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Nathan Bartell
Cat: AOTNLP 035. Rel: 29 Apr 21
Soul
  1. Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up (3:19)
  2. I Feel It Coming (feat Chuck Robinson) (3:41)
  3. Sitting Alone (3:46)
  4. Jody & John (2:54)
  5. Some One Like You (2:47)
  6. Moving On (2:47)
  7. I Want Your Love (4:16)
  8. Mystery Lady (4:23)
  9. See Me Cry (4:03)
  10. Ooh Baby, I Love You (2:37)
  11. If I Could Win Your Love (2:40)
  12. If I Ever Fall In Love Again (2:52)
Review: Georgia-born soul singer Nathan Bartell cut a number of obscure deep funk, soul and disco singles in the 1970s and early '80s, most of which are on the wants-list of some of the world's most enthusiastic and knowledgeable record collectors. Athens of the North is therefore doing a good deed by collecting these sought-after "sides" together on an album for the very first time. The self-titled set does a great job of introducing us to Bartell's soulful world via a mixture of righteous funk floor-burners, emotional slow jams, Southern soul numbers, slick boogie numbers and '80s soul treats. In other words, it's a much-needed retrospective of one of underground soul's genuine forgotten talents.
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Tags: Disco Funk
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Love Goddess
Cat: ATH 066. Rel: 26 Jul 18
Funk/Reissues
  1. Love Goddess (4:30)
  2. Good News (Tired Of Bad News) (4:44)
Review: Athens Of The North have worked with some OGs and veterans in their time but Bobby Boyd is by far one of the biggest and influential. Cutting his teeth in the Lafayette Afro Rock Band before going solo, he recorded a whole host of material that remained unreleased. Until now. "Love Goddess" kicks off the collection with a northern soul stomp, big harmonies backed by a tight, slippery funk groove while "Good News" is golden era Boyd funk with its bright horn work, positive sentiment and driving soul energy. This is an amazing piece of investigatory work by Fryer and co. And there's more, too...
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We Want To Play
Cat: AOTNCD 019. Rel: 23 May 19
Soul
  1. Rocking
  2. Since I Met You Girl
  3. Now I Know I Love You
  4. Just For Love
  5. Always
  6. We Want To Play
  7. Sweet Tender Loving
  8. Open Up Your Heart
  9. Together In Love
  10. If You Want My Love
Played by: Dave Lee ZR
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Get A Good Feeling
Cat: ATH 092. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Soul
  1. Get A Good Feeling (4:22)
  2. Just A Little Notion (3:06)
Review: Athens Of The North serve up a mighty fine taster of a singles LP that is due to drop soon of Brief Encounters most popular modern and disco sounds. Both the tunes here are stone cold classics licenced direct from the band. 'Get A Good Feeling' is all big horns and rolling rhythms, disco flourishes and squelchy bass. On the flip, the tone changes completely with the heart aching balladry of 'Just A Little Notion'. Falsetto vocals are off set by warmer backing singers, pained wind leads ring out and spoken word sections bring the intimacy.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $6.81
Singles
Singles (LP)
Cat: AOTNLP 044. Rel: 27 Jan 22
Soul
  1. Where Will I Go (4:05)
  2. Get A Good Feeling (4:42)
  3. (Don't You See) I'm Crazy About You (3:10)
  4. What About Love (3:09)
  5. Human (3:50)
  6. Don't Let Them Tell You (2:29)
  7. In A Special Kind Of Way (3:57)
  8. I Want You So Much (4:00)
  9. I'm So Satisfied (2:56)
  10. We're Going To Make It (2:30)
  11. I'm So In Love With You (3:22)
  12. Total Satisfaction (3:52)
Review: Athens of the North have teased this collection of singles with a bunch of taster 7"s but still the full length itself confounds expectation. It is a superb work of heart aching soul and modern disco from Brief Encounters who are best known for their stone cold classics 'Get A Good Feeling' and 'Just A Little Notion.' The first of those two features here along with many others gems such as the blue-eyed opener 'Where Will I Go,' deep soul of 'Don't Let Them Tell You' and bigger, horn led tunes like 'I'm So Satisfied.' It's an essential album for any and all soul lovers.
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Slow Dance
Cat: AOTN 12014. Rel: 23 Sep 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Slow Dance (4:34)
  2. Slow Dance (Axes) (4:23)
  3. Leave It All Behind (3:32)
  4. Punch (4:35)
Review: It's hard to keep up with the number of releases that Athens Of The North are putting out this month, but you really must try. This one is a gooey and loved up disco 12" from the dream team pairing of Tom Findlay from Groove Armada and James Alexander Bright. They hook up via mutual appreciation over Twitter and worked up a load of new material in the studio as Bright & Findlay. Their first offering 'Slow Dance' is perfection - lush 80s synths, slow-motion boogie beats and drum machines marbled with little guitar riffs and soulful vocals that ate you to a better place. Two further heart melters come on the flip side and we are already in love with this project.
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Leather Pants
Cat: ATH 104. Rel: 24 Feb 22
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Leather Pants (4:24)
  2. Nicci's Theme (3:35)
Review: The relentless Athens Of The North is having a busy month even by its own high standards. February alone has at least three new 45rpms dropping and this might be the best: Homegrown Syndrome were a band that ended up in LA but giggled all round Memphis. Some members had played with an earlier band but they all came good on these previously unleashed tunes that have been found in the attic of Jerry Jones. 'Got The Love' is a chunky funky stepper with swirling synths and disco energy. 'Party Vibes' then takes off once more on hip swig claps, big arching chords and strident drums.

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The Tulsa Song
Cat: ATH 113. Rel: 24 Feb 22
Soul
  1. The T-U-L-S-A Song (4:20)
  2. I Want To Hold You (4:18)
Review: The irrepressible Athens of the North is back with another heart-melting 7", this time from OG Tulsa soul man Billy Bruner. He is known for writing this, a superb ode to his homeland that is steeped in classic 80s soul sounds and is filled with melodies, hooks and rhythms that burrow deep into your brain. On the flipside is a ballad that has never before been released and was found in the archives.'I Want To Hold You' is a slow motion plea with nice rough edges that well deserve to be brought back to life.
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Everything That Looks Good
Cat: AOE 016. Rel: 25 Feb 16
Funk/Reissues
  1. Everything That Looks Good (2:32)
  2. You Don't Deserve (3:03)
Review: A serious self-press rarity from the heart of Clarksville, Suggs never achieved the recognition he deserved during his tenure as a band leading soul man. Still in Clarksville and now a missionary, the sentiments of this recording history peak resonate with what he does now: "Everything That Looks Good" is a JB style message on the lure of temptation while "You Don't Deserve", an instrumental that sees Bubba switching his vocals for equally commanding sax, is a moment for poignant, soul-searching reflection. Lord have mercy.
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WELFARE
WELFARE (7")
Cat: ATH 122. Rel: 24 Mar 22
Soul
  1. WELFARE (2:46)
  2. Why Can't I Have You (2:28)
Review: Is there any label out there that does as much leg work as Athens of the North. The Edinburgh outlet doesn't just reissue the obvious stuff, but goes on mad quests to track down almost impossible to find OG soul, funk and disco tunes for the benefit of us all. This latest 7" is another irresistible one from Antonio Castro. Born in Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican immigrants, Castro later changed his name to covid any association with Fidel and was inspired by everyone from Louis to Frank. This one came in around 1970 and is a heart rending two tracker with warming vocals and gentle rhythms.
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Awake O Zion
Cat: ATH 048. Rel: 08 Jun 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Awake O Zion (4:36)
  2. Power (4:24)
Review: Some mighty uplifting gospel action here courtesy of one Elbernita 'Twinkie' Clark-Terrell, an American gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist, as well as member of.. get this: The Hammond organ Hall of Fame. She is also a member of The Clark Sisters, an influential gospel vocal ensemble active since the late 1960s. Originally released in 1981 on Armen Boladian's Sound Of Gospel Records out of Detroit (a sub of Westbound Records), this reissue is on Edinburgh-based Athens Of The North a label run by Euan Fryer aka DJ Fryer.
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Tags: Soul Disco
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Coast To Coast
Cat: AOTNLP 045. Rel: 21 Oct 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Love Is The Same (4:00)
  2. I Want You Dear (4:38)
  3. Paula Marie (4:45)
  4. A Woman (Was Made To Be Loved) (4:34)
  5. Reincarnation Of Love (4:05)
  6. Love Is The Same (alternate instrumentals) (5:38)
  7. Paula Marie (alternate instrumentals) (4:32)
  8. Move Your Body (alternate instrumentals) (4:13)
  9. Funkin' Coast To Coast (alternate instrumentals) (6:07)
Review: The second LP on Athens Of The North (Edinburgh) this month is an unreleased soul LP from the American band Coast To Coast, who only released two singles between 1982 - 1983. Core members Mark Beiner and Ben Iverson were involved with acts such as 'The Hornets, Nue Dey Express and Crown Heights Affair in the early '70's. Other band members consisted of Joe Crowley, Carl (Woody Wood) Morton and Jimmy Johnson. Woody and Jimmy used to play together in the early days of seminal rap outfit Run DMC in St. Albans, Queens. Worth a listen for the soothing soul power of 'Paila Marie' alone.
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Tags: Soul Disco
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The Game Of Music
Cat: AOTN 12013. Rel: 23 Jul 20
Indie/Alternative
  1. November 18, 1983 (4:16)
  2. November 18, 1983 (ECLA dub) (4:39)
  3. Hard Black Glass (3:09)
  4. Riding Seasons (2:30)
  5. Meteora (2:46)
  6. Eyes Tell All (2:29)
  7. Red Train (4:09)
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Lovers Holiday
Cat: ATH 108. Rel: 26 Aug 21
Soul
  1. Lovers Holiday (4:28)
  2. Love Ain't Easy (4:01)
Review: The tireless Athens of the North label boss has many ongoing musical missions but one right now is putting out the first-ever 7" singles from a famous 1970s soul album by Crystal Winds. The band is made up of keyboardist Paul Coleman and saxophonist M.C. Morris Brown, and guitarist Martin Dumas co-wrote the a-side here, 'Lover's Holiday' with Brown. It's a gorgeous number with smooth but funky bass licks and soft backing vocals fleshing out the sumptuous sounds. The energy levels pick up on 'Love Ain't Easy' with its swirling, skyward strings, sapling cymbals and more lovely bass playing.
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So Sad
So Sad (7")
Cat: ATH 107. Rel: 26 Aug 21
Soul
  1. So Sad (4:35)
  2. Maybe What You Do Comes Back On You (3:46)
Review: Crystal Winds is best known for a supreme and sophisticated funk and soul album that was released in 1982 on the Cash Ear label. The tunes from it have never reportedly been on 7" before, so the Athens of the North label boss made it his mission to right that wrong. This one offers up some hugely classy soul sounds for more tender DJ sets or lazy Sunday listening sessions. 'So Sad' is awash with golden chords and intimate, spoken word exchanges between lovers, and on the flip 'Maybe What You Do Comes Back On You' slows down even further, sinking you deep into the richness of the arrangement.
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Love Is A Heartbreaker
  1. Doctor 'T' - "Love Is A Heartbreaker" (4:38)
  2. Presley Strong - "Let's Be Together, 1982" (4:33)
Review: Even for Jedi level diggers, tracking down original copies of Doctor T aka Lenoah Presley Strong aka Rick Strong, 7"s is almost impossible. He was a master instrumentalist who can turn out a tune on any piece of gear and was a regular in his local clubs. He spent time between Selma, Atlanta, where he was born, and Beverly Hills and played with artists like Willie Hutch. This compilation collects together some of his best jams and is an essential pick up for any and all soul lovers. A-side 'Love Is A Heartbreaker' is a real pearler in particular, while the flip side is no slouch either.
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For The Love Of You Volume 2
Sam DON/VARIOUS
Cat: AOTNCD 047. Rel: 25 Nov 21
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Lorna Fletcher - "Just The Two Of Us"
  2. Sonia - "Easier To Love"
  3. Dave Barker - "I'm Curious"
  4. Valerie Harrison - "Fools Paradise"
  5. Chosen Few - "Dont Keep Me Waiting"
  6. Sylvia Tella - "You Might Need Somebody"
  7. Fallon Jennings - "All Night Long"
  8. Pete Campbell - "Holding Back The Years"
  9. Toyin Adekale - "Smile"
  10. Derrick Cross - "Never Too Much"
  11. Carl Johnson - "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much"
  12. Trevor Walters - "Blood's Thicker Than Water"
Review: Back in May 2021, Edinburgh's Athens Of The North served up the first volume of this immediately classic series. That one sold out in quick fashion - like, to be honest, most of the stuff this label puts out - and bow comes a second volume which is just as hot. Once again the focus is on pulling together the lovers rock covers the label has put out previously. It kicks off with a super take on the stone cold classic that is 'Just The Two Of Us' while Sylvia Tella's 'You Might Need Somebody' is another standout with its Balearic guitars and slow and sensuous grooves.
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For The Love Of You
Sam DON/VARIOUS
For The Love Of You (unmixed CD)
Cat: AOTNCD 031. Rel: 26 Mar 20
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally"
  2. Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit"
  3. Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down"
  4. Al Charles - "Outstanding"
  5. Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free"
  6. George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale)
  7. Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On"
  8. Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes"
  9. Family Love - "Do Me Baby"
  10. Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion"
  11. Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love"
  12. Simplicity - "For The Love Of You"
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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Chicago
Chicago (12")
Cat: AOTN 12018. Rel: 21 Apr 22
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Chicago (6:41)
  2. Back On You (feat Crystal Winds) (13:28)
Review: Having previously re-invented Eddie Kendricks' 'Date With The Rain' as a luscious lover's rock epic, Athens of the North house band East Coast Love Affair has now turned its attention to another 1970s classic: Roy Ayers' 'Chicago'. In an act of genuine musical genius, they've re-imagined the track as a TB-303 and TR-909-driven chunk of acid house/deep house fusion, effectively updating Ayers' celebration of the Windy City while paying tribute in their own unique way. It's great, as is flipside 'Back on You (featuring Crystal Winds)', a dreamy, immersive and slowly building chunk of sunrise-ready, bongo-sporting musical deepness that's as sun-kissed and emotion-stirring as they come.
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Don't Be Afraid
Cat: ATH 087. Rel: 23 Jun 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Don't Be Afraid (4:23)
  2. Taken For Granted (4:09)
Review: Edinburgh has long fancied itself as the Athens of the North, having gained a reputation since the 1700s as a centre for ideas in philosophy, economics and medicine.The Athens Of The North house band are back as East Coast Love Affair and their soulful and emotive deep disco version "Don't Be Afraid", a version of a super rare Disco 45" by Sky's The Limit, followed by a low slung and minimalistic afro house workout titled "Taken For Granted" on the flip.
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Date With The Rain
  1. Date With The Rain (8:03)
  2. Dub With The Rain (7:54)
Review: Nick "Linkwood" Moore and Euan Fryer established East Coast Love Affair with the idea of making it the "Athens of the North house band". They've recently released a slew of singles, of which this sparkling, soulful cover version of Eddie Kendricks' favourite 'Date With The Rain', featuring the silky voice of lover's rock legend Peter Hunningale, is arguably the most revelatory. Rich in leisurely but ear-catching drum machine patters, warming bass and spakrling synth sounds, the duo's full vocal cover version sits somewhere between lover's rock, street soul and mid-80s electrofunk. Fittingly, it comes backed with 'Dub With The Rain', a delay-laden instrumental take that subtly showcases the depth and beauty of the pair's backing track while also adding a little extra low-end grunt. Simply sublime.
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Without You
Cat: AOTN 12016. Rel: 29 Apr 21
Deep House
  1. East Coast Affair - "Without You" (feat Avelino Pitts & L Ross) (7:04)
  2. Mary Love' Comer - "Come Out Of The Sandbox" (East Coast Love Affair mix) (6:43)
Review: Having recently made their debut via a fine lovers' rock cover of Eddie Kendricks classic 'Date With The Rain', East Coast Love Affair (AKA "the Athens of the North house band", according to member and label founder Euan Fryer) return with something rather different. 'Without You' is a deliciously dreamy, effortlessly soulful vocal deep house number that's as immersive, warm and comforting as a loved-up hug from that special person in your life. It sounds like it could have been made in NYC or NJ in the very late 1980s, but that's no bad thing. Over on the flip Fryer and his collaborators provide an authentic, boogie era-style extended remix of Mary Love Comer's 'Come Out of The Sandbox', giving it a reverential but far more DJ-friendly twist.
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A Minute Too Late
  1. A Minute Too Late (7:34)
  2. United Spiritual Singers - "Not A Minute Too Late" (Tom Noble mix) (6:50)
Review: Since 2020, Athens of the North's in-house band, East Coast Love Affair, has been serving up increasingly impressive slabs of retro-futurist brilliance. Previously, they've turned their hand to spacey jazz-funk/house fusion ('Don't Be Afraid'), deep vocal house ('Without You'), disco-funk ('Confrontations') and lovers rock (a superb cover of Eddie Kendricks' 'Date With The Rain'). This time round, they join forces with veteran gospel-soul choir United Spiritual Singers to deliver an incendiary disco-funk cover of the outfit's obscure (and recently reissued) 'A Minute Too Late'. The scorching, club-ready original mix comes accompanied by a superb Tom Noble rework that re-images the track as a Boyd Jarvis/Paul Simpson style proto-house heater full of reverb-laden vocals, echoing drum machine percussion and addictive synth-bass.
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The Mage
Cat: AOTNLP 016. Rel: 30 Jun 20
Funk/Reissues
  1. Of My Hands (7:02)
  2. Endless Love (2:11)
  3. Driftin' (7:41)
  4. The Magic Radish (5:35)
  5. The High Priestess (7:46)
  6. Incantation (1:15)
  7. The Mage (5:56)
Review: Although he's released a swathe of albums with his contemporary jazz ensemble and a quartet of collaborative sets alongside Warren Hampshire, "The Mage" actually marks Greg Foat's first solo full-length outing. It's been a long time coming but well worth the wait, as the talented pianist and producer works his way through an evocative set of tracks that variously touch on sax-laden funk breaks ("The Mage", "The High Priestess"), intergalactic synthesizer soundscapes ("Incantation"), slo-mo jazz-funk mood pieces (the spellbinding "The Magic Radish"), folksy ambient jazz ("Driftin'") and beautiful, pastoral pieces that recall Charles Stepney's work with Rotary Connection ("Endless Love", "Of My Hands"). The result is a fittingly brilliant album from one of British jazz's most talented participants.
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Leon Gardner's Igloo Records: Soul On The Fringes
Leon GARDNER/VARIOUS
Cat: AOTNLP 043. Rel: 25 Mar 21
Funk/Reissues
  1. Leon Gardner - "Farm Song" (2:39)
  2. Leon Gardner - "Be There" (6:17)
  3. Leon Gardner - "My Love Is Growing" (2:10)
  4. Essie Lewis - "You're My Love" (2:23)
  5. Leon Gardner - "Who Are You" (1:37)
  6. Leon Gardner - "Beef Jerky" (2:22)
  7. The Jhamels - "I've Cried" (2:42)
  8. Leon Gardner - "Tuff Lover" (2:42)
  9. Leon Gardner - "Wonderful World Of Children" (2:01)
  10. Leon Gardner - "You Don't Care" (2:19)
  11. Wallace Petty - "Ropeokra" (2:26)
  12. Wallace Petty Combo - "Petty Cash" (2:36)
  13. Leon Gardner - "You Gonna Cry" (2:29)
Review: Dancer and Hammond B3 player Leon Gardner never received the recognition his talent deserved, and the lack of success of his Igloo Records imprint - a haven for deep soul and funk, jazz-soul and rhythm and blues in the late 1960s and early '70s - eventually drove him to quitting music. This retrospective, which focuses on his music and other artists he produced for the label, is undoubtedly well overdue and lands a number of years after he passed away. Packed with dancefloor-ready deep funk, simmering soul and spoken word-laden eccentricities, it genuinely is - as the title suggests - a snapshot of "soul on the fringes".
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Leon Gardner's Igloo Records: Soul On The Fringes
Leon GARDNER/VARIOUS
Cat: AOTNCD 043. Rel: 25 Mar 21
Funk/Reissues
  1. Leon Gardner - "Farm Song"
  2. Leon Gardner - "Be There"
  3. Leon Gardner - "My Love Is Growing"
  4. Essie Lewis - "You're My Love"
  5. Leon Gardner - "Who Are You"
  6. Leon Gardner - "Beef Jerky"
  7. The Jhamels - "I've Cried"
  8. Leon Gardner - "Tough Lover"
  9. Leon Gardner - "Wonderful World Of Children"
  10. Leon Gardner - "You Don't Care"
  11. Wallace Petty Combo - "Ropeokra"
  12. Wallace Petty Combo - "Petty Cash"
  13. Leon Gardner - "You Gonna Cry"
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Lies
Lies (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 011. Rel: 27 Mar 20
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Lies (4:27)
  2. Is It Cool? (4:07)
Review: We've become accustomed to Athens of the North delivering 7" singles packed full of obscure gems. Interestingly, the two tracks here - as great as they are - are relatively easy to come by, both being featured on GQ's overlooked by readily available 1980 album GQ Two. Even so, they're more than worthy of the reissue treatment, with A-side "Lies" - previously re-edited by Theo Parrish for his Ugly Edits series - offering a particularly sweet dose of warm and fuzzy disco/soul fusion. Flispide "Is It Cool" is almost as essential, with soaring horns and a killer bassline combining perfectly with the band's urgent, attractive vocals.
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Tags: Soul Disco
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We Are Here To Party
Cat: ATH 076. Rel: 21 Feb 19
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. We Are Here To Party (4:33)
  2. Loving You (4:25)
Review: Athens Of The North return to the disco motherland by way of this scorching groove doublet from Canadian troupe Gratitude. "We Are Here To Party" lives up to its name with vibrant horns and a thumping deep funk focus. Flip for "Loving You", as the name suggests there's a smoother tone and message at play as the band ease us into something a little comfier. Less of a B, more of an AA. Show some gratitude for the tireless AOTN crew!
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Tags: Disco Funk
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Positivo
Cat: AOTNLP 020. Rel: 20 Sep 18
International
  1. Vulcano V El Gato (Medley) (4:31)
  2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (2:54)
  3. Papa Fue (4:05)
  4. Te Lo Digo Yo (3:24)
  5. Vampiras (4:26)
  6. Hermanos Latinos (3:49)
  7. Bailalo Y Maevelo (4:10)
  8. The Sun From Above (4:56)
  9. Enciendelo (5:04)
  10. Somos Latinos (4:47)
Review: Edinburgh is perhaps not the place you'd look for authentic 1950s and '60s style New York salsa, but that's exactly where Grupo Magnetico earned their stripes. The collective regularly performed in a small cellar bar before cutting their first record, which was released last year by Athens of the North. This debut album, which boasts contributions from singers and musicians from across South and North America and was mixed in New York by legendary Latin producer Aaron Levinson, expands on that single, offering a wonderfully authentic tribute to the glory days of Eddie Pamieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, classic NYC salsa and the infamous Fania label.
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Tags: Latin | Salsa
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Language Of The Birds
Cat: AOTNLP 036. Rel: 29 Apr 21
Folk/Americana
  1. Eve Of The Deluge (4:57)
  2. The Falling Rain (4:27)
  3. Zep Tepi (3:13)
  4. Then It Was Gone (3:53)
  5. From Lonely Hours (3:24)
  6. I Just Didnt Think You'd Care (5:04)
  7. Autumn's Draw (3:56)
  8. They Glide The Hills (2:48)
  9. Only A Moment (1:45)
  10. Wu Wei (4:31)
Review: Warren Hampshire's most recent collaborative albums with jazz pianist Greg Folk, Galaxies Like Grains of Sand and The Honey Bear, both tended towards the pastoral and folksy, with the pair frequently delivering blends of jazz, folk and Americana that were almost cinematic in scale and tone. Hampshire has taken this sound further on Language of the Birds, combining stripped-back orchestration (strings, woodwind, occasional brass) with finger-picked folk guitars and drifting harmonica sounds. It was an album inspired by the vegetation and wildlife encountered on rural walks, and you can tell. It reminded us a little of Bert Jansch and Martin Jenkins' similarly-minded 1978 album Avocet, which - like Language of the Birds - is a very good album indeed.
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Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
Cat: AOTNLP 010. Rel: 25 May 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (6:12)
  2. Lullaby (4:49)
  3. The Solar Winds (& Cadenza) (4:15)
  4. A Long Way Home (2:42)
  5. End Song (6:59)
  6. All Washed Up (4:43)
  7. How The Nights Can Fly (7:58)
  8. End Song (reprise) (1:55)
Review: This release marks something of a departure for Athens of the North, a label predominantly known for reissuing ludicrously rare funk and soul sevens. For starters, it's a brand new album, written, performed and produced by jazzman Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire, who's best known for being a member of The Bees. Then there's what it sounds like. While there are nods to the organic, immaculately produced soul of Rotary Connection, for the most part Galaxies Like Grains of Sand is a luscious fusion of hazy, Cinematic Orchestra style jazz, folksy downtempo compositions, and the blissful, head-in-the-clouds bliss of new age influenced ambient. Surprising or not, it's an utterly beguiling album
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 in stock $24.36
Since I Was A Little Girl
Cat: ATH 040. Rel: 23 Feb 17
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Since I Was A Little Girl (3:33)
  2. Straight Talk (3:28)
Review: For their latest dive into the depths of funk history, Athens of the North travels back to 1978 and the debut of John Hawes and Velma Bunch's obscure Hard Drivers project. The record initially appeared on Hawes' own short-lived imprint, and his since become a sought after 7" amongst serious collectors. "Since I Was A Little Girl" is a disco-era funk gem, with guest singer Vivian Lee providing a brilliantly confident vocal to compliment Hawes and Bunch's driving, horn-heavy backing track. On the flip you'll find original B-side "Straight Talk", a touching torch song full of harmony backing vocals, impassioned builds, and lyrics capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $7.08
Got The Love
Cat: ATH 103. Rel: 24 Feb 22
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Got The Love (4:27)
  2. Party Vibes (3:44)
Review: The relentless Athens Of The North is having a busy month even by its own high standards. February alone has at least three new 45rpms dropping and this might be the best: Homegrown Syndrome were a band that ended up in LA but giggled all round Memphis. Some members had played with an earlier band but they all came good on these previously unleashed tunes that have been found in the attic of Jerry Jones. 'Got The Love' is a chunky funky stepper with swirling synths and disco energy. 'Party Vibes' then takes off once more on hip swig claps, big arching chords and strident drums.

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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $12.83
Reality
Reality (7")
Cat: ATH 062. Rel: 15 Feb 18
Funk/Reissues
  1. Reality (3:36)
  2. Hey Hey (3:19)
Review: Previously spotted passing hands for over 5000 quid, this one-off 45" from North Carolina troupe Ice has enjoyed cult status over the years in both the deepfunk and northern soul scenes. Straight from 1980, there's a great balance of classic soul motifs and modern production as "Reality" swoons and sways unhurriedly but emphatically while "Hey Hey" ups the boogie ante with firm focus on the party, sharp switches on the chorus and some insane bass runs. Another ice cold reissue from AOTN.
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Queen Of My Universe
Cat: ATH 063. Rel: 14 Jun 18
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Queen Of My Universe (3:15)
  2. Up (3:59)
Review: The first of two major Infinity licences from AOTN this month, this is a significant excavation even by renowned digger label founder Fryer's standards. Usually seen passing hands for well over 500 quid, this second and last single from the relatively unknown troupe Infinity is a stone cold jam that's been sought after for many many years. Absolute rare groove sleaze on the bass and horns, "Queen Of My Universe" sparkles with soul in every element. Meanwhile "Up" strips things back even further with an uptempo disco twang and tight Q&A vocal play between the band. Infinite love for this one!
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $11.00
If I Had You
Cat: ATH 095. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Soul
  1. If I Had You (4:26)
  2. Nothing At All (3:04)
Review: From soul to disco, pop to balladry, Athens Of The North can do it all, and often much better than most. Another exhibit to back that up now comes in the form of this 7" from Isabr'm and his 'If I Had You.' It's a straight up bit of boogie fire, with soul overtones good enough to suit the L850 plus you will pay if you try to get an OG copy. Next to that superb a-side is 'Nothing At All' on the flip, a sombre track with aimless sax leads conveying a sense of romantic loss.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $11.00
Athens Of The North Beat Tape
Cat: AOTNLP 040. Rel: 30 Sep 21
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Partay (0:40)
  2. Theme From Rockay (4:23)
  3. Why I'm Thirsty (1:15)
  4. Rocks Off (4:05)
  5. People (1:25)
  6. Highway 633 (2:17)
  7. Hawaiian Roll (0:46)
  8. Maybe (2:13)
  9. Gotta Go (0:58)
  10. Sirens (0:39)
  11. Melted (2:43)
  12. Eeee's (0:55)
  13. Fancy Guys (1:27)
  14. Attention Earthling (2:58)
  15. In Love, In, Love (0:36)
  16. Jucier (1:57)
  17. Wonderful Licks (1:04)
  18. Piano Factories (1:32)
  19. The Wooden Room (2:07)
  20. Space With Space (1:54)
  21. The Hairy May Jive (1:40)
Review: Athens of the North serves up something of a lovely curveball here with their first-ever beat tape. It is the work of Scottish beatmaker and hip-hop producer Jaisu, who has long been a friend of the label. He crafted this record in his studio in Niddrie from beats already put out on the Athens label. In loading up his MPC with such great source material, he was always sure to serve up some great sounds and so it is - these are lived-in, real, raw beats that have lo-fi fringes, soul vibes and a certain sense of timelessness that stands each track apart. More, please!
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Athens Of The North Beat Tape
Cat: AOTNCASS 040. Rel: 25 Nov 21
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Partay (0:43)
  2. Theme From Rockay (4:31)
  3. Why I'm Thirsty (1:18)
  4. Rocks Off (4:14)
  5. People (1:30)
  6. Highway 633 (2:21)
  7. Hawaiian Roll (0:49)
  8. Maybe (2:18)
  9. Gotta Go (1:01)
  10. Sirens (0:41)
  11. Melted (2:52)
  12. Eeee's (0:57)
  13. Fancy Guys (1:33)
  14. Attention Earthling (3:00)
  15. In Love, In, Love (0:39)
  16. Juicier (2:01)
  17. Wonderful Licks (1:07)
  18. Piano Factories (1:36)
  19. The Wooden Room (2:12)
  20. Space With Space (1:55)
  21. The Hairy May Jive (1:53)
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Be My Lady
Cat: ATH 098. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Be My Lady (4:40)
  2. Come Out Tonight (4:19)
Review: Some boogie collectors go weak at the knees at the mention of Christopher Jay's 'What Do You Want Me To Do', a superb single from 1987 that's long been near impossible to find. This isn't that gem, but something arguably even more exciting: some previously unreleased business from the same obscure, overlooked artist. 'Be My Lady' dates from a similar period and sees Jay sing swooning words to a member of the opposite sex over a sunny and kaleidoscopic blend of rubbery bass, clipped guitars and shiny synthesizers. Flipside 'Come Out Tonight' is rather tasty, too. Slower and even warmer, it sits somewhere between 80s soul and yacht rock.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $11.00
What Do You Want Me To Do
Cat: ATH 099. Rel: 15 Jul 21
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. What Do You Want Me To Do (4:32)
  2. What Do You Want Me To Do (edit) (4:24)
Review: Athens of the North is continually one of our favourite labels here at Juno HQ. The Edinburgh based outlet's tireless mission to unearth forgotten gems or shine a light on deserving tracks that may have been overlooked cannot be faulted. This time out Christopher Jay's 'What Do You want Me To Do' from 1987 gets served up on its own 45rpm. It is a glorious bit of disco boogie with a rugged broken beat, funk in the bass and soul in the buttery vocal. On the flip is a subtle edit that hits just as sweet a spot and it comes with a nice picture sleeve, too.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $8.12
You're The Best
Cat: ATH 078. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. You're The Best (4:28)
  2. Train Of Thought (4:29)
Review: Many disco-era modern soul collectors regard, Larom Baker's "You're The Best", which initially appeared in 1978 on an impossible to find, single-sided 7" single, as one of the style's genuine "Holy Grail" records. It's good news, then, that Athens Of The North has secured the rights to reissue it, releasing the full studio version (rather than the shorter edit that was released all those years ago) for the very first time. It's a genuine gem, with Baker's deliciously breezy West Coast soul vocal seemingly floating over a killer backing track rich in hazy horns, bustling slap bass and crunchy Clavinet lines. Turn to the flipside for the more disco-minded "Train Of Thought", one of a string of recently discovered Baker recordings that form the basis of a forthcoming album of previously unreleased tracks.
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 in stock $11.00
From Philly
Cat: AOTNLP 029. Rel: 30 Jan 20
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. It's All In Your Mind (3:18)
  2. Right On Time (4:03)
  3. You're The Best (alternate version) (6:28)
  4. U R The 1 (3:32)
  5. The Ultimate (4:10)
  6. Sweet Sensations (feat Kia Hamm) (4:22)
  7. Love Will Make It Better (3:51)
  8. Spread My Wings (4:35)
  9. Somewhere Someone (5:39)
  10. In The Light (4:20)
Review: Over the years Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer has heard a lot of incredible music, so when he says that La Rombe is the best singer/songwriter he's heard we sit up and take notice. To prove his point, Fryer has trawled through the Philadelphia musician's archive of recordings (it stretches back to 1979) and put together this essential retrospective. There's much to admire throughout, with the assembled cuts mostly mining the overlooked artist's soul, disco and 1980s rhythm and blues work. We'd highlight individual tracks for praise, but such is the quality throughout that naming favourites seems pointless. Take our advice: grab a copy while you can.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock $17.80
(It's A) Rat Race
Cat: ATH 093V. Rel: 01 Oct 20
Funk/Reissues
  1. (It's A) Rat Race (vocal) (4:19)
  2. (It's A) Rat Race (instrumental) (4:14)
Review: Athens of the North's Euan Fryer is not the only collector and selector who believes that the Leaders' obscenely rare 1971 single '(It's A) Rat Race' should be considered a genuine deep funk classic. In fact, it was deep funk specialist Keb Darge who first brought the record to the attention of DJs and dancers in the UK in the early 2000s. Happily Fryer has tracked down the band and got their permission to reissue their sought-after classic. Formidably funky, the A-side version features fantastic group vocals rising above a bed of hazy horns, bustling drums, warm bass and razor-sharp, Blaxploitation style guitars. The accompanying instrumental take is superb, too, with a variety of woodwind and brass solos - often drenched in reverb - replacing the group's fine vocals.
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Our Love
Cat: ATH 086. Rel: 01 Oct 20
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Our Love (4:23)
  2. It's Up To You (3:57)
Review: It was back in 1986 when obscure UK electrofunk band Leval released their sole 7" - a sparkling slab of pop-boogie brilliance that has long been a secret weapon for dusty-fingered diggers and Brit-funk collectors. As this Athens of the North reissue proves, the record remains a brilliant Brit-boogie gem. Check first 'Our Love', a confirmed earworm that sees the band wrap duetting male/female vocals around a deliciously bustling blend of rubbery slap-bass, eyes-closed soft rock guitars, warm synthesizer chords and a dewy-eyed, jazz-funk style breakdown. Flipside 'It's Up To You' is a little more eccentric thanks to an unusual time signature and drum track, but boasts the same addictive blend of male and female lead vocals, slap bass and synths.
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 in stock $11.51
Our Love (B-STOCK)
Cat: ATH 086 (B-STOCK). Rel: 01 Oct 20
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Our Love
  2. It's Up To You
Review: ***B-STOCK: Creasing on outer sleeve, also the record has light surface marks/smudges, but otherwise in excellent working condition***


It was back in 1986 when obscure UK electrofunk band Leval released their sole 7" - a sparkling slab of pop-boogie brilliance that has long been a secret weapon for dusty-fingered diggers and Brit-funk collectors. As this Athens of the North reissue proves, the record remains a brilliant Brit-boogie gem. Check first 'Our Love', a confirmed earworm that sees the band wrap duetting male/female vocals around a deliciously bustling blend of rubbery slap-bass, eyes-closed soft rock guitars, warm synthesizer chords and a dewy-eyed, jazz-funk style breakdown. Flipside 'It's Up To You' is a little more eccentric thanks to an unusual time signature and drum track, but boasts the same addictive blend of male and female lead vocals, slap bass and synths.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $7.25
Listen
Listen (7")
Cat: AOE 019. Rel: 26 May 16
Funk/Reissues
  1. Listen (3:18)
  2. Party (3:16)
Review: When you talk about 'kid funk', it's always long-lost B-sides that record collectors talk about like myths. But, Athens Of the North have managed to get their hands on the masters of a super-rare Virtue 7" that goes for no less that L1000 on the second-hand market in its original form. "Listen" is a deep, sublimely odd little funk tune that is as deep as you can get for boogie and funk; "Party" on the flip is no less of a gem, backed by Little George's supreme vocals and a tight little break, too. Sick.
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Love Tempo
Cat: ATH 061. Rel: 08 Feb 18
Soul
  1. Love Tempo (3:35)
  2. Somebody Help Me Be Fair (4:22)
Review: Athens Of The North strike again. A big spinner for the likes of Floating Points, this rare-as-pigs-shoes 1980 45 from Ohio troupe Love Company has gone for big sums in the past. It's not hard to hear why; "Love Tempo" raises the heat with an unrelenting disco beat, coastal guitar textures and harmonies to swoon to. "Somebody Help Me Be Fair" flips for a much more sentimental story as Love Company unravel the problems of a menage-et-trois. Steamy.
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Everyone Needs Somebody
  1. Everyone Needs Somebody (2:47)
  2. Crazy About You Baby (3:05)
Review: Straight out of Kansas via Solo in LA circa late 60s, this rare-as-hens-teeth 45" has passed hands for bionic bundles almost striking four figures in recent times. Now liberated by AOTN sister label Owls Of Athens, its loose soul funk can be felt by everyone. "Everyone Needs Someone" sees Leroy Tucker guide his troupe amid brazen horns and rolling toms. "Crazy About You Baby" flips the tone for a more bluesy ballad led by a more heartfelt Leroy backed by lonely strums and warm organs. Two sides, two stories, AOTN strike gold once again.
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 in stock $6.02
Keep On Dancin
Cat: ATH 073. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Soul
  1. Keep On Dancin (3:34)
  2. You (3:23)
Review: While Luther Davis is undoubtedly best known for his sought-after disco smash "You Can Be A Star", many collectors and deep funk DJs have long insisted that the more obscure "Keep On Dancin" is even better. Thanks to Athens of the North's timely reissue of the latter, you can now decide for yourself. Certainly, it's a ludicrously infectious, full-throttle disco-funk affair whose extreme dancefloor intensity is helped by Davis and company's liberal use of studio effects, psychedelic backing vocals and some serious eyes-closed guitar solos. This reissue comes with B-side bonus soothing slow jam "You", which is a serviceable chunk of deep soul.
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Say It With Feeling
Cat: AOE 031. Rel: 22 Feb 18
Soul
  1. Say It With Feeling (2:16)
  2. Conscience (2:48)
Review: Excavated from vaults of the Weiss Brothers' longstanding NYC imprint Old Time Records, Beverly McKay's gutsy tales have massaged soul floors for those lucky to have a 200 pound 45. "Say It With Feeling" hits with big backing vocal harmonies before breaking into a classic midtempo bluesy arrangement while "Conscience" strikes with a little more eastern allure, staccato strings and a cat-prowling narrative. Timeless soul.
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 in stock $6.02
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