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Rock On (12")
Cat: AOTN 12006. Rel: 20 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rock On (Bob Blank remix) (6:29)
  2. Rock On (4:20)
Review: More unreleased gold from Lafayette Afro congressman Bobby Boyd on Athens Of The North. Big 80s boogie funk, "Rock On" delves deep into Boyd's later material with a light Latin flare and a little p-funk sleaze and a full flavoured guitar solo. The main hit, however, is the dancefloor blunderbuss remix by decorated engineer of the time Bob Blank. With a discog that includes the likes of Larry Levan and Arthur Russell, he adds strong shades of proto house to the mix with big kick drums and an arrangement and dynamic that still boots floors and doors down to this day.
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Cat: ATH 068. Rel: 26 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Like What You Do To Me (3:27)
  2. Girl Like You (4:19)
Review: The second 45" of unreleased material from Lafayette Afro Rock Band member, highly talented and criminally overlooked instrumentalist and singer Bobby Boyd; both tracks show how relevant and ahead of the music he was deep into the 80s; "I Like What You Do To Me" is a synth boogie jam with both feet planted firmly on the dancefloor while "Girl Like You" is unabashed proto house with a great drive and strutting sense of soul. While it's amazing Athens Of The North are working with Boyd to release his music now, it's a shame these never saw the light of day when he wrote them 30 years ago.
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Cat: AOTNCD 019. Rel: 23 May 19
Soul
  1. Rocking
  2. Since I Met You Girl
  3. Now I Know I Love You
  4. Just For Love
  5. Always
  6. We Want To Play
  7. Sweet Tender Loving
  8. Open Up Your Heart
  9. Together In Love
  10. If You Want My Love
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Cat: AOTNLP 019. Rel: 23 May 19
Soul
  1. Rocking (4:02)
  2. Since I Met You Girl (2:33)
  3. Now I Know I Love You (3:04)
  4. Just For Love (2:47)
  5. Always (6:33)
  6. We Want To Play (4:16)
  7. Sweet Tender Loving (4:14)
  8. Open Up Your Heart (3:09)
  9. Together In Love (3:31)
  10. If You Want My Love (4:22)
Review: Throughout the 1970s, North Carolina outfit Brief Encounter released a string of fine, but largely overlooked, funk and soul 45s. Their most significant and celebrated release, though, is 1981 album "We Want To Play", a warm and groovy collection of boogie-fired soul songs that regularly changes hands for significant sums online. As this Athens Of The North reissue proves, the LP has lost none of its luster over the years. Highlights include the inspired string-drenched ballad "Now I Know I Love You", the groovy dancefloor heat of "Rocking" and the soaring gospel-disco brilliance of "Always".
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Everything That Looks Good (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: AOE 016. Rel: 25 Feb 16
Funk
  1. Everything That Looks Good (2:32)
  2. You Don't Deserve (3:03)
Review: A serious self-press rarity from the heart of Clarksville, Suggs never achieved the recognition he deserved during his tenure as a band leading soul man. Still in Clarksville and now a missionary, the sentiments of this recording history peak resonate with what he does now: "Everything That Looks Good" is a JB style message on the lure of temptation while "You Don't Deserve", an instrumental that sees Bubba switching his vocals for equally commanding sax, is a moment for poignant, soul-searching reflection. Lord have mercy.
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Cat: AOE 029. Rel: 22 Feb 18
Soul
  1. Drown My Heart (2:59)
  2. My Foolish Heart (3:00)
Review: Not to be confused with the sports commentator, David Coleman was behind the scorching boardwalk vocals that graced Hector Rivera's debut 1966 album At The Party. The right levels of swoon and croons over vital Latin orchestration - led by the renowned pianist and regular Tito Puenta collaborator - David exudes some serious emotion. "Drown My Heart" lilts with a soft samba while Coleman scatters powerful heartbreak tales, "My Foolish Heart" takes a much more stripped back rhythmic arrangement with yearning, soaring strings that break out into the full orchestra on the chorus. Both cult attractions on the northern soul and popcorn scenes, it's another hearty reissue from them up north.
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Wish Upon Love (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 021. Rel: 22 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Wish Upon Love (2:17)
  2. Nightime On The Beach (3:46)
Review: Dreamy mid '70s funk from Caribbean (St Maarten to be precise) trio Cool Creations: "Wish Upon Love" struts with a Boz Scaggs-style confidence and a deep, cloudy finish that would make Faze-O proud. Flip for a straight-up cloud burst as "Night On Beach Island" lives up to its name with measured pace, cosmic trumpets, sandy pianos and lavish, lolloping wave-lapping double bass. Beautiful.
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Cat: ATH 058. Rel: 22 Feb 18
Soul
  1. Just You & Me (4:26)
  2. Blame It On Me (5:47)
Review: Another tape extracted from the Sony vault for the first time since the record was released in 1980. A floaty disco masterpiece by an American group that has been on the soul scene for time, but deserves a broader appreciation. Edinburgh's Athens Of The North (premium licensed rare music done right!) present this in a rare issue format, with the emotive and uplifting soul power of "Just You & Me" on the A side and the beautiful ballad "Blame It On Me" on the flip - apparently most original copies are missing this track. How the band never made it past one single is a complete mystery, as both of the tracks are incredible.
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Cat: ATH 042. Rel: 29 Jun 17
Soul
  1. Let Your Light Shine (3:28)
  2. Somebody Help Me (2:31)
Review: Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer has described Willie Dale's "Let Your Light Shine" as "one of the best discoveries in the last 15 years". Only five copies of the original 7" single have surfaced to date, with the most recent changing hands for eye-watering sums of money. You can see why Fryer was so excited by "Let Your Light Shine": while rooted in both funk and soul, the track also draws heavily on psychedelic rock and the fuzzy, funk-rock fusion brilliance of Sly Stone. Original B-side "Somebody Help Me" is an altogether more laidback affair, with Dale offering impassioned and melancholic lyrics over a psychedelic era take on old rhythm & blues ballads.
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The Mage (CD)
Cat: AOTNCD 016. Rel: 02 May 19
Funk
  1. Of My Hands
  2. Endless Love
  3. Drifting
  4. The Magic Radish
  5. The High Priestess
  6. Incantation
  7. The Mage
Review: Although he's released a swathe of albums with his contemporary jazz ensemble and a quartet of collaborative sets alongside Warren Hampshire, "The Mage" actually marks Greg Foat's first solo full-length outing. It's been a long time coming but well worth the wait, as the talented pianist and producer works his way through an evocative set of tracks that variously touch on sax-laden funk breaks ("The Mage", "The High Priestess"), intergalactic synthesizer soundscapes ("Incantation"), slo-mo jazz-funk mood pieces (the spellbinding "The Magic Radish"), folksy ambient jazz ("Driftin'") and beautiful, pastoral pieces that recall Charles Stepney's work with Rotary Connection ("Endless Love", "Of My Hands"). The result is a fittingly brilliant album from one of British jazz's most talented participants.
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Cat: AOTN 42. Rel: 26 Jan 17
Funk
  1. What You Gonna Do (3:47)
  2. Life Is A Challenge (4:20)
Review: One of 2016's finest funk stories was, without question, when AOTN suddenly dropped this incredible unreleased album by criminally slept-on Jacksonville troupe Fruit. A stunning piece of work, even by Fryer's standards it was a coup-de-grace. Now two of the album's finest, funkiest, sweatiest jams are available on limited 45. Instant floor burners, just like the rest of the album, before the tracks are over you'll feel you and your floor have known them forever.
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Cat: ATH 076. Rel: 21 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. We Are Here To Party (4:33)
  2. Loving You (4:25)
Review: Athens Of The North return to the disco motherland by way of this scorching groove doublet from Canadian troupe Gratitude. "We Are Here To Party" lives up to its name with vibrant horns and a thumping deep funk focus. Flip for "Loving You", as the name suggests there's a smoother tone and message at play as the band ease us into something a little comfier. Less of a B, more of an AA. Show some gratitude for the tireless AOTN crew!
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Cat: ATH 075. Rel: 24 Jan 19
Soul
  1. I Love You (3:18)
  2. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire (3:26)
Review: Athens of the North supremo Euan Fryer was helped in his efforts to reissue this sought-after soul ballad - arguably the most in-demand cut from obscure Dallas-based artist Willie Griffin - by Brooklyn-based crate digger Brian Sears. Together, they somehow managed to locate the master tapes for "I Love You", allowing this pressing to sound even better than the original seven-inch. It's a deliciously breezy and heartfelt affair, with Griffin's impeccable vocal rising above a lo-fi soul backing track rich in gentle guitars and loose drums. Also worth a listen is the slightly heavier and more dancefloor-friendly "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire", which features a glam-rock style beat, bluesy acoustic guitars and some seriously heavy bass.
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Positivo (CD)
Cat: AOTNCD 020. Rel: 20 Sep 18
International
  1. Vulcano V El Gato (Medley)
  2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  3. Papa Fue
  4. Te Lo Digo Yo
  5. Vampiras
  6. Hermanos Latinos
  7. Bailalo Y Maevelo
  8. The Sun From Above
  9. Enciendelo
  10. Somas Latinos
Review: Edinburgh is perhaps not the place you'd look for authentic 1950s and '60s style New York salsa, but that's exactly where Grupo Magnetico earned their stripes. The collective regularly performed in a small cellar bar before cutting their first record, which was released last year by Athens of the North. This debut album, which boasts contributions from singers and musicians from across South and North America and was mixed in New York by legendary Latin producer Aaron Levinson, expands on that single, offering a wonderfully authentic tribute to the glory days of Eddie Pamieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, classic NYC salsa and the infamous Fania label.
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Positivo (LP)
Cat: AOTNLP 020. Rel: 20 Sep 18
International
  1. Vulcano V El Gato (Medley) (4:31)
  2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (2:54)
  3. Papa Fue (4:05)
  4. Te Lo Digo Yo (3:24)
  5. Vampiras (4:26)
  6. Hermanos Latinos (3:49)
  7. Bailalo Y Maevelo (4:10)
  8. The Sun From Above (4:56)
  9. Enciendelo (5:04)
  10. Somos Latinos (4:47)
Review: Edinburgh is perhaps not the place you'd look for authentic 1950s and '60s style New York salsa, but that's exactly where Grupo Magnetico earned their stripes. The collective regularly performed in a small cellar bar before cutting their first record, which was released last year by Athens of the North. This debut album, which boasts contributions from singers and musicians from across South and North America and was mixed in New York by legendary Latin producer Aaron Levinson, expands on that single, offering a wonderfully authentic tribute to the glory days of Eddie Pamieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, classic NYC salsa and the infamous Fania label.
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Cat: AOTNCD 013. Rel: 29 Mar 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. The Promise
  2. Call Of The Forrest
  3. Crows Feet
  4. The Fly & I
  5. Winter Bound
  6. The Hive
  7. The Elderflower
  8. Honey Dreams
  9. Rain Clouds
  10. Honey For A Penny
Review: Here's an intriguing proposition: a new concept album from regular conspirators Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat (best known for 2017's brilliant Galaxies Like Grains of Sand), inspired by fictional book of their creation, The Honey Bear. It's an intriguing proposition, especially when you factor in the duo's insistence that each track is meant to represent a book chapter. It is, then, a serious attempt at musical storytelling, albeit one with an inherent sense of fun. It's largely pastoral in tone, combining folksy elements (acoustic guitars, fluttering flute motifs, attractive string arrangements) with neo-classical tropes (recurring melodies, subtly-changing movements), subtle electronics and atmospheric field recordings, mostly of the English countryside. Most importantly, it sounds great and captures the imagination from start to finish.
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Cat: AOTNLP 018. Rel: 21 Jun 18
Library/Archive
  1. Jasmine (3:48)
  2. Mariposa Lily (3:19)
  3. Antonio's Theme (4:07)
  4. Coastal Drive (4:12)
  5. Lost In Nostalgia (Nightshade (Themes & Variations)) (3:12)
  6. Introduction (1:22)
  7. Nightshade (Echo Flute & Bowed Bass) (2:04)
  8. Nightshade (main theme) (1:45)
  9. Nightshade (Solo Strings & Solo Fender Rhodes) (2:13)
  10. Nightshade (Pizzicato Strings & Walking Bass) (2:55)
  11. Nightshade (Multi-Tracked Piano) (3:14)
  12. Main Theme (reprise) (5:08)
Review: Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire are two the UK's most interesting minds when it comes to contemporary jazz experimentation, and their recent partnership for Athens Of The North feels like exactly the right thing at exactly the right moment. With both artists capable of producing many alternate forms of jazz and additive rhythm, Nightshade: Library Music Vol.1, feels like one of their more introspective pieces of work to date, and allows both of them to stretch their aesthetic to its very limits, focusing more on the subconscious atmosphere created by the instruments rather than cheap thrills based on beats and 'dance'. This is a connoisseur's album, and we're glad that this kind of gear is still landing on our shelves. Bless.
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FORTHCOMING
Saint Lawrence
  1. Saint Lawrence
  2. The Clock Tower
  3. The Snake & The Weasel
  4. The Broken Promise
  5. The Undercliff
  6. Woody Bay
  7. The Solitude Of Certitudes (part I & II)
  8. Out On The Side
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Cat: AOTNLP 013. Rel: 29 Mar 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. The Promise (2:33)
  2. Call Of The Forrest (3:14)
  3. Crows Feet (4:37)
  4. The Fly & I (1:37)
  5. Winter Bound (6:25)
  6. The Hive (4:16)
  7. The Elderflower (4:26)
  8. Honey Dreams (2:58)
  9. Rain Clouds (3:32)
  10. Honey For A Penny (2:22)
Review: Just when you thought Athens Of The North couldn't be more versatile and innovative, along comes another imagination-arresting, heart-melting concept piece from Warren Hampshire & Greg Foat. Following last year's Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand comes The Honey Bear, an album written to a fictitious children's story where every track tells a new chapter. Ranging from the lilting twangs and pastoral beauty of "The Promise" to the much darker, filmic synth-striking "Winter Bound" and natural soundscapes such as "The Hive", once again it's another fully immersive album that genuinely enshrouds you from start to finish. Not that we'd expect anything less from any of the mavericks involved in this release.
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Cat: AOTNLP 024. Rel: 11 Apr 19
Jazz
  1. Saint Lawrence (4:10)
  2. The Clock Tower (0:59)
  3. The Snake & The Weasel (4:55)
  4. The Broken Promise (3:00)
  5. The Undercliff (4:06)
  6. Woody Bay (4:06)
  7. The Solitude Of Certitudes (part 1) (4:34)
  8. The Solitude Of Certitudes (part 2) (3:38)
  9. Out On The Side (2:21)
Review: Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat return to Athens Of The North with their fourth album "Saint Lawrence"... and they do so by way of a guided tour around nooks and crannies of the Isle Of Wight. Recorded live with no overdubs in two churches near a small village on the island named Saint Lawrence, the album is the duo in their most honest and delicate form. Naked with nothing but the acoustics to wrap around them, they team up with a selection of local musicians to create one of the most beguiling and immersive narratives where each instrument trembles gently and each track is named after one of IOW's best kept secrets. Beautiful.
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Cat: ATH 040. Rel: 23 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Since I Was A Little Girl (3:33)
  2. Straight Talk (3:28)
Review: For their latest dive into the depths of funk history, Athens of the North travels back to 1978 and the debut of John Hawes and Velma Bunch's obscure Hard Drivers project. The record initially appeared on Hawes' own short-lived imprint, and his since become a sought after 7" amongst serious collectors. "Since I Was A Little Girl" is a disco-era funk gem, with guest singer Vivian Lee providing a brilliantly confident vocal to compliment Hawes and Bunch's driving, horn-heavy backing track. On the flip you'll find original B-side "Straight Talk", a touching torch song full of harmony backing vocals, impassioned builds, and lyrics capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts.
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Cat: AOE 036. Rel: 28 Mar 19
Funk
  1. Beautiful Day (2:52)
  2. Beautiful Day (Drums) (3:00)
Review: Athens Of The North celebrate the longstanding contributions of host, presenter, writer, personality and occasional singer Bernard "Spider" Harrison. Recorded sometime around 1970, and fetching large triple figures between collectors, the feel good bluesy soul cut "Beautiful Day" first landed on Lulu Records and has barely seen the light of day since... Until now. And it's loaded with a never-before-released drum cut. Don't sleep, though. Only 500 of these have been pressed.
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Cat: ATH 051. Rel: 07 Dec 17
Soul
  1. Let Love Enter (2:55)
  2. Come To Me (3:33)
Review: Incredible late night smoochy stuff right here from one of the most decorated bassists of all time. A major figure in the bands of Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder, Henderson was also a killer solo artist amassing eight artist albums between 76-86. This AOTN "45 showcases his true breadth as "Let Love Enter" lilts on a soft bossa with rising horns, velvet backing vocals and an unabashed come-to-bed message. "Come To Me" gets even deeper under the sheets with as he goes toe-to-toe, cheek-to-cheek with Rena Scott with smoking results.
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Cat: ATH 063. Rel: 14 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Queen Of My Universe (3:15)
  2. Up (3:59)
Review: The first of two major Infinity licences from AOTN this month, this is a significant excavation even by renowned digger label founder Fryer's standards. Usually seen passing hands for well over 500 quid, this second and last single from the relatively unknown troupe Infinity is a stone cold jam that's been sought after for many many years. Absolute rare groove sleaze on the bass and horns, "Queen Of My Universe" sparkles with soul in every element. Meanwhile "Up" strips things back even further with an uptempo disco twang and tight Q&A vocal play between the band. Infinite love for this one!
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Party Man (7")
Cat: ATH 064. Rel: 14 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Party Man (3:41)
  2. Put Everything In Place (4:00)
Review: The second of two AOTN Infinity 45s, AOTN dish out another superb reissue from the late 70s US seven-piece. Serious funk soul once again; "Party Man" lives up to its name with a thumping groove, slinky slap bass licks and big call and response vocals. Instant feels. "Put Everything In Place" is a little more restrained but still very much party minded with its absurdly lavish bass walks, jaunty piano and delicious Faze-O style falsettos. To Infinity and beyond!
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Cat: AOTNLP 015. Rel: 07 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Copacabana Sadia (4:08)
  2. Obvio (4:05)
  3. Que Signo Voce E? (2:49)
  4. Agre Doce (3:24)
  5. Rio Sinal Verde (3:32)
  6. Super Sensivel (2:29)
  7. Hora H (3:08)
  8. Pedras De Cristal (3:47)
  9. Via Aerea (3:05)
  10. Entrego A Deus (2:54)
Review: Under the Junior Mendes alias, Luiz Mendes Jr was a key figure on the Brazilian funk/soul scene of the '70s and early '80s. As writer, composer and producer, he had a hand in a variety of releases by such big-hitting Brazilian artists as Banda Black Rio and Tim Maia. In 1982 he recorded and released his sole solo album, Cococabana Sadia, a set that remains virtually unknown outside of his native Brazil. As this Athens of the North reissue proves, it's something of an overlooked gem. Musically, it's typically of boogie-era Brazilian soul and funk, mixing native rhythms and instrumentation with elements borrowed from disco, jazz-funk and bouncy dancefloor soul. It's unashamedly sunny and positive, too, and should be essential listening for anyone who loves Latin disco and boogie.
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FORTHCOMING
You're The Best
  1. You're The Best
  2. Train Of Thought
Review: Many disco-era modern soul collectors regard, Larom Baker's "You're The Best", which initially appeared in 1978 on an impossible to find, single-sided 7" single, as one of the style's genuine "Holy Grail" records. It's good news, then, that Athens Of The North has secured the rights to reissue it, releasing the full studio version (rather than the shorter edit that was released all those years ago) for the very first time. It's a genuine gem, with Baker's deliciously breezy West Coast soul vocal seemingly floating over a killer backing track rich in hazy horns, bustling slap bass and crunchy Clavinet lines. Turn to the flipside for the more disco-minded "Train Of Thought", one of a string of recently discovered Baker recordings that form the basis of a forthcoming album of previously unreleased tracks.
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Listen (7")
Cat: AOE 019. Rel: 26 May 16
Funk
  1. Listen (3:18)
  2. Party (3:16)
Review: When you talk about 'kid funk', it's always long-lost B-sides that record collectors talk about like myths. But, Athens Of the North have managed to get their hands on the masters of a super-rare Virtue 7" that goes for no less that L1000 on the second-hand market in its original form. "Listen" is a deep, sublimely odd little funk tune that is as deep as you can get for boogie and funk; "Party" on the flip is no less of a gem, backed by Little George's supreme vocals and a tight little break, too. Sick.
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Cat: ATH 073. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Soul
  1. Keep On Dancin (3:34)
  2. You (3:23)
Review: While Luther Davis is undoubtedly best known for his sought-after disco smash "You Can Be A Star", many collectors and deep funk DJs have long insisted that the more obscure "Keep On Dancin" is even better. Thanks to Athens of the North's timely reissue of the latter, you can now decide for yourself. Certainly, it's a ludicrously infectious, full-throttle disco-funk affair whose extreme dancefloor intensity is helped by Davis and company's liberal use of studio effects, psychedelic backing vocals and some serious eyes-closed guitar solos. This reissue comes with B-side bonus soothing slow jam "You", which is a serviceable chunk of deep soul.
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Cat: AOTNCD 017. Rel: 10 May 18
International
  1. Marraio
  2. Mais Kriola
  3. Cidadezinha
  4. Meu Diario
  5. Comunicacao
  6. Camisa 10
  7. Briguenta
  8. Meu Mundo De Monstros E Fantasias
  9. Voce Se Foi
  10. Meu Segredo
  11. Ausencia
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Cat: AOTNLP 017. Rel: 10 May 18
International
  1. Marraio (3:03)
  2. Mais Kriola (4:15)
  3. Cidadezinha (2:07)
  4. Meu Diario (3:50)
  5. Camisa 10 (3:30)
  6. Briguenta (2:42)
  7. Meu Mando De Monstros E Fantasias (3:43)
  8. Voce Se Foi (2:43)
  9. Meu Segredo (4:35)
  10. Ausencia (2:48)
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Cat: AOE 031. Rel: 22 Feb 18
Soul
  1. Say It With Feeling (2:16)
  2. Conscience (2:48)
Review: Excavated from vaults of the Weiss Brothers' longstanding NYC imprint Old Time Records, Beverly McKay's gutsy tales have massaged soul floors for those lucky to have a 200 pound 45. "Say It With Feeling" hits with big backing vocal harmonies before breaking into a classic midtempo bluesy arrangement while "Conscience" strikes with a little more eastern allure, staccato strings and a cat-prowling narrative. Timeless soul.
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Nassau Funky (double 7")
Cat: ATH 002. Rel: 29 May 14
Funk
  1. Opportunity Knockin
  2. Sleep On, Dream On
  3. Takin' You Higher (Just Like Climbing A Ladder)
  4. Loneliness
Review: Rare funk and soul connoisseurs Athens Of The North uncover four gems from one of the most interesting men in funk history. The man behind "Funky Nassau", Raphael Munnings really should have had a much bigger career than he did. Fortunately AOTN have recovered these four near-misses to ensure they're big hits for us... From the warm horns and Bahaman lilt of "Opportunity Knocking" to the organ and guitar heavy "Sleep On, Dream On" (think Booker T meets Hendrix) via the Gaye-style funk soul vibrancy of "Takin You Higher" this is a very special selection that pays respect to an unsung hero.
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I Saw You (7")
Cat: ATH 033. Rel: 28 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Saw You (4:47)
  2. Heaven's Love (3:32)
Review: Fizzy boogie from Minneapolis circa 1982; Nobody cut through with a raw, energetic sound and countered with soothing, evocative soul that shimmers with their gospel roots. "I Saw You" sits somewhere between Prince and Rick James but polished with super freaky female front vocals, it's wholly unique and backs up the first pressing's pricetag of $500. "Heaven's Love" is the perfect counter with its emphatic harmonies and stately instrumentation. A serious timepiece from AOTN.
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Played by: G&D, I Love Disco!
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  1. Do You Hear Me Talking To You? (4:04)
  2. Dreaming Our Live Away (3:36)
  3. Lonely People (4:11)
  4. Heavenly Feeling (5:23)
  5. World Full Of People (3:06)
  6. I'd Like To Stay (5:36)
  7. A Feeling Inside (4:54)
  8. A Thank You Song (4:39)
  9. Fantasies & Dreams (4:04)
Review: Some dusty-fingered diggers may be familiar with "World Full Of People", an insanely rare and suitably sought-after 1976 7" by a little-known band called Everyday People. Most thought that was their only release; in fact, they also released a full-length the same year under the People's Pleasure alias. That album is apparently even harder to find, making this first ever vinyl reissue a must-have for fans of quality funk and soul. Much of the material sits somewhere between rubbery funk, jaunty jazz-funk and storming soul, with highlights including the laidback bliss of "Heavenly Feeling" (very Idris Muhammad), the righteous, horn-heavy "World Full of People" and the seductive, synth-laden slow jam "Fantasies and Dreams".
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In Togetherness (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: AOTNLP 027. Rel: 21 Feb 19
Soul
  1. Your Mine (8:38)
  2. Come With Me (3:08)
  3. Mr DJ (5:02)
  4. Happiness (4:21)
  5. Fascinating (5:48)
  6. Billy's Coming Back (4:44)
  7. More Than Words (4:00)
  8. Still In Love (3:40)
Review: Second time around for "In Togetherness", a private press gem from 1977 that has recently become popular with dusty-fingered collectors of underground disco and soul. It was originally written, performed, produced and pressed by almost unknown singer Judy Pollak and Michigan-based backing band 33 1/3. This Athens of the North vinyl re-issue follows a recent CD edition by Japanese imprint P-Vine. Musically, there's much to admire throughout, from the sax-and-synths-laden disco stomp of "Mr DJ" and down low disco-funk headiness of "Fascinating", to the seductive sweetness of Pollack's breathy vocal on "Come With Me" and the sun-kissed breeziness of the brilliant "More Than Words".
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Let Go (7")
Cat: ATH 053. Rel: 24 Aug 17
Soul
  1. Let Go (5:42)
  2. Will You Be There (4:33)
Review: Following the excellent excavation of the Miami band's unreleased album Best Kept Secret, AOTN's Fryer treats us to his two favourite cuts on a 500-only never-to-be-repressed 45. Seeped in powerful vocal harmonies, "Let Go" is rare groove gold with smooth sax and a dynamic that keeps on surprising while "Will You Be There" is an end of night soul shakedown with a tenderness that's tangible in every element. Don't sleep on this... Or the album. One of AOTN's most exciting releases this year.
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Cat: ATH 046. Rel: 25 May 17
Soul
  1. My Dreams Are Clouded (4:28)
  2. Don't Wait Too Long (4:16)
Review: A regular triple-figure fetch on the auction sites, it was only a matter of time before Henry Thomas & Rise's beautiful 80s soul doublet experienced the strong-armed justice of Fryer. Not just reissued but sourced and tracked down - this is just the start of what will hopefully be a whole load of criminally slept on and unreleased soul from Henry and his troupe. "My Dreams Are Clouded" is a verified club banger with its FM synth ripples and low-down bass bumps while "Don't Wait Too Long" is the ultimate come home record. Slinky, swooning and soaked in raw dollops of emotion - Henry Thomas is, once again, on the rise.
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Cat: ATH 020. Rel: 01 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Holding On (3:39)
  2. Dimona (Spiritual Capital Of The World) (3:38)
Review: Chop-walloping funk soul: AOTN bossman Fryer has allegedly spent the past 15 years trying to secure this '70s rarity. Silky, youthful and compounded with an insatiable groove, it's dangerously close to Jackson 5's best output and no one would blame you if you thought it actually was. Flip for "Dimona", a slower burner that swoons and shows the band's more mature side. This is the first time either side has seen a 45... You know what to do.
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Making New Friends (limited 7")
Cat: AOE 005. Rel: 21 May 15
Soul
  1. Making New Friends (1:58)
  2. Trippin On The Sounds
Review: DJ Fryer's Athens of the North label continues its relentless charge the annals of funk and disco, focussing attentions here on the mid '70s debut of Jeanie Tracy. Glance at the discography of the Houston-born singer and you are presented with a storied recording career that includes credits alongside Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin and Sylvester so it's little surprise to see that original copies of Making New Friends / Trippin On The Sounds rarely change hands below the $1000 mark. Originally released on Marvin Holmes' Oakland-based Brown Door Records around 1975, this Athens of the North edition is a must for any self-respecting 45 wielding selectors out there! The A-side is a recognised classic of the rare groove canon but it's "Trippin On The Sounds" that you need to hear; a glorious horn-laden deep funk nugget.
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Reality (7")
Cat: AOE 011. Rel: 22 Oct 15
Funk
  1. Reality (2:55)
  2. Dreams (3:47)
Review: A hot and steamy funk jam on the A, a swooning samba with a hectic climax on the B: dynamically this is pretty much the perfect 45 as it ticks all funk dancefloor scenarios. Sonically it's just as sweet with widescreen production, fireside harmonies and pianos that could meander on for days and you'd never get bored. Previously rarer than unicorn knickers, this Underground Resurrection re-release comes our way the same week as the Second Resurrection 45. AOTN are clearly working on biblical form right now.
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Hot Oklahoma Nights (double 7")
Cat: AOE 022. Rel: 06 Apr 17
Funk
  1. Uptown (3:12)
  2. You're A Woman (4:22)
  3. Bloated (2:42)
  4. Just Be Yourself (2:49)
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Cat: AOE 012. Rel: 22 Oct 15
Soul
  1. Let's Do It Today (4:45)
  2. Peace (2:37)
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Cat: AOTNCD 028. Rel: 31 Jan 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Trough The Field Beyond The Trees Lies The Ocean
  2. Greendrive #2
  3. Journey To Inchcape
  4. (Welter) In The Haar
  5. Dreamt The Breakers Spill
  6. Flight Of The Cormorant
  7. Westway Nocturne
  8. Mariner's Hymn
  9. Adrift Below A Constellation
  10. Unsurfacing
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Cat: AOTNLP 028. Rel: 31 Jan 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Through The Field Beyond The Trees Lies The Ocean (1:58)
  2. Greendrive #2 (5:32)
  3. Journey To Inchcape (3:33)
  4. (Welter) In The Haar (2:32)
  5. Dreamt The Breakers Spill (4:09)
  6. Flight Of The Cormorant (5:30)
  7. Westway Nocturne (4:40)
  8. Mariner's Hymn (4:47)
  9. Adrift Below A Constellation (4:24)
  10. Unsurfacing (2:13)
Review: Athens of the North takes a surprise turn, briefly eschewing their usual funk, soul and jazz in favour of something far more visceral and musically intriguing. It comes from Scottish writer, producer and instrumentalist Andrew Mitchell under the Andrew Wasylyk alias, and it is the result of a commission from a historic house in Scotland to create new music for their restored, 19th century Erard Grecian harp. While that instrument is an ever present, it rarely dominates; instead, Mitchell has served up a joyously laidback and atmospheric collection of compositions that variously draw on Bob James style jazz-funk, British library music, Eno-style ambient movements, homemade field recordings, drowsy jazz, brass bands, modern classical and Gaelic folk. In a word: spellbinding.
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Cat: AOTNCD 026. Rel: 23 May 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Primitive Substance
  2. Berlin
  3. Safari Western
  4. Somerset Hills
  5. Big Mouth
  6. Tarzan Meets Jane
  7. Feels Good
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Montezuma
  10. Journey To Ixtlan
  11. You Turn Me On
  12. Volcano Cathedral
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Cat: AOTNLP 026. Rel: 23 May 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Primitive Substance (5:06)
  2. Berlin (5:57)
  3. Safari Western (5:57)
  4. Somerset Hills (4:30)
  5. Volcano Cathedral (5:49)
  6. Forgiveness (3:40)
  7. Tarzan Meets Jane (2:57)
  8. Montezuma (4:34)
  9. You Turn Me On (4:16)
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