Review: Premier revisitations from hot to trot Parisian love station, the ninth edition continues to dig deep into the realms of the long-lost and highly collectable. The lead track, KIC's "Don't You Want My Love", for example, now fetches triple figures. Elsewhere SPG's "Loveland" is a fly-by-night falsetto funk shakedown while 24 Karat Gold's rare "New Love" struts with stunning string stabs and an energy that flares from zero to glitterball in two bars. TCB Band's "Children Of The Future" closes the sneaky session with a sweet harmonic hot chocolate soul. Blink and you'll miss it.
Review: Hot of the blocks this year comes French curator imprint Unlimited Love. Drawing for rarities and oddities from artists whose repertoires are shockingly slim, this is their second EP in three months and, once again, it features a wide range of killer sounds from late 70s/early 80s. From Magnum's street kicking New York funk to the rich rare groove of Phyliss Bailey, it's a boogie odyssey through and through with sleazy guitar-twanging funk from Broken Glass and straight-up percussion-powered disco energy from Thunderbolt. Feel the love.
Poncho C Saint Fingers - "When I Come Knocking" (4:20)
Sandi Havens - "Happy" (6:52)
Smile Street People - "Lypso Disco" (5:51)
Sugar Bear Johnson - "When Your Jones Come Down" (6:42)
Review: French retroverts Unlimited Love are back with their 15th volume of rarities and underground goodies - all taken from the golden year of 1980. On the A side, we have Poncho C. Saint Fingers with his super soulful sleeper hit "When I Come Knocking", followed by Sandi Havens uplifting disco number "Happy". On the flip, you can save yourself at least a hundred bucks and enjoy Smile Street People's island dream that is "Lypso Disco" at a fraction of the cost that this diggers delight usually goes for. Same goes for Sugar Bear Johnson's low-slung jazz funk on "When Your Jones Come Down" which features the most awesome brass section ever.
Review: Whatever you think of the Unlimited Love series - and a few record collectors have grumbled online about it - you can't argue with the quality of the rare cuts they offer up. Volume 26 in the series is, of course, another must-have. First up is New Love Ltd & Interstate 95's positive and punchy disco-soul number "So Much To Talk About", quickly followed by another superbly soulful late 1970s dancefloor number, "That Friday Pay (Part One)" by Sonny Jenkins And The New York Potpourri Strings. The rare hits keep coming on the flip, where Sugar & Spice's boogie-era disco-funk number "The Beast (Instrumental)" comes accompanied by the low-slung brilliance of World Quake Band's "On The One", a 1980 B-side from a record that regularly changes hands for L140 a pop.