Family Of Eve - "I Wanna Be Loved By You" (Kenny Dope edit) (5:26)
Total Experience - "Contradiction" (3:56)
Joe Washington - "Blueberry Hill" (3:25)
Ronnie Keaton - "Going Down For The Last Time" (2:54)
The Fabulous Originals - "It Ain't Fun" (re-edit) (3:52)
Sons Of The Kingdom - "Modernization" (5:02)
Ramsey & Company - "Love Call" (4:26)
Rickey Calloway - "Tell Me" (2:47)
The Golden Toadstools - "Silly Savage" (2:19)
Sandi & Matues - "The World" (2:26)
Carleen & The Groovers - "Can We Rap" (2:14)
Review: Like deep funk? Then you'd surely know of the legendary Keb Darge: the Scottish DJ who invented the term. Known as a leading authority on funk and soul music of the 1960s and beyond, he went from modest beginnings in Wigan, before moving to London in the '70s, bringing the sounds of Northern Soul to punters in the capital. Namely His 'Legendary Deep Funk' night at Soho's seminal strip club turned music venue Madame Jojo's. Following up his last compilation put together with Paul Weller; 2009's Lost & Found (Real R'N'B & Soul) LP, Darge presents hits from the 'Deep Funk' series to celebrate BBE's 20th year. Diggers will most certainly appreciate appearances on here such as Soul Drifter's "Funky Brother", Kenny Dope's edit of Family Of Eve's much sampled "I Wanna Be Loved By You", Joe Washington's "Blueberry Hill" and the classic "Love Call" by Ramsay and Company amongst many others.
East St. Louis Gospelettes - "Have A Talk With God" (3:22)
Betty Everett - "Just A Little Piece Of You" (3:35)
The Foreign Exchange - "If She Breaks Your Heart" (5:23)
Sunlightsquare - "Pastime Paradise" (4:40)
US Atlantic First Navy Show Band - "Birds Of Beauty" (3:50)
Billy Preston - "It's My Pleasure" (3:49)
John Minnis' Big Bone Band - "Love's In Need Of Love Today" (4:48)
Tony Sherman - "As" (3:44)
David Porter - "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (2:59)
David Rufn - "Make My Water Boil (Loving You Has Been So Wonderful)" (3:50)
Reel People - "Golden Lady" (feat Tony Momrelle) (4:56)
Quincy Jones - "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me" (5:20)
GC Cameron - "If You Don't Love Me" (2:30)
Jrod Indigo - "Go Home" (5:17)
Black Sugar - "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" (2:50)
Review: DJ Spinna is known for many things; his productions, sublime DJ mixes and many a hip hop classic as half of Jigmastas. He's also a complete Stevie Wonder obsessive who runs a popular Stevie-themed club night called Wonderful. A series of albums that expand on the party's concept was a logical next step and The Wonder Of Stevie now arrives at a third volume. This edition has clearly been painstakingly curated by Spinna and BBE, consisting of other people's covers of the man's work. Highlights include sweet and sugary 'Buttercup" by The Jackson 5, the bluesy honky tonk jam "It's My Pleasure" by Billy Preston and Quincy Jones' pure liquid funk version of "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me".
Sandy Barber - "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own"
Bill Avery - "Disco Fever" (re-edit)
Spooky & Sue - "I've Got The Need"
Vessie Simmons - "I Can Make It On My Own"
Scarbrough - "Make Love To You"
The J's - "When Did You Stop"
Larry Brown - "Breaking Training" (parts 1 & 2)
Review: In recent years we've become accustomed to disco compilations appearing at a furious rate. While many of these compilations are undoubtedly worthy of attention, the volume of releases can sometimes be bewildering. This eight track selection from Al Kent, the second in his Disco Love series, ticks all the right boxes, however. Even by the highest crate digging standards, these tracks are pretty obscure; many won't have had much of an airing since their original release. Those into the rich, soulful side of disco - that brand of string-laden dancefloor material most associated with the Philadelphia International label and studio -will find much to enjoy. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Scarborough's delightfully sweet "Make Love To You", an epic of biblical proportions that lasts longer than most drunken one night stands. See also Valerie Simmons' super sweet "I Can't Make It On My Own" and the rousing orchestral manoeuvres of "I've Got The Need". This luxurious gatefold double album also comes replete with extensive track notes from compiler Al Kent.
Review: It doesn't seem like five years since BBE last invited London crate digger and turntablist Mr Thing to get his fingers dusty by picking out gems from his record collection for the Strange Breaks & Mr Thing series. Predictably, this belated third installment is full of killer selections that lives up to it's subtitled billing as More Rock Funk Soul Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living. Favourites come thick and fast though the low down funk of Dynamic Concept's "La Da Da" and the jazz-funk goodness of Harry Beckett's "Ring Within Rings" stand out upon first listen. The cats at BBE spare no expense either with this vinyl edition that features fifteen cuts spread across the two slabs, and there's also Mr Thing's peerless mix available on a CD that's slipped in too.
Kitty White - "I'm Gonna Be A Fool Next Monday" (with Hugo Peretti & His Orchestra) (2:01)
The Gainors - "Tell Him" (2:32)
The Sierras - "I Should Have Loved You" (2:25)
Frank Minion - "How Much Land (Does A Man Need)" (with Howard Biggs & His Orchestra) (2:17)
Dolly Lyon - "Palm Of Your Hand" (2:38)
Brook Benton - "Kiddio" (2:37)
Tony Allen & The Champs - "Nite Owl" (2:44)
Cindy Devereau - "Sing On Baby" (2:16)
The Radiants - "Heartbreak Society" (feat Gene McAlister) (2:31)
Anna King - "The Big Change" (2:42)
Ray Rush - "So What" (2:30)
Johnny Wells - "Lonely Moon" (2:29)
Timi Yuro - "What's A Matter Baby" (2:44)
Simone Dina - "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep" (2:16)
Lew Conetta - "You Got Me Crazy" (2:24)
Review: Destination '70s/'80s Belgium by way of '50s/'60s America and UK: the popcorn soul scene is a thriving subculture that's not dissimilar to the UK's northern soul scene but with much more of an emphasis on the slower, more smouldering big band motif. Here Jay Strongman compiles some of the biggest 45s of the era across this double vinyl collection. From Brook Benton's Bassey-referencing "Kiddio", Damita Jo's famous response to Ben E King "I'll Be There" to the steamy velvet curtain tugging swing of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand", popcorn will instantly resonate with all soul fans while offering a refreshing new context. See you at make out point.
Ruth Koleva - "Turn It Around" (Eric Lau remix) (4:28)
The Rebirth - "Caterpillar" (3:57)
Ron Trent - "Ori Space" (7:16)
Ian O'Brien - "Spiraling Prism" (6:25)
Quentin Kane & Simon Sheldon - "The Blue Room" (feat TK Blue - Kaidi Tatham Shokazulu remix) (7:13)
Numbers - "Moonblood" (IG SOS mix) (7:18)
Honey Sweet - "I Put A Spell On You" (feat Cindy Mizelle) (9:37)
Harry Whitaker - "The After Life" (part 2) (6:50)
Review: Two years ago, Volcov set our pulses racing with From The Archive, a superb selection of killer cuts from the depth of his notoriously impressive record collection. Volume 2 is equally as inspired, though the focus is a little different. Whereas Volcov previously chose to concentrate on soul, funk and disco, this edition is far more widescreen in scope. So, we get soaring soul-jazz bliss (Collective Peace's "Let The Music Play"), head-nodding hip-hop soul (Eric Lau remixing Ruth Koleva), futurist jazz-funk (Ron Trent's wild but brilliant "Ori Space"), soul-fired broken beat (Volcov's own re-edit of Xantone Blacq's vintage remix of Intuit's "Planet Birth"), impeccable soundscape jazz ("Lawra" by Tony Williams) and much more besides.