Review: Recorded and released two years before she gave us the iconic vocals on Indeep's "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", Beckie Bell's 1979 debut release enjoys its first repress in 37 years. You don't even need hindsight to hear the promise she had at the start of her career. "In The Right Place" was a spacy, almost bluesy disco jam where she's not afraid to take full command while "Johnnie's Home" still sparkles with reggae fusion funk that's often attempted but seldom smashed in such a sexy way.
Review: The sole single from obscure French boogie outfit Klaps, released in limited quantities at some point in the early 1980s, has long been an in-demand item amongst moneyed record collectors. This reissue, then, should be great news to all those unwilling to fork out upwards of L500 for an original copy. It's a sublime slice of rubbery, synth-heavy electrofunk complete with sugary-sweet crew vocals and starry, early '80s soul touches. The flipside dub, which adds a little reverb and delay while allowing each musical element more room to breathe, is arguably even better. Some obscure, in-demand records are not all that great: "All The Way You Move" is fantastic.