26)
Review: Last year Rocafort Records delivered a rather good retrospective of the early works of Peruvian band-leader Alfredito Linares, an unheralded star of Latin jazz and later salsa and boogaloo who made some seriously good music in the late 1960s and '70s. This sequel, which features six scintillating tracks stretched across three seven-inch singles, tells the next chapter of the story, following Linares' relocation to Cali, Colombia in the early '70s. What's an offer is a heavy, club-ready mixture of righteous boogaloo - all infectious grooves, loose-limbed South American percussion, breathless group vocals and rising, big band style horns - and breezy salsa workouts, all of which hits the spot and then some.
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 in stock $27.99
Cumbia En Do Menor
  1. Lito Barrientos Y Su Orquesta - "Cumbia En Do Menor" (2:49)
  2. Los Robbins - "Patricia" (2:49)
Review: This is a must for lovers of red hot, sure-fire party starting Latin tunes. Central-American artists Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta (from El Salvador) and Los Robbins (Honduras) serve dup this huge hit in 1965. It draws on big band, jazz, ska and Jamaican heritage while also showing its Latin heritage proudly on its sleeve. On the reverse is Los Robbins' 'Patricia', which is a superbly realised rocksteady viber recorded in Honduras, with more of those rich Jamaican influences. originals are rarer than unicorn tears so this addition to the 'Tropical 45s series' is another fine one.
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 in stock $13.27
Flor Lilas (reissue)
Cat: MRB 7191. Rel: 16 Apr 21
  1. For Lilas (3:34)
  2. O Rato Roeu (1:37)
  3. Floresta Encantada (3:04)
  4. Dourado Da Manha (3:27)
Review: Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series is like catnip to all collectors of Latin music. It has turned out more than 85 editions that cover all forms of South American soul and funk. This time out it's a is sublime four-tracker from the much loved Brazilian pair of Luli Lucinha e O Bando. It first saw the light of day in 1972 but has long since been lost to the public. Aspects of psychedelic rock, MPB and folk are all stirred dup with the tunes being held together by Luli and Lucinha's vocals. The EP is packed with magic and musical brilliance and also features Brazilian percussionist Alyrio Lima, who was a member of the iconic Weather Report in later years.
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 in stock $10.31
I'm A Good Woman
I'm A Good Woman (7" 再出版)
Cat: SB 7037. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. I'm A Good Woman (2:24)
  2. I Don't Want A Playboy (2:07)
Review: Longstanding reissue kings Soul Brother flex back to this powerful double A last issued by Cultures Of Soul in 2010. Two of Barbara Lynn's fieriest soul sessions, both released on Tribe in '66/'67 respectively, there's a strong northern stomp to proceedings on both sides. "I'm A Good Woman" is characterised by the driving kicks, tight horns and Lynn's urgent vocals while "I Don't Want A Playboy" comes with more of a traditional soul swing. Sleep on this and, in the words of Babs herself, you'll lose a good thing.
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 in stock $12.67
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