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Heaven's Song
Cat: FLRS 135. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Heaven's Song (4:44)
  2. Interlude (Coastlines remix) (4:34)
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Liar
Liar (7" with obi-strip)
Cat: H 42072. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. Liar (4:03)
  2. Push Me (4:38)
 in stock $10.59
I'm The One Who Loves You
Cat: OSV 206. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. I'm The One Who Loves You (3:03)
  2. Forgive Me (2:29)
Review: Northern Soul fans will be well familiar with Darrell Banks, who is a proper scene legend. In 1966 he put out his Iconic Revilot single 'Open The Door To Your Heart', backed with 'Our Love (Is In The Pocket).' It is one of the most played, collected and revered 45s in the whole scene and when a copy was found in 2014, it was eventually auctioned off for L14,000 and helped cement his status. He had many other gems in his catalogue including this one. 'I'm The One Who Loves You' has it all - the swirling grooves, the big horns, the lush strings and aching vocal. 'Forgive Me' sinks into a slightly deeper and more tender vibe, and makes just as much of an impact.
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Super High On Your Love
Cat: S4R 14. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. Super High On Your Love (3:36)
  2. I've Had My Share (Of Loving You) (5:11)
 in stock $17.38
The Bernadette Bascom EP
The Bernadette Bascom EP (limited 10" + insert + pen)
Cat: ZP 58. Rel: 31 Mar 21
  1. I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love (3:10)
  2. Seattle Sunshine (3:53)
  3. I Need You (3:21)
  4. How Long Will It Take (feat Stevie Wonder - live) (12:08)
Review: Izipho Soul is the sort of label that gets soul lovers hot under the solar just at mention of its name. The label always turns out stone cold gems and this new EP features the sublime Bernadette Bascom. It takes in the years 1979 to 1981, including the majestic 'I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love' as well as 'Seattle Sunshine; and the previously unreleased nugget 'I Need You' as well as the icing on the cake which is an unheard 12 minute live recording with the legendary Stevie Wonder. Next to the tunes, you'll also get a fine Bernadette Bascom branded pen! Random but great.
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Time Waits
Cat: BBR 24. Rel: 05 May 21
  1. Time Waits (4:09)
  2. Is It You (3:21)
Review: The ever vital Boogie Back has another pearler on its hands here. This 7" is an SOS Band influenced double header produced by Ernie McKone, with Cheri Maree on the vocals. Firstly, 'Time Waits' pairs nice analogue drum work and big, pixelated chords straight from the 80s. It's a sugar sweet tune with a buttery smooth vocal that will get those rumps wiggling. Flip it over and you will find 'Is It You', a more slow and sentimental tune with splashy chords and bendy bass. The vibe is steamy and romantic, with the sort of tempting groove that you won't be able to resist.
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Call Me Answer
  1. Birmingham Traveleers - "Call Me, Answer" (3:47)
  2. Gospel Ambassadors - "This Little Light Of Mine" (2:58)
Review: Having previously championed rare and little-known gospel disco, crate digger Greg Belson has now turned his attention to the world of gospel funk and gospel sound. This must-check "45" boasts two obscure, hard-to-find gems from the British DJ and re-editor's forthcoming compilation, Greg Belson's Divine Funk. The A-side offers a chance to cop Birmingham Traveleers' [sic] ultra-rare, private press cut 'Call Me Answer', where guest vocalist Henry Burton spars with the male harmony group over a flash-fried-mid-tempo funk groove. It's really rather good all told, as is the Gospel Ambassadors' flipside cover of gospel staple 'This Little Light of Mine' - a rolling, breakbeat funk interpretation that's as groovy, righteous and life-affirming as they come.
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I Ain't Got The Love
Cat: BLKG 2. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. I Aint Got The Love (remastered edit) (2:41)
  2. Ghettos Of The Mind (intro re-edit) (1:01)
  3. Hurts So Bad (remastered edit) (3:41)
Review: Black Hole's second release in the Sample Series finds Black Cash & Theo link up for a trio of heart breaking blue-eyed soul sounds, all served up as special remastered edits. 'I Ain't Got The Love' opens with the pained and yearning vocals over aching drum breaks with melancholic strings adding to the emotional turmoil. It's a beautiful tune where 'Ghettos Of The Mind' is a freaky interlude of looped vocals that are haunting and paranoid. 'Hurts So Bad' is a well loved soul gem that emerges on a rousing, heart bleeding vocal from slow, pensive moods to empowering highs and back again.
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue) (brown vinyl 7" 再出版)
Cat: BBR 019BROWN. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: One of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists Jorun Bombay returns to local Halifax label Black Buffalo, an imprint that launched in 2005 with a white vinyl limited 45 issue....Following his recent edit series comes this fantastic cover of RA in the form of "Revisiting The Sunshine". Authentic to its soulful core, the release is perfectly timed as we're all beginning to miss the summer moving into the colder months. It's backed by an equally sunny shakedown version of "Funky Sensation" getting a precision Bombay treatment. Sensational.
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Parliament Edits (reissue)
Parliament Edits (reissue) (limited sky blue vinyl 7" 再出版)
Cat: BBR 024SKYBLUE. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Knee Deep (edit) (4:12)
  2. Mothership Bonus Beats (remix) (3:54)
Review: Jorun Bombay likes to muck about with all sorts of different beats, but he always does it with real skill and personality. That's made him one Canada's most revered hip hop stars and here he tackles the one and only Parliament. His version of "Knee Deep" with its extra bass weight and shrill synth lines bring the party vibes thanks to the feel good pianos. "Mothership Bonus Beats" on the flip is a late night, slow and sleazy jam to get you in the mood. The squelchy synth bass is to die for, the drawn out horns linger long in the air making it a perfectly steamy cut.
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Revisiting The Sunshine (reissue)
Cat: BBR 019BLACK. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Revisiting The Sunshine (4:01)
  2. Funky Sensation (4:19)
Review: Jorun Bombay is one of Canada's most influential hip-hop protagonists and his fantastic cover of the recently turned 80 year old Roy Ayers in the form of 'Revisiting The Sunshine' is one of his biggest tunes. A recent reissue on white vinyl sold out in quick time so now comes another chance to own it, this time on black wax. This one followed Jorun's recent edit series and is authentic to its soulful core. As summer fades away and autumn looms, keep the sunny vibes alive with this golden, heart warming version. On the flip is something just as sunny - a fine version of 'Funky Sensation' that gets a precision Bombay treatment.
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Idol Eyes
Idol Eyes (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: STARSON 001EP. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. Idol Eyes (4:45)
  2. Letting Go (3:43)
  3. Summer Sun (4:44)
  4. Lovesong (9:10)
  5. Secret Song (5:24)
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Never Too Much
Never Too Much (7" 再出版)
Cat: ATH 091. Rel: 14 Apr 21
  1. Never Too Much (4:25)
  2. Never Too Much (instrumental) (4:18)
Review: Athens Of The North is unveiling a whole wealth of new 7"s this month and as usual, each and every one is an essential purchase. This one in particular will resonate with a wide audience thanks to the ubiquity of the source material - Luther Vandross's 'Never Too Much.' There have been many versions over the years but this reggae take from Derrick Cross is special indeed, and an OG will costs basically too much for any sane person. Now a fully legit repress makes it accessible to all once more, and hurrah for that.
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Soft Sighs: Female Soul Sounds From Hungary 1973-78
Soft Sighs: Female Soul Sounds From Hungary 1973-78 (hand-numbered 10" + insert limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BUBE 042. Rel: 11 May 21
  1. Cserhati Zsuzsa - "Puha Sohajok" (3:25)
  2. Baliko Aniko - "Harangzugas" (3:29)
  3. Cserhati Zsuzsa - "Ne Nezz A Napba" (4:26)
  4. Bontovics Kati - "Holnap Megallnak Az Orak" (3:29)
Review: Zsuzsa Cserhati was a key player in the Hungarian pop scene of the seventies. She has real talent but was maltreated by the industry so never fulfilled her potential. This new series aims to shine a light on what was never known as a soul scene in the county, but could have been given the wealth of great material produced in a small space of time in the years in question. Most of the sounds never made it out of Hungary but that all changes now. Zsuzsa's two cuts on this 10" are her best ever - 'Puha Sohajok' is sensual but tight and 'Ne Nezz A Napba' is lovely soft soul. The other two cuts are similarly essential making this a fine gateway into this little known scene.
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Life's A Bitch
Cat: FF45 012. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Life's A Bitch (3:45)
  2. (It Ain't) All Good (4:03)
Review: Cornish funkateer Daytoner rarely fails to deliver the goods, with his semi-regular seven-inch missives being amongst his most potent releases. He's at it again here, delierving two confirmed party-starting workouts that combine live funk and soul style instrumentation topped off with classic hip-hop acapellas. He begins with 'Life's a Bitch', where fast crew rap flows lifted from a much-loved hip-hop cut ride undulating bass guitar, laidback funk breaks and glistening guitars. He flips the script a little on flipside '(It Ain't) No Good', delivering hip-hop tempo beats, deep bass, luscious electric piano motifs and smart use of one of the most celebrated R&B vocals of the 1990s.
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DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3
Cat: DNA 017. Rel: 29 Apr 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (4:16)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (4:31)
Review: A-grade edit specialists DJ DSK is having a hugely prolific year. He has already put put a wealth of 7"s this year and now comes on strong with yet another. DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3 finds him hunt down some killer source material and cut it and rework it with his surgeons sonic scalpel. 'That's The Way Love Goes' has a hard hitting boom-bap break with a bouncy bassline bringing some air. A neat and funk guitar riff acts as the main hook with synth strings bring expansive feels. On the back side is 'The Thrill Is Gone', a more laid back but still funky break for those earlier or even later night hours.
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Discobolus
Discobolus (cassette single)
Cat: CHOBO 034. Rel: 04 May 21
  1. Track 1 (41:57)
  2. Track 2 (39:16)
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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
  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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Soul Time
Soul Time (7" 再出版)
Cat: OSV 141. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. Shirley Ellis - "Soul Time" (2:39)
  2. Lynne Randell - "Stranger In My Arms" (2:35)
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If You Want My Lovin'
If You Want My Lovin' (blue vinyl 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ZP 64BLUE. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. If You Want My Lovin' (Sunshine mix) (4:49)
  2. Hardly Need To Say (4:22)
Review: Izipho Soul is one of our favourite labels here at Juno HQ. The music it serves up is of the sort that makes you need it in your bag as soon as you hear the first few seconds. June Evans is the latest lung busting vocalist to swoon her way into our hearts with a sunshine mix of this dazzling performance from 1981 over golden chords, leggy drums and a killer synth bassline that is phat as hell. Flip it over for 'Hardly Need To Say,' an achingly beautiful lament over a fusion groove that glows bright and exudes warmth. Utterly essential.
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Who's Your Boss
  1. Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy - "Who's Your Boss" (2:53)
  2. Zella Jackson - "Days Are Just Like People" (2:19)
Review: Greg Belson is a world leading gospel collector and DJ who had great success with his Divine Disco series. He continued his vital work with Cultures of Soul on the Devin Funk compilations series and now the label are serving up the many highlights on 7". Here we have
Pearl Farano & The High Lights Of Joy with 'Who's Your Boss', a high speed funk gem with in the pocket drum playing and energetic guitar riffs. The real star of course is the coarse vocal that cannot help but light your fires. On the flip, Zella Jackson's vocal soars next to summery flutes and raw, dense rhythm sections.
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Played by: I Love 45's!, Originals
 in stock $10.31
Love & Hate In A Different Time
Love & Hate In A Different Time (12" 再出版) (1 per customer)
Cat: GABRIELS 1LP. Rel: 01 May 21
  1. Loyality (2:39)
  2. In Loving Memory (2:55)
  3. Professional (3:56)
  4. Love & Hate In A Different Time (4:45)
  5. The Blind (4:17)
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A Million Things
Cat: S4R 13. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. A Million Things (3:14)
  2. No Way To Stop It (3:10)
 in stock $17.38
September
September (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: ASX 591S. Rel: 21 Apr 21
  1. September (3:02)
  2. I Love Without A Love (2:15)
Review: Jo Ann Hamilton hailed from Georgia and was brought up on a diet of soul, Motown and r&b. At the tender age of seven she joined the Gospel Choir from the Melton Chappel church and then got into the disco scene. Five decades later she has linked with Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina for this fantastic new 7" that is imbued with classic funk, soul and swing. Opener 'September' is a massive Northern Soul gem that would have slayed back then and still does now. On the flip is the more obscure 'I love Without A Love' which is funky, tropical and infectious.
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Time Is Long
Cat: AJX 572S. Rel: 01 Apr 21
  1. Time Is Long (3:55)
  2. Closer To Me (4:02)
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I Don't Envy Yesterdays
Cat: BCR 116. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. I Don't Envy Yesterdays (2:23)
  2. Color It Easy (2:34)
Review: The gold standard Big Crown label excels at heartbreaking Americana, blue-eyed soul and downbeat pop. A 116th release of such sounds now comes from Holy Hive who are back with a new bunch of songs after their 2020 debut album, Float Back To You, won widespread acclaim. Their trademark folk-soul sound is in full view once more here with falsetto vocals bring real heart aching over slow, downbeat drums. It's beautiful stuff that takes the form of two only subtle different singles here. Both wallow in their own sadness and delicateness but leaving a lasting impression.
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Say Goodbye
Cat: CMSR 004. Rel: 05 May 21
  1. Say Goodbye (feat Phatkat & Jitwam) (4:28)
  2. Say Goodbye (instrumental) (6:22)
  3. Say Goodbye (feat Phatkat & Jitwam - Kid Sublime remix) (4:28)
  4. Say Goodbye (feat Phatkat & Jitwam - Beyond June remix) (4:24)
Review: Aussie-born but Berlin based Inkswel is a master vibe maker who has long been bringing something different to the world of deep house. This time it is French label Cosmocities who come calling and in return he serve sup a slow and sensual hip-house jam. 'Say Goodbye' (feat Phatkat & Jitwam) has lazy drums, great MC work and steamy pads that all adds up to sun-baked brilliance. It's a Cali-funk sound with a future-retro edge, while a choice set of reworks come from Adelaide's Beyond June and Amsterdam's Jacob Otten, alias Kid Sublime. Drop it like it's hot, because it really is.
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I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (reissue)
  1. I Just Can't Live My Life (Without You Babe) (2:29)
  2. My Heart (Needs A Break) (2:47)
Review: British reissue champions Soul Brother return to democratise a certified northern soul classic. Released 1969 (just three years before Linda died, aged 27), both sides hit hard with raw soul power. "I Just Can't Live My Life" stomps with Stax gutsiness while "My Heart" eases back off the tempo and gives the backing singers and soaring strings a chance to shine with Linda. Original pressings of this have previously passed for over 500 pounds Grab a double-sided slice of history.
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Hawai'i's Beautiful
Cat: AGS 047. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. Hawai'i's Beautiful (vocal) (3:30)
  2. Hawai'i's Beautiful (instrumental) (3:35)
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One Day
One Day (7")
Cat: DNSCR 013. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Kings Go Forth - "One Day" (4:15)
  2. Willie Tee - "First Taste Of Hurt" (2:39)
 in stock $14.13
Watch Out
Watch Out (7")
Cat: ESP 002. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Watch Out (3:24)
  2. Don't Put Offa Day (4:01)
 in stock $26.52
I'm A Good Woman
I'm A Good Woman (7" 再出版)
Cat: SB 7037. Rel: 22 Apr 21
  1. I'm A Good Woman (2:24)
  2. I Don't Want A Playboy (2:07)
Review: Longstanding reissue kings Soul Brother flex back to this powerful double A last issued by Cultures Of Soul in 2010. Two of Barbara Lynn's fieriest soul sessions, both released on Tribe in '66/'67 respectively, there's a strong northern stomp to proceedings on both sides. "I'm A Good Woman" is characterised by the driving kicks, tight horns and Lynn's urgent vocals while "I Don't Want A Playboy" comes with more of a traditional soul swing. Sleep on this and, in the words of Babs herself, you'll lose a good thing.
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Keep The Fire Burning
Keep The Fire Burning (7" 再出版)
Cat: EX 7035. Rel: 26 Mar 21
  1. Keep The Fire Burning (3:45)
  2. Funky Sensation (3:47)
Review: Legendary Miami songstress Gwen McCrae had plenty of huge hits in her arsenal, from '90% Of Me Is You' to 'It's Worth The Hurt.' Her biggest tune by far is the enduring classic and sure fire dance floor heater 'Keep The Fire Burning.' The strident disco funk beats, the soaring vocal and the impossible warmth and soul of it all never fail to make a mark. Here it is backed with the more slow and deep cut funk of 'Funky Sensation,' which gets those hips swinging and hands clapping.
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It's Only Us
Cat: CLMN 193. Rel: 23 Apr 21
  1. It's Only Us (4:56)
  2. Get The Gold (3:18)
 in stock $6.48
Only Child
Only Child (7" 再出版)
Cat: FCB7R 008. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Only Child (feat Young Aundee & Kirby Dominant) (4:59)
  2. Only Child vs The Halftone Society Rhythm Section (cut Form Creator Mophono dub) (5:09)
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In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) Juno Exclusive 45 Adapter Edition
In One Piece: Rare Funky Soul From Berkeley (Produced By George Semper) Juno Exclusive 45 Adapter Edition (hand-numbered 7'' in Juno exclusive Mukatsuku card sleeve + 45 adapter)
Cat: MUKAT 074 ADAPTER. Rel: 19 Apr 21
  1. In One Piece (2:00)
  2. In One Piece (unreleased instrumental) (2:00)
Review: Juno exclusive with free additional wooden 45 adapter.This year, a number of labels - most notably Dynamite Cuts - have been digging in to the seemingly bottomless archives of much-sampled American-Trinidadian artist and producer George Semper, a man many consider to be "the Godfather of Bay Area soul". Here Mukatsuku gets in on the act by offering up a fresh pressing of Semper-produced funk band In One Piece's rare, self-titled debut the first time ever on a 45. The vocal version on side A is superb, and features Cindy Jones singing attractively over a bustling, loose-limbed, B-Boy friendly rhythm track and sweaty Hammond B3 solos from jazz organist Rodney Franklin. The latter's mazy, jazzy keys-work naturally comes to the fore on the flipside instrumental, which has never before been heard let alone released until now. A genuine must-have for funk fans and B-Boys searching for drum breaks alike....As played by Pete Rock...DJ Koco from Japan...DJ Spinna....DJ Muro...Mr Thing....Rob Life....Rob Manga....The Allergies....Smoove..Bobbito....Rich Medina... Evil Ed...etc
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The Reggae Funk Edition: Think (About It)
The Reggae Funk Edition: Think (About It) (limited hand-numbered 7" In Juno exclusive sleeve) (1 per customer)
Cat: MUKAT 076. Rel: 17 May 21
  1. Think (About It) (4:35)
  2. Think (About It) (instrumental) (4:30)
Review: Irresistible & essential soulful reggae funk versions from US based The Lions once again gets the revival for the first time on a dinked 45.James Brown penned and originally made famous by Lyn Collins this version has Noelle gracing the vocals for the A side and a killer vocal free version with more than enough killer instrumentation to carry it on it's own accord on the flip. As championed by DJ Koco & DJ Muro from Japan and J Rocc....Juno copies come in exclusive branded card sleeve. Only 500 one off pressing. Strictly no repress. Don't sleep !
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Nezarai
Nezarai (7" + insert)
Cat: P745 14. Rel: 22 Mar 21
  1. Nezarai (3:44)
  2. Free Yourself (3:05)
Review: Nimbus was a local student band in Mecosta, Michigan, and was well regarded in the world of self released AOR, mellow fusion and blue eyed soul back in the 1980s. This 7" is take from Children of the Earth, the band's only album and one that was privately pressed in limited quantities so is not widely available. P-Vibe have the full rights to it and boy are we glad because 'Nezarai' is a joyous bit of jazz that doesn't in any way sound 40 years old. '
Free Yourself' is more deep, with glowing Rhodes and plenty of positive forces in the drums, vocals and keys.
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Shardarp
Shardarp (7")
Cat: ASHP 52220. Rel: 09 Apr 21
  1. Shardarp (3:42)
  2. Wish I Had A Girl (3:46)
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You & Me
You & Me (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: OSP 5005. Rel: 10 May 21
  1. You & Me (radio edit) (4:23)
  2. Magic (4:51)
Review: Sean Oliver's club soul favourite 'You And Me' gets a new release here having been a sleeper hit since 1997. It came back then on Sean's Solitaire album as well as on a 12" maxi, but has been hard to find since. The great production comes from Boomtang Boys and the tune has already been getting lots of plays. The lazy grooves, gentle bongos and soothing chords sound like a UK version of neo-soul don Maxwell, with 'You & Me' really hitting a perfect soul sweet spot. Things pick u pa little for 'Magic' which is a mid-tempo soulful house roller with big clicks, drums and vocals.
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Bricks Broken Bottles & Sticks
  1. Dean Parrish - "Bricks, Broken Bottles & Sticks" (2:46)
  2. Porgy & The Monarchs - "My Heart Cries For You" (2:34)
Played by: Soul Music
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How Do You Do What You Do?
  1. How Do You Do What You Do? (3:41)
  2. Tell Me (3:47)
 in stock $19.45
Funky Mule
Funky Mule (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: FNR 164. Rel: 12 May 21
  1. Funky Mule (3:16)
  2. Reach Out I'll Be There (2:46)
Review: The always reliable Funk Night label outta the US of A has put out more than 160 essential 45s and the latest is another slice of gold. It is just one of three, yes three, 7"s John Reed and the Automatics are putting out this month and it is supercharged stuff: a-side 'Funky Mule' has powerful horns, hard hitting beats and a raw and rugged aesthetic that will demand plenty of sweat on the dance floor. On the flip is a cover of an all time classic - 'Reach Out I'll Be There' gets reworked as a more strident beat with a lead riff that will get hands in the air. As always with this label, these are highly limited so act fast to secure your piece of funk.
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Never Gonna Stop
Never Gonna Stop (white vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: ZP 52WHITE. Rel: 05 May 21
  1. Never Gonna Stop (5:13)
  2. Deuzy Vibe (4:22)
Review: Although the Australian outfit Regime roots are in revivalist funk, 'Never Gonna Stop' sees them turn their hands to warm, loved-up and sun-kissed soul of the kind that was once all the rage in the mid 1970s. The grooves are toasty, the male and female lead vocals effortlessly soulful, and the instrumental touches - think languid jazz guitar solos, sweeping strings and lazy, trumpet-heavy horn arrangements - little less than superb. Flipside 'Deuzy Vibe', a P-funk flavoured, turn-of-the-80s boogie-soul style affair, is almost as good. There aren't that many of these -vinyl 45s around, so buy now to avoid disappointment.
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American Cars
Cat: WAH 12044. Rel: 15 Apr 21
  1. American Cars (acoustic mix) (3:36)
  2. American Cars (Africanz On Marz West Coast Drive rework) (5:39)
  3. Life (acoustic mix) (4:26)
  4. Life (Scrimshire remix) (4:55)
Review: Wah Wah 45s return to the world of reissues by offering up a fresh (and expanded) pressing of an overlooked acoustic soul gem from the early 1990s. SAM was a short-lived collaboration between singer-songwriter Sam Edwards and producer Alex Boyesen, who met while the was working for the Haringey Music Workshop community project, with the pair self-releasing a two-track single. You get both of those cuts here: the simply sublime, life-affirming acoustic soul-jazz brilliance of 'American Cars' and the even more jazzy 'Life', both of which feature staggeringly good lead vocals from Edwards. The EP also includes two fresh remixes: an extended, subtly beefed-up jazz-dance revision of 'American Cars' from Ashley Beedle's Afrikanz on Marz project, and a warming, colourful, synth-sporting take on 'Life' by Adam Scrimshire.
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Took A Chance On Love
Cat: FL 012. Rel: 12 Apr 21
  1. Took A Chance On Love (3:14)
  2. Don't Wanna Lose Your Love (4:43)
Review: Satin Finish started out as a trio of Goldsboro musicians namely Donald Oliver on keys, Joe Exum on drums and Dennis Kornegay on bass. They were all scouted to the Greenback Records label out of New Jersey by two producers by the names of George Greene and Gary D. Jackson. High school graduate Karen Scott was the band's vocalist and here she does a fine job across a pair of stunning and spine tingling cuts of soul drenched, mid tempo disco funk. 'Took A Chance On Love' has great harmonies and dancing keys to get you moving and 'Didn't Wanna Lose Your Love' is the more sentimental slow song for smoochy moments.
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Grease Wheels
Grease Wheels (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: PT 9911. Rel: 08 Apr 21
  1. Grease Wheels (3:39)
  2. Love Ship (3:25)
Review: Until its inclusion on Keb Darge's late '90s Legendary Deep Funk compilation, only a few serious record collectors had heard of Smokin' Shades of Black's sole single, 'Grease Wheels'. Original copies of the private press single are near impossible to find, so this first ever "45" reissue on Perfect Toy is undoubtedly well overdue. 'Grease Wheels' is a rambunctious and riotous affair - a rollicking, Latin-tinged deep funk romp that boasts heavyweight drum-breaks, fiery horns, heady organ riffs and some seriously good jazz-style solos. You'll naturally find original B-side 'Love Is' on the flip. If anything, this is an even heavier deep funk concoction blessed with some fine female backing vocals and sharper, more energetic instrumentation.
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Sunny Juice
Cat: FF45 011. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. Sunny Juice (3:38)
  2. Skeelo Wonder (3:43)
Review: Smoove is back on Friday's Funky 45 with another of his irresistible mash ups. Larger than life, hard hitting and designed for maximum impact on inebriated dance floors, the opener marries vocals from 'Juice' with 'Sunny', adds some hefty drums played by label mate Dr Rubberfunk and the results are real, if not subtle. Reverse it for a collision of Skee-lo's perma-anthem, 'I Wish' chopped up with the funky keys and soul of Stevie Wonder's classic of the same name. These are bait tunes, but we all need a bit of that from time to time.
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Burning Spear
Burning Spear (7" 再出版)
Cat: DYNAM 7089. Rel: 28 Apr 21
  1. Burning Spear (LP version) (4:02)
  2. Burning Spear (7' version) (3:31)
Review: Now this is a benchmark for proper low slung funk. London's Dynamite Cuts present this classic by legendary funk/soul outfit S.O.U.L. The acronym stands for Sounds Of Unity and Love, and consisted of four gentlemen from Cleveland, OH USA that formed in the early 1970s. 'Burning Spear' has a groove you'll recognise from the first beat, as it has been sampled in many hip-hop tracks over the years. The A side version is taken from their What it is? LP. On the flipside is the rare and more collectable version; a variation with more focus on the percussion which was originally released on 7' in 1971. Essential for those in the know.
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