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Bakteria (limited hand-numbered 7")
Cat: ARS 006. Rel: 22 Jul 24
Bakteria (3:46)
Bakteria (DaM-FunK Re-Freak) (4:07)
Review: The Bloto quartet recently marked their return with 'Szlam' and 'Scieki,' their first singles in over two years, released on a limited 7" vinyl via Astigmatic Records. These tracks sold out instantly, leaving fans eager for more. The band now continues their musical assault with another 7" release, featuring a remix by modern funk maestro DaM-FunK from Pasadena, California. This release serves as a prelude to their upcoming LP Grzybnia, set for an autumn 2024 release. Bloto's latest single, 'Bakteria,' draws heavily from classic acid house, offering a sinister and primitive sound that's reminiscent of the harsh resilience of bacteria. Recorded during an improvisation session at Studio Pasterka, the band has abandoned acoustic instruments in favour of synthesisers and drums, creating a raw, infectious track. DaM-FunK's remix, 'Bakteria Re-Freak,' transforms the original's dark atmosphere into a vibrant G-Funk track, filled with sunny synths and a drum machine beat. It evokes a biopharmaceutical bacterium leisurely moving through the streets of Los Angeles, blending warmth with a hint of danger. This release not only boasts Bloto's innovative spirit but also highlights DaM-FunK's ability to reimagine and elevate the original material.
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Stir EP (feat Jon Dixon & Byron The Aquarius remixes)
Cat: CMSR 016. Rel: 22 Jul 24
Stir (feat Turbojazz) (5:12)
Stir (feat Turbojazz - Jon Dixon remix) (7:05)
Reverie (3:14)
Reverie (Byron The Aquarius remix) (4:40)
Flux (3:39)
Review: Tetsu Shibuya, better known as simply Tetsu or BRISA is a Japanese producer and DJ known for works on the iconic Japanese Jazzy Sport imprint, King Street sub-label Nite Grooves and his own BRISA Music. Leading the EP is title-track 'Stir', in collaboration with Turbojazz BRISA delivers a classic slice of deep house built upon layers of bright stab sequences and loose organic percussion. Detroit's beloved Jon Dixon turns his hand to 'Stir' next, encapsulating the soul of his hometown in reshaping fragments of the original composition. The original of 'Reverie' opens the B-side, laying down a broken rhythm, low-pitched vocal hooks and elongated bass grooves for a more bruk tinged feel. Byron The Aquarius then extracts the core of 'Reverie' and spins it into bumpy, subtly nuanced house workout. Lastly the third original 'Flux' rounds out the release, shifting deeper in funkinfused realms with a playful plucked bass groove and heavily swung drums.
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Played by: Ricardo Miranda
 in stock $16.70
Gone Today Here Tomorrow (reissue)
Gone Today Here Tomorrow (reissue) (limited orange vinyl 12")
Cat: WO BB101ORANGE. Rel: 10 Jul 24
Cosmic Shit (feat Tre Hemingway) (3:24)
Moments In Life (3:28)
Exxxtasy (4:41)
Space N Time (3:21)
The Sun (3:14)
Better Tomorrow (4:13)
Review: Byron The Aquarius has the sort of mad skills on a keyboard that evade all too many house producers. He has also spent years making beats for hip-hop artists so has plenty in his arsenal. His fantastic EP 'Gone Today Here Tomorrow' is a still standout collection of cuts on Kyle Hall's Wild Oats label that now gets reissued on limited orange vinyl 12". It is a superb showcase of his skills that traverse lithe deep house, cosmic grooves, plenty of mellifluous melodies and seductive late-night sounds. 'Moments In Life' is a particular favourite here.
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 in stock $35.52
Lady Friend
Cat: HR 019. Rel: 27 Jun 24
Lady Friend (Bad Self remix) (3:04)
More Than Friends (Echo Storm remix) (3:37)
Review: Casquiat - a mysterious production moniker, and clear play on words of the name of a famous New York neo-expressionist artist, punned with either a casket or casque (we're not sure which) - lays down an equally mysterious but also supremely effective edit of the infamous Boyz II Men tune, 'If I Ever Fall In Love Again', re-baptizing it 'Lady Friend' and lending two alternate takes on the rerub (whether 'Bad Self' or 'Lady Storm' are artists or mix names, we also can't tell). Whereas the original track's bittersweet barbershop tones exist purely as an acapella - unusually, in their case, it was an original acapella, not recorded for a produced pop song - Casquiat lays down two, boxy contemporary breaks / hip-hop mashups here, one operative at 90bpm and the other more at 70bpm, and both bringing unusual dubby flavours to an otherwise pure R&B hit.
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Choir Bounce
Cat: VLS 12. Rel: 07 Jun 24
Ciao Ciao - "Carpet Swing" (intro) (1:00)
Ciao Ciao - "Carpet Swing" (3:44)
Logidy - "The Trip" (5:23)
Fruit Distro Collective - "Inward Light" (4:11)
Logidy - "I Like (That)" (4:26)
Toby Tune - "Soft Hips" (2:49)
Pu Poo Platter - "Choir Bounce" (3:28)
Dami - "Koutoubia Gardens" (2:34)
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Progressive Roots
Progressive Roots (limited translucent pink vinyl 12")
Cat: SRM 233. Rel: 03 Jun 24
Progressive Roots (remix) (7:59)
Progressive Roots (Ahmee’s club Culture Foundation remix) (10:42)
Progressive Roots (Deep mix) (14:48)
Progressive Roots Congo (3:45)
Review: The deep house magician that is Joaquin Joe Claussell is back on his own majestic Sacred Rhythm with a bunch of, well, sacred rhythms. As always they are addend with his usual sophisticated mix of jazzy melodies, steamy drums and deep basslines. This time he offers up the single 'Progressive Roots' which is prime Afro-futurism with Balearic guitar lines ringing out next to the nimble keys and shimmering pads. Ahmee's Club Culture Foundation remix goes more deep and cavernous with a subtler sound, and the Deep mix then gets tribal. 'Progressive Roots Congo' closes out with shuffling broken beats and layers of rich percussion.
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Night Susan
Cat: WD 002. Rel: 10 Jun 24
Night Susan (4:11)
Boom-A-Rang (4:58)
Review: Club Warme Deken & San Proper tease a new EP with this tidy new 7". As you would expect from the always left-of-centre San Proper this is a fresh pair of cuts with a notable pop influence. 'Night Susan' is a slow and raw beat with filtered vocals and whirring machine sounds, a low slung hip-hop edge and funky bass guitar riffs adding the hooky charm. 'Boom-A-Rang' on the flip is a great collage of sound made from ad-libbed vocals, percussive hits, deep drums and tanging hits. Two charming curveballs for sure.
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Tags: Minimal
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Bad Night
Bad Night (limited 7")
Cat: BBE 787SLP. Rel: 04 Jul 24
Bad Night (4:21)
Quadrant (4:23)
Review: The Cromagnon Band introduces 'Bad Night' as the lead single from their upcoming album Mode, which marks their second LP and debut on BBE Music. The album blends cinematic, psychedelic dark funk with Nordic psych-jazz, classical, boom-bap hip-hop breaks, and riff-heavy rock. Accompanied by the exclusive track 'Quadrant,' not featured on the album, the vinyl 45 release adds a unique gem to collectors' shelves. Both tracks provide a glimpse into the band's forthcoming album, showcasing their eclectic musical influences and distinctive recording style-capturing live jam sessions that evolve from sampled breaks, riffs, and melodies into intricate instrumental compositions.
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Santos '79
Santos '79 (limited 7")
Cat: CCP 10. Rel: 12 Jun 24
Santos '79 (3:55)
Moon Over Rio (3:23)
Review: Stefano De Santis echoes purple dubstep on this live-feeled new electronic jazz dazzler, all improvised synth fusion that works well both as a danceable cut and a timeout moment. Just two tunes, 'Santos 79' and 'Moon Over Rio' come across like the morning and evening sides of De Santis' lifeworld; the former is a warm, glitzing sonic waxing, full of tweezy approach notes and Simmons drum 'pows'; the latter is a crepuscular waning, contrasting to the other by way of twinkly chime cascades and deeper chromatic blues.
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Best Of Various
Stefano De Santis - "Murk" (4:03)
Batavia Collective - "Rearview" (3:43)
Cormac Fulton - "Loungeware" (feat Floor Polder) (6:45)
Mike Perras - "Soulluos" (6:32)
Future Jazz Ensemble - "Over The Rainbow" (4:05)
Takahiro Fuchigami - "Outer Heaven" (5:35)
Review: Stefano De Santis kicks off Ten Lovers' new 'Best Of Various' release with 'Murk'; as the name suggests, this is indeed a dark workout from Rome's finest. The tone is set thereout for a thoroughly varied V/A, blending every curious hallmark from jazzdance, G-funk, Chicago house and progressive. The opener is a muted but no less expansive start, establishing the broken, one-beat-eliding, live-drummy mood that is then heard throughout. Batavia Collective's 'Rearview' thematically harks after an unconscious joy, considering what can only be implied, not stated, by way of a gorgeous, what sounds to be largely live, modal synth squeezer on which the slowdown is the real highlight. Future Jazz Ensemble's 'Over The Rainbow' is by far the most challenging, blurring any woulda-been established lines popularly splitting 'live' and 'electronic' with a reverb-drenched generative fill workout, while closer 'Outer Heaven' from Takahiro Fuchigami, hailing from Fukuoka, rounds things off on a note of Hancockian jive.
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Sal Marina EP (feat Atjazz, Lay-Far mixes)
Cat: DEEPPA 09. Rel: 15 Jul 24
Sal Marina (5:10)
Green Line (6:14)
Manits (6:12)
Brown Sugar (5:41)
Brown Sugar (Atjazz Remix) (6:27)
Sal Marina (Lay-Far Remix) (5:33)
Review: Colombian artist DFRA links with some of Argentina's finest musicians for a high-class mix of 90s and 00s deep house and a wide array of proper jazz stylings to this new EP on Deeppa, a well-formed young label that will soon hit release number 10. 'Sal Marina' kicks off with shuffling beats and nu-jazz chords that make you want to move, while both 'Green Line' and 'Manits' showcase some superb melodies over more percussive, busy beats that have a great sense of movement. 'Brown Sugar' then gets a little deeper with its withering cosmic lines and heartfelt vocals and the main man Atjazz works ii onto something even more potent before 'Sal Marina (Lay-Far remix)' closes down with a timeless soulful house vibe.
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Played by: DJ ROCCA, Rafa Santos
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Pass The Courvoisier (reissue)
Pass The Courvoisier (reissue) (limited 7" 再プレス)
Cat: F HPR 17. Rel: 15 Jul 24
Pass The Courvoisier (feat Full Crate) (3:20)
It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop (3:33)
Review: This one flew off the shelves so quickly, it's back in stock for a reissue in the very same year in which it was first released. Hot Plate Records owner and former Jurassic 5 DJ, Nu Mark, is no less prolific when it comes to his solo material, exercising his ability to draw in impromptu supergroups for mesmerising funk one-offs. For 'Pass The Courvoisier', Nu Mark enlisted a boorish band of fellow musicians, including Full Crate and Hassan Miniawa, to take the reigns on a strange selection of international instruments - from oud, to flugelhorn, to straws and nay - for an odd yet no less beguiling Pharrell Williams cover. On this reissue, though, it's revealed another cover was born of the same session: a X interpretation of Dead Prez' 'It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop'.
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Point Of View 4
Cat: CRLS 004. Rel: 16 Jul 24
Breakfast Sun (4:48)
Breakfast Sun (Turbojazz & Broke One remix) (6:55)
Breakfast Sun (Gary Superfly remix) (5:26)
Desert Wind (5:17)
Desert Wind (Reekee alternate mix) (5:17)
Review: A bumper package of jazz-inflected grooves from Berlin-raised Italian Dr Sud aka Gregorio Marigliano and associated remixers, with house and techno intersecting neatly into broken beat flavours for maximum originality and danceability. His own original version of 'Breakfast Sun' opens proceedings, with infectious Latin-edged rhythms adding to a nicely pacey groove and touches of jazzy keys in all the right places. Then it's handed to Turbojazz & Broke One to reshape it on slightly more robust, sturdy terms, adding Detroit-style synth stabs and some nicely circular arps, before Gary Superfly's mix leans further towards techno with a 4/4 thump and plenty of UR-style soulful futurism. 'Desert Wind' ups the percussion factor even further, putting exotic beats at the sonic centre of another very playable track, before the Reekee Alternate Mix closes things with subtly goading Rhodes chords and a garage-y rhythmic swagger. Just what the Doctor ordered!
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Bad Guy
Bad Guy (7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: BS 041 BLACK. Rel: 28 Jun 24
Bad Guy (3:26)
Smokes & Mirrors (3:45)
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Bad Guy
Bad Guy (random rainbow coloured vinyl 7" limited to 100 copies)
Cat: BS 041 RAINBOW. Rel: 28 Jun 24
Bad Guy (3:31)
Smokes & Mirrors (3:45)
Review: Three German instrumental talents - Chris Haertel, David Nesselhauf, Julian Gutjahr - make up The Drawbars, whom together describe their music as 'off jazz'. Following up their prior outing for Basel's BurningSole, on which two instrumental originals stuck out like raw thrums, their latest is an unexpected curveball in the form of a standout rare groove version of Billie Eilish's modern classic 'Bad Guy'. Riffing of its madhouse hooks by way of a watery high electric keyboard part, the essence of the track pairs timely well the Northern-soulful form of breaks, fills and bass jaunts. The B, 'Smokes & Mirrors', returns to OG songwriting and hears electric glisses and portamento synths dance across sultry, incense-filled rhythmatic rooms and navy-noted blueses.
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The Earthsouls EP
Cat: CCP 09. Rel: 29 May 24
Cause & Effect (3:33)
Desire For Hire (4:28)
Protect The Ghetto Child (4:04)
Across The Tracks (3:52)
Review: Big new jazzdance from Colin Curtis' new Earthsouls project, debuting for the UK's funk-soul-jazz outfit of the same name. Made up of Curtis in collaboration with Born74, ONJ and Mark Paul Norton, the Earthsouls permit an impressive range on an out-of-body leash, keeping us grounded whilst also laying down some essence, some gist, some spirit. From the opening jam of 'Cause & Effect', across which a deterministic drum daubing from Born74 takes centre stage and shines, to the mid-moment wonky-boxy disco charmer 'Desire For Hire' and the closing funk something-or-other that is 'Across The Tracks', this is a legitimately wicked new EP, one which should probably be suppressed for its propagation of such potent sonic alchemies - that is, if we lived in a more sensible world.
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GSC45 43
Cat: GSC45 43. Rel: 03 Jun 24
Soul City (2:31)
Pinball 6 (2:46)
Review: Galaxy Sound Co is back with some subtle but sublime new edits, and this time Mr Thelonious turns his hand to 'Soul Town' by The Motherhood from their psychedelic 1969 album I Feel So Free. If you can find this one n 45rpm anywhere it will likely have a high three-figure price tag and this edit is a great alternative with big horn energy and rousing soul-funk grooves. On the flip is 'Pinball 6' which was originally by The Pointer Sisters and made famous for its appearance on Sesame Street in the 1970s when it was used as backing music to the famous segment that taught children how to count. It's an electric bit of jazz-funk that still sounds most excellent.
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FUNK 008
Cat: FF 008. Rel: 05 Jul 24
Tryin' Everything (3:54)
Get Off & Jam (3:54)
Review: The eighth release on the limited edition Florcene Funk sublabel brings two formerly unreleased cuts to our ears. On the A comes 'Tryin' Everything', a lyrical homage to keeping one's options open and not losing one's spirit - "tryin' everything, gotta check it out!" - whilst the B urges the collective listener to climb off its high horse, with 'Get Off An Jam' - through which we are implored, by way of a South Side Coalition sample, to "hey, get down, get off your seats and jam."
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Spider Plant Blues
Cat: AM 1566040. Rel: 30 May 24
Spider Plant Blues (5:12)
Snake Plant Shuffle (2:11)
Review: Greg Foat is a London-based keyboardist, composer, bandleader and DJ. Foat's latest full-length record displays the musician's lifelong, self-described 'love-hate relationship' with the keys, which he says began in childhood, when he fell off a piano stool at his aunt's house. A domestic homage, 'Spider Plant Blues' fittingly pays tribute to two houseplants that sit on Greg's bedside tables, and move periodically depending on his whims; 'Spider Plant Blues' is an evening high-flyer for electric piano, unbothered drums and backing strings, while 'Snake Plant Shuffle' is a darker and drier organism backed by arpeggiating sytnhy blossomings in the stereo mix.
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The Pachanga EP
Cat: CCP 11. Rel: 11 Jul 24
Pachanga (Be On Di Geemix) (5:24)
Bruk Free (6:17)
Necesitas Esto (SLW Geemix) (7:48)
Necesitas Esto (instrumental) (7:47)
Review: Plenty of class defines these cuts on Colin Curtis Presents. GEEW is the original artist behind tw of them: 'Bruk Free' is the first and arrives as a vibrant fusion of fleshy synth bass and broken beats with bright chords and florid sax notes. The other is 'Necesitas Esto' (instrumental) which is another sun-worshipping bit of freeform synth jazz-funk. The SLW Geemix is a little more club-ready with some classic Nina Simone vocals re-sung in soulful fashion. Last of all is 'Pachanga' (Be On Di Geemix) which has a cosmic feel in the inquisitive, pixel-thin synth leads.
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Played by: Pete Haigh
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Mahal (12")
Cat: ZEN 12667B. Rel: 11 Jul 24
Horizon (0:43)
Mahal (3:18)
Orb (4:53)
Snake Oil (4:53)
Black Sand (4:33)
Review: Mahal by Glass Beams melds a diverse array of influences into a unique and enchanting soundscape. The Melbourne-based trio, shrouded in mystery with their mask-wearing anonymity, lets their music speak volumes. Built around founding member Ranjan Silva, their sound draws from the rich heritage of Ravi Shankar, Bollywood, Electric Light Orchestra, and traditional blues.Inspired by repeated viewings of 'The Concert For George', Silva's vision for Glass Beams seems to echo the fusion George Harrison envisioned when introducing classical Indian music to Western pop. The EP opens with 'Horizon,' setting a serene tone before leading into the title track 'Mahal,' an instrumental piece that envelops the listener in its mystical charm. 'Orb' follows with a riveting bass riff, while 'Snake Oil' delves deeper into Indian classical territory, showcasing evocative vocals. The EP concludes with 'Black Sand,' a dramatic and beautiful track featuring interwoven vocals and guitar. As their second EP, following Mirage, Mahal solidifies Glass Beams' distinct place in music, defying categorisation and quietly demanding attention with its almost otherworldly quality.
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Sun Circles Reimagined (Alexander Flood, John Beltran mixes)
Cat: BSBF 707. Rel: 17 Jun 24
Sun Circles (Alexander Flood live rework) (4:24)
Sun Circles (John Beltran Project remix) (6:10)
Review: Australian-based artist Gratts wrote 'Sun Circles' as an empowerment anthem for his two sons and it dropped to plenty of acclaim last year. In its wake, Gratts DJed with Adelaide's multi-talented Alexander Flood on percussion and after some conversations he was enlisted to bring his jazz background to a remix of the original. He did so live as part of a quintet and the result is a super summery, airy rework with soulful vocals that linger long in the air. Michigan-based techno and ambient maestro John Beltran appears on the flip to bring a classy Balearic remix that will have you dreaming of longer, warmer nights and plenty of sun-kissed dancing fun
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Cat: NIW 164. Rel: 21 Jun 24
Yakanhiko (3:41)
Yakanhiko (Night Breaks Re-Work) (3:49)
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Shun X (Jim O'Rourke remix)
Shun X (Jim O'Rourke remix) (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: DDJB 91302. Rel: 14 Jun 24
Shun X (Jim O'Rourke remix) (4:41)
Beyond The Mirage (Cut Chemist remix) (4:01)
 in stock $18.04
Broken Deep & Dope Sampler 2024 Vinyl Sampler
Incognito - "Freedom To Love" (Atjazz Astro remix) (5:25)
MRMILKDEE & Jill Rock Jones - "2 Positions" (Sean McCabe Cosmos dub) (5:22)
Harold Matthews Jr & Sean McCabe - "Metronome" (Turbojazz remix) (6:16)
KV5 & Kaidi Tatham - "Shook Up" (5:03)
Review: Reel People Music breaks new ground, in more ways than one, with the launch of fresh compilation series Broken, Deep & Dope. A spin-off from acclaimed compilation brand Soulful, Deep & Dope - introduced back in 2015 - this new series sees the much-loved independent imprint pushing further at the boundaries of soulful music. All with that customary Reel People feeling. Broken, Deep & Dope 2024, the series' first instalment, unleashes 20 superlative examples of the soulful 'bruk' (broken beat), nu beat and nu jazz sound that has so innovatively informed contemporary dancefloors around the world since its inception back in late '90s West London.
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Edits (7")
Cat: GAMM 182. Rel: 22 Jul 24
Chill (Inkswel & Leonard Charles Space Funk rework) (3:50)
Hanna-ma-dia (Inkswel Jazz Cigarette Mash Up) (4:32)
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Hung Up On You
Hung Up On You (limited translucent blue vinyl 7")
Cat: JTI 006. Rel: 11 Jul 24
Hung Up On You (2:55)
Chicken Leg (2:55)
Review: The legendary James Taylor Quartet will soon return with a much anticipated new full length but before that they offer a glimpse not what to expect from it with new single 'Hung Up On You.' Taylor himself has explained that 'Hung Up On You' was left over from a writing session from his other band The Prisoners and that it was "interesting to see how my JTQ guys, usually funk players, took to this approach." It channels the gritty punk and new wave essence of Medway to deliver a fast-paced rock'n'roll anthem that passionately rants about an enduring, unreciprocated love.
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Wind Of Seven Seas
Wind Of Seven Seas (translucent pink & purple swirl vinyl 7")
Cat: TLM 7003C. Rel: 28 Jun 24
Wind Of Seven Seas (3:17)
Orion's Belt (3:58)
Review: A reissue of this limited 7" from 2022 shows Javonntte at his finest, delivering two exceptional tracks perfect for the summer. 'Wind Of Seven Seas' kicks off the record, a killer track that exudes joy and warmth, guaranteed to make you smile. It's backed by the superb 'Orion's Belt' which is classy Detroit jazz fusion, with the unique style of this second generation motor city artist very much at the fore.
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The Sound Of Love EP
The Sound Of Love EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: KJR 1202. Rel: 27 Jun 24
The Sound Of Love (feat Hard Ton) (3:56)
The Sound Of Love (Speechless) (3:56)
Et Qua Je Dorme (feat Miriam Sekhon - Andras remix - bonus track) (3:46)
Kito Jempere Ambient Experience - "Your Ghost In Me" (live At The Day Time Stopped Moving - bonus track) (8:28)
The Sound Of Love (feat Hard Ton - Eden Burns remix) (5:32)
Sergio Leone (Eden Burns remix V1 - bonus track) (6:11)
Sergio Leone (Eden Burns remix V2 - bonus track) (6:34)
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Aoyama Nights
Aoyama Nights (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MMV 002. Rel: 31 May 24
Aoyama Nights (4:35)
Kushiyaki (Kandamatsuri) (4:03)
Kuroiinu Hosono (Hello) (4:32)
Jasmine Dream (Taipei Story) (6:31)
Review: Surfing on the wave of 1980's Nippon's bubble - of electronics and economics, fashion and the femme fatale, pop culture and computerized technopop, and the world's sudden fascination with everything Japan - a group of young studio musicians from Tokyo's downtown of Akihabara and Kanda came together for ad hoc recording sessions between 1982-1986. Mariko Katsuragi's goal was to produce the next domestic hit album, uniquely inspired by the manifold urban sprawls of Asia, whether local or across national borders. Unfortunately, the original incarnation of Ayoama Nights never saw the light of day due to an early-career split resulting from one of the band members' relationship breakdown. Now restored over 40 years on, this modern edition of the sessions hears a slick, synth-driven and funky take on the classic Japanese city pop sound, one that homes in more on the instrumental and neon-lit sides of things.
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Rocky Road
Cat: RRMS. Rel: 13 Jun 24
Bobby Khalphat - "Rocky Road" (3:11)
Enos McLeod - "The Market Song Aka Skibo Road" (3:29)
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Keith's Salon Remixes
Cat: LOG 82. Rel: 04 Jul 24
Wiggle (Losoul remix) (9:39)
Wiggle (Flabbergast remix) (5:18)
Wiggle (Ben Neville remix) (3:51)
Review: Kool Keith's album Keith's Salon was a big hit when it came out back in 2001. It was produced by the talented electronic mainstay Bruno Pronsato and now it has been remixed with just as much elan by a stellar team assembled by French label Logistic. First to reimagine Kool Keith's hip-hop hit 'Wiggle' is the masterful micro-house don Losoul who keeps it deft and abstract. Ben Nevile then brings crunchy texture and slow motion beats to his version. Last of all, Flabbergast (aka Vincent Lemieux and Guillaume Coutu Dumont) keep things elegant with lovely hits riding a skeletal rhythm and with shuffling pads down low.
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Midnight Crisp (remixed)
Cat: FW 273. Rel: 13 Jun 24
Choy Soda (Waajeeds Hi-Tech Jazz remix) (6:06)
Dead End Dance (Kaidi Tatham remix) (4:47)
Review: Takuya Kuroda is a highly respected trumpeter and arranger from Kobe, Japan but now based in New York City. Midnight Crisp was his seventh studio album and now First World has had a selection of cuts from it remixed. 'Choy Soda' gets superb treatment in the form of Waajeed's Hi-Tech Jazz remix which jumbles the trumpet motifs with shuffling drums and future soul. On the flip, 'Dead End Dance' gets a signature Kaidi Tatham remix that brings the broken beats and sunny sounds to the fore with more languid jazz notes adding sultriness.
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Jazzfloor Edits
Cat: LGF 717. Rel: 04 Jul 24
Jazzy Touch (Lego re-edit) (3:22)
Scruscru - "Slow Dat Tempo" (feat S Timoshenko) (4:06)
Review: Jazzfloor Edits by Lego Edit and Scruscru is a classy 45 that packs a lounge jazz punch with creative editing and layering. Side-1 features 'Jazzy Touch' (Lego re-edit), a smooth jazz track transformed into a four-on-the-floor jam. The strong piano movement and perfect jazz drumming create an authentic jazz club atmosphere. Side-2, 'Slow Dat Tempo' by Scruscru featuring S Timoshenko, adds a touch of funk with a great guitar riff and expressive bass work. The flute elevates the track to another level, blending seamlessly with the jazz elements. This 7" should excite fans of jazz and funk, offering a sophisticated and groovy time.
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Yeoh (limited coloured vinyl 7" (comes on different coloured vinyl, we cannot guarantee which colour you will recieve))
Cat: NUTONE 26. Rel: 22 Jul 24
Yeoh (3:52)
Black Coffee (2:42)
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On The Edge Of The Horizon EP
Cat: SOLEASPECT 006. Rel: 24 Jun 24
Rise To The Top (5:54)
Like A Dream (5:43)
Our World (5:05)
Rose Colored Glasses (4:37)
Review: Jenifa Mayanja is a favourite amongst true deep house heads. Her work is smoky, jazzy, and emotive, and has come on labels like Underground Quality before now. Here she arrives on the sixth EP from fledgling but already cultured label Sole Aspect and shows off her sophisticated sound once more. 'Rise To The Top' is full of elegant harmonies and jazz melodies that dance on pulsing rhythms, 'Like A Dream' brings spiritual vocals to bold chords and dusty drums while 'Our World' has piano lines floating high over the languid drums and bass. 'Rose Colored Glasses' has fresh melodies and challenging synths that defy usual genre norms and bring all new ideas to deep house. This is music that elevates mind, body and soul.
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 in stock $15.61
Tropical Man
Tropical Man (limited 12")
Cat: DWR 12002. Rel: 20 Jun 24
Tropical Man (3:46)
Tropical Man (club mix) (3:01)
Tropical Man (No Drums) (3:47)
Mis Filos (3:34)
Mis Filos (Tv mix) (3:35)
Tropical Man (Tv mix) (3:47)
Review: Roge emerges as the Samba Super Hero in 'Tropical Man,' an electrifying collaboration with producer Tommy "TNT" Brenneck. Their fusion of samba and soul music is a revelation, captured on the Tropical Man 12" EP. Recorded in one unforgettable night at Diamond West studios in Hollywood, Roge and the Menahan Street Band deliver infectious grooves and heartfelt lyrics. The EP features not only different mixes of 'Tropical Man' but also 'Mis Filos,' an excellent ode to Rog?'s children with a sweet blend of syncopated rhythms and soft-psych vibes. With its irresistible energy and seamless integration of diverse influences, 'Tropical Man' marks Rog?'s international debut in spectacular fashion, leaving listeners eager for more of his unique musical vision.
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! low stock $24.23
Felix Leo
Cat: MXMRK 2067. Rel: 04 Jul 24
Felix Leo (5:05)
In Love (5:19)
Review: Mr. K Edits' latest release caters to roller skaters and groove enthusiasts alike. It features two mid-tempo tracks uniquely edited by the studio scalpel master himself as they make their debut on 45rpm. First is Rodney Franklin's 'Felix Leo,' which was originally overshadowed by his hit 'The Groove.' It unfolds with hypnotic chords trimmed to their essence and unfolds at a gradual, majestic pace with captivating and lush strings making it all the immersive. Second up is Prince's early gem 'In Love' which showcases his instrumental prowess with drums, bass, guitar, and creamy synth lines. Mr. K extends the mix seamlessly, enhancing its danceable rhythm and timeless appeal with his usual class.
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 in stock $12.91
My Leaving
Cat: URDC 112. Rel: 09 Jul 24
My Leaving (feat Mabanua) (4:04)
My Leaving (feat Mabanua - ESNO remix) (3:48)
Review: Slip into something more comfortable with the smooth and breezy sound of Kenichiro Nishihara, a veteran artist within Japan's ever-buoyant nu-jazz scene. 'My Leaving' is a bouncy number driven by the toe-tapping piano refrain, all providing the perfect bed for Mabanua to sing his sultry vocal turn over. On the B-side of this short and sweet 7" we're treated to an ESNO remix of the track which swaps swing for a straight-up disco strut laden with some rich, buzzing analogue synth action - perfect warm-up gear with a whiff of Balearic charm.
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 in stock $18.30
Not Real People EP
Not Real People EP (limited translucent green vinyl 12")
Cat: BWOOD 358EP. Rel: 04 Jul 24
JACK (7:18)
Oreglo Theme (1:26)
Peck (7:00)
Levels (6:05)
Comet (feat Bel Cobain) (2:41)
Opedge (6:57)
Peck (reprise) (3:37)
Review: A bold exploration of genre-blurring sounds with the eclectic influences and innovative approach of the London-based quartet. Comprised of c-se, Linus Barry, Nico Rocco, and Teigan Hastings, oreglo infuse their music with heavy rock riffs, drill-inspired percussion, breezy reggae vibes and more, creating a melting pot of diverse sounds that reflects their upbringing in London. The latest track from the EP, 'Peck,' is a sprawling seven-minute odyssey that captures the feeling of being pecked on the cheek by a crush, juxtaposing cool exterior with exploding inner emotions. Throughout the EP they explore themes of alienation, identity, and love, reflecting on their journey from adolescence to adulthood in the vibrant city of London. Featuring previously released singles like 'Levels' and "]'J.A.C.K.,' as well as four new tracks including 'Comet' featuring Bel Cobain, 'Not Real People' is a sonic tapestry that highlights oreglo's growth and diverse musical interests. Despite being together for just over a year, oreglo has already made waves in the music scene, winning the 2023 Lambeth Sounds Emerging Artists x Cross The Tracks competition and performing at prestigious events like the Steam Down-curated World Island event. With their debut EP, oreglo solidifies their status as one of London's most exciting emerging acts, offering a fresh and dynamic sound that defies categorization.
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 in stock $16.97
Smile (gatefold double 12" 再プレス)
Cat: SML 1. Rel: 26 Jun 24
Smile (12:30)
Lost Keys (11:42)
Dreamers Blues (Percussion By Jerry The Cat) (10:39)
Lost Angel (9:33)
Review: On his latest expansive double-pack, Theo Parrish has decided to dip into his epic back catalogue. The four featured tracks are taken from two sought-after, hard to find EPs released in 1997 and 2001 respectively. Opener 'Smile' is arguably one of the Detroiter's most magnificent musical moments of all time: an epic slab of drowsy Motor City deep house built around idiosyncratic drum programming, ultra-deep chords, toasty bass and an effects-laden vocal snippet. 'Lost Keys' is a breezier and looser affair marked out by Latin style piano motifs, jazzy house beats and tactile bass, while 'Dreamer's Blues' is a languid, percussion-and-electric piano rich number that tends towards the hazy and jazzy. Finally, 'Lost Angel' is an ultra-deep affair whose spacey chords seem to stretch out eternity.
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 in stock $45.50
Red (10" in hand-numbered sleeve limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MANTELLA 0047. Rel: 20 Jun 24
Red (8:13)
Green (5:37)
Blue (4:38)
Review: Renowned reeds player, composer, and producer Finn Peters unveils his latest offering Red, Green and Blue and it is a vibrant fusion of global influences condensed into three potent tracks of what Peters dubs 'ancient techno'. This solo endeavour continues Peters' sonic exploration and expands upon the palette he began with his Purple and Yellow EP nearly a decade ago. MPC3000 and SP12 percussion intertwines with cosmic flute choirs and transcendent saxophone, guided by analogue synths that bridge eras past and future. Inspired by dreams of the Miraculous Mandarin, an immortal mystic from the future, Peters crafts musical resonance here, awash with alchemy and timelessness.
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Reunion (12")
Cat: QV 001. Rel: 03 Jun 24
Reunion (8:23)
Reunion (radio edit) (4:48)
Reunion (reprise) (4:54)
Review: Unusually adept, jazzdancey sonic handicraft from new Rekids signee, Quiet Village. If we at Juno could issue some kind of official rosette or emblem for 'wicked production skills'- on par with a master builder's sextant-engraved headstone - then we'd award Quiet Village with one such memento in a heartbeat. 'Reunion', pressed onto vinyl for the first time here, hears a loose yet effortlessly rhythmic drum break furl, dance about a smooth, nighttime jazz progression for sax and piano. It's giving visions of a down-and-out PI in an 80s neo-noir/romantic drama genre fusion, except this protagonist has just tuned into Rinse FM for the first time - and Rinse FM, in this alternate reality, exists in the 80s. The 'Reprise' version is equally as evocative, sans-ing the drums to allow space to listen to just the melodics, just the overarching ambiences. It's as if Quiet Village know that the true force of the tune, its essence, rests in the core mystique of the aforementioned instrumental combo; the ghost of the drums may continue to play back only in our minds, yet we continue to dance.
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What Would You Do?
Cat: JAL 459V. Rel: 18 Jul 24
What Would You Do? (feat Lumi HD) (4:09)
Glow (3:58)
Review: Sam Redmore's innovative and eclectic global grooves continue to impress with his latest releases. Known for creating uplifting tracks that effortlessly merge electronic, jazz, Latin and Afro sounds, Sam returns with a stunning rendition of Dames Brown's 'What Would You Do?' Lumi HD's outstanding vocals, supported by a superb ensemble of backing singers and musicians, bring an organic warmth to the track, which passionately encourages lovers to make the right choices. On the flip side, 'Glow,' which debuted earlier this year, has already received acclaim from tastemakers for its infectious and bold groove. This track exemplifies Redmore's talent for crafting music that deeply resonates with audiences. Both tracks highlight Redmore's distinctive style and his skill in fusing various genres into seamless pieces. These new releases further cement his status as a maestro of eclectic global sounds.
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Tags: Latin Jazz
 in stock $14.54
B Boy Rockin'
Cat: LEXP 7005. Rel: 04 Jul 24
B-Boy Rockin' (4:05)
Spanish Harlem Breakdown (45 edit) (4:15)
Review: Reggie Ray's latest release, timed with the Paris '24 Olympics Breaking event, pays homage to street culture with a heartfelt record. With intricate production and a nod to New York '72, it's a fitting tribute to DJ Regal's innovative spirit. The artwork by Optic Intake adds visual depth, resonating with the energy of the FBV Crew and the late Paul Eve's enduring influence. Released by Lexington144 Records, this EP blends nostalgia with contemporary beats, showcasing Reggie Ray's mastery in crafting dynamic, street-inspired tracks. A poignant note honors Eve's legacy, promising future releases from Lexington 144 Records. This release not only celebrates breaking culture but also tells about the enduring impact of its creators.
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 in stock $12.38
Summertime (12" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BBE 790. Rel: 28 May 24
Summertime (NuAcid Funk part 1&2) (10:06)
Sunshine Girl (4:14)
Summertime (original version) (3:38)
Review: Rhythm Rhyme Revolution, alongside DJ Tabu, delivers a fantastic EP with Summertime / Sunshine Girl. 'Summertime (nuacidfunk)' gradually escalates into a disco crescendo, enriched by Dan Lipman's jazz flute/sax and Gareth Tasker's steaming sitar riff. On the flipside, 'Sunshine Girl' boasts a slinky Afro percussive groove, with DJ Tabu's vocals celebrating love in the sunshine, complemented by Barrie Sharpe's infectious hooks. The ensemble work, featuring Kenny Wellington's jazzy trumpet and vibrant guitar, creates a dynamic sonic landscape. The EP also includes the original version of 'Summertime,' reminiscent of Motown classics. Sharpe's masterful tease and impeccable mood-building make this record a touch of class, leaving listeners thoroughly enchanted.
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 in stock $27.73
Hayes Turner On The Run
Cat: RD 005. Rel: 22 Jul 24
Hayes Turner On The Run
A Bookie Named Janice
Review: Skeme Richards delivers a throwback to the golden age of funk with 'Hayes Turner On The Run'. Side-1 features the titular track, an epic 70s-themed piece with a powerful beat, a vibrant horn section and a funky bass and guitar riff, key moments punctuated by an electrifying sax solo, making it feel like the ultimate theme song of the era. Side-2's 'A Bookie Named Janice' offers a groovy blend of funk and soul, highlighted by scintillating guitar work reminiscent of the late 60s. With a hippie psychedelic West Coast slant and big drum fills, this track encapsulates the essence of that transformative period, capturing the spirit and sound of classic funk.
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Played by: Voodoocuts
 in stock $19.11
The Arrival
The Arrival (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: WS 014. Rel: 18 Jun 24
The Arrival (4:23)
The Offering (3:55)
The Awakening (6:41)
The Offering (AP's OG remix dub) (6:19)
The Offering (Teflon Royale dub) (6:36)
Review: Mexico's Erik Rico relaunched his LifeNotes label last year with a new album The Journey Continues and now he continues the good form shown there with The Arrival, a new EP which sees him present the 53rd Street Quintet. They bring all manner of percussive excellence and hot Latin influence to his organic house sounds across a series of cuts that we can imagine being huge at the legendary New York parties Body & Soul. 'The Arrival' is all liquid chords and jumbled hits and brass, 'The Offering' has a lush broken beat skip and 'The Awakening' has a deeper vibe. 'The Offering' gets a pair of fresh garage reworks on the flip.
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 in stock $20.46
Good Feeling
Good Feeling (green vinyl 7")
Cat: RPM 130V. Rel: 11 Jul 24
Good Feeling (3:53)
Good Feeling (instrumental mix) (3:51)
Review: NYC singer-songwriter Kelli Sae has completed her fourth full-length studio album and it is due to come out sometime in the early part of next year. Before that, however, she teases it with this first new single from it. 'Good Feeling' is brilliantly light and airy jazz and broken beat fusion with sublime vocals and florid trumpets, samba summariness and masterful keys playing. An instrumental is also included and after hearing either of these you will be locked in and waiting for that full length to drop.
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Tags: Samba | Latin Jazz
 in stock $13.99
Screen Off EP
Cat: DOG 100. Rel: 14 Jun 24
Screen Off (feat Ras Stimulant) (5:52)
Screen Off (feat Ras Stimulant - acappella) (2:52)
Light The Way (4:38)
Light The Way (Iron Curtis Illuminati mix) (5:25)
Light The Way (Iron Curtis reprise) (1:41)
Review: German duo Session Victim have always been about much more than just club tracks - their music draws on their playing skills and formal backgrounds so comes alive with meaningful melodies and rich instrumentation that elevates each track above the norm. This new EP on their home label Delusions of Grandeur kicks off with 'Screen Off' (feat Ras Stimulant) which is disco house with bubbly basslines and a retro feel. It also comes as an a cappella and on the flip 'Light The Way' is a seductively smooth cut with Balearic synths and floating pads that will levitate you off the floor. An Iron Curtis Illuminati mix brings starry-eyed electro vibes and his reprise closes out a lush EP.
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 in stock $16.14
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