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Seven Minutes Of Funk
Cat: VNG 001. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Seven Minutes Of Funk (part 1)
  2. Seven Minutes Of Funk (part 2)
Review: Those heavyweight funksters at West Loop Chicago are back again with more crucial heat for your boogie bag. This time the mysterious international cabal of edit heads have slipped from City Volts over to Vong45 - a label that may or may not also be under their control. The name tells you all you need to know - seven sweet minutes of luxurious grooves edited with a soft touch to keep the musicality smooth and flowing across both sides of this 7". Anyone who takes the classic '70s sound seriously will be jamming to this - buttery smooth and hot as hell, just how we like it.





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 in stock $8.72
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Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics (limited hand-numbered 7" in gold hand-stamped inner sleeve) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 070. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. I Can Say (4:49)
  2. Let's Think It Over (3:55)
Review: Two raw afro dance floor bombs from Pat Thomas & Marijjata both taken from the Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981 issued on Strur Records in 2016 and now presented on one killer hand-numbered 45 on the singles only imprint Mukatsuku .The a side ''I Can Say'' is issued for the very first time on a 45 & is a raucous trip into highlife-funk fusion territory where Thomas' urgent lead vocals and rousing horns rise above a suitably heavyweight groove .On the flip from 76 the powerful brass section of ''Lets Think It Over '' kicks off kicks off the tune with great impact before what essentially is simply an afro soul masterpiece.Pat Thomas shows us once again what a great song writer he is not only with his lyrics but also the dynamic arrangements of the funky groove.Hand -numbered to just 500 units. Once it's gone then its gone !
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 in stock $6.14
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I Called You Back Baby
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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 in stock $7.95
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Baila Chibiquiban
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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 in stock $9.75
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Volume 4: Ugly Funk Breaks
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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 in stock $9.74
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Slacking Off (reissue)
Slacking Off (reissue) (7" 再出版)
Cat: BK 014RE. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. The Nassauvians - "Slacking Off" (3:05)
  2. Tommy Goodwin - "The Time Is Now" (feat Don Lepage) (4:16)
Review: "Slacking Off" came from a Nassauvians session that found the band coming back together in the studio for the first time after a little break, but totally unprepared. Despite this, they struck real aloha gold, with Hawaiian soul, gently lilting funk and Balearic guitars all making it as summery as you could wish for. Flipside "The Time Is Now" is a previously unreleased AOR island recording with Nassauvians man Tommy Goodwin on guitar and pal Don Lepage on harmonica, and will make you nostalgic for a time and a place never known.
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 in stock $11.55
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Volume 3: Show Me The Funk Breaks
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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 in stock $9.22
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Mer
Mer (7")
Cat: LYSK 45004. Rel: 20 May 20
  1. Mer (5:37)
  2. Holder Rytme (4:07)
Played by: DJ Kobayashi
 in stock $10.01
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Flute Thing
Flute Thing (limited 7")
Cat: GSC 4523. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Flute Thing (edit W/Breaks) (4:30)
  2. Do What You Gotta Do (edit) (4:20)
Review: With no less than nine releases on the label to their name already, Black Cash & Theo AKA Thelonious Beats are Galaxy Sound Co's most experienced editors. Here they deliver another fantastic "45" packed with righteous grooves and life-affirming jazz moves. It's the latter that comes to the fore on side A's "Flute Thing", a sweet and seductive drift through picturesque jazz territory with some additional loose-limbed drum solos edited in halfway through. "Do What You Gotta Do" on the other hand is a simmering, string-laden soul treat rich in killer instrumentation, sumptuous orchestration, chunky grooves and hazy vocals. It's a fine edit of a superb cut and easily the record's standout cut.
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Played by: Voodoocuts, Originals
 in stock $9.75
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Silvestre Mendez Presenta
  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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 in stock $11.03
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Marvin's Mood
Cat: SCM 7011. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Marvin's Mood (part 1) (4:21)
  2. Marvin's Mood (part 2) (2:57)
Review: You don't have to look far to find a Marvin Gaye edit or sample but few are as tasteful as this new 7" from Roots member Stro Elliot who is a master of chopping up and sampling sounds. He proves that again here as "Marvin's Mood (Part 1)" feels like a wholly new beat, with lush instrumental, lo-fi drums and carefully deployed vocal coos from the master of soul himself. "Marvin's Mood "Part 2)" makes use of similar samples but layers them over a more rolling and crisp boom-bap beat. Both are full of heart and will have early evening floors keen to get moving.
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 in stock $19.75
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Wake Up
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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Dreams (reissue)
Dreams (reissue) (limited gatefold LP)
Cat: EBL 003LP. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Galatea's Guitar (5:36)
  2. Half The Day Is Night (4:26)
  3. Song Of Injured Love (4:02)
  4. The Fortune Teller (4:35)
  5. Fire Dance (5:40)
  6. The Lady In The Moon (5:19)
  7. Ferris Wheel (5:21)
  8. Fire Dance (single edit) (2:49)
  9. Ferris Wheel (single edit) (2:38)
Review: Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo released some mighty fine music during his lifetime, including a string of brilliant albums on Impulse in the mid 1960s. By 1968 he'd left the legendary jazz imprint, but the quality of his releases just kept improving - as this reissue of key album "Dreams" proves. Naturally his fluid, partially improvised, often bluesy electric and acoustic guitar solos feature prominently throughout, bobbing and weaving around atmospheric backing tracks that variously mix and match elements of jazz, folk, South American rhythms, folk-rock, flamenco and gypsy-jazz. It's a brilliant, often awe-inspiring musical blend.
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 in stock $26.93
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The Rainbow Children (reissue)
The Rainbow Children (reissue) (limited gatefold clear vinyl 2xLP + booklet + slipmat)
Cat: 190759 18041. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. Rainbow Children (10:05)
  2. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (4:21)
  3. Digital Garden (4:13)
  4. The Work (part 1) (4:30)
  5. Everywhere (2:55)
  6. The Sensual Everafter (2:54)
  7. Mellow (4:37)
  8. 1+1+1 Is 3 (5:21)
  9. Deconstruction (1:56)
  10. Wedding Feast (0:51)
  11. She Loves Me 4 Me (2:47)
  12. Family Name (8:20)
  13. The Everlasting Now (8:08)
  14. Last December (8:06)
Played by: Admin
 in stock $31.55
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Back To Black
Cat: 1734128. Rel: 24 May 07
  1. Rehab
  2. You Know I'm No Good
  3. Me & Mr Jones
  4. Just Friends
  5. Back To Black
  6. Love Is A Losing Game
  7. Tears Dry On Their Own
  8. Wake Up Alone
  9. Some Unholy War
  10. He Can Only Hold Her
  11. Addicted
Played by: Juno Classics, Aliwud
 in stock $13.09
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We Rollin' For You
We Rollin' For You (blue vinyl 7")
Cat: FCM 089. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. We Rollin' For You (5:06)
  2. We Rollin' For You (Max I Million & Ion Zaar remix Medley) (5:01)
Review: Terrel Wallace AKA Tall Black Guy's previous release was a delicious deep house rework of a classic Chaka Khan cut. Here he returns to his hip-hop roots with a track dedicated to the memory of legendary Swedish beat-maker DJ Devastate. In its original form, "We Rollin' For You" is a sparkling chunk of rolling, loose-limbed instrumental hip-hop rich in crunchy, off-kilter MPC drums, stirring stream samples, and brilliantly chopped and re-arranged heavenly vocals. On the flip you'll find a more experimental, sharply edited "remix medley" - in effect a series of short takes with barely time to breathe in between, which together form a coherent suite - from Max I Million and Ion Zaar.
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 in stock $15.13
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I Believe In Miracles (reissue)
I Believe In Miracles (reissue) (red vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: SUN 7001RED. Rel: 02 Apr 20
  1. I Believe In Miracles (3:56)
  2. I Believe In Miracles (instrumental) (3:58)
Review: Back in 2010 composer and Latin jazz specialist Claudio Passavanti put together a scaled-down ensemble of Latin musicians and percussionists to record a salsa cover version of the Jackson Sisters disco classic "I Believe In Miracles". The seven-inch single was a riproaring success, with jazz and Afro-Latin DJs around the world turning it into a bona fide scene anthem. Happily, Passavanti has decided to reissue it on red vinyl to celebrate the track's tenth birthday. It's a superb cover all told and, somewhat surprisingly, "I Believe In Miracles" actually works really well as a Salsa record. Full of fiery horns, sing-along, Boogaloo style vocals and infectious percussion, we actually prefer it to the over-played Jackson Sisters take. Recommended!
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 in stock $12.30
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I'm A Stranger
I'm A Stranger (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: NUM 76LP. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. Come On (2:38)
  2. It’s You (4:15)
  3. We Ought To Be Together (2:46)
  4. To Make You Happy (2:58)
  5. Guilty (5:05)
  6. Take Me Home (4:35)
  7. Make Sure (2:47)
  8. Takes A Little Time (3:05)
  9. What Can I Do (3:45)
  10. The Hatch (3:27)
  11. Aggravation (1:51)
  12. Takes A Little Time (3:09)
  13. Give & Take (3:05)
  14. Now That I Have You (5:34)
  15. Stay With Me (2:52)
  16. She’s Got Me In The Pocket (6:33)
  17. Dancin’ To Ma Music (3:58)
  18. I'm A Stranger (part 1) (3:29)
 in stock $18.98
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Calling Out
Calling Out (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: CMC 288. Rel: 26 Feb 20
  1. Calling Out (5:39)
  2. Calling Out (instrumental) (5:35)
Review: Former Paper Recordings artist Sophie Lloyd apparently started working on "Calling Out" whilst gripped by the January blues. Her intention was simply to make "happy music". To that end, she turned to her gospel roots. The results, shared here on 7" single for the first time, are little less than spectacular. With collaborator Dames Brown in tow, Lloyd's vocals - accompanied by a gospel choir, of course - simply soar above a jaunty, piano-heavy track rich in live instrumentation. It sits somewhere between traditional gospel, house and disco, with a flipside instrumental brilliantly showcasing the quality of the instrumentation throughout. The piano solos, in particular, are breathlessly good.
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 in stock $8.47
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I Called You Back Baby
Cat: CLMN 183. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. I Called You Back Baby (3:03)
  2. Impressions Of You (3:53)
 in stock $7.18
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Keep Me Satisfied
Cat: BLUECANDLE 1504. Rel: 29 May 20
  1. Keep Me Satisfied (2:33)
  2. Our Day Is Here (2:09)
 in stock $10.01
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A Love Supreme (reissue)
A Love Supreme (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: ACL 0001. Rel: 24 Apr 17
  1. A Love Supreme (part I - Acknowledgement) (7:43)
  2. A Love Supreme (part II - Resolution) (7:27)
  3. A Love Supreme (part III - Pursuance) (10:42)
  4. A Love Supreme (part IV - Psalm) (7:07)
 in stock $10.25
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Sexy Party Vol 2
  1. Tourdefrance - "In Alto Disco" (5:33)
  2. Dirtyelements & Drunkdrivers - "Hold Back" (4:27)
  3. Disco Demolition - "Sexy Dancing" (8:34)
  4. Howson's Groove - "Hung Up" (6:49)
 in stock $11.28
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For The Love Of You
Sam DON/VARIOUS
For The Love Of You (gatefold 2xLP) (1 per customer)
Cat: AOTNLP 031. Rel: 26 Mar 20
  1. Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally" (3:40)
  2. Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit" (3:56)
  3. Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (4:24)
  4. Al Charles - "Outstanding" (5:51)
  5. Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free" (6:06)
  6. George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale) (4:24)
  7. Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On" (8:39)
  8. Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes" (4:48)
  9. Family Love - "Do Me Baby" (5:20)
  10. Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion" (3:43)
  11. Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love" (4:52)
  12. Simplicity - "For The Love Of You" (5:35)
Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North label is endlessly flawless and this time around they pull together the special lovers rock covers they put out at the end of last year onto a superbly strong 12 track compilation. It arrives just in time for the warmer months and has been curated by Sam Don and overseen by label boss Euan Fryer. Standouts include Christine Lewin's lush take on the heavily sampled "Juicy Fruit" while the lo-fi bliss of Al Charles's "Outstanding" is another one to swell the heart and sooth the soul. For more sentimental moments check Family Love's "Do Me Baby." Overall, though, this is a must buy.
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 in stock $20.51
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Black Focus
Cat: BWOOD 0157LP. Rel: 04 Nov 16
  1. Black Focus (4:29)
  2. Strings Of Light (8:31)
  3. Remembrance (8:56)
  4. Yo Chavez (3:59)
  5. Ayla (0:45)
  6. OG (0:47)
  7. Lowrider (4:26)
  8. Mansur's Message (2:08)
  9. Wing Tai Drums (1:18)
  10. Joint 17 (8:10)
Review: Brownswood Recordings has high hopes for this debut album from the previously unheralded Yussef Kamaal, which brings together hyped producer Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and fast-rising Afrobeat drummer Yussef Dayes. With such talent to draw on, you'd expect Black Focus to be rather good. Happily, it is, with the duo delivering a typically London-centric take on jazz funk. That means that they take as much inspiration from the work of Kaidi Tatham as, say, Herbie Hancock. The key to the album's success - and, yes, it is generally as special as Gilles Peterson suggests - is the fluid combination of Dayes' brilliant drumming and Williams' superb synth solos and effortlessly groovy Rhodes playing.
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 in stock $14.62
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Early Works: Funk Soul & Afro Rarities From The Archives
VARIOUS
ATA
Cat: ATA 019. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Cleveland Freckleton - "The Flip" (2:51)
  2. The Sorcerers - "Cave Of Brahma" (3:39)
  3. The Harmony Society - "Brother Move On" (4:01)
  4. The Lamplighters - "London Station" (3:08)
  5. The Sorcerers - "Elephant" (3:55)
  6. The Reverend Barrington Stanley - "Cookie Jar" (5:01)
  7. The Sorcerers - "The Terror" (3:55)
  8. Ivan Von Engelberger's Asteroid - "Thought Forms" (4:13)
  9. The Lamplighters - "Moscow Central" (4:05)
  10. The Mandatory Eight - "Sucker Punch" (3:19)
  11. The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra - "Hawkshaw Philly" (3:26)
  12. The Cadets - "What We Are Made Of" (3:46)
Review: Back in 2014, Here & Now Records released a sampler for an as-yet unfounded Leeds-based label called ATA Records. The compilation featured "rare soul, funk and Afro" tracks from friends and regular bandmates Neil Innes and Pete Williams under a variety of pseudonyms. ATA emerged a year later, so to celebrate the label's imminent fifth birthday, ATA chiefs Innes and Williams have decided to reissue the compilation under a tweaked title. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the sweaty, James Brown-inspired "The Flip" and the breezy, easy listening-influenced soul shuffle of "Brother Move On", to the deep funk hustle of "Cookie Jar" and the Mod-style soundtrack slowness of "Moscow Central".
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RESENSE 048
Cat: RESENSE 048. Rel: 14 May 20
  1. Help (edit) (3:45)
  2. Love U Baby (3:11)
Review: Some 13 years after setting up shop, Agogo offshoot Resense has almost notched up a half century of releases. "45" number 48 comes courtesy of Soulbrigada, a German duo who were last seen frolicking on Matasuna Records back in 2016. They hit the ground running with A-side workout "Help (Edit)", a deliciously dancefloor-focused re-edit of a righteous Northern Soul staple by a relatively obscure Midwestern band. Low-slung, weighty, sweaty and horn-heavy with a Wilson Pickett style lead vocal, it's the kind of cut that causes pandemonium when dropped at the right time. If anything, flipside "Love U Baby" is even heavier. It's a formidably funky affair, with Soulbrigada toughening it up via the use of additional drums and floor-friendly loops of key instrumental passages.
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 in stock $8.47
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Pharoah
Pharoah (LP)
Cat: IN 1027. Rel: 13 Jan 17
  1. Harvest Time (20:13)
  2. Love Will Find A Way (14:25)
  3. Memories Of Edith Johnson (5:44)
Played by: ISOUL8 (Volcov)
 in stock $21.80
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Three/Four/Five
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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 in stock $11.03
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Choose Your Weapon
Choose Your Weapon (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile pink vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MOVLP 1422C. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Choose Your Weapon (1:33)
  2. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk (5:50)
  3. Laputa (2:25)
  4. Creation (part 1) (0:45)
  5. Borderline With My Atoms (6:03)
  6. Breathing Underwater (5:44)
  7. Cicada (0:37)
  8. Swamp Thing (5:01)
  9. Fingerprints (4:15)
  10. Jekyll (5:33)
  11. Prince Minikid (2:48)
  12. Atari (5:24)
  13. By Fire (5:48)
  14. Creations (part 2) (1:01)
  15. The Lung (4:55)
  16. Only Time All The Time/Making Friends With Studio Owl (1:05)
  17. Molasses (4:49)
  18. Building A Ladder (5:41)
Review: The music of Melbourne quartet Hiatus Kaiyote has always been fiendishly tricky to pin down, with 2015 album "Choose Your Weapon" - here reissued on shocking pink vinyl - being the most shapeshifting of the lot. While rooted in lo-fi soul, the album's inventive, colourful and eccentric tracks often also touch on everything from future R&B, jazz, ambient and samba, to alternative rock, eight-bit computer game soundtracks, broken beat, slipped reggae and the similarly mixed-up fuzziness of Hot Chip. The fact that it all makes perfect sonic sense - or at least bristles with genuine musical thrills - is testament to the band's production, performances and genuinely off-the-wall ideas.
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 in stock $24.61
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Billy Bruner
Cat: AOTNLP 038. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. The T-u-l-s-a Song (4:35)
  2. T'spoon - "Sweetness" (4:19)
  3. The Dream (4:14)
  4. T'spoon - "Say Yeah" (3:49)
  5. Cats Meow (previously unreleased) (3:48)
  6. T'spoon - "School Dance" (2:17)
  7. Amazing (previously unreleased) (4:21)
  8. Never (Give Up On You) (5:29)
  9. T'spoon - "If You Dance Tonite" (4:43)
  10. The Davis Family - "Genesis" (4:17)
Review: Athens of the North originally contracted obscure 80s boogie artist Billy Bruner about reissuing two of his rare, sought-after singles - "The Tulsa Song" and "The Dream" - but instead raided his tape archives and putting together what's effectively his debut album. Combining previously released tracks (including some made as part of similarly obscure outfit T'Spoon and the gospel-leaning band The Davis Family), unheard extended versions and previously unreleased songs, the album is warm, soulful, slick and summery. Highlights include the stuttering P-funk flex of "Cats Meow", the sizzling dancefloor heat of "School Dance" and the deliciously extended version of glassy-eyed '80s soul jam "Never". If sparkling, synth-heavy '80s soul is your thing, this is one surprise retrospective you won't want to miss.
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 in stock $18.21
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Africa Airways Six: Mile High African Funk 1974-1981
VARIOUS
Cat: ASVN 060. Rel: 21 May 20
  1. Eko - "Ndolo Embe Mulema" (4:54)
  2. JM Tim & Foty - "More & More (Ye Male)" (3:57)
  3. Ngalle Jojo - "Ngigna Loko" (3:03)
  4. Jude Bondeze - "Ndomo" (4:58)
  5. Vicky Edimo - "You" (5:03)
  6. JK Mandengue - "Kosa Mbe" (2:58)
  7. Akwassa - "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)" (5:17)
  8. Mike Kounou - "My Native Land" (3:48)
  9. Airto Fogo - "Black Soul" (2:57)
  10. Francois Misse Ngoh - "Njonjo Mukambe" (4:49)
Review: For their latest flight on "Africa Airways", the Africa Seven collective has decided to treat us to some in-flight "Mile High Funk", all of which was recorded between 1974 and 1981. In practise, that means a mixture of disco-funk, boogie, Blaxploitation-style heaviness, Afro-disco and slap-bass-propelled goodness from across the African continent. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the Hammond-sporting heaviness of Akwassa's "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)", the synth-sporting highlife style revelry that is Eko's "Ndolo Embe Mulema" and the horn-heavy voodoo funk-soul cheeriness of Jude Bondeze's "Ndomo".
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Dummy
Dummy (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 828 5221. Rel: 13 Mar 18
  1. Mysterons (4:59)
  2. Sour Times (4:13)
  3. Strangers (3:58)
  4. It Could Be Sweet (4:12)
  5. Wandering Star (4:51)
  6. Numb (3:58)
  7. Roads (5:07)
  8. Pedestal (3:39)
  9. Biscuit (4:49)
  10. Glory Box (4:54)
 in stock $14.11
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Paradise Island (reissue)
Paradise Island (reissue) (12" 再出版) (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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 in stock $10.25
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Biologic Music (reissue)
Cat: HTML 005. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Kpanlogo (2:24)
  2. Biologic Music (8:51)
  3. Back To Factory (6:04)
  4. Adowa (4:09)
  5. Black Africa (6:55)
  6. Spektakel (5:10)
 in stock $24.36
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The Best Of Sade
The Best Of Sade (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 888751 805910. Rel: 11 Mar 16
  1. Your Love Is King (3:41)
  2. Hang On To Your Love (4:31)
  3. Smooth Operator (4:17)
  4. Jezebel (5:27)
  5. The Sweetest Taboo (4:19)
  6. Is It A Crime (6:17)
  7. Never As Good As The First Time (3:57)
  8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride (4:19)
  9. Paradise (3:33)
  10. Nothing Can Come Between Us (3:53)
  11. No Ordinary Love (7:19)
  12. Like A Tattoo (3:36)
  13. Kiss Of Life (4:10)
  14. Cherish The Day (3:40)
  15. Pearls (6:15)
  16. Please Send Me Someone To Love (4:30)
 in stock $22.82
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Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds: Extended 12 Inch Versions
  1. Painel De Controle - "Relax" (extended Waxist version) (5:54)
  2. Rabo De Saia - "Ripa Na Xulipa" (Charles Maurice extended version) (5:28)
  3. Famks - "Labirinto" (Nick The Record extended version) (6:17)
Review: France's Favorite label dabbles in all things funky and disco-flavoured, and this time they've decided to go with a Brazilian edge on their latest 12". Painel De Controle begins with a Waxist mix of "Relax", a chilled-out boogie monster with sultry vocals, while "Ripa Na Xulipa" by Rabo De Saia is more uplifting and heavy on the disco strings. Finally, Nick The Record rewires "Labirinto" by Famks into a subtly electro-fied boogie nugget. Nice!
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 in stock $10.77
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Oh Linda (reissue)
Cat: TR 280. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Oh Linda (2:45)
  2. Track 2 (2:42)
Review: In 1977, Atlanta fusionists Starfoxx had a big hit in the US Billboard chart with "Disco Rock", a cut that -as the title suggests - added a rock and rhythm & blues edge to the then dominant disco sound. It was something of a novelty, but much of their earlier work is pretty darn hot. "Oh Linda", which first appeared in stores in 1973, could well be the hottest of the lot. Sitting somewhere between the rasping blues-rock of Cream and more extravagant American funk and soul, the track is full to bursting with crunchy Clavinet riffs, throaty vocals and mazy electric piano solos. This reissue from TRAMP contains just the one track (pressed to both sides for some reason), but don't let that put you off: it really is a must-have.
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 in stock $6.67
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Brazilian Rhyme
Brazilian Rhyme (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: ABEWAF 001. Rel: 15 Feb 18
  1. Brazilian Rhyme (Danny Krivit re-edit) (3:00)
  2. Runnin' (Danny Krivit re-edit) (8:18)
Review: Danny Krivit's officially sanctioned re-edits of Earth Wind & Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme" and "Runnin" have been sought-after since they first appeared on a Japan-only 12" back in 2004. In fact, such is demand that even later bootleg pressings now go for silly money online. As this reissue proves, though, they're arguably amongst Krivit's strongest scalpel works. Certainly, his three-minute revision of the always too short "Brazilian Rhyme" teases it out to just the right length, in the process delivering a sweltering, sing-along summer anthem. The flipside revision of the equally as summery "Runnin" is every bit as good, with Krivit making merry with the original's life-affirming scat vocals and killer piano solos.
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 in stock $9.22
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Diana
Diana (7" 再出版)
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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 in stock $10.01
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Popcorn
Popcorn (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: HSRSS 002. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. The Upsetters - "Popcorn" (2:08)
  2. Dave Barker & The Upsetters - "Tight Spot" (2:41)
Review: For the second salvo in their "loud cut series", the Harlem Shuffle label has raided the vaults of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's legendary studio band, "The Upsetters". On the A-side you'll find "Popcorn" from 1970's "Eastwood Rides Again" album, a hard-edged, Ska-era rhythm & blues rump-shaker that sounds like a Jamaican take on James Brown. The flipside plays host to "Tight Spot", a dubbed-out reggae riddim over which tight saxophone riffs ascend impressively while deejay/singer/mic man attempts to get the dance going with some choice words and phrases. Like the A-side, it's a genuine dancefloor workout.
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 in stock $10.01
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1 Thing Breaks
1 Thing Breaks (white vinyl 7" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: BBB 002WHITE. Rel: 18 Mar 20
  1. 1 Thing Breaks (instrumental Funk Breaks version) (3:57)
  2. Gotta Work The Funk Breaks (instrumental Breaks version) (3:14)
Review: Super limited colour wax issue with a 45 on a relatively new Stateside label that does what it says on the tin. Big drum breaks that work in their own right in instrumental form for these two massive dancefloor funk breaks soul classics with the debut release for both tracks in a single 7" vinyl format (albeit here in a small run on white wax). Heavy on the drums, heavy on the brass with driving instrumentation to take your dancefloor to B-Boy moves heaven.
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 in stock $9.74
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Chi Chi Mentira
Chi Chi Mentira (7" + postcards)
Cat: DSC 001. Rel: 05 May 20
  1. Via Libre - "Chi Chi "Mentira"" (3:42)
  2. Grupo Amigos - "La Gir Del Diablo" (3:25)
Review: The debut release from the freshly-minted Discodelic label offers up two exceedingly rare - and rather fine - "funky Latin" cover versions from the glory years of hallucinatory funk and soul. Side A sports Via Libre's flash-fried samba-funk cover of Marcos Valle's "Chi Chi Mentira", a heady re-imagination rich in Hammond organ stabs, undulating Latin percussion, groovy bass and a percussive middle section just tailor-made for DJs who like doubling up breaks. Over on the fiip you'll find something even heavier: Grupo Amigos' celebratory, organ-heavy funk-rock take on Trio Ternura's "La Gir Del Diablo", a song that was later famously turned into an international hit by Astrud Gilberto as "Black Magic (A Gira)".

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 in stock $16.16
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What About The Child
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 $8.47
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Rejoice
Rejoice (180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: 405053 855749. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. Robbers Thugs & Muggers (O'Galajani) (4:36)
  2. Agbada Bougou (5:23)
  3. Coconut Jam (3:22)
  4. Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same) (3:49)
  5. Slow Bones (5:48)
  6. Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony) (5:36)
  7. Obama Shuffle Strut Blues (4:39)
  8. We've Landed (4:39)
Review: Two titans of African music come together for a collaboration that will sadly never be repeated after the passing of the late Hugh Masekela. Allen's instantly recognisable drumming and Masekela's iconic trumpet are a match made in heaven - after all their paths first crossed back in the 70s thanks to Fela Kuti's galvanizing energy. Forget the throwback stuff trying to capture the spirit of the originators, this IS the originators sounding cool and deadly in every way. Funk lovers, Afrobeat heads, curious ears and dancing souls take heed - this right here is an unmissable transmission from two grandmasters in their field.
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 in stock $22.56
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Funky President Edits Vol 7
Funky President Edits Vol 7 (7" 再出版) (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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 in stock $14.62
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KEARL
KEARL (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: MEL 005. Rel: 14 Apr 20
  1. New Visions
  2. Propel Ahead
  3. Take Fight
Review: Earl Jeffers has been doing some sterling work over the last few years, pushing a soul-enriched house sound from his own drops to collaborations with the likes of Byron The Aquarius and Henry Wu. He's back on his own label Melange, this time alongside the mighty K15, and as you can expect it's a record bursting with musicality, spirituality and boundless broken beat delights. From effervescent lead track "New Visions" to the sultry downtempo lull of "Propel Ahead" and on to the club-ready bump of "Take Flight", this is an EP that places both artists at the forefront of contemporary funk-laced, soulful house music.


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No Requests
No Requests (coloured vinyl 5x7" box set)
Cat: FSAB 01. Rel: 26 May 20
  1. Nas (Interlude)/Anna From Woohside (Beat Suite)/Nas (Interlude) (4:33)
  2. Voices Inside My Head (4:16)
  3. Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (4:44)
  4. Festival Song (BAM BAM) (3:53)
  5. Magnificent Dance (feat Rich Medina) (3:57)
  6. Que Se Sepa (feat Jose Parla Y Mireya Ramos) (3:11)
  7. The Mexican (feat Mireya Ramos) (4:32)
  8. I Know You I Live You (feat Maimouna Youssef) (4:27)
  9. Stevie Wonder Interview (Inserlude)/If You Really Love Me/Stevie Wonder Interview (Inserlude) (feat Maimouna Youssef) (5:00)
  10. Baby I'm Scared Of You (4:19)
Review: Some 30 years after rising to prominence via a now legendary NYC radio show, veteran hip-hop DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia have finally made a debut album. It sees them join forces with specially created nine-piece combo The M19s Band to serve up fresh covers of a range of well-known and obscure "dance floor bangers" (as the accompanying press release puts it). There are some superb interpretations, with the Police's dub disco jam "Voices Inside My Head" becoming a sweet soul-jazz treat, the Clash's "Magnificent Dance" reborn as a Latin jazz number (complete with Rich Medina spoken word vocal) and Womack & Womack's "Baby I'm Scared of You" a seductive, shuffling Afro-Cuban jazz standard. In a word: brilliant.
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 in stock $69.75
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Headhunters
Headhunters (180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 030. Rel: 20 Jan 10
  1. Chameleon
  2. Watermelon Man
  3. Sly
  4. Vein Melter
 in stock $19.75
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Turn Off The Lights
Turn Off The Lights (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 008. Rel: 20 Mar 20
  1. Turn Off The Lights (4:13)
  2. Fuel For The Fire (3:53)
Review: Sampled by the likes of Groove Armada and The Herbaliser, "Turn Off The Lights" runs with one of those bass licks you've known forever without realising. Flip for the jazz boogie badness of "Fuel For The Fire". Taken from the same 1975 album, here we find the same vocalist, Linda Logan, sharpening her tongue and getting her scat on with furiously funky results. Hard to find on 45, it's yet another example of AOTN's expert curation prowess.
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 in stock $8.72
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