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Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk

Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues July 2018
3 Jul 2018
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  1. Wganda Kenya - "Tipit Hayed" (Blundetto remix -Nik's edit)
  2. Fruko Y Sus Tesos - "Salsa Na Ma" (original mix)
Review: Two more slices of official dance floor dynamite from the Disco Fuentes catalogue get unleashed on the strictly vinyl only, singles only Mukatsuku Record label for summer 2013. First up is an unreleased version of the popular Wganda Kenya club favourite 'Tipit Hayed' which Blundetto had done a few years ago for his own DJ sets but never surfaced commercially. On the flipside a bona fide salsa funk monster which a piano intro to die for from Fruko Y Sus Tesos. The Juno edition of the single comes in exclusive packaging of kraft paper hand stamped inner sleeve,additional branded card sleeve,sticker and plastic protective outer sleeve. As played by Joey Negro, Sadar Bahar,Ashley Beedle, Adesse Versions,Eddie C etc etc...
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out of stock $5.17
2
Cat: BAB 007. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Pleasure - "Joyous" (extended breaks special edition) (3:57)
  2. Rusty Bryant - "Fire Eater" (extended breaks special edition) (4:27)
Review: Beats & Breaks are slowly working their way through some of the most seminal and scene defining foundational funk cuts. For the 007 release we're treated to a wild jazz excursion as Pleasure and Rusty Bryant get the treatment. "Joyous" (famously edited by DJ Harvey) get its swing polished and really brought to the fore on those shiny rhythm guitar builds while Rusty's king break-buster "Fire Eater" gets extended in all its sleazy Q&A glory. Limited to 300. Them's the breaks!
 in stock $10.61
3
Cat: SSR 210. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Funky Hot Grits (part 2) (3:48)
  2. Hot Grits Beats (2:45)
Review: Serial party starter Soopasoul raises the Rufus with this flighty take on this gutsy 77 classic. Splicing the vocals down to the nitty gritty (excuse us) so it's a bare naked call and response over some well polished breaks, Soopasoul's added a whole new lease of dancefloor energy. Flip for even more stripped back beat track. Hot.
 in stock $10.61
4
Cat: CHUWANAGA 003. Rel: 11 Jun 18
Funk
  1. (Where Is The) Sunshine (part I) (4:07)
  2. (Where Is The) Sunshine (part II) (3:40)
 in stock $11.13
5
Cat: BLUECANDLE 1496. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Cramp Your Style (2:09)
  2. Watcha Gonna Do About It (2:58)
Review: "Cramp Your Style" by All The People surely belongs among the canon of all time funk standards, sampled aplenty over the years, included on numerous compilations as well as being the recipient of cover versions from Breakestra and Killer Meters. Originally issued on the Blue Candle label back in 1972, a newly remastered edition of that 7" is now available for any funkateers out there without the 45 in their collections already. Robert Moore's yearning vocal sounds all the better for it too! And don't sleep on the bluesy delights of B side track "Watcha Gonna Do About It?".
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out of stock $7.24
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Cat: DYNAM 7011/12. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Windy C (5:23)
  2. Puppet On A Chain (3:47)
  3. No More City, No More Country (45 edit) (4:15)
  4. Holes In My Shoes (3:32)
Review: 1974's Coming Right At You, the sole album from 100% Pure Poison, has long been a sought-after jazz-funk gem. Soul Brother has previously reissued the rare (and increasingly expensive) LP, though this double 7" marks the first time most of these tracks have been available on wax since 2001. Check first opener (and title track) "Windy C", a superb chunk of lolloping, laidback jazz-funk that sits somewhere between Bob James and Cymande, before turning your attention to the slow-burn soulful delights of string-laden torch song "Puppet On A Chain". Over on the second 7", "No More City, No More Country" is a more hard-spun Blaxploitation funk affair, while "Hole In My Shoe" is a horn-fired slab of J.B's style funk-soul fusion.
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 in stock $15.79
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Cat: DYNAM 7010. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Pretty Lady (2:40)
  2. Universe (Extraterrestrial Search Contact Tones) (2:29)
Review: George Semper's 1984 album Themes For Television, Sports and Aerobics is one of the most brilliantly bonkers you're ever likely to hear. It featured the veteran jazz-man reach for the most intergalactic-sounding electronic instruments he could find and lay down a series of short, library music style missives that still sound like the product of some kind of demented acid trip. The people behind Dynamite Cuts are obviously fans, because they've decided to stick a small selection of cuts from the hard-to-find album on this tidy 7" single. On the A you'll find the deep space, jazz-fired electro-lounge madness of "Pretty Lady", while the flip boasts two shorter cuts: jazzy synth-scape "Universe" and spacey ambient doodle "Extraterrestrial Search Contact Tones".
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 in stock $10.34
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Cat: NA 5165LP. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Urizen (4:01)
  2. Holy Thursday (5:28)
  3. The Smile (3:25)
  4. A Dream (2:25)
  5. Song Of Innocence (4:33)
  6. Merlin's Prophecy (2:46)
  7. The Mental Traveler (4:04)
Review: Celebrating 50 years of one of the most definitive fusion records ever made, Now Again present the most fitting remaster Axelrod's critically acclaimed debut album Song Of Innocence has ever had. An immense piece of work that pays homage to William Blake and brought together nodes and notions of rock, classical, funk, psychedelic and boogaloo, this reissue comes straight from the original masters with engineering and consultation from Axelrod's production partner H B Barnum, original keyboardist Don Randi, his widow Terri and producer T-Ray. Still as complex and cosmic and sounding better than ever.
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 in stock $25.63
9
Dig
Cat: DIA 296. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Potato Salad (2:19)
  2. There Must Be Something (3:07)
Review: Out as a reissue through the same label that put it out way back in 1971, the aptly named Dig, Friday, Saturday & Sunday appear on our shelves like nothing's happened, and we're still here wandering what the hell happened! "Potato Salad" is a hard nugget to find as an original, but its also such a groovy, light-hearted tune that is a perfect example of why disco was what it was, and why it was so fun - a super recommended tune. "There Must Be Something" is equally good and powerful when played out, and although it doesn't have the same charm as the A-side, it's still a rocking soul classic.
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out of stock $7.24
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He's On Time (1 per customer)
Cat: CLMN 153. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. He's On Time (3:44)
  2. Wash Me Lord (3:32)
Review: Since 2013, the Harlem Gospel Travelers have been on a mission to reignite the "gospel quartet" tradition, first via impromptu street corner performances in New York and later across the United States. Now they've finally brought their close harmonies to vinyl, delivering an authentically fuzzy single that sounds like it could have been recorded at the turn of the '60s. A-side "He's On Time", a righteous chunk of inspiring gospel funk with a stomping back-beat and Daptone style '60s instrumentation, is undoubtedly the pick of the two tracks, though the similarly retro doo-wop soul B-side, "Wash Me Lord", is also impressive.
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out of stock $6.73
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Cat: WAXNERDS 006. Rel: 11 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Pooky & Good Life - "Faith Like This" (4:23)
  2. Good Life - "Just Buggin' Out" (4:27)
Review: Waxnerds' latest sizzling seven-inch brings together label regular Pooky and the previously unheard Good Life. In typical Waxnerds fashion, A-side "Faith Like This" sees the duo play around with a classic Faith Evans vocal above a lolloping, sample-rich backing track of their own creation. As you'd expect, there's plenty of nods towards familiar funk and soul favourites, as well as a killer, head-nodding beat. Good Life goes solo on the flip, laying down a scorching slab of cut-up hip-hop funk of the type that's guaranteed to get the party rocking every time it is dropped.
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out of stock $14.24
12
Joey NEGRO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDLP 044X. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Cache - "Jazzin' & Cruisin'" (5:07)
  2. Congress - "You Gotta Get It" (4:51)
  3. The Hudsons - "Show Me You Care" (5:17)
  4. The Antilles - "I've Got To Have You" (6:08)
  5. Index - "Starlight" (6:26)
  6. Cloud - "All Night Long" (6:58)
  7. Touchdown - "Ease Your Mind" (6:06)
  8. AD 2000 - "Love Time Machine" (6:14)
  9. Paradise - "Stop & Think" (5:20)
  10. Ritual - "Non-Stop Boogie" (4:07)
out of stock $18.38
13
  1. Cold Turkey Time (4:13)
  2. Trackin' Down (4:42)
Review: Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators return to Timmion with a pair of brand-new soul scorchers, and this ain't no reissue business. For real. As per usual, the imprint know exactly where to source the very best in the contemporary gear while everyone else is looking to the 70s for that adrenaline rush. As it turns out, this is some marvellously constructed soul music, right from the heart and soul, with "Cold Turkey Last Time" and "Trackin' Down" containing all the elements of fine ballads that are both future-proof and utterly stand-out. Check it and don't wreck it.
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 in stock $6.47
14
  1. Can't Stop Dancing (5:30)
  2. Can't Stop Dancing (Disco mix) (5:38)
 in stock $12.94
15
Cat: AFR7 9. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Black Debtors (4:48)
  2. Collaboration Of Doom (COD) (2:43)
Review: 26 year old Lagos trumpeter, composer and bandleader Etuk Ubong builds the heat for his forthcoming album Miracles with two incendiary shots of raw contemporary Nigerian funk. Fiery protest tracks amplified by pace and energy, "Black Debtors" is almost militant in its drive and fury before spiralling into a sensational jazz solo from Ubong himself. "Collaboration Of Doom" ups the chaos tenfold with whirling organs, wild time signatures and psychedelic layers of horns that build and build as the momentum increases. Gutsy raw funk.
out of stock $9.84
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Cat: SJ 1012. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Roscoe & Friends - "Broadway Sissy" (2:21)
  2. Tojo - "Broken Hearted Lover" (2:26)
 in stock $10.34
17
  1. Expansions (6:08)
  2. A Chance For Peace (5:23)
out of stock $10.34
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Cat: CLMN 134C. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Do What You Came To Do (4:45)
  2. Ronin (instrumental) (3:07)
Review: LA's Orgone crew are specialists in smooth, seductive soul music, and you could say that the band is waving the flag very high in the air for the continuation and health of the genre. It was their original material on Ubiquity back in the early 2000's that gave them their fame, but these two new nuggets on Colemine are pretty on-point in terms of dancefloor destruction: "Do What You Came Here To Do" is a rough and twisted sex bomb that sounds like it was made in '76 - a tune that would make a great addition to a Quentin Tarantino flick - and the "Ronin" instrumental is simply a great, devastating piece of instrumentation for you to get DOWN to.
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out of stock $10.34
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Cat: AFR 7 8. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Kibe Kibe (3:10)
  2. Mama Matotoya (3:32)
Review: Destination Mombasa Reef Hotel, 1970s. The prestigious resort had a fittingly unique in-house band in the form of The Mombasa Vikings. Casting afrofunk and benga spells with raw energy, they were invited to Switzerland to record their only album African Songs, home to both of these stunning sun-kissed fusions. "Kibe Kibe" is a powerful bluesy jam with full effort from the horns and backing vocals. Meanwhile on the B "Mama Matotoya" gets heavy on the hammond with exultant results. Fully licenced from all original Viking members, Afro7 have smashed this one out of the park. Kibe up!
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out of stock $9.84
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Cat: RRZAMA 01. Rel: 11 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Qnitia (4:07)
  2. Makossa (3:03)
Review: Longstanding Osaka live troupe Amanita took the bold step into recorded original territory in 2016 with this exceptional 45 on Rustafe. Reissued for 2018, it's still as endearingly lofi and mesmerising as the five piece Afrobeat evangelists lay down two alluring pieces. "Qnitia" leans back on a hypnotising chord swing, sparse percussion and vibrant sax and subtle dubby echoes while "Makossa" takes a well known rim-shotting rhythm and cooks it up slow n' low for another smouldering summer.
 in stock $17.86
21
Cat: AFR 7 7. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Devil Go (3:40)
  2. Jesu Kristo (4:33)
Review: While he lived a musical life that spanned from boogie to gospel before he passed away in 2016, Nairobi's David Waciuma didn't get to record much. He was known much more for his live performances with bands such as The Monks Experience then, later, Rapture Voices who he recorded these two records in the mid-70s. "Devil Go" is a thumping rhythm and blues call and response piece while "Jesu Kristo" hits with more of a frazzled bluesy funk. Both make you wish he recorded much more.
 in stock $9.84
22
  1. Everything's Gonna Be Alright! (4:34)
  2. There's A Man Upstairs (4:26)
 in stock $16.56
23
Cat: JAL 277V. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Funk
  1. I Feel Alive (3:14)
  2. Mr Hyde (4:44)
Review: Anticipation for the northern duo's fifth album Mount Pleasant continues to rise as the Jalapeno funksters drop another cheeky doublet ahead of the release. Two sides, two very distinct vibes: "I Feel Alive" tips a wee nod at their label mates Kraak & Smaak with its fluttering space disco elements and hip-strutting beats while "Mr Hyde" takes us up a notch with a sweaty northern soul twist. Bring on the album.
 in stock $5.17
24
Cat: LPSBPJ 26CITRUS. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Funk
  1. The Bottle (5:04)
  2. It's Your World (3:58)
  3. Johannesburg (4:43)
  4. Winter In America (6:08)
  5. The Liberation (Red, Black & Green) (6:18)
  6. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (live) (12:12)
  7. Racetrack In France (4:19)
  8. Hello Sunday Hello Road (3:40)
  9. We Almost Lost Detroit (5:18)
  10. Delta Man (Where I'm Coming From) (5:36)
  11. Angel Dust (4:15)
  12. Show Bizness (2:53)
  13. Madison Avenue (3:10)
  14. Shut 'Um Down (3:48)
  15. Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) (3:27)
out of stock $20.45
25
Cat: S4R 03. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Broke Down Piece Of Man (2:55)
  2. Four Walls Of Gloom (2:12)
Review: Soul4Real has gotten 'soulful for real' with this third outing, coming through in the form of 2 previously unreleased gems from US band The Anglos. This is some pretty niche gear, what with the band having only put out a handful of 7s back in the 60, so it feels like a special occasion to have some new material from them on our shelves. These tunes were apparently destined to land on the Botanic imprint back in the day, and are famously produced and engineered by the great Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, which is why they have a certain roughness that is rarely heard on other soul records. "Broke Down Piece Of Man" is a fast, beat-heavy number with a psychedelic edge that reflects the state of mind back then, while "Four Walls Of Gloom" takes the gospel tradition as its main ingredient, offering a wonderfully uplifting midtempo rocker for the heart and soul.
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 in stock $16.83
26
Cat: AFR7 LP 03. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Savaged (3:06)
  2. I Don't Know What To Do (3:16)
  3. Sharpeville (5:55)
  4. Problems (3:20)
  5. Do You Really Care (4:20)
  6. Kothbiro (4:07)
  7. Grassland (4:54)
  8. Exotica (4:10)
  9. Save The Savage (5:25)
  10. Track 1
  11. Track 2
  12. Track 3
  13. Track 4
  14. Track 5
  15. Track 6
  16. Track 7
  17. Track 8
  18. Track 9
  19. Track 10
  20. Track 11
Review: Afro7 unearth some incredible Kenyan treasure: Black Savage were one of the many strong voices in the 70s pop culture boom in the freshly independent Nairobi. A fizzy brew of blues, soul, rock, psychedelia all brought together with afrofunk magic and progressive conscious lyricism, their 1975 album Something For Someone is a vital mosaic of flavours ranging from the cosmic rock of "Exotica", the Hendrixian blues of "Do You Really Care" and "Savaged". Sadly it suffered a highly limited press and faded into obscurity. Until now. Afro7 have tracked the band down, detailed their story and brought this 43 year old album back to life with the respect and praise it deserves. Something for all of us.
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 in stock $19.66
27
Cat: PHS 058. Rel: 18 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Cuasares (5:28)
  2. Transmigracion (3:03)
  3. Colision (2:16)
  4. Matacion (2:12)
  5. Ancestral (2:08)
  6. Vertical (1:38)
  7. Evenescente (4:15)
  8. Amalgama (2:59)
  9. Pentatonik (2:29)
  10. Simbiosis (3:06)
Review: Previously spotted changing hands for over L300, the mysterious Argentinian band's one and only album from 1973 gets a long-awaited reissue and the moment you put the needle on it, you can hear why it's been in such demand. A frenetic, fiery instrumental saga that brings Latin, Afrobeat and funk together in one thick, spicy brew that ranges from poignant introversion ("Evenescente") to pure duelling guitar theatre ("Colision") Not dissimilar to acts such Azymuth, this really is a remarkable piece of work. Significant props to Pharaway Sounds for the excavation.
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 in stock $25.63
28
Cat: STRUT 184LP. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Funky Nassau (part 1) (3:02)
  2. Funky Nassau (part 2) (2:33)
  3. Come Down (3:15)
  4. Sleep On Dream On (4:02)
  5. Surrey Ride (4:34)
  6. Monkey Tamarind (3:35)
  7. In The Deep (4:52)
  8. Pretty Girl (5:01)
  9. When She Made Me Promise (4:16)
 in stock $12.94
29
Cat: STRUT 185LP. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Funk
  1. Superwoman (5:06)
  2. Trip To Nowhere (5:32)
  3. Jamaica (6:17)
  4. I've Got The News (5:12)
  5. Falling Apart At The Seams (3:59)
  6. That's What I Get (6:58)
  7. Bluestrain (3:53)
  8. Jump In The Water (4:25)
  9. Bahamian Boogie (3:21)
 in stock $17.27
30
  1. Catch Up (2:56)
  2. Bordun (3:42)
  3. Onkel Joe (4:34)
  4. Moonlight On Baldhead (3:10)
  5. Lydia (3:35)
  6. Blues For The Kaiser (3:19)
  7. A Nightwithout Dreams/The Little Things That Makes Us Happy (8:39)
  8. Spining Wheel (5:41)
out of stock $20.70
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